Start at the Arch of Constantine and then move onto the colossal theater, the Coliseum, where fights between gladiators and beasts took place to please bloodthirsty Roman Emperors.
Upwards of 50,000 spectators would gather beneath the cool awnings to witness the cruel battles unfold. Many events took place in the grand Coliseum arena, but we will leave the details to your private guide!
Now pass through the Roman Forums – the ancient marketplace where day-to-day life continued unabated for centuries with many a triumphal procession, public speech, gladiatorial march, and political campaign run in its surrounds. The rich archaeological history of the Roman Forum now attracts upwards of 4.5 million sightseers a year.
Listen to the tales of your private guide as they recount stories of Julius Caesar, who orchestrated the construction in 46 B.C. Other Emperors continued to develop the space through to AD 608. Then take in the Sacred Way, the route of victorious generals as they returned from battle in triumph.
The Monuments of the Roman Forum
One of the Roma Forum’s most striking features is this Temple of Castor and Pollux; three 40-foot high Corinthian columns reach the sky. The Temple of Antonius and Faustina is one of the few structures maintaining much of its original form, while the enormous Basilica of Maxentius preserves its impressive stature. Finally, the Arch of Titus is an excellent introduction to the panoramic hill of the Palatine.
According to ancient legend, Romulus founded Rome on the Palatine hill in 753 B.C. Following his actions, the Emperors built their opulent homes for the rest of the civilization to enjoy. Take part in this tour of Rome in one day and walk in the same footsteps of Roman Emperors who lived more than 2,000 years before you, bringing more than two millennia of history to life.
Your next stop to the best of Rome from Civitavecchia Port will be Vatican city. Home to countless Popes, there are few more uplifting sights than this spiritually enriching setting. With its sublime “Last Judgment” by Michelangelo, the unmissable Sistine Chapel might be one, as this masterpiece draws crowds from far and wide.
Despite much on offer, you will leave the Vatican feeling educated and informed following your certified guide. Among the galleries of the Vatican Museum, you will enjoy a unique collection of mosaics, ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, as well as the magnificent Raphael Rooms, once the official residence of the Pope himself.
St. Peter’s Basilica
Now, your tour of Rome in 1 day will continue onto the 16th century St. Peter’s Basilica. Thanks to your private guide, you will gain access through a hidden door. First, admire Michelangelo’s “Pietà,” then take in other highlights that include the Pope’s tombs before finally setting your gaze on the towering Basilica of St. Peter. It is the largest Christian Church globally and guaranteed to amaze all who visit.
Just before ending your tour of the Vatican, you will enjoy the curved colonnades of St. Peter’s Square before a brief sighting of the Pope’s Balcony.
Remember to cover knees and shoulders before entering the Sistine Chapel and the St. Peter’s Basilica.
Next, proceed to Spanish Steps, one of Rome’s most famous places to visit. Admire the Church of Trinità dei Monti, which sits at the top of the renowned stairwell with the Fontana Della Barcaccia at its foot. As you stand and listen to your guide, you will wonder how they were ever able to complete the marvelous Spanish Steps.
Hidden down the city’s narrow backstreets, Fontana di Trevi is a secretive masterpiece and perhaps the most spectacular fountain in Rome. It stands at the end of one of the ancient aqueducts that supplied the Roman empire with water. This iconic setting attracts many visitors if only for them to toss a coin into Trevi Fountain waters to ensure their safe return to Rome at some stage in the future.
A true masterpiece among the places to visit in Rome included in your Rome in a Day tour: The Pantheon. Immaculately preserved and seemingly just a few centuries old, it isn’t easy to believe that the structure was finished in AD 128 by Emperor Hadrian. The square in front of the Pantheon is a gathering place for locals. Its decorative 16th-century fountain sits beneath an Egyptian obelisk.
Finish the perfect day in Rome with a trip to Navona square, one of the city’s most prominent squares. This space is among the most famous Rome highlights for one primary reason: Bernini’s “Fountain of the Four Rivers.” Built to represent The Nile, The Ganges, The Danube, and Rio de la Plata. Piazza Navona is the atelier of artists who arrive to peddle their wares daily.