Start at the Arch of Constantine, then move onto the colossal theater, the Italian Colosseum, the most iconic Rome highlights. On the famous arena, fights between gladiators and beasts took place to please bloodthirsty Emperors.
Upwards of 50,000 spectators gathered beneath the enormous awnings to witness the cruel battles unfold. Many events took place in the grand Colosseum arena, but we leave the details to your private Rome guide!
After visiting the Colosseum, pass through the Roman Forums where day-to-day life continued unabated for centuries. The rich archaeological history of the Roman Forum now attracts upwards of 4.5 million sightseers a year. Many a triumphal procession, public speech, gladiatorial march, and political campaign run in its surroundings.
Listen to your private guide’s stories of Julius Caesar, who planned the construction of his Forum 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
Only with a Rome-certified guide can one understand Roman Forum’s most striking features, like temples and basilicas. One of them is this Temple of Castor and Pollux. The three 40-foot high Corinthian columns reach the sky. Equally important is the Temple of Antonius and Faustina, 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.
Your Colosseum ticket includes the Palatine hill where, according to ancient legend, Romulus founded Rome on the Palatine hill in 753 B.C. Following his actions, other Emperors built their opulent homes for the rest of the civilization to enjoy. In the end, bring more than two millennia of history to life! Taking part in this tour of Rome in one day, with your private Rome guide, you will walk in the same footsteps of Roman Emperors who lived more than 2,000 years before us.
Your next stop will be Vatican city. Among the galleries of the Vatican Museum, you will enjoy a unique collection of mosaics, ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, and the magnificent Raphael Rooms, once the official residence of the Pope himself. Home to countless Popes, there are few more uplifting sights than this spiritually enriching setting.
Despite much on offer, you will leave the Vatican feeling informed following your certified guide.
Following your Rome guide, you will reach the Sistine Chapel, one of Rome’s highlights. Michelangelo’s sublime “Last Judgment” is a masterpiece drawing crowds from far and wide. Your guide will explain its masterpieces before entering the sacred room, where we all must be silent.
Remember to cover knees and shoulders before entering the Sistine Chapel and the St. Peter’s Basilica, the last stop of the Vatican city tour.
St. Peter’s Basilica
After visiting the Vatican museums, you 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 is 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.
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 Rome private guide, you will wonder how they were ever able to complete the marvelous Spanish Steps.
Follow your Rome guide to the most spectacular fountain in Rome. Fontana di Trevi is one of the most photographed Rome highlights hidden down the city’s narrow backstreets. 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.
The Pantheon is a true masterpiece included in your “Rome in a Day tour” and among Rome’s best places to visit. 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.
To conclude the perfect day in Rome, you will visitNavona 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 Meanwhile, note how Navona is the atelier of artists who arrive to peddle their wares daily.
Rome in a Day special Lunch
Between 1 pm and 2 pm, you will be offered lunch in a selected restaurant, as included in the tour price.
Sunday “Rome in a Day” special tour
On Sundays and religious holidays, the Vatican is closed. Nonetheless, and due to the Wow Tour’s high request, we designed a Sunday in Rome experience with the Capitoline Museum in its place. The Capitoline Museum looks onto the famous Capitoline Hill, a museum itself. On its top, you enjoy spectacular views over the Roman Forums!
The Capitoline Museum is very dear to the Romans. It houses magnificent sculptures reminding the city’s glorious past, like the She-Wolf and Marco Aurelio’s original bronze statue. Among the places to visit in Rome, it is indeed on the top of the list for its Picture Gallery, with masterpieces of Caravaggio, among others who wrote Italian art history.