Rome Wasn't Built in a Day

For those in Rome for a short time, this Rome day tour includes all of the major attractions.

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Rome Wasn't Built in a Day Tour Description

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day but for those of us with limited time or for those of us looking for the one day overview of Rome, then this Rome Highlights Tour is for you.

The tour starts with our pre-booked skip the line entrance to the Vatican Museum the largest collection of Roman Antiquities in the world and one of the greatest contributions to all of Western Art the Sistine Chapel . There you will experience the great renaissance masters Raphael and Michelangelo. After the museum we will skip the long security line to visit the breathtaking Saint Peters Basilica.

Following you will cross the Bridge of the Angel to Piazza Navona once an ancient stadium transformed into a baroque square, and then wander over to the most glorious feet of architecture in all the world the Pantheon. You’ll read the history on the Column of Marcus Aurelius a delight for historians and the inspiration to the opening of the movie “Gladiator.”

Enjoy the fresh produce and smell of Italian spices in the Roman market at Campo Dei Fiori there you will break for lunch or get in some gift shopping in some of Rome’s best boutiques.

You will listen to the verses written by romantics poet John Keats as he took his inspiration seated upon the Spanish steps and you will toss your coins into the world renowned Trevi Fountain.

Then you will take a walk back in time as you tour the Roman Forum and see the political and social center of what would rule from Portugal to Iran, from Britain to all the north of Africa. There you will learn about a death far more tragic than the death recounted by William Shakespeare’s “Tragedy of Julius Caesar” the death of the Great Roman Republic.

Finally hear the roar of the crowd as your English speaking guide transports you back in time to the blood of the arena. Learn of the gladiators whom risked brutal death in pursuit of glory in the Coliseum.

*Saint Peters Basilica may be closed for religious use with limited notice



  • Hotel or Port pickup and drop off
  • Skip the lines special entrances
  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine chapel and St Peter's Basilica
  • Guided tour of the Imperial Roman Forum and the Coliseum
  • Guided City Tour
  • Lunch is NOT included


Highlights of this tour include:

  • Vatican Museum
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St Peter's Basilica
  • Castel Sant'Angelo (exterior)
  • Bridge of the Angels
  • Piazza Navona
  • Campo de' Fiori Market
  • Pantheon
  • Column of Marcus Aurelius
  • Spanish Steps
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza Venezia
  • Roman Forum
  • Coliseum

Start Times

08.45 meet


7 hours


Meeting Point

At the green kiosk at street level of Ottaviano Metro Station (or at your accommodation or airport or port if you wish to be picked up for a surcharge).

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What Other People Are Saying (2 Reviews)

"Our Guides Were Wonderful."
December 07, 2016
5 5 out of 5
Both James and Isabella were wonderful guides on our tours. They were very knowledgeable and made the experience more meaningful. My husband and I will definitely recommend Eternal City tours to anyone who is visiting.
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"The Absolute Best!"
June 15, 2016
5 5 out of 5
This was the most fun, thorough and detailed tour my Fiance and i have ever been on and we went on over 6 tours on our recent trip to Italy. It started out with emails to Tom, who responded very quickly and wrote in very clear English. We booked the "Rome wasn't built in a day tour," Isabella was wonderful. She was very engaging for the entire tour of Vatican City, with No dull moments! Her knowledge combined with rumor is what made this surreal experience even better! Then Jan, took us walking through the street of Rome. Not only did he take us to all the major sites, he told us the history as we walked, showed us great sports to get a Cafe, limoncello, panini and much more. It was so much more than history, but we felt as if he were locals. From the Pantheon to the Trevi fountain and everywhere in between, we ended at the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Jan did an amazing job and I am so happy we were able to walk to city with him as our guide! We highly recommend this private tour through Eternalcitytours, and expecially our guides Isabella and Jan!
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