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1 Day in Rome

By Viator, August 2018

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Everyone knows that Rome wasn’t built in a day but with some forward planning, it is possible to take in the highlights in one. Maximize time with skip-the-line tickets for top attractions, travel between the sights on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, and choose tours that combine multiple sights. Here’s how to see Rome in one day.

Morning: Visit the Vatican
Kick off your sightseeing in Rome with an early-access tour of the Vatican Museums. Making an early start not only saves time but also means you’ll get to enjoy the UNESCO-listed treasures before the crowds arrive. First, marvel at masterpieces by artists like Raphael, da Vinci, and Botticelli in the enormous museums, then step inside Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Finally, head into the grand St. Peter’s Basilica, where you can climb the dome for a stunning view of the city.

Afternoon: Journey to Ancient Rome 
The Colosseum is on top of most must-see lists, so it’s best to prebook skip-the-line tickets to avoid wasting hours waiting outside. Follow in the footsteps of fearless gladiators and Roman emperors as you explore the mighty amphitheater, then continue to the nearby Roman Forum, home to some of the city’s most impressive ancient ruins. Make a pit stop for some Italian gelato as you stroll into downtown Rome, where you won’t want to miss a photo by the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.

Night: Cruise Around Illuminated Rome
Rome’s scenic riverfront is most magical by night, and an evening cruise along the Tiber river affords stunning views. Opt for a dinner cruise and tuck into traditional Italian dishes such as lasagna or gnocchi as you sail past St. Angelo’s Castle and spot the distant spires of St. Peter’s Basilica. Or, continue sightseeing in the evening hours with a moonlit tour of the Colosseum or a night walking tour of Rome’s most atmospheric neighborhoods.

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, St Peter’s, Sistine Chapel, Small-Group Upgrade Option, Rome, null
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, St Peter’s, Sistine Chapel, Small-Group Upgrade Option

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23453 Reviews

Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this guided Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! See Raphael’s ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.58
Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

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Leave the crowds behind and head straight inside the Colosseum with your skip-the-line entrance ticket! In a group of no more than 25 people, explore the first ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.15
Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St. Peter’s and Sistine Chapel, Rome, ... 
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Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St. Peter’s and Sistine Chapel

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See the highlights of the world-famous Vatican Museums in one morning on this intimate, small-group Vatican walking tour! Starting early in the morning to beat ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.52
Moonlight Tour of the Colosseum and Ancient Rome, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Moonlight Tour of the Colosseum and Ancient Rome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 108 Reviews

See Rome in a new light during this 3-hour moonlight tour of the Colosseum and ancient Rome. Visit several monuments of ancient Rome, including the Colosseum, ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.07
Best of Rome Walking Tour and Authentic Italian Cooking Class with Lunch or Dinner, Rome, Walking ... 
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Best of Rome Walking Tour and Authentic Italian Cooking Class with Lunch or Dinner

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Calling all food enthusiasts and newbies to join our 3 course Roman hands-on cooking workshop in Rome after visiting major historical sites such as the Spanish ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 to 4 hrs

From USD $81.88
Colosseum Express Tour with Gladiators Privileged Entrance and Arena Floor, Rome, Cooking Classes
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Colosseum Express Tour with Gladiators Privileged Entrance and Arena Floor

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 Reviews

Experience the immensity of ancient Rome’s most iconic symbol on this Express Colosseum tour with privileged direct access to the Arena Floor through the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $61.71
Skip the Line: Family-Friendly Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour, Rome, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Skip the Line: Family-Friendly Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour

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Treat the family to a 2-hour Colosseum and Ancient Rome walking tour, led by a fun-loving, child specialist guide. Specially designed for kids between the ages ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.59
Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

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Let the sights of Rome unfold before you on an open-top, double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus. Climb aboard to admire top Rome attractions including the Vatican ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Flexible

From USD $33.23
Omnia Vatican and Rome Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off and Fast Track Entry, Rome, Hop-on Hop-off ... 
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Omnia Vatican and Rome Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off and Fast Track Entry

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Free and Fast Track entry to the Colosseum, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica.  2 great passes rolled into one: The Roma Pass  allows ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $134.10
Skip the Line: Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Official Guided Tour - Entrance fee ... 
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Skip the Line: Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Official Guided Tour - Entrance fee included

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Go back in time with this 2.5-hour skip-the-line tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum in Rome. Bypass the queue at the Colosseum to avoid long ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $52.22

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