Rome in a Day Tour with Vatican Guide

Explore the best of Rome by car with Driver, and a Vatican Private Guided Tour

duration:Full Day

Payment method:Cash, Paypal, Credit card

starting time:7:30 AM at Civitavecchia 8:00 AM Rome Hotel


  • Private Rome in A Day tour by car with English speaking Driver
  • Tour comfortably and safely in your own private deluxe vehicle
  • Delight in Rome's timeless monuments, lively squares, remarkable churches and museums
  • Admire the sublime architectural wonders of Ancient Rome
  • Delight in visits to Rome's resplendent squares
  • Enjoy a 2 Hour private guided tour of Vatican Museums highlights, Sistine Chapel, St Peter Basilica
  • Your personal Driver will take you as close as lawfully possible sites you visit and wait as you Self Tour in Rome
  • Convenient Pick Up and Drop Off at your Rome hotel accommodation, or next to your Cruise Ship in Civitavecchia


  • Colosseum Square (outside view of the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine)
  • Circus Maximus
  • View of the Roman Forum from Capitoline Hill
  • Drive by Piazza Venezia
  • Piazza Navona
  • The Pantheon (* Admission Tickets Required )
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Spanish Steps
  • free time for Lunch
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Saint Peter’s Basilica (*pending Vatican access to the Basilica)


  • Private Deluxe Vehicle
  • Private English speaking Driver
  • All Taxes, parking fees, highway tolls
  • Licensed Tour Guide for 2 HOUR private tour of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica
  • Audio Set Rental Fee for 7-8 persons as mandated by Vatican for Guided Visitors of more than 7 persons

not included

  • Vatican Museums Tickets are NOT included
  • Admission Tickets other Museums / Monuments NOT included
  • Lunch
  • Licensed Tour Guide for all OTHER sites other than Vatican (all other sites are Self Touring)
  • Gratuities (if pleased with services received from your driver or guide)






Tour from Rome Hotel

For up to 4 Persons from Rome Hotel:  700 EUROS
For up to 6 Persons from Rome Hotel:  750 EUROS
For up to 8 Persons from Rome Hotel:  850 EUROS


Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia

For up to 4 Persons from Civitavecchia Port:  780 EUROS
For up to 6 Persons from Civitavecchia Port:  830 EUROS
For up to 8 Persons from Civitavecchia Port:  980 EUROS

*** DATES on the Booking Form Calendar that are NOT Selectable, are NOT AVAILABLE.

 **  This tour is NOT offered on Sundays, on January 1 & 6, February 11April 10, May 1, June 29, August 15 & 16 November 1, December 8, 25, 26, 31, January 1 & 6 as The Vatican Museums are CLOSED


Our popular Rome in A Day tour by car from Rome hotel and Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia is now available with a Private Licensed Tour Guide for your Vatican visit. 

On this exciting day tour of Rome, you will enjoy visiting Ancient Rome area that boasts magnificent ancient monuments and ruins, famous squares in Rome that are on everyone’s must-see list, and the Vatican with your own private licensed local tour guide.

Your Vatican visit will be greatly enhanced with an in depth private guided tour of the Vatican Museums highlights, Sistine Chapel, and St Peter’s Basilica.


Your Rome tour will begin with a stop in Colosseum Square  surrounded by vestiges of Ancient Rome and dominated by the imposing ancient Roman amphitheater: the Colosseum

Rome in a day tour with Vatican Guide Colosseum Tours

This icon of Rome was built between 78-80 AD by Emperors Vespasian and Titus.  Recognized as the largest amphitheater built at that time, it accommodated more than 50,000 spectators around its oval arena which hosted gladiatorial fights, animal hunts, reenactments of famous battles, mock sea battles, theatrical dramas, and more. 

As you view the Colosseum from the outside as you stroll through Colosseum Square, be sure to walk around it as this massive structure appears differently from various angles.  The Colosseum is quite picturesque! Also near the Colosseum is the towering Arch of Constantine. This 4th century AD triumphal arch was built to commemorate the victorious Emperor Constantine in the famous Battle of Milvian Bridge against Emperor Maxentius

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A short drive away is Circus Maximus, once a large stadium for chariot races that were quite famous in ancient Rome. Although just the outline remains, one can imagine this once largest stadium of Ancient Rome with up to 150,000 cheering spectators enjoying chariot races and other sports events.  In the background is the impressive Palatine Hill that still boasts remains of massive opulent villas and structures overlooking Circus Maximus built by Roman emperors and the elite who resided there.

From a secret terrace on top of Capitoline Hill you will enjoy a picturesque sweeping view of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and the Colosseum in the distance.  The Roman Forum was the hub of ancient Rome and served as its political, legal, financial, and religious nucleus. 

 Stefano Rome Tours in limo from Civitavecchia Roman Forum

Not to be missed on any Rome tour is the Pantheon. Built in 1st century AD as a pagan temple dedicated to all gods, the rotund Pantheon was later converted into a Christian Church in the 7th century, dedicated to Saint Mary and the Martyrs.

Inside the Pantheon are tombs of Italy’s most famous kings and Renaissance artists like Raphael.  Be sure to look up and see the oculus in the center of the large coffered dome. This oculus completely open to the elements is the only source of light inside the monuments. When it rains, drainage system beneath the floor carries the fallen rainwater away.

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Almost 2,000 years after it was built, the Pantheon remains one of the best preserved ancient Roman buildings and in continuous use. Its large coffered dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome.

  •  If you are touring Rome on weekends, the Pantheon requires Time Slot Entrance Tickets to be booked in advance. See more information below.



A highlight of many Rome tours is visiting Rome’s most famous fountains: Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and Piazza Navona.

 Rome in a day tour in limo Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain beckons visitors with its recognizable melody of water gushing from various stone sculptures into its large pool of water. Be sure to follow the decades long tradition and toss a coin into the fountain to ensure a future return to the Eternal City!

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The Spanish Steps welcomes you with its elegant winding stairway that connects the upper French Church of Trinita dei Monti to the square below that boasts the Baroque fountain “Fontana della Barcaccio” - The Fountain of the Old Boat. This unusual masterpiece is credited to Pietro Bernini, the father of world famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Rome Limo Tours from Civitavecchia to Piazza Navona

The lively Piazza Navona is a delightful display of fountains, colorful art displayed by local artists, and a variety of warm colored palazzi that encircle the unusually shaped square. 

Piazza Navona outlines the oblong structure upon which it was built that was once an ancient 1st century AD Roman Stadium upon which it stands. Built by Emperor Domitian, this ancient large stadium was used for athletic competitions. The square’s current name Navona evolved from the ancient word for “games”, ‘agones’.

The square’s most famous centerpiece is the elaborate 17th century Fountain of Four Rivers (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.  This complex masterpiece of stone and water represents the four major rivers of the major continents known in that era: Danube (Europe), Nile (Africa), Rio de la Plata (America) and Ganges (Asia).  An ancient Egyptian obelisk erected by Pope Innocent X tops the fountain.



Following a relaxing lunch at a restaurant or trattoria in Rome, your Rome in one day tour continues with an afternoon tour in the world’s smallest country: Vatican City.

 Rome in a day tour with Vatican Guide Private Tours

Here you will be met by your private licensed tour guide who will take you on a 2 hour informative private walking tour of the Vatican Museums highlights.  You will enjoy learning about the most impressive works of art and Must-See masterpieces followed by a visit to the sacred Sistine Chapel.


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From there, your private guide will escort you to Saint Peter’s Basilica where you will have the opportunity to further admire the grand architecture of the most wondrous church in Christendom.  From Bernini's colossal bronze Baldachin altar canopy to Michelangelo's famous Pieta, your private local guide will take you on an informative guided tour of this magnificent basilica. 

Stefano Rome Tours with Vatican Guided Tour from Civitavecchia private excursion 

Following your private guided tour of the Vatican, your tour guide will accompany you to meet your private driver who will then take you directly to your hotel in Rome or cruise ship in Civitavecchia.


**  NOTE: the Vatican Museums Tickets SELL OUT FAST!  This tour is only possible if Vatican Museums Tickets are secured.  In case the Vatican Museums Tickets sell out, you may substitute this tour with a different tour of Rome.

Thank you for booking our Rome in A Day with Vatican Tour Guide day tour from Rome  / Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia and for choosing Stefano Rome Tours for your Rome Tours and Italy private excursions. We look forward to showing you Italy!

Important Information

Please READ the important information below as well as Read & Accept our TERMS OF SERVICE and Privacy Policy prior to placing your reservation request(s).

PAYMENT OPTIONS for Rome in A Day with Vatican Guide:

Payment for this Rome in A Day with Vatican Guide can be made in Euro funds at the end of your journey directly to your driver, or you may prepay in advance via PayPal or Credit Card online when you Confirm your Tour.



We kindly ask that cancellations be made at least 7 days in advance so we can rebook your service and your reserved driver does not lose work for that day. We thank you for your cooperation and consideration. 

 ** PREPAID SERVICES can only be Refunded the Net Rate we receive from your prepayment.  Net Rate is the actual service price minus the fees retained by PayPal/Credit Card that are not reimbursed to us in case of refunds. We can only refund the portion we receive from the PayPal/CC company.



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We reply to ALL emails and booking requests we receive. If you don't receive correspondence from us within 24-48 hours please CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER, or send us an email from a different E-mail account




If the Vatican Museum Tickets are SOLD OUT, you may book a different tour such as our POSTCARD ROME TOUR

Ticket prices may change up or down without notice at the discretion of the monuments and museums and cannot be guaranteed until they are actually booked.

* Remember to bring the printed ticket vouchers for Vatican Museums with you in order to enter the museum. You cannot enter without your printed vouchers.

PANTHEON Admission Tickets:

The Pantheon now requires ADMISSION TICKETS currently priced at 5 EUROS Per Person to be booked in advance at specific time slots. After you book this tour, we will provide you with the LINK to the Ticket Website and recommended Time Slot to book your tickets in advance. ** Ticket Prices are always subject to change without notice.



Our Rome limo tours by car provide an English-speaking Private Driver who is NOT a Licensed Tour Guide.

* Italy has strict laws and regulations aimed to protect official licensed guides that make it unlawful for Drivers to act as tour guides or accompany guests to sightsee on foot away from the vehicle. In order for us to comply with Italy’s laws, Drivers are required to remain with the vehicle while guests sightsee away from the vehicle.

* On this Rome in A Day Tour by car you will SELF TOUR (unaccompanied by your driver) when away from the vehicle. Only at the Vatican will you be guided by your personal licensed tour guide.

* You will be dropped off as close to the sites as possible in accordance with municipality and traffic laws.



We reserve professionally licensed expert tour guides from My Rome Guides agency that specializes in private guided tours of guests on Day Tours by Car.  Tour Guides do NOT work for us.

These experienced licensed tour guides work extensively with tour operators and tour their guests on limited day tour schedules to ensure that guests enjoy the most important works of art during the time frame of the Vatican visit, and complete their private walking tour on time to meet their driver so their day tour schedule runs on time. For more than 15 years My Rome Guides have provided informative private walking tours to our guests who raved about their experience with their guides.

Each Licensed Tour Guide is unique and has their own style of conducting walking tours, therefore we do NOT accept any responsibility or liability for the type or style of the tour that the professional Tour Guides as they are NOT employed by our company.  By booking this tour you accept this important condition with no exception.



*  For Rome Tours starting from Rome hotel / accommodation:

For Day Tours from Rome Hotels, your driver will meet you inside the lobby of your hotel or area permitted by your hotel.

For Apartments or B&B’s without a lobby, your driver will meet you outside the main entrance of your Address.

If your driver will park the vehicle as close as lawfully possible, and meet you on foot at your Address to accompany you to your parked vehicle.

*  For Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia

For Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia, your driver will meet you on the Pier next to your Ship at your tour's scheduled pick-up time holding a sign with the NAME in your reservation.

Do NOT leave the ship area, and do NOT take a shuttle bus outside the port. 

Look for your driver in the same area on the Pier as ALL private drivers will be waiting for their clients.  After you meet your driver you will be accompanied to your vehicle and your Rome private shore excursion will begin with a leisurely drive from Civitavecchia to Rome. 

VISITS INSIDE THE COLOSSEUM are Optional upon request

This Rome in A Day with Vatican Guide tour does NOT include a visit inside the Colosseum.

You have the opportunity to view the Colosseum from the outside as you enjoy a stroll through Colosseum Square in the heart of Ancient Rome. 

If you wish to visit inside the Colosseum, you would be required to purchase your own Colosseum Tickets online.  Please let us know this preference so we include it in your reservation and provide you with LINKS and Instructions to purchase your Colosseum Tickets online.

Visiting inside the Colosseum will also take time away from other sites suggested in the tour, and you may have to skip some sites like Piazza Navona.  



  • Colosseum Tickets require a specific Time Slot to be pre-booked online for visits
  • Colosseum Tickets with the most suitable time slots tend to SELL OUT fast, even months in advance.
  • ALL visitors are required to clear security checkpoints prior to entering the monument. This may result in possibly LONG SECURITY LINES with unpredictably LONG WAIT TIMES.
  • For safety and security, Colosseum allows a maximum of 3,000 visitors inside the monument at a time.  Unfortunately on occasions, even Time Slot Ticket Holders were required to wait longer than anticipated when the Colosseum reached maximum visitor capacity
  • Do not bring large bags or backpacks inside the Colosseum as they are not permitted.
  • It is advisable to bring with you a bottle of watersunscreen, and a hat in the summer as it can be very hot and sunny inside the Colosseum.


You can SAVE a lot on this Rome in a Day with Vatican Guide Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia by sharing your tour with fellow cruisers for up to 8 guests per minivan! All you need to do is place an ad on the Cruise Critic roll call and invite others to join you. Share the fun and the expense.  LEARN MORE about TOUR SHARING


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