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Best Of Rome & Vatican Museum

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From the Port of Rome
Best Of Rome & Vatican Museum
Code : RM01
Type : Private

Duration : 8 Hours

Price tag Starting From:
*65.00 €
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Adults (15 - 64)
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KINDLY NOTE that in JUNE and JULY 2024 tickets for the Vatican Museums are sold out.

Don’t despair, we have an alternative! Our Highlights of Rome tour features all the famous sights of The Eternal City with the option to visit the fabulous Capitoline Museums. Considered the oldest public museum in the world, the Capitoline is beautifully curated with an astounding collection of art and artifacts to rival the Vatican.

Designed for those who wish to enjoy a complete overview of Rome plus the wonders of the Vatican museums on a tour with a private vehicle and English-speaking driver from their Rome accommodations. Go where buses are not permitted, see more, walk less, and capture the best of The Eternal City.

Features of this day trip to Rome & the Vatican:

  • Pick-up/drop-off at your Rome accommodations
  • Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel (additional cost, must be pre-booked; not available in June/July 2024)
  • St. Peter’s Square and Basilica
  • Piazza Venezia, Victor Emanuel Monument
  • Capitoline Hill
  • Overview of the Roman Forum
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Spanish Steps
  • Piazza Navona
  • Pantheon (additional cost to enter, must be pre-booked)
  • Colosseum (additional cost to enter, must be pre-booked)
  • Arch of Constantine

This exclusive tour starts at the doorstep of your hotel or apartment in Rome. 

First stop, the Vatican. Explore the richest storehouse of art in the entire world: the Vatican Museums, culminating with the Sistine Chapel. Painted by Michelangelo in the early 16th century, the Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes (best known for the iconic Creation of Adam) are a priceless collection of masterpieces.

Enter the expanse of St. Peter's Square through Bernini's elegant colonnades into St. Peter’s Basilica, Christendom's largest church. Resting on 800 pillars and able to hold over 60,000 worshippers, the church houses a mind-boggling quantity of artworks of every type imaginable. most notably the Pieta, Michelangelo's magnum opus sculpted in marble.

Our tour of Rome proceeds to Piazza Venezia, known for the Victor Emmanuel Monument, a gigantic complex of white marble sometimes called the "wedding cake”, and for the building that was Mussolini's headquarters, where he gave many of his legendary speeches from the balcony facing the piazza. 

Climb the graceful steps of the Capitoline Hill, marvel at the symmetrical beauty of the piazza restyled by Michelangelo, and then enjoy a beautiful panorama of the Roman Forum. From this vantage point, you’ll get an excellent view of the Temple of Saturn and the Rostrum where Mark Anthony made his impassioned speech over the body of Julius Cesar.

At Trevi Fountain, you will get an eyeful of Baroque goodness. Remember to throw a coin over your shoulder to ensure your return to Rome!  

After the sweeping Spanish Steps and Rome’s most sophisticated shopping street, you’ll walk through Piazza Navona — and do not forget to try the chocolate tartufo gelato

At the Pantheon, you’ll see the handsome coffered dome and immense Oculus, feats of ancient Roman engineering still there after almost 2000 years.

The last stop will be in the most fascinating monument in Rome, a place where 50.000 people watched cruel battles between gladiators and wild beasts: The Colosseum. After a quick look at the stately Arch of Constantine we’ll take you back to your lodgings.

  • Instead of the Vatican Museums, we would rather suggest you visit the marvelous Capitoline Museums, the most ancient museum of the world, rich in art and history, offering an amazing view over the Roman Forum. This year and the coming 2025, the Vatican Museum is expected to be particularly busy and extremely over-crowded, not permitting a pleasant tour to the visitors.

Your driver can recommend good places for lunch with plenty of local wine.


  • Private vehicle
  • English-speaking driver-guide at your service for 8 hours
  • Pick-up and drop-off right at your Rome accommodations
  • Customizable itinerary
  • Live commentaries and explanations on board
  • Gas, tolls, and parking fees


  • Tickets and guides are an extra cost to be arranged with the office.
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities


Kindly note that the acquisition of skip-the-line tickets is not guaranteed. Procurement is dependent on availability, to be confirmed at the time we go to book them. Booking tickets has become extremely difficult this year due to the activities of huge agencies that have access to sales ahead of agencies such as ours.

Ticket sales for the Vatican Museums open (to us) two months ahead of the selected date; the Colosseum one month ahead.

In the event we can't secure tickets, we will offer you an alternative activity. There is no end to fascinating archeological sites and amazing churches in Rome.

Our intention is not to cause alarm but we felt it was important to be transparent regarding this difficult situation in order to manage expectations. Rest assured we will do our very best to find any tickets you request through our trusted suppliers. We appreciate your understanding.


  • If mass is taking place, entrance to churches may be restricted.
  • The Vatican museums are closed on Sundays, except the last Sunday of the month, provided that it is not Easter Sunday, June 29, or Dec 25/26.
  • For complete details:
  • The order of the sights visited may vary according to local conditions and opening hours.
  • The order of the sights visited may vary according to local conditions and opening hours. Lunch and admission fees are not included in the rate.

Meeting Point

  • Your driver will be ready to wait for you at the lobby of your hotel or outside your apartment in Rome. Please look for your driver and if you are not able to find him, please don’t leave but call the office ASAP. If you think you will be late for any reason, we kindly ask you to contact the office ASAP.


1. Is this tour private?

The tour is private, just for your party.

2. Is the driver also a guide?

Our English-speaking drivers are NOT licensed guides. In order to provide you with the best-in-class service, our English-speaking driving guides have been trained to offer our clients a nice overview with information regarding the major highlights avoiding the expensive charges of hiring a private guide. Due to strict Italian laws & regulations that protect officially licensed guides, our driving guides can comment and explain the sights only from inside the vehicle but are not allowed to do so once they are outside the vehicle. They are regularly licensed instead to chauffeur the public. We highly recommend that you never book with any touring company that does not make this clear.

3. Does the driver go with us inside the monuments?

No, only a licensed guide is authorized to accompany you during the visit of sights. Our driver will drop you off close to the sights but will stay with the vehicle for the duration of your visit.

4. Does this tour include lunch and admission fees to sites?

No tickets are included in the rate. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.

5. Does it include a guide?

A guide is not included. We highly recommend a private guide in the Vatican to get the most out of your visit. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.

6. What is the duration of the tour?

The duration of the tour is 8 hours including pickup and drop off at your Rome lodgings.

7. Is the itinerary flexible?

Our itineraries are completely flexible, and we will be happy to operate any changes to the original itinerary (within reason). Please contact our office with all the requests you may have so that we can better organize your day.

8. Is gratuity included in the price?

Tips are never included in our quotes. We think that a tip shouldn’t be included in the rate otherwise it would be a tax!!! Once in Italy do not feel as though you have to tip everyone because someone told you to. Tip only if you really liked the service. Tips are generally: 10% not bad 15 % great 20 % best tour in my life. Please report any abuse.

Cancellation Policy

There will be a full charge for bookings canceled with less than 72-hour notice for any service required. In this case, a full charge will be made on your credit card. If you miss your flight or if your airline decides to cancel the flight due to bad weather or if your flight is directed to another airport on arrival, please advise us on time (as soon as you know) or a full charge will be made.

Please give us enough time so we can accept other reservations and allocate them to our chauffeurs. If the ship does not make it to the pier for bad weather, you will not be considered responsible so NO CHARGE will be made to your credit card. A full charge will be made for a no-show-up.

Only pre-purchased skip-the-line tickets (if requested) are not refundable under the circumstance and will be charged to your card.

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