VIP tour of Rome (5/8hrs) Colosseum & Vatican Museums, tickets

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From $511.98

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 5 to 8 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get the most out of visiting the top must-see sights of Rome on a private guided tour. You’ll skip the lines with priority tickets, leaving more time to learn about the history of some of Rome’s most impressive ancient sites from your guide. While you’ll be transported around Rome via comfortable vehicle, you will walk with your guide through each site, for a more intimate and close-up experience. Tours are fully customizable to suit your needs and interests.
  • Receive personalized attention on a private tour
  • Hotel transfers via Mercedes or Opel van are included
  • Enjoy the freedom of a flexible itinerary
  • An ideal trip for travelers who want to see Rome’s most famous sights

What's Included

  • Private and Customizable tour (We do not combine groups)
  • Licensed tour guide (8hrs). Meet your guide to your hotel, private apartment, B&B, train station
  • Private, courteous and safe driving Chauffeur (8hrs) with luxury Mercedes sedan or van
  • Your hotel, private apartment, B&B, train station in Rome pickup and drop off included
  • We will purchase your Colosseum (Eur 37,00 cash PP) and Vatican Museums (Eur 37,00 cash PP)
  • Early Morning Vatican Museums with priority access to Sistine Chapel STL tkts (Eur 50,00 per person)
  • Port of Civitavecchia pickup and drop off Extra charge of Eur 250,00 cash per van
  • Fiumicino airport pickup or drop off (one-way) Extra charge of Eur 90,00 cash per van

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Pickup details

- Tour from Rome: Meet your tour guide to your hotel, B&B, private apartment - Tour from FCO or CIA Airport (one-way): Extra Charge of Eur 90 cash per van - Tour from the Port of Civitavecchia (Pick-up & Drop off): Extra Charge of Eur 250 cash per van

What To Expect

Vatican Museums

2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Sistine Chapel

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

St. Peter's Square

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Roman Forum

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Palatine Hill (Pass By)


15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Trevi Fountain

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Circus Maximus

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Piazza del Campidoglio

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Piazza Venezia / Ancient City

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Via del Corso (Pass By)

Spanish Steps

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Piazza Navona

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Campo de' Fiori

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
  • Vehicles are collapsible wheelchair accessible, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations.
  • Earphones are mandatory for groups (more than 5 guests) inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • For last minute bookings, skip the line tickets (Colosseum or Vatican Museums) may be sold out. In that case you may decide to divide the hours of the tour and visit the Vatican the next day.
  • The Vatican Museum is open Monday to Saturday. The museum is closed on Sundays except for the last Sunday of each month, (providing this does not coincide with Easter Sunday, 29 June or 25 & 26 December) when it opens from 9am until 2pm (final entry at 12.30pm).
  • A single van is used for up to seven people. For groups over seven people two Mercedes vans are used. A single guide is used for each individual group regardless of the number of people.
  • Our office will purchase your Colosseum and Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica skip-the-line tickets. Your tour guide will have your tickets. You'll pay the tickets only cash directly to your guide.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Due to high demand Colosseum and Vatican Museums tickets may all be sold at the time of tour booking. Our office will inform you about the actual availability of tickets for your tour.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips

If you have limited time or would like a professional experience with a mix of education and culture, then take the 1 Day Rome Tour.
If you don't think you can afford this, then wait one year, save your money and go the following Year!


97 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Excellent Guide led us through Rome
Trey_C, Jun 2023
We had a great time in Rome. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and was very friendly. Wish we had a week to explore Rome, but hit all the major destinations in record time.
Best full day small group tour
Tanya_S, May 2023
We did the 8 hour tour with Nikola and he was an excellent guide. We had a group of 6 people and we’re able to see everything we wanted.
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you very much for your review. I will inform Nicola. Grazie Simona
Fantastic day with Nicola
Holly_M, May 2023
We had the very best day with Nicola and driver! We saw more of Rome than I dreamed we would see on this first trip to Italy…all in one day! Nicola is so knowledgeable about the art, architecture and history surrounding the places we visited. I’m anxious to research more about all of it when we return home. He was able to get us tickets to Vatican and Colosseum and, with his official guide access, we avoided the long lines. And the driver sure made things easier on the feet and legs! We will contact Nicola for our next visit and I’ve already recommended this tour to my friends who will be visiting Rome later this year. Ciao!
Response from Host, May 2023
Ciao Holly Thank you very much for your review. I will inform Nicola. Grazie Simona
Alessandra is the best
Gregory_S, May 2023
Alessandra is the best professional tour guide I have had the pleasure to employ. She is outstanding, knowledgeable, and very organized.
Response from Host, May 2023
Buongiorno Gregory Thank you very much. We will inform Alessandra about you review. Grazie Simona
Best experience in Rome
Scott_P, May 2023
We had the absolute best experience of our whole vacation with Nicola and our driver. He was funny and easy going and grew up in Rome so he was sooooo knowledgeable of the area. It was perfect. Not too much walking and we had time to shop and he took pictures for us. He recommended restaurants for us. He was great and would definitely recommend to anyone. Well worth the price!
Response from Host, May 2023
Ciao Scott Thanks for your nice words. It is an immense satisfaction on our part to receive compliments from our customers. We are happy that you enjoyed our private tour and we hope to see you again soon in Italy Thank you very much Simona
Shahrukh_L, Apr 2023
Sisteen Chapel and Colocium were breathtakig. The personalized tour was also a very good experience to see everything at your own pace
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thank you Lali I'm happy you liked your private tour of Rome with Nicola and Ernesto. Thank you very much for your nice review. Simona
See it all and learn alot in one day or spread over two days if you have more time.
Philip_T, Mar 2023
We only had one day in Rome to experience the city and its history. With these experienced archeologists as guides we were able to make excellent use of our time. No waiting in lines, plenty of time for pictures and questions while masterfully negotiating the crazy traffic. There were 8 of us in group so there were two Mercedes vans for us. We also opted for lunch restaurant reservations to keep group together. Had an excellent sampler lunch that included a taste of many terrific foods and a home made Lemoncello apertif. Alexandria (Ally) was superb. She provided enough information to create the seven hills of Rome while being entertaining at the same time. Nikola our driver was able to point out many important buildings and sites while negotiating the traffic to the major sites. We were even able to add an additional stop that my spouse wanted to see. Only extra thing that I might suggest would be for them to provide bottled water. If you want to know the real history of Rome I highly recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hello Philip Thank you very much for your nice review. Grazie Simona
Amazing tour of Rome with Viator
Lee_E, Nov 2022
Our entire experience with Viator was excellent. We were picked up at the port where our cruise ship was docked, by a very nice chauffer in a comfortable Mercedes van. We met our very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide once in the center of Rome. He took us to all of the highlights of Rome that was on our list of "must see" , the van was always close by to take us to the next site. We only had one day in Rome and our tour guide did an excellent job helping us to see as much as we could. For lunch he recommended a very good restaurant and even ordered for us. The food was fabulous!! We highly recommend Viator to anyone traveling, especially in a foreign country where navigating around can be challenging. Our tour guide had all the necessary tickets and we never stood in line at all. It was a great experience !!!!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you very much for your review Ciao Simona Limousine Service in Italy
The best bucket list tour of the trip.
Charles_T, Oct 2022
Guide and Driver were very friendly and knowledgeable. Treated the group as family and respected all aspects of the tour.
Wonderful Private VIP Tour of Rome
Joe_B, Oct 2022
Nicola was wonderful. Informative and entertaining experience. The ease of the tour with a private car and driver made dealing with the crowds and traffic so much easier.
Rome in a day
Nancy_S, Oct 2022
The guide was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed her. The city was very crowed but she got us into sr most everything.
Prompt, Professional and Fun
Michelle_A, Sep 2022
Alessandra and Nicola were amazing 🤩 They really made our 9 hour tour of Rome informative and fun. The history was brought to life through the descriptions and details they taught us. They tailored the day to our interests and ensured that we had an enjoyable day. Prompt, professional and fun. Would highly recommend them to anyone. In fact, we have friends traveling in 2 weeks to Rome and already passed on their information so they can have a fantastic time as well.
Allesandra was fantastic...
jacki_h, Aug 2022
Allesandra was fantastic and so full of knowledge and energy. I have already recommended her to others
Maria_V, Jul 2022
This was money we’ll spent! The tour was amazing and we saw a lot in one day without waiting in long lines. Our guide Alessandra was highly knowledgeable and fun as was also our driver Nichola!!!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Buongiorno Maria Thank you very much for your review. Grazie Nicola
The best experience ever
John_S, Jul 2022
Absolutely fabulous. We arrived FCO early but Nicola collected us promptly and introduced us to our guide, Alessandra. She was fantastic, very knowledgeable, and exceeded every standard. After Our day in Rome, Marco expertly drove us to Civitavecchia to board our ship. Wel have been on many city tours. This was the best. Accomodating, knowledgeable and agile. Will definitely use this company next visit.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hi John Grazie for your review. I hope to see you back in Rome. Thank you very much Nicola
Well orchestrated whirlwind tour of key Rome highlights
Jay_L, Jul 2022
Tailored personal guide experience with very experienced docents and driver waiting in air conditioned and spacious van to pickup after each stop and whisk you to the next location. The best way to pack in the highlights of Rome all in one day, and learn some secrets of the city along the way
The best tour of Rome!
Victoria_B, Jun 2022
Maria, our guide, was fantastic! She was knowledgeable, funny, spunky and extremely well versed in local history.
Wonderful Tour of Rome
Vonda_W, Apr 2022
The tour was incredible and Nicola was very accommodating and full of fascinating information. It was a thorough and wonderful introduction to so many of the great sites in Rome. He took us to interesting off-the-beaten-path locations as well as the main places. I highly recommend this tour and specifically Nicola.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you very much Vonda We are happy you liked our private tour. We hope to see you again in Italy soon. Simona
Highly recommend!!
Kyle_A, Oct 2021
Highly recommend this tour! Nicola knows everything there is to know about Rome and their main attractions and it made the experience so fun and informative for my wife and I. It’s more pricey than some of the other tours you might see on here but I assure you it’s worth every penny. Nicola and his driver Max made our trip to Rome so memorable!
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Thank you for your review. We are happy that you enjoyed our tour and we hope to see you again in Italy soon. Simona
VIP Tour of Rome, Colosseum & Vatican Museums, Driver & Private Tour Guide with Skip the LIne Tickets
Angela_C, Dec 2019
We had an amazing time with Nikolai and Sergio. Nikolai was the guide and Sergio was our driver. Nikolai spent the entire day with us and took the time to explain the history of every attraction we were seeing. They were both sincere and warm people. They made our trip in Rome special. In addition, they took us to the most amazing restaurant to eat Osteria Dei Pontefice; the same restaurant he and Sergio take their own families too. We walked in and they were making home made Ravioli. It was the best food we ate in Rome. I highly recommend this tour, book this tour early to ensure you have a wonderful experience. Of special note, they even catered our trip a bit to our needs and wants.
Response from Host, Dec 2019
Thank you Angela for your nice review. Ciao Simona
A Wonderful Day in Rome!!!
Steven S, Dec 2019
We had just one day in Rome and this tour turned out to be one of the highlights of our vacation. Our guide Nicola provided all the history, stories and facts we could have ever wanted. Our driver Stefano provided safe and pleasant transportation and knew all the right side streets to allow us easy access to all the areas we wanted to visit, including a stop at one of the best Gelato shops in Rome on the way to our Hotel. Well done!! 👍
Response from Host, Dec 2019
Thank you very much Steven for your nice review. Ciao Simona
Tour of Rome sites
Bink4668, Nov 2019
Alisandra (sp) was our tour guide and did a wonderful job. We immediately established a good rapport with Ali. Her knowledge of the sites and their history and the fact we were able to go to the head of the lines at the Coliseum and the Vatican made the experience so much better. She even arranged a good Italian lunch at a local restaurant in the middle of the day. This was clearly one of the best tours we have arranged through Viator as was a tour of Barcelona we took a year earlier.
Response from Host, Dec 2019
Thank you very much for your nice review. Best Regards Nicola
Chris R, Nov 2019
Only had one full day in Rome, so we opted for this personal tour. We were picked up at our hotel at 8 sharp by our driver and personal tour guide. Both the driver and guide were amazing. The driver and guide (Nicola) worked together to ensure we saw the most in the 8 hours. No lines, no waits and a very knowledgeable guide ensured a wonderful tour. We were dropped close to the sites and picked up at the other side. Very personal tour structured just for you. Yes, it is a bit expensive, but in our opinion, worth every penny. Nicola also arranged for a car to take us to the airport the next morning for $40e less than the hotel. Just do it....
Response from Host, Nov 2019
Hi Chris We are glad that you enjoyed our private tour. We thank you for writing the review and hope to see you again soon in Italy. Regards Simona
We saw it ALL!!! In just one day!
valoriewestlund, Oct 2019
We were in the city for just one day from our cruise ship. We really got to see everything and this would not have happened with out our great tour guide and driver!!!!! He even took us out for Gelato at the end of the day.
Response from Host, Nov 2019
We are glad that you enjoyed the tour. We thank you for writing the review and hope to see you again soon in Italy. Regards Simona
A Wonderful Day in Rome
Judy V, Oct 2019
Laura was our guide and she was magnificent. She helped us plan a wonderful day full of surprises. She could not have been more accommodating and pleasant. We were able to see all of the sites we wanted to see and more. She made our time in Rome so special. I would highly recommend her and this tour to anyone visiting Rome.
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Thank you very much for your nice review. Simona
Simply Stunning
Rick K, Oct 2019
We were torn on how to do Rome. We were only there for a few days and didn’t know whether to spread things out or try to knock it “all” out in a day. Well we opted for a private tour of the Coliseum, Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Paul’s Basilica. Well it was just simply amazing. 8+ hours with Patrizia was just incredible. Her knowledge was amazing and had pertinent information on all the sites. She even has a nice surprise for you prior to entry into the Vatican. I can’t recommend this enough. Really made the trip.
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Thank you very much for your nice review. Simona
Rome in 1 Day
228clemw, Oct 2019
If you have limited time or would like a professional experience with a mix of education and culture, then take the 1 Day Rome Tour. It may seem a high price, but it was worth every cent even if I was staying longer in Rome. The value was apparent by having a highly educated and trained professional that was able to customize all aspects of your day and amount of learning mixed with culture and fun. I would suggest Alessandra as your tour guide. Her warm personality combined with years of experience will apparent from the beginning. She will be able to customize your day based on local knowledge of the attractions. If possible, request Gabriele as your driver. He was able to professionally maneuver the streets of Rome and always managed to be a few steps from where we ended an attraction. Combined together, they made for 8 of the best hours your can ask for in Rome. I would book them again if returning and do a different day trip. I would have never learned or been able to navigate Rome as efficiently as possible without them. Their knowledge of when and where to be at any time along with their relationship with the staff helped to not wait in lines and have true VIP experience. Highly recommend and reviewed the other reviews prior and completely agree with all and more. You won't be disappointed -
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Thank you very much for your nice review. Simona
So highly recommend this tour!
TexAnn1, Oct 2019
Easily, one of the best tours ever. I organized this trip for myself and seven friends. We had a few other tours on our vacation, which were all excellent but I think this one was everyone's favourite. We could have personalized it but we were happy to follow their recommended list of sights. Every single one of us kept saying how much we were enjoying it. Rome itself is just an incredible city - an ancient building or statue at every turn - but our guide, Alessandra, and two drivers, Sergio and Stefano, made it extra special. We could not recommend them highly enough. Alessandra was definitely a highlight for us. She was so knowledgeable and engaging, and her enthusiasm and excitement about her city and its history were infectious. She made each stop so interesting with background stories and illustrations for each part. She alternated between the cars as we were driving short distances to different places and when we didn't have her in our car, our driver would tell us about the places we were passing. They were all so professional, warm and friendly. They had our skip-the-line tickets all set up in advance, they had great recommendations for the tour and we just sat back, knowing that we were in expert hands. I don't have enough superlatives to do this tour and Alessandra justice.
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Thank you very much for your nice review. Simona
Kathy H, Oct 2019
Laura our tour guide and Nick our driver were both completely excellent!!! We visited many of the places in Rome BEFORE the crowds arrived as they planned the trip perfectly to ensure we missed the crowds.....when we got to the Trevi Fountain we were the only ones there....a few days later we went back to visit the Trevi Fountain on our own and it was packed with tourists....the Collesum and the Vatican parts of the tour were awesome too....we missed all the lines and learned soooo much from Laura as she is extremely knowledgeable! She was extremely personable and navigated us thru the crowds with prescision - she lead us thru the tour at a comfortable pace. They were also very accommodating with any and all requests that we had. 4 of us were on this private tour and we all would rate this tour a 10 star if we could.......
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Thank you very much for your nice review. Grazie Simona
Best guide and so helpful
Barbara_S, Sep 2019
Nicola, was a fabulous guide. He knew I was having some mobility issues and worked to accommodate my needs. We got to see ll that we wanted to see on our full day tour He was very professional as was the driver. I'd highly recommend Nicola to tour with It was great to skip the line and see all the major sights in one full day.
Response from Host, Sep 2019
Thank you very much for your review. Regards Simona

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