Day tour Rome: what to see in the Capital plus day trips advice

Day tour Rome: what to see in the Capital plus day trips advice

What to see in Rome in a day, also from Civitavecchia

Recommended day tours to Tuscany, Amalfi coast, Pompeii

Planning a day tour in Rome is not as simple as you can imagine.

The world-famous Eternal City is literally packed with attractions, ranging from artistic treasures inherited from the past to contemporary places of interest, such as festivals, music and live shows, food and wine, made in Italy fashion and craft industry, breathtaking sceneries, just to name a few.

How does a tourist disentangle the immense range of the Italian capital?

How is it possible to make an organized and satisfying sights schedule?

How is it possible to condense many visits in just one day?

The only thing you need is good trip advice.

And this is exactly what you are going to find in this guide for (not only) day-trippers.

  • Best highlights of Rome to explore in one or few days.
  • Top sights to see outside the city for incredible day tours from Rome.
  • Where to go, what to do and how to get there.

This article is to share with your our extensive knowledge on Rome tours and trips in Italy.

Because we want to allow everybody visit Italy and Rome just like locals would do – which happens to be incredibly satisfying.


If you want to explore the wonders of Rome and best highlights in Italy as the perfect insider, you need private transportation.

Hold on. We’re not suggesting you to rent a car and drive in Italy – in chaotic city like Rome. This is not going to happen, unless you are an expert Italy traveller and you’ve experienced driving in this country before, including top cities.

This tip is going to be useful for everyone.

Hire a private driver and plan with an experienced agency your custom itinerary in Rome and outside.

This means your day tour in Rome and from Rome will be escorted by a professional driver guide. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the exploration.

Now you know this, let’s jump to awesome trip advice to see Rome in a day plus great tips for day trips from Rome.

Day tours in Rome: what to see in a day

There’s no such thing like a day tour in Rome starting in Vatican City. This is the global headquarter of Christianity, the Holy See ruled by the Pope. It is also the smallest State of the world: it is formally an independent country, an enclave located in the middle of Rome.  

Here you need to see St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican museums. First tours start early in the morning around 7.30 AM.

You wouldn’t tell you have seen Rome if you hadn’t stopped at Colosseum, aka the Flavian Amphitheatre. This is where gladiator’s shows took place back in Roman times. Make sure you get to see the Imperial Fora at short distance from Colosseum, and Pantheon, former Roman temple which is now used as a church. Still have time? Jump to Spanish steps and piazza di Spagna and have a refreshing gelato.

In order to make the most of your time, ask your driver to get skip-all-line tickets for every sight of your itinerary. This will make a huge difference.


Vatican City in Rome, Italy

Day tour from Rome port of Civitavecchia: don’t miss a chance

Maybe you don’t have much time to spend in Rome, because you’re in a cruise? Don’t worry. With a well-scheduled private day tour from Civitavecchia Rome port you’ll get to see the best highlights of Rome. Here’s what you need for the shore excursion made easy.

At 8 o’ clock AM meet your driver guide at your port of call near Rome, which is going to be Civitavecchia, for sure. The tour will last until 5 or 6 PM depending on your cruise guidelines. Knowing that you need one hour to get to the center of Rome and one hour to go back to your ship, you’ll have up to 8 hours to spend in the Capital of Italy. You did not expect it, uh?

So, same advice applies here as well: Vatican City and Colosseum on top. But you can also try a different itinerary. What about a food tour chasing top restaurants and typical trattorias, along the busy streets of Rome?

After a day tour in Rome you want to have some day tour to explore what’s outside the Eternal City? Sounds like a good idea. Here’s what you can see within a day trip from Rome.

Day tour from Rome to Tuscany: get to Florence and Pisa

In one day you can get to see a lot of Florence and Pisa. Tuscany is an easy drive from Rome, and going by an escorted tour will be a pleasure. Florence most popular treasure is Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral set in the very heart of ancient town, just a stone’s throw from river Arno. Enjoy the external polychrome marble panels which made up its iconic Gothic design. Walk to piazza della Signoria and peep into the Dominican’s basilica of Santa Maria Novella. You’ll see geometry everywhere and this is among stunning aspects of florentine architecture. Speaking of – Pisa is next stop: it’s the city of the world-famous Leaning Tower, a must-see sight. Anything else? Piazza dei cavalieri (Knights’ Square) which is considered by locals as “the” place to see in Pisa.


Florence Cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, Italy

Day tour from Rome to Amalfi Coast and Pompeii

More into sun and seaside? Jump to Amalfi Coast, then: an idyllic stretch of coast that rises south of Naples. Sorrento is closest to Rome, but you have many other destinations to choose from, like Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, and lesser known peaceful villages. For this particular area of Italy ask your driver guide help you plan the itinerary. This is a region of suggestive scenic drive over the coast, along narrow streets, passing plains and hills. The journey is an important part of the day tour from Rome to Amalfi coast.

You can choose to visit either or both Pompeii, seat of one of the world’s most beautiful archaeological sites bating back to Roman times.

Hope this guide might help to figure out what to do and see during a day tour in Rome and outside Rome, whether it is from Civitavecchia port, or to close destinations like Florence, Pisa, Pompeii and Amalfi coast.

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