View of the interior of the Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica interior and altar
Roman Forum and its famous historical buildings
St. Peter's Basilica iconic exterior at the St. Peter's Square
Faster Than Skip The Line

Special Access Tickets: No-Wait at Vatican Museums & Colosseum with Arena Floor

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  • Bypass the crowds with VIP no-wait access tickets to the Vatican & Colosseum
  • Discover these famous sights at your own pace, with more time inside than on a guided tour
  • Enter the Colosseum through the usually off-limits Gladiator Entrance, leading straight to the arena floor
  • Catch a unique glimpse at the Colosseum’s underground ‘backstage’ 
  • Enjoy an optional visit to the Roman Forum & Skip the Line with escorted access

Tour Description

What's Included

  • Ticket & reservation fees for No Wait Access to the Vatican Museums
  • Map of the Vatican Museums including information on the Sistine Chapel
  • Privileged Colosseum Arena Access
  • Colosseum and Roman Forum ticket & reservation fees
  • Optional Skip the Line for the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill


Sites Visited

  • No Wait Access to the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel (no tour). Once inside the Museums, you can decide what you’d like to see and how long you’d like to spend inside. 
  • Colosseum
  • The Roman Forum/Via Sacra
  • The Palatine Hill

Vatican Museums

See the Eternal City’s most iconic sights at your leisure with these VIP access tickets to the Vatican Museums and Colosseum. Begin your experience at the Vatican, where you will meet a City Wonders representative and be escorted past the long lines and directly into the museums. Upon entry, you’ll receive a map from us that gives you details of all of the masterpieces housed within the Vatican, so that you can plan your visit accordingly.

Once you’re ready to leave the Vatican, make your way to the symbol of ancient Rome: the Colosseum!

The Back Door

Your VIP experience will continue with access through the Colosseum’s “back door” to the Arena Floor. Few people ever see this part of the Colosseum, as it is usually closed to the public.

This is the very entrance that the gladiators used before they went into battle. Feel the glory and majesty of Rome at the height of its power as you walk on the very same stones as those who came to fight here in gladiatorial combat. You’ll also enjoy close-up views of the underground area that served as the backstage for these bloody performances, and the panorama from where the Emperor’s box once stood.

Then onto The Roman Forum

After you’ve been escorted through the Arena Floor and Underground, you will have the option of staying inside the Colosseum to continue your exploration, or you can follow our representative to skip the line at the Roman Forum. From here, you’ll see more of the ruins of Ancient Rome, and have a chance to hike up Palatine Hill for exceptional views overlooking the Forum and Circus Maximus.

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