We have crafted the only one-day tour combining the Colosseum and the Vatican – arguably the two single-most important attractions in Rome. Make the most out of your precious vacation time with No-Wait Access special entrance to the Vatican as well as Skip-the-Line access to the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica. Then we dazzle you even further with visits to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. This hand-tailored route has been specially designed by our expert local English-speaking guides, so you gain the most experiences and memories in the least amount of time.
Your morning begins in the Vatican Museums where you’ll glide past the lines and crowds directly to the precious collections. See the world-renowned Sistine Chapel, spin in awe within the Raphael Rooms and walk amongst history beside ancient sculptures, priceless paintings medieval maps, tapestries and archaeological relics.
Your expert local guide will entertain you with fascinating tales behind the famed masterpieces, bringing the Catholic collection to life. Be tantalized by the secrets held within Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel including a personal message to the Pope himself. Your guide is the key to unlocking these marvelous mysteries.
Your relaxing walking tour continues to St. Peter’s Basilica*, home to artistic masterworks including Michelangelo’s Pieta and the magnificent altar. Stand beneath one of the largest domes in the world and be awestruck by the ornate basilica. Then enjoy free time to amble through the area on your own, explore the cobblestone streets, dine in an authentic Italian café, and enjoy life as a modern Roman citizen.
Now that it is the early afternoon, it is the perfect time of day to visit one of the new world wonders, the Colosseum. Built in 70 AD it isn’t actually new but its recognition around the world only grows in popularity as the centuries tick on. Our expert local guides are well versed in history and archeology with a unique true Italian perspective. They’ll take you back in time to ancient Rome and recount the glory and the gory history of this awe-inspiring amphitheatre. Imagine yourself as emperor ruling over the crowds gathering in the thousands to watch gladiators battle, politicians debate, prisoners be executed and plays be performed within these towering walls walls.
Your adventure through time continues on to the Palatine Hill. This is the site from which Romulus, the wolf-raised twin of Remus, founded the city that would grow to become an empire. Here you can easily imagine life as an ancient Roman aristocrat walking through the Roman forum, the heart of Rome’s political and economic power. See the most important sites of the Eternal City on this incredible yet intimate 25-person or less City Wonders tour. It’s the only one of its kind.
St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites are subject to occasional closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or appropriate alternative. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered.
Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access.
The tours meet at a location very close and convenient to the entrance of the Vatican Museums. Full details of the exact location are included on the confirmation voucher you will receive when you book your tour.
If you wish to explore the Colosseum on your own after your tour, you should take our Express Colosseum Tour with Gladiator's Entrance and Special Arena Floor Access (with or without Breakfast). This gives you a guided tour of the Colosseum only. After the tour you can choose to either enjoy the skip-the-line entrance tickets to the Roman Forum (our guide would accompany you to enter but the visit is not guided) or stay inside the Colosseum without the guide.
For any other tour however, our tours follow a pattern of visit and you would not be able re-enter the Colosseum without waiting in the line and purchasing an additional ticket.
No. With our tickets, it is not possible to re-enter the Vatican once you leave as the Vatican tickets are single entry only.
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