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Full-Day Combo: Complete Colosseum & Vatican Museums Tour

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6.75 h.
Mon to Sat

Our Complete Colosseum & Vatican Museums Tour is ideal for those who want their vacations overflowing with art and history. Your local art historian guide will take you through our Official Vatican Private Partner entrance to visit the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. After lunch, you can save even more time using our Reserved Access to enter the Colosseum and Ancient Roman Forum.

  • Make a day of it with two of our best-selling Rome tours and save money.
  • Tick the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill off your must-see list.
  • Avoid the lines with our Reserved Access at the Colosseum and Official Partner Entrance into the Vatican.
  • Let your English-speaking guide pass on their expert knowledge about these world-famous attractions.
  • Groups of 24 people or less and significantly reduced crowds at all sites.

Tour Description

What's Included

  • Entry to the Vatican Museums with our Reserved Access
  • Sistine Chapel Access
  • Entry tickets and Reserved Access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Small groups of 24 people or less
  • English speaking expert local tour guides
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Vatican and Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill

Two of Rome’s most iconic attractions – the Colosseum and the Vatican, join in partnership with our expert English-speaking guides to create a complete culture-packed tour of Rome. 

Discover the Papal Art Treasures

Once you meet your expert art historian guide your day of culture will begin. You’ll be taken on their favorite path through the Vatican Museums. The sensational Sistine Chapel awaits. As you delve deeper into the Museums your guide will point out pagan sculptures, massive maps from the middle ages, and the Pope’s personal collection of paintings, tapestries, and unique treasures. You’ll even visit their old papal bedrooms, many of which now hold artworks from the giants of the Renaissance like Raphael and Pinturicchio.

Of course, no trip to the Vatican is complete without the Sistine Chapel and you’ll get to look up at Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoes including the ‘Creation of Adam’ and the ‘Last Judgement’. After the chapel, say ‘arrivederci’ to your Vatican guide and make your way through St Peter’s Square to locate some of the tasty local culinary culture.

Uncover the Stories of Ancient Rome

After your free time, make your way across town where your new guide will bring you into the Colosseum via our Skip-the-line tickets. Step back in time in this gruesome wonder that struck fear in the heart of both pagans and Christians. As Byron said on his first visit to the Colosseum, ‘Murder breathed her bloody steam’. Your expert historian guide will explain how the amphitheater was built to reflect the culture of the Romans at the time.

No visit to Rome is complete without discovering the birthplace of the city. Your guide will take you up the nearby Palatine Hill to see where Romulus founded the city that expanded into an empire. As you ascend to where the Emperors built their palaces into the hill you’ll also pass through the many temples and columns of the Roman Forum where Senators argued back and forward with each other about whether they wanted a people’s Republic or a semi-divine dictatorship.

As you explore the Eternal City, you’ll discover that these questions, like great art and massive monuments, remain with us.
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Important Notes

Please note that from August 6th, 2021, all public venues in Italy will require visitors above the age of 12 years old to present valid ID and certification proving that you have either:

  • Been vaccinated with an EMA or AIFA approved vaccine (Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech, Vaxzevria by Astrazeneca, Janssen by Johnson & Johnson and Moderna);
  • Been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs;
  • Recovered from COVID-19, attested by a PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than six months old;

The certification will only be accepted if issued by an approved issuing body of the following countries: EU, Schengen Zone, Canada, Israel, Japan, United Kingdom, and the USA, in either digital or paper format. They must be presented in Italian, English, French, or Spanish. For more information, please refer to the following website:

Please note that due to current Covid-19 restrictions and new safety policies, all customers will be required to wear a mask on City Wonders tours. Temperature checks will also take place at tour venues; if your temperature is above 37.5°C you will unfortunately not be able to attend the tour.

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A Dark Rome tour is the product of meticulous research, detailed planning, and a passion for providing customers with travel experiences they will cherish forever.

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