We have crafted the only one-day tour combining the Colosseum and the Vatican – two of the single-most important attractions in Rome. Embrace our No-Wait Access special entrance to the Vatican as well as Skip the Line access to the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica. You'll also the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. This hand-tailored route has been specially designed by our expert guides in order for you to gain the most experiences and memories in the least amount of time.
Your morning begins in the Vatican Museums, where you’ll pass the lines and crowds and go directly to the collections. See the world-renowned Sistine Chapel, gaze in awe within the Raphael Rooms and walk amongst history beside ancient sculptures, priceless paintings medieval maps, intricately detailed tapestries, and other archaeological relics.
Your guide will entertain you with the fascinating tales behind the famed masterpieces, bringing the collection to life. Be tantalized by the secrets held within Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, including a personal message to the Pope himself. Your expert 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 Pietà 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 explore on your own; traverse the cobblestone streets, dine in an authentic Italian café, and enjoy life as a modern Roman citizen.
In the early afternoon, you'll venture to one of the new world wonders - the Colosseum. Built in 70 AD, it isn’t actually new, but it's only grown in popularity as time has progressed. 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 glorious, gory history of this awe-inspiring amphitheater, from vicious battles to political debates.
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 tour. It’s the only one of its kind.
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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