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Visit Rome’s historical headliners on this full-day priority tour that combines skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums with skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum. Led by a knowledgeable guide, you’ll enter the Vatican Museums via an exclusive reserved door to explore its renowned collection of art masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco in the Sistine Chapel. Then visit St Peter’s Basilica before spending the afternoon at the Colosseum and Roman Forum, where you’ll learn about the fascinating ruins of Ancient Rome. You’ll have free time between the two tours to buy lunch.

Highlights

  • Full-day Rome combo with skip-the-line walking tours of the Vatican Museums, St Peter's Basilica and Colosseum
  • Combine two best-selling Rome tours in one memorable day, led by expert guides
  • Enter the Vatican Museums through a reserved entranceway with a guarantee you will not wait in any long lines
  • View the Vatican’s art treasures, including Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and visit St Peter’s Basilica
  • Avoid the lines at the Colosseum and explore its first and second tiers
  • Tour the fascinating ruins at the Roman Forum and visit Palatine Hill
  • Enjoy free time between the Vatican and Colosseum visits

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What You Can Expect

Rome Combo: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica and Colosseum Walking Tour

Skip the lines to explore Rome's iconic Colosseum

Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica tour:
Meet your guide in Vatican City to begin your combo tour of Rome’s two most historical and iconic attractions. With your skip-the-line ticket, enter the Vatican Museums through a reserved door for exclusive tour partners, avoiding the long entrance lines, even the priority ones. Follow your guide around the museum complex, home to the world’s most renowned collection of art, from Renaissance masterpieces to classic statues. Dozens of rooms and galleries are housed here, and you’ll visit the most well known, including the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of the Candelabra, learning about the histories of these rooms and their contents as you go.

Admire the Pinecone Courtyard and Raphael’s Rooms before finally arriving at the Sistine Chapel, where you can gaze up in wonder at Michelangelo’s famous 16th-century ceiling fresco, The Creation of Adam, as well as The Last Judgment wall fresco. When your time in the chapel is up, continue to St Peter’s Basilica—the world’s largest Catholic church, known for its enormous dome—to see another Michelangelo work, his La Pietà sculpture, and be wowed by Bernini’s bronze baldachin altar canopy.

At this point, you’ll be left by your guide to enjoy free time for lunch and to make your own way to the meeting point for the second half of your tour (food, drinks and any transport are at your own expense).

Colosseum and Ancient Rome tour:
After meeting your guide, skip past the main entrance line to the Colosseum with your fast-track ticket, and head in the amphitheater for a tour of its first and second levels. While you walk, listen to tales from your guide about the gory gladiator battles and other events that took place here centuries ago to entertain emperors and some 50,000 spectators.

Leaving the Colosseum, walk over to the neighboring Roman Forum, the center of political and commercial activity in Ancient Rome. As you explore the ruins, learn about sites like the Temple of Julius Caesar, and climb up Palatine Hill for a panoramic view of the ruins and Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Your tour comes to an end here, from where you can continue exploring on your own.

Please note: During the low season, the itinerary described operates in reverse. You’ll tour the Colosseum and Roman Forum in the morning, followed by the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica in the afternoon.

Customer Reviews

URSULA J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Our first experience in Italy started off with an amazing, very friendly guide. I loved how passionate he was it made the experience better. We enjoyed having him through the 2 tours and this was better then expected. Thank you again Vasco! - I hope I spelt that correctly :
If you take this tour I would recommend asking for him since the tour felt like it was his first with the extensive detail and passion he has.

Sylvia V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Really great way to see the highlights. There is so much to see and would be really difficult to find the masterpieces on your own. I recommend doing this tour and then the next time you visit the Vatican you can take the time in the areas you didn't get to see.

armomup

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Outstanding tour not to be missed
Our tour guide Gigi was exceptional!

Rebecca H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The two tour guides we had for each tour, David and Damian we're fantastic. They knew so much and was really easy to listen to and understand. Very interesting too.
Well worth doing just to skip the line! So the added expertise and direction was great. Me and my boyfriend really enjoyed it and learnt a lot from both of the tours.

Definitely would recommend!!

Amanda N United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Skip the line was the best thing we could've done, tour group was very organized and on time. First tour: Vatican City: There were many tour groups, for a group of 8 we were able to all be in one group with a simple request that morning of the tour. After that it was an easy entry within 10 mins through security and the tour guide was very knowledgeable. Second Tour: 1:30pm Colosseum, same thing, very organized and knowledgeable tour guides. Be prepared for a long day, LOTS of walking!!!

kavi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Thanx was fabulous and breath taking a tour .

Kim

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Absolutely amazing tour for all parts. Very in depth tour of history and all. Would highly recommend for American travelers!

Lauren D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Maria Luisa was a great guide!

Bob M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tours. Our tour of Vatican was great. and yes, skip the line worked and so so great. Crowds can be burdensome, but on this tour we got right in. Our guide spoke very good English and she was very knowledgeable..
Fabrizio was our Colosseum guide and he did a great job as well. We weren't scheduled to go to the arena floor, but he got us in there.. WOW so fantastic. He was very knowledgeable as well, and we so enjoyed our tours..
IF you are visiting Rome, and want to tour these places, book with these folks. They did a great job. Yes, it was a very full day 9-5 but if your time is limited, and you need to cover many places in 1 day, this tour is so worth your time and money..

P M S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent.

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