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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

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.

Lilian T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Glad we did both tours. Both tours of the Vatican, Sistin Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica with the Colosseum in the same day will require a very substantial amount of walking -- and it started 8:45 am and ending at 6 pm, with only a quick lunch in between. Maybe if we had more days in Rome, we would do the tours separately. But the tours themselves were pretty great!! I wished our first tour guide had a lightly accent, so I can understand her better. However, both of our guides were still very good and very informative.

Diulianelli

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was excellent but is a very long day. Walked 11 plus miles and about 30 flights of steps. Morning tour guide of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica was excellent. Natalia was very knowledgeable, interesting and kept everyone's attention. We were not provided with a time for the afternoon Colosseum tour so arrived at meeting place early to make sure we didn't miss it. We were signed up for the 3:00 pm start time but luckily were able to get it moved up to the 2:00 pm time. The afternoon guide was knowledgeable but a little drier in his delivery. The Colosseum tour also includes the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, so be advised that the whole day does involve a lot of walking!

Steven

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was amazing and the tour guides were both very knowledgeable and pleasant. This was a wonderful way to see all of these sights with a small group and skipping any long lines.

Lorri K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was an amazing tour if you don't mind doing alot of walking. My daughter thought it was the best part of our trip.

Rajeshwer S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Glad we got skip the line tickets to the Vatican. The regular line would have taken couple of hours. Even with skip the line it took us 15 mins. We got out there probably 5 mins past our reporting time. There are nearly 10 to 12 guides waiting to escort people in. We were asked to stand in a common line where they verified your tickets and then were told which guide to go to. You are given a headset to wear to hear what the guide has to say. It is important to get it for everyone in your trip. The guide gives you instruction on where to wait and how long using that. You can use strollers in most of the museum. However you have to check it in for the other parts. We did feel a little rushed in the Vatican. However, that's how you can cover a lot in a short time. Colosseum tour was very good. We seemed to have enough time there.

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