• Skip the line Colosseum tour
  • Vatican Rome Tour
  • Vatican and Colosseum Rome tour
  • Vatican and Colosseum Rome tour
  • Rome highlights guided tour
  • Rome highlights tour
Classic (More than 16 people)

Skip the line best of Rome Highlights with visit to Vatican and Colosseum Tour

Kick off your day in Rome by visiting the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica on this once-in-a-lifetime tour. Once you leave the world’s smallest country, it’s onto ancient Roman sites such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. 

 

About this tour:

Duration
8 hours
Languages
English
Live tour guide
Our expert guides selected for you
Personalized attention
Experiences designed for your needs
Free cancellation

Flexible reservation

Skip the line

Avoid the waiting queues

Highlights
  • Discover the hidden treasures of the Vatican such as the museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica
  • Explore the world's largest amphitheatre, the Colosseum
  • Marvel at the incredible mosaics in St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Relive Rome's glorious past at the Roman Forum
  • Skip tedious queues with the skip-the-line option included

Discover the highlights of the eternal city with this tour of Rome. There’s early entrance to the Vatican and St. Peter’s, as well as a tour of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum

Explore the history, mystery and masterpiece of one of Europe’s last city states

Take a trip into the capital of the Catholic world with early entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums. You’ll be able to go behind the curtain with no-one else around for a visit on a completely different level, as an expert takes you through the art and religion housed in the museums. Thanks to the skip-the-line option already included with your tickets you will have a fast access to the monuments and the Vatican Museums. You will thus avoid long and tiring queues and gain immediate access to the iconic sites of Christianity. Being the burial place of St. Peter, in fact, the Vatican has always been considered a kind of holy “city within a city”, a second Jerusalem.  See the Sistine Chapel, Gallery of Tapestries and Raphael’s Rooms, then it’s onto St. Peter’s Basilica where you’ll admire the incredible mosaics such as Michelangelo’s Pietà. Prepare yourself for the side effects of Stendhal syndrome as you enter the Sistine Chapel, a pearl of the Italian Renaissance produced by the mastery of Michelangelo, and lift your head to probably the most famous and admired ceiling in the world. Immerse yourself in the Last Judgement: the seemingly infinite fresco magnificently adorned with the realistic and powerful figures of God, Adam and all the Saints. Don't forget to try to spot the artist's self-portrait among the various figures depicted! In this sacred place, defined by Pope Giovanni Paolo II as the place of action of the Holy Spirit, the conclaves of cardinals have been meeting cyclically for centuries to elect a new pope! 

Take a tour of Rome’s most enigmatic landmark

After spending the morning in the Vatican, you’ll discover the origin and soul of the Eternal City with an no-frills visit inside the Colosseum and its Arena. Accompanied by an expert in art and history, you’ll be given an introduction to the history of the ancient stadium, the reason it was built and the story of the famous “Roman Games”.  The Flavian Amphitheatre is the largest in the world and also the best preserved. Don't miss the opportunity to take some souvenir photos to share with friends and family once you return from your stay. Our expert guide will introduce you to the thousand-year history of this monument, why it was built, the story of the famous 'Roman Games' that celebrated victories over enemies, overseas conquests and the greatness of emperors, as well as stories of famous fights. Once you have finished the tour you can enjoy a relaxing walk through the Roman Forum, from the Arch of Titus to the Temple of Saturn, Vespasian and Antoninus Pius. Then, take a beautiful walk to the Roman Forum where you’ll see the arch of Titus, the Temple of Saturn, and Vespasian and Anotninius Pius in the ruins which were once the social, political and commercial hub of the Roman Empire. Be amazed by this impressive district full of temples, basilicas and lively public spaces. Immerse yourself in the daily life and habits of the inhabitants of Rome 2000 years ago and the greatest and most powerful empire of all time, learning the story of its rapid rise and ruinous fall. 

End the tour with a climb to the founding spot of Rome

Last but not least, our tour will end when we climb up to the place where - according to legend - Rome was founded, the Palatine Hill, where Romulus decided to build his palace.The Palatine Hill was where Romulus decided to build his Palace. You will enjoy a spectacular view of the city and can decide whether to end your tour or freely continue by visiting some of the other archaeological sites available, such as the Domus (houses) of Augustus and Nerone (visits and tickets available on request).From here, you’ll enjoy a spectacular lat view of the Roman Forums and part ways with the tour group. Should you wish to, you’re free to continue your tour visiting other sites on the hill, such as the Domus (houses) of Augustus and Nero. The perfect end to an unforgettable day in the Eternal City!

Important Information

Please note that the departure time of these two tours is subjected to change, awaiting further information from the Colosseum management. All the bookings made from 15th December 2023 until further notice are considered as not refundable!

Please inform us of any food intolerance or allergy in advance.

We regret to inform you that this tour is not suitable for guests with wheelchairs or with impaired mobility.

Entry to the Vatican Museums is based on strictly timed tickets. For this reason, late arrivals cannot be guaranteed access.
All visitors must have a photo ID for the security check.
The Vatican Museums imposes a mandatory dress code: knees and shoulders must be covered otherwise you will not be able to enter.
Due to exceptional religious events, St. Peter's Basilica might be closed without any notice.

Included

Licensed English speaking guide
Skip the line access to Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica
Skip the line entrance to Colosseum, Arena and Roman Forum
Only in English for the highest quality

Meeting Point

This is a combo tour with two different meeting points and a break between the tours.

 

  • Meet your guide on top of the stairs next to Caffè Vaticano, find us holding a white sign with the "Towns of Italy" logo.

     

  • Meet our tour leader in front of the “Arco di Costantino”, looking at the Colosseum from the short side of the arch.

Starting from

€129,00

price per person