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Florence Super Saver: Vatican City plus Imperial Rome Day Trip by High-Speed Train Including Skip-the-Line Colosseum

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Overview

Spend a day exploring the Vatican and Colosseum with this Super Saver, combining two of Rome’s top-selling tours at a discounted price. Departing from Florence, your day trip includes round-trip tickets on the high-speed train and skip-the-line tours of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. A local guide will lead the way, provided commentary on Michelangelo’s famed frescoes, Roman ruins and other notable points of history, architecture and art in the Eternal City. At the end of your excursion, you will return to Florence.
  • Combine two must-do Rome tours at a discounted price
  • Enjoy a morning Vatican tour and an afternoon Colosseum tour
  • Visit the Vatican Museums to tour the Sistine Chapel and Museo Pio-Clementino
  • Learn about Michelangelo’s La Pietà inside St Peter’s Basilica
  • Hear gladiator tales inside Rome Colosseum, and explore the Roman Forum
  • Make use of skip-the-line entry to spend more time inside the attractions
  • Travel between Rome and Florence by high-speed train

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Save hours of wait time with on-the-spot entry to the Colosseum and Vatican Museums, with round-trip trains from Florence.
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Round-trip, high-speed train transport from Florence to Rome
Professional guide in Rome
Assistance at Santa Maria Novella train station at departure in Florence
1 day Rome Subway ticket
Monolingual small group tour
Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter Basilica's skip the line ticket
Coliseum skip the line ticket
Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Archeological Area skip the line ticket
Food and drinks
Lunch
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Tour leader from Florence - Clients are requested to reach the meeting points in Rome on their own
Piazza della Stazione, 1 Lato, Via Luigi Alamanni, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your day trip will begin at Florence's train station, Santa Maria Novella. Hop aboard the 1.5-hour, high-speed train to Rome and then, after a short subway ride to Vatican City, join up with your guide.

Avoid the crowds and head straight inside the Vatican Museums with your skip-the-line pass. Begin by gazing up at Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel, as well as his famous fresco, The Last Judgment. Learn about the Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere sculptures as you pass through the Museo Pio-Clementino, admire the intricate designs in the Gallery of Tapestries and see ancient topographies of Italy in the Gallery of Maps.

Afterward, make your way inside the enormous structure of St. Peter’s Basilica with your guide. Take note of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s baldachin altar and Michelangelo’s stunning La Pietà. When you’ve finished exploring, enjoy 1.5 hours of leisure time before your next tour begins.  

Imperial Rome Day Trip from Florence:

Your afternoon tour will begin at the Arch of Constantine in Ancient Rome. Skip the line to see where the gladiators fought at the Colosseum, and explore the amphitheater with your guide, hearing stories of battles between beast and man amidst cheering Roman crowds.

Then check out the ancient ruins at the Roman Forum and take a stroll around Palatine Hill. Your guide will discuss the religious rituals in the House of Vestals and behind-the-scenes scandals and politics in the Senate House.

After exploring the forum your tour will conclude, as you make your way back to Rome Tiburtina station. Your 8pm train from Rome will return to you Florence.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Firenze Santa Maria Novella railway station
If you are staying in Florence, but want to see the iconic sights of Rome all in one day… This all-inclusive tour is perfect for you! Make the most of your time in Rome without feeling rushed or overwhelmed. Meet your expert CiaoFlorence representative at “Casa Italo” inside the Santa Maria Novella train station early in the morning. Our staff will hand you a package with your round-trip train tickets, Colosseum tour vouchers, Vatican tour vouchers, 24 hour metro tickets, and a detailed map of Rome. If you have any questions about the fast train, how to navigate Rome, or any general questions about Rome, our knowledgeable staff will be happy to help. Then, when you are ready to go, simply find your comfortable seat on the train, and you will be on your way! The ride from Florence to Rome (Roma Tiburtina Station) will take about 1.5 hours.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Rome Tiburtina
When your train arrives in Rome, you will use your metro pass to arrive at the Vatican. Follow the signs in Tiburtina train station to make your way to the underground metro. Take Metro B to Termini station, then switch to Metro A, and get off the metro at the stop “Ottaviano - San Pietro.” The metro ride will take about fifteen minutes.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
When you arrive at Ottaviano metro stop, your walk to the Vatican Museums will take about ten minutes. Meet your guide at the tour operator office next to the Vatican Museums entrance. Be sure to have your camera ready, your first sights of St. Peter’s Basilica will truly be unforgettable! Your guide will greet you with skip-the-line passes, so you won't have to worry about the long lines or crowds of people. Get ready to begin your three hour comprehensive tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Follow your guide past the long queues of people, go through a quick security scan, and you will be inside the massive Vatican Museums. With much enthusiasm, your friendly and history-loving guide will welcome you inside the incredible Museums! Among 2,000 rooms and 70,000 pieces of art collected under Papal rule for centuries, your expert guide will take you on a three-hour tour to discover the most stunning and important works of art. From the ancient Laocoonte sculpture, to the impressive gallery of Maps, and gallery of Tapestries, to the Raphael rooms, and various other famous sculptures, paintings, frescoes, and relics… The Vatican Museums are packed with invaluable pieces of heritage, history, and art. Your guide will lead you to discover the vivid stories behind these works of art, and you will learn how they all harmoniously come together to create the magnificent Vatican Museums.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
After much suspense, your guide will lead you to one of the greatest treasures in the world… Michelangelo’s masterpiece - the Sistine Chapel. Before entering, your guide will share many secrets of the chapel. You will discover how this simple room became decorated in colorful and powerful images of the Bible, as well as the struggles Michelangelo endured while single-handedly painting this majestic masterpiece. Then, as you walk through the doors, allow yourself to take a moment of silence as you admire the incredible frescoes with an unforgettable feeling of emotion.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Then, follow your guide through a special “guided tours-only” door into St. Peter’s Basilica, where you can skip the line and save lots of time. Your guide will lead you through the Basilica and point out some of the most famous works of art, including Michelangelo’s majestic Pieta sculpture, the only work of art he ever signed. As you look up, you will be entranced by the flickering gold mosaics which line the dome and fill the ceilings - it is truly miraculous. Then, your guide will lead you to Bernini’s “Baldacchino,” which you will learn is built directly over the tomb of St. Peter’s tomb. This Basilica is overflowing with beauty and is one of the most sacred places in the world.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Rome
When your three hour tour has finished, you will have some free time to enjoy wandering through the picturesque streets of Rome. Spend a little over an hour enjoying a delicious lunch of Roman specialties. If you prefer to save time and eat quickly, we recommend you taste a Roman delicacy of “pizza al tagio,” or cut pizza squares with seasonal toppings. If you want to relax and sit at a restaurant, be sure to try one of Rome’s famous pastas: carbonara, cacio e pepe, or amatriciana. Buon appetito!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Colosseum
After lunch, hop back on the metro and take Metro B to the “Colosseo” exit. Alternatively, you can take a taxi. Meet your guide, and you will once again skip the very long lines outside of the Colosseum, saving you plenty of time to discover the inside of the monument. Your guide will dive into the fascinating history of this archeological wonder. Not only is it the largest amphitheatre in the world, but it was also built almost 2000 years ago! Allow your imagination to take you back in time… This theatre was filled with more than 80,000 spectators, including Emperors, cheering passionately for the epic and gruesome games which took place where you are standing. Your guide will happily answer any of your questions while they explain the architecture, history, and legacy of the Colosseum. Be sure to snap some fun photos before exiting the Colosseum and heading to the Roman Forum.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
Next, your guide will lead you to the heart of ancient Rome - the Roman Forum. Over 2000 years ago, these archeological ruins were once Rome's vibrant city center - home to colorful markets, lively taverns, and small businesses. Your expert guide will lead you through the sights, pointing out famous arches, temples, columns, and other structures. Allow yourself to get lost in time and imagine the ancient beauty of the Roman Forum, filled with workers, merchants, and at times - Noble families. We are left with remnants of a city center; however, the Forum holds a great importance to local Romans - it is the true soul of the city.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Rome Tiburtina
After your captivating tour of the Roman Forum, grab some last Roman souvenirs! Then, head back to the metro stop at the Colosseum, and take Metro B directly to Tiburtina train station. From here, you can use your train tickets to board your fast train to Florence. In just 1.5 hours, you will be back in the capital of Tuscany.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Florence
Your fast train will take you back to the train station in Florence, Santa Maria Novella. You will arrive back in the evening with your camera full of Roman memories, and your hearts full of love for Rome and its sights!
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • No tour leader on the tour. Clients are requested to reach the meeting points in Rome on their own
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties
  • The train from Rome to Florence departs at 8pm or 8:30pm, according to availability
  • Please note that on Wednesday morning and for particular events the St. Peter Basilica will not be accessible; in these days we ensure a longer stay inside the Museums
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ciaoflorence Tours & Travels Srl

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Florence Super Saver: Vatican City plus Imperial Rome Day Trip by High-Speed Train Including Skip-the-Line Colosseum?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

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Wonderful all day experience, the...
Mark C
, Dec 2017
Wonderful all day experience, the vatican and guide were wonderful, colliseum was interesting although it would have been better if the guide had shown a bit more enthusiasm, we side tracked on the great rail system in rome to see the trevi fountain as an extra before getting the train back to florence.
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I wish I could give this 0 stars. A...
hema5440
, Nov 2016
I wish I could give this 0 stars. A total waste of money. Horrible co-ordination and instructions. First the landmark in the florence station to meet was a tiny board that you will find tough to fine. Then we reach. The person from the tour company arrives 15 mins late.We have only 15 mins left to catch the train to Rome. There was another elderly lady who was also waiting with us who was to come on the tour. Tour lady says she cannot find her name. After a while she figures it out and then says she was sleepy and that is why she is making these mistakes. Then she mumbles that she cannot do this. All this when we have 10 more mins left for the train and then we ask her shouldn't we start walking to the train. She says 'oh yes', hurries with out instructions packets and says 2 sentences and you will be fine. After we get down at Rome, we are totally on our own to get to the vatican. The tour company just has the train tickets in the packet. A different tour company provides the vatican tour and then again you are on your won to the Colosseum. I cannot stress enough. YOU HAVE TO FIGURE OUT EVERYTHING ON YOUR OWN. the instructions on the tour packet are USELESS. My recommendation to do the exact same tour on your own by spending half the cost - Purchase all tickets ahead online 1. Get round trip train tickets from SM Novella station in florence to Rome ahead of time. Get an early morning train 2. Get a map of Rome and go to the via metro. Get a skip the line tour of Vatican, Sistine chapel , ST.peters 3. After this get lunch, take a metro to the Colosseum. Again get a skip the line tour ticket ahead of time. 4. You will have ample time to do other stuff after this. Enjoy Rome , get the metro to the train station to Florence. YOU DO NOT NEED THIS EXPENSIVE TOUR if you follow the above. Hope this helps!
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We stayed in Florence but really...
Rose D
, Oct 2016
We stayed in Florence but really wanted a chance to see Rome. This was one of the few trips from Florence to Rome that I was able to find. You meet a representative in the train station. We had a little bit of trouble finding them, so I had to call the number but they were able to direct us to the right place. The representative gives you everything you need for the day. It is your responsibility to get to each of the sites. But once we got to the Vatican and Colosseum, we had great experiences. We were really glad that we had a chance to see Rome and this made it very easy, just be ready to navigate to each place on your own. Skipping the line was great and these two sites were highlights of our trip!
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Could not have done this trip...
Susan C
, Jul 2016
Could not have done this trip without this tour. We were met at the train station in Florence, given the train tickets, metro passes, maps, everything we needed for the day. Travelled on the high speed alone, then the metro. A little tricky following the map from Rome metro station to the meeting place but found it. Tour guide was really great, got right into the Vatican with hardly a wait. Without the tour, the lines would be crazy. Very informative! Ran over time so needed to rush a little for lunch but it was a nice break then met the second tour at the Coliseum with a different tour guide. This tour was equally great. A lot to see in one day but it worked well for my son and I. Lots of walking but so worth it. Highly recommend!!
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Our tour was great! It was a long...
Greg C
, Oct 2015
Our tour was great! It was a long day and very crowded at times but our tour leader was very well versed with history and interesting facts. She very accommodating and engaging.
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Perfect if you only have one day and...
caper5
, Oct 2015
Perfect if you only have one day and want to see Rome. It was a long day but worth it. We were met at the train station and given our train tickets for both the outbound and return trip, an all day Metro pass, a detailed instruction sheet and a map to the first meeting point. The instruction sheet listed all the Metro rail stops to take and what time to be where you need to be. I would suggest a couple needed additions to the instructions would be a map from the end of each tour back to the Metro station, and to the afternoon meeting point. If we hadn't had a phone with international service, we would have had a hard time finding the restaurant we were to meet our tour guide at for the afternoon tour. Our tour guides at each location were great. We learned a lot of great information from them. I still can't believe I was at these both these places! This tour took care of all the planning, we bypassed the very long lines, and made it possible to see the top spots in Rome in one day.
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I am sorry that this trip was not what...
Gloria C
, Aug 2015
I am sorry that this trip was not what I expected. It was not organized well.
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This was the worst trip I have every...
Rachel R
, Jun 2015
This was the worst trip I have every gone on. First, I was expecting a tour from ciao Florence because that is the company viator sets you up with. This is not the case. They give you and envelope and basically say good luck navigating Rome by yourself! We ended up waiting in line for over an hour!
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