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Supersaver: Vatican Museums and Colosseum Small-Group Tour Access from the Arena

Roma, Italy

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icon5 hours to 6 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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See the most popular attractions in Rome with this combination 5.5-hour small-group tour of the Colosseum, and Vatican City. Enjoy skip-the-line entry for each sight and a professional guide to enhance your experience.
  • 5.5-hour small-group combination tour of the Vatican and Colosseum
  • Enjoy skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museums and Colosseum
  • Explore the massive Vatican Museums collection in a 3-hour guided tour
  • See the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica
  • Visit the imposing Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This small-group tour grants you access to the Colosseum's arena floor, usually restricted to the public.
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Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transportation from Vatican to Colosseum

Departure Point

1: Via Vespasiano, 28, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
2: Via Frangipane, 30, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

10:30 AM

Return Details

Via dei Fori Imperiali, Roma RM, Italy
Meet your guide outside the Vatican Museums at 8:30am to begin a 3-hour Vatican tour. Enjoy skip-the-line access to this incredibly popular museum complex. Get insights into the highlights of the Vatican Museums collection from your expert guide, including the frescoes in the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel.

Walk through a reserved skip-the-line passageway from the Sistine Chapel to St Peter's Basilica with your guide. Visit the largest church in Christendom. Don't miss Michelangelo's beautiful Pieta and Bernini's Baldachin.

Take a break for lunch (own expense) before meeting near the Colosseum. Rejoin your guide for a 2.5-hour tour of the sights of ancient Rome. Bypass the queues to the Colosseum with skip-the-line tickets to see the impressive amphitheater.
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums and Pope's apartment, School of Athens by Raphael.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican City
Vatican Galleries including the one of the Maps, Tapestries and Candelabra
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Frescoes of Michelangelo
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Pieta of Michelangelo, Bernini's Baldachin, Popes tombs and the Altar of the "Cattedra"
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
This 3-hour guided tour with fast track access to the Colosseum through the Gladiators' Gate; our storytelling guide will take ancient history back to life. With multiple start times to choose from throughout the day,you will join a small group of average 18 participants  (maximum 24 people) and discover stories and anecdotes on Roman Emperors, Senators and Gladiators. You will depart from our office where you will receive personal headsets for a better listening to the guide and be introduced to our passionate guide and in 3 hours you will discover Ancient Rome!. With our fast track entrance you will access in the center of the Arena, have your camera ready to discover the Colosseum where Gladiators and wild beast did their combats. The morning times were reserved for the "Venationes"  where the "Bestiarii"  Gladiators were fighting the beasts.  Access through the special Gladiator's Gate  and take the chance to step into Arena stage where Gladiators used to join the fights!
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
From this stage you will visit the ring that overlooks the underground areas of the Colosseum. While you take in the amazing view, your guides will share their knowledge about the history of Ancient Rome and of the Colosseum in particular. The guides are all licensed and have a degree either in Art History or Archaeology, and enrich their explanation adding amazing anecdotes about the Colosseum, its spectators, the fights between wild beasts and gladiators, and the lives of the powerful Emperors and politicians of the time.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
Your tour of Ancient Rome will continue to the Palatine Hill, one of Rome’s seven hills. Here, emperors and wealthy families used to have their houses built, to enjoy the stunning view over the Roman Forum and Circus Maximum. Your group will then walk down the Palatine Hill and stroll among the ruins of the Roman Forum, an archaeological area that the guide will bring alive sharing more history and anecdotes about Ancient Rome. Our guides use overlay books and 3D pictures to show you how each column, temple and building used to look like at that time. You will understand what those ruins used to represent, linking them to the main characters and events of Ancient Rome’s history.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • A current valid passport or ID document is required on the day of the tour for children under 18 as proof of age and also for adults for the entrance at the Colosseum
  • St. Peter's Basilica is a Church and as such the Vatican can decide to close it for religious functions without any notice. Local operator is not responsible for unexpected closure of the Basilica. If the Basilica closed for religious functions, you'll spend more time in the Vatican galleries with your guide
  • Please be aware that to enter the Colosseum it is necessary to pass a metal detector security check. Visitors cannot avoid these checks. Even though skip the line tickets are purchased in advance, local operator is not responsible for time spent waiting to pass security checks
  • The tour consists of 2 different tours: a Vatican tour in the morning and a Colosseum / Ancient Rome tour
  • If you choose the option with Roman Forum and Palatine hill, the order of the visit of this tour can be: first Roman forum and Palatine hill and then Colosseum
  • If you arrive late you might lose the entrance at the Vatican or Colosseum
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Please note that, for disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%, the Vatican Museums offers free entry that is extended to a companion for visitors who are not self-sufficient. To benefit from this, make sure you mention it at the time of booking so that our staff may handle your request.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Supersaver: Vatican Museums and Colosseum Small-Group Tour Access from the Arena?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Supersaver: Vatican Museums and Colosseum Small-Group Tour Access from the Arena.
What is the policy on sanitization during Supersaver: Vatican Museums and Colosseum Small-Group Tour Access from the Arena?
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Supersaver: Vatican Museums and Colosseum Small-Group Tour Access from the Arena.
What is the social distancing policy during Supersaver: Vatican Museums and Colosseum Small-Group Tour Access from the Arena?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Supersaver: Vatican Museums and Colosseum Small-Group Tour Access from the Arena.
What is the maximum group size during Supersaver: Vatican Museums and Colosseum Small-Group Tour Access from the Arena?
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Supersaver: Vatican Museums and Colosseum Small-Group Tour Access from the Arena.

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31 Reviews
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Interesting walk through history
, Sep 2019
Tour guide was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the Vatican. The use of the headsets were great and the first time for me. It was nice because you didn’t have to be right near her to hear what she was saying. The Colosseum tour was amazing! Roman architecture is breathtaking! This tour, in-line many others allowed us to be on the floor of the Colosseum, it was a much different perspective than being on the perimeter. The tour guide we had for the second half was also very knowledgeable, he said he was an archeologist, and was able to answer all our questions. We met interesting people on the tour and were able to reconnect after the tour was over and in the next city.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Ramn architecture is indeed breathtaking! Thank you for choosing to experience our Supersaver: Vatican Museums and Colosseum Small-Group Tour Access from the Arena tour!
A really wonderful Tour
Robert Charles I
, Jun 2019
We had a great tour of Forum, Palatine Hill and the Colosseum. Our small group met at the Tour Office and we walked firstly down into the Forum. It rained a little and an Umbrella was necessary. There were "cheap" umbrellas on sale for 5 Euro - and slightly dearer umbrellas for a negotiated 8 euro. Get the dearer one as one of the Tour bought the cheaper one and it lasted only to the top of Palatine Hill (20 minutes?). The tour took us through the forum, up Palatine Hill and then to the Colosseum. Being on the main arena floor and looking up is really worthwhile. You can only stay for 20 minutes and then the tour progresses up into the stands. There is a lift for those less mobile. The tour was a highlight. Loved Rome!!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thank you, Robert! Happy to learn you loved Rome and our tour!
Excellent guides, good place for tourists.
, Dec 2018
Our guide for the Vatican tour was Diego, a lovely man who explained everything thoroughly and made sure the group was together before moving on. Made the tour engaging and responded heartily to questions asked. Also made sure everybody could see what was going on and was very friendly when guiding us. For the Colosseum tour, our guide, Dennis, was similar and made the experience enjoyable. Made sure to keep eye contact with us at all times to ensure we were listening and kept us engaged. Knew the attraction well and even threw in his own personal opinion at times! Both tours were very fun and taught us a lot about these places in Rome. Could’ve been better if we had time to check out the gift shop so we could purchase souviers though. Overall, a great experience!
Vatican Museum and Colosseum Tours
, Jul 2018
So first of all, these two tours should not be grouped together. They were a lotbto absorb and if someone chose to do both so be it, but it was too long as a whole. They are two seperate tours which we had to arrange transport ourselves to each one. Both tour guides, while they knew their material, their Italian accent was very strong and they both spoke at the group instead of to them. I could hear other guides not doing this. The Vatican Tour wait was ashame as we watched City Wonders groups walk in ahead of us. The Colosseum tour would have been much better if at first we didn't have to walk 15 minutes extra just to get to the tour office, then wait there for at least 30 to 40 minutes while they straightened everything out.
, Jul 2018
Our guide was superb. He was very informed and enjoyable. He was thoughtful funny caring.i would 4ecommend him to anyone
Tour was amazing. Even though there...
Dylan J
, Apr 2018
Tour was amazing. Even though there was a lot of people at the sites, the guide made it easy and you really felt relaxed to enjoy the experience. Finding the office for the afternoon tour was a little challenging. Our tour guide Diego was very knowledgeable and personable.
A guided tour which shows you all...
Efi K
, Feb 2018
A guided tour which shows you all MUST-SEE sights in Rome in one day. We skipped the lines in the Vatican and the Colosseum and we had two good professional qualified Rome guides, Flavia for the Vatican in the morning and Diego for the Colosseum, Palatino and Forum in the afternoon. It includes the highlights of all sites above, without being too long or boring with many details. Both tours were done with headsets, which is also good. We started with no delays for them both. We exited the Vatican around 12.00 and we had to be at the meeting point for the second tour at 13.00, so make sure you don't spend much time shopping or having lunch for a long time, otherwise, you'll miss the second tour for the Colosseum, Palatino and Forum. One piece of advice: We did not know that the main street by our meeting point for the Colosseum, Via Imperiale, is closed to traffic on the weekends, so we took a taxi and it could not take us too close to the meeting point. Better use the metro from the Vatican and get off in front of the Colosseum if it's a weekend. I do not think walking is feasible within the free time left between the 2 tours. The 2nd tour ended around 16.30, so it is a full day and one must be prepared for much walking and some climbing, but it is worth doing it. I definitely recommend it and hope it always has as good guides as we had!
This was a great deal! Paid for in...
, Dec 2017
This was a great deal! Paid for in Cdn ahead of time and being recognized at arrival for tour was very comforting. The guides were wonderful, full of information, very easy to understand, enjoyable to be with and accommodating to individuals in the small group. This is a full day so be prepared as it is well worth it. Skip the line is exactly that ... good thing as you should have seen the line if you had tried to enter the Vatican on your own. Having a guide is so very necessary unless you are a Historian in Art and Culture. I would book again with Viator for future excursions anywhere! Thanks to our guides as they were outstanding!!
Everything about the tours was...
, Oct 2017
Everything about the tours was fantastic, especially the guides we had. Our only problem was the second part of the tour was scheduled for us at 1:45 PM, and when we showed up the tour had already left at 1:00 PM. Our paperwork had given us an erroneous meet time so the tour group put us into a later group.
The Vatican tour was wonderful - and...
, Oct 2017
The Vatican tour was wonderful - and so glad to be able to skip the lines. Claudia was a terrific guide and handled the pressure of the large crowds beautifully. The Colloseum tour was also very good - though we felt that our tour guide wasn't quite as sensitive to the large group and her pace was sometimes a little too quick for the participants. The group was large, and she didn't always wait for the stragglers to catch up. Her knowledge and presentation were great, though. Overall, a great way to see the highlights, particularly on a limited time frame. We were expecting smaller groups, but the people we met - both guides and other travelers - were very congenial. Would recommend.

Product code: 21175P40

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