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Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome

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Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome

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Overview

Combine a trip to two of Rome’s greatest sites in one day. Take advantage of special no-wait entry at the Vatican and skip-the-line access to the Colosseum during this full-day tour. While others wait in line, you experience the majesty of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica, followed by the ancient glory of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum, all with an expert guide.
  • 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
  • Avoid the lines at the Colosseum and explore its first and second tiers
  • Enjoy free time between the Vatican and Colosseum visits

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Skip-the-line passes to the Vatican Museums and Colosseum mean you can save hours of waiting-in-line time during high season. Although not all areas require special clothing, be sure shoulders and knees are covered for when you explore holy sites.
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Professional English-speaking guide
Reserved Skip-the-Line Access and Admission to the Vatican Museums
Reserved Skip-the-Line Access and Admission to the Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms
Reserved Skip-the-Line Access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
Audio headset so you can always hear your guide at the Colosseum
Small groups of 24 people or less
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Transfers between the two tours
  • Via Tunisi, 4 , Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    Vatican 9am: Meet at the bottom of the steps across the street from the Vatican Museums The steps are located next to Caffè Vaticano on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. Colosseum 3pm: Meet at Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the 2nd floor of the metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseum".

  • Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 5 , Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 5, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    Colosseum 10am: Meet at Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the 2nd floor of the metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseum". Vatican 2.30pm: Meet at the bottom of the steps across the street from the Vatican Museums The steps are located next to Caffè Vaticano on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    Start the day with a border crossing into Vatican City, where you breeze past the long lines and through an exclusive partner entrance into the ornate Vatican Museums. More than 200 tour operators have “Skip the Line” entry to the Vatican, but this Official Partner Tour grants you special access through the Private Partner Entrance, which allows you to enter immediately, saving up to four hours during peak season and giving you even more time to explore the beauty of the Museums.

    Once inside, you and your small group enjoy all the highlights of the Vatican with an expert guide by your side. The tour takes in a treasure trove of artistic wonders, from masterworks such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes and 'La Pietà' in St. Peter’s Basilica to the precious relics, paintings, and tapestries adorning the museums’ gilded galleries. Throughout the tour, your expert, English-speaking guide shares fascinating insights only a local could know.

    After your Vatican tour, enjoy free time to sample some authentic Italian cuisine (own expense) before meeting your next expert guide for a tour of the historical heart of ancient Rome. Begin by skipping yet another line to enter the Colosseum immediately. Dominating the center of the Eternal City, this ancient arena puts modern stadiums to shame.

    Then your tour continues to the Palatine Hill, where Rome originated in a battle between two brothers. You are then taken from the origin of ancient Rome to its hub: The Forum, that bustling marketplace where business, politics, and religion mixed. No other tour takes you so close to so much of the history, significance, and fabulous riches of Rome.

    Please note: During the low season, the itinerary described operates in reverse. Tour the Colosseum and Roman Forum in the morning, followed by the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica in the afternoon.
    Itinerary
    Pass By:  
    Vatican City
    Start the day with a border crossing into Vatican City, where you’ll breeze past the long lines and through an exclusive partner entrance into the ornate Vatican Museums.
    Stop At:  
    Vatican Museums
    With your friendly guide, whizz past the long lines and through an exclusive partner entrance into the ornate Vatican Museums. More than 200 tour operators have “Skip the Line” entry to the Vatican, but this Official Partner Tour grants you special access through the Private Partner Entrance, which allows you to enter immediately, saving up to four hours during peak season and giving you even more time to explore the beauty of the Museums.
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Sistine Chapel
    Once inside, you and your small group will enjoy all the highlights of the Vatican with an expert guide by your side. The tour takes in a treasure trove of artistic wonders, from masterworks such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescos and La Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica to the precious relics, paintings, and tapestries adorning the museums’ gilded galleries. Throughout the tour, your expert, English-speaking guide will share fascinating insights only a local could know.
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Guided visit (due to current venue restrictions, the Basilica is NOT included on the tour until further notice)
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Colosseum
    After your Vatican tour, enjoy free time to sample some authentic Italian cuisine (own expense) before meeting your next expert guide for a tour of the historical heart of Ancient Rome. You’ll begin by skipping yet another line to enter the Colosseum immediately. Dominating the center of the Eternal City, this ancient arena puts modern stadiums to shame.
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Palatine Hill
    Then your tour continues to the Palatine Hill, where Rome originated in a battle between two brothers. You’ll then be taken from the origin of ancient Rome to its hub: The Forum, that bustling marketplace where business, politics, and religion mixed. No other tour takes you so close to so much of the history, significance, and fabulous riches of Rome.
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Roman Forum
    Guided visit
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • On Wednesdays, access to St. Peter’s Basilica & Square may be closed at the time of the morning tour due to the Papal Audience
    • The Basilica is also subject to last minute closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we are happy to offer customers a longer tour of the Vatican Museums
    • Only very small bags are allowed.
    • Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women to enter to the venue
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Due to current venue restrictions, the Basilica is NOT included on the tour until further notice
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
    • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

    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 policy on face masks and attendee health during Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome?
    A: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
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome.

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    • "Take pictures when possible, so you can look at details later." See review
    • "Travellers be aware though that the two tours involve a lot of walking, so pack your most comfortable shoes!" See review
    • "Bring sunscreen and a hat, and possibly a parasol, but mind your belongings." See review

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    star-5
    Worth every penny
    Svetlana_S
    , Nov 2021
    Recommend!!! On the Coleseum tour we had Lucia as our guide. She is a lot of fun and very friendly and personable with a great sense of humor. Vatican tour guide was Georgia, so knowledgeable of art and history. Tour was very informative and detailed. We enjoyed it a lot. Note, you need to wear comfortable shoes as both tours require a lot of walking.
    star-5
    Fantastic tour, fantastic guide!
    Joseph_M
    , Nov 2021
    Absolutely amazing. What an experience. Sara(h) really brought ancient Rome to life complete with images of reconstructions! It was a truly immersive experience. The Colosseum just changes your whole perception of human history....the pics don't do it justice and you really need to be in it to appreciate its colossal nature and that's why the tour was very good. The second tour was good. Make sure to visit St Peter's Square and the basilica separately if that interests you as it's not included. It's free. as they are not included....it would be great if Sara(h) did both tours but that's probably a lot of work.
    star-5
    Fantastic combo tour
    melissanelson3
    , Nov 2021
    This was a great tour of some of Romes greatest hits! The colosseum, forum and Palentine Hill were very interesting. We did not anticipate having to figure out how to get from there to the Vatican. Luckily, our guide was awesome and gave us detailed instructions of what subways to take to make it to the next part of the tour on time. The Vatican tour was very good and our guide was fantastic! He is a historian and was able to share so many details about Vatican City as well as the art history in the museum. Long day but would definitely recommend!
    star-5
    Wonderful way to experience Rome through Vidor tour guides
    MaryEllen_M
    , Nov 2021
    Giuseppe our tour guide was a wonderful knowledgeable friendly guide .We learned a lot..Touring the Colosseum in the morning and the Vatican Museum in the afternoon was perfect
    star-4
    Worth the money
    Rachel_K
    , Nov 2021
    The guides were great and meeting locations well defined. I thought we were going to see the Basilica but it was not included and we ran out of time. Transport between the two tours on your own as well. It would be nice to include it as it’s sold as a joint tour.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Knowledge of our guides...
    Janet_W
    , Nov 2021
    Knowledge of our guides was impressive. Vasco had humor and was easy to understand. Oscar was knowledgeable.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
    Jessie_M
    , Nov 2021
    This tour is the way to go! Had two GREAT tour leaders who we’re very knowledgeable and entertaining. Was efficient to be able to skip the lines and do all in one day. Definitely worth the money. Recommend taking the metro between tours. Only took about 20 minutes and gave us time to get a slice of pizza and kick our legs up for a few minutes in between. GREAT EXPERIENCE!
    star-5
    Amazing your with very informative guides
    Liam_G
    , Nov 2021
    Great tour with brilliant tour guides, extensive knowledge, Rome is a beautiful city with so much to see but this tour is fantastic for the two most main attractions. Must do.
    star-5
    Brilliant tour!
    Stephen_M
    , Oct 2021
    This was a lovely and informative tour of the Colosseum and archeological area. Our tour guide Elisabetta was incredible! She had an extensive knowledge of the history. She was an archeologist who had worked on a dig of the golden palace foundations! She shares lots of fun and interesting bits of information about the sites we saw. This was one of the highlights of our trip to Rome.
    star-5
    Would recommend!
    Jessica_K
    , Oct 2021
    Paul and Nicoli were amazing guides they were so knowledgeable and really engaged us in every aspect of the culture and history around these topics. We loved seeing the sites with them!

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