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Skip the Line: Colosseum, Vatican and Historic Rome Small-Group or Private Tour

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Skip the Line: Colosseum, Vatican and Historic Rome Small-Group or Private Tour
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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Get acquainted with Rome's most important sites, including skip-the-line entry at the Vatican and the Colosseum, on this whirlwind full-day tour. Optimized for travelers without time to spare, learn about ancient Rome's history, culture, art, and architecture. Round-trip transportation from downtown Rome included.
  • Full-day tour of ancient Rome's highlights
  • Great choice for travelers who want to see Rome in a day
  • Skip-the-line access to Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Vatican Museums included
  • See Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and sample handmade gelato
  • Small group of 15 people or fewer
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Transport from downtown Rome to the Vatican
Homemade gelato
English-speaking guide
Privileged express entrance to the Colosseum, Vatican Museums & St. Peter’s Basilica
Transport from City Center to the Vatican
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Lunch
Via delle Terme di Tito, 72 , Via delle Terme di Tito, 72, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Meet your guide at the entrance of Colle Oppio Park on the corner of Via di Terme di Tito and Via Nicola Salvi. The entrance is opposite Oppio caffè.

St. Peter's Basilica , Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

At St. Peter's Basilica.

For the morning portion of your tour, meet your guide and small group of fellow travelers near the Colosseum. Skip the long lines with your fast-access tickets and proceed directly inside to begin exploring the ancient world's epic sports arena. Listen as your guide describes the harrowing contests that took place there.

Head over to the Roman Forum, where you climb up a nearby overlook to get a peek inside instead of slogging through the crowds awaiting entrance. From your vantage point, you can see the Temple of the Vestal Virgins and the Senate House, and your guide helps you imagine how the forum functioned as the center of Rome's society two millennia ago. 

Step inside the Pantheon, the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world, and hear how it was built. Then head for the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona, streets made famous in the film 'Roman Holiday,' with a gelato in hand. 

Take a break for lunch on your own, then meet your guide again. Enjoy skipping the lines again and head inside for a curated tour of the Vatican's highlights, during which you see the Laocoön Group, the sculpture galleries, and the Raphael Rooms. End up in the Sistine Chapel, gazing upwards at Michelangelo's famous frescoes.

From there, choose between extending your stay in the chapel and the Vatican Museums, or skip the lines and enter St. Peter’s Basilica directly from the Sistine Chapel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Piazza Navona
Jumping ahead in history, you’ll be treated to a delicious gelato as you stroll through streets made famous by films like “Roman Holiday”, stopping at the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona for a few glamorous photo ops
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
The day ends contemplating Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. From there you can choose between extending your stay in the chapel and the Vatican Museums, or skip the lines and enter St. Peter’s Basilica directly from the Sistine Chapel. We recommend that you follow your guide since it will save you a walk of 30 - 40 minutes and, during busy times, over an hour of waiting in line.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Trevi Fountain
Jumping ahead in history, you’ll be treated to a delicious gelato as you stroll through streets made famous by films like “Roman Holiday”, stopping at the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona for a few glamorous photo ops
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Piazza Venezia
Piazza Venezia
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Our specially-curated Vatican tour highlights the best works in the huge (some might say “overwhelming”) collections and give you a broad understanding and appreciation of what you’re seeing. Along the way we’ll take in the sculpture galleries and the world-famous ‘Laocoön Group’.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
St. Peter's Square
St. Peter's Square
Stop At:  
Colosseum
We start at the Colosseum, bypassing the long lines with all-inclusive tickets that bring you straight into the ancient world’s greatest sports arena. Your guide will give you the harrowing tails of gladiators and martyrs that have made the Colosseum famous and also explain their political and social importance to ancient Romans.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Pantheon
No walk through ancient Rome is complete without stepping into the Pantheon. This nearly 2,000-year-old building has the largest un-reinforced concrete dome in the world. As you goggle up at it from inside, you’ll hear the story of how it was built and why it has inspired so many other buildings, from St. Peter’s Basilica to the U.S. Capitol Building.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Your tour will end in St. Peter's Basilica where you will have skip the line entrance to get inside, though there is no guided explanation inside the church.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Roman Forum
Next you’ll stroll over to the Roman Forum to learn how it functioned as the beating heart of Rome’s all-encompassing empire. Instead of slogging through the crowds inside the Forum (we don’t have much time, after all!) your guide will lead you to a stunning overlook.
Pass By:  
Piazza Del Risorgimento
Piazza del Risorgimento
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note, this tour is wheelchair accessible with some difficulties. We advise clients to contact Walks Customer Service Team to make further arrangements.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with strollers on this tour.
  • Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for child reduction.
  • There is a new rule at the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill that only small backpacks and regular-size handbags are allowed inside. Guests with larger bags and big pointy umbrellas will not be allowed to enter (there are no storage facilities) and all guests must now pass through a security check before entering the Colosseum.
  • St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel are holy places and thus, the attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Please note that, since the chapel is at the end of the Vatican visit, it is sufficient to bring extra coverings with you and put them on before our entrance to the Vatican.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • From August 6th 2021, all Italy sites we visit will require clients and guides alike to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test completed within 48 hours prior to entry. They will also require a legal form of ID matching the vaccination or test results. More info on the Italian Government website
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walks - Italy, Spain & Greece
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.

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 Skip the Line: Colosseum, Vatican and Historic Rome Small-Group or Private Tour?
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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Colosseum, Vatican and Historic Rome Small-Group or Private Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip the Line: Colosseum, Vatican and Historic Rome Small-Group or Private Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Colosseum, Vatican and Historic Rome Small-Group or Private Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line: Colosseum, Vatican and Historic Rome Small-Group or Private Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Colosseum, Vatican and Historic Rome Small-Group or Private Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip the Line: Colosseum, Vatican and Historic Rome Small-Group or Private Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Colosseum, Vatican and Historic Rome Small-Group or Private Tour.

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  • "Take an umbrella or poncho and spare socks if there may be rain." See review
  • "There is a lot of walking and a lot packed into one day (bring water, you can refill throughout the day)." See review

Reviews

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star-3
Only do this tour if in good shape
Jon_W
, Sep 2021
The colosseum was amazing, and was awed by the Vatican. This tour is a good overview BUT..guests need to be aware there is about 4 miles of walking ( my husband clocked 18,000 steps on fit bit). And it is guide dependent. Our group included about 4 (of 13) who struggled. At each location used elevators instead of steps requiring remainder of group to wait while they worked way through elevator Q. Guide did not manage time well. Trevi fountain crowded so we were told to just move on but then spent 15-20 minutes at another fountain. Only had 45 minutes for lunch so half group had to leave food at table to catch bus, only to wait 1 hour to get into Vatican. Guide knowledgeable though.
star-5
Great
Carlos_A
, Sep 2021
Excellent tour guide and experience. I loved the Vatican part of the tour, wish we could have spent more time.
star-5
Unforgettable Experience
Sasha
, Aug 2021
I would first like to commend our tour guide. Despite the recent changes to the policies requiring a green pass and the heat of the day she remained professional and engaged. She was very engaged in all facets of the tour and had in-depth knowledge of all the sites we visited. Thankfully the lines, aside from at the Pantheon, were not too long. Traveling in a smaller group was also great because we were able to individually ask her questions or for clarification. She was also kind and patient with us as we were traveling with a baby. I would definitely recommend for all types of groups.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Must do if not in Rome for a long time!
Liesel_C
, Jul 2021
Tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable with the history of Rome. Long day (7.5 hours) but was able to see a lot of great spots. If you are not in Rome for a long time, this is the tour to do.
star-5
Amazing!
GrandTour17385259352
, Oct 2019
My tour guide Paolo was AMAZING! He was knowledgeable, personable, and engaging. There is A LOT of walking but all of the sights and history distract you from it. Paolo was very conscientious of the group's needs and interests. I highly recommend this tour because of the smaller group size. I was only in Rome for a short time but I feel like I saw everything thanks to this tour. Paolo definitely deserves a raise!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hi GrandTour17385259352, Our Rome in a Day tour is definitely the perfect way for guests who are short on time to see the Eternal City. We are delighted that our guide Paolo looked after you so well, and that you found the entire experience very enjoyable. That is just what we want to hear from all of our guests! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
star-5
Roma
mmiller211
, Oct 2019
What a pleasure - unforgettable, educational, fun and even philosophical. We enjoyed the sites, subjects and guide’s approach very much.
star-4
Great tour but no return ride provided
buckeyetraveler56
, Oct 2019
Flavia is very knowledgeable and has a very high level of energy (keeps you engaged). There is a lot of walking and a lot packed into one day (bring water, you can refill throughout the day). For us it may have been better to schedule the Vatican City portion of the tour on another day (too much to take in during one tour). Be aware that the tour ends at Vatican City and it is up to you to find your way back to your lodgings (they do not take you back to the original meeting place). I think that this should be more clearly stated under 'what is not covered'. Recommend using the Metro (1.5 E) to get back, it is easy to use. Taxis are available but can be a little pricey.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello buckeyetraveler56, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are delighted to learn that you had a fantastic time Flavia as we strive to select guides with extensive knowledge, and a passion for what they do and we are glad it shows! We generally do not offer a drop off service after our tours, and we are sorry this is not well communicated. We will take your feedback into account to ensure this clearly outlined in our description moving forward. Thank you once again for your feedback. We hope you will have the opportunity to tour with us again soon! All the best, The Walks Team
star-5
Excellent
Sightsee33241608467
, Sep 2019
The trip was great, guide Cloudia had very good knowledge about all the sites we visited. the trip is recommended for visitors who are short on time in Rome.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you for your kind review! We are delighted to learn that you had such a fantastic experience with Cloudia. We want every experience to be “five stars”! and that is why we are so glad to see that we did not disappoint on this occasion
star-2
no guide in the San Peter Basilica.
Turu12lecter
, Aug 2019
At the end of the cistine chapel we choose no to extend the time in the chapel and I ask the guide if she will be with us in the Basilica .She said no and she will be waiting for us in the meetig point.I thouhg they may allow only tourists without guide inside.When I enterto the Basilica I realized that all the grups had guide ,In others words in the most important part of the tour we had no guide .They advertising something that is not true .I call Viator to let them know my complain and it was uselees .
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Dear Turu12lecter, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy your time at St. Peter’s Basilica! While this is a fully guided tour, the guided portion does end in the Sistine Chapel, as noted in the “What to Expect” section. From there, guests have the option of how they want to end their day, by either staying in the Vatican and admiring the beauty of the museums for longer, or entering St. Peter’s with skip-the-line access. For those who do decide to skip-the-line for St. Peter’s Basilica, our guides give a brief intro of the basilica before escorting everyone inside. From there, the tour is officially over and everyone is free to walk around the site as they wish. Again, we are sorry that you were unable to fully enjoy your time in St. Peter’s Basilica. We know how tiring an all-day tour can be, which is why we like to give our guests the option of how they want to end their time at the Vatican. We hope that you were able to enjoy the rest of your tour and had an excellent time in Rome! All the best, The Walks Team
star-5
Do this tour
Navigator597492
, Aug 2019
Tour was great. You need the "skip the line" tour. It is worth it!! I went during August, so it was hot, but just bring water and comfortable walking shoes.

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