Full-Day Combo: Essential Vatican & Colosseum Tour
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Full-Day Combo: Essential Vatican & Colosseum Tour

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Tour Highlights

  • Save money by combining our two best-selling Rome tours into a single day
  • Visit the most important attractions in the Eternal City including: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Gain insider knowledge from your expert, local guide about each of these historic landmarks
  • Save precious time with our official No-Wait Partner Access at the Vatican & Skip the Line Access at the Colosseum
  • Headsets & small groups of 25 people or fewer so you can always hear your guide


One day, the two most important attractions in Rome – the Vatican and the Colosseum with our No-Wait Access. See the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and St. Peter’s Basilica. This is the tour to make the most out of your precious vacation time in the Eternal City.
Altar of the Sistine Chapel

No-Wait Access at the Vatican

Cross the border into Vatican City, the world's smallest independent state and enjoy No-Wait Access to the Vatican Museums, where you'll see famous artworks including the Sistine Chapel.

Front view of the Colosseum

Feel like a Gladiator

Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, this is one of the most highly-recognized attractions in Italy and around the world. The largest of its kind, it has towered over Rome since 70 AD, hosting mock sea battles, gladiatorial contests, executions and plays over the centuries.

St. Peters Basilica Vatican

St. Peter’s Basilica

Named after one of Jesus’s twelve apostles and one of the largest churches in the world, this towering structure houses an ornate collection of Late Renaissance architecture and art, including Michelangelo’s 'Pietà'.

Tour Description

The only one-day tour combining the two single-most important attractions in Rome – the Colosseum and the Vatican – you’ll also be treated to visits to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Enjoy No-Wait Access special entrance to the Vatican and Skip-the-Line access to the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica, taking advantage of your limited and precious vacation time. With routes specially designed by our expert local English-speaking guides, you’ll save even more time and get more incredible sites and memories in.

We begin the morning with a tailor-crafted itinerary through the Vatican Museums where you will be ushered past the crowds to the most important and famous artwork housed here. Stand in awe beneath the Sistine Chapel, tour the Raphael Rooms and enjoy a wide variety of galleries filled to the ceiling with ancient sculptures, medieval maps, pristine paintings, delicate tapestries and precious relics.

Hear fascinating stories only a local would know with your expert English-speaking guide. Learn the interesting personalities behind your favorite pieces of art, bringing the ancient collection to full vibrancy. The frescos of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel hold hidden secrets, including a personal message to the Pope and your City Wonders guide will be your key to unlocking these clandestine communications.

We next stroll to St. Peter’s Basilica, the home to multiple marvels and masterpieces including Michelangelo’s Pieta and the magnificent altar. Bask before the ornate basilica and its impressive dome -one of the largest in the world. Then enjoy free time to explore on your own and dine at a nearby authentic Italian café. Stroll through the center of Rome and take in the bustling sights and sounds of life as a modern Roman.

In the early afternoon, once relaxed and well fed, we cross over to the Colosseum, one of the world’s greatest wonders. Experts in archaeology and history, our local English-speaking guides will take you back in time to the ancient Roman empire, recounting the gory and gruesome spectacles, battles and politics that played out here. It is a great and awe-inspiring amphitheater more magnificent than any modern arena and it looms in the center of this great metropolis, just waiting to welcome you.

But the adventure doesn’t end there. We step further back in time to Palatine Hill where Rome was founded by the wolf-raised Romulus. Imagine yourself as an ancient aristocrat debating your foes in the Roman Forum, the political and economic heart of the ancient empire. It is an experience like no other in the Eternal City, and only City Wonders can provide it on an incredible, intimate one-day excursion.

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What's included

  • Skip the Line Access to the Vatican Museums
  • Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip the Line Access and tickets to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Headsets, so you can always hear your guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or less
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guides

Sites Visited

  • Vatican and Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill

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Important notes

St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites are subject to occasional closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or appropriate alternative. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access.

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With City Wonders it's not just facts, our passionate guides tell you the stories that bring the sights to life.

  • All of our guides are experts in their field
  • We only hire fluent English-speakers so nothing is ever lost in translation
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