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

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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.

Tour the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms

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.

Learn More with Our Expert Guides

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.

Marvel at St. Peter's Basilica

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.

Explore the Ancient Colosseum

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.

Discover the Legend of Palatine Hill

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

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.

FAQs

  • At the end of the tour, will I be able to explore the Colosseum on my own?

    If you wish to explore the Colosseum on your own after your tour, you should take our Express Colosseum Tour with Gladiator's Entrance and Special Arena Floor Access (with or without Breakfast). This gives you a guided tour of the Colosseum only. After the tour you can choose to either enjoy the skip-the-line entrance tickets to the Roman Forum (our guide would accompany you to enter but the visit is not guided) or stay inside the Colosseum without the guide.

     For any other tour however, our tours follow a pattern of visit and you would not be able re-enter the Colosseum without waiting in the line and purchasing an additional ticket.

  • Do you offer the Colosseum tour in other languages?

    Yes. English, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish. However, please note that this is only available for the 3hrs group/private tour.

  • Are the Vatican Group tours accessible for wheelchair users?

    Due to some itinerary restrictions, we are unable to accommodate wheelchair users or customers with restricted mobility on our Vatican Group Tours.

    We welcome wheelchair users on our Private Vatican tours. Wheelchair users are required to use a different route through the Vatican Museums. Our Private Vatican Tours fully accommodate wheelchair users and persons of reduced mobility. Your guide will bring you through the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, but not the Basilica. 

    However, we can accommodate wheelchairs in Private tours. Wheelchair users are required to use a different route through the Vatican Museums. In our Private Vatican Tour which fully accommodate wheelchair users and persons of reduced mobility. Your guide will bring you through the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, but not the Basilica.

    *Important note: Neither option detailed above includes the special skip-the-line access to Saint Peter's Basilica as it is not wheelchair accessible. If you wish to visit Saint Peter's Basilica after your tour, you will need to exit the Vatican Museums, go to Saint Peter's Square and queue to enter. Entry to the Basilica is free. 

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