This is the only one-day tour combining the two single-most important attractions in Rome – the Colosseum and the Vatican. Enjoy entry through our Reserved Entrance to the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum to make the most of your vacation time with a local English-speaking expert guide.
Discover the Stories of Ancient Rome
Your day starts by meeting your expert art historian guide at the Colosseum, one of the world’s greatest wonders. Your local English-speaking guide is an expert in archaeology and history so they will take you back in time to the ancient Roman empire. As you stroll through the vast walls of the Colosseum your guide will recount the gruesome spectacles, battles, and politics that played out here.
You will go even further back in time to Palatine Hill where Rome was founded by the wolf-raised Romulus. To get there you will pass through the deserted temples of the Roman Forum, the political and economic heart of the ancient empire.
Follow the Footsteps of the Popes
In the early afternoon, once relaxed and well-fed, you’ll join your guide who has a carefully crafted itinerary through the Vatican Museums prepared. You’ll look around the incredible and wide variety of galleries filled to the ceiling with ancient sculptures, medieval maps, pristine paintings, delicate tapestries, and precious relics.
In the Sistine Chapel, you’ll see the frescoes of Michelangelo that hold hidden secrets, including a personal message to the Pope. After exploring the Sistine Chapel, your guide will lead you to St. Peter’s Basilica. Here, Michelangelo will appear again beneath the vast dome he designed for the Basilica, with his name carved in his famed sculpture -- La Pietá. As you exit through St. Peter’s Square you will have free time to continue exploring the Basilica on your own.
It is an experience like no other in the Eternal City, and only City Wonders can provide it on an incredible one-day excursion.
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