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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 and Sistine Chapel 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, 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

    For the 9am start time (Vatican), meet at the bottom of the steps across the street from the Vatican Museums, 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

    For the 10am start time (Colosseum): 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, 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. 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.
    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:  
    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
    • Only very small bags are allowed.
    • Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women to enter to the venue
    • Due to current venue restrictions, the Basilica is NOT included on the tour until further notice
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • 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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    Traveler Tips


    • "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
    Rome in a day!
    Lynnda_W
    , Aug 2022
    Very informative guides, they didn’t mind helping me with proper pictures since I was traveling solo!
    star-1
    Mikel was great on the...
    EDITH_W
    , Aug 2022
    Mikel was great on the colosseum tour. PAULINO went very fast not like another tour guide we witnessed. I will be requesting a refund
    star-3
    A tour of two halves
    Sarah_S
    , Aug 2022
    A tour of two halves. Hilary gave us a wonderful tour of the Vatican and really catered for the kids. Our afternoon trip to the Colosseum with (I think it was Inga!) was a different experience. Very functional and at hyper fast speed and nothing that brought the history alive!
    star-3
    Our afternoon tour at the...
    Kirsten_S
    , Aug 2022
    Our afternoon tour at the colosseum and the Forum were fabulous. Our tour guide had an archeology background. She was very knowledgeable and kind. Her passion for history was evident. We finished the tour with a much better understanding of Roman history
    star-5
    Good trip
    Charlie_H
    , Jul 2022
    Great trip. There was a few hours between the Vatican and colosseum so you can have lunch etc. They did although rush through the Vatican so didn’t feel like you got to see everything
    star-5
    Good place to visit
    Richard_K
    , Jul 2022
    It’s great. I will share with friends. My teenager likes. All the stories are good and tour guides are very nice.
    star-5
    Vatican Tour
    Eric_D
    , Jul 2022
    Our Tour Guide Paulina was wonderful. Very knowledgeable. She was very clear and informativo. We were ver happy with her.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Walking through the History of Rome.
    Karen_W
    , Jul 2022
    Learning the history and archeology surrounding the buildings. Our guide Eddy was very informative and added humor. He was also sensitive to the high heat and our need for water and a few breaks. He could answer any of our questions.
    star-5
    Amazing!
    Jason_C
    , Jul 2022
    Elizabeth was phenomenal. We really enjoyed the tour. The sights speak for themselves, but she did a great job educating us on the history and detail. Was a highlight of our trip!
    star-5
    Wonderful, Comprehensive Tour
    mjernigan
    , Jul 2022
    Wonderful tour before boarding our cruise! Easy to find meeting locations and wonderful tour guides for both halves of the tour. We started our day with the Vatican/Sistine Chapel Tour. Great, informative tour guide and a breathtaking place to visit. After a lunch break (on your own) we met for the second half of the tour for the Colosseum. We had an archaeologist as our guide who was full of information and answered all questions, he gave a very insightful tour. Would definitely book again!
    star-4
    Mixed review
    Tim_M
    , Jul 2022
    Vatican tour guide flaked and no one told us until we arrived. The colosseum tour was fantastic. Vasco was a great guide.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-1
    Awful, bad experience. Unprofessional, rude.
    Dora_L
    , Jun 2022
    The first part of the trip went ok. It was a bit chaotic, but after all you are in Italy. The afternoon part was horrible! The guide refused to take our vouchers at 3:01 pm, and left us with another 12 people behind!!! When we asked for the refund the company refused to pay the money back! Unheard of, unprofessional, no words to describe the frustration. DO NOT BOOK THIS TOUR!!!
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    star-4
    Highlights of Rome in a Day
    Arjun_G
    , Jun 2022
    If you have limited time in Rome, this tour is perfect. Offers a chance to do both Vatican and Colosseum in one day. Our tour of the Vatican was our favourite, the Sistine Chapel is truly a wonder of the world. I forgot our guide’s name but the company was City Wonders and the guide was very informative and did a great job leading us through the very busy Vatican. The Colosseum was a good tour as well, a lot of information to digest. Alessandro was a great guide and truly deepened my knowledge of Rome and the colosseum. Just want to point out that in the Colosseum you didn’t go underground. A very tiring day, but worth it!
    star-5
    Vatican & Colosseum Combo
    Francisca_M
    , Jun 2022
    Loved both experiences. Did not have any problem finding the meeting places. Claudia was excellent & very friendly. Sara was amazing & knowledgeable! We loved the tours!
    star-5
    Excellent tour with great guides!
    Shelley_D
    , Jun 2022
    Our morning started with Serofina and the afternoon was with Barbara. Both were very caring and informative tour guides. They took the time to share their knowledge and answer any questions we had. If we hadn’t taken the tour it would have just been piles of rocks. Taking the tour made us understand who built them and why. We highly recommend booking a tour as we were able to skip the line ups and see the highlights
    star-5
    Vatican and Colosseum
    daryl_s
    , Jun 2022
    We had 2 great tour guide. Very knowledgeable. I wouldn't hesitate using this company again. It was a very long day.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-1
    Forget Viator
    Art_B
    , Jun 2022
    The Vatican and the Coleseum were fantastic tours. However Viator took our money for a trip up to the Amalfi coast. That guide was a no-show. The trip didn’t happen. No one to call, no email response, $500 lost to an unresponsive company. Too bad. I loved the 2 tours that showed up. Big thumbs down for the booking company. They should have responded.
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    star-2
    Nice Sights, Poorly plan by Trip Advisor
    Steven_S
    , Jun 2022
    The attractions show themselves, they were wonderful however the lack of transportation and lack of information about the lack of transportation is the problem. All of the Trip Advisor trips that we have taken in the past have provided transport to all attractions that we visit. This one provided NONE! We had to get to the Vatican and then get to the Colesum on our own. Then there was a 2 hour break in between the two attractions which we were unaware of. All in all it was a poorly organized trip which left more to be desired than it gave. We will make sure that anyone asking us for referrals knows how poor this trip was.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-2
    No tour guide
    LaDawn_A
    , Jun 2022
    We arrived to the meeting place for the vatican and was told that our group had no tour guide. We were assisted with the entry to the museums and left to tour ourselves
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    An Archaeologist tour that was 5 stars
    Temara_B
    , Jun 2022
    What a great tour! Valerio, an Archaeologist (brilliant!), took the time to explain all there was to need to know about the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. This was my second time to the Colosseum and I can definitely say I learnt so much more! Whilst a hot day, Valerio made the tour humorous with a few jokes here and there, and simply was pleasant. Grazie Valerio 👍 CINQUE STELLE!

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