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Rome in One Day: Colosseum and Catacombs Tour with Skip the line

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Overview

The magnificence of Rome’s archaeological sites is reflected in the large crowds and time-consuming lines that they attract. Save time and enhance your experience of the Colosseum and the Roman Catacombs on this full-day walking tour, which includes skip-the-line entry to both attractions and a Roman lunch. Contemplate the 2,000-year-old Colosseum, one of the New7Wonders of the World; tick off top Rome attractions on a walking tour; and descend to the subterranean cemeteries of the Roman Catacombs. Hotel pickup is included.
  • Comprehensive Rome tour including skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum and Roman Catacombs
  • Ideal for travelers visiting Rome for the first time
  • Bypass long lines at the Colosseum, one of the New7Wonders of the World, with a skip-the-line pass
  • Tick off top Rome attractions on a walking tour
  • Descend to the subterranean Roman Catacombs
  • An Italian lunch and hotel pickup are included
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Pickup from centrally located hotels (within the Aurelian Walls)
Transport from the Colosseum to the second part of the tour
A typical Italian lunch with delicious pizza and bruschetta
Skip the line pass
Optional gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

9:30 AM
Following pickup from your centrally located Rome accommodation, you’ll head straight to the Colosseum—New7Wonder of the World and iconic Roman symbol. With your skip-the-line pass, you’ll bypass lines, often in excess of two hours, and head straight inside the magnificent amphitheater.

On a guided tour, you’ll discover why the 2,000-year-old structure, estimated to have once held 80,000 spectators, has been the subject of both glory and scorn. Hear about the bloody gladiator games observed by Roman emperors in 80 BC and appreciate the minute details of the Colosseum’s architecture.

Just outside, you’ll be greeted by the triumphant Arch of Constantine (Arco di Constantino) before beginning a walking tour that covers popular attractions including the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the spot on which Rome was reputedly founded.

Then, revitalize with a typical Italian lunch and proceed to two of Rome’s most important basilicas: St. John’s Lateran Basilica and St. Mary Major’s Basilica. The oldest of Rome’s four main churches, St. John’s Lateran Basilica’s holy steps are an important pilgrimage site.

Finally, your tour culminates with a visit to the Roman Catacombs, subterranean cemeteries that date back to the 2nd century. Admire historic paintings and learn about the reason for these underground mausoleums before drop-off in central Rome.     
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
The Palatine is one of the seven hills of Rome, located between the Velabro and the Roman Forum, and is one of the oldest parts of the city. The site is now a large open-air museum and can be visited during the day
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Colosseum
The Colosseum, originally known as Amphitheatrum Flavium or simply as Amphitheatrum, is the largest amphitheater in the world, located in the center of the city of Rome
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Catacombs of Saint Callixtus
In these Catacombs there were buried dozens of martyrs, 16 pontiffs and many Christians. They take their name from the deacon St. Callisto, who, at the beginning of the 3rd century, was appointed by the Pope Zefirino to administer the cemetery and so the Catacombs of San Callisto became the official cemetery of the Church of Rome.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
The Roman Forum is, together with the Colosseum, the greatest example of the grandeur of the Roman Empire still visible today. it was the area where the public and religious life of ancient Rome took place. With the fall of the Empire, the Roman Forum fell into oblivion and was buried little by little. Although the existence and location of the Forum was already known in the 16th century, excavations began only in the 20th century.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
It is the mater et caput of all the churches of Rome and the world. It is the first of the four major papal basilicas and the oldest and most important basilica of the West.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, located on the top of the Esquiline Hill, is one of the four patriarchal Basilicas of Rome and is the only one that has preserved the early Christian structures. A well-known tradition has it that it was the Virgin who indicated and inspired the construction of her home on the Esquiline
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Pickup service is provided from centrally located hotels.
  • Please write an e-mail 24 hours before the tour starts to arrange your pickup time.
  • Hotel pickup may be as early as one hour prior to tour start time. Please be ready in your hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to agreed pickup time.
  • Important: due to Colosseum security checks, large bags, trolleys or backpacks are not allowed inside the Archaeological Area.
  • Please leave large items at the Hotel, to avoid bags inspection which could cause delays.
  • The tour includes a drop-off service in Rome City centre. You can drop off at one of the following Gray Line-I Love Rome stops: Stazione Termini, S.Maria Maggiore, Piazza Barberini, Via Ludovisi, Largo Santa Susanna.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line I Love Rome by Carrani Tours

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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 Rome in One Day: Colosseum and Catacombs Tour with Skip the line?
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
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What is the social distancing policy during Rome in One Day: Colosseum and Catacombs Tour with Skip the line?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Rome in One Day: Colosseum and Catacombs Tour with Skip the line.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Rome in One Day: Colosseum and Catacombs Tour with Skip the line?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I recommend if you want to visit these sites boom them separately or be prepared to spend a lot of your day waiting." See review

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Lauren M
, Apr 2018
We booked this tour for the convience of visiting two sites in one tour but it was very unorganized. Upon our arrival at the Colosseum we were told to wait for our guide, but after 5 minutes took it upon ourselves to ask around and find them. Our guide,Laura, was very enjoyable and knowledgeable of the area. After the tour we went to lunch, that was supposed to be bruschetta and pizza, but were told the wood fire was not on and we could only pick from 3 pastas. Almost 2 hours later we were picked up only to wait again for the Catacombs tour. Our guide, Marco, was very good too. We finished the tour visiting 2 churches, that were not included in the itinerary. I recommend if you want to visit these sites boom them separately or be prepared to spend a lot of your day waiting.
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Excellent service we were picked up...
Susan M
, Jul 2017
Excellent service we were picked up at the hotel at agreed time and then taken to the colosseum where the tour started. Lunch was really good as was the catacombs tour and the two churches visited in the second part of the day guides throughout the day were excellent a trip well worth doing.
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Colosseum was fascinating. The tour...
bajunkin
, May 2017
Colosseum was fascinating. The tour guide was delightful and very knowledgeable. A lot of walking but that was expected. After the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, we were whisked across town near the Vatican for lunch. One of the best lasagnas ive ever had. The beef however looked like mystery meat from my elementary school lunchroom. Beverage was not included. The tiramisu was okay. We were rushed through lunch and then bussed back to the Colosseum ! to pick up more people for the afternoon part of the tour. Apparently I did not read the description very well because I thought it was only the catacombs but it did include 2 churches with a lot more walking. I would not do this tour again. Two separate tours with lunch on my own would have been better. The afternoon tour guide was so kind. There were 3 drop off points. I noticed when we were boarding the bus for the last time that we were just a few blocks from my hotel. He was leaving us at that point and told me to come with him because he was going past it. So he walked me almost to my door. That's Service!
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Muy buen dia
joaquinestebano
, Jun 2019
Dia fue excelente, tuvimos un guia que nos mostro mucho.recomendamos tomar este tour. Muestra una gran parte de la historia de Roma.
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