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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, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica, 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, St. Peter's Basilica, 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 guide
Reserved Access and Admission to the Vatican Museums
Access to the Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms
Reserved Access and Admission to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
Audio headset so you can always hear your guide at the Colosseum
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Transfers between the two tours

Departure Point

00120 Vatican City

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 5, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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 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 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 and St. Peter’s Basilica in the afternoon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
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. 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:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Guided visit
Duration: 30 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
  • On Wednesdays, access to St. Peter’s Basilica & Square may be closed at the time of the morning tour due to the Papal Audience
  • The Basilica is also subject to last minute closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we are happy to offer customers a longer tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Only very small bags are allowed.
  • Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women to enter to the venue
  • 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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

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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 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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers.

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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  • "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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Worth my hard earned money
Gaper_K
, Jul 2021
Guide for the museum and colloseum had an amazing energy to them and the knowledge to go with it. Thumbs up for both of them!
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A fun and memorable experience
Stephen_R
, Jul 2021
The tour was great. It was wonderful to experience the history and learn much more than I knew. I only wish we could have spent a few minutes walking around the floor level.
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Great Experience
Marcus_B
, Jul 2021
Zero complaints, very great tour and knowledgeable guides! The break in between the two tours was a good idea as well to allow for shopping and lunch.
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Tour and tour guides was great
Donia_D
, Jul 2021
Tour and tour guides was great! Tourist knew a lot about the history and answered questions anyone had.
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Experience two in one
Kadeen_C
, Jul 2021
Be ready to experience the colosseum and the Vatican on a real walking tour . Note : you must be dropped off in front of the Museum, if not , you are in the wrong place and it’s a walk . We first had Azzura (Blue) who who was very informative and navigated us through the Vatican , expect a rigorous walk, she was very informative. You have free time on your own until the next part of the tour , different tour guide. Ms. L Kennedy was so passionate about her work and so knowledgeable. She gave us so much knowledge and made it easy to immerse ourselves in the history. There are some steep steps in the colosseum so be aware . Overall , great day .
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Knowledgeable and entertaining
ASHLEY_F
, Jul 2021
Laura (Laoura) was wonderful at the Vatican! So knowledge and kept our interest. She was lovely! I would certainly book with her again especially since we had limited time in Rome and wished to see as much as possible.
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I recommend this to everyone visiting Rome
David_P
, Jul 2021
Elisabetta was PHENOMENAL. It’s our first trip post Covid and the family was totally impressed with the entire tour. Elisabetta’s knowledge was incredible. You would be lucky to have a Vatican tour with her. The afternoon tour was equally as perfect. The tour gave us insights into the Colosseum I did not know and I’ve been to Rome several times.
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Very well, am very satisfied.
Samira_A
, Jul 2021
Very good and the guide tour she was very attentive and engaged with all the group and explained very well the information throughout the tour.
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Full day in Rome
Michael_M
, Jun 2021
Loved it all.. especially the Sistine chapel and the coliseum. The guide was very patient and knowledgeable
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Interesting
Kelly_D
, May 2021
Our tour guides were excellent with their knowledge of the area and what we were touring. My one complaint was that we didn’t go into St Peters and it is what is pictured for the ad and even here when you sent me this email!
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