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Rome: Colosseum, Arena, and Vatican Museums Tour

Product ID: 241862
Gain fast-track access to the Colosseum and the restricted Arena Floor area. Afterwards, explore the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St Peter’s Basilica, which houses the Pieta of Michelangelo.
About this activity
Duration: 4.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Italian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Explore the Colosseum and the Arena
  • Wander through the Vatican Museum
  • Witness the Sistine Chapel
  • Encounter St. Peter's Basilica
Full description
This combination tour provides you with the possibility of visiting both the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums in one day. The tour will start from the office at 10:00AM, and will run in a small group with an enthusiastic English-speaking guide. You will be granted fast-track entrance through the Gladiators’ Gate, and will step in the center of the Arena Floor from where you will also have great views of the dungeons located just beneath. You will be able to get lost in the stories and anecdotes that your passionate guide will tell you during the tour, as you learn more about the different aspects of life in Ancient Rome. The Colosseum visit will last around 1.5 hours, and afterwards you will have some free time to enjoy your lunch and relax.

The second part of the tour will take in a different state, as you access the Vatican City and visit the Vatican Museums, one of the world's largest museums with over 25,000 rooms of art. At 2:00PM you will meet your team and guide in front of the Vatican Museums entrance, from where you will have fast-track entrance with skip-the-ticket-line access. You will access the Vatican's most famous galleries to see the Laocoon, the Apollo of Belvedere, the Torso of Belvedere, and the Nero's’ Bathtub. Many of those beautiful statues were used by Michelangelo as models to represent the characters in the Last Judgement.

Thanks to your knowledgeable and friendly guide, you will learn about the Sistine Chapel and discover the talent of Michelangelo through his frescoes. You will be astonished by the outstanding beauty of the Last Judgement and the Creation of the World with Stories from the Genesis. From the Sistine Chapel (and without standing in line), the group will enter St. Peter’s Basilica, where inside you will discover Pieta by Michelangelo, which was sculpted when he was only 19 years old. From the 1500s you will then jump to the 1600s, the Baroque period, where you will discover Bernini’s Baldachin, the Altar of the Chair called “Altare della Cattedra”, and the Tomb of several Popes.
  • Arena Floor access
  • Fast-track entrance
  • Licensed guide
  • 1.5-hour Colosseum tour
  • 3-hour Vatican tour
  • Headsets for both tours
What’s Not Included
  • Tips for the guide
  • Meals
  • Transportation
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Colosseum Tour departs from our office located on Via Frangipane, 30 at 10.00 am . Option 1: To reach our office take the metro line B and get off at Cavour station. If you take the exit with the stairs you will be on Via Cavour. Walking down on Via Cavour, after a few minutes you need to turn left on Via degli Annabaldi. Still a few minutes walking and the first alley on you right end side is your destination: Via Frangipane 30. Vatican tour: Meeting place in front of the entrance of the Vatican Museums located opposite in Viale Vaticano 100 right across the street of Caffè Vaticano at 2.00pm. You can reach the meeting point taking the red metro line (Line A) and getting off at Ottaviano Metro stop. Ottaviano metro stop is only 10 minutes walk to the Vatican Museum entrance and you will meet us right across the street with a sign. Please note: St. Peter's square is not the Vatican Museums meeting point

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
• No shorts above the knees or sleeveless t-shirts are permitted in the Vatican Museums
• Big backpacks, big umbrellas or pointed objects are not allowed
• ID cards/passports are required for Colosseum access
• Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel (in this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours)
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From US$ 147.19 US$ 117.75 per person

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I recommend this tour!! Guides very educated and kind. Unfortunately we started later with the first part (I dont know why - gyg send me an email about delay) and then almost missed the Vatican. The tour was very detailed and satisfy everybody.

June 23, 2019

September 10, 2019

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Vivicos International Travel

Product ID: 241862