Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Highlights Combo Tour

Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Highlights Combo Tour

From US$ 122.16 per person

Discover Rome’s top sites and bypass the queues at FOUR major venues during this top-value guided combo tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum and the Vatican.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Skip-the-line access to FOUR venues along this tour.
  • Learn the meaning of “Caput Mundi,” how much work went into painting the Sistine Chapel, and did all roads really lead to Rome?
  • A morning and an afternoon tour, with plenty of time in between for a leisurely Roman lunch
Full description
Only one day to check off all the must-sees in Rome? Andiamo! In one action-packed day you’ll tour the Colosseum and Roman Forum in the footsteps of Gladiators and Caesars who inhabited Roma Caput Mundi, followed by a break for lunch and our top-rated afternoon Vatican Highlights Tour. Meet your guide just steps from the Colosseum and enjoy fast track entry to the vast arena, the Icon of Rome built in 72AD to seat up to 50,000 spectators. Once inside, your guide will paint an accurate picture of the Gladiator games that took place in the Roman Empire’s most impressive arena, helping you to decipher between fact, fiction, and the images portrayed by big-screen Hollywood blockbusters. After walking around the perimeter of the Colosseum, gaze down onto the arena floor and beneath to the maze-like underground level where man and beast awaited their moment of glory or met their fateful death. With the Colosseum behind you, travel even further back in time as you enter the Roman Forum: the true heart of Ancient Rome with monuments dating as far back as the 7th century BC. Learn of the legendary founding of Rome on the Palatine hill and how a she-wolf rescued and nursed the young twins Romulus (the first King of Rome) and Remus after they washed up on the banks of the Tiber River, and how these famous twins would pave the way for future tyrants, Emperors, and even Caesars who declared themselves Gods throughout the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Remain in the Roman Forum as long as you wish before enjoying a break and perhaps a leisurely Roman lunch before we reconvene at the Vatican. Meet your guide by the Vatican Museum entrance and enjoy priority entrance once again. See the major works of art ranging from Greek and Roman sculpture to Renaissance masterpieces, though much of this tour will be dedicated to the Sistine Chapel itself. From the commissioning of this colossal masterpiece to the finishing touches applied by Michaelangelo Buonarroti, your guide will help you to discern between myth, fact, and popular Hollywood fiction regarding this majestic work of art. After spending some time gazing at the world’s most famous frescoed ceiling, enjoy privileged access to St. Peter’s Basilica directly from the Sistine Chapel, a perk offered to authorized tour operators only. Your guide will leave you at the steps of St. Peter’s so that you may explore on your own and remain inside as long as you wish.
  • Skip-the-line tickets to the Colosseum & Roman Forum
  • Skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel
  • Fully guided tour, broken into two segments
  • Priority access to St. Peter’s Basilica (self-guided)
  • Small groups of max 20 participants
  • Hotel pickup and dropoff
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Personal extras
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

This is a 2-part tour. Please meet your guide at Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the Colosseo Metro Station, 15 minutes before the tour begins. Once inside the Colosseo Metro station main level, take the escalator or walk up the steps to the upper level, Largo Gaetana Agnesi metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseo". Look for a representative holding a When in Rome Tours sign. The meeting point for the second part of your tour will be at Via Sebastiano Veniero 19 at 2:45 PM. Across the street from the Vatican Museum entrance, you will see a broad staircase leading down. At the bottom of the stairs, turn right. You will see a When In Rome Tours representative waiting for you at number 19.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts

Know before you go

  • In the summer, be sure to carry water and wear comfortable shoes or sandals
  • There is a dress code inside the Sistine Chapel (Vatican Museums) as follows: Inside Vatican City men and women must have their knees and shoulders covered
  •  The cost of a taxi to the Vatican meeting point from the city center is approximately €8 to €10 and the journey time is 15 minutes
  • Please note, this tour is not wheelchair accessible
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Colosseum and Roman Forum top - Vatican flop

Very well organized guided tour by Vincenzo. On time at the meeting point, short, understandable explanation of the process, as the Colosseum and Roman Forum were on the agenda. Vincenzo organized the tickets in advance so that our group (approx. 10 people) actually didn't have to stand in line. He designed the tour through the Colosseum with expertise, charm and wit. It literally catapulted us back to the time of gladiator fights. Vincenzo presented the Roman Forum in the same quality, entertaining and easy to understand. For me, he gets the highest number of points.

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January 1, 2018

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