Rome in One Day: Low Cost Vatican & Colosseum Tours

Activity provider: Gray Line I Love Rome

Rome in One Day: Low Cost Vatican & Colosseum Tours

Activity provider: Gray Line I Love Rome
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From US$ 131.22 per person

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Explore the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill on a full day among Rome's masterpieces with skip the line access.

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Duration 6.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, English


  • Enjoy an insightful guided tour of the Vatican sites
  • Skip the ticket lines at all monuments with a reserved entrance
  • Admire Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel frescoes
  • Check out the Colosseum and surrounding archaeological sites
Full description
Skip the ticket lines to enjoy the highlights of Rome and the Vatican with a day of tours led by friendly, expert guides. The tour begins in the morning at the Vatican, where your guide will lead you on an insightful journey through its iconic sights and artworks. Visit the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's frescoes on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Leaving Vatican City, head for the Colosseum in the afternoon to tour the Roman Empire's largest amphitheater. Then visit the archaeological sites surrounding it, including the Palatine Hill and the Roman Fora, where the ruins of some of the City's ancient government buildings can still be seen. After taking this tour, you will boast a comprehensive knowledge of Rome's history and culture. Do not miss out on this great opportunity. Please note that due to shorter daylight hours, from October 28 the visit to the Palatine Hill will be replaced with an external explanation from the Capitoline Hill.
  • Tour headsets to better hear the guide
  • Reservation fees
  • Expert local guide
  • Exclusive skip-the-ticket-line access as per official Vatican partner
  • Transport
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

For the Vatican tour: Meet in the middle of Piazza del Risorgimento, the square in front of the Bar L’Ottagono, 400 meters from the metro stop Ottaviano. This tour starts at 8:30 AM. For the Colosseum tour: Meet at the Arch of Constantine, near the Colosseum. Look for staff members with pink "I love Rome" logos. The Colosseum tour start time varies, depending on the season: Low Season 1:30 PM ( Until March 31, 2023 and from October 29, 2023, to March 31, 2024) High Season 2:30 PM (from April 1, 2023, to October 28, 2023) In case of emergency, please contact the Gray Line - I Love Rome office: rome@grayline.com +39 06 474 2501 (6:30 AM to 8:00 PM every day) +39 348 8112027 (WhatsApp only)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Professional cameras
  • Umbrellas

Know before you go

  • Visitors must be dressed appropriately: no sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts, and no hats are allowed
  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes
  • No umbrellas, trolleys, large bags, or tripods are allowed into the museums
  • Depending on the size of the group, the tour may run in 1 language or 2/3 languages. In bilingual/multilingual tours, you will hear your language through a headset, and it will go automatically mute while other languages are spoken
  • The visit inside St. Peter's Basilica is substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library on Wednesday morning tours (08:30 and 11:00 tours) due to the Papal Audience
  • Those with a pacemaker will need to show a certificate, otherwise, you may not be admitted without screening.
  • The Basilica is an active place of worship and may be closed without prior notice. In this case, the visit will be substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library
Customer reviews

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The Vatican tour in the morning was really good and informative. Really liked it! However the colosseum tour guide in the afternoon seemed like she was in a hurry to get done and hence kept walking really fast without being considerate of the tourists in her group.

September 28, 2019

Had a great tour. Vatican was great but booked this tour mainly for Sistine chapel Michelangelo painting only to misunderstand from the guide. She told us to meet inside in 20 minutes so we did only to find her then she said let’s go. We never stayed to look! What!? You should’ve been clear that the 20 minutes was our chance to look not for bathroom break for everyone! So disappointed! Missed the only thing I wanted to see. Our coliseum tour, was great as well. Mateji was a great guide. I love he ended in the coliseum so we could take it all in a little longer.

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September 27, 2019

The skip the line ticket for both the Vatican and colosseum was definitely worth doing as the queues were huge and it got us straight to the front. Plenty of information was provided on both of the tours. Only negative was that we thought we would be able to see the lower ground of the colosseum with the ticket but this wasn’t the case you have to pay more in order to see it

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September 22, 2019

Product ID: 33587