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Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Colosseum Tour with Pickup

4.5 / 5

53 reviews

Activity provider: Gray Line I Love Rome

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Colosseum Tour with Pickup

Activity provider: Gray Line I Love Rome

From US$ 190.91 per person

Treat yourself with this skip-the-ticket-line visit to Rome's most important artworks, including the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and the monuments of ancient Rome on this guided full-day tour with a typical lunch in a central restaurant.

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Duration 7 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, French, Portuguese, German, Spanish
Pickup included
You will be picked up directly from your accommodation. Please be ready in your hotel lobby 10-minute before the assigned time. Please email the activity provider at least 24h before the tour departure time to receive the pickup information.


  • Skip the ticket line at the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
  • See all the highlights of Rome in just 1 day
  • Admire the Capitoline or Palatine Hills (depending on day time or season)
  • Tour inside the Colosseum and the Roman Forum
  • Explore the Raphael Rooms and enjoy a typical lunch in Rome city center
Full description

Take a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel and skip the ticket lines. Enjoy a hassle-free day in Rome. When you arrive your guide will lead you into the museums where you’ll see one of the most important art collections in the world. On this full-day tour, you’ll have a chance to admire the splendid halls, including the Gallery of Tapestries and Geographical Maps, before finally arriving at the famous Sistine Chapel. You'll also visit the unforgettable Raphael Rooms. After a break for lunch, which is included in the tour price, you’ll take a drive to Rome’s Archaeological Area. Enter the glorious Colosseum to see the interior of this massive arena and take a complete tour of the Roman Forum. Climb the marvelous Palatine Hill or the enchanting Capitoline Hill, and explore one of the most important archaeological areas in the world. Please note that due to shorter days, from October the 28th the visit to the Palatine Hill will be replaced with an external explanation from Capitoline Hill.

  • Skip-the-ticket-line entry
  • St Peter's Basilica (no guided tour, just entrance)
  • Pick-up service from selected hotels
  • Transportation
  • Local guide
  • Headset system to better hear the guide
  • Lunch in a typical restaurant
  • Drinks
  • Drop-off service
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Hats
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Open-toed shoes

Know before you go

  • The basilica is not accessible until further notice
  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
  • This tour is only 1 language when booked in English, but it is also available in Portuguese, Spanish, German, French (max 2 languages in the same group). The personal headsets allow you to the guide speaking only in your language.
  • This tour visits religious sites, and as such, no sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts, and no hats are allowed.
  • Pickup service is provided on the departure date only from selected Rome hotels. Please contact the agency to determine if pick-up service is possible from your location; if not, you'll meet at the meeting point.
  • Those with a pacemaker must show a certificate.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 53 reviews

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Great tour!

Our guide Roberta for the Vatican part of the tour was brilliant. She was really funny and very informative. I learned a lot. Although is was very busy I didn’t feel rushed and I felt comfortable as a solo traveler. The second part of the tour was not as good although I did revisit the Colloseum a few days later so that made up for it. I highly recommend for Roberta alone!

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August 15, 2018

Good logistics with good guides

Everything worked out perfectly, starting with the pick-up service from the hotel and the really good guided tours with the food in between. I have no hesitation in recommending this activity! Anyone who wants to visit the Vatican or the Colosseum can experience it without long waiting times at the ticket offices and learn a lot of interesting facts!!!

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October 7, 2016

Without waiting times at the tour stations is excellent

After booking at short notice, we were very skeptical as to whether the different tour stations, including lunch, would work. We were very positively surprised by the organizational process. Due to the very high number of visitors, there were a few small organizational weaknesses, but they did not significantly affect the overall recommendable tour. We find a group size of 38 people in the Vatican to be too high - the afternoon with 5 people and in 2 languages was the optimal compensation for this and the bilingualism didn't bother at all.

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May 6, 2014

Product ID: 9297