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Rome: City Highlights, Vatican Pass and Free Transport

1. Rome: City Highlights, Vatican Pass and Free Transport

Make your stay in Rome an unforgettable and unique experience with the 3-day OMNIA Vatican Card and Roma Pass. It’s actually 2 passes rolled into one. Roma Pass grants you free entry to 2 out of 5 top attractions plus discounts at a further 30 top sights and a travel card. The OMNIA Vatican Card allows entry to all top sights in Vatican City plus a 3-day hop-on hop-off bus tour. You will also receive a free guidebook and map to help you plan your itinerary as well as dedicated itineraries that allow you to explore the city at your own pace. The OMNIA Card includes: • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Entrance to the Basilica of St. John in the Lateran and cloister with multimedia audio-guide • Entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica including multilingual audio-guide app - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Carcer Tullianum / Mamertine Prison (St Peter's Prison) - advanced reservations required (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Vox City Guide app • Open Bus Vatican and Rome The Roma Pass includes free admission to 2 of the following attractions (adult tickets only): • Capitoline Museums • Castel Sant'Angelo • The Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Borghese Gallery - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) It also includes price reductions to many museums and attractions, including the following: Museums: • Castel Sant'Angelo National Museum • National Roman Museum – Palazzo Massimo alle Terme • National Roman Museum – Palazzo Altemps • National Roman Museum – Crypta Balbi • National Roman Museum – Baths of Diocletian • National Gallery in Palazzo Barberini • Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia • Musei Capitolini • Centrale Montemartini • National Museum of Oriental Art • MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma • MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts • Planetarium and astronomical museum Attractions: • Trajan's Market • Palazzo Valentini – Archaeological Area of the Domus Romane • Ara Pacis Roma Cristiana Open Bus Tour. This panoramic hop-on hop-off bus tour stops at: 1. Saint Peter's Basilica 2. Piazza Navona 3. Santa Maria ad Martyres Pantheon 4. Santa Maria in Aracoeli 5. Termini Central Station 6. Santa Maria Maggiore 7. San Giovanni - Holy Stairs 8. Colosseum - Roman Forum 9. Circus Maximus 10. Tiber Island 11. Palazzo Farnese

Vatican: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Tour with Breakfast

2. Vatican: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Tour with Breakfast

Start your day at the Vatican early and skip the notoriously long ticket lines by following a special route through the museums that gets you to the Sistine Chapel just as it opens for the day. Enter before most of the crowd and spend a peaceful half-hour soaking up Michelangelo’s masterpiece along with stunning frescoes by other important Renaissance artists. Continue on to the Pinecone Courtyard for large buffet breakfast including hot and cold dishes, fruit juice, tea, and coffee. Once you’ve eaten your fill, head back into the museums for a tour of the most famous artifacts, including the Belvedere Torso, the Apollo Belvedere, the Laocoön Group, and the Raphael Rooms, widely considered to be among the most beautifully-frescoed interiors in the world. Visit the Gallery of the Candelabra with ancient Greek and Roman artworks. Learn about Raphael Sanzio at the Gallery of Tapestries, one of the most spectacular rooms of the museums.

Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

3. Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

Enjoy a journey through art and history with skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Discover some of the greatest treasures and most magnificent works of art in the company of an expert guide. You will begin the tour on the verdant lawn, known as the Pine Cone Courtyard. Marvel at the stunning architecture of the Pigna Fountain on the lawn of the Vatican City.  After entering the Vatican Museum, you will visit the Gallery of the Candelabra with ancient Greek and Roman artworks. Learn about Raphael Sanzio at the Gallery of Tapestries, one of the most spectacular rooms in the museums. Continue on to see the 40 maps frescoed on the walls of the Gallery of the Geographical Maps, and the hanging renaissance artworks at the Gallery of the Tapestries. At the end of your tour, you will visit the Sistine Chapel. Enjoy the beauty of the Sistine Chapel, and marvel at masterpieces by Michelangelo and Raphael.

Rome: Early-Entry Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

4. Rome: Early-Entry Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

Benefit from early access to the Vatican Museums before the standard morning opening time. Enjoy 1.5-hours to explore the highlights of the museums with your guide, away from the large crowds. Discover fascinating collections of art housed throughout the various galleries and rooms of this ancient building.  Next, visit the magnificent Sistine Chapel and see Michelangelo's famous frescoes which adorn its ceiling. Learn about the history of the building and its amazing artwork with your guide. Finish the tour at St. Peter's Basilica, a major site of pilgrimage for Christians worldwide. Here, you can explore the building at your own leisure.

Rome: Guided Night Tour of Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

5. Rome: Guided Night Tour of Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

The Vatican Museums at Night Trip is a special semi-private tour that allows you to experience the glories of the Vatican Museums in the soft light of the evening hours, when people are thinned and lights are fading. Your Vatican Museums at Night tour will take you on a fascinating journey through centuries of art and papal history! With fewer people, you can take your time admiring Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, making this a one-of-a-kind trip for art and history buffs. A fantastic way to spend a wonderful evening in Rome while avoiding the crowds during the day and beating the summer heat! By visiting the Vatican at night, you will have the time and space to admire the great art in a quiet and softly illuminated environment, accompanied by your professional guide.  There are a total of 11 museums and almost 7 kilometers of galleries, chapels and rooms within the Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel. Admire the works of some of the most celebrated artists in history, which hang from wall to wall and fill 2,000 rooms in the museum.

From Civitavecchia: Private Rome Highlights Tour w/ Tickets

6. From Civitavecchia: Private Rome Highlights Tour w/ Tickets

You will be picked up from Civitavecchia harbor in an air-conditioned van, before being taken to the Vatican Museums. Don't worry about the crowds, as this tour includes exclusive skip-the-line access into the museums. The Vatican Museums are one of the world’s most visited museum complexes and are overflowing with masterpieces by many of the world’s most important Renaissance and Baroque artists. Your guide will lead you through all of the most important galleries providing a fascinating overview of the history and cultural significance. The tour includes visits to the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and other key museum highlights. After this, you will stop for a light lunch and enjoy some authentic Roman cuisine. You will then head to the Colosseum and once again, will skip the long queues outside. Here, your guide will make the world’s most famous amphitheater come to life, explaining its awe-inspiring structure, and recreating the days when it was filled with the sounds of roaring animals and crowds and the clashing swords of gladiators. After that, you will visit the Roman Forum which was once the ancient city’s social, governmental, economic and religious center. At the end of the day, you will be taken back to Civitavecchia port.

Rome: Historic Center and Vatican Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

7. Rome: Historic Center and Vatican Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

If you are planning to visit Rome but only have one day you need to make sure you make the most of every single second. Our Rome in One Day Small Group Tour is perfect for just that. From the huge Colosseum to the beautiful Vatican City. With Real Rome Tours, you can see all of Rome in just one day! Hit the ground running and skip the mind-numbing queues for the Roman Colosseum, the ancient world’s greatest sports arena! Your guide will enthrall you with tales of gladiators and martyrs that made the Colosseum famous while exploring the remnants of their history together. Next you’ll head over to the Roman Forum to learn how the heart of Rome’s all-encompassing empire functioned and thrived. Forget battling through the crowds inside the Forum, your guide will lead you directly to a stunning lookout point. From there, you can take in the entire Forum complex, including the Senate House and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins. Your guide will make it easy to imagine how the Forum must have appeared 2,000 years ago, with stories of war, politics, economics and religion that shaped the ancient city. Your Rome in one day small group tour, through the Historic Centre, continues with a stop at the stunning Trevi Fountain, which is the largest baroque fountain in Rome. Legend has it that if you toss a coin over your left shoulder into the Fountain you’ll return to Rome. The next stop in your full day tour of Rome is the Spanish Steps for a spot of people watching and plenty of photo opportunities. From here your guide will take you on the metro to the Vatican, where you will have a break for lunch before entering the Vatican City. After lunch, your guide will take you straight into the Vatican Museums, where you’ll skip the long lines of people and head straight in. With your Vatican expert to guide you, you’ll delve into one of the world’s greatest art collections. This specially-curated Vatican tour highlights the best works in the vast collections here, giving you a better appreciation of what you’re seeing. You’ll explore the best of the galleries before heading to the Sistine Chapel. No Rome in One Day tour would be complete without visiting the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world - St Peter's Basilica.  Michelangelo’s great dome is something that you have to see in real life. Pictures cannot do it justice or portray the sheer magnitude of it. Your local, expert tour guide will explain to you the fascinating history of its conception, location on the Vatican Hill, design, architecture and symbolism.  So anyone who tells you that you can’t see all of Rome in one day hasn’t experienced the professional and friendly service of Rome Group Tours. With us, not only can you see the Colosseum and Vatican in one day, but you can also get a glimpse into the history and how they lived 2000 years ago. Don’t waste your precious holiday getting lost or waiting in line – book your place today!

Rome: Full-Day Vatican City, Colosseum, and Roman Forum Tour

8. Rome: Full-Day Vatican City, Colosseum, and Roman Forum Tour

Head off on a Roman adventure filled with history and beautiful locations. Meet up with your guide to check out the iconic Vatican Museums with skip-the-line entry. Marvel at the rooms of the Sistine Chapel, break for lunch, and then visit the Colosseum. End with a stop at the Trevi Fountain. Meet your guide just steps away from the Vatican and enjoy priority entrance as you skip the lines and head straight inside the Vatican Museums. See the major works of art ranging from Ancient Greek and Roman sculptures to Renaissance masterpieces. Much of the tour will be dedicated to the rooms of Raphael and the extraordinary ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. After a break for lunch, regroup at the Colosseum and enjoy fast track entry into the vast arena, the Icon of Rome built in 72 A.D. Once inside, your guide will paint a picture of the Gladiator games that took place in the Roman Empire’s most impressive arena. With the Colosseum behind you, travel even further back in time as you enter the Roman Forum. Learn of the legendary founding of Rome on the Palatine Hill and how a she-wolf rescued and nursed the young twins Romulus and Remus. Change gears and fast forward many centuries as you arrive at the Trevi Fountain, without which no visit to Rome is complete.

Rome: Private Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour

9. Rome: Private Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour

Discover the art and history inside the walls of the Vatican Museums on this guided tour. Save time with skip-the-line access to more than 1400 galleries. Navigate with ease through one of the most important and largest art collections in the world. Meet your guide and begin your exploration of a variety of superb galleries, excellent Roman and Etruscan collections, and plenty more. See the Sistine Chapel through the eyes of an experienced tour guide, officially licensed by the Vatican. Enjoy an exclusive private tour, it will just be you and your own guide. This gives you the chance to ask questions and make special requests about what to see. Uncover works by master painters like Rosselli, Botticelli, Signorelli, and Michelangelo. Learn about the fascinating history of the Vatican, from its creation to its modern status as the world’s smallest state.

Rome: Colosseum and Vatican City Full-Day Guided Tour

10. Rome: Colosseum and Vatican City Full-Day Guided Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Rome in the morning, and then journey by minivan with an English-speaking driver/guide to the main monuments of the Eternal City. Skip the long lines to the Colosseum and get more time to follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors and fearless gladiators. Continue to the Roman Forum to explore the heart of public life in Ancient Rome. Get amazing views from Capitoline Hill and see Trajan's Column on Piazza Venezia. Discover the temple to all gods at the Pantheon, throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain and see the house where Keats lived at the Spanish Steps. Admire Bernini's fountain in Piazza Navona before getting some time for lunch. Spend the afternoon in the vast galleries of the Vatican Museum and enter Michelangelo's miraculous Sistine Chapel. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica, where highlights of the cathedral include Bernini's beautiful baldacchino, Michelangelo's Pietà and the tombs of 91 popes.

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If you will be staying in Rome for 4+ days, this is a life saver. Have to say it is a bit overwhelming at the start when you don't know where and how to book slots, but you should start making itinerary once you get this and you should follow it if you want to see most of the places in 3,4 days. We could save some money if we booked and bought separate attractions because we didn't use much public transport (we walked aaaa loooot) and hop on/off bus really sux. Rome has so much hostory and those things that you learn on hop on/off bus are not even worth mentioning. Anyway take this if you want to be versatile and packed up in Rome. You can save few bucks probably, but this is very convinient.

If you’re in Italy in short time or just one great Knowledgeable Guided experience I highly recommend this. Our experience was excellent. Hands-down my favorite experience in Eataly including the best gelato place that I was introduced to and also all the great restaurants. I found out about the spots that I didn’t even know that existed if it’s just amazing

Wonderful experience! Our guide was super knowledgeable and fun. We had a great time exploring the Vatican Museums and the tasting was simply the best way to end the experience. Highly recommend!

Wonderful stay especially thanks to all the activities chosen. We enjoyed all the tourist points. Despite the infernal heat, we took full advantage of all the opportunities presented to us.

worth getting the pass so easy to use, I recommend using this pass especially if you wanna go to the Vatican museums as this allows you to skip the quie as they are long.