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  1. Italy
  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. Vatican City

Vatican Museums and Colosseum Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Product ID: 43038
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Explore the famous sites of the Vatican City and Imperial Rome on a full-day guided tour with lunch. Wander the galleries of the Vatican Museums and see Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Marvel at the Roman Forum, Colosseum, and more.
About this activity
Duration 8 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, English

Pickup included

Pick-up from hotels in the historic center of Rome available on request.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the vast galleries of the Vatican Museums with an art historian
  • Marvel at the ruined temples of the Roman Forum
  • Admire Bernini's bronze baldaquin and altar
  • Discover Michelangelo's lamentation sculpture of the Pietà
Full description
Enjoy a full-day guided tour of Rome, starting at the Vatican Museums, where you will discover more than 2,000 rooms filled with art treasures by Raphael, Michelangelo and more. Your guide is an art history and archeaology specialist, and will provide detailed information on the most important sights.

Continue to the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s miraculous frescoes, before proceeding to St. Peter's Basilica, where you will gaze in awe at the soaring dome and vast floor plan, also by Michelangelo. Continue with his famous Pietà sculpture, and see the gold and bronze baldaquin by Bernini. Walk onto St. Peter's Square, where you can opt to spend the rest of your afternoon basking in the historical richness of the Vatican City.

After a break for lunch, wander into the heart of Imperial Rome and admire the ruins of the temples of the Roman Forum. Your guide will help build a picture of life in the Eternal City in the days of the Roman Empire.

Stroll over to Piazza del Campidoglio on Capitoline Hill to admire the architecture of Michelangelo at the Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo. End your tour at the Basilica of S. Mariain Cosmedin, built during the Byzantine papacy and home to the Bocca della Verita stone disk depicting the face of a fawn or river god with its mouth open. According to legend, the stone was used to judge people's honesty.
Includes
  • Entrance to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Headsets
  • Guide
  • Lunch
  • Skip-the-line entrance tickets to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup (available for €14 per person)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• Entrance to the Vatican Museums requires a strict dress code and the tour company cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress. Comfortable shoes are recommended
• St. Peter's is closed to the public on Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. During this time the tour will not include St. Peter's Cathedral
• The tour is available every day, except 25 December, 1 January , and 1 May
• This tour features skip-the-line entrance to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum.
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Gartour by Destination Italia

Product ID: 43038