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  4. Vatican City

Rome: Vatican Museums and Colosseum Skip-the-Line Tour

Product ID: 65108
Save time and money by visiting the Vatican Museums and Colosseum — two of Rome's top attractions — in one day. Enjoy an authentic tour, travel back to the days of the Roman Republic, and discover artistic masterpieces from the papal collections.
About this activity
Duration: 10 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, German, Russian, Italian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Travel back to the days of the Roman Empire
  • Discover the papal collections of the Vatican Museums
  • See masterpieces of art by Michelangelo and others
  • Go inside the miraculous Sistine Chapel
  • Climb up Palatine Hill for panoramic views of Rome
  • Follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors and gladiators
Full description
Save time and money with a combined skip-the-ticket-line tour of the Vatican museums and the main monuments of ancient Rome.

Meet your guide for a morning tour of the Vatican museums, Sistine chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Wander the vast corridors and galleries of one of the most important museums in the world, touring in a group of no more than 30 people.

Go to the spectacular Cortile del Belvedere and see the historic maps of ancient cartographers in the Gallery of Maps. See beautiful tapestries by Raphael’s students in the Gallery of Tapestries. Then, gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s miraculous frescoes in the Sistine chapel. Enter the most important Catholic church in the world as you look inside St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo’s “La Pieta.” End by Bernini’s colonnades on St. Peter’s Square.

In the afternoon, transfer to the Flavian amphitheater, better known as the Colosseum and explore the largest amphitheater ever built. Learn more about the Roman emperors and gladiators and the bloodthirsty battles put on for the Roman citizens.

Next, go to the heart of ancient Rome and see the ruins of temples in the Roman forum. Climb Palatine Hill for panoramic views of where the ancient Romans met to trade, worship and conduct their political affairs.
  • Skip-the-line access
  • Expert tour guide speaking only the selected language
  • Headphones
What’s Not Included
  • Tips
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• You are required to keep your shoulders and knees covered at all times; please wear long-sleeved shirts and pants or a skirt that covers your knees, or you will be refused entry
• All visitors must pass through airport-style security; during high season the wait may be up to 30 minutes; please do not bring sharp or dangerous objects
• Access to the monuments on this tour is not possible with large backpacks; please bring a small backpack or bag
• This tour is not suitable for those with mobility issues
• Please note that the Holy See may close St Peter’s Basilica and/or the Sistine Chapel without prior notice; if this were to happen during your tour, you will spend more time on the other parts of the tour
• During Easter week St. Peter's Basilica may close for important ceremonies
• For the Colosseum tour in the afternoon, the starting time depends on the time of year:
Before and on March 29, 2020: 1:30 PM
March 30, 2020-May 17, 2020: 2:30 PM
May 18, 2020-October 25, 2020: 3:30 PM
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Product ID: 65108