Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Colosseum Tour

4.5 / 5

49 reviews

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & Colosseum Tour

From $211.10 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.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 7 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese
Pickup included
Hotel pick-up may be as early as 1 hour prior to tour start time. Please be ready in your hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to the pick-up time provided. Please take note that hotel pick-up is provided from selected hotels in the city center.

Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the ticket line at the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
  • See all the highlights of Rome in just 1 day
  • Admire the breathtaking Capitoline or Palatine Hills (depending on day time or season)
  • Tour inside the Colosseum and the Roman Forum
  • Explore the amazing Raphael's Rooms
  • Access St Peter's Basilica (except on Wednesdays)
  • Enjoy a typical lunch in Rome city center
Full description

Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

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 of 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 visit the unforgettable St. Peter’s Basilica and Raphael’s Rooms as well. Please note that on Wednesdays the tour does not enter the Basilica due to the Papal Audience event. 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. The Basilica is an active place of worship and may be closed without prior notice for religious events. In this case the visit will be substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library.
Includes
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entry
  • 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
  • Tour of St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesdays (due to Papal audience)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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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

  • Please note: 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.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • The visit inside St. Peter's Basilica is substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library on Wednesday morning tours due to the Papal Audience.
  • Those with a pacemaker must show a certificate.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 49 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4/5
  • Service
    4.2/5
  • Organization
    4/5
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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

Well worth the long day!

The tour of both the Vatican and the Colosseum was thorough and informative. The start of the tour seemed a little disorganized, but once it began, we had no complaints. Our guides at both the Vatican and the Colosseum gave us a wealth of knowledge and were very engaged with the group. Both groups were rather large. A little larger then was described, but we saw everything and had no trouble hearing with the help of the headphones. We had a lunch that was included in our tour that was delicious! We had transportation from our hotel to the Vatican, to lunch, and then the Colosseum. Finally, they provided transportation back near hotel. Our tour started at 8:00am and ended at around 5:30pm. Well worth it!!

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August 1, 2013

Fantastic value

Great way to see so much of Rome in one day, which is exactly what we needed. The tour guides were great and the ear pieces meant your could always hear. The only down fall was the wait between the first activity and the second activity, but all in all, it was a great tour!

June 20, 2013

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