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

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Activity provider: When In Rome Tours

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

Activity provider: When In Rome Tours

From US$ 138 per person

Join this tour to tick off all the must-see locations in Rome in just one day.

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Duration 9 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Audio guide included


  • See all the must-see sights in Rome, including the Vatican Museums, Colosseum, and historic center
  • Skip the ticket lines to access the historic sites
  • Walk in the footsteps of Gladiators and Caesars at the Colosseum
Full description

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.

  • 2-part fully-guided tour
  • Skip-the-line tickets to the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips
  • Transport between the Vatican and the Colosseum
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A TWO PART TOUR: AM MEETING POINT: 8:30am Via Sebastiano Veniero 19 Tour departs promptly at 8:45am. Across the street from the Vatican Museum entrance you will see a broad staircase leading down. At the bottom of the stairs, turn right. Number 19 is a few steps ahead where an ItaliaTours representative will be waiting for you. Google maps link: PM MEETING POINT 2:45pm: Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the Colosseo Metro Station Tour departs promptly at 3:00pm. Metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseo". Once inside the Colosseo Metro station main level, take the escalator or walk up the steps to the upper level, exit the station onto Largo Gaetano Agnesi and look for a representative holding a WHEN IN ROME TOURS / ITALIA TOURS sign. link:

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  •  All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
  •  Dress code for all tours entering the Vatican: Shoulders and knees must be covered for both men, women, and children. No refunds will be given if entry is refused due to lack of appropriate dress. No knives, weapons, or sharp objects will be permitted inside
  •  Bags/Luggage: Large backpacks or bags will not be allowed inside the Colosseum. There is no bag check area available, therefore please no not bring any large bags with you to the Colosseum. At the Vatican Museums there is a cloakroom where guests can store baggage and pick it up at the end of the tour
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based on 13 reviews

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We recently did the Rome in a Day tour, while the day was busy, we had an excellent time. Tour guides were knowledgeable, interesting and very helpful. Would recommend this tour, but if you have more time, take a couple of days, as the one day certainly was full on, but we loved it.

September 7, 2019

Very informative, tricky to locate meeting spot

I thought Sarah, our tour guide for Coloseum was great. She was so knowledgable. And the Vatican tour was great too. Wish the meeting spot was more specific and couldn't find them. Had to make phone calls, and from America, can be costly. The guide waited for us. Thank you. Another thing that is not told up front, we had to take a 10euro cab to get from Coloseum area tour to Vatican our Vatican tour. It wasn't a big deal, we just weren't expecting to do that.

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June 19, 2014

Excellent tour

We had a very good tour especially the one given by Giuliano at the Vatican. He was organized, knowledgable and thorough. His personality was wonderful as well. Sarah was good for the morning tour of Ancient Rome but was a little bit rushed. My only suggestion is to make it a little more clear regarding the meeting places. We showed up at the Piazza Venezia but since our guide was running late we had no idea if we were in the right spot at the piazza and didn't know what to actually look for. I would recommend being specific and saying to meet at the right side of the front steps and look for the guide to carrying a certain color umbrella. And for meeting at the office you should give clear detailed directions as it is tucked away in the alley and not that easy to find. But we had a good experience and would definitely recommend your company. Thanks.

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October 3, 2013

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