Vatican Museums
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  • Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Tour

    1. Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Tour

    Visit the Colosseum, one of the most iconic structures in the world. Skip the ticket line to access the Colosseum quickly and easily. Learn about the architecture and history of this massive amphitheater, which hosted senators, emperors, and gladiators, as well as animals from all over the world. You'll have the opportunity to visit Palatine Hill, site of the foundation of Rome, followed by exploring the Roman Forum site. Make your own way to the Vatican Museums. The complex is home to 54 different galleries and four statue museums: Museo Pio-Clementino, Museo Chiaramonti, Museo Gregoriano Etrusco and the Museo Gregoriano Egiziano. See some of the most famous works of art in the world, from artists including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Carvaggio, Raphael and Giotto, to name a few. The 54th gallery of the Vatican Museums is the famed Sistine Chapel, completed around 1483. View many...

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

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

    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 and the Sistine chapel. Wander the vast corridors and galleries of one of the most important museums in the world, touring in a group of no more than 20 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. 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 ancie...

    my tour guide was quite literally the best. she knew everything about everything. i had already seen everything on this tour before but she explained everything so well that i didn’t realize how much i didn’t know. she answered all our questions. best tour i’ve ever had

  • Vatican City and Ancient Rome Full-Day Small Group Tour

    3. Vatican City and Ancient Rome Full-Day Small Group Tour

    Travel back to the days of emperors and popes, and see the highlights of the papal collections on a 2-part, 6-hour tour of Rome. Start your full-day tour at the Arch of Constantine, and journey through Ancient Rome as you travel back to the days of the Roman Republic. Explore the vast Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre) to experience up-close the greatest arena the Romans built. Your guide will bring 2,000 years of history to life, telling stories of the ferocious battles between man and beast put on for the delight of Roman citizens. Then, follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors on a walk through the Imperial Forum. Learn how it was once the center of religious, political and commercial life in Rome. Hear the history of the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina. Learn the story of the Tabularium. Go to the Temple of Hadrian, now incorporated into a building in Piazza di Pietra, where you ca...

    Serena was excellent and went out of her way to make a unique tour experience based on our groups wishes. Would book other tours with her again!

  • Rome: Colosseum & Vatican Museum Private Sightseeing Upgrade

    4. Rome: Colosseum & Vatican Museum Private Sightseeing Upgrade

    Join this full-day tour including the highlights of Rome. If you only have a short time to spend in Rome, this itinerary will be perfect for you. Your day will start at the Colosseum, the monumental symbol of ancient Rome. Hear about the gladiatorial battles, the mad emperors and the everyday life of Romans. Continue on to the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, which used to be the center of the Roman social life. After the ancient Rome tour, have a short break for lunch (not included) and you will meet your guide again directly in the Vatican City, where you will be guided through the intriguing history of the Vatican Museum and the lives of the popes. See the unique art exhibition of the Vatican Museum collected or commissioned by the popes through the centuries. The collection includes works of Leonardo Da Vinci, Giotto, Raffaello and other world-famous artist of the Italian High Ren...

  • Ancient Rome And Vatican Museums Tour

    5. Ancient Rome And Vatican Museums Tour

    Experience the Vatican Museums to see one of the most magnificent art collections in the world and continue after lunch at the Rome of emperors, citizens, charioteers and gladiators on an afternoon tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Start with the skip the line entrance to enter the Vatican Museum, housing the most important art collection in the world along 4 miles (7 kilometers) of galleries in more than 1,400 rooms. See statues, tapestries and historical maps, including Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and masterpieces by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pinturicchio and Perugino. Then stop for lunch in a typical Italian restaurant. In the afternoon, start at the Colosseum, once able to seat up to 50,000 spectators. Begun in 72 A.D., the arena was finished 8 years later, providing the scene for wild entertainments between man and beast. Continue to the Arch of Constantine...

  • Semi-Private 3-Hour Vatican Tour

    6. Semi-Private 3-Hour Vatican Tour

    Semi-Private 3-Hour Vatican Tour See stunning works of art by Michelangelo, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Girlandaio, Rosselli, Botticelli and Signorelli on this 3-hour skip-the-line tour of the Vatican. Your knowledgeable guide will provide insights that aren’t available in tour books. Learn about the Vatican’s historic secrets and feel inspired to learn even more! On this tour you’ll have VIP access to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Areas you’ll visit: • The Art Gallery • The Octagonal Courtyard  • The Tapestry Gallery • The Map Gallery • The Round Room • The Greek Cross Room • The Raphael Rooms (when possible) • The Gallery of the Muses • The Sistine Chapel (Michelangelo’s frescoes)

    Saved several hours of queue under hot sun. Guide was superb, with good english. Worth the money.

  • Rome: Small-Group Vatican Museums and Basilica with Pickup

    7. Rome: Small-Group Vatican Museums and Basilica with Pickup

    Your exclusive tour of the Vatican museums will begin with complimentary pickup service from your accommodation with a professional English-speaking driver. You will be taken to the usually packed museum entrance, where you will meet your tour guide. With your skip-the-line entry tickets, you will cut the huge entry line and access the security check directly. From here the tour will begin over a gorgeous panoramic terrace that offers a stunning view of St. Peter's Dome, overlooking the Vatican gardens. Your guide will then walk you through all of the highlights of the museums, which include masterpieces and artifacts from different cultures and civilizations. You will enter the Pio Clementine Museum, which is famous for its unique Greek/Roman ancient statues such as the Laocoon group. You can also gasp at the length of the enormous Tapestry Hall, before passing through the Hall of the...

  • Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Museum Small-Group Tour

    8. Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Museum Small-Group Tour

    Visit Rome's most-visited monument with a group tour of no more than 12 people. In the morning, learn about ancient Rome's history from a professional tour guide that will bring its walls to life. In the afternoon, visit the astoundingly beautiful Vatican City, home to some of the most famous collections of art and architecture in the world. An expert guide will take you on a journey back in time, recreating the amazing history and mysteries of the largest amphitheater ever constructed in the center of ancient Rome. Your professional guide will bring to life the fantastic art, history, and architecture housed within the walls of this beautiful city's galleries, chapels and rooms. Then, move on to the Sistine Chapel and hear Michelangelo's painted ceiling described in detail in a small semi-private experience. After this, you will be escorted into St. Peter's Basilica with priority acce...

  • Rome: Guided Colosseum and Vatican Combo Tour

    9. Rome: Guided Colosseum and Vatican Combo Tour

    Take in the key religious and historic sights of Rome, including both the Colosseum and Vatican City. Don’t miss out on the most famous parts of the city and walk in the footsteps of Roman emperors and citizens.  Start your experience at the local partner's office, where you'll pick up your tickets and enjoy a 25-minute multimedia video about ancient Rome. Then, visit the Roman Forum and Palatine on your own, and after approximately 2 hours meet the guide for a 50-minute tour of the Colosseum. Learn all about its history from your professional guide. Immerse yourself in Roman history. Either on the same day or the next, take a journey through Vatican City’s highlights on this 3-hour guided tour. Explore the Vatican museums, see the spectacular Sistine Chapel, and tour the interior of St. Peter's Basilica with skip-the-line tickets.

  • Rome: Ancient Rome, Historic Center & Vatican Guided Tour

    10. Rome: Ancient Rome, Historic Center & Vatican Guided Tour

    See Rome in a day on this comprehensive tour of Ancient Rome, the Historic Center, and the Vatican. Avoid line-ups with skip-the-line entry. Start your day at the Colosseum, where your guide will enthrall you with tales of the gladiators and martyrs that made the ancient world's greatest sports arena so famous. Walk through the ruins of the Roman Forum to get an idea of everyday life in the beating heart of the Empire. Your guide will help you imagine what this place would have been like 2000 years ago. Visit the world's largest non-reinforced concrete dome at the 2000 year-old Pantheon. Find out how it inspired other buildings in the world, from the U.S. Capitol to St. Peter's Basilica. Enjoy a specially-curated tour of the Vatican's vast trove of artistic treasures after your trip through Ancient Rome. Marvel at Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.

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4.6 / 5

based on 282 reviews

We already had experience with you in Spain, you are a guarantee, in the misfortune of the pandemic we took the opportunity to visit the Vatican museum, Sistine chapel and Colosseum, always super crowded we really enjoyed the moment of calm to fully admire these unique sites in the world. Thank you

my tour guide was quite literally the best. she knew everything about everything. i had already seen everything on this tour before but she explained everything so well that i didn’t realize how much i didn’t know. she answered all our questions. best tour i’ve ever had

Bern a girl who left no gaps in our visit to the Vatican museums, an excellent experience for those like us who were interested in filling our cultural background on Rome.

Serena was excellent and went out of her way to make a unique tour experience based on our groups wishes. Would book other tours with her again!

Excellent guide especially Colesium Roman Forum. I recommend high!!!