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Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome
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Overview

Combine a trip to two of Rome’s greatest sites in one day. Take advantage of special no-wait entry at the Vatican and skip-the-line access to the Colosseum during this full-day tour. While others wait in line, you experience the majesty of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica, followed by the ancient glory of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum, all with an expert guide.
  • Full-day Rome combo with skip-the-line walking tours of the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica, and Colosseum
  • Combine two best-selling Rome tours in one memorable day, led by expert guides
  • Avoid the lines at the Colosseum and explore its first and second tiers
  • Enjoy free time between the Vatican and Colosseum visits

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Skip-the-line passes to the Vatican Museums and Colosseum mean you can save hours of waiting-in-line time during high season. Although not all areas require special clothing, be sure shoulders and knees are covered for when you explore holy sites.
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Professional English-speaking guide
Reserved Skip-the-Line Access and Admission to the Vatican Museums
Reserved Skip-the-Line Access and Admission to the Sistine Chapel & Raphael Rooms
Reserved Skip-the-Line Access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
Audio headset so you can always hear your guide at the Colosseum
Small groups of 24 people or less
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Transfers between the two tours

Departure Point

Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Vatican 9am: Meet at the bottom of the steps across the street from the Vatican Museums The steps are located next to Caffè Vaticano on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. Colosseum 3pm: Meet at Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the 2nd floor of the metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseum".

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 5, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Colosseum 10am: Meet at Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the 2nd floor of the metro line B (blue line) stop "Colosseum". Vatican 2.30pm: Meet at the bottom of the steps across the street from the Vatican Museums The steps are located next to Caffè Vaticano on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi

Return Details

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Start the day with a border crossing into Vatican City, where you breeze past the long lines and through an exclusive partner entrance into the ornate Vatican Museums. More than 200 tour operators have “Skip the Line” entry to the Vatican, but this Official Partner Tour grants you special access through the Private Partner Entrance, which allows you to enter immediately, saving up to four hours during peak season and giving you even more time to explore the beauty of the Museums.

Once inside, you and your small group enjoy all the highlights of the Vatican with an expert guide by your side. The tour takes in a treasure trove of artistic wonders, from masterworks such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes and 'La Pietà' in St. Peter’s Basilica to the precious relics, paintings, and tapestries adorning the museums’ gilded galleries. Throughout the tour, your expert, English-speaking guide shares fascinating insights only a local could know.

After your Vatican tour, enjoy free time to sample some authentic Italian cuisine (own expense) before meeting your next expert guide for a tour of the historical heart of ancient Rome. Begin by skipping yet another line to enter the Colosseum immediately. Dominating the center of the Eternal City, this ancient arena puts modern stadiums to shame.

Then your tour continues to the Palatine Hill, where Rome originated in a battle between two brothers. You are then taken from the origin of ancient Rome to its hub: The Forum, that bustling marketplace where business, politics, and religion mixed. No other tour takes you so close to so much of the history, significance, and fabulous riches of Rome.

Please note: During the low season, the itinerary described operates in reverse. Tour the Colosseum and Roman Forum in the morning, followed by the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica in the afternoon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Start the day with a border crossing into Vatican City, where you’ll breeze past the long lines and through an exclusive partner entrance into the ornate Vatican Museums. More than 200 tour operators have “Skip the Line” entry to the Vatican, but this Official Partner Tour grants you special access through the Private Partner Entrance, which allows you to enter immediately, saving up to four hours during peak season and giving you even more time to explore the beauty of the Museums.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Once inside, you and your small group will enjoy all the highlights of the Vatican with an expert guide by your side. The tour takes in a treasure trove of artistic wonders, from masterworks such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescos and La Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica to the precious relics, paintings, and tapestries adorning the museums’ gilded galleries. Throughout the tour, your expert, English-speaking guide will share fascinating insights only a local could know.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Guided visit (NOT included on the tour until end of October 2021)
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Colosseum
After your Vatican tour, enjoy free time to sample some authentic Italian cuisine (own expense) before meeting your next expert guide for a tour of the historical heart of Ancient Rome. You’ll begin by skipping yet another line to enter the Colosseum immediately. Dominating the center of the Eternal City, this ancient arena puts modern stadiums to shame.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
Then your tour continues to the Palatine Hill, where Rome originated in a battle between two brothers. You’ll then be taken from the origin of ancient Rome to its hub: The Forum, that bustling marketplace where business, politics, and religion mixed. No other tour takes you so close to so much of the history, significance, and fabulous riches of Rome.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
Guided visit
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • On Wednesdays, access to St. Peter’s Basilica & Square may be closed at the time of the morning tour due to the Papal Audience
  • The Basilica is also subject to last minute closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we are happy to offer customers a longer tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Only very small bags are allowed.
  • Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women to enter to the venue
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour: Don’t Wait in Line to See the Best of Rome.

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  • "Take pictures when possible, so you can look at details later." See review
  • "Travellers be aware though that the two tours involve a lot of walking, so pack your most comfortable shoes!" See review
  • "Bring sunscreen and a hat, and possibly a parasol, but mind your belongings." See review

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star-5
The guides were excellent...
Nicholas_H
, Sep 2021
The guides were excellent and knowledgeable and made the visits do much more than if we’d gone without them. Definitely the best way to see such historical attractions
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Very bad experience
Augustin_C
, Sep 2021
I bought a ticket with a traveler, I received a confirmation, they took money from my account and when I arrived at the museum I was not on the guide's list and it was my last day in Rome. Be careful !!!I missed visiting.
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Best tour guides
Blake_A
, Sep 2021
Oscar and Lorenzo where absolutely amazing. Oscar was great at the Vatican and super informative and funny. While Lorenzo was a huge help when my wife hurt her ankle getting out of a Taxi. He insure he slowed the tour just enough so we could keep up.
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star-5
Amazing day in Rome
Angela_M
, Sep 2021
Alexandra Vatican guide and Kylie, Collaseum guide were absolutely excellent so knowledgeable and entertaining.
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star-5
excellent tour
KEVIN_G
, Sep 2021
Nick was an excellent Tourguide, very knowledgeable and entertaining. The tour is quite strenuous- lots of steps and hills and uneven terrain so wear good sturdy shoes and bring a bottle of water!
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The grand tour
Florita_H
, Aug 2021
Alessandra and Gigi, respectively, provided the most wonderful tours of the Vatican and Colosseum. Their wealth of knowledge, affinity for their roman history and delightful charm made for educational and enjoyable experiences. - Karen Alessandra has a special fondness and expertise in Raphael, and Gigi is a literal font of ancient history and archaeological knowledge. They each made the past come alive, all with great humor and charming personalities. Lovely tours. - Florita Grazie mille!!!
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star-4
Great day exploring the Vatican and Colosseum - No St. Peter's Basilica included due to Covid at the moment
Nicolas_S
, Aug 2021
These tours were a great way to explore the Vatican and the Colosseum in one day. Our guide at the Vatican was Maria (Teresa), who clearly had a lot of expertise on the subject and told us everything in an enthousiastic and friendly manner. After the tour we had the freedom to spend as much time in the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums as we wanted. The guide at the Colosseum was Kylie and she had a background in multiple subjects, including history and politics. She enthousiastically provided us with more insights in three hours than any other guide I've done a tour with for a similar duration. Admittedly, the amount of information could be experienced by some as too much after having done the tour of the Vatican in the morning, but she was understanding of this and overall you cannot complain about getting too much content for your money. She was also a real trooper for continuing and finishing the tour after it started pouring down during the final hour and a half of the tour (a rare occassion in Rome in August from what I understand). The only reason I'm giving four stars instead of five is that it is not clearly indicated on this site that a visit to the St. Peter's Basilica is not included in the tour at the moment at all. We were split into two groups in the morning and from what I gathered from the explanation in the other group from afar (no explanation for this was given in our group) was that it was because COVID-19 made it impossible to keep the entrance into St. Peter's Basicila from the Vatican Museums open. We were merely told how to get to St. Peter's Basilica after the tour without any information about whether we could skip the line or not with our tickets. I ended up going there between the two tours and waiting about 70ish minutes to get in to the St. Peter's Dome/Basilica, giving me a relatively short time to explore the basilica considering the upcoming start of the Colosseum tour and the fact that I hadn't eaten anything yet. I would not recommend doing the St. Peters Basilica without skip-the-line tickets. I haven't had any negative experiences on other tours with City of Wonders before or after this tour but they should make sure to clearly indicate what is no longer included in the tour before the day of the tour (even if temporary) on all the sites on which they sell tickets, and ensure that all people who buy the tickets know how to skip the line with their tickets on their own if possible, in advance of the day itself. I would nevertheless strongly recommend doing these tours, but as long as St. Peter's Basilica is not included in the Vatican tour I would recommend doing both parts of the tour seperately on different days or alternatively making sure that you have other means to skip the line at the St. Peter's Basilica in between the end of the tour of the Vatican (ending around 12.00) and the start of the tour of the Colosseum (at 15.00).
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star-5
Awesome tour and tour guides!
Paula_C
, Aug 2021
Both tours were great, the Vatican and Colosseum tour are definitely a must because you can walk by yourself around the buildings but you will be missing all the history and the details which are given to us by the very knowledgeable guides. The Vatican is definitely an amazing museum regardless of your religious preference, both the museum and the Colosseum are so full of history and beauty, definitely worth the price for the experience. Just keep in mind that during the summer months is VERY HOT so dress appropriately and come prepared, only a very few rooms have AC at the Vatican so it will be hot, still very worth it.
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The best guides
Gabriela_Felt
, Aug 2021
The two tours were excellent and the guides very nice and knowledgeable and fun . I would totally go back and choose them if I can again .
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star-3
Ok tour
George_L
, Aug 2021
Guides were very knowledgeable, though both for Vatican and Colosseum were hard to understand. Thought it was too expensive as we had to provide our own transportation to each location.
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