Colosseum, Roman Forum & Vatican Rome Highlights Tour

Piazza del Colosseo, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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Rome Highlights Tour: A Day of Timeless Wonders

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Rome with our comprehensive Rome Highlights Tour, exploring iconic landmarks that define the city's rich history and cultural heritage. Join a small group for an intimate and immersive experience that ensures more attention from your guide.

Colosseum: Witness the Majesty of a Wonder

Begin your day by marvelling at the Colosseum, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Immerse yourself in its grandeur as your guide unveils the stories of ancient gladiatorial combat and the daily life of Romans in the adjacent Roman Forum.

Local Lunch: A Culinary Interlude

Savour the essence of Rome Highlights Tour with a delightful local lunch, providing a moment of culinary indulgence amidst your exploration.

Vatican Museums: Artistic Splendour Unveiled

In the afternoon, venture into the Vatican Museums, home to an unparalleled collection of art and history. Stand in awe before the Sistine Chapel, witness the grandeur of St. Peter's Basilica, and explore the vast array of artifacts, including masterpieces by renowned artists such as Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, and more.

Personalized Insights into Roman Life and Art

Throughout the Rome Highlights Tour, your guide will not only showcase the beauty of these landmarks but also narrate tales of daily life in ancient Rome, stories behind the art in St. Peter’s Basilica, and the historical significance of each stop.

This full-day excursion promises an immersive exploration of Rome's highlights, offering a perfect blend of ancient wonders, culinary delights, and artistic splendour. Join us for an enriching experience that captures the essence of this remarkable city.

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$ 149.41

Rome Highlights Tour: What's Included

Skip-the-Line Access to the Colosseum

Seamless entry to the iconic Colosseum, unlocking a captivating journey through its first and second tiers on your Rome Highlights Tour.

Guided Exploration of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Delve into the heart of ancient Rome with a guided tour that brings the ruins to life amidst the captivating landscapes of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

Free Time for Lunch in Rome

Enjoy a leisurely break for lunch in the heart of Rome (lunch at own expense), allowing you to explore the local culinary delights at your own pace.

Skip-the-Line Entry to the Vatican

Effortlessly enter the Vatican, avoiding queues and granting you more time to immerse yourself in the artistic wonders that await.

Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Embark on an enriching exploration of the Vatican Museums and the iconic Sistine Chapel, discovering masterpieces by celebrated artists.

Engaging English-Speaking Guides

Immerse yourself in the stories and history with our knowledgeable English-speaking guides, adding depth to your Rome Highlights Tour experience.

Maximum Group Size of 20 for the Vatican & 25 for the Colosseum

Enjoy a more personal and intimate experience with smaller group sizes, ensuring a more personalised and immersive journey.

Skip-the-Line Entry & Visit to St. Peter's Church

Conclude your tour with seamless entry to St. Peter's Church, a magnificent culmination of your Rome Highlights Tour.

Please Note:

  • No Hotel Pickup and Drop-off
  • No Food & Beverages Included
  • No Gratuities Required

Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy Please arrive 10-15 minutes early. In the morning, our friendly guide will meet at the green souvenir kiosk in front of the Colosseo metro stop, located just outside the lower level holding a ''The Tour Guy'' sign. Starts at 9 AM

Return Details

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Rome Highlights Tour - What to Expect

1. Colosseum

Skip the lines and delve into the ancient Colosseum with your passionate local guide, immersing yourself in tales of gruesome battles and epic spectacles. Enjoy exclusive access to the first and second tiers, reserved for Rome's elite classes. Gain insights into the Colosseum's construction and the historical significance of its bloody battles. Please note that the tour sequence may vary, with entry time determining whether the Colosseum or Roman Forum is visited first. (1 hour • Admission Ticket Included)

2. Roman Forum

After the Colosseum, explore the ancient Roman Forum, discovering landmarks such as the Temple of Julius Caesar, Arch of Titus, and the Roman Senate House. Walk in the footsteps of Roman emperors and philosophers as your expert guide brings this downtown area of ancient Rome to life. (1 hour • Admission Ticket Included)

3. Palatine Hill

Transition from the downtown to the "Beverly Hills of Ancient Rome" as you ascend Palatine Hill. Revel in breathtaking views of Circus Maximus, explore 2,000-year-old palaces, and delve into the stories of Rome's rich and famous. Wander amidst marble remnants and let your guide unveil the palaces and artefacts that echo a history spanning two millennia. (30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included)

4. Vatican Museums

Following a leisurely lunch, reconvene at the Vatican for the second part of your tour. Skip the queues and journey effortlessly into the Vatican Museums. Your expert guide will lead you through the Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of the Tapestries, and Gallery of Maps. Marvel at ancient Greek and Roman statues, Flemish tapestries, and topographical maps commissioned during the height of the Roman Empire. Uncover the intriguing stories behind these artistic treasures. (2 hours • Admission Ticket Included)

5. Sphere within a Sphere

Take a brief stroll through the Pinecone Courtyard to admire Arnaldo Pomodoro's renowned "Sphere within a Sphere" sculpture. (5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free)

6. Sistine Chapel

Experience the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel, a sacred space where cardinals convene to elect a new pope. Marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece, with over 600 figures depicting biblical stories. Your guide will provide detailed explanations before entry, emphasizing the chapel's prohibition of speaking. Adhere to dress code guidelines to ensure entry. (15 minutes • Admission Ticket Included)

7. St. Peter's Basilica

Conclude your tour at St. Peter's Basilica, entering through a dedicated corridor for groups to skip the queues. Explore this esteemed church, believed to house St. Peter's remains. Your guide introduces you to the cathedral, allowing you ample time to admire its architecture and art, including Michelangelo's La Pietà and Bernini's Baldacchino. Note that St. Peter's Basilica is closed on Wednesdays for the Papal Audience and may experience unexpected closures. If needed, your guide will adjust the itinerary accordingly. (Time varies • Admission Ticket Included)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please contact The Tour Guy to book a wheelchair accessible tour
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation policy

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

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