Rome in a Day: Vatican and Colosseum with Skip the Line

Rome, Italy

Tour Rating
icon7 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Bypass the crowds with skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Then, visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill (seasonal). You'll get to see all the Roman essential attractions in a single day and traveling with a tour guide means you get to skip the long entry lines at each attraction. Your experience includes pick up and lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Full-day tour to see Roman highlights: Vatican Museums, the Colosseum, and ancient Rome
  • Skip-the-line access to all attractions lets you bypass the crowds
  • Includes pickup and lunch at a local restaurant
  • See Rome's most important highlights in single tour

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With this tour, see Capitoline Hill from November through March and Palatine Hill the rest of the year.

Professional guide
Wireless audio headset to assist with hearing guide
Lunch in a typical Italian restaurant (3 courses) only for the pickup option
Hotel pickup (only for centrally located hotels in Rome) exclusively for the lunch option
Transportation during the tour only for tour type with lunch and pickup
Optional gratuities
Hotel drop-off

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from centrally located hotels in Rome

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Begin your full day of visiting Rome's highlights with a morning pick up from select hotels.

Head for the Vatican Museums, where you'll skip the long entry lines and the crowds to follow your tour guide directly inside. Explore the 54 galleries, including the Museo Gregoriano Egiziano, the Museo Gregoriano Etrusco, the Museo Chiaramonti, and the Museo Pio-Clementino, among others. 

Enter the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo's famous ceiling fresco and learn about the events that still take place there, such as the Papal conclave. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica to take in the sheer size and the Renaissance architecture. 

Stop to visit a local restaurant for lunch before continuing to the afternoon portion of your tour. 

Again, skip the line for the Colosseum and explore the massive amphitheater with your guide, learning about its history as a source of entertainment for ancient Roman citizens. 

Discover the Capitol Hill, the actual site of the Mayor of Rome, and offering the most beautiful view on the Roman Forum.

Then, you'll have the opportunity to visit Palatine Hill, the place of foundation of Rome and the Roman Forum from the inside, where your tour concludes.
Pass By:  
Sistine Chapel
The Sistine Chapel is one of the most important treasures of the Vatican, of Rome and of the whole world. It is renowned both for its frescoes and for the fact that the Popes are elected here. What most attracts attention in the Sistine Chapel, however, is not its architecture, but the frescoes that completely decorate its walls and ceiling. Renowned artists such as Botticelli, Perugino and Michelangelo contributed to the wide decoration of the Chapel.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
The Vatican Museums are one of the largest collections of works of art in the world. There is also the Sisitina Chapel which is the place where even today the Conclave is celebrated for the election of the pontiffs and where other solemn papal functions take place.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
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The Colosseum, originally known as Amphitheatrum Flavium or simply as Amphitheatrum, is the largest amphitheater in the world, located in the center of the city of Rome
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
St. Peter's Basilica
The grandeur of the seventeenth-century façade of Carlo Maderno makes the idea of ​​the gigantic dimensions of St. Peter's Basilica, still today one of the largest churches in the world. The dome designed by Michelangelo surprises in size and harmony. Among the many masterpieces, not to be missed is the Pietà by Michelangelo, the work that has been surprising for centuries in terms of technique and emotion.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Roman Forum
It was the area where the public and religious life of ancient Rome took place. With the fall of the Empire, the Roman Forum fell into oblivion and was buried little by little. Although the existence and location of the Forum was already known in the 16th century, excavations began only in the 20th century.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
The Palatine is one of the seven hills of Rome, located between the Velabro and the Roman Forum, and is one of the oldest parts of the city. The site is now a large open-air museum and can be visited during the day
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • On Wednesday morning tours: the visit inside St. Peter's Basilica is substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library due to the Papal Audience taking place every Wednesday
  • Due to heightened security measures, you may experience delays at security checks when entering the Colosseum
  • This tour visits religious sites, and a dress code will be enforced. Visitors must be dressed appropriately: no sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts, and no hats allowed
  • If you have a pacemaker you will need to show a certificate, otherwise you will not be admitted without being screened
  • due to shorter daylight, from October 27 the visit to the Palatine Hill will be replaced with an external explanation from the Capitoline Hill
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please be advise that from the 27th of October 2019 the Colosseum tour starts at 02:00 pm
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Cancellation policy

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.Learn more about cancellations.

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