Skip-the-Line Vatican and Colosseum Tour with Arena

Rome, Italy

Tour Rating
icon5 to 6 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Skip the line at the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum on this two-in-one-day tour of Rome’s must-visit sites. Starting early, first visit the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica with a guide. Listen to tales of the popes and the artists who lavishly decorated the Vatican as you explore, then take a break for lunch. Later, head into the heart of ancient Rome for a skip-the-line tour of the Colosseum. Stand on the arena floor where gladiators fought, then stroll through Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum with your guide.
  • Skip the long lines outside the Vatican and Colosseum
  • Explore the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica with a guide
  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators on the Colosseum’s arena floor
  • Check out ancient ruins at Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum

Professional guide
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transportation to/from attractions

Departure Point

1: Via Vespasiano, 28, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
2: Via Frangipane, 30, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Foro Romano, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
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Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums and Upper Galleries, including the one of the Maps, Tapestries and Candelabra. The galleries are connecting the north section of the Vatican Palace with the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica of St. Peter’s. The rooms preserved many roman statues discovered during the excavations and many spectacular painted rooms
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
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Vatican Museums
You will proceed to Raphael Rooms and Borgia Apartments, visiting the apartment where once the Pope lived and where today you will find also modern works of art
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
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Sistine Chapel
Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel with the Frescoes painted in the 1500s for the Pope Julius II and Paul III; Michelangelo first painted the Ceiling where he represented the Creation of the World, from the Genesis book, and stories of Noah’s life. The Renaissance “Genius” when he was 61 years old he will come back to paint in five years only Last Judgement on the wall behind the altar
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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St. Peter's Basilica
The Basilica was built from the 1506 and it has replaced the Medieval Basilica built under the Emperor Constantine. The Basilica was built in 120 years by many architects including Raphael and Michelangelo. The inside decoration of the Basilica is very Baroque thanks to the “Genius of the Baroque Gian Lorenzo Bernini who projected the “Altar of the Chair of St. Peter” and the Baldachin. Inside the Basilica there is a beautiful chapel where is preserved the Michelangelo’s Pieta. The artists represent this painful moment with the body of Jesus laying on the laps of his mother after the deposition from the Cross.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Colosseum with the special Gladiatior’s entrance, including the Arena stage, overview of the undergrounds, first and second level of the monument
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Roman Forum
You will then enjoy the Roman Forum, the ancient down town where the public, commercial and political life were located, and the tomb of Julio Cesar
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Palatine Hill
You will also have the chance to visit Emperor's palace at Palatine Hill! Actually here you will visit Tiberio's Palace and admire also the stunning view on the city from the terrace on the top of the hill
Duration: 45 minutes
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
  • A current valid passport or ID document is required on the day of the tour for children under 18 as proof of age
  • St. Peter's Basilica is a Church and as such the Vatican can decide to close it for religious functions without any notice. Local operator is not responsible for unexpected closure of the Basilica. If the Basilica closed for religious functions, you'll spend more time in the Vatican galleries with your guide
  • Please be aware that to enter the Colosseum it is necessary to pass a metal detector security check. Visitors cannot avoid these checks. Even though skip the line tickets are purchased in advance, local operator is not responsible for time spent waiting to pass security checks
  • The tour consists of 2 different tours: a Vatican tour in the morning and a Colosseum / Ancient Rome tour
  • If you choose the option with Roman Forum and Palatine hill, the order of the visit of this tour can be: first Roman forum and Palatine hill and then Colosseum
  • If you arrive late you might lose the entrance at the Vatican or Colosseum
  • Please bring a copy of your ID or driver license since it is necessary for the entrance at the Colosseum
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please Note: In some areas the stroller must be carried by yourself due to architectural restrictions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note that, for disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%, the Vatican Museums offers free entry that is extended to a companion for visitors who are not self-sufficient. To benefit from this, make sure you mention it at the time of booking so that our staff may handle your request.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 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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