Early Small Combination Tour of the Vatican and the Colosseum

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
icon5 hours to 6 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

See the highlights of Rome in just one day with a combination Vatican and Colosseum tour. Start your tour of the Vatican bright in early before the doors open to the public giving you a chance to explore the museum’s many galleries without the daytime crowds. In a small group, tour the highlights of the Vatican including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica before making your way to the Colosseum for an afternoon tour.
  • Visit the Vatican and Colosseum all in one day with a combination tour
  • Beat the crowds and start your Vatican tour early in the morning
  • See the Vatican highlights including the famous Sistine Chapel frescoes
  • Tour the Colosseum including special access to the arena floor

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Be among the first people inside the Vatican on this early-morning tour.

Professional guide
Skip-the-line tickets
Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
Entry/Admission - Roman Forum
Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
Entry/Admission - Palatine Hill
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transportation to/from attractions

Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

Roman Forum, Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums and Upper Galleries, including the one of the Maps, Tapestries and Candelabra, here are statue of different periods and painted rooms.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Stanze di Raffaello
After having visited the Upper Galleries you will approach Raphael Rooms. It was Pope Julius II's private apartment and here you can admire the Raphael's “School of Athens”, “Parnassus” and “The Dispute over the Sacrament”.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
After visiting the Raphael Rooms, you will admire the Borgia Rooms, painted by Pinturicchio and commissioned by Pope Alexander VI Borgia. Here you can also admire the contemporary and modern art collection.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
The Sistine Chapel will leave you breathless for its grandeur and beauty. Michelangelo painted all the frescos alone using 4 years to paint the ceiling. Here is represented "The Creation of the World" with stories from the Genesis book. About thirty years later the artist painted "The Last Judgement" on the wall behind the altar.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
The Basilica was built from 1506 to replace the Medieval Basilica and it took 120 years to be finished. Many important artists, such as Raphael and Michelangelo worked on this project. The inside decoration of the Basilica is very Baroque thanks to Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who projected the “Altar of the Chair of St. Peter” and the Baldachin. The beautiful chapel inside the Basilica host the amazing Michelangelo’s “Pietà”, where this painful moment with the body of Jesus laying on the laps of his mother after the deposition from the Cross is depicted.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
Once you will have finished your visit inside the Vatican, you will approach Palatine Hill, the hill where Rome has its origins. Now it is a large outdoor museum where you can find emperors Villas and a beautiful panorama of Rome.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
Then, you will climb down to the Roman Forum, which can be considered the meeting point of Ancient Rome. Indeed, it was the political, commercial and social center of the Romans’ life.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The last step of your tour will be in the Colosseum, where you can enter through a regular entrance and go to the first and second rings.
Duration: 1 hour 30 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 and also for the adults for the access to the Colosseum
  • 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
  • If you arrive late, you might loose the entrance
  • 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
  • A maximum of 14 people per booking
  • For booking with kids, kindly bring with you a copy of the ID or passport otherwise the kid tickets cannot be provided and the new ticket should be paid directly on site.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible but may be adapted to an accessible itinerary if you contact us. 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.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation policy

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