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Best of Rome and the Vatican

4.5 (2)
From $ 116.00

Experience the best of Rome on a tour that doesn't skip a thing⁠—except long lines and high cost! This tour will give you a camera roll full of iconic sights and a 101 on archaeolgy and art history. 


- Skip the line to the Colosseum and the Vatican
- Double tour means a can't-beat-price.
- Small tour groups led by English-speaking experts
- Visit the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and more

What can I expect?

This comprehensive 4.5-hour tour gives you the opportunity to dive deep into the history and culture of Rome. Thanks to skip-the-line access to the Colosseum and the Vatican, you can spend your time exploring these sites instead of standing in line under the hot sun. By the end of the tour, you will have visited the best of the Ancient Roman ruins, seen the world’s largest art collection, and soaked up a wealth of knowledge.

The guides who will lead you are experts in art history and archaeology. They know tried and trusted routes through high-traffic areas and will lead you seamlessly from point to point. Tour groups are kept small, meaning you’ll never find yourself standing in the back of a crowd, unable to hear your guide speak.

Part One of this tour takes you to icons like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Trajan’s column. At the Colosseum, your group will enter via Gladiator’s Gate, a side entrance reserved for certain tour operators⁠. Two thousand years ago, men entered the Colosseum prepared for a brutal fight: it was killed or be killed. Today, the arena floor provides a remarkable view of both the underground chambers and the highest rows of seating (the floor extends only partway across the building, hence the view!)

Part Two of the tour starts after you have had time on your own for food and exploration. You’ll rejoin the tour group at the air-conditioned customer service center, where you will have the opportunity to take Gladiator Selfies using their props and backdrops.

Your group will then skip the line into Vatican City, which holds the largest collection of art in the world. For many, the Sistine Chapel is the absolute highlight of the Vatican. That said, Michelangelo’s splendid ceiling is one of many masterpieces included in Vatican City, including works by Perugino, Giotto, Raphael, and more.

At the end of Part Two, you will be free to skip the line to St. Peter's Basilica, where you can see Michelangelo's Pieta and dome, Bernini's Baldacchino, and numerous other frescoes and mosaics.

How does it work?

Your e-ticket will be emailed directly to you shortly after your booking is complete. Bring a printed copy with you, or present the ticket via your smartphone.

Where does the tour start?
The tour starts at Foro Traiano 89 (close to Trajan's column)

Important information

- For security reasons, large items like backpacks, suitcases, and oversize bags are not permitted inside the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
- There is a strict dress code at the Vatican. All individuals must have their shoulders and knees covered. 
- Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for wheelchair users or others with limited mobility.

Ticket categories

Adult (18+)
Child (6-17)
Infant (0-5): Free

Opening hours

Tour departs at 10:45 AM.

What’s not included?

- Tips
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Food and beverages

Instant confirmation

Mobile voucher accepted

Save time – Skip the line

Live guide

Running Time: 4 hours 30 minutes

What’s included?

- Skip the line to the Colosseum and the Vatican.
- Access to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.
- Access to Michelangelo's Dome.
- Guided tour in a small group.

Departure times


Best of Rome and the Vatican

Foro Traiano 89 Roma 00187 Italia


English helpdesk

(855) 325-0977 (855) 325-0977

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