Rome Vatican Museums and Colosseum Skip-the-Lines Walking Tour

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Rome Vatican Museums and Colosseum Skip-the-Lines Walking Tour

Excursion Overview

Experience Rome’s headline acts, the Vatican and the Colosseum, on this full-day combo, made even better by fast-track, skip-the-line access to both attractions. With an expert guide, head inside the hallowed Vatican Museums through an exclusive, reserved entrance, beating even the Standard skip-the-line priority lines. Witness its glorious artistic treasures, including Michelangelo’s extraordinary frescos in the Sistine Chapel, and then visit magnificent St Peter’s Basilica. After free time for lunch (own expense), skip the lines at the Colosseum and Roman Forum, with a guided tour of the stunning amphitheatre and the Forum’s evocative ruins.

Tour Includes

  • Professional guide
  • Skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums through a reserved entranceway
  • Entrance ticket and reservation fee for Vatican Museums
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Entrance fee to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Audio headsets when required

Tour Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Transfers between the two tours

What You Can Expect

Make your own way to the tour start point in the Vatican City and meet your expert guide. Then, walk into the Vatican Museums through a special, reserved access, breezing past any long queues and skipping even the priority lines through this official Vatican Museums tour partner entrance.

Follow your guide into the world-famous museums, the home of a vast collection of priceless art treasures amassed by popes since the 16th century, including classic statuary and Renaissance masterworks.

Experience the Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps, and stroll down the exquisite Gallery of the Candelabra, a showcase of Roman statuary and candelabra, as your guide recounts their history.

Pose for photos at the magnificent sculpture in the Pinecone Courtyard, and then wander through the four Raphael Rooms to admire their vast frescoes, before entering the jaw-dropping Sistine Chapel, the Vatican’s crowning glory.

Behold Michelangelo’s spectacular The Creation of Adam ceiling fresco, painted between 1508 and 1512, and soak up The Last Judgement behind the altar, another of his masterpieces.

Next, enter St Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in all Christendom. Walk around inside and admire its majestic dome and two extraordinary art treasures — Michelangelo’s glorious La Pietà and Bernini’s stunning bronze altar canopy.

After free time for lunch (own expense) or a stroll, make your own way (own expense) to the start point of the next tour — your afternoon skip-the-line visit to the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill.

Avoid the main entrance lines to the Roman amphitheatre and explore the first and second stories as you hear gruesome tales of the gladiatorial fights, mock sea battles and executions staged here to entertain emperors and up to 500,000 baying spectators.

Then, walk to the nearby Roman Forum, once the hub of Roman political and commercial life, and home to fascinating ruins. See sites including the Temple of Julius Caesar, and then walk up Palatine Hill to enjoy sweeping views of the ruins and Nero’s Circus Maximus chariot stadium.
Your tour then ends here, when you say goodbye to your guide.

Please note: During the low season the order of the sightseeing above will change, with the tour of the Colosseum and Forum taking place in the morning, followed by the tour of the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica in the afternoon.

Additional Important Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • On Wednesdays, access to St. Peter’s Basilica & Square may be closed at the time of the morning tour due to the weekly Papal Audience
  • The Basilica is also subject to last minute closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we are happy to offer customers a longer tour of the Vatican Museums in keeping with the advertised total length of the tour. While we undertake to tell tour groups ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to Basilica opening hours, this is not always possible and in these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts.
  • Please note that large bags/tripods/umbrellas/ backpacks are not permitted in the Vatican and must be checked into the free luggage storage area. Please do not bring these items as you may need to leave the tour early to retrieve them at the entrance. Only very small bags are allowed.
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Please note that, during low season only, the break between the two tours will be approximately 75 minutes, therefore we recommend to our clients to have a quick lunch in order to arrive on time for the tour scheduled in the afternoon

Voucher information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Central Rome

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VATICAN MUSEUMS TOUR: St. Peter’s Basilica

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