Rome in One Day: Vatican & Colosseum with Real Skip the Line (8.30am, 10.45am)
DURATION: 9 hours
DEPARTURE TIME: 10.45am (till March 31), 8.30am (from April 1)
FREQUENCY: Monday – Saturday
LANGUAGES: English, German, French, Spanish
MEETING POINT: Piazza Risorgimento, Arco di Costantino
You may think it’s impossible to see the Vatican and the Colosseum in one day. But not with this skip the line tour. Skip hours of notorious lines outside the Vatican and the Colosseum and see wonders like the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and Ancient Rome’s Colosseum all in one day.
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Rome in One Day: Vatican & Colosseum Skip the Line Highlights
Explore some of Rome’s greatest masterpieces on this one-day tour of the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel and Colosseum. Don’t worry about spending your time in the notorious hour-long lines, with our tour you will skip all the lines and access the areas immediately. Our expert guides will walk you through the history and insights of these masterpieces, giving you an insider’s point of view.
The Vatican Museums
Visiting the Vatican Museums is a must on your trip to Rome. These museums are the third most visited museums in the world and are home to 54 different galleries including four statue museums: Museo Pio-Clementino, Museo Chiaramonti, Museo Gregoriano Etrusco and the Museo Gregoriano Egiziano. Get ready to see first-hand some of the world’s most famous artworks by artistic geniuses like Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Caravaggio and Giotto.
The Sistine Chapel
Probably the most famous chapel in the world, the Sistine Chapel is known for its stunning frescos, especially Michelangelo’s world-renowned ceiling fresco: The Last Judgement. The Sistine Chapel is the 54th gallery of the Vatican Museums, completed around 1483. Apart from holding some of the world’s most inestimable artworks, it is still used today for religious reasons such as the Papal conclave, the process where the College of Cardinals elects the new Pope.
St. Peter’s Basilica
Designed by Bramante, Michelangelo, Maderno and Bernini, St. Peter’s Basilica is the largest and brightest example of Renaissance architecture in the world. It is the biggest of the four Papal basilicas of Rome, and it’s the center of Catholicism and the symbol of the Vatican State.
The second part of the tour involves visiting the Colosseum, where you will access with a fast entrance. Known as one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Colosseum was once the most famous amphitheater in the world hosting gladiator fights, battle reenactments, dramas based on classic mythology and animals from all over the world. You’ll also have the chance to visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
* Please note that you are responsible for reaching the Colosseum after your Vatican visit.
- Child ticket valid for children of 3-7 years of age
- Free for children from 0-2 years of age
- This activity starts at 10.45am (till March 31) and 8.30am (from April 1)
- The meeting point is at 10.30am (till March 31) and 8.15am (from April 1) in Piazza Risorgimento at Bar L’Ottagono. At the meeting point you will find our assistants in pink bibs with the I LOVE ROME logo.
- You are personally responsible to arrive to the different meeting points.
- From April 1 to October 24, 2020: the Colosseum meeting point is at 2.15pm at the Arch of Constantine – look for our staff with our logo “I love Rome”.
- From October 24 to March 31, 2021: the Colosseum meeting point is at 1.15pm at the Arch of Constantine – look for our staff with our logo “I love Rome”.
- From April 1 to October 30, 2021: the Colosseum meeting point is at 2.15pm at the Arch of Constantine – look for our staff with our logo “I love Rome”.
- Important: The visit inside St. Peter’s Basilica is substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library on Wednesday morning tours due to the Papal Audience taking place every Wednesday.
- Due to heightened security measures, you may experience delays in clearing security checks when entering the Colosseum.
- The tour ends in the Archaeological area.
- This tour visits religious sites, and there is a dress code to be observed. Visitors must be dressed appropriately: no sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts, and no hats are allowed.
- Closures: We inform our guests that, due to health and safety measures for Covid-19, the door that connects the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter’s Basilica will not be accessible until further notice. The guide will provide you a comprehensive explanation of the Basilica from the outside. We apologize for the last-minute inconvenience and wish you a magical tour!
- For Colosseum: For security reasons the site’s Staff has the right to refuse the entrance of Visitors without a valid Passport or ID: please carry a valid document to avoid any inconveniences.
- Due to shorter days, from October 28 the Palatine Hill visit will be replaced by an explanation from Capitoline Hill
- Cancellations without penalties within 24 hours before tour date
- 100% penalty from 24 hours before tour departure and for no-shows