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Rome in One Day: Vatican & Colosseum Skip the Line

4.9 / 5 total 37 reviews
Duration: 9 hours
Tour ID: 3471
Overview

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica & the Colosseum area. You won't have to worry about waiting in long lines on this tour, we are here to ensure that you skip the lines and our expert guides will be there to give you an insider's point of view.

The Vatican Museums
No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Vatican Museums. Home to 54 different galleries including four statue museums: Museo Pio-Clementino, Museo Chiaramonti, Museo Gregoriano Etrusco and the Museo Gregoriano Egiziano. These museums are home to some of the most famous works of art in the world, with artists including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Raphael and Giotto, to name a few. An experience that is sure to inspire the art lover in anyone.

The Sistine Chapel
The 54th gallery of the Vatican Museums is the famed Sistine Chapel. Completed around 1483, the Sistine Chapel is arguably the most famous chapel in the world due to the artwork located within. View many of the most famous frescoes in the world, including the famous ceiling and The Last Judgement painted by Michelangelo. Not only does the Sistine Chapel hold some of the world's most precious works of art, but it is also still used for religious purposes such as the Papal conclave, the process through which a new Pope is chosen.

St. Peter's Basilica
A popular pilgrimage site, St. Peter's Basilica is also one of the largest in the world and a shining example of Renaissance architecture.

Take a tasty stop after the visit of the Vatican Museums in a typical restaurant for a 3-course meal. Then be ready to visit the Colosseum Area.

The Colosseum
One of the most popular and amazing buildings in the entire world. Access the Colosseum with no line and be ready to enter into the legend. Learn about architecture and history of this massive amphitheatre which hosted ancient Romans, Senators, Emperors and Gladiators as well as animals from all over the world. You'll finally have the opportunity to visit the Palatine Hill, the place of foundation of Rome and the Roman Forum from the inside.

Please note that hotel transportation service is available for an extra cost and is on a per person basis, added as an option when booking your tour (verify that your hotel is listed in the hotel pickup list). When booking transportation service at the extra cost, you'll also have lunch and transport service included from the restaurant to the archaeological area.

Highlights
  • Exclusive fast entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • Pigna Courtyard and Pius Clementino
  • Chandelier’s and Tapestries Gallery
  • Raphael’s Rooms
  • Sistine Chapel and its frescos by Michelangelo
  • Visit of the inside of St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Exclusive fast entrance to Colosseum
  • Three-course lunch in a typical Roman restaurant (for pickup & lunch upgraded option)
Good to Know
  • Languages offered on activity/tour Languages offered on activity/tour: English, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Duration Duration: 9 hours
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Children from 0-2 are free of chargeChildren from 0-2 are free of charge
  • This tour does not operate on April 2nd, May 1st, June 29th and August 14th/15th This tour does not operate on April 2nd, May 1st, June 29th and August 14th/15th
  •  This tour departs daily except for Sundays and religious holidays This tour departs daily except for Sundays and religious holidays
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available to be booked until 1 days before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Exclusive fast entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • Exclusive fast entrance to the Colosseum
  • Wireless audio headsets
  • Pickup from central hotels (for pickup & lunch upgraded option)
  • Lunch in a typical Italian restaurant (for pickup & lunch upgraded option)
Exclusions
  • Optional gratuities
  • Transport (except when pickup service from hotels has been selected at the time of booking)
  • Drop-off at hotel
Meeting Point
Pick up service is available for an extra cost (Per Person - Including lunch) For a tour with no transport: the Colosseum meeting point is at Arch of Constantine - look for our staff with our logo "I love Rome"
Know Before You Go
  • The visit inside St. Peter's Basilica is substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library on Wednesday morning tours (8:30 and 11:00 tours) due to the Papal Audience taking place every Wednesday.
  • The tour ends in the Archaeological area.
  • No revealing clothing should be worn and shoulders should be well covered
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 It is forbidden to bring strollers, have bulky bags and carry umbrellas on your person
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 If you have a metal coated pacemakers, all relevant paperwork/ID cards should be carried for security checks
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Reviewed by Keryyann US   August 14, 2018
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Our tour was fantastic. Our tour guide Aga (I may be misspelling her name) is an archeologist and was so knowledgeable. She was also very flexible as to explain more thoroughly parts of the Vatican that we were interested in and be more brief on other parts. She catered our tour the way we preferred and was so friendly and sweet. I highly recommend privatetours no matter what destination you choose.
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Reviewed by sdcole1961 GB   August 07, 2018
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Over 2 trips we have used privatetour.com and they are the best tours in Rome/florence we have done Coliseum Tour Vatican Tours Evening fountain tour Catacombs and Florence walking tour we have taken many different tours with different operators and they never compare to privatetour the guides are exceptional; Knowledgeable and committed they always explain historical details the guides are graduates of the arts and they know their stuff They always arrange the tours to maximize what is covered whilst creating stops for drinks, ice creams etc.
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Reviewed by Lucia F US   August 04, 2018
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My 10 year old and I visited Rome for a short few days. We booked tours of Ancient Rome and the Vatican. Our guides were fantastic, knowledgeable, and super engaging with my son. I loved their attention, their interesting facts, their gifts to him, etc. Fantastic experience all around, you owe yourself to see the Vatican.
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Reviewed by StellaMedina US   August 03, 2018
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We really enjoyed joining this tour of Vatican city to see the museum, St. Peter's basilica and the Sistine Chapel! We were blown away by the history and highlights that our tour guide, Agata, provided us with. She had so much passion in the stories she told and pointed out some amazing inside info that we would have never known without her expertise and knowledge! Highly recommend!
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Reviewed by Amy P GB   July 25, 2018
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Do not miss a guided Vatican tour with Private Tours, and ask for MariaClaudia! She was energetic, intelligent, funny and kept our teenagers excited about the tour! They learned so much and we all thoroughly enjoyed it! Book now!
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Reviewed by JaneP GB   July 13, 2018
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Tour was great however it did feel slightly rushed sometimes, I'd have liked to stay in some areas for a little longer but we were quickly hurried along to another point. Be prepared for the crowds, they're ridiculous!!
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Reviewed by Prema D AU   July 09, 2018
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Donato is a very good guide, he kept us engaged with his nice quiz questions. He provided lot of relevant information about the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Would definitely recommend this tour for family with kids.
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Reviewed by Ann S US   July 06, 2018
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I booked this for my husband and boys (11 and 13) while I was attending a conference in Rome. They cannot rate this tour highly enough. They met up with Maria at the museum and proceeded to have a highly entertaining afternoon exploring the museum. This was despite them being quite reluctant about going on a tour of the museum initially. It was undoubtedly the highlight of their visit to Rome. Maria has a wonderful knowledge of Rome, Percy Jackson and many other things and great skills working with children.
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Reviewed by MarkP BE   June 13, 2018
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We had a great time with our tour guide, Donato. He was extremely knowledgeable about the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill, and made it really interesting and enjoyable for our children (11-15). It makes such a difference having a trained archaeologist taking you around these ruins, and having him all to ourselves meant that we could ask questions as we went. Thank you, Donato and PrivateTours for a wonderful experience and we're already in the process of investigating our tours for the next time we are in Rome.
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Reviewed by John W GB   June 11, 2018
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We visited Rome in June and had privateTour provide a guide for the day. Anna and Francesco were absolutely awesome . We avoided the lines and crowds and were provided a first class experience all day. It is amazing what we learned and saw over 6 hours. We laughed as we would pass a tour group with the guide holding a sign with a group of 30 people being herded thru the sights listening via a walkie talkie..... and thought never again!!! Avoid the crowd and tour group and use Anna, Francesco and privateTours..... it will be the best $$ you ever spent if you hate crowds and love history!
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Reviewed by lilianl134 US   May 20, 2018
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Perfect experience. Every question and concern was answered in a timely manner. The tour guide was very professional and very very interactive. Great info and keeps your attention. It's more fun to see and have info about what you are looking at and the background stories, lived it. Thank you to the great Staff too!!!
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Reviewed by Harini S CA   May 07, 2018
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We visited the Vatican with our two year old and this was the perfect tour - Romina was very patient with our son and went at our pace (including long breaks at the fountain my son wanted to see). We were so glad to have booked a personal tour rather then joining a group tour. Romina was very knowledgeable and could answer all of our questions while entertaining out 2yo!
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Reviewed by Dimitar G BG   April 19, 2018
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we enjoyed every minute of the tour with Anna, she was passionate, competent, friendly, able to present objectively the complicated matter of Italian history. Bravo!!
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Reviewed by kiwioakaly ZA   April 11, 2018
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Roberta took us through Pompeii. The time flew by as she entertained our 12 and 7 year old easily with lots of fun facts to help explain the town. A warm easy style, Roberta was able to impart information easily to children while then adding a bit more depth for the adults. I would highly recommend the tour and her services.
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Reviewed by rebecca L US   March 11, 2018
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We used private Tour after my parents toured with private tour 5 years ago because of the level of detail and personal touch. Anna was up to the same standard; she was fun, personal and incredibly knowledgeable on everything she showed us. We loved our tour with her and would highly recommend.
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Reviewed by semckeown US   January 25, 2018
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After 3 weeks of traveling and sightseeing, I wasn't sure my 3 kids could handle another tour. While in Rome, We decided to try a private guide who could provide historical information, yet keep everyone's attention. Anna did just that! She tailored her talk to my teenage kids and their interests while remaining so passionate about Roman history. We were all enthralled by her and her knowledge that we were sad when the tour ended 3 hours later. This was the best tour money we spent and would it again!
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Reviewed by resemannen_80 SE   January 16, 2018
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This is not just a tour of Rome but also a history lesson. I knew almost nothing about the fascist Italy that participated in WWII and this tour filled in that gap. Our guide was very nice and he really knew his stuff. He showed lots of archive footage on his tablet as we visited various sites and everything was put into context.
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Reviewed by PilarBF C ES   January 15, 2018
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We made the Ancient Rome and the Vatican tour. Francesco was our guide. He made it very interesting and fun! Even for my children! It was just great!! I recommend privatetour.com 100%
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Reviewed by Milagros L US   January 04, 2018
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Both our Vatican Museums Tour and Rome Downtown Tour were very productive and educational. Both our guides, Damiano and Maximiliano were flexible as regards to the schedule and they were very accommodating. The tours were really amazing.
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Reviewed by desmondsheridan US   November 24, 2017
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We had a great tour with Giorgia. She not only knew every piece in the Vatican Museum but was great at maneuvering around tourists. We got so much more out of it than if we had gone on our own.
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