Semi Private Combo: Vatican Museums Including Sistine Chapel + Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
- Duration: 6 Hours (approx.)
About the Tours:
Special Skip-the-Line access means you’ll see all the wonders of the Vatican City, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, without waiting to enter; you’ll also get a thrilling, in-depth exploration of the iconic Colosseum and other sites of ancient Rome. On each group tour, you’ll be accompanied by an English-speaking expert in Roman art and history.
What Customers Love About This Tour:
- Convenience of getting both great must-see attractions in Rome
- Amazing semi private guided tours that show you in the artistic wonders of the Vatican Museums—including sumptuous ancient tapestries, maps, and sculptures
- Gazing at Michelangelo’s masterworks: the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, and his sublime Pietà
- Delving into the fascinating—and bloody—history of The Colosseum, the iconic amphitheater of ancient Rome
- Discovering the hub of the ancient city, the Roman Forum—once home to bustling markets, festivals, temples, and senatorial debates—and the surrounding
- Palaces of Palatine Hill
Vatican City Tour Itinerary (semi private-group guided tour, 3 hours):
Stop 1: The Vatican Museums
Meet your guide at 8:30a.m. at the Vatican Museums, the guide will give you an overview of the history and art of the smallest state in the World. At the entrance to the Vatican Museums—and skipping right past the long entry lines—you’ll walk through cavernous galleries filled with ancient sculptures, tapestries, maps, and Etruscan antiquities.
Stop 2: The Sistine Chapel
The most famous frescoes in the world will greet you when you enter the jewel box of the Sistine Chapel. Here, you’ll be surrounded by the stunning Michelangelo masterpieces that have adorned a million picture postcards—including the nine central panels of the chapel ceiling, each depicting a tale from Genesis (the most famous being The Creation of Adam).
Stop 3: St. Peter’s Basilica (self guided)
This grand cathedral—one of the world’s largest churches, and one of its most sacred Catholic sites—sits atop the very spot where St. Peter was buried. On this self-guided part of the tour, you’ll see the church’s chapels and elaborately painted, multi-domed ceiling; also, Michelangelo’s remarkable Pietà—a sculptural depiction of the Virgin Mary cradling her dying son. IMPORTANT: The Basilica is closed on Wednesdays for the Papal Audience.
Please note that this tour is not available on Sundays. Extra closures can occur in case of religious festivities or special religious functions, please check availability before.
Colosseum & Ancient Rome Tour Itinerary (semi-private guided tour; 2.5 hours):
Stop 1: The Colosseum
Meet your guide at 2:30p.m. to check in for your afternoon group tour. You’ll meet your guide near the entrance to The Colosseum—the extraordinary amphitheater was ancient Rome’s center of public entertainment. Before you enter, your guide will give you a thorough history lesson about the site, including the gladiatorial clashes, wild-animal fights, and mock-naval battles that were once staged here. Once you’re inside, you’ll wander remnants of the seating arcades that once fit 50,000 spectators.
Stop 2: The Roman Forum
Next, you’ll explore the onetime cultural, economic, and political center of ancient Rome, the Roman Forum. You’ll walk along the Via Sacra, tracing the paths of ancient military processions and political rallies. You’ll also see important sites like the Temple of Julius Caesar (where the emperor’s body was ceremonially burned), and the Curia Julia—the still-intact Senate House where Cicero and Mark Antony once orated.
Stop 3: Palatine Hill
According to legend, the twins Romulus and Remus first decided to begin building the city of Rome atop this impressive hill. You’ll understand why as you walk here among its ruined emperors’ palaces and still-blooming botanical gardens.
- Entry fees to all sites
- Special Skip-the-Line access at the Vatican Museums
- Prepaid Ticket Line access at the Colosseum
- Headsets for large-group tours, to ensure you always hear your guide
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Transport to and from the Vatican City and The Colosseum
2018 Vatican Blackout Dates:
The Vatican Museums are closed on Sundays
August 14th, 15th and 16th
December 8th, 25th, and 26th
January 1st, 6th
IMPORTANT: Extra closures can anyway occur without notice, so be sure to check in advance.
2018 Colosseum Blackout Dates:
There are no Colosseum tours on the first Sunday of every month