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Best of Rome: Vatican & Colosseum Highlights

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Roma, Italy
Best of Rome: Vatican & Colosseum Highlights

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Make the most of your time in Rome with this half-day, skip-the-line tour of two of the Eternal City’s most iconic attractions plus a guided visit to the Vatican. Step into a world of emperors and gladiators at the mighty Colosseum, and explore the sprawling ruins of the Roman Forum. After a break for lunch and leisure time, take a guided tour of Vatican City’s cultural treasures including The remarkable rooms of Raphael and Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel.
  • Half-day combo tour of Roman highlights and the Vatican
  • Imagine the brutal world of gladiators inside the Colosseum
  • Learn about daily life in ancient Rome at the Forum
  • See sacred Vatican treasures including the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums
  • Beat the crowds with skip-the-line access to the top attractions
  • Perfect for first-time visitors

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Cover thousands of years of history on this time-saver tour, with free time to explore on your own.
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Skip-the-line tickets to the Colosseum & Roman Forum
Skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel
Fully guided tour, broken into two segments
Small groups of max 15 participants
Skip-the-line access to THREE venues along this tour
So many takeaways! What’s all the fuss about a she-wolf? Did all roads really lead to Rome?
A morning and an afternoon tour, with plenty of time in between for a leisurely Roman lunch
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
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  • Via Sebastiano Veniero, 19 , Via Sebastiano Veniero, 19, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    Across the street from the Vatican Museum entrance you will see a broad staircase leading down. At the bottom of the stairs, turn right. Number 19 is a few steps ahead where a When In Rome Tours representative will be waiting for you.

  • Largo Gaetana Agnesi , Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    Once inside the Colosseo Metro station main level, take the escalator or walk up the steps to the upper level, exit the station onto Largo Gaetano Agnesi and look for a representative holding a WHEN IN ROME TOURS sign.

  • 8:45 AM
    Via dei Fori Imperiali , Via dei Fori Imperiali, Roma RM, Italy

    Your tour concludes as you exit the Roman Forum onto Via dei Fori Imperiali, close to Piazza Venezia

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • 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
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • On days immediately surrounding religious holidays at the Vatican, alterations to tours may become necessary due to partial closings of areas normally included in this tour. In the event that the Papal tombs beneath St. Peter's Basilica are closed, the tour of the Basilica itself will be extended and no refunds made
    • Maximum 15 travelers on this tour, mandatory mask-wearing on the tour (bring your own)
    • The ground in the Roman Forum is composed of large stone or dirt pathways that can be difficult to navigate with strollers or wheelchairs
    • Only small bags or purses are allowed in the Vatican and the Colosseum. No large bags or weapons allowed, and a cloakroom is available at the Vatican only
    • Tour departs rain or shine
    • Unfortunately, wheelchairs and strollers cannot be accommodated on this tour. Contact us to determine the best way to visit Ancient Rome and the Vatican with small children or guests with reduced mobility
    • Wear comfortable shoes for walking
    • Wear a hat and sunblock during summer months
    • Bring water if you will tour on a hot day
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • OPERATED BY When In Rome Tours by Italia Tours llc
    This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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      The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
      What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Best of Rome: Vatican & Colosseum Highlights?
      A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

      • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
      • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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      What is the policy on sanitization during Best of Rome: Vatican & Colosseum Highlights?
      A:The policies on sanitization are:

      • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
      • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
      • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
      • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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      What is the social distancing policy during Best of Rome: Vatican & Colosseum Highlights?
      A:The policy on social distancing is:

      • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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      What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Best of Rome: Vatican & Colosseum Highlights?
      A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

      • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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      Amazing guides ! Both extremely kind...
      , Oct 2017
      Amazing guides ! Both extremely kind and helpful. They knew what they were talking about and did it well. Sabrina was our afternoon guide, I cannot remember our morning guide but I recommend this tour to all ! Definitely got my money’s worth
      Colosseum was excellent! Dario our...
      , Aug 2017
      Colosseum was excellent! Dario our guide was SUPERB - he was on time, very knowledgeable about the history of the Colosseum, and answered all our questions. The Roman forum was great as well. Love Rome with all of it's history and mystery. Vatican City portion of the excursion was lackluster. It's a lot to do both Colosseum and Vatican City in the same day - we were pooped. However Vatican City was beautiful. the guide Suzanne or something wasn't good. She was short in answering our questions, rude to the guests, and was upset when i reported a broken audio device. She made the experience lackluster. She was rushed in explaining the exhibits, sculptures, and paintings. She got into a verbal altercation with a few other guides as well as the security personnel. Would def do this again with a different guide for the Vatican - only reason why i gave this tour a 3.
      The Colliseum morning tour was realy...
      , May 2017
      The Colliseum morning tour was realy great. Our guide Julian was the best guide ever. He was very professional , but friendly and very helpfull taking very good care of us. We have enjoyed and learn realy allot. We have only the best words about this tour and our guide. From other side the afternoon Vatican tour same day with our female guide was a real torture. It was realy badly organised , late and chaotic.Quite unprofessional guide and at some moments even rude against some individuals of our group. Vatican museum was so overcrowded that we couldn't hear nothing have change the audio guide but it didn't help. It was running and pushing all the way till the exit. Definitely not recommended to anyone. Max and Wanna
      1 traveler found this review helpful
      We enjoyed our morning tour of the...
      , Apr 2017
      We enjoyed our morning tour of the Colosseum and Forum with Giuliano. He was very knowledgeable and also very friendly. The meeting point was very close to the Colosseum. Our afternoon tour of the Vatican was unorganized. We had to meet at the office of When In Rome, which for us was quite a distance and certainly not walkable in the time frame allowed between tours. The tour guide was late can't remember her name and the vox devices required to hear the guide were not ready for us once we had gone through security so we had to wait again. The guide was very knowledgeable about the art, its history and St. Peter's Basilica. It was a very rushed day. I would suggest do each tour on a separate day.
      Our tour of the Colosseum was...
      , Oct 2016
      Our tour of the Colosseum was amazing! Our tour guide Chiara was the best guide we have had in all of Europe. Thoroughly enjoyed, thank you
      First part was good. Chiara was...
      , Jul 2016
      First part was good. Chiara was excellent your guide. Would have liked more time to wander through the forum. Great to skip the lines. Second part the Vatican tour.. Teenage kids were bored. Tour guide was extremely well versed in all of the art history but not recommended for teens unless not they're interested in art history
      This tour was fantastic. Both...
      , Jul 2016
      This tour was fantastic. Both guides morning and afternoon were very knowledgeable and informative. They were friendly and entertaining and told stories about the locations history to help bring it to life. The time flies by and I wish we had a bit more time at the Roman Forum and in the museums. St Peter's Basilica is something to behold.
      The tour guide was the best of my...
      , Jul 2016
      The tour guide was the best of my life. I have traveled to 77 countries. So, I have many comparisons. Amazing guide!
      Excellent tour, both tour guides...
      , May 2016
      Excellent tour, both tour guides were amazing, unfortunately I can't remember their names, they were very knowledgeable and gave us enough time to view the places, take pictures and even show us places that were not part of the tour. You can tell they love what they do and they are proud of their culture and heritage.
      The Colosseum tour in the morning...
      Alex Y
      , Nov 2015
      The Colosseum tour in the morning was excellent with a very good guide. The Vatican tour in the afternoon would only be rated as 3 stars as the tour guide did keep the group as a cohesive unit, which meant that some of her commentary was lost to us. The Vatican crowd control mechanisms are poor and could be improved by better staggering of visitors.
      Great way to see Vatican without...
      Keiron N
      , Oct 2015
      Great way to see Vatican without spending too much time there, just right if on a short break Be prepared to shuffle your way around but perfect for skipping the line and guide was very good
      loved both trips, would have like...
      Lorna H
      , Jul 2015
      loved both trips, would have like more time in the vatican but you van go on your own after the tour has finished which we did if your not to tired. Brilliant tours
      Good guides, both trips (to...
      , Jul 2015
      Good guides, both trips (to colusseum and vatican) were succinct in content which is good if you want a high level over-view of the places

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