Trip to Rome: Small group Vatican tour and Rome tour in one day with skip the Vatican line entry and priority access into the Colosseum!
20 participants maximum
Service with guide
Trip to Rome: Rome’s favourite full day small group walking tour includes the Colosseum (Flavian amphitheatre), ancient Roman forum, the Imperial fora of Caesar, Augustus, Vespasian, Trajan and Nerva, the Capitoline Hill, Vatican City, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica (from outside), Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps and Pantheon with one of our expert guides!
08:45 AM for 09:00 AM start. Your guide will meet you at an on site meeting point near Rome’s ancient city and begin the tour with the Colosseum. Once inside this massive structure you will wander across the arena floor while hearing all about the violent games that took place there, what went into the making of a gladiator, and the importance of violent entertainment to the inhabitants of Rome in antiquity. We then switch gears and head up Via Sacra to enter the Roman Forum, where you’ll be proffered a glimpse into what life might have been like during the reign of dictator Gaius Julius Caesar, and that of Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus. Before leaving the forum, we will discuss how the Roman Empire expanded so quickly, and of course how and why it collapsed.
We visit the Trevi fountain (closed to the public until further notice, so a tour of the temples in Largo di Torre Argentina will be included instead on an alternative route) then the Pantheon, a pagan temple in ancient times and final resting place of Raphael Sanzio da Urbino, Vittorio Emanuele II, and Umberto I. Your guide will explain the architectural style of the Pantheon and inscriptions thereon. You will have the opportunity to stare up at the oculus and marvel at the most spectacular building in Rome. A few steps away from the Pantheon is our last port of call on this morning tour; Piazza Navona. The Circus of Domitian in antiquity (11 metres underground today), Piazza Navona is where fierce rivals Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Fountain of the Four Rivers) and Francesco Borromini (Church of St Agnes in Agony) clashed with stunning representations of Baroque art. Street artists, actors and markets illustrate this beautiful square day and night.
At approximately 13:15 PM, after a four (4) hour tour, we retire for lunch. While lunch is taken separately, your guide will be happy to make recommendations.
After lunch at 14:15 PM we meet again at our office close to the Vatican Museums entrance for a 14:30 PM tour start. Once inside the Vatican you will be guided through major galleries including the Pio-Clementine Museum, Room of the Muses, Round Room, Greek Cross Room, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps, Rooms of Raphael and Sistine Chapel.
We then head to St. Peter’s Square where the tour concludes on the portico. If you want to visit the church, your guide will provide you with skip the line access.
This tour can be broken up over two (2) days, however, please note that the Vatican segment is not available on Sundays. To set the tour on two (2) different days, let us know in "Additional Remarks" when you checkout.
Colosseum, Roman Forum, and historic center segment always in the morning. Vatican City segment always in the afternoon.
For security reasons, backpacks, rucksacks, large handbags, luggage etc. are banned inside the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.
Please be at the first meeting point on Piazza Venezia at 08:45 AM for departure at 09:00 AM.
Important Information • Apr 1st - Nov 10th: daily exc. Sun. • Tour does not run on public holidays. • Nov 11th - Mar 31st: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat. • Sturdy, comfortable footwear advised. • Average group size: 20 persons. • Exertion level: moderate. • ** Moderate paced walking required. • NOT wheelchair accessible.
Inside the Vatican City, for both ladies and men, knees and shoulders must be covered. No exceptions.
** WE TAKE CARE OF YOUR VATICAN & COLOSSEUM TICKETS WITH PRIORITY NO LINES ENTRANCE ** Vatican Museums & Colosseum - Roman Forum - Palatine Hill tickets included!
No hidden costs, English speaking guides, personalized assistance, free Rome orientation & local maps at our customer service center when you check in for your Vatican tour. Amenities include intranet points, lounge, wi-fi, rest rooms, refreshments, and a Roman gladiator photo shoot!