Rome in One Day: Low Cost Vatican & Colosseum Tours

Rome in One Day: Low Cost Vatican & Colosseum Tours

From $118.91 per person

Explore St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum on a day's worth of tours discovering the masterpieces of Rome without long ticket lines. You'll also get to visit the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.

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Duration 6.5 hours
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  • Enjoy an insightful guided tour of the Vatican sites
  • Skip the ticket lines at all monuments with a reserved entrance
  • Visit the exquisite St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel frescoes
  • Check out the Colosseum and surrounding archaeological sites
Full description
Skip the ticket lines to enjoy the highlights of Rome and the Holy See with a day of tours led by friendly, expert guides. The tour begins in the morning at the Vatican, where your guide will lead you on an insightful journey through its iconic sights and artworks. Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the supposed burial site of its namesake, then tour the masterpieces of the Vatican Museums, including perhaps its most renowned, Michelangelo's frescoes on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Leaving Vatican City, head for the Colosseum in the afternoon to tour the Roman Empire's largest amphitheater. Then visit the archaeological sites surrounding it, including the Palatine Hill and the Roman Fora, where the ruins of some of the City's ancient government buildings can still be seen. After taking this tour, you will boast a comprehensive knowledge of Rome's history and culture. Do not miss out on this great opportunity. Please note that due to shorter daylight hours, from October 28 the visit to the Palatine Hill will be replaced with an external explanation from the Capitoline Hill.
  • Tour headsets to better hear the guide
  • Reservation fees
  • Expert local guide
  • Exclusive skip-the-ticket-line access as per official Vatican partner
  • Transport
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

    Vatican tour: Piazza del Risorgimento, in the middle of the square in front of the Bar L’Ottagono, 400 meters from the metro stop Ottaviano. This tour starts at 10:45 AM. Colosseum tour: the Arch of Constantine, near the Colosseum. Look for our staff with pink "I love Rome" logos. This tour starts at 3:30 PM.

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    What to bring

    • Passport or ID card

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Weapons or sharp objects
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Short skirts
    • Sleeveless shirts
    • Professional cameras
    • Umbrellas

    Know before you go

    • Visitors must be dressed appropriately: no sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts, and no hats are allowed.
    • All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
    • No umbrellas, trolleys, large bags, or tripods are allowed into the museums.
    • Depending on the size of the group, the tour may run in 1 language, or 2/3 languages. In bilingual/multilingual tours, you will hear your language through a headset, and it will go automatically mute while other languages are spoken.
    • The visit inside St. Peter's Basilica is substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library on Wednesday morning tours (08:30 and 11:00 tours) due to the Papal Audience.
    • Those with a pacemaker will need to show a certificate, otherwise you may not be admitted without screening.
    •  The Basilica is an active place of worship and may be closed without prior notice. In this case, the visit will be substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library.
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    4.5 / 5

    based on 1006 reviews

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    Very enriching visits with good guides passionate about the history of Rome. However, after visiting the Vatican, you should not hang around too long to reach the Colosseum. Also for the visit of the Colosseum we had a hard time finding the guide who did not put his logo prominently in the air

    October 5, 2019

    The tour was great, especially our guide Doris, who took us through the Vatican, was great! However, you have to keep in mind that it will be very exhausting because you can see everything in one day! In fact, we didn't have to queue at any of the entrances, we were able to walk through the long queues with our guide! It was worth it alone! Overall a great tour, highly recommended! Rome is just overwhelming !!

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    September 29, 2019

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    Had a great tour. Vatican was great but booked this tour mainly for Sistine chapel Michelangelo painting only to misunderstand from the guide. She told us to meet inside in 20 minutes so we did only to find her then she said let’s go. We never stayed to look! What!? You should’ve been clear that the 20 minutes was our chance to look not for bathroom break for everyone! So disappointed! Missed the only thing I wanted to see. Our coliseum tour, was great as well. Mateji was a great guide. I love he ended in the coliseum so we could take it all in a little longer.

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    September 27, 2019

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