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BEST OF ROME: COLOSSEUM AND VATICAN HIGHLIGHTS

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Adult ages 18-99
115
Child ages 6-17
109
Infant ages 0-5
Free

Incredible Value Combo

Only one day to check off all the must-sees in Rome? Andiamo! In one action-packed day you’ll tour the Colosseum and Roman Forum in the footsteps of Gladiators and Caesars who inhabited Roma Caput Mundi, followed by a break for lunch and our top-rated afternoon Vatican Highlights Tour.

Highlights:

  • Skip-the-line access to FOUR venues along this tour
  • So many takeaways! Learn the meaning of “Caput Mundi,” how much work went into painting the Sistine Chapel, and did all roads really lead to Rome?
  • A morning and an afternoon tour, with plenty of time in between for a leisurely Roman lunch

Meet your guide just steps from the Colosseum and enjoy fast track entry to the vast arena, the Icon of Rome built in 72AD to seat up to 50,000 spectators. Once inside, your guide will paint an accurate picture of the Gladiator games that took place in the Roman Empire’s most impressive arena, helping you to decipher between fact, fiction, and the images portrayed by big-screen Hollywood blockbusters.

After walking around the perimeter of the Colosseum, gaze down onto the arena floor and beneath to the maze-like underground level where man and beast awaited their moment of glory or met their fateful death.

With the Colosseum behind you, travel even further back in time as you enter the Roman Forum: the true heart of Ancient Rome with monuments dating as far back as the 7th century BC. Learn of the legendary founding of Rome on the Palatine hill and how a she-wolf rescued and nursed the young twins Romulus (the first King of Rome) and Remus after they washed up on the banks of the Tiber River, and how these famous twins would pave the way for future tyrants, Emperors, and even Caesars who declared themselves Gods throughout the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Remain in the Roman Forum as long as you wish before enjoying a break and perhaps a leisurely Roman lunch before we reconvene at the Vatican.

Meet your guide by the Vatican Museum entrance and enjoy priority entrance once again. See the major works of art ranging from Greek and Roman sculpture to Renaissance masterpieces, though much of this tour will be dedicated to the Sistine Chapel itself. From the commissioning of this colossal masterpiece to the finishing touches applied by Michaelangelo Buonarroti, your guide will help you to discern between myth, fact, and popular Hollywood fiction regarding this majestic work of art.

After spending some time gazing at the world’s most famous frescoed ceiling, enjoy privileged access to St. Peter’s Basilica directly from the Sistine Chapel, a perk offered to authorized tour operators only. Your guide will leave you at the steps of St. Peter’s so that you may explore on your own and remain inside as long as you wish.

What’s Included:

  • 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
  • Priority access to St. Peter’s Basilica (self guided)
  • Small groups of max 20 participants

Not Included:

  • Hotel pickup and dropoff
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Personal extras

Important to Know:

  • 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.

Important to Bring:

  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  • A hat and sunblock during summer months
  • Water
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