Rome In A Day & Skip-The-Line At The Vatican & Colosseum
Rome In A Day & Skip-The-Line At The Vatican & Colosseum by Walkerssk
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Rome In A Day & Skip-The-Line At The Vatican & Colosseum



Skip-the-line and learn about the rich history that surrounds the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and the Colosseum on this day tour in Rome


  • Exclusive fast entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • Pigna Courtyard and Pius Clementino
  • Chandelier’s and Tapestries Gallery
  • Raphael’s Rooms
  • Sistine Chapel and its frescos by Michelangelo
  • Visit of the inside of St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Exclusive fast entrance to Colosseum
  • Upgrade chance to tour with pickup & lunch
  • Three-course lunch in a typical Roman restaurant (for pickup & lunch upgraded option)


  • Professional guide
  • Exclusive fast entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • Exclusive fast entrance to the Colosseum
  • Wireless audio headsets
  • Pickup from central hotels (for pickup & lunch upgraded option)
  • Lunch in a typical Italian restaurant (for pickup & lunch upgraded option)


  • Optional gratuities
  • Transport (except when pickup service from hotels has been selected at the time of booking)
  • Drop-off at hotel

Please Note

  • This activity starts at 8:30 am.
  • Important: The visit inside St. Peter's Basilica is substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library on Wednesday morning tours (8:30 and 11:00 tours) due to the Papal Audience taking place every Wednesday.
  • Due to heightened security measures, you may experience delays in clearing security checks when entering the Colosseum.
  • For tour with no transport: the Colosseum meeting point is at Arch of Costantine-look for our staff with our logo "I love Rome"
  • The tour ends in the Archaeological area.
  • This tour visits religious sites, and there is a dress code to be observed. Visitors must be dressed appropriately: no sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts, and no hats are allowed.
  • Important: If you have a pacemaker you will need to show a certificate, otherwise you will not be admitted without being screened

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4.1 / 5   overall customer review rating
Jun 04 2018
We took the 9 hour tour and, honestly, it was a bit much. For the Vatican tour we had (Nona) Roberta and she was fantastic! Super knowledgable, very fast and knew how to navigate a crowd. Lunch was great. Then we had a seperate guide for the Colosseum and he was less than fantastic. He didn't really know where to take us, and although he had some info about the colosseum he walked us around a bit longer than necessary. Then he took us to the ruins and it really stated to drag on. It was supposed to be over at 5:30 - we finally handed in our headsets at 5:50 and who knows how much longer it went! In short, I think it should have probably been a 7 hour tour, not 9. That said those 7 hours were fantastic! I would definitely recommend.
reviewed by James Stein
Apr 10 2018
David was my tour guide for the Vatican and he was awesome. VERY knowledgeable and did a great job keeping the tour informative but not boring. Great personality, nice and funny. Massimo was my tour guide for Colleseum and he was equally as great. They know so many interesting facts. English was great and easy to understand. Bypassed all the lines and would do the tour again alone just for that. Great experience!
reviewed by a Gray Line customer
Reply From The Gray Line Team:

Thanks for the review! We love hearing about our awesome tour guides and when they give customers a great experience. We hope the rest of your stay in Rome was just as great!

-The Gray Line Team
Mar 22 2018
Very knowledgeable guides who were fun to be around.
reviewed by a Gray Line customer
Feb 22 2018
Very good way to see two of Rome’s jewels
reviewed by Mr William Baker
Jan 17 2018
BOOK BOOK BOOK!This tour was one of our holiday highlights. Both tour guides Frederico C (The Vatican) and Silvia Sarli (Colosseum) were great. Their in depth knowledge and friendly personalities made the experience fun. I can highly recommend this tour!Thank-you Gray Line Rome, Frederico C and Silvia Sarli.
reviewed by Mrs Anna-Rita Evans
Nov 20 2017
good tour - wish it had transfer back to hotel if you paid for pick up as we did but tour was very good. Lunch on the combined tour was better than expected
reviewed by Mr scott hodge
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Discover the masterpieces of Rome in one day on this tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica & the Colosseum area. You won't have to worry about waiting in long lines on this tour, we are here to ensure that you skip the lines and our expert guides will be there to give you an insider's point of view.

The Vatican Museums
No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Vatican Museums. Home to 54 different galleries including four statue museums: Museo Pio-Clementino, Museo Chiaramonti, Museo Gregoriano Etrusco and the Museo Gregoriano Egiziano. These museums are home to some of the most famous works of art in the world, with artists including: Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Raphael, and Giotto, to name a few. An experience that is sure to inspire the art lover in anyone.

The Sistine Chapel
The 54th gallery of the Vatican Museums is the famed Sistine Chapel. Completed around 1483, the Sistine Chapel is arguably the most famous chapel in the world due to the artwork located within. View many of the most famous frescoes in the world, including the famous ceiling and The Last Judgement painted by Michelangelo. Not only does the Sistine Chapel hold some of the world's most precious works of art, but it is also still used for religious purposes such as the Papal conclave, the process through which a new Pope is chosen.

St. Peter's Basilica
A popular pilgrimage site, St. Peter's Basilica is also one of the largest in the world and a shining example of Renaissance architecture.

Lunch in a typical restaurant
Take a tasty stop after the visit of the Vatican Museums in a typical restaurant for a 3-course meal. Then be ready to visit the Colosseum Area.

The Colosseum
One of the most popular and amazing buildings in the entire world. Access the Colosseum with no line and be ready to enter into the legend. Learn about architecture and history of this massive amphitheater which hosted ancient Romans, Senators, Emperors, and Gladiators as well as animals from all over the world. You'll finally have the opportunity to visit the Palatine Hill, the place of foundation of Rome and the Roman Forum from the inside.

Please note that hotel transportation service is available for an extra cost and is on a per person basis, added as an option when booking your tour (verify that your hotel is listed in the hotel pickup list). When booking transportation service at the extra cost you'll also have lunch and transport service included from the restaurant to the archaeological area.

Pickup & Starting Points

Please see detailed pickup and starting point information when you complete your booking.


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