If you want to visit the Eternal City in one day, this is your tour

Rome in One Day: Vatican & Colosseum with Real Skip the Line



It is a great chance to uncover the history of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica & the Colosseum with skip-the-line accesses


  • 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.

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86% of reviewers liked this tour
Feb 22 2018
Very good way to see two of Rome’s jewels
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.
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
Oct 28 2017
Worth the price of the guided tour.
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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 courses meal. Then be ready to visit the Colosseum Area.

The Colosseum
One of the most popular and amazing building of 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, Seantors, 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.