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Skip the line Imperial Rome & Vatican Museums Combo Tour

Spend the morning exploring the wonders of the Vatican including the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica before enjoying the wonders of ancient Rome including the amazing Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Skip-the-line tickets for the Vatican and Colosseum are included along with a typical Italian lunch.

The tour starts at the Arch of Constantine, the largest and one of the best preserved triumphal arches in Rome. From here your guide will take you past the queues and inside the Colosseum one of the world's greatest historical treasures. This amazing amphitheatre dates to the year 72 A.D. and could easily hold over 50,000 persons.

Next, head to the Palatino (Palatine Hill). Sandwiched between the Roman Forum and the Circo Massimo, the Palatino is an atmospheric area of towering pine trees, majestic ruins and memorable views. According to legend, this is where Romulus killed his twin and founded Rome in 753 BC. Just the views from the Palatino over the Forums or the Circus Maximus would be worth a trip to Italy.

Continue to the amazing Roman Forum where you again skip the ticket lines. The Roman Forums were the political and social centre of the Roman Empire and the whole area is literally an open-air museum and here you will find the Temple of Julius Cesar, Basilica Emilia, the Arch of Titus and the Holy Road.

Afterwards, head to a traditional restaurant where you enjoy a typical lunch with drinks before commencing on your guided tour of the Vatican Museums. As you arrive at the Vatican admire the beautiful architecture of St. Peters Basilica and St Peters Square before meeting your guide close to the entrance to the Vatican Musuems. Here you are given your skip-the-line admission ticket.

Enter the Vatican Museums, taking in the beautiful Spiral staircase and accompanied by your guide, discover some of the treasures contained within the 2000 rooms and 14 kilometres of corridors. Highlights include the Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Geographical Maps before arriving in the famous Sistine Chapel with its magnificent fresco of the Last Judgment by Michelangelo.

Also see the Rooms of Raphael and Ancient Roman and Greek pieces in the Belvedere Courtyard. Each guest will be given a personal headset so you can listen to the guide's enthusiastic commentary which provides a full background on the Sistine Chapel from before it was commissioned to the finishing touches while distinguishing between truth and popular legends promulgated by Hollywood and popular books.

Afterwards head to magnificent St. Peters Basilica, the largest Church in the world, where you will find golden mosaics, several Tombs of Popes and Michelangelo's most important statue 'La Pietà'. Also see the massive Baldacchino sculpted in bronze by Bernini, the Transfiguration by Raphael and other monuments of artistic importance.

Your morning tour concludes in St Peter's Square where you view Bernini's impressive colonnade and learn about the history of the Vatican State including its Swiss Guard and the design of St Peters Square.

Departure

In front of restaurant "Royal Art Cafe", Piazza del Colosseo, 1.

Start time

9.00am.

Duration

Around 8 hours.

Hotel pick-up

Pick-up is included from centrally located Rome hotels if you select the hotel pick-up ticket.

Experience Includes

  • Guided morning walking tour of Imperial Rome including the Colosseum, Roman Forums and the Palatino (Palatine Hill)
  • Skip-the-Line admission tickets for the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Guided afternoon tour of the Vatican including the Vatican Museums, the Tapestry Gallery, the Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter´s Basilica
  • Skip-the-line admission to the Vatican Museum
  • Typical lunch with drinks at a local restaurant
  • English-speaking guide and personal headsets
  • Hotel pick-up from centrally located hotel (if option selected)

Experience Excludes

  • Hotel drop-off
  • Additional refreshments
  • Optional Gratuities

Departs

Wednesday and Saturdays.

Departure location

Piazza del Colosseo, 1 (In front of Restaurant Royal Art Cafe)

Start times

9.00am

Duration

8 hours

Terms & Conditions

  • All customers must adhere to the Vatican dress code. There are no refunds if you are refused entry for failure to comply. Shoulders and knees must be covered. No low-cut or sleeveless tops or shorts will be not permitted for men and women.
  • Wednesday departures may be affected by the weekly Papal Audience. Should St Peter's Basilica be closed for the public for the Papal Audience, an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums will be offered in place of the visit inside St Peter's Basilica.
  • We regret to inform that this tour is not suitable for guests with wheelchairs, buggies or with impaired mobility