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Exclusive Rome in 1 Day tour: skip-the-line Vatican and Colosseum tickets

Visit the Vatican museum, Michelangelo Sistine Chapel, Raphael rooms, Saint Peter's Basilica, Colosseum and Ancient forum in a small group of maximum 8 people. The tour will last a total of 6 hours with a break in between tours and includes all skip the line tickets and highly qualified guide

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Highlights and what's included

  • Skip the line tickets to Colosseum, Constantine’s Arch, Ancient Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica
  • Tours operate in small groups of 8 people per guide
  • Tours led by our local experienced English speaking guides


Avventure Bellissime’s tours of the Vatican and Ancient Rome offer the traveller the option of skipping the queues and touring the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Constantine’s Arch and the Ancient Roman Forum. Then in the second tour we will complete your comprehensive tour of Rome by taking you inside the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basillica.

Our tours offer you a more in-depth experience and you will be in the expert hands of our licensed and experienced tour guides – who all have a background in art, history and archaeology.

By booking this combination of both the Vatican and Ancient Rome tour you will qualify for our super saver 10% discount (compared to booking the tours individually).

Why book an Avventure Bellissime tour?

Our tours offer you a more personalised and in-depth experience. You will have all the time you need to experience the beauty of the Vatican and Ancient Rome – we make sure you can soak up the atmosphere of this special trip.
Our experienced guides go the extra mile, using ipads and books to illustrate our stories and explanations. Since you are in a small group, our guides also have far more time to interact with you and answer any questions you may have.

Let’s take a look at what your tours will include:

Ancient Rome tour – 8.45am-11.45am
During this three-hour tour you’ll be walking in the company of our licensed expert guide in the Colosseum who will help you visualize what it would have been like to be part of a 50,000 strong audience witnessing the showmanship of the Gladiators. From there you will move on to visit the Palatine Hill and then Constantine’s Arch – a triumphal arch which dates back to 315AD.
And afterwards, you will survey the ruins of the Ancient Roman Forum, where our guide will tell you about the period’s defining historical moments. Through our guides, you will be able to understand exactly what it was like to live in Rome over 2,000 years ago.

Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour – 2pm – 5pm
Accompanied once again by our expert tour guide you will see the most important highlights of this historic site.
A significant proportion of the tour will be spent in the Sistine Chapel where you can hear about its transformation into one of the world’s most important artisitc creations. We’ll also share the story behind the conflict between two key figures of the Renaissance – Michaelangelo and Pope Julius II.
We will spend time in the Vatican museums which hold significant collections of art built up by the Popes throughout the period. The collection includes some of the most renowned structures and masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world.
Finally, the tour will take you to St. Peter’s Basillica where you can see Bernini’s Papal Canopy and Michaelangelo’s Pietà. Throughout, our guide will tell you all about the history of the first Pope – the tale of a simple fisherman – through to the extravagance of the renaissance period popes

IMPORTANT INFORMATION about the Vatican tour:
Until 31st March 2020 the tour will depart at 1 pm, will last 4 hours and will include also Raphael rooms.
From 1st April 2020 the tour will start at 2 pm and will last 3 hours only, excluding Raphael rooms.

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Meeting Point

Our Ancient Rome tour starts from outside the Colosseum metropolitan station, by the newspaper green kiosk on the right side where you will find our guide holding a board with Avventure Bellissime Ancient rome tour written on it.
Our Vatican & Sistine chapel tour starts from outside the entrance to the Vatican Museums where you will find our guide holding a sign with Vatican Tour written on it

Other Information

  • Rucksacks are NOT allowed anymore inside Colosseum and Ancient Forum!!!! As there is not deposit area in the vicinity, avoid taking any rucksack
  • You can take these two tours over two days. At the time of booking you just need to enter in the comments field your preference of the days you would like to take each tour.
  • These tours are of historical areas and are not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. However, please contact us directly and we will be able to take you on alternative routes suitable for you.
  • At times one of the attractions included might be closed without notice. No refunds are available as these events are beyond our control.
  • Please wear confortable footwear as this tour involves a lot of walking.
  • There is a dress code for St Peter’s Basillica. No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed.
  • The cost of the tour does not include gratuities or hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Tour operates with a minimum of 4 participants until 31st March 2020 and minimum 2 participants from 1st April 2020

Key Information

  • Prices from: 138.00
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Availability: View Calendar
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Oct 07 2019
Good value. Skipping the line was especially important in both the Coliseum and the Vatican as they were so popular and very crowded. Group size on both tours were small, and easily manageable.
Oct 10 2018
Skip the lines, awesome information
Sep 30 2018
Guides were very informative Luca was amazing
Sep 12 2018
wonderful ! We learned much about Rome history.
Apr 20 2018
My husband and I booked two tours through Avventure Bellissime: Vatican City/Ancient Roman and a Tuscany wine tour. Each tour was expertly led by friendly and knowledgeable guides. I loved that this company is local to Italy, and so are their guides. The experience was everything we hoped for, and more! I would recommend Avventure Bellissime for any Italian tour!
Apr 08 2018
Francesca is amazing, kind, smart and resourceful! Thank you for sharing your beautiful city
Apr 04 2018
Our tour with Francesca was superb. We spent the morning visiting Ancient Rome and then a break for lunch followed by the Vatican tour in the afternoon. She is so knowledgeable about it all and answered any questions that were asked. She was very considerate and I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with her. I would not hesitate to take a tour with Avventure Bellissime again.
Apr 02 2018
Learned a lot about ancient Roman history, architecture, and building design.
Oct 25 2017
All my tours from Rome were through Avventure Bellissime: Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Semi: the driver was great, so was the tour guide in Pompeii. The 2nd tour was to the colosseum and the Vatican: the guide “Francesca” was just amazing..really informative and friendly. The whole experience was great
Sep 12 2017
Very enjoyable! The guide was great!
Jun 04 2017
It fully met our expectations. It was very informative and well worth the cost of the tour.
Jan 20 2017
Perfect. The guide was wonderful.
Jan 18 2017
Great tour! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable!
Jan 18 2017

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Exclusive Rome in 1 Day tour: skip-the-line Vatican and Colosseum tickets


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