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Rome Small Group Tour with the Vatican City, Sistine Chapel and Colosseum

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See the top sights of Rome & Vatican City in a day on a 6 hour tour with express entry to the Colosseum, Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and skip-the-line access tickets to visit St. Peter’s Basilica.

Description

With privileged express entrance at all the sites you visit, you won’t waste time waiting in line. Discover Rome in a small group of a maximum of 15 participants and enjoy a guided tour of the Colosseum, the historic center of Rome and the Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel – you’ll even have skip-the-line access to visit St. Peter’s Basilica after.

Includes

  • Skip the line entrance to the Colosseum, Vatican Museums & St. Peter’s Basilica

  • Free homemade gelato

  • Transportation fee

  • English-speaking guide
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Rome Small Group Tour with the Vatican City, Sistine Chapel and Colosseum

Duration: 8 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Skip the line entrance to the Colosseum, Vatican Museums & St. Peter’s Basilica / Free homemade gelato / Transportation fee / English-speaking guide
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Schedule

  • 08:30

    Check in at Oppio Caffè and Meet Your Guide

  • 08:45

    Ancient Rome and the Colosseum

    Explore the top attractions of Rome and the Vatican City in one day with skip the line entrance tickets to the Colosseum, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

  • Rome Colosseum and the Roman Forum

    Skip the long lines and join your expert guide on a tour of the Colosseum, known for hosting some of history's greatest battles and gruesome executions. You will also briefly visit the Roman Forum from the outside after the tour.

  • The Panthenon

    Visit the Pantheon, also known as the "Temple pf all the gods", once a temple and now a church. As one of Italy's most distinct landmarks and one of the best preserved Roman buildings, the Pantheon served as an inspiration for several of today's government offices, city halls and libraries.

  • Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Gelato

    You’ll see the world-famous Spanish Steps, popularized by Audrey Hepburn's 'Roman Holiday', and the Trevi Fountain, where Fellini’s lovers cavorted in ‘La Dolce Vita’. As an extra bonus, you’ll enjoy a refreshing Italian gelato to eat as you stroll, just as the Italians do!

  • 14:15

    See the best of the Vatican Museums

    After having your lunch, meet your guide at the l'Ottagono to continue your tour. Visiting the Raphael Rooms, ancient sculpture galleries and the stunning Hellenistic ‘Laocoön’. Discover the art, sculpture, tapestries, maps and relics within, as well as Michelangelo’s frescos in the Sistine Chapel.

  • Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

    End your Rome in a Day experience in the Sistine Chapel, with the option to spend more time inside the breathtaking chapel and Vatican Museums, or to gain direct access to St. Peter's Basilica with skip the line entrance after your tour.

  • 16:15

    Tour Ends at St. Peter's Basilica

  • (For Check-In) Oppio Caffè (Oppio Caffè, Via delle Terme di Tito, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy) Time: 08:30:00

  • (For Check-Out) St. Peter's Basilica (St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City) Time: 16:15:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Oppio Caffè (Oppio Caffè, Via delle Terme di Tito, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy) Time: 08:30:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) St. Peter's Basilica (St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City) Time: 16:15:00

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Notes

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Only small backpacks and regular-size handbags are allowed inside the Colosseum.

  • St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel are holy places and thus, the attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees.

  • Walking shoes

Additional Note(s)
  • This tour operates with a maximum 15 participants

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 15.

Frequently Asked Questions

What languages are your tours conducted in?

English. This tour does not operate in multi-language, which means you’ll never have to wait for translations.

How will I recognize my tour guide?

Either your tour guide or a tour coordinator will be waiting at the tour meeting point 15 minutes before your tour start time. They will be holding up a sign with the Walks of Italy logo on it.

What If I’m running late to my tour?

We ask all guests to arrive at the tour meeting point at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of their tour. If you have difficulty finding the meeting point or are delayed along the way, please call the emergency phone number, (Italy) +39-069-480-4888 not the regular customer service number.

How far in advance should I book my tour?

It’s hard to say. We recommend booking as soon as you can as these services often sell out in advance and have limited-availability. If you know what tour you want to book though, we would always say to book as soon as you can.

The tour description says tour is 'all-inclusive'. What does that mean?

It means the tour price listed on our website includes all ticket, reservation and entrance fees. There won’t be any nasty surprises on the day of your tour, so you could leave your wallet at home (unless you felt like tipping your tour guide).

Do you accept last-minute bookings?

When we have space! Check the website for availability first. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there is a chance that it's sold out or it may just be off-sale because it's within a day or two of tour running time.

Should I tip my tour guide?

It’s really up to you. If you enjoyed your tour and feel like you received exemplary service from your guide, it is customary to leave a tip at the end of the tour. It’s not obligatory though and we won’t hold it against you if you don't – nor will your guide.

Can I take your tours if I have walking difficulties or require a wheelchair?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate wheelchairs on most of our group tours for a variety reasons. That said, in most cases we can serve wheelchair users on our private tours, to allow the guide to adapt the route to their particular requirements. Please get in touch with us before you book, however, and be aware that guests are responsible for propelling their own chairs – guides will be unable to do this.

I am traveling with a small child – can I bring a stroller with me?

Not on all tours. Please get in touch with our us before bringing a stroller on your tour. Some sites will not allow you to bring a stroller inside and we may not have suitable storage options. If you let us know in advance we can help you to arrange a suitable solution.

What should I bring on my tour?

We recommend all customers bring photo ID with their date of birth listed plus the confirmation voucher. For all tours involving walking, we would recommend that you wear comfortable shoes. If you’re visiting in warm weather (May – Sep) we recommend that you bring sunscreen, a bottle of water (which you can refill along the way) and a hat. During the cooler months we would recommend that you bring a coat and possibly a rain jacket and/or umbrella.

It’s raining, is my tour still running?

Yes! The tours run rain or shine. On some very rare occasions, when the weather is particularly dramatic, some outdoor sites may be closed. On these occasions we will try to contact you in advance, where we have warning.

What’s the difference between a ‘group’ and a ‘private’ tour?

A group tour is one where you join a group of other travellers and a single guide – our groups are usually around 12 people, although they can be a little larger, particularly on day trips. Because our groups are so small, you’ll still find it easy to hear and interact with your guide and it's more effective than a private tour, which is when you pay to have your own personal tour guide (and/or transfer) just for you.

My tour includes a church visit, what should I wear?

Dress code at Catholic churches and religious sites requires that both women and men cover their shoulders and knees. In summer we recommend that men wear t-shirts and long shorts that cover their knees. For women, if you are wearing a strapless top or dress, bring a cardigan. If you are wearing shorts, we recommend bringing a sarong to wrap around you inside.

Can I bring my bag inside the Colosseum?

Due to a new set of rules, you may only carry a small backpack or handbag inside the Colosseum. As there is no bag storage at the Colosseum, guests who bring large bags on their tour may be unable to join their group. All visitors are also undertake a more thorough security check at the Colosseum, which can cause delays.

Is there much walking on this Colosseum tour?

YES! Any tour that covers the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill includes a lot of walking. Although a tiring morning, it shouldn't present too much of a challenge to anyone with a normal fitness level in good health. If you want to visit the Colosseum but are concerned about the activity levels, consider a private tour.

I would like to take the Rome In A Day tour but I’m concerned it might be too difficult for members of my group.

Seeing all of Rome in a single day is pretty tiring. You will have time for a lunch break during which you can rest and the guides are always very conscious to pace the tours to suit the group. For guests with a normal fitness level and good health, it won’t be too much but if someone in your party has issues with mobility or fitness, we would recommend that you book a Best of Rome and Vatican Highlight Tour on separate days, to give you time to rest in between. Alternatively, if you really only have one day in Rome, consider a private tour where we can add in more breaks and cut a few sites to suit you.

What should I wear to the Vatican Museums?

The Vatican Museums has a very strict dress code, requiring that all visitors cover their shoulders and knees. Men should be careful to wear long shorts, while women should wear skirts beneath the knee or trousers. If you are wearing a sleeveless top, please bring a cardigan with you. Guests who arrive at the Vatican Museums without the appropriate dress may be refused entry.

Can I bring a bag with me to the Vatican Museums?

According to Vatican Museum rules, only small bags can be brought inside the Museums. Handbags and small backpacks (no larger than 40cm x 35cm x 25cm) may be carried inside but anything larger than that, plus large umbrellas, must be checked at the cloakroom. Items may be left at the cloakroom without charge but please note that you must return to this spot to collect your belongings before 5pm or return the following day. As our Vatican Museum tours mostly end at St. Peter’s Basilica this is quite inconvenient, as you will be required to walk about 20 minutes from there back to the entrance of the Museums. In some cases, guests may have to leave the tour early to reach the cloakroom before it closes and will not be able to visit St. Peter’s Basilica.

Can I take your tours if I have walking difficulties or require a wheelchair?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate wheelchairs on most of our group tours for a variety reasons. For example, at the Vatican Museums, wheelchair users are required to follow a different route not accessible to those not in wheelchairs. At the Colosseum, lifts are often out of order, requiring more complicated solutions. In most cases we can serve wheelchair users on our private tours, to allow the guide to adapt the route to their particular requirements. Please do get in touch with us before you book, however, and be aware that guests are responsible for propelling their own chairs – guides will be unable to do this.

Does Rome in a Day Tour include Skip the Line Access at Vatican Museums and Colosseum?

Yes. The Rome in a Day Tour includes skip the line access. This means that we use the special group entrance with pre-reserved timed-entry tickets, so you’ll never have to wait in long general access lines. The St. Peter’s Basilica visit also includes skip the line access.

Does the Rome in a Day Tour include St. Peter’s Basilica?

Yes. Please note however, that St. Peter’s Basilica is a functioning church and is often used for religious ceremonies. The basilica is therefore closed on occasion without previous warning. In these cases, we do endeavour to warn you in advance and your guide will provide you with a longer tour inside the Vatican Museums. St. Peter’s Basilica is closed most Wednesdays, when the Papal Audience takes place in St. Peter’s Square.

Can I take photos inside the Sistine Chapel?

Absolutely, not. Vatican & Sistine Chapel guards control the crowds and use of cameras. And, they're scary so we don’t recommend trying it.

Do you provide tours of the Vatican Scavi?

No. Tours of the Vatican Scavi (a.k.a. the Vatican Necropolis) may only be booked directly through the Vatican authority responsible for caring for them. Access is limited to only a few groups a day and tours are in huge demand though, so we recommend booking a few months before your trip where possible. For reservations email scavi@fsp.va

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  • Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 08:45:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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