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Rome in 1 Day: Skip-the-Line Vatican, Colosseum & Ancient Rome Guided Tour

By Gray Line - I Love Rome


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  • VIP access to the Vatican Museums & St. Peter's Basilica

  • Chance to skip the long lines outside the Colosseum

  • Remarkable views of the Sistine Chapel's renowned ceiling

  • Opportunity to visit the Roman Forum & climb Palatine Hill

  • Informative & insightful commentary from an expert guide

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill

  • What's included

    Admission fees

  • What's included

    Skip-the-line entrance to Vatican Museums and Colosseum

  • What's included

    Headset for tour commentary

  • What's excluded

    Hotel drop-off

  • What's excluded

    Beverages during lunch

Know Before You Book

  • Children 2 and younger are complimentary.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • If you book the option with hotel pickup, pickup is available from most centrally located Rome hotels beginning 30–60 minutes prior to your booked tour start time. You will be able to arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • Hotel drop-off is not included; this tour ends near the Roman Forum.

  • If you book the option without hotel pickup, you must make your own way to the meeting points for both tours, no transfer between the 2 meeting points is included. Check-in is 20 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

  • Due to shorter daylight, from October 28 the visit to the Palatine Hill will be replaced with an external explanation from the Capitoline Hill

  • Please inform Gray Line - I Love Rome after booking if you have any special food requirements (if option with lunch is selected)

  • The Basilica is an active place of worship and may be closed without prior notice for religious events. In this case the visit will be substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library

What you can expect

Discover the Eternal City's major highlights on a full-day guided tour. In the morning, explore the Vatican Museums and admire the Sistine Chapel. After lunch, step into Rome's ancient past as you discover monuments such as the monumental Colosseum, the triumphal Arch of Constantine, and the ruins of the Roman Forum.

Begin your day at the Vatican Museums, avoiding the long wait outside with skip-the-line entry. Your guide leads you through the museums and shows you the grand fresco sequences that mark the High Renaissance in Rome. Wander through the colorful Raphael Rooms—known for walls covered in Raphael's immortal frescoes—and step into the Sistine Chapel to get a firsthand view of the glorious ceiling painted by Michelangelo. From there, make your way into the vast nave of St. Peter's Basilica to discover this sacred pilgrimage site and place of worship.

In the afternoon, your exploration resumes as you uncover the archaeological treasures of ancient Rome. Imagine the clashing swords of gladiators and the drama of maritime battles on the arena floor of the Colosseum, and then stroll in the footsteps of Roman citizens as you walk through the Roman Forum to see its temples, streets, and centuries-old gathering places. Your final stop is at Palatine Hill, where you can roam among the ruined foundations of imperial palaces as you look out over the city from this lofty vantage point.

Cleaning and safety practices

Social distancing

  • Contactless ticket redemption
  • Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

  • Personal protective equipment worn by staff
  • Temperature checks given to staff
  • Temperature checks available
  • Masks required
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Activity Location

  • Vatican Museums
  • Viale Vaticano
  • Roma Lazio 00165

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • Bar L'Ottagono (Morning Part of the Tour - if option WITHOUT Hotel Pickup is selected)
    • 62 Piazza del Risorgimento
    • Roma Lazio 00193
    • Arch of Constantine (Afternoon Part of the Tour)
    • Via di San Gregorio
    • Roma Lazio
    • Hotel Pickup (if option is selected)
    • Rome Lazio

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