Discover Rome from the Ancient times to the Renaissance in one day!
If you do not know what to choose between Vatican and Colosseum, pick the Combo semi-private Vatican, Colosseum with Arena Floor access and Roman Forum tour. This is the perfect solution to optimize your time in Rome. You will get a 2-in-1 experience covering both the Sistine Chapel with the Basilica of Saint Peter and the Colosseum with the Arena Floor restricted area, including the Ancient Forum and Palatine. In other words, you will get an insight of both Renaissance and Ancient Rome, all in one day!
The combo includes an expert tour guide that will make your tour even more enjoyable. At first you will do a semi-private Vatican tour in a group of maximum 10 people and then you will visit the Colosseum including the restricted area of the Arena Floor, the Palatine hill and the Roman Forum. The second part is generally organized in a bigger group of about 20, maximum 24 people. For both tours, you will receive headsets to use during the tour for better listening and for being able to take pictures during the tours.
At the Vatican, you will see the museum galleries, the rooms by Raphael including the School of Athens and the Sistine Chapel where you can face Michelangelo’s great talent. The last stop will be St. Peter Basilica, an incredibly iconic church which astonishes thousands of visitors every day and hides treasures like the Bernini’s Baldachin and the Chair of St. Peter.
After completing the part in Renaissance Rome, you will have the chance to discover another aspect of Rome. This time you will go back almost to 2000 years ago, the Roman times will be right in front of your eyes and you will be able to touch with your hands Ancient Rome through the beautiful marble monuments. Without wasting time in lines, you will enter the Colosseum from the Gladiators’ arch also known as “Porta Libitinaria” or Gate of the Death.
From the Gladiator Arch, the slaves with a mask of the Ferry Man Caronte used to take out from this gate the dead Gladiators. Below this level there is a tunnel that used to connect the Colosseum with the Gladiator’s school, known as the Ludus Magnus that was of course very close to the Colosseum. The Gladiators were receiving their training there before entering the Colosseum from the connecting tunnel and being brought out from the Gladiators’ gate that today you will access to step onto Arena floor.
Afterward, you will experience the ancient Roman Forum where the public, political and commercial life used to take place. Before entering the Roman Forum, you will access the Palatine Hill, one of the 7 hills of Rome. The Palatine was chosen from Augustus and then from the other Emperors as one of the best places where to live in Rome and in fact, it was rich of villas and later on of Palaces of the Roman Emperors. From the Palatine Hill you will enjoy also a panoramic view of the Roman Forum and part of Venice Square.
For the Vatican tour meeting point is at Caffè Vaticano, Viale Vaticano 100; for the Colosseum tour meeting point is at our office: Via Frangipane 30
VATICAN MUSEUMS DRESS CODE
- No shorts above knees are permitted
- No sleeveless t-shirts are permitted
- No big backpacks are allowed
- No big umbrellas are permitted
- No pointed objects
- No big back bags
- No pointed objects
This tour never runs on Wednesday or Sunday or religious bank holidays.
It can happen that the Basilica of St. Peters’ is not visible due to special Religious functions held by the Cardinals or the Pope, the closing of St. Peter’s can be an unexpected decision taken by the Vatican Museums; in this case we will add in the itinerary the Painting gallery or the Raphael Rooms, once the Pope Julius’ II apartment, as an alternative site.
Not included: Tips for the Guide, Meals, Transportation