Discover Rome from the Ancient times to the Renaissance in one day, skip the lines and tour with an expert guide!
If you want to visit both the Vatican and Colosseum in one day with a passionate, expert guide, early entrance to the Vatican before opening to general public and special fast-track entrance to the Colosseum directly onto the arena (restricted area) pick the Early Vatican access and Fast track Colosseum's Arena Tour. This is the perfect solution to optimize your time in Rome. You will get a 2-in-1 experience covering both the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum, including fast track access onto the Arena Floor (usually closed off to the general public). In other words, you will otur like VIPS and get an insight of both Renaissance and Ancient Rome, all in one day!
The combo tour is in a small group of up to 20 people and includes an expert tour guide that will make your tour even more enjoyable. At first you will enjoy a special early entrance Vatican tour and then you will visit the Colosseum including the restricted area of the Arena Floor. For both tours, you will receive headsets to use during the tour for better listening and to allow you to wander out of earshot to take pictures whilst your guide is speaking.
You will meet your passionate guide and the rest of your group at the Vatican Museums bright and early at 7:30am. We have a privileged entrance for 8am, which allows you entrance to the galleries 1 hour before they open to the general public at 9am. Whilst you wait for the doors to open and to pass security checks your enthusiastic guide will explain to you all about the Sistine Chapel using images. As explanations are not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel itself, this will mean you really know what you're looking at when you get inside and can admire the true beauty of Michelangelo's masterpiece. Once inside the Vatican, you will visit the Museum's rich galleries, Raphael's rooms, including his masterpiece 'the School of Athens' and the incomparable Sistine Chapel. The last stop will be St. Peter Basilica, an incredibly iconic church which astonishes thousands of visitors every day and hides treasures like Bernini’s Baldachin and the Chair of St. Peter. You will enjoy priviliged skip the line access to St Peter's Basilica directly through the Sistine Chapel.
After completing your exploration of Renaissance Rome, you will have the chance to have some lunch and free time before discovering another aspect of Rome. This time you will go back almost 2000 years, the Roman times will be right in front of your eyes and you will be able to touch Ancient Rome with your hands through the beautiful marble monuments. You will meet our guide and group at 13:15 at our office near the Colosseum (you will need to make your own way there). Without wasting time in lines, you will enter the Colosseum from the Gladiators’ arch also known as “Porta Libitinaria” or Gate of the Death. This is a fast track entrance into the Colosseum and a restricted area of the famous amphitheater.
From the Gladiator Arch, the slaves, wearing a mask of the Ferry Man 'Caronte,' used to take out 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 would receive their training there before entering the Colosseum through the connecting tunnel and then being brought out from the Gladiators’ gate that you will access as you step onto Arena floor. Your guide of Ancient Rome will take you to the main two rings of the Colosseum too, to ensure you really get to understand Rome's most inconic monument
Throughout both parts of this tour, you will benefit in expert guides who will transport you seamlessly through the art and history in an engaing and entertaining way.
By booking this Combo Small Group Tour, you are receiving a 10% discount on the total price of the two tours.
If you would like to extend your Colosseum arena tour to also visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill please get in touch, we will be happy to assist you.
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
Please wear comfortable shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Remember to follow the dresscode for the Vatican: you must be able to cover your shoulder and knees.
PLEASE NOTE: in case St Peter's Basilica is closed for religious functions, you will spend longer time in the Vatican galleries with your guide. The Basilica is a Church and as such the Vatican can decide to use it for religious functions without notice.
Please note that in certain periods of summer time, or when the Vatican Museums reopen its doors after bank holidays, the museums might be busier than usual.
Please note that, for disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%, the Vatican Museums offers free entry that is extended to a companion for visitors who are not self-sufficient. To benefit from this, make sure you mention it at the time of booking so that our staff may handle your request.
SECURITY CHECKS: When accessing the monument the Colosseum visitors will be asked to pass security checks, even when entering with pre-booked tickets or vouchers.
NOT ALLOWED: Please make sure you DO NOT have pointed big umbrellas and knives of any sizes with you. Liquids are allowed but only if in plastic bottles. Remember that you can refill your containers in the fountains inside the Colosseum.
BAGS: Back bags are allowed inside the Colosseum if very small in size; shoulder bags or handbags are permitted if regular size.
In adverse weather conditions the Colosseum administration may close the arena floor and dungeons for safety reasons. In this case you will enter through a different entrance and spend longer in other parts of the Colosseum
This tour is not suitable for people with hearing disability. People with hearing disabilities can contact us and we will be happy to customize a private tour.
This tour never runs on Wednesday or Sunday or religious bank holidays.