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Best of Rome: Exclusive Guided Tour of Vatican, Colosseum and Ancient Rome with Transportation and Lunch

Created with Sketch. Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
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8 Hours

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Specific Tour

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Group Size

6 people

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Availability: Everyday except Sunday
Hotel Pick up: 8 – 8:30 AM
Start Time: 9:30 AM


It’s your time to dive into Rome’s most breathtaking sights and experience their wonders most collectively. With a professional and expert guide head inside the ancient glory of the blessed Vatican State. Enter through all the exclusively reserved entrances at the Vatican followed by a guided tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum.

After being picked up from your hotel, the tour operator will first take you to the core of the world’s smallest state, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. With skip-the-line access to all destinations, you’ll make the most of your time. It is a private tour that ensures a personalized experience. After you have enjoyed an authentic Italian lunch, your guided tour will continue with your journey from the Vatican to the Colosseum. On the way to the Colosseum, you will explore many popular attractions of Rome such as the mesmerizing Piazza Venezia, the most important center of Rome. You will visit the Spanish Steps where your guide will explain the history of this symbolic architectural design. Don’t miss an opportunity to get amazed by the eternal beauty of Trevi Fountains and throw a coin that locals believe brings good luck. Your next stop will be at the Via Del Corso aka International Shopping Street. It is paradise for shoppers as it contains outlets of most of the well-known brands in the world. You will get a considerable amount of time to shop for yourself or your loved ones. Then finally after reaching Colosseum, your guided tour of Ancient Rome will begin.

You will enter the Colosseum through the Gladiator’s Entrance and stand on the Arena Floor that once hosted fighting, trials, and triumphs. And then explore the remnants of Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. While listening to your guide, you will feel that these ancient sites are still alive, pulsating within the living forces. This tour is designed keeping the travelers in mind who wish to get the best out of Rome in one day.


  • What to Expect: This tour has been customized for those who want to enjoy the best of Rome in just a single day. It will cover almost 3,000 years of history and two cities in one very convenient package. You will get picked up from the hotel and will be taken straight to the Vatican meeting point. Not to forget, you will also enjoy a delicious lunch that will be setting you up for this mesmerizing tour.
  • Part 1: The second segment of your tour incorporates highlights of Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, with quick access to St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • The Vatican Museums: Vatican Museums are the housing of the largest and most impressive art collections in the world. These are comprised of 1,200 rooms, 54 galleries and 7 kilometers of arts. You will see really captivating sites such as Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of Maps and Bramante’s Pine Cone Courtyard. You will spend your time gazing in awe at the masterpieces of arts and architecture with an expert guide who will bring the ancient collections back to life.
  • The Sistine Chapel: Then the tour will move on to the jewel of the Vatican, of course, the Sistine Chapel. No visit to the Vatican would be complete without it. You will receive an in-depth and all-around explanation of this remarkable establishment. Discover incredible frescoes by pioneer artists of the renaissance, Michelangelo. Marvel some of his most famous works such as the Creation of Adam and many more situated inside the Sistine Chapel.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica: After your mesmerizing excursion to the Sistine Chapel is over. You will be escorted through a priority passageway to the Saint Peter's Basilica from where you will be free to explore all astonishing landmarks at your own leisure.
  • Break: Once the first section of your tour is done, you will be taken to an authentic Italian restaurant, which is nearby the Vatican. It is a place where you can taste roman food and other luscious gourmet meals. Afterward, you will enjoy a ride from the Vatican in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Part 2: Piazza Venezia- Your journey to the Colosseum will pause at the heart of Rome, Piazza Venezia. Wander the busy square and get mesmerized by historic moments such as Il Vittoriano, Palazzo Venezia and Palazzo Generali.
  • Spanish Steps: Visit the beautiful, butterfly-shaped Spanish Steps. And listen to your guide telling stories behind how it became the most popular public gathering place in Rome.
  • Trevi Fountain: Discover the famous and historic Trevi fountain and lose yourself in its beauty. Throw a coin at the Trevi Fountain which locals believe brings good luck.
  • Via Del Corso: Get your time to shop from the outlets of the most well-known brands of the world located in Via Del Corso, a paradise for shoppers.
  • The Colosseum: The first phase of your adventure will begin early in the morning and mainly focuses on the discovery of ancient Rome. It will start with the most recognizable monument in the city, the Colosseum. Listen to a professional guide telling you all the stories about the gladiators while you enter the biggest amphitheater ever built in the world. You will enter through the Gladiator’s entrance, leaving a long queue behind. Then you will be taken to the Arena floor, from where you can enjoy the best views this eternal city can offer. Your professional guide will tell you unimaginable facts about different types of gladiatorial combats, mock naval battles and other sorts of entertainment that once took place within its extraordinary walls.
  • The Roman Forum: The next stop on your tour will be on the Roman Forum. It is a vestige city of once incorporated business, politics, and religion. Roman Emperors ruled their empire from this place with untold political, religious and cultural leadership.
  • The Palatine Hill: You will be then accompanied by your guide to one of the seven hills of Rome, Palatine Hill, which is about forty meters above the Roman Forum. It is a very iconic hill of Rome because from here the Eternal City of Rome was established by Romulus. You can roam around the vast area, once covered by the Palace of Emperor Domitian with remains of sensational mosaic floors and the courtyards you will definitely admire. It is a spectacular vantage point from where you will see Rome from a completely different perspective.


  • Special Skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • VIP Fast-track entrance to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Exclusive experience of the Gladiator's entrance & Colosseum Arena floor
  • Ticket and reservation fees to avoid the line
  • Expert, fluent English-speaking professional guides who know and love the Ancient City
  • Dedicated audio headsets, so you can always hear your guide
  • Maximum group size of 6 people
  • Pick-up from accommodation and transfers with comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Traditional Roman Lunch
  • Private tour to ensure a customized, intimate experience
  • Gratuities
  • Food/Beverage
  • Souvenir photos
  • Transfer back to accommodation
  • Optional gratuities

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women to enter to the religious sites of the Vatican
Large bags, backpacks, or suitcases are not allowed. Glass bottles and containers are also not allowed. You may bring small bags, but there is no cloakroom service inside to accommodate the large items
Wearing comfortable walking shoes during the tour is recommended.
The sites are not wheelchair accessible
All tourists are required to show a valid photo ID (student's ID, Driver License, Passport or State ID all work)
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
A discount is applicable for children aged between 6-17 and student aged under 25 (A valid student ID is needed)
Children and youth must be accompanied by an adult
Student ID is required and the tourist must be under 26 years of age to qualify for the student rate.
The Basilica is an active place of worship and may be closed without prior notice for several religious events.
Due to extreme weather conditions, the Colosseum Administration may limit access to some or all of the restricted areas (Colosseum, Arena Level, and Third Tier), to ensure the safety of its visitors. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Check-in time is 20 minutes before the booked starting time to complete the signup and clear security checks.
Reservations neither can be modified nor can be cancelled once confirmed.


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