Rome Skip-the-Line Colosseum and Vatican Museum Private Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours in Rome

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If you only have a short time to spend in Rome, our itinerary is perfect for you! Join a special full-day tour to see the main features of the Eternal City. Your day will start with a skip-the-line group tour in the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Hear about the gladiatorial battles, the mad emperors and the everyday life of Romans. After the Ancient Rome tour, take a short break for lunch (not included) and meet again your guide directly at Vatican City. Admire one of the greatest collections of art in the world, including works of Leonardo Da Vinci, Giotto, Raffaello and other world-famous artist of the Italian High-Renaissance like Michelangelo who decorated the Sistine Chapel. End up with 2 hrs panoramic private sightseeing tour by short limousine to enjoy the best panoramic overview of the Eternal City, as for example the one from the Janiculum Terrace.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Colosseum, Rome, LazioMeet your guide and enjoy panoramic views of the best preserved part of the Colosseum. Get a detailed description of the Colosseum from the outside, before skipping the long lines to step inside.Your guide will entertain you with tales of sea-battles, and tell you about the cages where the lions were kept. Imagine the roar of the crowd as their blood-lust was met. Continue to the 2nd tiers for the best views of the Colosseum, inside and out.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Palatine Hill, Rome, LazioExplore Palatine Hill, the site of an older settlement from the 9th century BC, said by the legend as the place where Romulus founded the original city of Rome.Start your visit from the impressive Arch of Constantine, emblem of victory which commemorates Emperor Constantine when he ascended the power. Getting on the hill appreciate this archaeological site, with the ruins of many generations of Rome’s emperors on show.Admire the incredible frescoes in the House of Augustus and the Hippodrome, an elliptical sunken garden from the Palace of Domitian. Enjoy an impressive view of the Circus Maximus and the valley of the Roman Forum.Continue your tour visiting the Horti Palatini Farnesiourum and its terrace. Here surrounded by fine gardens and elegant fountains you will be given an incredible panoramic view. The first part of your tour ends up with the Arch of Titus.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Roman Forum, Rome, LazioVisit the Roman Forum. This is one of the most important archaeological areas in the world with some of Ancient Rome's most evocative ruins.Leaving the Arch of Titus walk down the Sacred Way, the triumphal road where the Centurions of Caesar marched after their return from countless battles and conquests. After admiring this impressive monuments runway, get prepared for visiting Maxentius' Basilica and Romulus temple.Continuing to the Forum see the temple dedicate to Emperor Antoninus Pius and his wife. Extraordianary example of reusing during the ancient period. Your visit end with the temple ofJuliusCaesar, built by Emperor August to commemorate his father.All around you can see the building where the daily life in the Ancient Rome took place such as the two republican basilicas, the temple of Saturn and the temple of Dioscuri, the House of the Vestal Virgins and much more ... Your tour guide will be at disposal to answer all of your questions and curiosities.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Vatican City, Vatican City, LazioAfter a little break reach our office near the Vatican Museum to continue your full day tour experience, continuing with a short introduction on the Vatican City and Vatican HistoryDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican City, LazioDiscover the treasures hosted by one of the largest and most-visited museums of the world enriched by a huge number of masterpieces collected through time. Taking a spectacular big spiral staircase you will be introduced to the impressive greatness of the Vatican Museum. Admire the best of the ancient world visiting the Greek and Roman sculpture section. A collection of classical art masterpieces where admire the beauty of several sculpture groups, as for example the statue of Laocoön and His Sons that is one of the most famous ancient sculptures.Pass by the Chandelier Gallery, named by the several marble chandelier decorating this section.Be astonished by the elegant Tapestry gallery, wallpapered by the finest tapestry worldwide, realized by Raphael's disciples.Visit the Maps Gallery, a complete exhibition of maps representing Italy as it was seen by cartographer in 1581.Enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the Vatican Gardenand much more ...Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, LazioAdmire the major representatives of Italian art such as Leonardo, Perugino, Beato Angelico, and many moreTowards the end of this tour you will visit the beautiful Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece: The Last Judgement. Duration: 1 hourStop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, LazioYou will visit the Basilica at your leisure, without the guide. Inside you can admire some Baroque masterpieces and the breathtaking Pietà by Michelangelo. You can also enjoy a moment of reflection in the Vatican caves.Duration: 10 minutesPass By: Via Veneto, Rome, LazioBe amazed by the lights of the multiple bridges on the River Tiber and travel down the elegant Via Veneto of “La Dolce Vita” fame and its paparazzi memories. Stop At: Trevi Fountain, Rome, LazioTake a stop to admire the Trevi Fountain, that is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world, even appeared in several iconic movies like "La Dolce Vita" and "Roman Holiday".The great night-time lighting highlights the gorgeous decorating sculptures of this baroque masterpiece, creating a magical and romantic atmosphere. Belonging to the fountain is the legend whereby throwing a coin in the fountain you will ensure your return in Rome.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Piazza di Spagna, Rome, LazioAdmire the beauty of the enlightened Spanish Square, one of the most famous squares in Rome. Located in the heart of the roman historical city centre, the square hosts fascinating and incredible masterpieces.In the middle of the square rises the famous Barcaccia Fountain, dating to the beginning of the baroque period, sculpted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and his father. At the same time, the square is crowned by the impressive Spanish Steps, an imposing 135-step staircase decorated with many garden-terraces, splendidly adorned with flowers in spring and summer. The sumptuous, aristocratic staircase, was designed so that the scenic effects increase more and more while approaching to it, as typical feature of the great baroque architecture. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Colosseum, Rome, LazioPrepare to be overwhelmed by the magical night-time atmosphere of Rome after your driver picks you up in the evening from your central accommodations. Along the way around the city you may have some short stops in order to take some photos.Get closer to the main places and monuments in Rome, enjoying the fascinating and magical atmosphere created by the night-time lighting. Admire the enlightened Colosseum. Although partially ruined because of damage caused by earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is still an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and is listed as one of the most important archaeological areas worldwide and one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Terrazza del Gianicolo, Rome, LazioThe tour will end with the breathtaking views of Rome from the terrace of Gianicolo, one of the best locations in the town for a scenic view of central Rome with its domes and bell towers. While enjoying one of the most incredible and breathtaking panoramic view of the sparkling Eternal City raise a toast to celebrate this magical moment before being taken back to your accommodations.Duration: 25 minutes

What’s included

  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Professional art historian guide (for Colosseum and Vatican Museum tour)
  • Private driver (for 2hrs sightseeing tour ONLY)
  • Hotel drop-off
  • private tour (panoramic sightseeing only)
  • Entry/Admission - Colosseum
  • Entry/Admission - Palatine Hill
  • Entry/Admission - Roman Forum
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • there is no guide for the panoramic tour
  • Entry/Admission - Colosseum