Fast track Semi Private tour of 2 in 1 Vatican Tour combine with the Rome of the Roman Emperors and the Colosseum, emblem of Ancient Rome!
Don’t choose between the Vatican and the Colosseum if you can experience both of them within the same tour. This combo is structured in two parts: the first one focusing on the Renaissance Rome with a visit at the Vatican and Sistine Chapel; the second part of the tour, is about the Ancient Rome covering the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.
The tour starts at the Vatican at 8:30 am where you will join a group of maximum 10 people and you will discover the Vatican Museums highlights with an art expert guide in a very intimate group. You will appreciate unique artworks displayed in the Vatican galleries and you will learn interesting details , personal headsets will be provided for a better listening of the live guide English speaking. You will also spend some time to visit the apartments of Pope Borgia and Pope Julius II where you will be amazed by Raphael’s Rooms and his “School of Athens”.
Time will fly and, before you know it, you will have reached the Sistine Chapel in which you will have some time to admire the Last Judgement and the Creation of the World painted by Michelangelo in a holy silence. In fact, the guide will only explain the Sistine Chapel outside, since nobody is allowed to talk inside the chapel. Afterwards, you will access the Basilica directly from the Chapel avoiding any line. Once in the Basilica, you will see the beautiful “Pietà” by Michelangelo and the impressive Baldachin by Bernini, the Popes’ tomb; among them, do not miss to see the tomb of Alexander the VII by Bernini and the one of Pope Innocent the VIII by the sculptor Antonio Pollaiolo.
During the second part of the tour you will join a slightly larger group of about 22 people to explore the Colosseum entering through a fast track Gate into the Arena Floor, restricted area, and step inside the Roman Forum and the Palatine hill acquiring a full understanding of Roman History. You will follow the Gladiator’s footsteps entering the Arena Floor where gladiators and wild animals fought. The Gate of the Death normally called “Porta Libitinaria” was the one used to bring out dead bodies from the Colosseum. Visiting the Roman Forum, you will get an insight of the Roman political and commercial life thanks to our knowledgeable guide who will provide you with a lot of interesting details and 3D pictures of past and present. Walking up the Palatine hill will be a captivating way to immerse in the social life of Ancient Romans. The Palatine hill, one of the seven hills of Rome, used to be the prime location chosen by several emperors as their private residency. Have your camera ready to take advantage of the outstanding view of Rome from the top of the hill.
Summary of the Itinerary: Vatican Galleries, Raphael Rooms with School of Athens, Sistine Chapel, Basilica of St. Peter’s and Michelangelo’s Pieta. Afternoon: Colosseum Gladiators’ entrance, Arena Floor, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
Book this tour to visit the best of Rome all at once!