Sistine Chapel Combo Tour with Colosseum Arena Fast Track Express

Tour Description:

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!

Suitable For:
Couples Solo travelers Families

Difficulty:
Medium

Duration:
6 Hours

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Tour Info:

Price Include

Semi private group up to 10 people (Vatican)
Small group up to 24 people (Colosseum)
Licensed guide
Headset
Skip the line tickets for Vatican Museums
Special Access at the Colosseum Arena Floor

Not Included:

Tips for the Guide
Meals
Transportation

Dress Code:

No shorts above the knees are permitted No sleeveless t-shirts are permitted No big back pack are allowed No big umbrella are permitted No pointed objects

Notes:

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 take 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.

Meeting Point:

For Colosseum part of the tour: At our office in Via Frangipane 30 Rome
For Vatican part of the tour: Viale Vaticano 100, Outside Café Vaticano

Direction to departure location

Meeting place across the Vatican Museums entrance, Viale Vaticano 100 outside Caffè Vaticano. By Metro, (Line A), get off at Ottaviano. Ottaviano metro stop is only 10 minutes walk to the Vatican Museum only entrance and you will meet us right across the street with a sign. 
Please note: St. Peter’s square is not the Vatican Museums meeting point.
Afternoon Tour: To reach our office take the metro line B and get off at Cavour station. If you take the exit with the stairs you will be on Via Cavour. Walking down on Via Cavour, after a few minutes you need to turn left on Via degli Annabaldi. Still a few minutes walking and the first alley on you right end side is your destination: Via Frangipane 30.

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