See the two most important attractions in Rome – the Colosseum and Vatican – in one day, including the Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
- Tour headsets to better hear the guide
What’s Not Included
Skip the lines to enjoy the highlights of Rome and the Holy See with a day of tours led by friendly, expert guides.
The tour begins in the morning at the Vatican, where your guide will lead you on an insightful journey through its iconic sights and artworks. Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the supposed burial site of its namesake, then tour the masterpieces of the Vatican Museums, including perhaps its most renowned, Michelangelo's frescoes on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
Leaving Vatican City, head for the Colosseum in the afternoon to tour the Roman Empire's largest amphitheater. Then visit the archaeological sites surrounding it, including the Palatine Hill and the Roman Fora, where the ruins of some of the City's ancient government buildings can still be seen.
After taking this tour, you will boast a comprehensive knowledge of Rome's history and culture. Do not miss out on this great opportunity.
Time of the Year
Monday is one of the busiest days for the Vatican Museums as they are closed on Sundays. A lot of people don’t know about the closure day of the Vatican Museums and they leave the Vatican City tour as (the best and) the last on the check-list. Therefore, since early morning you will find people queuing at the entrance.
Tuesday can be a quiet day for the Vatican Museums and it can be a good choice for a visit. However, always check the Vatican calendar to see if there is any special ceremonies or Vatican City holidays when they close the Museums.
Wednesday is the day of the Pope’s Audience. So if you are not planning to attend the Audience at the St Peters Square, this is the perfect time to visit the Vatican Museums. You should go in the morning and you will probably have a chance to see what is like when the Vatican Museums are almost empty.
Thursday is not a particularly busy day for the Vatican except for the days when there is a holiday or some special ceremony in the Vatican.
Friday can be considered one of the busiest days for the Vatican City. At any time you go, you will find crowds accessing the Museums. This is also because of the “long-weekend” holiday travelers.
Saturday, together with Monday, is the busiest day at the Vatican. On Sundays the Vatican is closed and on Saturdays, at any time during the high season, you will always find a long line at the entrance.