Discover the highlights of ancient Rome and Vatican City in one day with this 6-hour small-group tour. Invest the early morning immersed in the sights of ancient Rome, including the Forum, Pantheon and renowned Colosseum. Visit the incredible collections in the Vatican Museums in the afternoon.
- Skip the long lines to the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
- Discover the history of the Imperial Forum as you stroll past the ruins of ancient temples.
- Admire masterpieces by Michelangelo and Raphael in the Vatican Museums.
- See the original street level of Ancient Rome in Piazza Pietra.
- Discover ancient maps of the world in the Gallery of Maps.
- Reflect in silence at Michelangelo's genius in the Sistine Chapel.
- Go into the papal chambers painted for Julius II by Raphael.
- Stand below the dome of among the world's terrific cathedrals.
- Admire the well-preserved Pantheon and see a few of its burial places of great men.
- 6-hour guided trip (3-hour trip in the morning and 3-hour trip in the afternoon).
- Licensed guide
- Entryway costs to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Vatican Museums.
What’s Not Included
- Food and drinks.
Travel back to the days of emperors and popes, and see the highlights of the papal collections on a 2-part, 6-hour trip of Rome.
Start your full-day tour at the Arch of Constantine, and journey through Ancient Rome as you take a trip back to the days of the Roman Republic. Discover the vast Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre) to experience up-close the best arena the Romans constructed. Your guide will bring 2,000 years of history to life, informing stories of the ferocious battles in between man and monster placed on for the delight of Roman people.
Then, follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors on a walk through the Imperial Forum. Discover how it was once the center of religious, political and commercial life in Rome. Hear the history of the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina. Find out the story of the Tabularium. Go to the Temple of Hadrian, now included into a structure in Piazza di Pietra, where you can see the original Roman street level below ground.
End your morning tour at the Pantheon, the magnificent temple of all gods. Commissioned by Marcus Agrippa in 27BC, its enormous interior and inlaid marble floorings is the home of a burial site since the Renaissance times, where the tombs of Raphael and the kings of Italy can be found.
Following a break for lunch, go to the Vatican Museums to find the world's most valuable art collection. Skip the long lines to go into the museums, and tour in a group of no greater than 12 individuals for a more intimate experience. Collected by popes over numerous centuries, the collection includes works by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini.
See Michelangelo's famous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Go to the Octagonal Courtyard to take a look at the Belvedere Apollo statue. Discover Greek and Roman work of arts in the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander through the Gallery of Tapestries to see Flemish tapestries by Raphael's pupils. Marvel at works by ancient cartographers in the Gallery of Maps.
Then, go inside St. Peter's Basilica to see more masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini, including Michelangelo's "La Pieta" underneath the dome of the world's largest church.
Meet your tour guide at the Arch of Constantine, at the side of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. If you are coming from the "Colosseo" Metro Station, the meeting point is across the street on the right-hand man side beside the Arch of Constantine. If you are coming from Via San Gregorio, the meeting point will be on the left hand side by the Arch of Constantine. Look for your guide holding a "Mea Tours" indication. For the afternoon Vatican City trip, the meeting point is on the corner of Via Sebastiano Veniero and Via Leone IV.
Time of the Year
Best Time to Visit Vatican - Days
Monday is among 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 trip as (the best and) the last on the check-list. Therefore, considering that morning you will discover people queuing at the entrance.
Tuesday can be a peaceful day for the Vatican Museums and it can be an excellent option for a check out. Nevertheless, constantly check the Vatican calendar to see if there is any unique 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 participate in the Audience at the St Peters Square, this is the best time to visit the Vatican Museums. You must enter the early morning and you will probably have an opportunity 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 unique ceremony in the Vatican.
Friday can be thought about among 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” vacation travelers.
Saturday, together with Monday, is the busiest day at the Vatican. On Sundays the Vatican is closed and on Saturdays, at any time throughout the high season, you will constantly find a long line at the entrance.