Vatican City and Ancient Rome Full-Day Small Group Tour

4.7 / 5

67 reviews

Vatican City and Ancient Rome Full-Day Small Group Tour

From $148.58 per person

Spend the day in the company of pope and emperors on a 6-hour tour of the Vatican City and Ancient Rome. Spend the morning at the main attractions of the imperial city, including the Colosseum. Then, discover the highlights of the Vatican Museums.

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Duration 6 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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Live tour guide
German, English, French

Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the long ticket lines to the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Learn the history of the Imperial Forum as you walk past the ruins of ancient temples
  • Marvel at 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
  • Enter the papal chambers painted for Julius II by Raphael
  • Stand beneath the dome of one of the world's great cathedrals
  • Admire the well-preserved Pantheon and see some of its tombs of great men
Full description
Travel back to the days of emperors and popes, and see the highlights of the papal collections on a 2-part, 6-hour tour of Rome. Start your full-day tour at the Arch of Constantine, and journey through Ancient Rome as you travel back to the days of the Roman Republic. Explore the vast Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre) to experience up-close the greatest arena the Romans built. Your guide will bring 2,000 years of history to life, telling stories of the ferocious battles between man and beast put on for the delight of Roman citizens. Then, follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors on a walk through the Imperial Forum. Learn how it was once the center of religious, political and commercial life in Rome. Hear the history of the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina. Learn the story of the Tabularium. Go to the Temple of Hadrian, now incorporated into a building in Piazza di Pietra, where you can see the original Roman street level below ground. End your morning tour at the Pantheon, the majestic temple of all gods. Commissioned by Marcus Agrippa in 27BC, its massive interior and inlaid marble floors is home to 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 discover the world’s most precious art collection. Skip the long ticket lines to enter the museums, and tour in a group of no more than 12 people for a more intimate experience. Collected by popes over many centuries, the collection includes works by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini. See Michelangelo’s legendary frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Go to the Octagonal Courtyard to look at the Belvedere Apollo statue. Discover Greek and Roman masterpieces 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” beneath the dome of the world’s largest church.
Includes
  • 6-hour guided tour (3-hour tour in the morning and 3-hour tour in the afternoon)
  • Licensed guide
  • Entrance fees to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Vatican Museums
  • Transfers
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  •   All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
  • Please note that St. Peter's Basilica is closed from 07:00 to 13:00 on Wednesdays due to the Papal Audience
  • Knees and shoulders must be covered at all times throughout your visit
  • St. Peter's Basilica may be closed to the public on the 24 December and 31 December
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 67 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.6/5
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Brilliant!

Our tour guide, Roberta, was fantastic. She has a huge knowledge of Rome’s history, as well as the works in the Vatican. We would have really missed out if we had tried to see these sites without her expert guidance. She is also a very warm and wonderful lady and we really enjoyed a day in her company.

June 4, 2019

We did these tours Friday 9th November, Mirta took the Ancient Rome tour in the morning 9am-12noon, she was brilliant, knowledgeable and funny. There was 13 people on our tour which was ok. The Vatican City tour was 2-5pm, so there was plenty of time to get from the finish of one tour to the start of the other. This tour was taken by Nicoletta, who also was brilliant, funny and her knowledge second to none. We were lucky on this tour as my wife and I were the only two on it, so it was like our own personal tour! Both tours were exactly what we were looking for in content and the guides. Thanks to Mirta, Nicoletta and Mea tours.

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November 17, 2018

Great way to see the largest sites in Rome in one day

Our guide was very good. This tour is a walking tour with a 60 minute break for lunch and then you are on your own to get to the Vatican. We had less than 15 people on both legs of the day and had good auto equipment to listen to the guide. We do wish we had more time at the Vatican

March 31, 2017

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