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Join our top rated Vatican Highlights tour and skip the line Coliseum / Roman Forum walk.

"Best of Rome & Vatican" is an extended four and a half hour journey through the streets of Ancient Rome and the splendour of the Vatican City. With our new super low price of €89 per adult, we make sure that everyone, whatever their budget, can see the best of Rome in one go.

We begin with Rome's greatest engineering accomplishment; the Coliseum. Wander across the arena floor and hear about the life and times of Romans in a brutal age, defined by bloody and violent games which took place just yards away from where you'll be standing. Learn about the making of a gladiator and be proffered a thorough understanding of what the games meant to onlookers as well as participants. How do we know so much about what happened in the Coliseum? You'll find out on this tour! We then leave the arena behind and walk up ancient Via Sacra into the Roman Forum. Rich in history, archaeology, and mythology, overbuilding in antiquity requires careful explanation today. We study the main basilicas, temples, and ruins in the forum area, and consider the role and influence of Gaius Julius Caesar in ancient Rome. Understand how the Roman Empire became so powerful, and listen as we examine the complex chain of events which led to it's decline.

The Coliseum and Roman Forum tour finishes at approximately 11:15 AM. Thereafter you will be required to check in at our office for the Vatican tour at 12:45 PM for departure at 13:00 PM. This means that you will be able to do as you please in the center of ancient Rome between 11:15 AM and your Vatican tour which departs at 13:00 PM. The cost of a taxi to our office from the city center is between 8-10 euros and journey time is 15 minutes, or you can take the 492 bus from Largo Argentina to the corner of Viale Vaticano, our office is nearby on Via Sebastiano Veniero 21. Journey time by bus is 30 minutes.

In the afternoon we visit the famous Vatican Museums and see all the major galleries including the Belvedere Courtyard, which houses the ancient and classical pieces which so many artists took their inspiration from, Pio-Clementine Museum, Room of the Muses, Round Room, Greek Cross Room, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps and Raphael Rooms, before culminating our visit inside the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel. Prior to entering the chapel, you will hear all about Michelangelo and his struggle to accept and complete the work which became what is arguably the single most recognized piece of art in the world.

We then head to St. Peter's Square and cover the history of the Vatican City State. We discuss the obelisk and the Swiss Guard. At this point, the tour ends. You can visit the Basilica to see Michelangelo's beautiful Pieta', Dome, Baldacchino, and other monuments of artistic importance.

This tour can be broken up over two (2) days, however, please note that the Vatican segment is not available on Sundays. To set the tour on two (2) different days, reply to your booking confirmation e-mail and let us know.

Coliseum and Roman Forum segment always in the morning. Vatican City segment always in the afternoon.

For security reasons, backpacks, rucksacks, large handbags, luggage etc. are banned inside the Coliseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.

Please be at the first meeting point in front of the tourist center on Via dei Fori Imperiali at 08:45 AM for departure at 09:00 AM.

Before e-mailing us about availability and cost, please read this page.

  • Priority skip the line Coliseum tickets

  • Licensed Rome tour guide

  • Coliseum inside tour

  • Roman Forum tour

  • Ancient Rome tour

  • Priority skip the line Vatican tickets

  • Licensed Vatican tour guide

  • Vatican tour

  • Vatican Museums tour

  • Sistine Chapel tour

  • St. Peter's Basilica access

  • None!
Dress Code

Inside the Vatican City, for both ladies and men, knees and shoulders must be covered. No exceptions.

Important Information
  • Apr 1st - Nov 10th: daily exc. Sun.
  • Tour does not run on public holidays.
  • Nov 11th - Mar 31st: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat.
  • Sturdy, comfortable footwear advised.
  • Average group size: 20 persons.
  • Exertion level: moderate.
  • ** Moderate paced walking required.
  • NOT wheelchair accessible.
4.5 hours
Meeting Point
08:45 AM in front of the tourist center on Via dei Fori Imperiali and 12:45 PM at our Vatican office on Via Sebastiano Veniero 21. (31/12: meet at Vatican office FIRST at 08:15 AM; 24/12: meet at Vatican office FIRST at 09:15 AM). Full details in booking confirmation voucher.

Following payment, you will be e-mailed a confirmation voucher with comprehensive booking details therein. Payment made will be clarified, and clearly explained tour meeting point info plus maps included for you to find your way in Rome. Please print your voucher and bring it with you at the start of the tour.

When In Rome Tours Promise

** Vatican Museums & Coliseum - Roman Forum - Palatine Hill tickets included!

No hidden costs, English speaking guides, personalized assistance, free Rome orientation & local maps at our customer service center when you check in for your Vatican tour. Amenities include intranet points, lounge, wi-fi, rest rooms, refreshments, and a Roman gladiator photo shoot!

Rated: 5/5 - Amazing and Informative
Prasanth Shenoy (21 May, 2016 - 01:55pm)

"We took the 2 in 1 Vatican and Entire Colosseum trip on 16th May and it was one of the best decisions we took. The tour proved out to be very informative and helpful and to top it all utilize our time in Rome effectively. Our tour guide was Christine who was well experienced in Roman and Vatican history and provided us with valuable information throughout the tour. On the second part was Martine who also kept us entertained with her information on Roman Forum and the Colosseum. All in all 5 stars for this tour and I highly recommend both the guides and tour overall."

Rated: 5/5 - Dear "When in Rome tours"
Natalie, Jørgen, Zacharias and Peter (22 February, 2016 - 03:36pm)

"We enjoyed the Vatican/Sistine Chapel tour last Monday with Chiara as our guide - and we had the pleasure of meeting her again for the Roman Forum/Colosseum tour Wednesday. We cannot praise her enough! We ha™ve never had such a dedicated and knowledgeable guide as Chiara before. Thank you, Chiara - if you are reading this ;-) - and special greetings from Zacharias and Peter who still talk about you."

Rated: 5/5 - When In Rome Tours
Marcus (20 June, 2013 - 10:48pm)

"Dear sir/Madam, On my behalf, please pass my heartfelt thanks to Sarah (guide for the Ancient Rome trip today) she is the best guide I have had in years. I enjoyed it so much! Competent, knowledgable, patient and she had a fun side. Sarah you made my day and I want to say thank you once again for a great tour! Thank you."

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellation requests by telephone only are not accepted, but you may call us to confirm that you have submitted a cancellation request to us in writing. If you cancel your booking greater than seven (7) days before the scheduled tour departure, you will be entitled to a full refund less a 10 Euro cancellation fee per transaction. If you cancel your booking less than seven (7) days before the scheduled tour departure, you will be entitled to a full refund less a 20% cancellation fee per transaction. No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received less than 24 hours before the scheduled tour departure. Similarly, no refunds will be issued for failure to cancel (no show), or failure to arrive at the designated meeting point at the departure time displayed in your booking confirmation. When In Rome Tours SRL may not be held responsible for acts of god, nor alterations to tours made necessary by unforeseen or unannounced closure of all or part of venues including monuments in the tour package. In the event of such closings, When In Rome Tours SRL will not reimburse the package, but may honor the ticket on another day.

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