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Skip the Line:Colosseum and Vatican Intimate Group of max 6 participant Tour

Lazio, Italy
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Make the most of your time in Rome on an action-packed day of exploration with local guides. In the morning, journey back in time on a tour of Imperial Rome’s ancient monuments including the Colosseum, Pantheon and Roman Forum. After a break for lunch, head straight for the highlights of the Vatican Museum’s world-class art collection, gaze up at the Sistine Chapel ceiling and explore the heart of the papacy in St Peter’s Square. Skip the long lines with priority access, and choose from a private or semi-private tour.
  • Full-day combo tour of Rome’s ancient and artistic highlights
  • Imagine a world of gladiators and emperors at the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Admire the Baroque side of Rome at Piazza Navona
  • See the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Square and masterpieces of the Vatican Museums
  • Leisure time for lunch midday
  • Beat the crowds with skip-the-line access
  • Choose from a private or semi-private tour
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Departure Point

Province of Rome, Province of Rome, Lazio

Meeting point: Metro STOP Colosseum, in front of the Newsstand meet the guide with the "Once in Rome" sign. To get to the meeting point you can use the metro or by bus: any bus going to the Colosseum, from the Vatican and Termini you can catch bus 64, if you are coming from Trastevere hop on the tram number 8 until the last stop (Piazza Venezia), stop at Piazza Venezia and walk between the big white monument (Vittoriano) and the ruins of ancient Rome, you'll see a straight street called Via dei Fori Imperiali, walk down the street of the Imperial Fora until you reach the colosseum, opposite the colosseum there is the metro stop, the news stand is right beside it. if you prefer catching another bus to go to the Colosseum then watching the big white monument at Piazza Venezia called Vittoriano, look on the right, there is a big brown palace, with a balcony on the first floor with two flags, right under it there is a bus stop, catch a bus that takes you to the colosseum (2/3 stops) (per ex. bus n. 80, 87, 117). By taxi: the taxi driver will not stop exactly at the meeting point. If your taxi driver stopped close to a triumphal arch then walk between the arch and the colosseum until you see a large (Rome standards) street, you should walk around about half the Colosseum, cross the street to go the the metro stop, right beside the metro there is a news stand, your guide will be waiting for you there with a 'Once in Rome' sign. If our taxi driver takes you to a terrace overlooking at the Colosseum, look for the Metro sign (a red box with a white M) and go down the stairs, turn right when you can after the stairs and you'll see the Colosseum, you are at the Metro entrance, turn right and you'll see a news stand, where your guide will be meeting you. this tour has approx 2 hours break lunch time, it start at 8:30 AM and finishes at 17:00 PM Mondays to Saturdays

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Semi Private Operated by English speaking guide
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure time
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 38 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Once in Rome Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip the Line:Colosseum and Vatican Intimate Group of max 6 participant Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line:Colosseum and Vatican Intimate Group of max 6 participant Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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18 Reviews

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Wow!!! The Colosseum and the...
, Jul 2018
Wow!!! The Colosseum and the Vatican are beautiful... I loved the fact that our tour consisted of only 5 people. It was amazing. I was very glad we booked this tour, we had direct access to both places and avoided the long lines.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2019
Thanks for taking the time to write a review. A satisfied customer is what makes our job the best job in the world!
I like the tour but I thought it...
, Oct 2017
I like the tour but I thought it would be a 8 hour tour and is not is divide in to two different tour one in the morning and one in the afternoon by the way be prepared to find yourself to the second part because the tour person don't take you there so me and my mom had to take a cab over since is not very close and we didn't wanted to get loss another thing you have to pay a non- refundable deposit for the head piece for the second part of the tour overall it was good but if could be better if they don't divide the tours.....
With only a day to see as many...
Rhonda H
, Oct 2017
With only a day to see as many sights as possible, this tour was wonderful. Two couples with a private tour guide - fantastic!
Guides were excellent and the tour...
David R
, Aug 2017
Guides were excellent and the tour offered a great opportunity for an overview of Rome. It is a lot of walking but that is the best way to see everything. Could have better suggestions for transfer to the Vatican area.
What a fantastic tour of the...
Vatican Colosseum
, Jul 2017
What a fantastic tour of the Colosseum/Forum/Pantheon/Piazza Navona! Lena was the absolute best guide we could've asked for. She was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and genuinely loves her city and it's history. She was impressive with her historical facts and we learned a tremendous amount from touring with her. Our afternoon tour guide for the Vatican was not as good as Lena. While she provided the headsets so we could hear everything she was saying. Even while she was walking and we could not see her, she continued speaking and sharing history. The Vatican guide did not want to use the headsets which he said we needed to get from the museum itself. We could hardly hear him over all the other tourists/groups. It was frustrating to not be able to hear the history. He pointed out a select few details, and overall we just weren't impressed. I would HIGHLY recommend asking for Lena if you do this tour, which is truly worth every dollar.
A good tour while in Rome. The only...
lori p
, Jun 2017
A good tour while in Rome. The only downside was the amount of walking. They could use a shuttle to transport in between the colosseum and Vatican.
Really good, Helena and Andrea were...
Maxine M
, May 2017
Really good, Helena and Andrea were excellent as tour guides, skipping queues was fab as even in May the places were heaving. A lot of money but definitely worth it
I had booked this tour in February...
, May 2017
I had booked this tour in February for a late April 2-day trip to Rome. Apparently, this was actually two separate tours and the afternoon tour of the Vatican did not have enough participants to actually take place. They claimed they tried to email me, but traveling, I was not as connected to email as usual. However, I never received any emails from the tour operator, including in my spam folder. When we arrived at the Colosseum in the morning, I was informed of the change in plans and offered the tickets for the skip the line portion of the afternoon tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica or a refund of half the total paid. Since we only had this one day remaining in Rome and my partner had never been to Rome before, we elected to just get the tickets to the Vatican sites. But I was later told that the tour operator never purchased our tickets at all. I tried in vain while walking through the Colosseum to book online to at least see the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, but, of course, there were no same-day tickets available online. So after the very nice morning tour, we set off independently to the Vatican, only to find tremendously long lines to visit both the museums and St. Peter's. We finally gave up, not wishing to stand in hours-long lines. I purchased this tour in order to save our very limited and valuable time, and it greatly disappointed me how this situation was handled. I also have not received a refund yet and will now have to take more of my valuable time to rectify the situation. I would not recommend this company at all. With this being said, the tour guide herself for the morning part of the tour was very knowledgeable and engaging.
Absolutely unforgettable tours with...
Jordan Y
, Dec 2016
Absolutely unforgettable tours with guides that seemed to have encyclopedic knowledge of both the Colosseum and Vatican. Cannot recommend it enough. Small group, friendly and interesting guides. Even our 12 year old stayed fully engaged for the full 8 hour day! It's more than a month later and we're still reflecting on all that we saw and learned on our insightful tour. If you're hesitating, DON'T! We would do this same exact tour over again in a heartbeat. It's a bit expensive, but for the knowledgeable guides, fast pass entrances and engaging's absolutely worth it. Skip everything else and take this tour! THANK YOU! My family and I will remember it for all our lives.
Our tour guide for the Colosseum was...
, Jun 2016
Our tour guide for the Colosseum was almost a half hour late but, she was pleasant and informative. It was great to have a tour guide because we would have missed a lot of stuff. In the afternoon, our tour guide for the Vatican was good as well.

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