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Rome in a Day Tour: Colosseum, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and More

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Rome in a Day Tour: Colosseum, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and More
Rome in a Day Tour: Colosseum, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and More
Rome in a Day Tour: Colosseum, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and More
Rome in a Day Tour: Colosseum, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and More

Highlights

  • Covers all the major Rome and Vatican attractions in a day
  • Ideal for those who have limited time to discover Rome
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Colosseum, Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica
  • Enjoy a gelato while taking a stroll on the streets of Rome
  • An English speaking, expert guide will accompany you at all times
  • Our local partner for this tour has been awarded the Trip Advisor certificate of excellence
  • This small group tour with a maximum group size of 15 allows for a more intimate experience and interaction with the guide

Overview

If you have limited time in Rome, then this tour is designed just for you. See the major attractions in Rome and Vatican City with skip the line access to the sites.

Join the expert, English speaking guides who will take you from the ancient roots of the Eternal City while giving you interesting insights and anecdotes.

This comprehensive tour takes you to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel and a host of other Rome attractions.

Itinerary

You will meet your English speaking guide in front of the Colosseo metro stop on the street level next to the magazine kiosk. Your day begins at the Colosseum. Your guide will walk you past the long queues and take you straight into this majestic Roman Empire structure with skip-the-line tickets. An architectural and engineering wonder of the ancient world, the Colosseum bears witness to both the glory and brutality of the Roman Empire. It is inhabited by myriad tales of bravery, public life and royalty in ancient Rome. Despite the pillage of natural disasters, fires, pollution and wars, it is a living proof of the stunning architecture and strong masonry of ancient world, and has served as a model for stadiums around the world.

Next, head to the Roman Forum and see breathtaking views from outside a stunning overlook, where you will spot the Senate and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins. Listen to the history of the sites as your guide will tell you how Rome became the heart of a vast empire.

Moving forward, you will stop at the Pantheon. One of Rome's most enduring monuments, it has survived almost entirely intact. The Pantheon can be seen as the embodiment of the highest Roman building technology and of its purest architectural taste. While you admire its largest un-reinforced concrete dome, hear stories about how it was built and why has it inspired other famous buildings like the St Peter’s Basilica and the US Capitol Building.

Enjoy a delicious gelato as you will stroll through the streets made famous by films like Roman Holiday, stopping at the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps for photo opportunities.

You will be then taken in a taxi to the Vatican where after a short lunch break (Approx. 1hour 15 minutes) you will meet your Vatican expert guide and skip the lines to delve into one of world’s greatest collections of art. Visit the Raphael Rooms, ancient sculpture galleries and the stunning Hellenistic ‘Laocoon’.

See Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Every corner of the chapel is decorated; with mosaics on the floor and intricate frescoes on the wall painted by the early Renaissance artists. Feast your eyes by looking at the luminous paintings on the ceiling and behind the altar painted by Michelangelo.

After the Sistine Chapel, you can either spend more time in the Vatican Museums or follow your guide and gain direct access to St Peter’s Basilica with skip the line tickets. You can spend as much time as your wish at the Basilica and explore the Papal Crypts, or climb the dome to the highest manmade point in Rome.

Your tour ends at St. Peter’s Square.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

01 Nov 15 - 10 Jan 16: Monday, Wednesday & Saturday
11 Jan 16 - 29 Feb 16: Monday & Saturday
01 Mar 16 - 30 Apr 16: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
01 May 16 - 31 Oct 16: Daily except Sunday

Duration

Total: 6 hours
Rome Tour: 3.5 hours
Vatican Tour: 2.5 hours

Start time

Rome Tour:
Meeting Time: 8:45am
Departure Time: 9:00am
Vatican Tour (Until 29 February 2016):
Meeting Time: 1:45pm
Departure Time: 2:00pm
Vatican Tour (From 01 March 2016):
Meeting Time: 2:00pm
Departure Time: 2:15pm

Meeting point

For Rome Tour: Meet in front of the Colosseo metro stop (Blue Line) on the street level next to the magazine kiosk, not the upper level. Directly across the street from the Colosseum.
For Vatican Tour (Until 29 February 2016):
At Via Leone IV, 51 outside the bar "Taverna Antiche Mura." Meet your guide at 1:45pm for a departure at 2:00pm.
For Vatican Tour (From 01 March 2016):
At the green bar (called l'Ottagono) in Piazza del Risorgimento. Meet your guide at 2:00pm for a departure at 2:15pm.

Ending point

St. Peter’s Square

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Inclusions

  • Privileged express entrance to the Colosseum, Vatican Museum and St Peter’s Basilica
  • Transport from the Spanish Steps to the Vatican
  • Free Homemade gelato
  • Expert Tour Guide

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Lunch

Do/Dont's

This tour involves a fair amount of walking; comfortable shoes are recommended

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Please note

There is a new rule at the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill that only small backpacks and regular-size handbags are allowed inside. Guests with larger bags will not be allowed to enter (there are no storage facilities) and all guests must now pass through a security check before entering the Colosseum.

The Colosseum has changed its admission policy to ensure that only 3,000 people are allowed within the amphitheater at any given time, meaning much less crowding during busy periods. Although our tickets are pre-booked with Skip the Line access, this may mean a slight delay on entering if capacity has already been reached. We expect that the instances of this will be limited but ask for your patience if you travel on a busy day and are affected by this unavoidable circumstance. In all, it should make for a much nicer experience for all (and longer general access lines!).

St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel are holy places and thus, the attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. isango! cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Please note that, since the chapel is at the end of the Vatican visit, it is sufficient to bring extra coverings with you and put them on before our entrance to the Vatican.

Your afternoon tour will end at St Peter's Basilica, where you will have skip the line entrance to get inside, though there is no guided explanation inside the church.

Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after the tour starts.

Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • This is a small group tour and operates with a maximum 15 passengers per group.
  • Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for those with mobility problems. We are also unable to accommodate strollers on this tour.
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