Guided tour
skip the line
6 hours
This tour route is NOT barrier-free

PRICES

Adult: 90€
Child: 76€
for Children of age 6 - 16
From the age of 6 - 17, with a valid ID that prooves their age

Tour Description

Colosseum and Vatican combined package

This tour option is designed for those with limited time, covering almost 3,000 years of history and two cities in one convenient package. As with all our tours, fast-track tickets to all the sites are included.

Part 1

The first part of your adventure begins in the morning and focuses on Ancient Rome, The Roman Forum, The Colosseum and the Palatine Hill.

The Colosseum

Starting with the most recognizable monument in the city, the Colosseum, learn how this mammoth open-air arena was completed in 80 AD and took a mere 8 years to build. It was conceived as a political ploy, borrowing off the ideology of Julius Caesar’s “bread and circuses” (food and entertainment). You’ll discover how it was created by the Flavian Dynasty (Vespasian, Titus and Domitian), to win back the hearts of the people after the brutal reign of Nero. The Colosseum is one of the largest amphitheaters ever built and had the capacity to seat over 50,000 spectators. With a retractable roof, a network of tunnels, built in trapdoors, and its own waste disposal system, there wasn’t much the Romans didn’t think of when they built this incredible structure. Your guide will tell you about the different types of gladiatorial combat, mock naval battles and the other forms of entertainment that took place within its impressive walls. Find out why this architectural wonder eventually fell out of favor (after almost 4 centuries of use), its connection to Mussolini and the church, and how it has survived earthquakes, vandalism and time to secure its place in history.   

The Roman Forum

The next stop on your tour is the Roman Forum, a vestige that once incorporated business, politics and religion. Hear the story behind how an insignificant swamp area was drained by the Etruscans, using the Cloaca Maxima (the world’s oldest functioning sewer system), and became one of the most important meeting places in the world as well as the epicenter of Ancient Rome. Walk down the Via Sacra (its main street) into the heart of this former metropolis, as you are met by a breathtaking array of monuments, temples and arches. Learn how ancient leaders used platforms, like the rostra, to gain political favor, how court cases were lost and won and discover what it really meant to be a citizen of Rome. 

The Palatine Hill

Your chaperone will then accompany you 40 meters above the Forum to one of Rome’s 7 hills, the Palatine Hill. This highland was home to many of the monarchical and Imperial palaces and is believed to be the root of the English word “Palace”. From this spectacular vantage point you’ll be able to see Rome from a completely different perspective. You’ll hear about the origins of the city and the legend of Romulus and Remus as well as the rise and fall of the empire. Learn about the Lupercal, the Temple of Apollo and many of the key figures of Ancient Rome, who once inhabited this area.  

Break

Once this segment of the tour is done, you will have a bit of time by yourselves to relax. Absorb what you have seen, take some photos, and maybe grab a bite to eat before making your way over to the Vatican.  

Part 2

The second leg of your tour incorporates the highlights of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel with quick access to St. Peter’s Basilica. 

The Vatican Museums

Housing one of the largest and most impressive art collections in the world, the Vatican Museums are comprised of 1,200 rooms, 54 galleries and 7 kilometers of art. You will be navigated through this vast network of courtyards, galleries and rooms, stopping off at some of the most important art works along the way. You will see the pieces that inspired Michelangelo, influenced Raphael and helped to propel the Italian Renaissance. 

The Sistine Chapel

The jewel of the Vatican is, of course, the Sistine Chapel and no visit would be complete without it. You will receive an in-depth and well-rounded explanation of this remarkable space. Explore every aspect of this sanctuary, from the sidewalls, to the alter wall and finally the vault, as you uncover the sequence of the frescoed panels and symbolism behind every figure. Hear about the techniques Michelangelo employed, as well as the struggles and obstacles he had to overcome to create the most famous ceiling in the world. 

St. Peter’s Basilica 

Once your excursion is over, you will be escorted through a priority passageway to the Basilica of St. Peter’s, where you will be free to explore the awe-inspiring landmark at your own leisure. 

Itinerary

  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Privileged entrance to St. Peter's Basilica
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What's Included

  • Guided tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill in a small group
  • Skip-the-line admission and entrance to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel with skip- the - line access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Skip-the-line admission and entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • Live tour commentary

Highlights

  • Skip-the-line access to Rome’s top historical monuments, the Vatican and Colosseum
  • Chance to witness the incredible artwork of artists like Michelangelo and Bernini inside the Vatican
  • Opportunity to experience exact site of epic gladiator battles inside the most renowned ancient Roman amphitheater
  • Spectacular views of Rome from vantage points on top of the Palatine Hill
  • Expert guides with insider knowledge to lead you through Rome’s top attractions

Available Languages

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • French
  • Private tour option available in English, Spanish, German, French and Russian. For more Information or/ and inquiries please contact us at info@mayatoursroma.com 

REVIEWS

"Coloseum & Vatican Tours"

We have just returned from a 5 day stay in Rome, during our time we did two tours with Maya Tours, the coliseum, palatine hill & roman forum tour & the early morning semi private Vatican tour.

Both of these tours were excellent!!

Paolo our guide at the coliseum was brilliant the tour was 2.5-3 hours long but from start to finish he was great! Learnt so so much from him & he was clearly passionate about what he was telling us & really made the tour even better.

The early morning Vatican tour was with a guide called Robert, again a great friendly guy! The Vatican is crazy busy, however we saw everything we wished to & with great knowledge along the way!

Overall I would recommend both tours highly, especially the coliseum tour with Paolo, it was one of the highlights of our holiday!

SJB2988 York, United Kingdom, October 11, 2017

"Amazing in every way"

I just want to start off by saying that this tour, in the grand scheme of things, is SUPER cheap. I paid 210 euros for the Vatican tour and the Colosseum/Palantine Hill/Roman Forum tour for 2 people. If i’m not mistaken, the entrance to the Vatican itself is about 20 euros per person, but good luck with waiting on that 3-4 hour line to get in. For 30 euros more, you skip the line, and get an awesome tour guide. Our guide was Ribal, and we couldn’t ask for anyone better. The knowledge he possesses is incredible. If you’re the type of person that doesn’t REALLY want to learn about everything and just go on your own, then maybe you shouldn’t buy a GUIDED tour. Common sense.

As for the actual place, I mean, I don’t think there’s anything I can say that hasn’t been said before. The pictures you see just don’t do it any justice. Also, inside the Sistine Chapel, as we are all aware, there are no pictures allowed. That doesn’t mean you can’t just sneak one!

January 10, 2017, Velez1390 Guttenberg, New Jersey