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Vatican and Colosseum combo tour – tickets, prices, what to expect

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The Vatican and Colosseum are two of the most popular tourist attractions in Europe. 

If you want to explore both the attractions in a single day, it is better to opt for a combo tour that includes both Vatican and Colosseum.

Of the many kinds of Colosseum tickets, the Colosseum and Vatican combo is one of the popular combination tickets.

Tourists holidaying in Rome for a short while or those who don’t want to waste their time waiting in the long queues opt for this guided tour. 

This all-encompassing, guided tour includes Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.

Tip: Once you have decided on your visit date, book your Colosseum tickets immediately because they get sold out soon.

Tour of Vatican and Colosseum

Vatican and Colosseum combo tour

This guided tour of the Colosseum and Vatican starts at 9 am, lasts nine hours, and can have a maximum of 24 people.

You first visit the Vatican Museums, where you stare at famous artworks in wonder. 

You will be amazed looking at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling, the Raphael Rooms, the 16-century paintings, etc. 

The best part is that your guide will be at hand to answer your queries.

While exploring the Vatican, both men and women must keep their knees and shoulders covered. The dress code is strictly implemented. 

Then you head to St Peter’s Basilica and check out Michelangelo’s Pietà and the majestic dome, one of the largest on Earth.

After spending three hours at the Vatican, you head to the Colosseum, the site of gladiator battles.

Your guide shares facts and details about Rome’s most famous building, which entertained up to 50,000 spectators at a time. 

Tour inclusions

  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
  • 3-hour tour of the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums, granting access to all open rooms and galleries
  • 3.5-hour tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill
  • Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide at the Colosseum

A lovely Italian lunch is included with this fantastic guided tour.

In between the Colosseum and Vatican Museums tours, you will have a two and a half hour break to have lunch and get from one venue to the other.

This ticket doesn’t include transport between the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum.

You can reschedule this tour up to 24 hours before your visit.

What’s not included

The Vatican and Colosseum combo tour does not include a visit to the Colosseum’s Underground.

If you want to learn how the gladiators and the wild animals were moved about under the Arena floor during the ‘performances’, you must book the guided tour of Colosseum Underground.

If the cost of the tour doesn’t matter, but you want the VIP experience, check out this private tour of the Vatican and Colosseum.

Tip: Some tourists prefer to see the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain together

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Where does the tour start 

At both the attractions, the tour organizers have easy-to-find starting points. 

On the day of your tour, you can go to the meeting point and show your smartphone voucher to the coordinators with blue ‘City Wonders’ polo shirts or jackets.

The tour starts from either the Vatican Museums or the Colosseum, depending on the season. 

This information gets emailed to you as soon as you purchase the ticket. 

Vatican Museums Meeting Point

This spot is at the bottom of the steps across the street from the entrance of the Vatican Museums. 

The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. Get Directions

Colosseum Meeting Point

Largo Gaetana Agnesi, above the 2nd floor of the Metro line B (Blue line) stop ‘Colosseo.’ Get Directions

Follow the link to find out everything about the Colosseum entrances.

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Rome Super Pass with Public Transport

If you want to see both The Vatican and Colosseum with one ticket but don’t want to rush everything on the same day, you must opt for the Rome Super Pass.

The Rome Super Pass is an easy way to explore the best of Rome – the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Colosseum – over three days. 

And since it is not a guided tour, you can see the Roman attractions at your own pace. 

The pass comes with unlimited 72 hours of public transport (on metro, bus, & tram), which means you can easily move between the attractions.

The Super Pass includes – 

  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
  • Official audioguide for St. Peter’s Basilica (not skip-the-line)
  • Entrance to the Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
  • Unlimited 72 hours public transport PASS (metro, bus, tram)
  • Free WiFi at the meeting point
  • 25-minute Ancient Rome multimedia video at the Touristation Vaticano, Viale Vaticano, 95

Some tourists prefer to visit the Roman attraction after dark. To add a bit of thrill to your visit, book a night tour of the Colosseum

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Tourist attractions in Rome

PompeiiColosseumVatican Museums
Sistine ChapelSt Peters BasilicaRoman Forum
Capitoline MuseumCastel Sant AngeloBorghese Gallery
Catacombs of RomePantheon RomeMamertine Prison
Da Vinci ExperienceGladiator SchoolAquafelix Waterpark
Catacombs of San SebastianoCatacombs of PriscillaCallixtus Catacombs
Museum of IllusionsPalace of Castel GandolfoZoomarine Rome
Trevi FountainCapuchin CryptVilla d’Este in Tivoli
Domus AureaOlympic StadiumPalazzo Colonna
Villa AdrianaBioparco di RomaDoria Pamphilj Gallery
Basilica of San GiovanniNational Etruscan MuseumStadium of Domitian
Da Vinci ExhibitionLa Traviata OperaPalazzo Cipolla

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