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BEST OF ROME & VATICAN

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by Miriam
Best value Best of Rome and the Vatican City tour

My partner and I decided to invest in these two tours as it was our third time in Rome and we still didn't know enough about the city. This changed within 20 minutes of meeting our guide who introduced the history and origins of Rome early so we knew something about almost everything we saw in the Roman forum. The Vatican Museums after lunch are incredible! Crowded as expected but Chiara knew all the quiet spots and we were not unduly disturbed by other people. Great tours!

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MOST POPULAR COMBO SAVER TOUR PACKAGE IN ROME!
  • *** All tickets INCLUDED
  • Expert Rome tour guide
  • Expert Vatican tour guide
  • Skip-all-lines

  • Coliseum

  • Roman Forum

  • Vatican Museums

  • 4.50 hours

Overview

“Best of Rome & Vatican” is a journey through Rome of the Caesars and all the highlights inside the Vatican Museums! This is THE must-do tour in Italy at a super-low price!

Enter the Coliseum and learn about the making of a gladiator and what the games meant to the Romans, then walk up ancient Via Sacra into the Roman Forum. Rich in history, archaeology, and mythology, your guide will bring the ancient city back to life, demonstrating how the Roman Empire became so powerful and the complex chain of events which led to it’s decline.

In the afternoon you will walk past the queue straight into the Vatican Museums and see all the major works of art by masters such as Perugino, Giotto, Rafael and of course Michelangelo. Time inside the magnificent Sistine Chapel is the absolute highlight.

On St. Peter’s Square your guide will relate the origins of the Vatican City State and Swiss Guard. At the end of the tour you will be free to visit the Basilica of St. Peter and see Michelangelo’s beautiful Pieta’, Dome, and Baldacchino.

Meeting point info will be sent in booking confirmation e-mail. For security reasons, backpacks, rucksacks, large handbags, luggage etc. are banned inside the Coliseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.

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

INCLUSIONS

  • Skip-the-line Coliseum tickets
  • Licensed Rome tour guide
  • Coliseum inside tour
  • Roman Forum tour
  • Ancient Rome tour
  • Skip-the-line Vatican tickets
  • Licensed Vatican tour guide
  • Vatican tour
  • Vatican Museums tour
  • Sistine Chapel tour
  • St. Peter’s Basilica access

Exclusions

Coliseum Underground (Hypogeum)
“Scavi” – believed to be the resting place of St. Peter (must be booked separately through the Vatican – 3 to 6 months waiting list).

Important Information

  • Apr 1 – Nov 3: daily exc. Sun.
  • Nov 4 – Mar 31: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat.
  • Tour does not run on public holidays.
  • Sturdy, comfortable footwear advised.
  • Activity level: moderate.
  • Average Group Size (Apr 1 – Nov 3): 20
  • Average Group Size (Nov 4 – Mar 31): 15
  • NOT wheelchair accessible.
  • From April 1st: €99 per adult.

Voucher

You will be e-mailed a confirmation voucher automatically once the booking process is complete. Please ensure that the e-mail address you enter during the booking process is correct or we will not be able to send confirmation! Payment made will be clarified and meeting point maps included for you to find your way in Rome. We accept vouchers by smartphone / tablet. If you prefer to print your voucher, please show it to our representative at the start of the tour.

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by Miriam
Best value Best of Rome and the Vatican City tour

My partner and I decided to invest in these two tours as it was our third time in Rome and we still didn't know enough about the city. This changed within 20 minutes of meeting our guide who introduced the history and origins of Rome early so we knew something about almost everything we saw in the Roman forum. The Vatican Museums after lunch are incredible! Crowded as expected but Chiara knew all the quiet spots and we were not unduly disturbed by other people. Great tours!

by Jon
Exceptional experience with When in Rome Tours

Our day with this agency lasted for about 5 maybe 5.5 hours which might not seem very much but within the allocated duration we DID see the best of Rome and the same can be said about inside the Vatican Museums too. Our guide also got us into St Peters Basilica very quickly and told us how to get tickets to ascend the stairs to the very top of the Vatican City which was an incredible thing for us. Thanks to the guides at when in Rome!

by David Rawtenstall
Lovely day in Rome

Good afternoon. I just finished a Vatican tour with Giuliano. I have had the good fortune of travelling much of the world and many tours. BY FAR, no tour guide has ever been as passionate, articulate, interesting and knowledgeable as Giuliano. Thank you!!! I truly believe he should be doing these tours as a TV host on BBC so millions more could learn and enjoy from him.

by Annette Dawson
Fantastic Guide

Christina from USA was our guide on this tour. She was fantastic. She told and showed us everything there is to know about this fantastic and historical place. She had a charming, personal and open style. If there is something we do not know about this place, it is our own fault. Absolute full house in rating.

by Boris
Better than expected and great value!

Let's say that we covered most of Rome and the Vatican in half a day. Possible to get better? Doubtful. Our guides Lucia and Chiara were both excellent. Thank you to When in Rome tours!

by Mike
Great schedule!

We spent 3 days in Rome and toured on the first day. "Best of" included the nuts and bolts of the Vatican and Colosseum areas. We covered the rest on our own during days 2 and 3. When in Rome's guides were very strong on academic info like dates and leaders, stronger still on character and friendliness. Great experience!

by Prasanth Shenoy
Best of Rome tour - Amazing and Informative

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.

by Natalie, Jørgen, Zacharias and Peter
Dear When in Rome tours

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 have 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.

by Marcus
When In Rome Tours

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.


Schedule

Apr 1 - Nov 3 (High Season)
Mon - Sat. MEET AT 08:45 AM in front of the tourist center on Via dei Fori Imperiali 2 then 14:30 PM at our Vatican office on Via Sebastiano Veniero 21 (almost opposite the Vatican Museums entrance).
Sun. Closed
IMPORTANT! Your first tour (ancient Rome) departs at 09:00 AM. Your second tour (Vatican City) departs at 15:00 PM. You must be at the first meeting point (ancient Rome) 15 minutes before tour departure time, i.e. 08:45 AM. You must be at the second meeting point (Vatican City) 30 minutes before tour departure time, i.e. 14:30 PM. Don't be late!
Nov 4 - Mar 31 (Low Season)
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat. MEET AT 08:45 AM in front of the tourist center on Via dei Fori Imperiali 2 then 13:00 PM at our Vatican office on Via Sebastiano Veniero 21 (almost opposite the Vatican Museums entrance).
Tue, Thu, Sun. Closed
IMPORTANT! Your first tour (ancient Rome) departs at 09:00 AM. Your second tour (Vatican City) departs at 13:30 PM. You must be at the first meeting point (ancient Rome) 15 minutes before tour departure time, i.e. 08:45 AM. You must be at the second meeting point (Vatican City) 30 minutes before tour departure time, i.e. 13:00 PM. Don't be late!
 
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by Miriam
Best value Best of Rome and the Vatican City tour

My partner and I decided to invest in these two tours as it was our third time in Rome and we still didn't know enough about the city. This changed within 20 minutes of meeting our guide who introduced the history and origins of Rome early so we knew something about almost everything we saw in the Roman forum. The Vatican Museums after lunch are incredible! Crowded as expected but Chiara knew all the quiet spots and we were not unduly disturbed by other people. Great tours!

by Jon
Exceptional experience with When in Rome Tours

Our day with this agency lasted for about 5 maybe 5.5 hours which might not seem very much but within the allocated duration we DID see the best of Rome and the same can be said about inside the Vatican Museums too. Our guide also got us into St Peters Basilica very quickly and told us how to get tickets to ascend the stairs to the very top of the Vatican City which was an incredible thing for us. Thanks to the guides at when in Rome!

by David Rawtenstall
Lovely day in Rome

Good afternoon. I just finished a Vatican tour with Giuliano. I have had the good fortune of travelling much of the world and many tours. BY FAR, no tour guide has ever been as passionate, articulate, interesting and knowledgeable as Giuliano. Thank you!!! I truly believe he should be doing these tours as a TV host on BBC so millions more could learn and enjoy from him.

by Annette Dawson
Fantastic Guide

Christina from USA was our guide on this tour. She was fantastic. She told and showed us everything there is to know about this fantastic and historical place. She had a charming, personal and open style. If there is something we do not know about this place, it is our own fault. Absolute full house in rating.

by Boris
Better than expected and great value!

Let's say that we covered most of Rome and the Vatican in half a day. Possible to get better? Doubtful. Our guides Lucia and Chiara were both excellent. Thank you to When in Rome tours!

by Mike
Great schedule!

We spent 3 days in Rome and toured on the first day. "Best of" included the nuts and bolts of the Vatican and Colosseum areas. We covered the rest on our own during days 2 and 3. When in Rome's guides were very strong on academic info like dates and leaders, stronger still on character and friendliness. Great experience!

by Prasanth Shenoy
Best of Rome tour - Amazing and Informative

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.

by Natalie, Jørgen, Zacharias and Peter
Dear When in Rome tours

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 have 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.

by Marcus
When In Rome Tours

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.