Skip the Line: Colosseum, Vatican and Historic Rome Small-Group Tour

Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Italy, Lazio, Rome

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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Rome
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Want to see the best of Rome but limited on time? This 7.5-hour tour combines two must-do Rome experiences into one full-day excursion. Delve into the very essence of Roman history, culture, art, and architecture on this incredible tour, which introduces visitors to Rome’s best-known sights in a single day. Travel from the ancient roots of the Eternal City to the very height of the Roman Empire through the stories and anecdotes of your guides, and enjoy a fully immersive experience.


  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Skip the line
  • All entrance fees included
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation

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Stop At: Piazza Navona, 00186 Rome Italy

Jumping ahead in history, you’ll be treated to a delicious gelato as you stroll through streets made famous by films like “Roman Holiday”, stopping at the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona for a few glamorous photo ops

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Citta del Vaticano 1, 00120 Vatican City Italy

The day ends contemplating Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. From there you can choose between extending your stay in the chapel and the Vatican Museums, or skip the lines and enter St. Peter’s Basilica directly from the Sistine Chapel. We recommend that you follow your guide since it will save you a walk of 30 - 40 minutes and, during busy times, over an hour of waiting in line.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Rome Italy

Jumping ahead in history, you’ll be treated to a delicious gelato as you stroll through streets made famous by films like “Roman Holiday”, stopping at the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona for a few glamorous photo ops

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Piazza Venezia, 00187 Rome Italy

Piazza Venezia

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Our specially-curated Vatican tour highlights the best works in the huge (some might say “overwhelming”) collections and give you a broad understanding and appreciation of what you’re seeing. Along the way we’ll take in the sculpture galleries and the world-famous ‘Laocoön Group’.

Duration: 40 minutes

Pass By: St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro), Vatican City Italy

St. Peter's Square

Stop At: Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo, 00184 Rome Italy

We start at the Colosseum, bypassing the long lines with all-inclusive tickets that bring you straight into the ancient world’s greatest sports arena. Your guide will give you the harrowing tails of gladiators and martyrs that have made the Colosseum famous and also explain their political and social importance to ancient Romans.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Pantheon, Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Rome Italy

No walk through ancient Rome is complete without stepping into the Pantheon. This nearly 2,000-year-old building has the largest un-reinforced concrete dome in the world. As you goggle up at it from inside, you’ll hear the story of how it was built and why it has inspired so many other buildings, from St. Peter’s Basilica to the U.S. Capitol Building.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza di San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

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

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Roman Forum, Piazza Santa Maria Nova, 53, 00186 Rome Italy

Next you’ll stroll over to the Roman Forum to learn how it functioned as the beating heart of Rome’s all-encompassing empire. Instead of slogging through the crowds inside the Forum (we don’t have much time, after all!) your guide will lead you to a stunning overlook.

Pass By: Piazza Del Risorgimento, Rome Italy

Piazza del Risorgimento

Pass By: Walks of Italy, 00192 Vatican City Italy

Walks of Italy

  • Transport from downtown Rome to the Vatican
  • Homemade gelato
  • English-speaking guide
  • Privileged express entrance to the Colosseum, Vatican Museums & St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Transport from City Center to the Vatican
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Colosseum
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note, this tour is wheelchair accessible with some difficulties. We advise clients to contact Walks Customer Service Team to make further arrangements.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with strollers on this tour.
  • Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for child reduction.
  • 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 and big pointy umbrellas 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.
  • 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. Walks of Italy 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Departure Point

Via delle Terme di Tito, 72, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

8:45 AM

Return Details

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


7 hours 30 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

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Zeeshan A

The trip was great, guide Cloudia had very good knowledge about all the sites we visited. the trip is recommended for visitors who are short on time in Rome.

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Tour was great. You need the "skip the line" tour. It is worth it!! I went during August, so it was hot, but just bring water and comfortable walking shoes.

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Vanessa D

We were nervous about trekking around Rome independently on our first day in Europe so we booked this tour to take us around to the main attractions. The company was very organized, and we had a great day. The only thing I was not aware of was that we would be seeing the Pantheon as well - which was an added perk. Overall a great experience with this company and with Laura as our guide!

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Emory D

This is definitely the tour to take if you want to see Rome in a day! Our guide knew so much and always made sure we were having fun! We got skip the line access to everything it said! The gelato was a plus as well!

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Jennifer F

We were very happy with this tour. Our guide was very informative and it was nice to have the knowledge of someone to give you a history of what your seeing. I would recommend this tour for anyone who is seeing Rome for the first time.

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