Vatican galleries covered in detail!
Special VIP entrance to the Colosseum Arena like the gladiators of the past awaits tour participants!
- Sistine Chapel
- Papal Grottoes
- St Peter’s Basilica
- Belvedere Courtyard – Apollo and Lacoon
- Torso of Belvedere in the Room of Muses
- Vatican Galleries
- Gallery of Tapestry
- Gallery of Maps
- Gallery of the Candelabra
- Round Room
- St Peter’s Basilica and St Peter’s Square
Tour of the Arena Floor Colosseum and Sistine Chapel Tour- VIP Entry
5 hrs. | Start: 10 a.m. | Participants : Max 20| Headsets provided
Meeting Point :To be advised at the time of booking.
This five-hour Colosseum and Sistine Chapel Tour packs a punch! This is really 2 tours combined into one where visitors will also see the Vatican Galleries, St Peter’s Basilica and St Peter’s Square! You will be one of the few groups allowed VIP entry to the Colosseum arena floor through a special passage – reserved for the gladiators in the past! This special entrance is only allowed for small tour groups and not general ticket holders and are included in the tour costing 22 Euros for the entry and 2 Euros for the booking fee. Your expert guide will lead your small group (maximum 20 participants) so that you have an engaging experience. You will learn from your guide the name of the gate you will pass through to get to the main arena floor and learn some macabre details along the way too!
Colosseum and Arena Floor
Please read the important reminders below as the Colosseum is very strict of what can and cannot be brought into its premises. As you enter the Colosseum, your guide will start sharing stories of Ancient Rome which included the might Emperors, and of course, the famous gladiators. Learn about the different animals they fought with and learn approximately how many spectators watched the blood and gore below. You will learn about the 100 days of celebration on the completion of the Colosseum and its history spanning centuries. You will be able to explore the Colosseum on your own for a while.
The first part of the tour ends here and after refreshments, you will meet a new guide, one who is an expert in history and art who will start the Vatican tour. Once again, you will hear stories of art, sculptures, scandals, the popes, and of course hear fascinating stories of the famous artists from the Renaissance and Baroque period.
Each tour participant will be handed a headset so that that they can hear their guide clearly as they walk through the beautiful galleries as well as learn more about the Vatican treasures. Some highlights include:
- Octagonal Courtyard
- Apollo of the Belvedere
- The Lacoon
- View of many ancient Rome and Greek sculptures
- Gallery of Maps | Gallery of the Candelabra| Gallery of Tapestries
- Round Room
As no talking is allowed in the Chapel, your guide would have previously explained what to look out for and in particular, the works of Michelangelo. Your guide will use visual aids to point you in the right direction once you are inside. Michelangelo is famous for his detailed frescos such as the Creation of Adam and the Last Judgement.
St Peter’s Basilica
Through a passageway, you will now be transported to the era of the Baroque and be introduced to Bramante and Bernini. You will see the bronze baroque styled Baldachin created by Bernini. You will also see one of the most poignant marble sculptures in the world – ‘The Pieta’ – a scene of Jesus and his mother after the crucifixion.
Take advantage of a tour which combines the best attractions in Rome and the Vatican in one day!
Important Reminder – Tour of the Arena Floor Colosseum and Sistine Chapel Tour- VIP Entry
- This tour is not ideal for wheelchair-bound visitors as well as visitors with hearing disabilities. We are more than happy to organise private tours for wheelchair and hearing disabled visitors. Please contact us.
- >There is a lot of walking, so please wear comfortable shoes as the ground can be rather uneven at the Colosseum.
- You will be asked to pass through airport-style security checks at the entrance of the Colosseum, so please only carry a light backpack as many items are restricted (pointed umbrellas, large suitcases and big backpacks, weapons, firearms, knives). You can only bring in an empty water bottle into the Colosseum. You will be able to fill your water bottle with the many fountains available inside.
- If the weather conditions deteriorate, the Colosseum officials may decide to close off the Dungeons and arena floor for visitor safety. In such an event, the group will enter via a different entrance and be taken to visit other areas of the Colosseum.
- There is a dress code to the Vatican which applies to children too. Shoulders and knees must be covered.
- If St Peter’s Basilica is closed for a religious function at short notice as it is a working church, you will be spending more time in the Vatican gallery’s with your private guide.
- The Vatican Museums get rather busy during summer and after a bank holiday.
- If a disabled visitor is able to produce a certificate showing that they are more than 74% disabled, entry to the Vatican museums is free of charge. This free entry is also extended to the to their companion. If you have a disability and are not sure if you’re eligible, please contact us at the time of booking so that we may assist you further.