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Tour of the Arena Floor Colosseum and Sistine Chapel Tour- VIP Entry

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Vatican galleries covered in detail!

VIP entrance to the Colosseum Arena like the gladiators of the past awaits tour participants!

Colosseum and Sistine Chapel Tour inclusions:

  • Sistine Chapel
  • Papal Grottoes
  • St Peter’s Basilica
  • Belvedere Courtyard – Apollo and Laocoon
  • 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
  • Colosseum 
  • Colosseum Arena Floor

Colosseum and Sistine Chapel Tour itinerary


Tour of Vatican Museum Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica and Colosseum arena all in one day.

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: Communicated at the time of booking.

This one day Colosseum and Sistine Chapel Tour pack a punch! This combined tour and also includes the visit of 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 dedicated passage – reserved for the gladiators in the past! This VIP entrance is only allowed for small tour groups and not general ticket holders. 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 reminders below as the Colosseum is stringent of what can and cannot it is allowed to be carried inside. 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.

Vatican Museums

Each participant will hand 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 Laocoon
  • View of many ancient Rome and Greek sculptures
  • Galleries of Maps, of the Candelabra, of Tapestries
  • Round Room
  • Sistine Chapel

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 introduced to Bramante, Bernini masterpieces. 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 visitors who use wheelchairs 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 somewhat uneven at the Colosseum.
  • You will 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 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 can produce a certificate showing that they are more than 74% disabled, entry to the Vatican museums is free of charge. This free charge entry also extended to one 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.
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