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Semi-Private Tours – The Vatican City and Colosseum Tour Special Access to Arena

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The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are also included in this tour!

With a maximum of 10 participants, this tour is as private and intimate as it gets.

Inclusions:

  • Sistine Chapel
  • Vatican Galleries
  • St Peter’s Basilica
  • Colosseum and Arena
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill
  • Octagonal Courtyard
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Galleries – Tapestries| Maps| Candelabra

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Semi-Private Tours – The Vatican City and Colosseum Tour Special Access to Arena
6 hrs. | Start: 8.30 a.m. or 9.15 a.m. (First part of the tour) | Participants: Max 10|
1.15 p.m. (Second part of the tour)

Meeting Point :To be advised at the time of booking.

If you have a few hours to spare in Rome and want to see the big-ticket attractions such as the Colosseum, including the arena floor, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Vatican Galleries, Sistine Chapel, and St Peter’s Basilica, this tour is for you. With a maximum of 10 participants, this tour is as private and intimate as it gets. Your fully licensed guide is an expert on Ancient Rome which includes deep knowledge in art and history. Added to this tour is a bonus Skip the line entrance tickets which reduces time in queueing up and allow for visitors to spend more time inside the attractions!
Depending on the tour time selected, the group will meet the guide at either 8.30 a.m. or 9.30 a.m. There is a security check before your enter the Vatican Museums and during this period, your guide will highlight all the important artworks to look out for in the Sistine Chapel as visitors are not permitted to talk in the Chapel.

Vatican Museums

Highlights include:
Octagonal Courtyard
This is one of the oldest parts of the Vatican Museums. Several masterpieces are contained here including Apollo of Belvedere.
Pinecone Courtyard
This is a former Roman fountain which has been moved several times before it made its home in the Vatican Museums. The fountain, shaped like a pinecone is aesthetically beautiful.
Gallery of Tapestries
The breathtaking ‘The Resurrection of Christ’ is displayed here. This is an artistic illusion at its best as you feel long after you have left the painting, Jesus is staring at you in the eye.
Gallery of Maps
You will find fabulous topographical maps of Italy which were commissioned by Pope Gregory XIII.
Gallery of Candelabra
Be greeted by a huge marble candelabra in this gallery and coloured marble columns.

Sistine Chapel

The tour then moves to the Sistine Chapel, and earlier explained by your guide, you will see the spellbinding frescoed ceilings by Michelangelo. This was the height of the Renaissance period.

St Peter’s Basilica

Through a special passageway only available to the Vatican tour, the group now enters St Peter’s Basilica. Here they will witness another famous artist – Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Bernini created a bronze canopy called a ‘Baldachin’ over the high altar. You will also view the frescoed ceiling painted by Michelangelo and see his many other famous works.
After a short break, the tour will continue at the Colosseum. The location will be advised by the guide.
Your intimate group is now transported back to Ancient Rome and through a special gate, only reserved for gladiators, an entry will be made into the Colosseum. The guide will explain not only the history of the Colosseum but share colourful stories of the arena floor which you will also have access to! From there, you continue to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

For a fun-filled day touring Rome with a fun guide, and learning about Rome and The Vatican, what are you waiting for?

Important Reminder – Semi-Private Tours – The Vatican City and Colosseum Tour Special Access to Arena

  • 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.
  • This tour is not available on Wednesdays and Sundays or religious bank holidays.
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