Vatican Museums plus Colosseum Private Tour
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Vatican Museums plus Colosseum Private Tour

Tour Duration: 7 Hours

Start time: 09:00 am


  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael’s Rooms
  • Gallery of Maps
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill
  • Circus Maximus

Our Vatican Museums plus Colosseum Private Tour with professional guide will lead you in the heart of Roman history and human civilization. The first step will be the Vatican Museums: only a part is open to the public, but it is surely enough to admire the greatest artists’ works of art, such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Pinturicchio and Fra Angelico. You will also visit the art gallery “Pinacoteca Vaticana” and the collection of Modern Religious Art. Then, you’ll focus on the Sistine Chapel, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City famous for its architecture and decorations painted by Renaissance artists including Michelangelo, Botticelli, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Ghirlandaio and many others. In particular, between 1508 and 1512 A.D.,  Michelangelo painted 1,100 m² of the chapel ceiling . The ceiling, and especially The Last Judgment, are widely considered to be his masterpiece in painting. The work took four years to be completed and it represents a depiction of the Second Coming of Christ and the final and eternal judgment by God on all humanity. The four “Raphael’s Rooms“, famous for the frescoes painted by Raphael, are considered another masterpiece of the High Renaissance in Rome. They were originally intended as a suite of apartments for the popes. The next stop of our tour will be St. Peter’s Basilica where you will see other extraordinary works of Michelangelo as the famous Pity and the dome. Inside the basilica you’ll find many works from Bernini, for instance the Baldacchino, the bronze columned canopy over the high altar of St. Peter’s Basilica. Several mosaics and monuments dedicated to the popes will make you relive the whole history of the papacy and the development of the Roman Church. The beautiful St. Peter’s square has a deep symbolic value too: this is the place where the Saint, known as the chief apostle, was buried in 64 A.D.. Our tour will continue in the Gallery of Maps, a gallery containing a series of painted topographical maps of Italy based on drawings by friar and geographer Ignazio Danti. The panels represent all the Italian peninsula in frescoes, each painting a region as well as a perspective view of its most prominent city. After a break for lunch (not included), a professional guide will help you visiting the most important archeological areas of Rome such as the Colosseum. The Colosseum is considered as the symbol of the greatness of Rome all over the world, it was the vital center for the Romans and stadium of the historical battles of the gladiators. Known as the greatest amphitheater of the world, with a capacity of over 50.000 spectators, it is the image of whole Italy. You will continue with the Roman Forum, a series of monumental plazas built among the 46 B.C and the 113 A.D. The Roman Emperors wanted the Forum to be built in order to testify their power and greatness. From the Forum you’ll continue toward the place where everything began: the Palatine Hill. This hill, near the river, is a museum open to the public that can be visited during the day entering from St. Gregory Street or from the Imperial Forum. The Palatine hill represents the birth of Rome because here Romolo founded the city and it was the house of all the emperors. The last stop is Circus Maximus, the most ancient Roman chariot racing stadium for mass entertainment. It’s situated in the valley between the Aventine and Palatine hills and it can be considered as the first and largest stadium in ancient Rome. The tour end in the Circus Maximus archeological area.

The tour includes:

  • Dedicated tour guide for your group
  • Tickets Skip the Line Access for the Vatican Museums, Colosseum, Imperial Forum and Palatine Hill and all reservation fees

The tour does not include:

  • Transfers
  • Everything not listed under “the tour includes”


  • Children under 6 years of age: Free.
  • The tour does not take place on wednesday and sunday.
  • You will receive the reservation voucher with complete information about the meeting point.

Vatican Museums plus Colosseum Private Tour

    19 reviews for Vatican Museums plus Colosseum private tour

    1. 5 out of 5

      Choosing this trip with Best tour in Italy was a great idea: we skipped all the lines, had a great tour guide and heard all great stories that you can never find in the books. We highly recommend it to all.

    2. 5 out of 5

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    3. 5 out of 5

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    4. 5 out of 5

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    5. 5 out of 5

      A very interesting tour! Our guide was well -educated and nice! My daughter enjoyed a lot.

    6. 5 out of 5

      Martina was very well informed about the history and the culture of Rome and the Romans. Tour was very animated and clear

    7. 5 out of 5

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    8. 5 out of 5

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    9. 5 out of 5

      Una guía muy graciosa y bien informada, contestaba a todas las preguntas. Nos ofreció una buena presentación de los sitios.

    10. 5 out of 5

      It was amazing tour of the most famous points of this city. Even though I’m a history nerd, it was exciting to learn a lot of great new information. Thank you also for buying everyone on the tour a drink of their choice!

    11. 5 out of 5

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    12. 5 out of 5

      Italy is so beautiful! Marta our guide was very nice and knowledgeable. She showed us the best spots and restaurants in Rome. Food is delicious. Our kids spent a good time. They want coming back soon.

    13. 5 out of 5

      This was really the best tour in Rome! A so amazing day!! Our guide was fantastic. She drove us in the wonders more hidden of the eternal city!

    14. 5 out of 5

      It was my first trip in Italy and I could’nt desire more. Francesca gave me a great introduction to this superb city. She was so knowledgeable and helpful. I would return in Rome and use her again!

    15. 5 out of 5

      Cristina was an excellent guide, really enthusiastic and knowledgeable. This tour is so amusing and pleasant. A walking tour in an eternal city as Rome is a dream!

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      Very positive impression! We were choose the type of private tour and it was a lot of fun and was very informative and also well-organized. Very nice guide, was also easy to understand.

    17. 5 out of 5

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    18. 5 out of 5

      Martina was very well informed about the history and the culture of Rome and the Romans. Very animate and clear tour. Thanks to all.

    19. 5 out of 5

      We had a great experience tour organized of Best Tour in Italy in Rome with private guide.
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