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Vatican City and Ancient Rome Full-Day Small Group Tour

4.7 / 5

76 reviews

Activity provider: MEA Tour&Events

Vatican City and Ancient Rome Full-Day Small Group Tour

Activity provider: MEA Tour&Events
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From US$ 131.23 per person

Spend the day in the company of pope and emperors on a 6-hour tour of the Vatican City and Ancient Rome. Spend the morning at the main attractions of the imperial city, including the Colosseum. Then, discover the highlights of the Vatican Museums.

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Duration 6 hours
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  • Skip the long ticket lines to the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Learn the history of the Imperial Forum as you walk past the ruins of ancient temples
  • Marvel at masterpieces by Michelangelo and Raphael in the Vatican Museums
  • See the original street level of Ancient Rome in Piazza Pietra
  • Discover ancient maps of the world in the Gallery of Maps
  • Reflect in silence at Michelangelo's genius in the Sistine Chapel
  • Enter the papal chambers painted for Julius II by Raphael
  • Stand beneath the dome of one of the world's great cathedrals
  • Admire the well-preserved Pantheon and see some of its tombs of great men
Full description
Travel back to the days of emperors and popes, and see the highlights of the papal collections on a 2-part, 6-hour tour of Rome. Start your full-day tour at the Arch of Constantine, and journey through Ancient Rome as you travel back to the days of the Roman Republic. Explore the vast Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre) to experience up-close the greatest arena the Romans built. Your guide will bring 2,000 years of history to life, telling stories of the ferocious battles between man and beast put on for the delight of Roman citizens. Then, follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors on a walk through the Imperial Forum. Learn how it was once the center of religious, political and commercial life in Rome. Hear the history of the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina. Learn the story of the Tabularium. Go to the Temple of Hadrian, now incorporated into a building in Piazza di Pietra, where you can see the original Roman street level below ground. End your morning tour at the Pantheon, the majestic temple of all gods. Commissioned by Marcus Agrippa in 27BC, its massive interior and inlaid marble floors is home to a burial site since the Renaissance times, where the tombs of Raphael and the kings of Italy can be found. Following a break for lunch, go to the Vatican Museums to discover the world’s most precious art collection. Skip the long ticket lines to enter the museums, and tour in a group of no more than 12 people for a more intimate experience. Collected by popes over many centuries, the collection includes works by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini. See Michelangelo’s legendary frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Go to the Octagonal Courtyard to look at the Belvedere Apollo statue. Discover Greek and Roman masterpieces in the Pio Clementino Museum. Wander through the Gallery of Tapestries to see Flemish tapestries by Raphael’s pupils. Marvel at works by ancient cartographers in the Gallery of Maps. Then, go inside St. Peter's Basilica to see more masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini, including Michelangelo’s “La Pieta” beneath the dome of the world’s largest church.
  • 6-hour guided tour (3-hour tour in the morning and 3-hour tour in the afternoon)
  • Licensed guide
  • Entrance fees to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Vatican Museums
  • Transfers
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in the corner of Piazza della Rotonda and Via della Rotonda, where the Pantheon is situated. Once arrived to the square and facing at the Pantheon, look on your right hand side. Your guide will be holding MEA TOURS sign on the corner of Salita Crescenzi and Piazza della Rotonda.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  •   All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
  • Please note that St. Peter's Basilica is closed from 07:00 to 13:00 on Wednesdays due to the Papal Audience
  • Knees and shoulders must be covered at all times throughout your visit
  • St. Peter's Basilica may be closed to the public on the 24 December and 31 December
Customer reviews

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4.7 /5

based on 76 reviews

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Morning guide was lovely and interesting on the history of Ancient Rome. Group was very small so we added Pantheon to our tour. Afternoon tour was only two of us and our guide was awesome. So knowledgeable and interesting and worked with us. He made the Vatican a great trip.

May 16, 2022

Our guide was hiara. She was there on time. We were the only guests. Her historical knowledge and her understanding of art made the 6-hour tour a unique experience. Her pedagogical skills, with which she involved our 15 year old granddaughter, will remain in her memory for a long time Chiara, thank you again for the lively company through ancient Rome We wish you all the best for your future Best regards from the Bauer's m

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October 28, 2020


Our tour guide, Roberta, was fantastic. She has a huge knowledge of Rome’s history, as well as the works in the Vatican. We would have really missed out if we had tried to see these sites without her expert guidance. She is also a very warm and wonderful lady and we really enjoyed a day in her company.

June 4, 2019

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