Rome Day Tours: Vatican And Colosseum Combo Prices 2019

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When in Rome, do as the Romans do! That’s the advice we would give anyone looking to visit the “home of Italian heritage”. The locals will show you the most authentic time within the city if you allow them, and if there’s one thing you’re going to need, its a guide through the queues of tourists.

So if you’re planning a Rome day tour of the Vatican and the Colosseum, let us show you some of the best options available. Especially if you’re one of those who are looking for local insight and navigation. A Vatican and Colosseum tour is one of the city’s most popular activities and thus you’re going to need all the help you can get!

Know Before You Book

  • Prepare for a fair amount of walking
  • The Colosseum and Vatican are both almost always busy
  • Expect a lot of information in a short space of time


  • The Colosseum and its vast arena
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Sistine Chapel and Michaelangelo’s masterpieces

Inside St. Peter's Basilica

Rome has for many years been the go-to site for any person looking for a shot of ancient culture! From its ancient buildings that are still standing after 3000 years to its modern-day cultural significance as the center of the Catholic Church, Rome is a tourist’s must-do.

Whether it be due to time constraints or personal preference, some people would prefer to focus their Rome day tours on one major site, or a couple of smaller sites. However, some other people want their day tours of Rome to cover as much ground as possible.

If you are one such person, then a Vatican and Colosseum tour will be right up your alley. As day tours in Rome go, this is one of the most popular. And for good reason! From Michaelangelo’s frescoes to the majestic St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican should be the first stop on anyone’s to-do list in Rome.

Then you have the Colosseum and its ancient, blood-stained halls. You’ll get to walk the Arena, the dungeons and stairways, and bask in the brutal historic greatness of this circus of gladiators!

Vatican and Colosseum Tour Prices 2019Alongside the Colosseum

These beautiful landmarks all boast open access, with ticket pricing at $13 USD for the Colosseum, and $19 USD for the Vatican.

However, should you be looking to “skip-the-line” and receive a guided tour of both sites, then prices sit more in the region of $70 to $130 USD.

Rome Full-Day Tour Times

Due to these international landmarks’ popularity, they need to be accessible and try to remain open for as long as possible.

Thus, you can expect the Colosseum to be open at 8.30am sharp, every day, 356 days a year! The Vatican, on the other hand, is less flexible, due to its religious functions. Predominantly the Vatican will remain open from 9am-6pm (with final entry at 4 pm), Monday to Sunday.

Bonus Tip: At both venues, on the last Sunday of every month, museum entry is free!

The Colosseum

  • February 15: 8.30am – 4.30pm
  • February 16 to March 15: 8.30am – 5.00pm
  • March 16 to last Sunday of March: 8.30am – 5.30pm
  • Last Sunday of March to August 31: 8.30am – 7.15pm
  • September 1 to September 30: 8.30am – 7.00pm
  • October 1 to last Saturday of October: 8.30am – 6.30pm

The Vatican City

  • Monday to Saturday: 9am – 6pm (Last Entry at 4pm)
  • Sunday: Closed (Due to Mass obligations)

When to Tour Rome in a Day

Cruise-takers and holidaymakers love the Meditteranean in its summer months. However, the Italian Summer makes for weather straight out of an oven, and thus means heat. Heat, tourists, and queues!

So with this unbearable thought in mind, we have surmised traveling to Rome into 3 categories:

Time of Year: November – February is the low season and is almost always preferable for tourists looking to avoid the hot and sweltering lines. Much more preferable than March – October (peak season). If possible, aim for the “shoulder months” i.e. October, November, February, and March.
Time of Week: Basically every day of the week is busy but weekends are busier!
Time of Day: The best time of day to begin your tour would be either early morning before the gates open or an hour or two before they close!

Vatican and Colosseum Tour Options

So it’s the guided Vatican and Colosseum tours that you are after, where you’re not only wanting to see as much as possible but also in as timely a manner as possible. You’re going to be covering a lot of ground on your tour, and are thus going to need a well thought out itinerary!

We’ve handpicked two of what we believe to be the best tours available for achieving this. The first is a skip-the-line “Best of Rome” tour that will get you in and around the Vatican and the Colosseum efficiently and with great details in tow!

The second one is unique, to say the least. A private, secluded Vatican and Colosseum tour, that covers the museums of the Vatican City as well as the gladiatorial arena and underground tunnels of the “Colossus”!
Tourists in St. Peter's Square

Vatican and Colosseum Combo Tour

Get a combined Rome day tours of both the Vatican and the Colosseum, where you’ll make the most of a “no-wait” ticket into the home of the Catholic Church, as well as skip-the-line tickets into the Colosseum. All the while being lead by a professional local guide.

Prepare for a full-day experience where you’ll get to see the best of Rome in a day. Tours start by crossing the border into the city-state of the Vatican City. Over 200 tour operators have “skip-the-line” tickets into the Vatican. However, this tour takes it one step further by being a part of the Official Partner Tour. You’ll be able to enter immediately!

After exploring the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, you’ll meet your next expert guide as he leads you past the queues at the Colosseum. You’ll explore the arena, and get a good look around the layout of the ancient stadium.

Finish your day by walking Palatine Hill and the famous Roman Forum. A full day, to say the least, this tour will take you closer to all the historical abundance Rome has to offer!

What we liked: It gives you Rome on a platter in a day!

  • Professional guide
  • Skip-the-line access to the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum
  • Audio headsets

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Transfer between venues

Give yourself an extra two or more hours to see the Vatican with this top-tier tour, and beat the crowds as you walk the halls of the Sistine Chapel. Fill your day with admiration of these Roman sites instead of waiting in queues admiring some person’s sunhat!

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Vatican and Colosseum Private TourThe Vatican at night

Are you looking for something a little fancier? Something that may leave more of a personal impression than just the standard combined tour? One does not get more personal than one of the best day tours Rome has to offer: private, 6-hours and fully catered to you!

You’ll start at the Colosseum, exploring the arena to its fullest. You’ll get to see the Palatine hill, the Roman Forum and lots of little spots in between such as where Caesar was killed.

You’ll then get the chance to cover the ground between the center of Rome, over the border, into the Vatican City. You’ll see the museum, Sistine Chapel, and the heart of the Roman Catholic Church, St. Peter’s Basilica.

All the while this day tour of Rome will be private, skip-the-line and custom to your small group! If getting a more personalized experience is your thing, and walking streets of Rome intrigues you, then this for you!.

What we liked: A private “Rome in a day” walking tour catered to me? Yes Please!

  • Professional guide
  • Skip-the-line and fewer tourists
  • Snacks and beverages

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Optional gratuities

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The combo tours are best suited for those looking to make use of a “Rome in a day tour” i.e. wanting to fit in as much as possible! As day tours of Rome go, the selected above are some of your best options for fitting in your itinerary requirements.
Value for Money
Level of Activity
  • Combined tours make for more simple planning
  • More seen in less time
  • Options are available for a variety
  • Skip-the-line
  • No pickup or drop-off
  • Lots of walking
  • Very busy/full day
  • Dresscode for places of worship and museums

Specification: Rome Day Tours: Vatican And Colosseum Combo Prices 2019


Not wheelchair accessible


1 day


Access to all most sites and museums, Professional guide, Skip-the-line access


Children Under 6, Transport around city, Hotel pick-up/drop-off

Meals & Drinks

Light snacks included


Not included

Suitable For

pilgrims, Families, Families with older children, Tourists

24 reviews for Rome Day Tours: Vatican And Colosseum Combo Prices 2019

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  1. Anonymous

    My name is kathy, I would like to say big thank you for Donna Tella the tour guide, who gave us lots of information about the tour, very educated with lovely personality, sweet and kind, such a lovely lady, best tour guide among our tours in Rome!

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  2. Anonymous

    Both Vatican and Colosseum tour guide are knowledgeable with history of the museum and colosseum. The colosseum tour guide is very energetic and charismatic with historical story. They made our visit a memorable and pleasant. We enjoyed our time with them.

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  3. Anonymous

    Tour guides were very informative and friendly areas visited very interested Highly recommend it . Didn’t have to wait long lines .

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  4. Anonymous

    Marissa for the Vatican and Vallerio for the Colosseum did a great job. They explained the facts very well

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  5. Anonymous

    Easy to find meeting place and checking in. Excellent guides with great knowledge. Amazing places to visit. Highly recommended!!

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  6. Anonymous

    We had a very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide, Maria. She took plenty time to explain the the history and beautiful works of art. Well worth booking ahead and skipping the long lines with through Viator

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  7. Anonymous

    Eddy was our Vatican guide and it was a pleasure to learn about this magnificent period from him. Ramona on the other hand, our guide for the Coliseum tour didn't have a command over English and kept repeating herself. She seemed unsure of her her facts and very soon my friends and I felt it we could make better use of our time leaving the group.

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  8. Anonymous

    Very tiring, Vatican tour was ok, but colosseum tour was not worth the value. We were watching videos instead seeing the real thing. It was scorching. Not a good idea to do both Vatican and Colosseum on the same day. Probably colosseum can be a self tour

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  9. Anonymous

    the place and the history was amazing,however our tour guide nerinama did not bring her flag we have a hard time following her because of huge crowd at the end we got lost.

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  10. Anonymous

    It was a well organised trip. If not for this tour I wouldn’t have visited Vatican and Colosseum without queuing for 3-4 hours. And the Vatican guide with her white flower flat (can’t remember the name) and the Rome guide Alexandra were very knowledgable on the subject of history and art. Not to forget the 3 courses lunch. Pleasantly surprised! May be I wasn’t expecting this quality of food from a tour. This tour is totally worth it.

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  11. Anonymous

    best tour and both guide mac and evening guide were too good.

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  12. Anonymous

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. It is so worth it!

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  13. Anonymous

    For the Vatican tour, we really couldn’t understand what the guide was saying, so at one point, a number of us just gave up and took our earphones off. The audio device itself was also faulty, and for the most part, the guide’s voice was choppy (which made things worse because we couldn’t understand her already even if the audio was good). There’s nothing wrong with having poor english skills though, don’t get me wrong. It just would’ve been better if the person leading an english tour could speak good english because if not and they’re barely comprehensible, it defeats the purpose of having a tour at all. I appreciated the skip-the-line passes though because the Vatican was really crowded. For the Rome tour outside the Vatican, I really liked our guide Alessandra (different from the Vatican guide). She was engaging and seemed to be really passionate about the beautiful sights of Rome. She was also able to explain facts about the sights really well. Overall, I guess it’s a hit or miss with the guides. I’d also recommend separating the Vatican and Rome tours because doing both in a day was very very tiring and frankly, felt quite rushed. P.S. got more pictures of the Vatican because again, we gave up trying to listen to the guide, hence more free time for pictures haha.

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  14. Anonymous

    The trip was excellent but the arrangement was a bit confusing . The Vatican trip was wonderful but the meal needed improvement. The Rome trip was a mess because the staff of grayline was new comer. We had to wait in the uncovered area at 37 Celsius for bus transfer.The 1 hour waiting made me sunburn. The tourist.guide for Colosseum was excellent

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  15. Anonymous – Germany

    Guide at Colosseo is very engaging

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  16. Charlesetta – United States

    Thank you Ms M for an excellent tour

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  17. Anonymous – United States

    Spot on. Perfect!

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  18. Laura – United Kingdom

    Great way to see the main places in Rome, lots of walking, but very fun! Our guide, Felix, was so informative throughout every area of Rome. He had so much knowledge of the city and was able to answer all of our questions!! If it is your first time it’s a great way to get an overview of the City. Colosseum was great, we were given lots of great information and got to see inside and out! Trevi fountain was one of our favourite places, and we had time to take photos. The Vatican was simply beautiful!! Free Gelato on the tour is always a good thing!

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  19. Anonymous – United States

    Great tour of the Vatican the second half confusing and not organized.

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  20. Helena – Czech Republic

    I recommend this tour!! Guides very educated and kind. Unfortunately we started later with the first part (I dont know why – gyg send me an email about delay) and then almost missed the Vatican. The tour was very detailed and satisfy everybody.

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  21. Anonymous – Netherlands

    …very good tour and guide! Great combotour with a great guide who take's his time to answer any quistion that you have.

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  22. Taoufik – Switzerland

    Excellent guide for the Colosseo We really appreciate the professionalism of the guide Luigi during the Colosseo visit. Thank you Luigi !

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  23. Jesus Nolan – United States

    Very entertaining. Excellent experience.

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  24. Candace – United States

    It was good It was great because I got to see The Pope. I’m not sure if this is something announced in advance, but when booking the tour it would have been nice to know… I would have caught the entire experience. I didn’t realize tickets for The Vatican and Colosseum were not included. There was a lot of walking and metro riding.. There were a couple of other things I wanted to see but didn’t get the opportunity. J could have forgone the gelato for the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica or entry into The Vatican.

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