Rome Highlights: Vatican Museums & Colosseum

Rome Highlights: Vatican Museums & Colosseum

Visit the two symbol sights of Rome, Colosseum and Vatican, on the same date and save 1 EURO per person!

With one ticket – you'll see two Rome highlights!

Visit two of Rome's main sights – the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum with the Roman Forum and the Palatine Museum – on the same date and save 1 Euro per person! Choose your preferred time and date for your visit to the Vatican Museums. We will confirm the closest available time on the same date, and book your entrance to the Colosseum at a compatible time (one sight in the morning, the other in the afternoon).

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – ATTENTION PLEASE:

You will receive

  • one voucher for the Vatican Museums and
  • one cumulative voucher for the Colosseum and the other two sites (Roman Forum and Palatine Museum)

YOU MUST PRINT THEM BOTH as you will have to show them at the Vatican Museums and at the Colosseum 15 minutes before your confirmed time of visit to pick up your tickets.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The time you select on the order form is your preferred time. The museum or attraction will automatically confirm the closest available time, which can be any time during opening hours on the selected date, if your preferred time is no longer available.

PLEASE NOTE: Please Note: Tickets will be confirmed subject to availability and confirmation by the Vatican no sooner than 2 months before your intended visit. We will confirm your visit as soon as the Vatican does. Credit card charge is made the business day after the reservation request.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Confirmed tickets CANNOT be canceled and are NOT refundable.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR RESERVATION:

VATICAN MUSEUMS:

  • The admission ticket to the Vatican Museums is valid for visiting the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel only on the date of pick-up. It is also valid for entrance to the Vatican Historical Museum and Papal Apartments of the Apostolic Palace of Lateran (near the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome) during regular opening hours if used within the five consecutive days from the date of pick-up.
  • Maximum 10 people per group, tickets are NOT refundable.
  • IMPORTANT: The Vatican Museums require the name and birth dates of all participants of the group, please enter their names in the specific field on the order form once you have added the reservation to your shopping cart
  • The reservation allows you to enter the museum at confirmed date and time without waiting in line, only at time confirmed on the voucher – delays on reservations are not allowed. It is advised to be at the meeting point no less than 15 minutes before time indicated on the confirmation voucher. Your preferential entrance time indicated on the voucher can still experience delays due to the large number or visitors entering the museums every day. Weekend in Italy/Weekend a Firenze is not responsible for eventual delays related to inefficiencies of the Vatican Museums cashiers.
  • As stated above, you will receive an e-mail with the confirmation of the booking, the voucher containing the reservation code and tour information. You must print the voucher so as to present it on the day of the tour. The reservation will be checked by means of the bar code present on the voucher. In case of loss of the voucher please consult the Customer Care Staff. To access the museums, you will have to show the voucher you received by email together with a valid identification document.
  • Vatican Museums rooms closed at the moment of the visit will be indicated at entrance.
  • Access to the Vatican Museums is permitted only to visitors with proper attire (no shorts, mini-skirts, bare arms).
  • All the reservations, dates and times may be changed or cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances related to activities of the Pope.
  • Reservations can be made until 4 days before the visit.

 

VATICAN MUSEUMS OPENING HOURS:

Open from Monday to Saturday – exact entrance times will be indicated at the moment of the reservation.

The Vatican Museums are closed on the following days:

  • Sundays (except for the last Sunday of each month, excluding Easter, June 29 and December 25 and 26)
  • January 1 and 6 (Epiphany)
  • February 11 (Lateran Pacts Anniversary)
  • March 19 (St. Joseph), Easter and Easter Monday
  • May 1 (Ascension Thursday) and May 22 (Corpus Christi Day)
  • August 14 (Assumption Vigil) and 15 (Assumption Day)
  • November 1 (All Saint's Day)
  • December 8 (Feast of the Immaculate Conception), 25 (Christmas Day) and 26 (St. Stephen's Day)

 

COLOSSEUM

The admission ticket to the Colosseum is also valid for the Palatine Museum and the Roman Forum, for two days from the pick up and allows one entrance to each site.

Reservations are limited to 13 persons maximum.

COLOSSEUM OPENING HOURS:

8:30am - 4:30pm from January 2 to February 15

8:30am - 5:00pm from February 16 to March 15

8:30am - 5:30pm from March 16 to 28

8:30am - 7:15pm from the last Sunday of March to August 31

8:30am - 7:00pm from September 1 to September 30

8:30am - 6:30pm from October 1 to the last Saturday of October

8:30am - 4:30pm from last Sunday of October to December 31

8:30am - 2:00pm April 11

1:30pm - 7:15pm June 2

Closed January 1, December 25.

Ticket office closes one hour before closing time.

 

Save time ordering: Add all tickets for museums and other services you want into your basket, then fill in the form and send your request.

PLEASE NOTE: Immediately after submitting an order, you will receive an email with your order summary plus a second email confirming your successful payment. A confirmation email with links to the vouchers will be sent one business day after you place your order (Monday afternoon for orders submitted on Friday and during the weekend). Please make sure that your anti-spam filter does not block automatic emails from [email protected]

Voucher #1: THE VATICAN MUSEUMS

The Vatican Museums are the largest, richest, most compelling and perhaps most comprehensive museum complex in the world. Many treasures of the city's history are here, from both classical and later times, and many of the Renaissance's finest artists were in the employ of the Pope.

The Vatican Palace holds a collection of museums on very diverse subjects: displays of classical statuary, Renaissance painting, Etruscan relics, Egyptian artifacts, not to mention the furnishings and decoration of the palace itself.

The Vatican Museums are the Egyptian Museum, the Chiaramonti Museum, the Museum of Popes Clement XiV and Pius Vi, Gregorian Museum of Etruscan Art, Antiquarium Romanum, the Vase Collection, the Biga Room, the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Tapestries, Gallery of the Maps, the Apartment of St.Pius V, the Sobieski Room, the Room of the Immaculate Conception, Raphael's Rooms and Loggias, the Collection of Modern Religious Art, the Sistine Chapel, the Apostolic Library, the Vatican Picture Gallery, the Gregorian Museum of Profane Art, the Christian Museum, the Missionary Museum of Ethnology, and the Carriage Pavilion.

Justly known as one of the most famous places in the world, the Sistine Chapel is the site where the conclave for the election of the popes and other solemn pontifical ceremonies are held. The ceiling as well as the wall above the altar bear the magnificent frescoes by Michelangelo. Pope Julius II commissioned the Florentine master sculptor and painter to decorate the ceiling between 1508 and 1512. Much later, from 1537 to 1541, Michelangelo was again called to create The Last Judgement on the wall above the altar, a fresco which would change the course of Western art.

Built according to the architectural design of Baccio Pontelli by Giovannino de Dolci between 1475 and 1481, the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who commissioned it. A large rectangular room with a barrel-vaulted ceiling, it is divided into two unequal parts by a marble screen. The screen and the transenna were built by Mino da Fiesole and other artists.

 

Voucher #2: THE COLOSSEUM, THE ROMAN FORUM, THE PALATINE MUSEUM

The Colosseum is probably the most famous monument in the world. With its height of 48 meters (157 feet), the colossal elliptical structure has fascinated humans throughout history.

Construction of the Colosseum was begun under Vespasian as a symbol of the grandeur of the Roman Empire. It was inaugurated by Emperor Titus in the year 80 AD.

The popular name of "Colosseum" is due to a statue ("colosso") of Nero once situated next to the arena. The original name of this ancient Roman sports arena, the largest arena of its kind, is the Amphitheatrum Flavium.

The exterior borrows elements from Greek architecture. Every arch is framed by columns. From the bottom to the top, the columns are Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. The attic is decorated with Corinthian pilasters. Here, small windows once alternated with bronze plaques. Marble and metal were taken from the facade and interior of the Colosseum for use in later buildings.

The design of the Colosseum is a triumph of functional planning. The Colosseum consisted of four floors. It stood 160 feet high with four stories of windows, arches, and columns. It could easily accommodate as many as 50,000 spectators who entered through the 76 gates on the ground level. Two of the entrances were used by Emperor Titus and two for the gladiators. Barrel-vaulted corridors gave access to tiers of seats. The spectators were seated by rank with the topmost seats reserved for women and children.

The basement level, now exposed, was covered with a wooden floor strewn with fine sea sand. The level underneath contained elaborate corridors, service rooms, elevators, gladiatorial barracks, and rooms for wild beasts. During the first ten years of its existence, the stadium was filled with water and used for mock naval battles called Naumachie.

Most shows lasted all day beginning with comedy contests and exotic animal shows in the morning and professional gladiator events in the afternoon.

The Palatine Hill is located between the Roman Forum, the Velabrum and the Circus Maximus. It is one of the seven hills of Rome, and probably the site of the first settlements of the city. The western side of the Palatine Hill is where Roman mythology places the site of the dwelling of Romulus, as well as the cave where Romulus and Remus were raised by the she-wolf.

The Palatine Museum is located on the Palatine Hill, on top of what was once the palace of Domitian. The former Convento della Visitazione was built here in 1868. The museum was set up around 1930 by Alfonso Bartoli. In the beginning, only the first floor was used to exhibit the most important material, including findings from Diocletian's Baths. After WWII, items of greatest artistic importance were relocated to the Museo Nazionale Romano, while the Palatine Museum was dedicated to exhibiting items relating to the topography of the Palatine Hill and its monuments.

The museum was reorganized at the end of the 1960's. After a long closure period and recovery of Diocletian's sculptures, the Palatine Museum reopened to the public showing the artistic culture of the Domus from Augustus to late imperial times.

The Palatine Museum is entirely devoted to ceramics, frescoes, mosaics, inscriptions, sculptures and portrait heads actually found on the hill. Given the lasting importance of this relatively small area of the city, the museum's mere nine rooms offer a remarkably rich and comprehensive tour through ancient Roman history and art.

Full Price Tickets

 

Reduced Price Tickets:

  • Children aged between 6 and 18 years
  • Students aged no more than 26 years on presentation of a student identity card (International Student Card) on the day of the visit.
  • If a reduced price ticket is purchased without the required documents, the visitor will be asked to make payment of a full price ticket so as to enter. The reduced ticket will not be refunded.

 

Free Admission (cannot be booked online):

  • Children under 6 (no need to consider them while booking)
  • Last Sunday of each month
  • World Tourism Day (September 27)
  • Directors of museums, ministries or governmental organizations assigned to archeological, artistic, artistic heritage preservation
  • Disabled (with 100% invalidity) and one companion each
  • Journalists authorized by the Direction of the Museums after clearance from the “Sala Stampa della Santa Sede”, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, the Foreign Press Association and the "Ordine Nazionale Italiano dei Giornalisti"
  • ICOM members (with valid membership card)
  • ICOMONS members (with valid membership card)
  • Patrons and Friends of the Vatican Museums
  • University professors (Department Chairs of Archaeology, Art History, Architecture and Ethnology), professors of academies with seat in Rome, may give special lectures in particular sections of the Museums on subjects within their specialization by presenting a written request to the Direction of the Museums. The authorization is not valid for a subsequent visit outside those sections.

WARNING: Admission to booked site or service will be denied without presenting the voucher or the ticket. Presenting a copy of the order form does by not give you the right to be admitted. No exceptions can be made to this rule.
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