Enjoy the freedom of exploring the Vatican Museums and Colosseum on your own, with seamless coordination from our City Wonders team. Our unique partnership with the Vatican and special access to the Colosseum allow you an unforgettable experience, on your terms.
You’ll begin this experience at a meeting point near the Vatican Museums, where you will be escorted by a City Wonders coordinator past the long Vatican lines and directly inside. Once past security, our representative will provide you with a City Wonders map to help you find your way around the Museum and navigate the works of the Sistine Chapel. From there, you’re free to explore the museum based on your specific interests.
Later that afternoon, you will meet another representative outside the Colosseum, for your special escorted Skip the Line Access. Here, you will be able to experience the immensity of ancient Rome’s most iconic symbol at your own pace, enjoying privileged direct access to the arena floor through the recently opened ‘Gladiator’s Entrance’.
Feel the glory and majesty of Rome at the height of its power as you walk on the very same stones as the gladiators who fought here. Follow in their footsteps out onto a partial reconstruction of the arena floor and look up at the tiered ruins that were once filled with 50,000 - 80,000 bloodthirsty spectators. Enjoy up-close views of the underground “back stage” of the arena and the panorama from where the Emperor’s box once stood, all areas that standard ticket holders don’t get to see.
In addition, you’ll gain access to the second floor, so you can experience a view of the Colosseum from where the crowds once roared as gladiator’s lives hung in the balance. After the tour, you will have the option of staying inside the Colosseum to continue your exploration or follow our representative to take advantage of Skip the Line Access to the Roman Forum. Then, hike to the top of the Palatine Hill for an exceptional bird’s-eye view of the Forum and Circus Maximus.