On this full day tour of Rome, travel past the ancient ruins of the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, Circus Maximus, and observe the majestic Colosseum. See architectural feats such as the Victor Emmanuel Monument, Mussolini's Balcony, Fountain of Four Rivers, and the world famous Trevi Fountain. The day is rounded out with a visit to Vatican City, the seat of the Catholic church.
Your Civitavecchia tour begins with your arrival in Rome, where you'll pass by the Roman Forum. The city was founded in 753 BCE upon the Palatine Hill, one of the famed seven hills that encompassed Ancient Rome. In the same vicinity is the Circus Maximus, where chariots raced for the entertainment of Ancient Roman citizens. Measuring 2,037 feet (621 meters) in length, it is truly a marvel to behold. Your guide will also lead you by the Capitoline Hill and the Victor Emmanuel Monument, also known as the Altare della Patria. This monument was built in honor of a unified Italy's first king, Victor Emmanuel, depicting the king sitting on a horse. Nearby is the Palazzo di Venezia, where Facist dictator Benito Mussolini held office and delivered many of his speeches from the balcony, now named after him.
Next, observe the most known symbol of Rome: the Colosseum. Built between 70 AD to 80 AD, the Colosseum boasts the title as being one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Originally called the Amphitheatrum Flavium, or Flavian Amphitheater, it hosted gladiatorial contests, mock naval battles, animal hunts, and acted as a venue for the martyrdom of Christians. You will have time to capture stunning photos of this Roman landmark from your observation point.
Afterward, you'll be driven downtown to enjoy a small walk around the Baroque section of Rome, where the legendary Trevi Fountain is located. Continue the tradition of throwing a coin back over your shoulder into the clear waters below Nicola Salvi's masterpiece. Resume to the Piazza Navona for a small lunch break (additional cost). Sit at one of the open air cafes while gazing at the mesmerizing Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) by Bernini.
No day would be complete without a visit to the Vatican City, officially its own state separate from Italy. Proceed towards the glorious St. Peter's Basilica, where upon entering, you can stare in wonder at the Pieta by Michelangelo. In the middle sits St. Peter's Baldachin, the Baroque styled bronzed canopy held by by four pillars over the central altar. On the next level down in front of the altar lies the remain of the first Pope, Christ's apostle Saint Peter.
After exploring more of the Basilica, you'll have some time to visit the Vatican souvenir shop to look for gifts. Enjoy a drive back to Civitavecchia after an eye opening visit to Rome. Book this tour today for an unforgettable Italy excursion.
Please Note: This tour is available in Spanish upon request. Please select your preferred language above when placing your booking. This tour can accommodate guests who are disembarking their cruise ship with luggage. You may bring luggage on this tour and leave it on the bus while touring. If you are disembarking your ship and do not wish to ride back to the cruise pier, the tour will end at the Justice Palace, Piazza dei Tribunali. All guests who are returning to the port should consult the guide for the final departure time and location for the shuttle back to port. Earphones must be purchased at the beginning of this tour (2.50 EUR per person). There are no exceptions. Entrance fees to attractions/museums are not included with the price of this tour.
Reviewer: Jeff Martinez
Going to Rome was a dream come true. There is no way to see everything anyone would want to see in one day, but this tour did a great job helping us experience the highlights. We saw the outside of the Colliseum, Trevi Fountain, outside of Pantheon, lots of other beautiful buildings, and a chance to see some of the Vatican. We were allowed to pay $20 on the bus to buy a "Skip the Line" pass that allowed us to enter the Vatican Chapel which was well worth paying on this day packed with beautiful sites. The bus staff was very friendly and our guide was knowledgeable and wonderful. Of course there is a lot of walking required. For a one day excursion of Rome I don't know how it could be much better. We considered the other tour that was more expensive and allowed us to go inside the Colliseum, but we were happy with his one as we wanted more time to experience all we could.
Reviewer: J Marmalade
The bus ride was long and the crowds in Rome were tremendous, but the tour itself was great for an overview of this important city. Unfortunately we had a person with a cane and obvious walking issues on the tour even though the tour description should have warned her off before she signed up. We therefore had lost time waiting for her constantly to the point where she and her companion finally took a taxi back to the ship. We got to many "must see" sites, but the crowds were so bad. That's not the tour fault. Our guide was excellent.
At first, I did not think that we would have time to go to all the places mentioned in the tour itinerary. But we did, with the help of our tour guide Niels. Niels speaks 5 languages and very knowledgeable. He's great!! One thing I would like to remind everyone is : since the port Civitavecchia is very far from Roma, the tour guide does not go back with the bus to the port. So please do not forget to tip your tour guide when he says 'bye-bye' in Roma, especially if he has done such an excellent job like Niels did.
Reviewer: Laurie Yee
We were on the Princess Cruise and they did not have a Shore Excursion like this one where you could disembark the ship & leave your luggage on the bus when you are touring Rome! I am so glad we booked this because they were advertising that a one-way ride to Rome is $200 per person and we paid only half! Also, our tour guide was excellent & she even called for a taxi so that we could leave the Colosseum since it was closer to our hotel than where the tour would have ended!!!
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and experienced. Tour was Great and organized very well Also, twice LESS expensive than to buy it on ship 🚢