Sale Price: $179.00
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 intended for guests arriving in Civitavecchia. While guests staying in hotels are always welcome, they are responsible for arranging their own transportation to to the meeting location on the day of the tour. 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. Though entrance to St. Peter's Basilica is free, you have the option of buying a 1-hour guided tour for 20 EUR per person (not included) payable on site.
Reviewer: L. Van Bergen
This was a wonderful active way to see the major sites of Rome in one day. Our knowledgeable guide arranged the optimal timing so we visited all the sites without being rushed or crowded.
Reviewer: Joe V
The weather was awful. A constant hard rain all day long. With Rome being extra crowded with 9 cruise ships in port, we were dodging umbrellas coming at us in all directions, but our tour guide did a great job of finding some space and getting us to see all the attractions. She made the day as pleasurable as was possible under these conditions.
Reviewer: Katherine Winship
We chose this tour because of VALUE! It provided all of our transportation to & from the port city (with free shuttle from ship) and took us to all major sights in Rome. Our guide explained history and importance of places and buildings. Our driver was excellent & we arrived back at our ship on time in spite of a hard rain on the way back.
A truly memorable tour with our great guide Vicenzo, who did it in 3 languages! Great sites, with a lot of details, we had a fantastic day. Grazie Vicenzo!
Reviewer: Michael Grunewald
Overall, this tour was a decent value. One downside is we were not aware of an additional cost of 20 euros pp for the skip-the-line tour of the Vatican. Our tour was delayed an hour due to wind and port traffic keeping us at sea. We were worried that our tour group would be gone - but they were waiting for us at the planned location. The RT coach ride was comfortable and somewhat scenic. We met our tour guide, Neil, at the Vatican. Throughout the day, he added an excellent historical perspective to our tour. The historic side of the city did not disappoint. We had ample time to tour the outside the Colosseum. We made our way from there to the Trevi Fountain, having enough time to grab a slice of pizza and drink after taking some pictures. Then we were on to the Pantheon, where we enjoyed skip-the-line inside access. The amount of walking was slightly above the moderate level. There were several seniors that were no worse for the wear after the experience.