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Classical Rome

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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. 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.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
8 Hours
Activity Level
Difficult
Shore Excursion Leaves From
A 5-minute shuttle ride is required to reach your departure location. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable seasonal clothing, sunscreen, and sunglasses. If you plan on entering St. Peter's Basilica, please be advised that a strict dress code is enforced. All guests must dress modestly and have their shoulders and knees covered to enter the basilica.
Restrictions
Participants must be able to step in and out of the vehicle and walk for approximately 3 to 4 miles over cobblestone, dirt, or uneven paths. Guests should be in good physical health to take this tour. This tour is not wheelchair or walker accessible, and is not recommended for guests with mobility issues.
5 Stars5Based On 42 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsGreat guided tourJune 11, 2018

Reviewer: Marilyn Garcia
We enjoyed our overview of Rome, the guide was knowledgeable and friendly. We couldn’t have done so much and learned so much on our own!

5 StarsGreat guided tourJune 11, 2018

Reviewer: Marilyn Garcia
We enjoyed our overview of Rome, the guide was knowledgeable and friendly. We couldn’t have done so much and learned so much on our own!

5 StarsTour de RomaJune 04, 2018

Reviewer: Nubia
Fue un tour excelente; nuestro guia Andrea fue muy profesional y estaba muy pendiente de las necesidades de todos y cada uno de nosotros. Ademas tiene un basto conocimiento de la historia, arquitectura de Roma, el Vaticano y sus alrededores. Nos indico varios sitios donde podiamos ir a almorzar, segun el gusto de cada uno.

5 StarsClassical RomeMay 30, 2018

Reviewer: Patricia Lantz
The tour was very well organized from getting on the buses to returning on the buses. It was an overview of Rome and a very long day. So much information was given it was overwhelming at times but I wouldn't have missed a minute of it. Good job!!!

4 StarsAbove Average ExcursionMay 29, 2018

Reviewer: Kathie Harvey
Our Classical Rome guide was very good, and our time in the city was just about right. We were not able to go into St. Peter's Basillica as it was Sunday, but had the added bonus of hearing the Pope address and bless the public from the residential building at noon. We were given just the right amount of time on our own, then back on the bus for more historical viewing. This excursion was above average.

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