Classical Rome Tour
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 Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini held office and delivered many of his speeches from the balcony, now named after him.
As you voyage through Rome, you will visit Vatican City which is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. It's home to the Pope and a trove of iconic art and architecture. Proceed towards the glorious St. Peter's Basilica, where you will get a chance to view this Renaissance style church up close. As you journey through Rome, you can take a chance in line to gain entry to the Basilica (not guaranteed) or have the option to purchase skip the line tickets available at the Vatican, if time permits. 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. After exploring more of the Basilica, you'll have some time to visit the Vatican souvenir shop to look for gifts.
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. From here your group will start the walking tour with your guide passing by the Colosseum. You will then continue along Via dei Fori Imperiali until you reach Venice Square to admire the beautiful National Monument Altar of the Fatherland which was built between 1885 and 1935 to honor Victor Emmanuel II. Your walking tour will continue from here and you'll proceed until Trevi Fountain to have a small lunch break (not included). You will then proceed to pass Pantheon and Navona Square where masterpieces of art are disseminated at every corner across the district allowing you to discover and appreciate Rome from many points of view.
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 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.