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Exclusive Best of Rome

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Exclusive Best of Rome History Tour

Escape the crowded cruise line tours on this exclusive Best of Rome shore excursion. With a tour size of no more than 30 guests (and often less) you will enjoy a very personalized experience that differs greatly from the 50-plus-person tours offered by the cruise lines.

Your Civitavecchia tour begins when you are met at the cruise terminal. Here you will climb aboard your air-conditioned vehicle for the 80-minute drive to Rome. As you drive from the coast into the city, you will watch as the flat coastal area disappears and you gradually climb up through farms and orchards to reach the City of Seven Hills. When you arrive in Rome, you will first see Capitoline Hill located between the Forum and the Campus Martius. Capitoline Hill is one of the seven famous hills of Rome. It was the citadel of the earliest Romans and contains several ancient ground-level ruins and Medieval and Renaissance palaces and the Victor Emanuel Monument. Michelangelo designed this significant urban plan.

Next you will visit the symbol of the Eternal City, the Roman Colosseum, where you will have time and an included ticket to tour inside this masterpiece of classical architecture. The Colosseum is one of the most recognized monuments of ancient Rome, where gladiators, Christians and wild beasts once battled to the death in front of 50,000 spectators. You will have approximately 40 minutes of free time to sightsee. Nearby, the imposing triumphal Arch of Titus was erected in A.D. 81 by the Emperor Domitian in honor of the victories in battle of his brother and father in Judea.

Departing the Colosseum area, you will be driven by Palatine Hill, Circus Maximus, and the Victor Emanuel monument on your way to the old section of Rome, where you will begin a walking tour. First, you will visit the Trevi Fountain. Walking from your transportation, you will walk through the narrow, twisting streets to the Trevi Fountain, named after the area of Rome where it is found. The fountain stands 85 feet high, 65 feet wide, and is the largest Baroque fountain in the city. A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin with one's right hand over one's left shoulder into the Trevi Fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. You will also visit the Pantheon, an excellent example of ancient Roman architecture. It was built in A.D. 126 as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome. If time permits, you will also see Navano and Farnese Squares.

Time will be taken for a quick lunch on your own.

Your driver will next drive you to the world-famous Vatican City. Along the way you will see the Castel of the Angels and Bernini's Bridge of the Angels. At St. Peter's Square, you will have approximately 45 minutes of free time to visit St. Peter's Square, St. Peter's Basilica - the largest church in the world - or browse for souvenirs. Since St. Peter's is extremely popular, please be aware that you may encounter lines to enter the Basilica.

After your visit to St. Peters, you will be driven back to your ship pier.

Please Note: Given the traffic in Rome, the itinerary may vary according to local conditions. Crowds are to be expected at all sites and lines for the Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica may exceed over one hour to enter. If fewer than nine people are on your tour, you will travel in a small vehicle with excellent access to all sights, and a guide who is also your driver will lead your tour. If more than nine people are on your tour, you will have a driver and escort to Rome where you will meet your guide for the guided portion of the tour. On select dates, the Italian government will allow free entrance into the Colosseum, which will cause large than normal crowds. Should the wait time for entrance into the Colosseum be too long, guests will be given an outside tour of the Colosseum along with additional free time to visit St. Peter's Basilica. The select dates are: May 9th, June 5th, June 29th, September 23rd, October 4th, and November 4th.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
9 Hours
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Port Transportation Hub
Food/Beverage Provided
Not included
Dress
As you will be visiting inside a religious or memorial site, shoulders and knees must be covered. Sensible, flat-soled walking shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended.
Restrictions
This tour is not wheelchair accessible, and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility. All participants must be able to walk at a reasonable pace on the walking portion of the tour. Guests must be able to walk over paved as well as cobblestone surfaces, many of which are uneven. There are steps at all locations visited on the tour. The minimum age to participate is 5 years old.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 38 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsExclusive Best of RomeNovember 27, 2019

Reviewer: Kaz Furmanczyk
Full day tour. The first portion of the tour was on the bus with a guide, who gave good overview of Rome history and pointed to key interesting sides, when driving through streets of Rome. Second portion of the tour was walking through the city with a professional Rome guide. The tour was well organized, including enter to the Colosseum without waiting in line (reserved time). Hour time in Vatican was not enough, but this is when you combine so many interesting places in one day. Overall excellent and highly recommended tour.

5 StarsRome/ AlissiaOctober 24, 2019

Reviewer: sherry
she was the perfect tour guide along with the guy who was very knowledgeable., he could have been a professor! The collesium was spectacular and Rome was a must see in Italy, our favorite was the Trevi fountain and the cathedrals. I hope to make it back some day.

4 StarsGreat Taste of RomeOctober 16, 2019

Reviewer: Cathy Taveras
This tour was great! It was a seamless process to get from the cruise boat to the tour meeting spot and everyone was friendly and knowledgeable. Once we got to Rome, it felt a little unorganized at first but once we got settled, it was great. The city is very walkable and all the major sites are very close to each other. Our guide seamlessly took us from place to place giving us a bit of history and pictures to imagine a time back when. My only complaint is things felt a little rushed and unorganized at times. But being able to see so many sites in one day will mean you don’t have a lot of time to spend at each place. Overall, I highly recommend this tour as an introduction to Rome but to deep dive, you should plan a second trip for more time.

5 StarsGood tourOctober 02, 2019

Reviewer: Lisa
The tour guider is very knowledgeable.

5 StarsTerrific overview of RomeSeptember 24, 2019

Reviewer: Tod Arnold
Really enjoyed our 1 day highlights tour as we were able to take in many of the key points with significant and engaging historical background provided by our wonderful guide. We also skipped the extensive line at the coliseum and when we returned on our own a week later could see that we had been given a great overview of the highlights.

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