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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
Recommended 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.

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.

4.5 Stars4.7 / 5  |  45 ReviewsReview This Tour
good but could use time better.
October 31, 2022
It was great to wonder around Rome and see the different fountains, town squares, and I really enjoyed the colosseum. I wish we could have gone inside the Sistine Chapel. I would have gladly given up some of my lunch time or time at the colosseum to see it. We could have waited in the line or got a skip the line ticket. We got to just walk by all the excavation of the old forum and I would have liked to stop even for a few minutes to look at that. Our guide(Renee) was wonderful and very knowledgeable.
Reviewer: Dara Williams
4 Stars
Amazing City and great guide
October 29, 2022
Wow! What an overview of room we received. It was perfect for the first time in Rome. Or I would even say that your first day in Rome. It gives you an amazing overview of the city and leaves you of course wanting to come back for more. My husband and I both decided that that's where we want to spend a whole week sometime in the future
Reviewer: Gina Monique Birkholz
5 Stars
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October 22, 2022
Enjoyable excursion, great tour guide & beatiful Places.
Reviewer: Merlita del Valle
5 Stars
October 22, 2022
great guy spoke English well
Reviewer: Ron Graff
5 Stars
The ONLY Tour! Informative, timely, and fun!
October 19, 2022
We weren't too sure what to expect w/ this. Upon arriving at the transportation hub, our driver was waiting for us near the road with a sign with our names. He drove us into Rome where we met our tour guide. Our guide took us to the Trevi fountain, Coliseum, Pantheon, Vatican City, and MUCH more. The smaller tours are WORTH it! You'll get far more information, see more sights, and get to know your guide compared to the larger group tours (we did those as well in other locations). The guide wrapped up with enough time to get us back to our cruise ship without a worry. We would ABSOLUTELY recommend this over ALL others.
Reviewer: Mike
5 Stars
August 16, 2022
This your is very well organized and hits the keys of Rome.
Reviewer: Rodolfo Zamora
5 Stars