For those who would like an overview of the Eternal City, this Civitavecchia excursion will not disappoint. Enjoy a venture into Vatican City to visit the seat of the Catholic church. From there, you will be taken by the Roman Forum, Victor Emmanuel's Monument, and Mussolini's Balcony. Then comes the famous Colosseum, a majestic ancient amphitheater (observation and photos from the outside only). Your Civitavecchia tour continues to the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon, concluding at the Piazza Navona. Enjoy free time at each of the stops to explore the Eternal City and its amazing sites on your own.
Depart Civitavecchia by bus and arrive at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Enjoy some time to explore St. Peter's Basilica, housing Michelangelo's marble masterpiece, the Pieta. You'll be awestruck by St. Peter's Baldachin, the bronze canopy and pillars straddling the altar sitting above the burial site of Saint Peter. Study the magnificent craftsmanship encompassing the Basilica's interior or descend into the Vatican Grotto, where many of the Popes and Catholic saints from the past are buried.
Your bus will bring you towards the ruins of Ancient Rome. Pass by the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, where the city of Rome was founded in 753 BCE. Along the way, you'll view the Victor Emmanuel Monument, or the Altare della Patria. This monument was built in honor of a unified Italy's first king, Victor Emmanuel. See Mussolini's Balcony in Venice Square, where the notorious dictator delivered his speeches to the Italian public.
Stop to observe the most famous of Roman sites: the Colosseum, also known as the Amphitheatrum Flavium. This monument acted as a central entertainment location for Roman citizens to enjoy gladiatorial combat, mock naval battles, and animal hunts. For a brief period, many early Christians were martyred within its circumferential structure. The Colosseum, one of the New7Wonders, was built between 70 AD to 80 AD. You will have time to capture photos and observe this stunning monument.
Continue your tour to the city center, where you will have free time for shopping or to purchase lunch. After your free time, resume the tour at the Pantheon, one of the best preserved structures from Ancient Rome, commissioned during the reign of Augustus Caesar. Once inside, you'll be intrigued by the dome roof with a central opening to the sky. Proceed to your final meeting point, Navona Sqaure, boasting the location of the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) by Bernini.
Book this Rome tour today for a comprehensive and enlightening Italy excursion.
Please Note: Entrance fees to attractions/museums are not included with the price of this tour. Occasionally there are long lines to visit certain attractions, especially the Basilica. Visits to certain attractions may be limited due to varying wait times and time restrictions. Free time is provided at each stop so guests can attempt to visit these sites on their own.
On the bus to Rome, we had the option to upgrade to the Classical Rome and to purchase headphones. By upgrading we were able to listen to our guide, Ilenya's explanations clearly. The upgrade also included Ilenya's guided walking tour around the plaza surrounding the Trevi Fountain (i.e. the Pantheon). She also recommended a quick yummy pizza place. The ride on the bus to different locations was a nice break in between visiting the different sites. Ilenya was very knowledge and friendly. We were surprised that we were able to purchase skip the line tickets for St. Peter's Basilica on the bus. My family loved the tour and hope to visit Rome again.
We had wonderful guides with head phones connected to us so everything was always explained. Didn't miss a thing. Don't worry about your language it's taken care of. Lots of walking which we enjoy but suggest to have good comfortable walking shoes. It was worth every penny to see everything including the coliseum, no time to go in though no big deal. The Teave' Fountain lots of time to take pictures have a quick lunch 45mins. Next walk through the streets which we loved the cobble stone throughout then to the Pantheon building with the remarkable hole in the ceiling which was on purpose, great explanation with every detail. Next the Vatican no waiting in line. Just awesome to be there with the art and structure alone. Outdoor water taps are found here.to use. This adventure to Rome was the highlight of our trip as it took a good part of the day not to be missed. :)
St Peter's Basilica was nice (but it was hot). Coliseum time was short. Trevi fountain too crowded.
Reviewer: J Roller
The tour bus was easy to find after taking the free shuttle from the port. We upgraded to the Classical Rome tour on the bus in order to stay with the group and get the guided tour. It was well worth the money. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and the pace was just right. The guide even alerted us to pick-pockets that were approaching the group. We saw the major sites and were dropped off at the ship, on time, at the end of the day.
Excellent. Fast paced and covers a lot of sites. Tour guide was great. I would recommend the guided tour because it is very busy and the meeting points were far away. Got back to the ship with 15 minutes of departure..I was so nervous but we made it. The only bad part was Two restroom breaks all day 9-6pm. That was hard.