Panorama of Rome
Panoramic Day Tour in Rome
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: 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 to the meeting location on the day of the tour. 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.
Tour itself was enjoyable, included head phones which were useful due to the crowds and noise. Started in Vatican City, would not recommend attempts to add the guided tours due to time restraints, these require more time than available to justify the expense. As an alternative we did enjoy the Leonardo DaVinci Museum, it was very interesting and is good for children as well. Tour included the Colliseum from the outside, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Castel Saint Angelo, and Piazza Navona. There was some time allowed for self guided site seeing that was a nice feature. Only one note, our group included many different nationalities so our tour guide needed to translate his information at least 3 times, but he did an outstanding job.
Reviewer: Judith Andrew
My trip to Rome was the highlight of my trip. From the driving to the walking aspect of the tour, I learned so much. Our tour guide was both funny and informative, and I enjoyed viewing the picturesque and breathtaking scenery and archaeological wonders of Rome. Upon entering St. Peter's Basilica, I was in awe and amazement at the details so painstakingly etched in almost every part of it's walls, whether it was a painting or a carved statue. My phone camera just couldn't capture all it's beauty.
Reviewer: Lystra Noray
This excursion was very educational and there were so much to see. I was a bit disappointed that we didn't go inside the Coliseum but just being on the site in itself was a dream come true. I enjoyed the Panorama of Rome and if given the opportunity, would definitely return.
Reviewer: R. Ohanyan
The tour guide was excellent. Spoke four languages fluently and was very informative. There were people on this tour who slowed down the rest of the group. He had to make separate arrangements with them so we could cover everything we needed to see.
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.