Small Group Best of Rome
Tired of the long waits and bustling crowds that come with the typical, over-crowded tour groups? If so, then this is the tour for you! With a maximum of 8 guests only, this tour will allow you an intimate and personalized experience as you spend more time touring and less time waiting.
You will meet at the pier where your driver will take you on an approximately 80 minute scenic transfer past farms and orchards to the beautiful city of Rome. Upon arrival to the Eternal City you will be greeted by Capitoline Hill, an early Roman citadel containing several ancient ruins as well as Medieval and Renaissance palaces. Over at the 50,000 seat Roman Colosseum you will have 40 minutes of free time (entrance ticket not included) to explore this grand example of classic Roman architecture and imagine what it must have been like as gladiators, Christians, and wild beasts battled to their deaths. Nearby you will find the imposing triumphal Arch of Titus erected in A.D. 81 by the Emperor Domitian.
From there you will pass by Palatine Hill, Circus Maximus, and the Victor Emanuel monument on your way to the old section of Rome where you will walk through the narrow, twisting streets to the Trevi Fountain. At 85 feet high and 65 feet wide, this is the largest Baroque fountain in the city with a traditional legend: those visitors who throw a coin over their left shoulder into the fountain are ensured a return trip to Rome. While in town you will also see the Pantheon, built in A.D. 126 as a temple to all ancient Roman gods. Make a stop at the Navona and Farnese Squares if time permits, then enjoy a quick lunch (on your own) before you make your way to Vatican City with views of the Castel of the Angels and Bernini's Bridge of the Angels along the way.
Once in Vatican City you will have 45 minutes of free time to visit St. Peter's Square and St. Peter's Basilica, or just soak in the sights and browse for souvenirs. Reserve your spot on this very special 9 hour tour of Rome today for a very personalized experience that differs greatly from the large cruise tour groups.
Please Note: Tickets to the Colosseum are not included. On select dates the Colosseum will be more crowded than usual, in which case you will be given a free tour of the outside of the Colosseum with additional time to spend at St. Peter's Basilica.