This is certainly Discovery Guided Tours most selective and popular excursion, especially designed for those who would love to do in-depth visits of the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. The full list is below.
The tour is particularly engaging as you have your own Historical & Art guide qualified for these destinations, English-speaking of course, as well as your English speaking tour/driver.
MOST IMPORTANLY OUR GUIDES ARE INSPIRIED, PASSIONATE FOR THEIR SUBJECTS. THIS MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE TO YOUR TOUR DAY.
YOU will be driven in a luxury Sedan vehicle, Limo van, or Minibus to allow you to ACCESS PLACES where large coaches are not allowed. You will be able to visit more sites, and to fully enjoy your professional guide’s commentary.
TOUR Approximately 9 hours total including your lunch time.
Your English speaking driver/guide will welcome you at the cruise ship dock at 7:30am (suggested time). Once in Rome, our first stop will be up on the Gianicolo hill where you have the most spectacular view of Rome. You will drive by the refreshing fountain of the “Goddess of Roma” in the film THE GREAT BEAUTY – by Paolo Sorentino.
After, you will be driven right into the historical centre where one of our expert English-speaking guides will meet you and introduce you to the city; accompany and guide you around; take you inside all the major highlights of ancient & renaissance Rome.
The sights included in this tour are considered of the most important and popular IN ROME, THE ETERNAL CITY. The major points of interest that will be visited during this tour are:
• Colosseum – The Colosseum is the amphitheater where ancient Rome flocked to watch the gladiators flight literally for their lives as well as other spectacles of great daring and skill. The construction of this massive structure that could seat 80,000 was started in 72 AD by Emperor Vespasian.
• Roman Forum – The Forum was the commercial, political and religious center of ancient Rome. Its importance diminished after the 4th century along with the Empire. The temples, monuments and buildings constructed by successive emperors, consuls, and senators over a period of 900 years fell into ruins. It is a highly suggestive location, one that triggers the imagination of how the Ancient Romans lived.
• Arch of Constantine – The Arch of Constantine is the best preserved of Rome’s triumphal arches. This 4th century BC monument is covered with figures depicting Constantine’s victory over Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge. History comes alive with your guide’s stories.
• Circus Maximus – These are the ruins that remain of what was once a chariot racetrack big enough to hold more than 200,000 people. Romans would gather here to watch the races as they now do for football games.
• Piazza Venezia – This busy square, which is the geographical heart of the city, is easily recognized by its huge monument. The white marble structure was opened in 1911 and dedicated to Victor Emanuel II as a symbol of Italy’s unification. It also holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The monumnet can be seen from all the seven hills of Rome.
• Pantheon – This is the best-preserved building of ancient Rome. The original temple was built in 27 BC by Marcus Agrippa, and dedicated to the planetary gods. It was later rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian around 120 AD. It is to this day the most important architectural dome of its time. It has a certain calm and, you will see, it has incredible acoustics.
Some of the main points of interest that you will be able to see from the vehicle during your sightseeing drive are:
• Trevi Fountain – The most monumental of Rome’s baroque fountains, it was designed by by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. Legend has it, that if you toss a coin backwards over your head into the basin, it will ensure your return to Rome, where LA DOLCE VITA’S famous fountain scene with Anita Ekberg & Marcello Mastroianni was filmed.
• Spanish Steps – This is an over 200 years-old staircase named after the nearby Spanish Embassy to the Holy See. Enjoy time at your leisure to explore, shop, and sample some local food during lunch time. You have 1 hour to wander and have lunch here. Please note that lunch is not included with this tour. Top Fashion designers, haute couture as well, have used the Spanish Steps for their Shows, aired on international television.
• The Vatican Museums – The Museums contain an incredible collection of art and treasures collected by the various popes.
Your guide will walk you through a portion of this fascinating museum.
• Sistine Chapel – This masterpiece was built in 1473 as the private papal chapel for Pope Sixtus IV. It took Michelangelo four years at the height of the Renaissance to paint the ceiling’s wonderful frescos of the CREATION. Twenty-four years later, he painted the extraordinary LAST JUDGEMENT on the end wall. The other walls of the chapel were painted by artists including Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pinturicchio and Signorelli. RESTORATION OF THE SISTINE CHAPEL generally appreciated to be the finest work ever done.
• St. Peter’s Basilica – This is Christendom’s most magnificent church, which was begun in 1452 on the site where St. Peter was buried. Throughout the following 200 years, such Renaissance masters as Bramante, Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini worked on its design and created an unparalleled masterpiece. Of special note are Michelangelo’s PIETA and the bronze canopy over the high ALTAR by BERNINI. The immense dome was designed by Michelangelo. Your qualified guide will talk you through the art history making these all the more memorable.
• St. Peter’s Square – Created by Bernini, it is considered one of the loveliest squares in the world. It has twin Doric colonnades topped with statues of various saints and martyrs flanking both sides of the square. In the center, stands an 84-foot obelisk, brought from Egypt in 37 AD. At the head of the square, stands St. Peter’s Basilica, and to the right IS the Vatican Palace. A breath-taking and impressive sight.
After such an exciting and interesting day, you’ll enjoy the relaxing ride back to the pier.
The above tour includes deluxe transportation, an English-speaking driver and once in Rome your official expert guide for the whole part of the tour to escort and guide you around and inside all the major highlights of Rome and the Vatican City.
PLEASE NOTE: You must be able to walk over cobblestone surfaces and climb some steps. A strict dress code is enforced in the St. Peter’s Basilica. SO PLEASE NOTE short pants, tank tops, and revealing clothing are not acceptable. Ladies need to have their shoulders and knees covered.
*NO LINE COLOSSEUM TICKETS:
Price of the Colosseum standard admission tickets booked online is 14 Euros per person. Please purchase your tickets to the Coliseum in advance by clicking HERE.
Once completed select to print your vouchers and bring them with you in order to avoid
long ticket lines as your vouchers will be needed to be converted into your tickets:
Please note that for safety reasons the Colosseum can accommodate up to 3.000 people at once. This could lead to delays in accessing the site, even for pre-booked visitors.
* NO LINE VATICAN MUSEUM & SISTINE CHAPEL TICKETS:
Price of the Vatican museum & Sistine Chapel standard admission tickets booked online is 21 Euros per person. Please purchase your tickets to the Vatican museum & Sistine Chapel in advance by clicking HERE.
Reserve the entrance time for 1.00pm and once completed select to print your voucher at home and bring them with you in order to avoid long ticket lines as your vouchers will be needed to be converted into your tickets:
IMPORTANT: Please note that the Vatican does not allow any pre-reserved entrance tickets on the last Sunday of every month as it is free to enter and therefore, you may have to wait in line.
• Depart pier and drive to Rome – 75 minutes (depending on traffic conditions);
• You have approximately 6/7 hours to spend in Rome.
• The order of the tour can vary based on traffic conditions.
• The amount of time spent at each stop is based on your interests and time available;
• Return to pier in Civitavecchia – 75 minutes (depending on traffic conditions);
• Tour sequence may be altered to avoid congestions but we always cover,
the above mentioned sites;
• Pick up/drop off directly at your ship’s gangway.
• A fun and informative private English speaking driver & guide to lead you through the day.
• Private transportation in air-conditioned and fully equipped luxury Mercedes Benz vehicle.
• Free wi-fi and fresh bottled water on board.
• Parking, city passes, fuel & tolls.
Meals & entrance fees (unless specified on your confirmation voucher)
Gratuities (entirely at the client’s discretion)