This tour is especially designed for cruisers that have already been to Rome and just want to refresh their memories or visit some of the sights missed in their previous trip. It includes short stops at all the major sites in Rome, as well as free time for lunch. Your English-speaking chauffeur/guide will welcome you at the dock beside your ship in Civitavecchia at around 8.30am (suggested time). During the 75 minute drive into central Rome, you will bypass the Pyramid of Caius Cestius, the Circus Maximus, and the Palatine Hill, known for its ruins of ancient imperial palaces.
Our first stop will be at the Colosseum, which dates back to 80 AD, and is certainly the most impressive building of the Roman Empire. There, we will give you some time to walk around the Colosseum to take photos and eventually visit it inside by your own. Upon request, we can arrange reservations to reduce the amount of time in line.
After the Colosseum, we will drive by the Circus Maximus, an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium and mass entertainment venue. Next, you will see the Capitoline hill, one of Rome’s seven legendary hills, where you can enjoy a scenic point overlooking the Forum, where numerous foundations, columns and arches have survived the religious, civil and commercial hub of imperial Rome. Then, we will drive to the Pantheòn, the best-preserved example of an ancient, Roman monumental building, where you will have time to stop for pictures and visit this temple inside.
Our next stop is the Trevi Fountain, the most famous and arguably, the most beautiful fountain in all of Rome; legend says that if you toss a coin into the fountain over your left shoulder it will guarantee a return visit to the eternal city. For lunch, your chauffeur/guide will suggest some local typical restaurants in Trastevere, or Campo de Fiori, two of Rome’s most charming areas.
Our final stop in the afternoon is the St. Peter’s Basilica (Vatican), which has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world. It is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites in the world. Take time to enter St. Peter’s Basilica and admire the High Renaissance and baroque architecture. The church is almost overwhelming, with its grandeur of art in gold, marble and mosaics. Be sure not to miss Michelangelo’s exquisite Pieta, in the right nave as you enter the Basilica, which was completed when the young master was just in his 20s. Be aware that security checks are required at the Vatican, and you should expect a wait to enter the Basilica. Time allowed inside the Basilica is based on the required wait time to enter.
There is a dress code if you are to visit St. Peter’s Basilica. Shorts are not allowed for men or women; tank tops, bare shoulders, or short skirts are not permitted. Dress appropriately or they will turn you away from the entrance. Please come prepared, or you will be disappointed when you are turned away.
At around 2:00pm, we will get ready to drive back to the port in order to arrive at the dock beside your ship between 3:15-3:30pm.
The tour program as listed above includes simply suggested itineraries and sights, and can easily be further customized in order to suit your schedule, all your specific interests and needs.
This tour length approximately 7 hours in total and is conducted by an English-speaking chauffeur/guide that will not enter sites, but drive you around and show you places, pointing out things while explaining what they are, as well as stopping at the places that require a visit and helping you access them.
- Depart pier and drive to Rome- 75 minutes (depending on traffic conditions);
- You have approximately 4 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 always covering the mentioned sites;
• Pick up/drop off directly at your ship gangway
• A fun and informative private English speaking driver/guide to lead you through the day
• Private transportation by 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)