This is certainly DiscoveryGuidedTours most select and popular excursion, especially designed for those that would love to have in-depth visits of the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and other famous sites as of course the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica.
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 at the Gianicolo hill for a spectacular view of Rome. After, you will drive right into the historical center where one of our expertise English-speaking guides will be waiting to introduce you to the city and to accompany and guide you around and inside all the major highlights of ancient & renaissance Rome.
The sights included in this tour are considered to be among the most important and popular. This tour length approximately 9 hours in total and will be conducted by an English-speaking driver and a official English speaking guide with 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.
The major points of interest that will be visited during this tour are:
- 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 outlining 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 the Vatican Palace.
- 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.
- The Vatican Museums – The Museums contain an incredible collection of art and treasures collected by the popes. Your guide will walk you through a portion of this incredible 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 Judgment on the end wall. The other walls of the chapel were painted by artists including Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pinturicchio and Signorelli.
- Trevi Fountain – The most monumental of Rome’s baroque fountains, it was designed by Bernini. Legend has it, that if you toss a coin backwards over your head into the basin, it will ensure your return to Rome.
- Colosseum – The Colosseum is the amphitheater where ancient Rome flocked for gladiatorial contests and other spectacles. The construction of this massive structure that could seat 80,000 was started in 72 AD by Emperor Vespasian.
- 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.
Some of the main points of interest that will be viewed from the vehicle during your sightseeing drive are:
- 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 inaugurated in 1911 and dedicated to Victor Emanuel II as a symbol of Italy’s unification. It also holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
- Roman Forum – The Forum was the commercial, political and religious center of ancient Rome. Its importance declined, along with the empire, after the 4th century. The temples, monuments and buildings constructed by successive emperors, consuls, and senators over a period of 900 years fell into ruins.
- 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.
- Circus Maximus – These are the ruins that remain of what was once a chariot racetrack big enough to hold more than 200,000 people.
- 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. Please note that lunch is not included with this tour.
After such an exciting and interesting day, you’ll enjoy a relaxing ride back to the pier. The above tour includes deluxe transportation, an English-speaking driver and once in Rome by an official expertise guide for the whole part of the tour that will escort and guide you around and inside all the major highlights of Rome and the Vatican city.
Guests must be able to walk over cobblestone surfaces and climb some steps. A strict dress code is enforced in the St. Peter’s Basilica. 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 Colosseo 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 at home and bring them with you in order to avoid
long ticket line as the vouchers are required to be converted into tickets:
Please note that for safety reasons the Coliseum can accommodate up to 3.000 people at once. This could lead to delays in access to 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 20 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 line as the voucher is required to be converted into tickets:
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 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)