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Experience the "best" of Rome in our upscale, custom private tour of the Vatican and Ancient Rome designed exclusively for your group.  Our guided Rome tours from Civitavecchia port are designed to fully take advantage of the limited time our clients on cruises have in their day tours in Rome.

Includes:  Our shore excursions from Civitavecchia include private roundtrip transportation (Rome Civitavecchia); special licensed tour guide and entrance tickets for the Vatican, Colosseum, and Forum; taxes; and parking.

Days closed:  The Vatican museum is closed on Sundays, except the last Sunday of the month.  Expect large crowds then.  The Cathedral is also closed every Wednesday because of the scheduled “Audience with the Pope.”

Duration & Short Summary:  Shore Excursion to Rome starts with a pick up at cruise ship dock at the Civitavecchia port.  Travel to Vatican and Rome. Tour of Vatican and Ancient Rome for 4 hours to see the sights with tour guide. You will then have time on your own in Rome to explore, have lunch, perhaps shop in the stores around the Spanish Steps, and visit famous sights like the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona.  Options & Special Needs:  Additional time with licensed guide for a longer tour of the sites or if you do not want to explore Rome on your own. 

Mobility issues?  Families Traveling with Kids? We can customize your Rome itineraries to address your unique situation or interests.

Note:  Dress code (covered knees and shoulders) to enter St. Peter's Cathedral is strictly enforced. 


Upscale private shore excursions of the Vatican and Rome designed for your group to offer the highlights of Rome with some time left for self exploration, lunch, shopping or see other sites. 

This guided shore excursion from Civitavecchia to Rome combines two must-sees of Italy: Ancient Rome and the Vatican. This classic shore excursion begins with a two-hour guided tour of the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica. The Vatican houses the wealthiest private collection of masterpieces, showcased in rooms with walls decorated by Raffaello.  The real masterpiece, however, is next door: Michelangelo's painting of the Sistine Chapel, which unexpectedly revolutionized the world's idea of art. The chapel is still shaping the future of the Papacy: this is where the cardinals lock themselves in to elect a new Pope after the former one has passed away.

Your private guided Vatican tour continues with St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world.  The magnificent and breathtaking complex spans back to 4th century BC, when it was commissioned by Emperor Constantine, though the new cathedral took over 100 years and all of Italy’s greatest artists to build it.  The basilica’s vast collection of art includes masterpieces by Bernini, Baldacchino and Michelangelo.

Your private shore excursion from Civitavecchia continues back in time to ancient Rome, where you will tour the Colosseum and Forum (approximately 2 hours). Visiting the Roman Forum, which dates back to 6th century BC, you traipse through the ruins of numerous temples, basilicas, palaces, arches and shops. The first Roman civilization began here, in turn becoming the administrative and commercial center of ancient Rome.  Other sites of Ancient Rome here include Arch of Constantine and Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo. This guided shore trip of Rome will also tour the Colosseum, the entertainment center of ancient Rome, where 50,000 citizens would gather to watch the gladiators do battle. 

Afterwards, you will have free time to tour Rome on your own, and visit the famous piazzas or relax in a café or trattoria for lunch before returning to Civitavecchia dock.


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