Moderate
Activity Level
Civitavecchia
Departure Place
10 hours
Duration

ROME DELUXE is a private shore excursion to Rome from the port of Civitavecchia. Led by our expert licensed tour guide, it is the ideal way to enjoy the extraordinary archaeological and cultural heritage of Rome, just in one day.
You will visit the evocative Coliseum (Colosseo) and the Roman Forum, the invaluable Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, sanctuary of the Italian Renaissance and the impressive St. Peter’s Basilica, housing Michelangelo’s Pietà. Moreover enjoy a spectacular driving tour across Rome and stop at Venice Square, Navona Square and the spectacular Pantheon.
Whether you are at your first time in Rome or a multi experienced visitor of it, you will return to your cruise ship with a great knowledge of the major sites of the Eternal City, able to discuss about its history, monuments, culture and traditions.

INCLUDEDDeluxe vehicle with English speaking professional driver – all taxes, parking fees, fuel and pay tolls
Private licensed tour guide all day long
EXTRAMeals, gratuities
CASH NEEDED ON TOURAdmission fees for the visit of the Vatican Museums.
We can provide for the skip the line tickets. More info in the section Additional Info
MEETING PLACECivitavecchia Port, your cruise ship dock, where private tours start
KID FRIENDLYYes
WHEEL CHAIR FRIENDLYNot
DRESS CODEAccess to Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter’s Basilica and any other Religious site is permitted only to visitors dressed appropriately (no sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts, no hats allowed).
Comfy shoes to be used on the typical Roman street pavements made of cobble stones so called “san pietrini”.
OTHER RESTRICTIONSIt is forbidden to enter the Vatican Museums with the following objects:
suitcases, backpacks and containers with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15;
any umbrella with a spike tip, umbrellas of medium and large size, walking sticks (except those required by disabled visitors to facilitate their movement), tripods for cameras and video cameras, signage of any kind;
knives, scissors, any tools that could be harmful to other persons or damage works of art in the Museums and any kind of weapon.
ADDITIONAL INFOIn order to enjoy a successful tour, it is essential to get the skip the line tickets to enter the Vatican Museums and Colosseum otherwise we risk to stand in line for hours wasting precious time.
We can pre-book the skip the line tickets for you. The price of this service is Eur 45,00 (cumulative ticket valid for Vatican Museums and Colosseum) for each adult; Eur 25,00 (cumulative tickets valid for Vatican Museums and Colosseum) for young people aged under 18 years, on presentation of passport or identity card.
You can refund us the money we pay to get the skip the line tickets at the end of the tour

 

Practical info

Our expert English speaking driver will welcome you at the cruise ship dock/gangway at the prearranged time. The journey from the port of Civitavecchia to the centre of Rome takes 90 minutes. During the passage through the marvellous Etruscan countryside you have the chance to share your interests and desires with the driver. We can fashion the most ideal day for you, doing our best to honour all your requests.

Ancient Rome

Once in Rome, our first stop will be at the Coliseum. This is also the meeting point with your private Guide. It’s the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire. Our visit to the Colosseo will help you to understand the structure, the materials used for the building and the on goings of a show in this unique ancient stadium. You will be able to rebuild the Monument in your mind’s eye and to understand the meaning of the “ludi” (“games”) in the Ancient Roman Culture. From the top of the Colosseum enjoy the view of the famous Constantine’s Arch.

Baroque Rome

Afterwards we will drive to the incredible Piazza Venezia. Dominating the square there is the impressive white marble Victor Emanuel’s Monument, one of the symbols of Rome, better known with the name of “Wedding cake”. From Piazza Venezia you can access, through the Cordonata, a flat staircase designed by Michelangelo, to the Capitoline Hill, the most beautiful of the Seven Hills of Rome. Once at the top you are in Piazza del Campidoglio. It’s the City Hall square of today. Projected by Michelangelo, the square offers an amazing view of the entire ancient Roman Forum. It was the centre of the economical, political, and social ancient Rome life. Your guide will take you from Rome’s primitive origins to the magnificent Imperial monuments standing on it. Very few sites are as simultaneously educational and breathtaking. The exploration continues with a driving across the city in order to visit the majestic Pantheon and a short walking tour to Navona Square which corresponds to the real leaving room of Rome.

Lunch Time

After lunch, that you can enjoy according to your tastes in a picturesque Cafeteria or in a typical Roman “trattoria” (small homemade food restaurant), we will take a driving tour across the city to explore the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter’s Basilica and Square.

Vatican City

In the Vatican Museums, which were once Papal Palaces, your Guide will comment about the extraordinary treasures collected by the Popes in there housed and the masterpieces of the greatest Italian artists who worked in, such as Perugino, Raphael and Michelangelo. Admire amazing ancient Greek and Roman sculpture collections made of colossal statues like the Laocoon group, the Apollo del Belvedere and the Venus of Cnidos, busts of the Roman emperors and refined ancient mosaics showing mythological subjects. Moving on to the splendidly decorated Raphael’s rooms, we reach the Sistine Chapel where you will be astonished by the marvellous frescoes made by Michelangelo like The Last Judgment and the Adam’s Creation.
Finally we will emerge in the impressive Saint Peter’s Square. Here we feel the sensation to be warmly embraced by its colonnade, evidence of the architectural genius of G.L. Bernini. Then we take a deep breath before entering Saint Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world. Lost in such magnificence, our eyes will be captured by one of the most beautiful works that the human mind could ever conceive: Michelangelo’s Pietà.
After such an exciting and interesting day you will enjoy a relaxing ride back to the pier.

  • Pick-up and drop-off in Civitavecchia Port
  • Private visit of the Coliseum (Colosseo) and view of the Roman Forum from above
  • Private guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Skip the line tickets
  • Drive across Rome – Stop at Venice Square, Piazza del Campidoglio, Navona Square, Pantheon, Constantine’s Arch, Saint Peter’s Square and other major sites of the Eternal City
  • Lunch in a Roman restaurant with authentic Roman Cuisine

Tour Reviews

5 based on 1 review
26th February 2017

We set up our tour with Giuseppe a few months prior to visiting Rome. We planned a trip for our family immediately after Christmas (me, my wife, and 3 children ages: 10, 5, & 2), we also had another sibling of mine, and a sibling and their spouse tagging along. I was pleased with his communication, but thought his price was a little bit expensive. What I found out however is that many guides don’t necessarily have the same level of qualification as Giuseppe does. The price ended up being worth it, and the experiences will be remembered forever.
We were able to customize our itinerary in whatever way we pleased, as well as modify the pace on the fly to try and keep our children interested. We began exploring the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel. It was beautiful and we loved learning about the history of the church as well as it’s Renaissance impact, Ave seeing the incredible art housed inside the Vatican museum.
Following the Vatican tour we headed out to visit a traditional restaurant. Here our children were able to help make their own pizzas, including: rolling the dough, spreading the sauce, adding the toppings and cheese, and then putting it into the pizza oven…. And of course eating it! This made their trip and is something they will remember forever. The adults also all enjoyed their pizzas and pastas. Specifically I enjoyed trying a traditional deep fried artichoke. I highly recommend trying this.
Next, we went to the Colloseum. Giuseppe’s knowledge is vast and he answered all of our and our children’s questions with engaging and incredible detail. He’s a great story teller and helped you imagine how things would have been in ancient times.
We can’t recommend Giuseppe enough. He is extremely helpful and even offered to carry our two year old when he was tired. I even captured a picture of them holding hands in the Vatican (attached). If you’re coming to Italy, contact Giuseppe and use him as your guide. Thank you for the memories!

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