Rome Deluxe from Civitavecchia

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Highlights

This tour 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.

Included

Mercedes private vehicle with a professional driver, all taxes, fuel, parking fees, pay tolls and the full day assistance of an expert licensed tour guide.

Extra

Lunch and admission fees to pay sights.

Optional

Skip the line tickets to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Coliseum.

Meeting place

You will meet your private driver at Civitavecchia cruise terminal and your guide once arrived in Rome.

Wheelchair friendly

No.

Dress code

Casual with comfortable shoes (no sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts, no hats allowed in Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel).

Additional info

In 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.

It 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.

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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.

The following it’s just an example of a possible itinerary:

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.

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 6 reviews
25th September 2017

Giuseppe tailor made the tour to see the things I specifically wanted to see in Rome. He did a fantastic job of explaining the history and architecture. We spent all the time I wanted at the different sites. He took me to an excellent restaurant, even though it was Sunday and many were closed. Fantastic experience.

22nd July 2017

This is the fifth or sixth tour I have booked with Leisure Italy. This time I had a couple extra days in Rome after a cruise so naturally I turned the Leisure Italy to design a tour. I have become so confident in their expertise that after researching I asked for an all day tour to include some sites that were well known but less crowded. My tour began with the Villa Borghese and Gardens. My guide, Giuseppe guided me through endless rooms of masterpieces adding background and little known anecdotes which helped me view this formidable property without feeling so overwhelmed.I am not an artist and barely have a passable knowledge of period masters. What does excite me is learning about the history — the politics and personal lives of these families and the artists in their times. The stroll in the gardens was wonderful,too and magnificent of itself! Next stop was Priscilla’s Catacombs. This time the actual tour is conducted by representatives of the Church as are all catacomb tours I learned. It was quite educational and fascinating adding another layer to understanding the lives and deaths of the Romans.The third stop was Castel San Angelo. We walked to the top for some spectacular views! It was a picture perfect day and I thoroughly enjoyed each of the three tours — as well as the extra stops for some beautiful photo ops overlooking Rome. As a woman traveling alone and with some mobility issues I would not have gotten such immersive insights into daily living or had the ability to take such a leisurely pace without the driver or the expert guidance that Giuseppe and his company offer. I wholeheartedly recommend Leisure Italy. I love that I can tell them what kind of tour I want and count on their tailor-made tours to always be the most memorable and enjoyable ones of the trip.

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