Rome certainly wasn’t built in a day, but you can see the best of Rome in a single day on our Post-Cruise Rome Tour!
This Post Cruise Rome Tour is designed to provide our cruising guests the option of enjoying Rome in a day starting from Civitavecchia cruise port and ending at your hotel accommodation in Rome.
Experience an exciting overview of the Eternal City with visits to ancient monuments, famous squares, and unforgettable museums and churches.
Shore excursion from Civitavecchia cruise port: Your professional English speaking Tour Chauffeur will meet you on the Civitavecchia pier next to your ship holding a sign with your name at 7:30 AM. Your tour will conclude with your arrival back to your hotel at approximately 5:00 PM.
Your Post Cruise Rome Tour begins with a relaxing drive through the countryside from Civitavecchia to Rome.
Upon arriving, you will be visit Rome’s most iconic symbol and the world’s most famous ancient amphitheater: the Colosseum!
This ancient Roman wonder was built in 79 AD and was initially the Flavian Amphitheater after the family that Emperor Vespasian who commissioned the amphitheater to be built.
The name Colosseum is believed to have originated from the colossal bronze statue of Emperor Nero that was erected next to the amphitheater.
On this visit you will have the opportunity to enter and visit the Colosseum and imagine what took place 2,000 years ago on the arena below.
Next to the Coliseum you will see the impressive Arch of Constantine erected in 315 AD to commemorate Emperor Constantine’s victory over Emperor Maxentius at the battle of Milvian Bridge in 312 AD.
You will drive nearby to the grand Piazza Venezia with its imposing white marble monument dedicated to King Vittorio Emanuele II. Nicknamed the “wedding cake”, the monument is one of the most recognizable buildings in Rome and the designated place for the eternal flame of the tomb of the unknown soldier.
Next to the Vittorio Emanuele monument is Capitoline Hill with a special spot where you will enjoy the most spectacular overview of the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill behind it, and the Colosseum in the distance. This view of Ancient Rome is one of the most picturesque in Rome, so be sure to bring your camera with you.
From here you will continue on to the Pantheon: the ancient Roman pagan temple dedicated to all gods.
One of the oldest and best preserved ancient monuments was built in 126 AD, but it has been in continuous use throughout history and in 7th century, it was converted into the church dedicated to Saint Mary and the Martyrs.
Some of Italy’s most illustrious figures are buried here, and you can see the tombs of King Vittorio Emanuele II, King Umberto I and Queen Margherita, and the famous Renaissance artist Raphael.
Your eyes will be drawn immediately to massive coffered dome with the oculus in the center, providing light and ventilation. The oculus has always been open to the elements, and when it rains the water drains below the floor through a drainage system.
From here your Post Cruise Rome Tour continues with visits to Rome’s famous piazzas: the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.
The Spanish Steps is famous for its elegant 18th century stairs that connect square below with the Baroque Fountain of the Old Boat created by Bernini’s father, Pietro Bernini to the French church of Trinita dei Monti and the tall obelisk.
The Trevi Fountain has been featured in many films such as La Dolce Vita and Three Coins In A Fountain, making it one of the most well recognized fountains in Rome!
No visit to Rome is complete without a visit to this Baroque masterpiece with gushing water and nautical sculptures. And be sure to follow tradition and throw a coin over your shoulder with a wish for a return visit to the Eternal City.
By now it’s time for lunch where you will enjoy local specialties according to your taste.
After lunch, you will visit the smallest state in the world: the Vatican!
On your visit to Vatican Museums where you’ll walk through spectacular halls covered in opulent works of art, displays of masterpieces from the Classical Eras to Modern times
You will see the famous sculpture of Laocoon that was the masterpiece for which the Vatican museum was founded by Pope Julius II in early 16th century.
You won’t want to miss the Cortile del Belvedere with their world renown classical sculptures, the Raphael Rooms featuring the “School of Athens”, the Gallery of the Maps, the Flemish Tapestry Room...and then the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s finest work: the Sistine Ceiling and the Last Judgment.
Following the Vatican Museums you will visit the largest church in all of Christendom: Saint Peter’s Basilica.
Here you will discover Bernini’s enormous baldacchino- the 98 foot tall bronze canopy altar that dominates the basilica, the Cathedra Petri (throne of St Peter) and the yellow alabaster window with the Dove of the Holy Spirit in the center illuminating the altar area, and among other awe-inspiring treasures, Michelangelo’s famous Pieta.
This marks the end of your Post-Cruise Rome tour. After a fun filled day in Rome, your chauffeur will take you to your hotel accommodation.
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Payment in Euro funds is accepted at the completion of the tour made directly to your chauffeur. If at any time you need extra funds, your driver will be happy to help you locate an ATM machine. We do not accept credit cards.
If you book a private licensed tour guide for the Vatican, Colosseum, Roman Forum, or any other sites, tour guides are paid directly at the end of their guided tour in Euro funds.
The price includes a private English speaking Tour Driver experienced in private tours, a deluxe air conditioned vehicle reserved just for you, Italy’s VAT tax, fuel, applicable tolls and parking fees, insurance.
Price does NOT include Lunch, Entrance Tickets, Gratuity, Private Tour Guides booked and paid separately, and client expenses.
If you wish to reserve a licensed tour guide for a private Colosseum / Roman Forum combination tour, or Vatican Museums / Sistine Chapel / Saint Peter’s Basilica private tour, please inquire for quotes and reservation.
Note for Vatican Visits: Only Visitors with a Tour Guide are permitted access to Saint Peter's Basilica from inside the Sistine Chapel.
Without a Tour Guide you may not have quick access to Saint Peter's Basilica and risk missing out on this site. The only other access is Saint Peter's Square which requires additional wait in security queue, therefore adding time and cost to your tour. If you do not wish to book a private Vatican Tour Guide, you take the responsibility of missing out on visiting Saint Peter's Basilica.
While a private tour guide for the Colosseum is optional, a guided tour of the Vatican is highly recommended to ensure you will not miss the most significant works of art as the Vatican Museums are vast and complex and often confusing.
A licensed tour guide will offer in depth information about the works of art you are seeing, and can also guarantee you back way shortcut access to Saint Peter’s Basilica from the Sistine Chapel so you don’t have to exit the Museums, travel around the Vatican to Saint Peter’s Square where a wait through the security line is required to enter the Basilica. It is up to the Vatican security if non-guided visitors can access this otherwise restricted passageway.
Please purchase your Colosseum No Line tickets in advance at the link below at 14 Euros per person. Failure to pre-purchase your tickets in advance will result in long lines and the possibility of missing your Colosseum visit. If you are visiting from the United States, please select "Stati Uniti" when asked to choose your country of origin.
Please note that there is a security check point at the Colosseum that applies to all visitors, including the No Line Ticket holders. The length of the wait time varies, so plan accordingly.
Please purchase your no-line Vatican Museums admission tickets in advance at 20 Euros per person at 2:00 PM time slot at the link below:
Tour Chauffeurs are not licensed Tour Guides, therefore they are not lawfully permitted to act as guides or accompany guests to sightsee on foot. Chauffeurs are required to remain with the vehicle while guests sightsee.
All cancellations must be made at least 7 days prior to service date via E-Mail.
Please Read and Accept Terms of Service prior to booking tour or transfer services.
Visiting Vatican City:
St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel enforce modest dress code that requires visitors to cover their shoulders and knees. Visitors not in compliance with the dress code may be turned away.
Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing on this tour.
Photography and videography are permitted inside St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums (with selected areas forbidding flash photography). Photography or videography is permitted inside Saint Peter’s Basilica.
Visiting the Colosseum:
Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and use sun protection as well as hat and sunglasses during hot summer months.
Security check point at the Colosseum may cause wait lines to enter the monument. All visitors, including ticket holders, are required to pass through security. During this very busy year of the Jubilee, the security lines can extend to more than 1 hour wait time that cannot be predicted in advance. With a 7:30 AM pick up you have the best chance to arrive in Rome as early as possible before the lines become extremely long. In any case, you can use your Colosseum Tickets and visit the Roman Forum instead, and just see the Colosseum from the outside.