Eternal Rome Tour and Civitavecchia shore excursion

Explore Eternal Rome's ancient monuments, grand squares, and remarkable churches

duration:Full Day Tour

Payment method:Cash, Paypal, Credit card

starting time:9:00 AM - your Rome hotel 8:00 AM - from Cruise Port

highlights

  • Our Eternal Rome Tour is available starting from your Rome hotel accommodation
  • Eternal Rome on your Shore Excursion from your Cruise Ship at Civitavecchia Port
  • We make exploring the Eternal city of Rome easy, convenient, comfortable, and exciting!
  • Get acquainted with Rome's top ancient monuments, squares, and churches
  • Touring by car means you will explore more of Rome in less time, effortlessly and comfortably
  • You will have your own personal English-speaking Chauffeur at your service
  • Ideal Rome tour for couples, families, friends, senior travelers, and travelers with mobility concerns
  • Leisurely tour without crowded attractions that have restrictive time-slot tickets and long security lines
  • Our Private Tours by Car offer the privacy, comfort, and safety our guests rely on

itinerary

  • Piazza della Rotonda
  • Pantheon ( * on weekends the Pantheon requires advance booked Time Slot Entrance Tickets)
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Spanish Steps
  • Piazza Navona
  • Saint Peter's Square
  • Capitoline Hill with a view of the Roman Forum
  • Colosseum Square
  • Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls
  • (* the order of the sites you visit can vary)

included

  • Private English speaking Chauffeur
  • Deluxe air-conditioned vehicle
  • Italy's VAT Tax
  • Highway Tolls, parking fees

not included

  • Lunch
  • Admission Tickets
  • Gratuities
  • Private Licensed Tour Guides / Walking Tours
  • Personal client expenses

description

 

Our private Eternal Rome Tour and Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia is tailored to provide our guests with a taste of the Eternal City exploring Rome’s enthralling historic beauty and architecture. 

Bask in the glories and majesty of the ancient Roman Empire, visit Rome’s grand outdoor squares, behold the remarkable papal Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, and dine as the Romans do at a local restaurant or trattoria for lunch.

Our Eternal Rome Tour is the ideal tour for guests who prefer a more leisurely and flexible tour, and who wish to avoid super crowded attractions such as the Colosseum and Vatican with restrictive difficult-to-obtain tickets and unpredictably long security lines.  Our Eternal Rome tour is the perfect substitute for our Best of Rome in One Day when the Vatican Museums are closed, or when attraction tickets are sold out.

This Eternal Rome tour is available as:

  • Eternal Rome day tour from your hotel in Rome 
  • Eternal Rome shore excursion from Civitavecchia

Explore the wonders of Rome in the luxurious comfort of your private deluxe vehicle with your personal English-speaking chauffeur at your service.

 

ETERNAL ROME TOUR PRICE LIST
 

For up to 2 people from Rome Hotel:  380 EUROS
For up to 4 people from Rome Hotel:  400 EUROS
For up to 6 people from Rome Hotel:  425 EUROS
For up to 8 people from Rome Hotel:  450 EUROS

For up to 2 people from Civitavecchia:  480 EUROS
For up to 4 people from Civitavecchia:  525 EUROS
For up to 6 people from Civitavecchia:  600 EUROS
For up to 8 people from Civitavecchia:  650 EUROS

* You may also do a PRICE CHECK using the form on this page.

 

EXPLORE ROME'S ANCIENT ROMAN MONUMENTS

The vestiges of the Roman Empire are evident in Rome’s historical center with iconic monuments such as the Colosseum and Pantheon, and archaeological parks like the Roman Forum, and Circus Maximus.

On this private Eternal Rome Tour, you will have the opportunity to view some of these remarkable historical landmarks.

 

View the Colosseum and stroll along Colosseum Square

Enjoy a stroll through Colosseum Square and admire Rome's grand ancient Roman monuments that surround the square.

Colosseum Square is dominated by the most recognized ancient Roman monument and iconic symbol of Rome: the Colosseum!  This ancient amphitheater was built in 79 AD and named the Flavian Amphitheater after the dynasty family of Emperors Vespasian and his son Titus under whose leadership this ancient engineering wonder was constructed.   

 

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The Colosseum is the largest ancient amphitheater ever built, and to this day, it continues to be the largest standing amphitheater in the world.  In its day, the Colosseum was able to accommodate an audience of 50,000-80,000 spectators and was used for gladiatorial combats, animal hunts, re-enactments of famous battles, mock sea battles, theatrical dramas, and public executions.

Its common name, Colosseum, is thought to have originated from the colossal 30-meter-tall bronze statue of Emperor Nero (the Colossus of Nero) that was erected in the vestibule of his Domus Aurea between 37-68 AD, which stood in the proximity of the amphitheater.

Next to the Colosseum, you can’t miss the famous Arch of Constantine.  This victory arch was dedicated in 315 AD to commemorate Emperor Constantine’s victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312 AD.

 

View the Roman Forum from Capitoline Hill

From a special terrace on top of Capitoline Hill, you will behold the most spectacular view of the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Colosseum in the distance. This special spot is one of the most picturesque in Rome, so be sure to have your camera ready!

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The Roman Forum was a rectangular forum that served as the nucleus of the commercial, political, religious, and judicial life of ancient Rome. The Forum was comprised of multiple important ancient government buildings, temples, and victory arches whose ruins we can admire today. You can enjoy an overview of the Roman Forum below and it's breathtaking ruins from a special terrance on top of Capitoline Hill.

 

View the Ruins of Circus Maximus

Not far from the Colosseum in the Valley of Murcia between Palatine Hill and Aventine Hill once stood Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo), the enormous ancient Roman chariot-racing stadium that was able to accommodate over 150,000 spectators to view thrilling (and dangerous) chariot races. 

 

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In its former glory, the Circus Maximus became a model for circuses throughout the Roman Empire. Today, the former Circus Maximus is a public park where only the outline of the ancient stadium remains. The palatial ruins on Palatine Hill serve as a spectacular backdrop.

 

Bask in the glory of the Pantheon

The Pantheon is among Rome’s most famous ancient Roman temples. The name Pantheon combines the word Pan (all) and Theion (gods) as the temple was dedicated to all gods.

 

 

One of the oldest and best-preserved ancient monuments built in 126 AD, the Pantheon has been in continuous use throughout history. In the 7th century, the Pantheon was converted into a church dedicated to Saint Mary and the Martyrs.

The oculus in the center of the coffered dome above provides light and ventilation inside the monument. When it rains through the oculus, the water drains below the floor through a drainage system.

Some of history’s most illustrious figures are buried inside the Pantheon: Kings Vittorio Emanuele II, Umberto I, Queen Margherita, and the celebrated Renaissance artist Raphael

 

VISIT ROME'S TOP MUST-SEE SQUARES

Explore Rome’s grand outdoor piazzas that you can’t miss when visiting Rome:  the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and Piazza Navona.

 

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The Spanish Steps is renowned for its elegantly curved 18th-century stairway that connects the French church of Trinita dei Monti on top to the Baroque Fountain of the Old Boat created by Bernini’s father, Pietro Bernini, at the bottom.

The Trevi Fountain is the most famous Baroque fountain in the world! From La Dolce Vita to Three Coins In A Fountain, the Trevi Fountain has been featured in many classic films. Crowds of people seem to always be gathered around the gushing fountain and its nautical statues for the opportunity to throw a coin over their shoulder and wish for a return visit to the Eternal City of Rome.

 

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Piazza Navona is quite unique as it was built on top of the ancient Roman Stadium of Emperor Domitian in the 1st century AD where competitive games (agone) were held. You can recognize the outline of the ancient stadium in the oblong shape of the square that is ringed by fine grand palazzi and the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone. 

Piazza Navona, which boasts 3 remarkable fountains, is a fine example of Baroque Roman architecture.  The most significant fountain graces the center of the square: Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers (Fontana del Quattro Fiumi). 


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This captivating fountain represents four major rivers of the known continents Renaissance Era: The Nile River (representing Africa), the Danube River (representing Europe), the Ganges River (representing Asia), and the Rio del la Plata River (representing the Americas).  The fountain is topped with a copy of an Egyptian obelisk surmounted with the symbol of the Pamphili family.

 

Stand in awe in St Peter’s Square

Also not to be missed on our Eternal Rome Tour is a stop in Saint Peter’s Square, the large open elliptical space that can accommodate up to 300,000 people defined by two massive Doric colonnades designed to make the visitor feel embraced in the maternal arms of the church. 

 

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The center of St Peter’s Square is marked by the 25-meter-tall red granite Vatican Obelisk, an uninscribed ancient Egyptian obelisk that was originally erected in the ancient Egyptian city of Heliopolis.  

The Square faces the Renaissance Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, the largest church in Christendom. The basilica you see today is not the original St Peter’s Basilica which was built in the 4th century by Emperor Constantine above the burial site of Saint Peter.

The current Saint Peter’s Basilica was commissioned by Pope Julius II in 1506, and it was completed in 1626. Among the great masters of the Renaissance Era who contributed to this architectural wonder were Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Carlo Modeno, Michelangelo, Bramante, and Raphael.

  • If the Basilica is not closed due to Papal Mass or church events, or if the security lines to access the basilica are not too long, you might have the opportunity to visit St Peter's Basilica. If visiting St Peter’s Basilica, you may skip visiting the Papal Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls.

 

Visit the Papal Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls

Exult in a visit to the Papal Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, one of Rome’s four major papal basilicas, and one of the Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome

As with the original St Peter’s Basilica, the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls was also built by the Roman Emperor Constantine in the 4th century AD over the burial site of Apostle Paul. In the early 13the century, a graceful cloister and monastery were added to the Basilia’s complex.

 

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In the late 1800s, a fire nearly destroyed the basilica, but thanks to Pope Leo XII encouraging donations, the basilica was rebuilt exactly as it had been when it was new. 

The first thing you will see is the atrium that precedes the basilica: the quadriportico. Framed by imposing columns, the large courtyard is dominated by a large imposing statue of Saint Paul that welcomes visitors. . The facade of the basilica is adorned with golden mosaics that represent the four prophets: Jeremiah, Isaia, Ezechiel, and Daniel. Twelve lambs that signify the apostles drink from four rivers that represent the gospels.

 

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Marvel at the elegant interior of the Basilica with glorious colossal marble columns, stunning gold mosaics, magnificent statues, and paintings.  The main altar of the basilica is surmounted by an impressive gothic baldaquin, and below the main altar is the tomb of Saint Paul

Noteworthy are the mosaic portraits of all the popes from Saint Peter to John Paul II, and the chains that bound Saint Paul when he was a prisoner in Rome from 61-63 A.D. These chains are displayed in a gold reliquary near the Apostle’s tomb.

  •  Please NOTE that when visiting churches and religious venues in Italy, a modest dress code is required for both men and women to be granted entrance: shoulders and knees must be covered at all times. Visitors who do not comply with the modest dress code are turned away (particularly at St Peter’s Basilica).

Your day of compelling exploration in Rome concludes with your drop-off at your hotel in Rome, or at your cruise ship in Civitavecchia.

Thank you for booking our Eternal Rome Tour and Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia, and for choosing Rome Chauffeur for your private Rome Tours.  We look forward to seeing you in Italy!

Important Information


* NOTE:  Please READ carefully the Important Information below, as well as Read and Accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy before booking.

*  HOW AND WHEN DO WE PAY FOR OUR ETERNAL ROME TOUR?

The listed price of this Eternal Rome Tour is per vehicle, not per person.  Rome Chauffeur accepts online prepayment via PayPal or Credit Card at the time you confirm your Rome tour, or you may pay on the Date of Service in Euro funds at the end of the tour made directly to your Chauffeur. If at any time you need extra funds on the day of your tour, your chauffeur will be happy to help you locate an ATM machine. Prepaid services will be only refunded the NET RATE.

* CANCELLATION ADVISORY

Cancellations must be made at least 3 days prior to your Date of Service. Prepaid services canceled last minute less than 3 days or are No-Show on the Date of Service are NOT Refundable.

Cancellations must be made in writing via E-Mail followed by an official cancellation confirmation E-Mail from our office in order for your cancellation to be valid. Cancellations are NOT accepted by Phone, Text, Or through 3rd Party individuals such as hotel clerks, friends, or concierge services. 

* CANCELLATION FOR PREPAID SERVICES: Only NET RATE will be issued on prepaid services. Net Rate is what we receive from your prepayment after PayPal / CC takes out their fees which they don't reimburse us in case of refunds. Therefore, we are only able to refund what we receive from you after PayPal/ CC takes out their fees.

 

MEETING POINTS TO MEET YOUR ROME TOUR CHAUFFEUR

* ETERNAL ROME TOUR Starting from Rome Hotel Accommodation:

Your professional English-speaking Tour Chauffeur will meet you at your hotel or accommodation at 9:00 AM and bring you back by approximately 5:00 PM. 

For Day Tour starting from Rome, a valid and complete Hotel or Accommodation address is required in order to book this tour. 

* ETERNAL ROME Civitavecchia Shore Excursion:

Your professional English-speaking Tour Chauffeur will meet you on the Civitavecchia pier next to your ship holding a sign with your name at 8:00 AM and will return you to the ship by approximately 5:00 PM.

From the port, you will journey approximately 90 minutes on the motorway through the countryside of Lazio into Rome.

 

Pantheon Time Slot Entrance Tickets are Required on WEEKENDS

The Pantheon requires Entry Tickets at specific Time Slots to be able to visit on weekends.  We will provide you with links and information for a recommended time slot visit at Pantheon most suitable for your tour. Book your tickets early as the time slots get filled up fast!

 

* YOUR ETERNAL ROME TOUR CHAUFFEUR 

Tour Chauffeurs are not licensed tour guides, therefore chauffeurs are prohibited by law to accompany or guide guests on foot to sightsee. Only licensed tour guides with identifiable badges are authorized to do so.

Chauffeurs are required to remain with the vehicle while guests sightsee / Self Tour away from their vehicle.


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* PRO TIPS FOR TOURING IN ROME

Rome is a safe city to enjoy, however, always mind your belongings and valuables so as to not become a victim of pickpockets that plague most cosmopolitan cities.

Don't leave any bags, backpacks, cameras, wallets, or anything of value inside the vehicle cabin while you are away. Stow all your bags inside the luggage compartment of the vehicle.

Ladies: Travel with purses that strap across your chest, don't carry valuables in easy-to-reach purse compartments, and don't leave your purse hanging on a chair laid by your feet at restaurants. Don't travel with expensive jewelry and accessories

Gentlemen: Don't carry your wallet in your back pocket or anywhere that's easily accessible by pickpockets. Bring only enough cash you need for the day and 1 credit card. 

Wear money belts discreetly secured and tucked beneath your clothes for your money, credit cards, and passport.  Carry on your wallet or purse only small amounts you need to get you through the day.

Carry with you your credit card company international number to call in case your credit card is lost or stolen.