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Classical Rome: Full-Day Bus Tour from Civitavecchia

1. Classical Rome: Full-Day Bus Tour from Civitavecchia

Depart from the port of Civitavecchia by bus at 9:30 AM for Rome, accompanied by a local bus assistant. When you reach the city a professional, licensed guide will be waiting for you. After just about an hour and fifteen minutes of travel, the bus will stop next to the imposing Leonine Walls. On this full-day tour, your guide will provide commentary about Rome’s historical traditions and its art, as you take in most of the important monuments. The guide will accompany you up until St. Peter’s Square as you take in the stunning views of St. Peter's Basilica and the magnificent Square, surrounded by Bernini’s famous colonnades dating from 1656. Please note that if there are long lines waiting to enter St. Peter's Basilica, the guide will tell you about the Basilica from the outside. Please refer to the Additional Information section about priority entrance to the Basilica. Meet your tour leader at a designated point for the second part of the tour. You'll be driven on the bus for a panoramic ride along the streets near the Tiber, cross it near the Tiberine Island, see the city’s other monuments, you’ll pass by the Capitoline Hill, designed by Michelangelo. During the ride, you’ll see the Marcello Theater, commissioned by Emperor Augustus. Your guide will also point out the Temple of Portuno and Temple of Hercules, 2 of the finest smallest temples in the center of Rome. At the end of this amazing panoramic ride, you will stop near the Colosseum and start the walking path with the guide at the foot of this amazing monument. You’ll come to the Circus Maximus, the largest stadium built in ancient Rome, and the site of chariot races for more than a thousand years. Then continue along the famous Via Dei Fori Imperiali leading to Piazza Venezia and admire the amazing Altar of the Fatherland. Start out with a visit to the spectacular Trevi Fountain, originally designed by Bernini, but finally constructed by the architect Nicola Salvi. Next, you’ll have a break of 30-40 minutes for a light lunch or even just an ice cream from one of the local shops. Walk to the Pantheon, the great pagan temple that dates back 2,000 years. Finish your tour with a visit to Piazza Navona, where Bernini and Borromini, the greatest architects of the 17th-century, reached their highest achievements. The Church of St. Agnes in Agony was designed and built by Borromini and the 4 Rivers Fountain is a Bernini masterpiece.

Panoramic Bus Tour of Rome from Civitavecchia Port

2. Panoramic Bus Tour of Rome from Civitavecchia Port

Head to Rome on a full-day guided panoramic tour of the Eternal City. You’ll be welcomed by your tour leader at the Civitavecchia port, where you’ll board a comfortable air-conditioned coach that will take you to one of the world’s most beautiful, artistic, and charming cities. The first stop is just a stone’s throw away from the Palazzaccio (Palace of Justice) in Piazza dei Tribunali. From here you can admire the most powerful and imposing castle ever built in Rome, Castel Sant’Angelo. Nearby you’ll marvel at magnificent St. Peter's Basilica from the top of Via della Conciliazione. Feast your eyes on the semi-circular colonnades that frame St. Peter's Square, designed and built by Bernini in the 17th century. Choose an optional tour of St. Peter's Basilica, with its Baroque and Renaissance facade that dominates the square and the skyline with its perfectly designed dome. Meet your tour leader at a designated point for the second part of the tour. You'll be driven on the bus for a panoramic ride along the streets near the Tiber, cross it near the Tiberine Island, see the Pyramid of Cestius, and the second largest Roman baths called the Baths of Caracalla. At the end of this amazing panoramic ride, you will stop in Via Petroselli, near the Theatre of Marcellus. When you reach the Capitoline Hill you'll see the beautiful Cordonata that leads to Piazza del Campidoglio. When you reach the Althar of the Fatherland, you will see the famous Via dei Fori Imperiali leading to the Coliseum. Then you'll be able to observe the Traian’s Forum, and continue to the Trevi Fountain where you can toss a coin into the water to ensure that you’ll return to Rome one day! Next on the itinerary is a break for a quick lunch or just an ice cream (gelato), if you prefer. Admire the incredibly well-preserved Pantheon, built as a temple with a massive dome. You may enter to see the tombs of Victor Emanuell II and Raphael. You’ll see Piazza Navona with the 4 Rivers Fountain by Bernini, before ending your visit to Rome and heading back to the Civitavecchia port.

Rome: 9 Hour VIP Private Shore Excursion Cruise Pier Pickup

3. Rome: 9 Hour VIP Private Shore Excursion Cruise Pier Pickup

Your trip begins with collection from the cruise terminal in the morning, to arrive at the Colosseum by 11:00 AM, where you will be whisked to the front of the queue. Immediately begin exploring this majestic ruin, the largest amphitheater built during the Roman Empire, designed to entertain the masses with brutal, violent spectacles. Its capacity is estimated to have been 70,000 people, who were all admitted free of charge to watch vicious gladiator fights and hunting simulations involving exotic animals. Included in your skip-the-line tickets is the entrance to the Palatine Hill and Imperial Forums. Explore both above ground and below, marveling at the unbelievable engineering techniques of the Romans and the intricate theatrical system of hoists, ramps, and trapdoors that made the arena function (included in the underground option). For an extra fee you can purchase a guided tour option, an audio or video tour, or complete underground tour. All are available in many different languages. After about three hours, head over to St. Peter’s Square, where you can marvel at the Sistine Chapel, take in the ornate Basilica, and gasp at the massive outdoor plaza. The tour has 18 other possible stops, according to your preference, to be explored at your own pace. Wherever you decide to roam in Rome, the minivan will pick you up at 16:00, and you can take a nap while being safely returned to your ship.

From Civitavecchia: Escorted Shore Excursion to Rome

4. From Civitavecchia: Escorted Shore Excursion to Rome

Once your cruise arrives at the port of Civitavecchia, meet your tour leader and hop on the bus which will take you to Rome. During the journey, you'll receive a historical introduction to the city. Upon arrival in Rome, embark on a walking tour to some of the most famous landmarks in the city. From the arrival point, be accompanied by your expert tour leader to San Pietro Square, where you will have some free time before continuing with the tour. Walk towards Piazza Venezia where you can see the imposing Monumento de la Patria. This monument was built in honor of Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a united Italy. See other landmarks including the Pantheon, the Castel Sant'Angelo, Piazza Navona, among others. Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain while admiring the many details of this beautiful work of art carved entirely from marble. Enjoy some free time to eat at one of the many restaurants in the area. Then, admire the exterior of Colosseum, one of the most impressive feats of Roman architecture. Return to the departure point where you will board your bus to take you back to the port of Civitavecchia.

From Civitavecchia Port: Classic Rome Cruise Shore Excusion

5. From Civitavecchia Port: Classic Rome Cruise Shore Excusion

Head to Rome on a 9-hour shore excursion from the Civitavecchia port. On this tour, priced for a group of up to 4 participants, you’ll see the city’s most important and popular landmarks and historic monuments. Start off your visit at St. Peter's Basilica, the imposing church at the center of the Catholic faith. Marvel at its ornate architecture, see the numerous tombs of popes, and admire the famous Pietà, the only sculpture ever signed by Michelangelo. Stroll across the Piazza Navona, one of the most noted squares in Rome and admire its impressive fountain that represents the 4 great rivers of the world. Next you’ll head to the Pantheon, one of the best preserved Roman monuments. Admire this temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome and hear interesting legends about the site. Enjoy a stroll down narrow alleyways and stop at a local restaurant for some delicious Italian cuisine, and finish off your meal with an ice cream near the magnificent Trevi Fountain. Be sure to toss a coin into the fountain, to guarantee your return to the Eternal City. Visit busy Venice Square, where Mussolini delivered his seemingly endless speeches. Take a walk along the Via dei Fori Imperiali, at the heart of ancient Roman social life, and finally, feast your eyes on the Coliseum, the symbol of Rome and one of the 7 Wonders of the World.

Rome Highlights Private Tour From Civitavecchia Port

6. Rome Highlights Private Tour From Civitavecchia Port

Enjoy a full-day, comprehensive tour of Rome, with direct transfers from the cruise terminal at Civitavecchia Port. Transfer by luxury vehicle to the city center, and start your sightseeing tour at Piazza Venezia and the National Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, the 1st king of a unified Italy. Continue into the heart of Ancient Rome at the ruined temples of the Roman Forum. Learn about life in the Roman Republic at the massive amphitheater of the Colosseum. Next, get panoramic views of the domes of Rome from the hills of the Capitilone and Palatine. See the site of the Circus Maximus, an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium in the valley between the Aventine and Palatine hills. Go to the remains of the Baths of Caracalla, the 2nd largest of the public baths in Ancient Rome. Then, marvel at the well-preserved façade of the Pantheon, Ancient Rome’s temple to all the gods. Be enchanted by Piazza Navona, with its handsome Baroque and Renaissance monuments, including Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi. See another Bernini fountain at the bottom of the Spanish Steps, and throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain on Piazza di Trevi. Enjoy a traditional Italian lunch, before spending the afternoon at the world’s smallest state in the Vatican City. Wander more than 7 kilometers of galleries in the Vatican Museums to see historic maps, masterpieces by Raphael, and Michelangelo’s glorious Sistine Chapel. End with a tour inside St. Peter’s Basilica, the most important church in the Catholic world, before returning to your cruise ship at the end of an enlightening day.

From Civitavecchia: the Dying City and Monster Park Tour

7. From Civitavecchia: the Dying City and Monster Park Tour

Civita di Bagnoregio is located in Tuscia on the border between Tuscany and Lazio. It is called the "dying city" because the land on which it stands is slowly falling away and will inevitably disappear when the final pieces crumble into the spectacular Valle dei Calanchi below. Knowing this, and knowing that nothing can be done to prevent it makes your visit all the more special, eternal and timeless. This is the feeling that makes it unique and marvelous to the people who have experienced the dying city. Connected to the rest of the world by a three hundred meter bridge, Civita di Bagnoregio is a charming village which will make you feel you are visiting a world that no longer exists. Made up of old houses, narrow streets and surrounded by beautiful landscapes, discover a walk through the scenes and stories of this place and choose the corner that sparks your intrigue the most. You can explore the Romanesque Arch at the entrance to Civita, the Renaissance Palace or the large Piazza (which is the site of donkey races on the first Sunday in June and the second Sunday of September and where all the remaining locals come to socialize in the evenings). After visit the dying city, you will head on to discover the Monster's Park situated in the town of Bomarzo. It is also called "Sacred Wood", and was designed by Prince Vicino Orsini and the great architect Pirro Ligorio in 1552. The park is unique and represents refined Italian style gardens that follow geometric and perspective rationality with embellishments such as wide terraces, fountains with water games and mannerist sculptures. You will also discover here eccentric wood blocks of peperino, emerging from the ground and sculpted into enigmatic figures of monsters, dragons, mythological subjects and exotic animals.

From Civitavecchia: Tarquinia & UNESCO Site Visit with Lunch

8. From Civitavecchia: Tarquinia & UNESCO Site Visit with Lunch

Discover the city of Tarquinia and visit the UNESCO world heritage site of the Etruscan necropolis, containing tombs painted more than 3000 years ago, with the help of your local guide. Learn about the extraordinary artwork in the tombs, which predates the Romans and gives unique insight into the ancient culture and daily lives of the Etruscan people.  Leave the necropolis, and follow your guide to one of the most impressive museums on the Etruscans, located in the spectacular Palazzo Vitelleschi. Continue your discovery of Etruscan life and see items of pottery, arts and crafts which have previously been displayed in New York and Paris.  Finish your time in Tarquinia by relaxing and enjoying an authentic Italian lunch, in a traditional local restaurant. Savor the unique and dazzling flavours of the Lazio region, for the perfect end to your day of discovery. Upgrade the default tour option to also explore the underground city of Etruscopolis and see a massive underground quarry from the 4th-century BC featuring recreations of Etruscan homes and see what life was like in a time before the Romans.

Bracciano: Half-Day Odescalchi Castle & Town Tour with Lunch

9. Bracciano: Half-Day Odescalchi Castle & Town Tour with Lunch

Start your tour with a guided visit of the Orsini-Odescalchi Castle, an icon of the power and the prosperity of its Lords. Constructed at the beginning of the 5th century A.D., the castle has now become a famous location for parties, with actor Tom Cruise choosing it for his wedding with Katie Holmes.  After you have taken the time to explore the castle, take a short walking tour through the historic center of Bracciano, and finally reach the Belvedere della Sentinella.  Once there, take the unique opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking view of the lake and the surrounding countryside below. Finally, round off your tour by replenishing your energy with lunch in a typical restaurant with local products.

From Civitavecchia: Private Rome Highlights Tour w/ Tickets

10. From Civitavecchia: Private Rome Highlights Tour w/ Tickets

You will be picked up from Civitavecchia harbor in an air-conditioned van, before being taken to the Vatican Museums. Don't worry about the crowds, as this tour includes exclusive skip-the-line access into the museums. The Vatican Museums are one of the world’s most visited museum complexes and are overflowing with masterpieces by many of the world’s most important Renaissance and Baroque artists. Your guide will lead you through all of the most important galleries providing a fascinating overview of the history and cultural significance. The tour includes visits to the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and other key museum highlights. After this, you will stop for a light lunch and enjoy some authentic Roman cuisine. You will then head to the Colosseum and once again, will skip the long queues outside. Here, your guide will make the world’s most famous amphitheater come to life, explaining its awe-inspiring structure, and recreating the days when it was filled with the sounds of roaring animals and crowds and the clashing swords of gladiators. After that, you will visit the Roman Forum which was once the ancient city’s social, governmental, economic and religious center. At the end of the day, you will be taken back to Civitavecchia port.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 923 reviews

We were met right on time at the port entrance by our guide Sandro, who was very friendly and spoke wonderful English. He took us to the hilltop ancient town of Tarquinia, where we visited an Etruscan museum and the city hall, and then he did a slight detour to show us the area around Porto Ercole, before taking us to the hilltop town of Capalbio, where he found us a restaurant for bistecca fiorentina (our first - so delicious). We then went to the Tarot Garden of Niki de Saint Phalle, which is amazing in its collection of giant, whimsical mosaic sculptures, some of which are as big as a house! We had a great day and would happily tour with him again. Very pleased with our experience.

Great day out, guide was fantastic and van was comfortable with air con. Don’t do this tour if you are expecting to wander around each place for an hour as you only get a maximum of about 30 mins at each attraction. You do however get to see all of the major sights of Rome in one day in a small group which is far better than waiting for 50 people getting on/off a coach

It was a wonderful day! We visited many places, Vatican, Colosseum among others. Our guide Andrea and her assistant Alexa were excellent, always attentive, they know the history, punctual. They recommended places and where to eat. It was a very nice experience, I loved it. Thank you very much for this beautiful adventure Andrea and Alexa! 100% I RECOMMEND it!

The tour guide did a good job. He was entertaining and informative. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough time to go into everything. But the trip gave you a first impression.

Great guide Maurizio. Gave us information that probably no other tourist gets. Highly recommended tour.