Visit Rome From Your Cruise Ship in Civitavecchia

The most sought out location from the port of Civitavecchia is certainly Rome! If that’s where you want to go, then you need to read this! We’ll take you step by step through what your day onshore will be like. Please keep in mind that Rome is literally packed with attractions and you won’t be able to see them all in your limited time onshore, but you’ll get to see the most important ones.

Your ship will probably dock in the early morning and you’ll be allowed off at 8am, but make sure to check with your ship the exact time. We always suggest an early start since there is some travelling time involved in getting to Rome. You need to keep in mind that the Port of Civitavecchia is a little over one hour from the city.

Once off your ship, you’ll find your driver waiting for you, just off the gangway. He will hold a sign with your name on so that you can easily spot him.

Rome in Limo drivers are professional fluent English speaking drivers, so that you don’t need to worry about understanding what you’re being told. You certainly don’t want to go through a whole day with someone who isn’t a clear English speaking! That would be a real stress! Not with us!

For your comfort and safety, our fleet includes only latest model Mercedes vehicles. You’ll be spending most of your day onshore on the vehicle and we want you to be comfortable! Our Mercedes vehicles all feature Air Conditioning and Comfortable Spacious Seats. Plus all the latest Safety Technology available on the market.

Back to our tour now. Once you have reached Rome, you’ll be driven to the historical center of the city, where you will be greeted by the Victor Emanuel II Monument. Most people refer to it as “the Wedding Cake”. As a matter of fact it does look like one!

Close to the Victor Emanuel Monument you’ll find the Capitoline Hill, the Ancient Roman Forum and the Colosseum. You can choose to enter the Colosseum, but to do that, you need to make sure you have gotten your tickets in advance! Tickets include entrance to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, but we don’t suggest you enter the latter because of time. You can still see most of the Roman Forum from the terrace on the Capitoline Hill or from the sidewalk close to the Colosseum.

After your visit to the Colosseum, you’ll drive by the Circus Maximus, to get to the Pantheon and Navona Square, where you can enjoy a nice gelato! From here, you’ll drive to the Spanish Steps and then on to the Trevi Fountain.

Time for lunch! Your driver will suggest where to eat based on your desires. You can choose a nice Italian restaurant, to enjoy a typical light lunch  or a quick Pizza bite on the way, to make the best of your touring time. That’s entirely up to you!

After lunch, you’ll drive to the Vatican Museums, where you’ll have about 2 hours to explore the Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St.Peter’s Basilica. There are two ways to go about this part of your tour: you can choose to enter on your own or have the aid of one of our licensed walking guides.

Our licensed walking guides have an added fee, not included in the tour price, but definitely worth it! Why? You might ask! Well, for starters because the Vatican Museums are truly vast: they spread over 7 kilometers, that’s about 4.4 miles! So there is no way you get to see all that’s worth seeing in such a short time and having the aid of a guide would ensure you see the most important artifacts without wasting any time!

An added plus is that licensed guides have access to St.Peter’s from the inside of the Sistine Chapel, while plain tourists have to backtrack through the Vatican Museums, walk to St.Peter’s and go through security check again. You’d be saving quite some time with a licensed guide!

Now, it will be time to meet the driver again and head back to your ship in Civitavecchia, ready to sail to the next Italian port of call and more great Shore Excursions!


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