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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.

Civitavecchia: Shore Excursion to Rome

3. Civitavecchia: Shore Excursion to Rome

Start your Roman adventure at 9:00 AM as you exit from your cruise ship. At the ship's Pier, you will be greeted by your friendly and professional driver/guide. Once you hop in your comfortable, air-conditioned minivan you will set off on your adventure.  Your driver will take you to all the most historical and socially significant landmarks in Rome. For those pressed for the time, this is the greatest way to ensure you see the main attractions of the city, all in 7-hours. During each stop you can hop-off the van and walk around, taking beautiful holiday snaps as you do. In the vehicle, you will enjoy the benefit of an audioguide in English. At each stop, you will be able to learn the basic history of each fascinating location.  During your tour, you will visit: Vatican City and St. Peter's Cathedral (1-hour), Colosseum (40-minutes), Piazza Venezia (15-minutes), Trevi Fountain (20-minutes), Spanish Steps (30-minutes), Pantheon (30-minutes), Piazza Novona (20-minutes) and the Panoramic View (15-minutes). Once you have visited all these major landmarks, you will be taken back to your cruise terminal, 1-hour before your ship departs and no later than 5:00 PM, ensuring a relaxing end to an exciting day.

From Civitavecchia: Private Rome Highlights Tour w/ Tickets

4. 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.

From Civitavecchia: Tarquinia & UNESCO Site Visit with Lunch

5. 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.

Bomarzo Park of the Monsters and Viterbo Old Town Tour

6. Bomarzo Park of the Monsters and Viterbo Old Town Tour

Visit the unique Park of the Monsters, also known as the Garden of Bomarzo. Explore the gardens and their wide terraces, fountains with water games and mannerist sculptures. Discover figures of monsters, dragons, mythological characters and exotic animals. See the blocks of peperino, a crooked house, a funerary temple and obelisk monuments with carved mottos. After the visit, indulge in a traditional Italian lunch at a restaurant in Viterbo city center. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided visit of the old town. Known as the City of the Popes, Viterbo’s spectacular medieval center is worth seeing. Learn about the time of the Holy See and the fighting between the Guelph and Ghibelline families.    

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.

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

8. 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.

Rome: 9 Hour VIP Private Shore Excursion Cruise Pier Pickup

9. 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.

Civitavecchia: Etruscopolis Underground City

10. Civitavecchia: Etruscopolis Underground City

Meet your driver and then travel 20 minutes to Tarquinia, the capital of the Etruscans. An ancient civilization with their own culture and language, the Etruscans were an early adversary of Rome and were ultimately assimilated into the kingdom of Rome. Within the underground city of Etruscopolis however, the ways of this ancient people are once again brought back to life. This historic site contains a museum of recreated artifacts, which were lovingly crafted by the artist Omero, who is known as “the last of the Etruscans.” See tombs, homes, objects, and scenes of daily life. Understand Etruscan culture through objects as well as intricate dioramas. Explore an underground Etruscan quarry from the 4th-century BC which spans 15,000 square meters. Journey into the past, and see recreations of Etruscan homes. See what life was like in a time before the Romans had even conquered all of Italy. Afterward, have lunch at a typical trattoria in Tarquinia’s historic center. 

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 923 reviews

So pleased we took this tour. Capalbio is a little gem of a place - authentic Tuscan walled town and not inhabited by herds of tourists- just beautiful ancient buildings and Tuscan hills. A very special 3 course lunch included at a place the locals go- Then afternoon at the magical Tarot gardens. So worth a visit - kids would love it - even grown up ones - for a place that has soul and mystery and surprises and beauty . Our guides Andreas and Maria were so informative and very good company. A perfect day out in Tuscany and not exhausting like the big cities.

This was so wonderful, I learned so much about these people and lives Andres was so kind who answered all my questions and took the time to give me and my two kids the best experience... I highly recommend this tour with Andres

We were lucky to have Andrea as driver and guide. We had plenty of time for necropolis and Tarquinia wonderful museum. Andrea made us discover the rich and beautiful city of Tarquinia. Restaurant was authentic and nice.

The tour was informative and the tour guide was knowledgeable. Tour was worth every Penny and very affordable.

Everything exactly as described. Easy to find. Direct quick contact. I would always go back with GetYourGuide