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From Civitavecchia: the Dying City and Monster Park Tour

1. 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.

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Civitavecchia: Shore Excursion to Rome

2. 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.

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Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Transfer from Civitavecchia Port

3. Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Transfer from Civitavecchia Port

Make the most of your cruise stopover at Civitavecchia Port and journey to Rome by comfortable vehicle to climb aboard the open-top, hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus on arrival. Depart from Civitavecchia Port at 9:00 AM or 9:30 AM and get dropped off on Via Crescenzio 19, near the Vatican City. It is only a 12-minute walk to the Hop-on Hop-off bus stop number 6.  Then, jump off and on at 8 stops, all conveniently located close to the most important monuments in the city. Learn the history of Rome with the on-board recorded commentary available in 9 languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Arabic and Portuguese). Avail of the free walking tours that focus on some of the city's most famous squares, streets and monuments to get an even more complete picture of the city. The hop-on hop-off buses operate every day from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and run every 15-20 minutes for your convenience. The online voucher can be validated on any of the big buses. The first stop for the hop-on hop-off bus, where the online voucher needs to be validated, is in front of Termini Train Station. Return to Civitavecchia Port at 3:45 PM. The transfer bus departs from Piazza dell’ Independenza and stops at 4:00 PM at the bus stop on via Crescenzio #2. For any extra information, you can ask your host on the drive into Rome in the morning.

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Rome: City Highlights Private Shore Excursion

4. Rome: City Highlights Private Shore Excursion

This private tour is carefully organized for cruisers. It guarantees a good outlook of the city of Rome and its major sites with a pick-up in Civitavecchia. It will be arranged, depending on the number of passengers, in a luxury sedan or minivan. The tour’s route includes stops in sites such as the Pyramid of Caius Cestius, ruins of Caracalla Baths, the Capitol, Piazza Venezia, the Colosseum, the Forum, Trevi fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the Vatican and the Basilica of Saint Peter. The order of the tour can vary based on traffic conditions, and the amount of time spent at each stop is based on your interests and time available. In addition to the expected stops, you can decide to stop whenever you want to take photos during your tour. The tour is customizable, and your driver will be available to answer any questions you may have.

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From Civitavecchia: One-Day Tour of Rome Highlights

5. From Civitavecchia: One-Day Tour of Rome Highlights

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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Rome: 9 Hour VIP Private Shore Excursion Cruise Pier Pickup

6. 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.

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From Civitavecchia: Full-Day Rome Cruise Shore Excursion

7. From Civitavecchia: Full-Day Rome Cruise Shore Excursion

Enjoy a full-day tour of Rome, including lunch and round-trip transfers from the cruise terminal at Civitavecchia. Transfer to Rome city center by coach, stopping at the Vatican’s St Peter’s Square on arrival. Admire the dome of St Peter's Basilica and the colonnades by Bernini on St. Peter’s Square. Then, follow your guide along the cobbled streets of Italy’s ancient capital. Climb the Spanish Steps, linking Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinità dei Monti. Enjoy panoramic views from the top of the baroque staircase, before going to another baroque icon of Rome at the Trevi Fountain. Throw a coin into the fountain to ensure you one day return to Rome! Next, admire the domed temple of the Pantheon. See its well-preserved Corinthian columns. Break for lunch, before going to Piazza Venezia and Palatine Hill. Marvel at one of the largest archaeological sites in the world, before exploring the Roman Forum, site of the Roman Republic’s political, administrative, and religious life. Learn the history of the Roman Empire and the ruins that surround you. End at the mighty Colosseum, and see the remains the world's largest amphitheater. Imagine the battle scenes between the gladiators and fearsome beasts, put on for the public and emperors. Walk around the still-imposing exterior, before boarding the coach for the return transfer to Civitavecchia.

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Rome Full-Day Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia

8. Rome Full-Day Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia

Make the most of your time in Rome on a full-day shore excursion from Civitavecchia. You will visit many of the Eternal City’s most important landmarks, including the Roman ruins of the Colosseum and the Pantheon, Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, and the magnificent museums of the Vatican City. A professional chauffeur will pick you up at the cruise ship terminal in Civitavecchia and whisk you off to Rome where you can admire the city in all its Imperial glory. Visit the most famous amphitheater in the world and the symbol of Ancient Rome at the Colosseum. Admire the Circus Maximus, where dangerous chariot races took place. Continue to the glorious Forum and Palatine Hill. Get a superb panoramic view of Rome from Capitoline Hill and move on to Piazza Venezia, with its imposing monument dedicated to Italy’s first king, Vittorio Emanuele II. A visit to the awe-inspiring 2,000-year-old Pantheon is followed by a chance to throw a coin in Trevi Fountain, guaranteeing you will one day return to Rome. Next walk up the Spanish Steps and take a breather, while you taste a delicious Italian ice-cream. With your mind on food, you can now enjoy a traditional Italian lunch in a local restaurant, before exploring the Vatican City in the afternoon. Purchase a skip-the-line ticket to the Vatican sites in advance to maximize your day and give you plenty of time to see the sacred Sistine Chapel and the breathtaking frescoes by Michelangelo. Full up on art, food and hundreds of years of history, sit back and enjoy the drive back to Civitavecchia for a drop-off at your cruise ship terminal.

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Civitavecchia to/from Rome Private 1-Way Cruise Transfers

9. Civitavecchia to/from Rome Private 1-Way Cruise Transfers

Take the stress out of your arrival at Rome’s Civitavecchia cruise ship terminal and pre-book a reliable transfer to accommodations or other locations in Rome city center. The service is also available in the opposite direction for your departure and convenience. The friendly and professional drivers will meet and greet you on arrival, then negotiate the unfamiliar Italian roads as you sit back and enjoy the views of the Lazio hills. Cars are comfortable, clean, fully air-conditioned, and regularly maintained to meet all requirements. Children’s car seats, capsules, and booster seats are also provided on request. Whether you are at the start or end of your cruise, the service is guaranteed to provide a smooth arrival or departure from Civitavecchia.

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Rome: Private Transfer from Airport or Cruise Ship Port

10. Rome: Private Transfer from Airport or Cruise Ship Port

Enjoy a stress-free journey to Rome and spare yourself the hassle of arranging a taxi or trying to find your way by public transport from the airport or cruise ship terminal in the city. Book a private transfer service in advance and enjoy a relaxing arrival in Rome. You can use the transfer service between Civitavecchia cruise port, the airport, and the city center. Meet your personal driver at your cruise ship and enjoy a comfortable and punctual service to the airport. Alternatively, you can meet your driver at the airport terminal for a drive to the cruise port. Enjoy one of the best transfer services in Rome with a private chauffeur and a luxury vehicle. You will receive the attentive service of a professional driver who will assist you with your luggage as well as other matters.

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What people are saying about Civitavecchia

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 531 reviews

Absolutely wonderful day! Our guide, Andrea, was personable and tailored our full day private tour to our wishes. We were picked up on time directly from our hotel. No problems whatsoever during the entire trip. We were able to enjoy far more unique sites in central Italy than if we had attempted to do this on our own with a rental car.

The tour was well organized. We were welcomed at the bus terminal and guided to our respective bus. In Rome a guide walked us to the hop-on-hop-off bus. The buses were reliable and at each stop was also a guide assisting with information. The trip was worth taking.

The driver was very good. I had made a mistake and booked the wrong thing and he was able to change and take me to the places I really wanted to go. Very nice and personal service.

We were picked up on time from the ship and driven through Rome by a competent young man. We were able to see all the promised sights with sufficient time.

Our guide Maks was excellent. This is the best excursion ever!