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Best of Rome and the Vatican Museums

Tours form Port of Best of Rome and the Vatican Museums

Departing from: Civitavecchia Port

The very best of Rome & the Vatican Museums

The tour will begin after you meet your private driver who will be easily recognizable due to the sign on which will be written your name on at the Civitavecchia Port where your cruise ship will be docked. After a brief presentation your private driver will accompany you at the luxurious vehicle where and will offer you every comfort you need. Furthermore he will give you important information about the travel and the places that you are going to visit. 

The tour will start visiting the “Colosseum”, probably the most symbolic Italian site, where gladiators fought against each others or against beasts during Roman Era. People from all around the world come to visit it. Outside it stand up witnessing the strength of an ancient empire, inside you will find the scars of hundreds of battles, most of them just for the amusement of the rich people.  

Later on, you will be visiting the famous “Spanish steps”, this huge stairs that starts from Piazza di Spagna up to Piazza Trinità dei Monti, both of them amazing Roman squares, especially the first one where you will find the famous “Barcaccia Fountain” by the Bernini artists;

The incredible “Fontana di Trevi” one of the best known Italian artwork, here you can take a picture and admire this legendary fountain where directors, painters, poets, artists have found inspiration. Do not forget to toss a coin and make a wish;

Absolutely we cannot miss the “Pantheon”, once a temple to all the Roman gods now a christian church. A circular structure which is one of the most mysterious palace in Rome.

During your tour, your private driver will show you other attractions such as Castle St. Angelo and its bridge, the Italian Senate, The Marble Foot and Cat Street (Roman Curiosity), Trajan's Column, Imperial Fora, Trajan's Market, The Maps of the Empire, Arch of Constantine, Marcus Aurelius's Column, Parliament and Council of Ministers, St. Peter in Chains, temples of Apollo, Vesta and Janus, Quirinal Palace.

For lunch you can entrust our staff to advise you restaurants where you can eat a very Italian meal enjoying Roman atmosphere, or grab a quick bite of a not less fast lunch.

After lunch it will be time for another important place here in Rome is the “Vatican”, an independent state ruled by the Pope and the Christian Church. Here you can find not only the Apostolic Palace, residence of His Santity, but other important churches, Christian places, and the Vatican Museums. Amazing museums including the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica ,where you can admire the Michelangelo playworks such as the frescos and the very famous Sistine Chapel ceiling, and thousands of other Christians treasures.

Before leaving your private driver please agree upon the time to leave in order to reach your cruise ship on time. During the ride to the port, you can reminisce about your incredible day mixed with ancient Roman history and one of the most famous city in the world! 

PLEASE NOTE: Security procedures at the Colosseum have recently changed. We have just been advised that the Colosseum has changed their security policy and has now implemented a metal detector which all guests must pass through. This will effect entrance to the Colosseum as even with skip the line entrance tickets, all guests entering must pass through the metal detector. The length of this line will be dependent upon tourist volume each day, however, we do want to advise that at this time, in low tourist season, with the implementation of the metal detector, the wait to enter is considerable and will affect the timing available to see other sites in Rome. 

On the first sunday of the month, the visit to the Colosseum is free of charge (we can't purchase “Fast track entrance” tickets) , we advise you not to visit it on this day in order to avoid waste of time in the queue (approx 2 hrs queue).

On the last sunday of the month, the visit to the Vatican Museum is free of charge (we can't purchase “Fast track entrance” tickets) , we advise you not to visit it on this day in order to avoid waste of time in the queue (approx 2 hrs queue).

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What is included

  • Mercedes Deluxe Air-conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking driver
  • All tolls, parking, petrol (gas) and taxes

Optional & Extra

  • We can provide a licensed guide for the visit at the Vatic Museums at an extra cost.
  • We would recommend adding the extra service of the private walking guide to the Vatican Museums.
  • Gratuity

Not Included

  • Entrance fees (where applicable)
  • Colosseum 20 € per person including the reservation that we will place for you for a “fast track”entrance.
  • Vatican Museums 30 € per adult including the reservation that we will place for you for a “fast track” entrance.
  • Lunch and Drinks

General Informations

All our drivers have been trained to give a tour along the route as you are driven to your destinations, however due to strict Italian laws regulating and protecting licensed tour guides our drivers cannot do this outside of the vehicle, in the towns, sites and museums.

The proposed itinerary is an example of a possible tour. We reserve the right to change the order in which we visit the sites.

We are able to make a reservation for skip the line tickets to the Colosseum upon request and the Vatican Museum/Sistine Chapel when a 3 hr private guided tour of the Vatican is also booked. However, as our cancellation policy is 7 days prior to the scheduled tour and tickets are non-refundable, we do not make the reservations until 6 days prior to your scheduled tour dates. We cannot guarantee ticket availability due to occasional events that are out of our control including, but not limited to, internal assemblies or strikes at sites.

Please be advised that the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are closed on Sundays, therefore option of a private guided tour of these sites (additional cost) is not available on Sundays.

Entrance to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel is free the last Sunday of the month, however, due to high tourist volume and extremely long lines, we do not recommend visiting these sites on this date.

Please dress respectfully when visiting the religious monuments. Local customs require that knees and shoulders are completely covered while inside the Basilicas and Museums.

Notes

Available: All year round

Tour Duration: 9 hours

Pick-up - Drop-off Location: Port of Rome (Civitavecchia)

Pick-up Time (suggested): 8.00 am (according to your ship’s schedule)

On the first sunday of the month, the visit to the Colosseum is free of charge (we can't purchase “Fast track entrance” tickets) , we advise you not to visit it on this day in order to avoid waste of time in the queue (approx 2 hrs queue).

On the last sunday of the month, the visit to the Vatican Museum is free of charge (we can't purchase “Fast track entrance” tickets) , we advise you not to visit it on this day in order to avoid waste of time in the queue (approx 2 hrs queue).

Please Note : Security procedures at the Colosseum have recently changed. We have just been advised that the Colosseum has changed their security policy and has now implemented a metal detector which all guests must pass through. This will effect entrance to the Colosseum as even with skip the line entrance tickets, all guests entering must pass through the metal detector. The length of this line will be dependent upon tourist volume each day, however, we do want to advise that at this time, in low tourist season, with the implementation of the metal detector, the wait to enter is considerable and will affect the timing available to see other sites in Rome

In the very rare event that there is an internal assembly or strike at the Colosseum

, unfortunately they usually do not advise of this in advance.

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