Your English speaking driver will be waiting for you at the requested time, right in front of your ship gangway, holding a sign with your name on it. Leaving the cruiser terminal in Civitavecchia, after approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes you will arrive directly in front of the Vatican City.
If you like you can explore the richest storehouse of art in the entire world at the Vatican Museums. (Please note: to maximize your time we highly recommend purchasing the skip the line tickets in advance to avoid waiting in lines. If interested, ask us at the time of the booking). Keep also in mind that the Vatican Museums are closed on Sunday (except the last Sunday of the month). In this case the itinerary will be changed to meet your needs. Walk through the Tapestry and Geographical Map Galleries, the Candelabra Gallery and the magnificent Raphael Rooms that lead to the fifteenth century Sistine Chapel which holds an invaluable collection of masterpieces like the Michelangelo's ceiling painting of the "Creation of the World".
Then enter the vast expanse of St. Peter's square through the Bernini's colonnades into Christendom's largest church resting on 800 pillars and littered 44 alters. See the gilded Papal Canopy suspended over the altar where the Pope celebrates mass, the splendid gilt and the bronze throne in the apse and one of the best known pieces of sculpture in the world - the Pietà, Michelangelo's masterpiece in marble.
After the you will continue by exploring the Rome of the Emperors, you will stop at the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and the Mouth of Truth. Then take a panoramic drive past the Circus Maximus, the Palatine Hill and the Baths of Caracalla. Stop for a visit at the Pantheon, the best conserved monument of Ancient Rome as well as the nearby Santa Maria Sopra Minerva housing Michelangelo's "Risen Christ".
Obviously if needed your driver will suggest the best place to stop for lunch or a simple snack (in case you want to save your time to visit more sites).Continue with a stroll through Baroque and Renaissance Rome: from Piazza Navona through the narrow streets of Antiques Row to Campo dei Fiori and Piazza Farnese. See Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Capitol Hill and Piazza del Popolo. Stroll through the narrow streets admiring statues, fountains and discovering curiosities. Don't forget that the city center of Rome is full of nice shops where you'll have the chance to buy souvenirs of the Eternal City.
At the end you will drive back to the Civitavecchia pier on perfect time to board your ship. less >>
The proposed itineraries are only examples of possible tours. For different pick up / drop off locations or customized itineraries we invite our clients to contact one of our tour coordinators to help them design their own tour.