Points of Interest
- St. Peter's Square and Basilica
- Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
- Trevi Fountain
Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.
Discover the spectacular Vatican Museum, a complex that houses one of the most impressive and varied collections of art in the world collected by the popes through the centuries. Walking through select portions of the museums with your knowledgeable guide, you'll marvel at the astonishingly rich collections and their significance throughout history.
You'll continue on to the Sistine Chapel, small and elegant but huge in artistic significance, and home to the masterpieces of the great artist Michelangelo. A recent restoration has revealed the beautiful colors that were used in his work. The exquisite wall frescoes hanging on the side walls were created by artists such as Botticelli, Perugino, Rosselli, Ghirlandaio and Signorelli, which complete this overwhelmingly beautiful room.
Step outside into the fresh air and stroll through St. Peter's Square, featuring a central obelisk, refreshing twin fountains and semicircular colonnades crowned with statues of the saints designed by Bernini. This striking piazza frames the entrance to St. Peter's Basilica. Follow your guide inside the largest basilica in the world to view masterpieces such as the "Pietà" by Michelangelo. You'll have an opportunity to purchase religious articles and other mementos of this unforgettable and spiritual experience.
A short drive through the heart of Rome brings you to an elegant 5-star dining establishment for lunch. You'll toast your day with a glass of sparkling Italian wine and feast on authentic cuisine, exquisitely prepared. A delicious dessert is a necessary indulgence while on holiday.
Refreshed, your afternoon excursions begin as you walk to the Colosseum, one of the grandest of all Rome's monuments. An imposing and beautiful site, the building is immense and was used by Emperors to entertain the public with spectacular games. Your tour includes both exterior and interior views of the structure, affording the opportunity to feel like a true gladiator of Ancient Rome.
What better way to end a day in the Eternal City than with the wish that you'll return once more? Legend has it that if you turn your back and toss a coin into the exquisite Trevi Fountain, it is guaranteed that someday you will return to Rome. The Trevi fountain, inspired by Roman triumphal arches, is the largest and most famous Baroque fountain in Rome. Theatrical in design, the Trevi Fountain has been the star of many films shot in Rome, including romantic films such as Three Coins in a Fountain, Roman Holiday, and of course Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita.
At the end of your day, you will be dropped off in the Rome City Centre (Ostiense Station) after an extraordinary adventure in Rome.
Special Notes:This tour is valid only to passengers disembarking in Civitavecchia. The tour ends at Ostiense Station. This tour includes extensive walking on cobblestone surfaces as well as negotiating 250 steps while visiting the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica. This tour is not recommended for Guests on wheelchair and Guests with walking difficulties.
This tour does not operate on Sundays, public holidays and religious holidays due to the closure of the Vatican Museums, which houses the Sistine Chapel.
The drive between Civitavecchia and Rome is approximately 1.5 hours each way, subject to traffic conditions.
Dress conservatively when visiting sacred sites. Attire for both men and women must cover shoulders and legs: miniskirts, shorts and capri pants are not permitted at St. Peter's Basilica. Visitors may be required to check large bags, video cameras and bottled water.
Please note that for tour groups on visit to St. Peter's Basilica the use of headsets owned and provided by the site's management is compulsory. Guests will be responsible for missing headsets. The headsets company will charge Euro 50,00 for every missing device.
Visitors to St. Peter's Basilica may encounter considerable crowds, lines and delays. Should the wait at St. Peter's security checkpoint last longer than 45 minutes, your guide may forego an interior visit. Instead, he or she will provide a full explanation and description while viewing the exterior. Additional shopping time or a free period will be substituted.
Tour groups are not allowed inside St. Peter's Basilica during religious services. However, entry will be allowed on an individual basis to view the interior quietly and reverently. Should a mass be taking place in St. Peter's Basilica, the entrance may be restricted. Please be aware that the Basilica may close for security reasons at any given time without previous notice. this is also the case on Wednesdays if the Pope chooses to hold mass services in St. Peter's Square, also in this case free time will be provided to compensate..
For safety reasons, the Minister of Tourism has established a maximum number of visitors that can be allowed inside the Colosseum at once. As a consequence of this new rule also the access of groups with reservation may be stopped and delayed. Should your guide foresee that the queue at the Colosseum is longer than a 45-minute wait, you will forego the interior visit of the Colosseum and an inside visit to the Roman Forum will be made instead.
The guides usually do not accompany the buses from the ship to Civitavecchia.
Should the designed motor coach drop off / pick up point for St. Peters Basilica and Vatican Museum (Sistine Chapel) be congested or unavailable, an alternative drop off / pick up point location will be used. Please note that an additional walking portion of 0.6 miles from / to the alternative location should be considered.
This tour uses headsets.
Tour order may vary but always covering the same sites
Your luggage will travel with you onboard the bus
Medical Restriction:This tour is not recommended to Guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Guests must be able to negotiate the steps of the coach. Guests needing "special assistance" must be accompanied by an able bodied companion. Inside Vatican Museum there is an itinerary dedicated to visitors on a wheelchair. Since this route is not the same used by groups, guests using a wheelchair will be on their own and miss large part of guide's commentary.
Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.
Depart from ship for a guided tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel
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- Air Conditioned Motorcoach
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Guided tour and free time at St. Peter's Basilica and Square
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proceed to a local 5-star restaurant or hotel & enjoy lunch
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proceed to the Colosseum and inside visit
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proceed to the Trevi Fountain & visit
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Re-board your motorcoach and to a central drop off point where you will collect your luggage and find cabs available to tranfer to your final destination
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