Points of Interest

  • St. Peter's Square and Basilica
Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

What you will visit:
St. Peter's Square and Basilica
The core of Vatican City, the smallest state in the world, is St. Peter's Square, a bustling piazza where the masses receive the pope's weekly blessings. The spectacular, ornate square and its imposing colonnade leading to St. Peter's Basilica hold 60,000 people, and the basilica is regarded as one of the holiest and greatest churches of Christendom. Michelangelo deserves much of the credit for the massive reconstruction, completed in 1626, and his famous Pieta masterpiece is one of the many heavenly Renaissance and baroque sculptures and mosaics located inside. At St. Peter's Square you will have one hour to explore the bustling square, hunt for souvenirs and visit the framed Basilica, with the largest interior of any Christian church in the world.
What you will see along the way:
Departing from Civitavecchia, your 90-minute motorcoach ride to the heart of Rome takes you through the glorious Roman countryside and along the Tyrrhenian Sea. Once inside the city, a panoramic driving tour introduces you to Rome, Italy's cosmopolitan capital city, a thriving metropolis that fuses the old and the new. Rome, the Eternal City, is 25 centuries old, and the glories of ancient Rome, the majesty of the Renaissance, and the modern architecture of today seamlessly blend into an inspiring whole. Your city tour traverses the streets and spotlights such beloved landmarks as the mighty Colosseum, the landscaped greenery of Villa Borghese, Via Vittorio Veneto (one of Rome's most famous boulevards).
Snack:
Refresh with fresh fruit, tomato pizza and small nibbles at a local establishment. .

Special Notes:

This tour is not available to passengers beginning or ending their voyage in Civitavecchia (Rome).

The drive between Civitavecchia and Rome is approximately 1 1/2 hours each way, subject to traffic conditions.
Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.6 mile over uneven surfaces.

There may be an additional walk of approximately 15 minutes to reach Vatican's Square from the designated bus parking area.

Guests wishing to visit St. Peter's Basilica must be aware that proper attire that covers shoulders and legs must be worn by both men and women - mini-skirts, shorts and capri pants are not acceptable.

At St. Peter's Basilica visitors must pass through metal detectors. Large bags or umbrellas, bottled water, video cameras, knives or scissors must be checked at the desk.

Guests are advised that long queues to enter St. Peter's Basilica are to be expected.

Please be aware that Basilica might close for security reason at any given time without previous notice.

Please be aware that ongoing restoration work is often being carried out at the various venues visited.

Most shops are closed on Sundays and holidays and maintain seasonal hours.

This tour may operate in reverse order.

Medical Restriction:

Guests needing special assistance must be accompanied by an able bodied companion. There may be an additional walk of approximately 15 minutes to reach Vatican's Square from the designated bus parking area.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Departure from the pier by motorcoach

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Travel time:
01:30
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No

Sightseeing tour by coach to St. Peter Square

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Travel time:
01:30
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No

Free time in Vatican area

Time at site:
01:00
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Refreshment at the venue and free time

Time at site:
00:45
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes

Return back to the pier

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Travel time:
01:30
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No