Points of Interest
- Trevi Fountain
- St. Peter's Square and Basilica
Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.
What you will visit:
St. Peter's Square
This striking plaza frames the entrance to St. Peter's Basilica, located on the site where St. Peter was martyred and buried. With the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, St. Peter's Basilica holds 60,000 people and is regarded as one of the holiest and the greatest of all 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.
The Vatican Museums
The Vatican Museums are located within the boundaries of Vatican City. This spectacular complex houses one of the most impressive and varied displays of art in the world from the immense collection built up by popes throughout the centuries. Richly decorated galleries boast the largest assembly of classical sculpture in the world plus numerous artworks from the Etruscan, Egyptian, early Christian, Renaissance, and modern periods. In total the museums are home to more than 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display.
Under Nicholas V (1447-55) the Vatican became a court of the muses – the pope was an art lover and in 1448 asked the famous painter Fra Angelico to embellish this private chapel with spectacular frescoes.
Founded by Paul VI in 1973, the Carriage Museum is located in a large room under the Square Garden and contains saddles, carriages, automobiles and sedan chairs used by the various popes.
Room of Tears
Once a cardinal is declared pope, he goes to a special dressing room to don the papal clothes. Due to the strong emotions experienced there, this room is called the Room of Tears (Sala del Pianto).
Commissioned by Pius IX in 1931, this houses a collection of paintings from the Middle Ages to the 1800s, many of which were taken to Paris by Napoleon in 1797 but returned to Italy after the Congress of Vienna (1815).
Sala degli Ori
Precious Etruscan jewels dating back to the 8th century B.C. are beautifully displayed in a refined setting.
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 Italy's cosmopolitan capital city, see beloved landmarks including the Pantheon, the mighty Colosseum, the landscaped greenery of Villa Borghese, Trevi Fountain, Via Vittorio Veneto (one of Rome's most famous boulevards), and the Forum.
Special Notes:Tour does not operate on Sundays or Catholic holidays.
This option is available to guests who are returning to the ship.
Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.