Rome and Vatican Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia Port

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Duration 8h
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Embark on an unforgettable journey through the rich tapestry of Rome, beginning from the Civitavecchia port. When you get off the ship, take the free shuttle service to Largo della Pace where our friendly representatives eagerly await your arrival. Watch out for the yellow t-shirts. The tour will depart at 9:30, so please be there no later than 9:15. Board your comfortable air-conditioned bus, and prepare for a breathtaking journey to the Eternal City - Rome is only an hour away.

First stop: the Vatican, home of the Pope and smallest country in the world. Marvel at St. Peter's Basilica: not just the greatest of all churches, but an architectural masterpiece, its towering dome designed by Michelangelo. Immerse yourself in an hour-long exploration of St. Peter's Square, as your tour guide reveals the mysteries of the Vatican.

Next, hop back on the bus for an unforgettable panoramic tour. Cruise past the imposing Castel Sant'Angelo, a fascinating mix of fortress, palace, and prison. As you cross the river, you'll see the Tiberine Island, a beautiful tree-lined spot that offers a slice of tranquility amid the city bustle.

Feast your eyes on the Circus Maximus, the largest chariot racing stadium in Ancient Rome. Once teeming with roars from up to 250,000 spectators, the vast open space of the Circus Maximus today only hints at the past, its grassy surface inviting visitors to imagine the thrilling chariot races of old.

The journey continues as we pass by the Baths of Caracalla, remnants of Rome's public bathing culture, standing as a testament to ancient Roman engineering prowess.

The grand finale of your panoramic bus tour is the iconic Colosseum. This colossal monument, still today the largest amphitheater in the world, once seated up to 50,000 spectators who reveled in gladiatorial contests.

From here, you'll begin a fascinating walking tour into the heart of Rome. Follow the footprints of Caesar along the cobblestones of the Roman Forum. Feel history come alive amidst these ruins, the political and social heart of ancient Rome. Make your way to Piazza Venezia, site of the imposing Altar of the Fatherland, which commemorates Italian unification and hosts the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

No visit to Rome would be complete without a visit to the iconic Trevi Fountain, where you'll partake in a timeless tradition. Toss a coin over your shoulder into the fountain's shimmering waters, ensuring your return to this enchanting city.

After a pause for lunch, stroll to the stunning Pantheon, a marvel of ancient engineering. The day's exploration culminates in the picturesque Piazza Navona, where you can soak up the lively atmosphere and admire the stunning Baroque fountains that grace this elegant square.

The bus will depart at 16:00. As your journey comes to an end, return to the comfort of our bus for a relaxing journey back to Civitavecchia port. Reflect on a day steeped in history, breathtaking architecture, and the vibrant spirit of Rome. From the grandeur of the Vatican to the charm of the Trevi Fountain, this excursion promises a quintessential Roman experience.


  • Relax during a comfortable bus pickup and drop-off directly at your cruise ship
  • Visit world's smallest country - Vatican and learn about its rich history
  • Explore vibrant streets of Rome and indulge in delectable Italian cuisine
  • Discover the history of the amphitheater that once housed over 50,000 spectators
  • Admire St. Peter's Basilica with its stunning dome, designed by Michelangelo



1. Civitavecchia

Join this unforgettable shore excursion from the port of Civitavecchia to Rome and the Vatican.

Your time on the shore is precious, and we understand that. As seasoned experts who have guided thousands of people around Rome and the Vatican, you can trust in our expertise to help you make the most of your limited time in the Eternal City. Our meticulously crafted itinerary will showcase the city's main sights, whilst ensuring a comfortable pace and lots of fun. With years of experience under our belts, we have handpicked the most captivating and beloved sites in the city, making sure that you'll experience the very best that Rome has to offer in the short time you have available.

When you get off your ship, take the free shuttle to Largo della Pace (it's a 10-15 minute ride). Look out for our greeters in yellow t-shirts. Please be there no later than 9:15, as the tour will depart at 9:30. Rome - the Eternal City - is only an hour away!

Sit back, relax, and let our expert team take care of the details while you soak up the history, culture, and beauty of one of the world's most enchanting cities. With us, you can be sure that your time on the shore will be expertly curated and nothing short of spectacular. 

2. Vatican City

First stop: Vatican City! This small independent state located within the city of Rome is known as the spiritual and administrative center of the Roman Catholic Church. Although it is the world's smallest country, it has a rich history and cultural significance that makes it a must-see destination for travelers.

Please note that while the Vatican Museums house an incredible collection of artwork, visiting them can be time-consuming. A typical tour takes 2-3 hours to explore. Our years of experience in guiding visitors to Rome and the Vatican have shown us that the best way to make the most of your time is to visit with our expert guide outside.

With our guidance, you'll still have the opportunity to appreciate the wonders of Vatican City in a way that fits your schedule and meets your needs. Our knowledgeable guide will provide you with fascinating insights into the city's cultural heritage and spiritual significance.

3. St. Peter's Basilica

See St. Peter's Basilica, the center of the Catholic religion and a true architectural masterpiece. Its stunning dome, designed by Michelangelo, dominates the city's skyline, and the ornate exterior features intricate carvings and sculptures by some of the most famous artists of the Renaissance.

If the line is not too long, we will take you inside to see Michelangelo's famous Pietà and the awe-inspiring dome, providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the Basilica's beauty and significance. However, if time is short or the line is too long, your passionate guide will still provide you with a wealth of information about the Basilica's history and architecture from the outside.

4. Castel Sant'Angelo

Next, you will embark on a panoramic bus tour of the city.

You'll start at the spectacular Castel Sant'Angelo, a towering cylindrical structure located in Parco Adriano, Rome, Italy. Initially built as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD, it has served various purposes throughout history, including a fortress, a prison, and a papal residence. Today, it stands as a fascinating museum that provides insight into Rome's past, from Roman times through the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.

Your panoramic tour of Rome will take you along the Tiber River, past the Tiber Island and towards some of the most iconic sights in the world.

5. Circus Maximus

Feast your eyes on the Circus Maximus, an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium and mass entertainment venue. Originally constructed in the 6th century BC, it is the largest stadium ever built, with the capacity to hold up to 250,000 spectators. Although little of the original structure remains today, the Circus Maximus retains its shape in the modern cityscape as a public park. Its historical significance and cultural allure draw tourists, scholars, and history enthusiasts from around the world.

6. Colosseum

Your panoramic bus tour will finish at the Colosseum, the legendary site of gladiatorial contests.

Discover the intriguing history of the amphitheater that once housed over 50,000 spectators, and relive the glory days of the Roman Empire. 

The guide will provide commentary outside, and then you will start a walking tour through the heart of Ancient Rome.

7. Arch of Constantine

Next, the tour will take you to the Arch of Constantine, an impressive triumphal arch that commemorates a significant victory of the emperor Constantine. 

8. Roman Forum

Learn about the kings and dictators of the recent past while walking along the Via dei Fiori Imperiali, a road built as a stage for Mussolini's grand parades. Let your guide take you back in time as you see ancient Roman ruins and hear stories of some of Rome's most well-known figures like Julius Caesar, Augustus, Trajan, and Nero.

9. Altar of the Fatherland

The tour will continue on to the Altar of the Fatherland, also known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II, a grand monument that commemorates Italy's unification and offers a stunning panoramic view of the city.

10. Trevi Fountain

As you stroll through the city, your expert local guide will share fascinating insights into the history and culture of Rome. We will also make a stop for gelato or tiramisu near the Trevi Fountain, where you can indulge in some of the best desserts in the city. Time permitting, we will also walk to Piazza Navona and the Pantheon.

11. Civitavecchia

At the end of the tour, we will bring you back to the port, with plenty of time to spare before your ship's departure. With an architectural and cultural legacy spanning millennia, there’s no reason not to visit Rome. Join us on this shore excursion for the experience of a lifetime.

What’s Included?

  • Professional local passionate tour guide
  • Modern, air-conditioned bus
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

The tour will depart at 9:30, so please be at the meeting point no later than 9:15.

When you descend from your ship, take the free shuttle bus to Largo della Pace. Do not take the paid bus to the train station. The bus ride takes about 15 minutes.

Our greeters will be waiting for you with yellow t-shirts.

Cancellation Policy

- For groups of 1-6 people: free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance.

- For groups of 7+ people: free cancellation up to up to 7 days ahead. From 6 days in advance to 48 hours in advance, a 50% fee will apply.

- Cancellations less than 48 hours ahead or no-shows result in no refund.

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