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About Rome

Standing in the Colosseum, visiting Vatican City and tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain are all unique experiences of a lifetime to be had in the Eternal City of Rome, reached from your Italian cruise port Civitavecchia.

Rome's breathtaking monuments, palaces, churches and classical features are quite unlike anything you will find in any other European city. They will always leave you wanting to come back for more - hence the coin-tossing, which is said to guarantee your return.

The city's other must-sees include the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon (probably the most complete ancient Roman building in the city) and the Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo's masterpieces.

While steeped in history, Rome is also a modern, bustling city with designer shops and chic boutiques at every turn. Reasonably priced department stores selling all the latest fashions can be found in the many pedestrianised shopping streets, while restaurants and cafés spill out onto piazzas offering authentic Italian dishes and sensational ice cream.

 

Shore excursions in Rome

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Civitavecchia and Italian Music Recital

Activity high

Duration: 2½ hours

Take in the highlights of Civitavecchia’s historical town on this interesting snapshot tour and music recital.

Civitavecchia meaning ‘old city’ is one of the largest ports in Italy and is just 70km from Rome. Here, there are remains of the Port of Traiano and the city of Centumcellae that was conquered by the Saracens in the year 828 and transformed into a military base.

After a short transfer by shuttle bus, you’ll arrive at the famous Michelangelo's Fortress, where your walking tour will begin. Stroll along the Marina Grande to the Ghetto district, the oldest part of the city. The name derives from the presence of the buildings earmarked for Jewish families, but Jewish people never lived there because the houses were occupied by families of fishermen. Pass by the Theatre and the market place to reach the walls of the city near Piazza Aurelio Saffi to see the Church of the Orazione. After a short walk, you’ll cross the arch to Piazza Leandra, right in the historical centre, where you find the Church of the Star, famous because this religious building is the starting point of all the processions and religious rites of Civitavecchia.

Your last stop will be at the Cittadella of the Music where you’ll enjoy a 30 minute concert consisting of typical Italian music, including some pieces from famous operas, the Italian Belcanto and Roman and Neapolitan songs.

Return to the ship by shuttle bus or remain in the city centre to explore independently.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by shuttle bus and on foot. This tour is predominately on foot over cobbled, uneven and inclined surfaces. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Classical Rome

Activity high

Duration: 10 hours

See the highlights of magnificent Rome; enchanting fountains, glorious piazzas, the incredible basilica and imposing Colosseum.

Capture the magic of Rome’s grandest fountain, The Trevi Fountain. Follow tradition and toss a coin to ensure your return to Rome and… don’t forget to make a wish.

The Roman Forum was the hub of Roman life in the 5th century BC. It is easy to conjure up a picture of the Roman Forum in its incredible former splendour (exterior view only).

The vast dome of St Peter’s Basilica is visible from nearly everywhere in the city. Impressive St Peter’s Square, with its fountains and semicircular colonnades crowned with statues of the saints, frames the Basilica’s entrance.

Take a moment from your busy sightseeing schedule for some free time to recharge your batteries, relax in an open-air café, or simply stroll around soaking up the atmosphere of this magical city.

One of the grandest of all Rome’s monuments is the Colosseum. A place that once featured 76 numbered entrances, marble seats and subterranean passages. Admire this truly marvellous building of such epic proportions (exterior view only).

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot. The itinerary is subject to local conditions. Please dress appropriately for entering churches. There may be long queues at St Peter’s and you may have to enter individually. For security reasons, entry to St Peter’s may be completely restricted. In the event of excessive queues, free time will be given in St Peter’s Square. Large bags and video cameras and water bottles may have to be checked-in. Lunch is not included. Passengers are reminded that much of this tour conducted on foot.

Introduction to Rome

Activity highShopping

Duration: 9½ hours

This tour introduces you to many of Rome’s highlights, with the afternoon for you to explore at your leisure.

The Roman Forum was the religious and political focus of the city in Republican and Imperial times. This interesting ensemble of ancient ruins reflects 12 centuries of history, which created Roman civilisation (exterior view only).

Photograph Rome’s finest amphitheatre, the Colosseum. Commissioned by Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD, this immense structure once held up to 55,000 people. Now standing empty and in ruin, echoes of its glorious past can still be heard (exterior view only).

The centre of the Roman Catholic faith, St Peter's Basilica is one of the most famous cathedrals in the world. With its immense dome, lavishly decorated interior, impressive exterior and grand piazza, it truly is a sight to behold. Your guide will offer interesting facts about this incredible monument before you enter independently.

During the afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore Rome independently from St Peter’s Square. Have a spot of lunch, do some shopping or perhaps visit another of Rome’s top attractions.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The guided element of this tour involves substantial walking. Passengers are advised that there are some cobbled and inclined surfaces to negotiate during this tour. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. There may be long queues to enter St Peter’s Basilica and other popular attractions. Please dress appropriately for entering churches. Guide commentary will not be given within St Peter’s Basilica. Free time is generally around 2-3 hours, but this may vary depending on local conditions. Please pay careful attention to the pick-up point and time.

Ostia Antica

Activity high

Duration: 4½ hours

Explore the magnificent ancient city of Ostia Antica and admire the beautifully preserved Roman ruins.

Founded by King Anco Marzio around the 4th century BC, Ostia Antica was Rome’s main commercial port and military base, with a population at its peak of nearly 100,000 inhabitants. Barbarian invasions and malaria led to the decline of city and eventually all the inhabitants abandoned it. Buried for centuries by sand, the city is remarkably well-preserved and, although maybe less spectacular than Pompeii or Herculaneum, it gives a more complete picture of the life in the Roman Empire.

Your visit starts at Via delle Tombe, which leads to the Porta Romana - one of the city’s 3 gates. This is the beginning of Decumanus Maximus, the main road through the town. From the Neptune and Amphitride Baths, you’ll walk to the theatre built by Agrippa and to the Forum, which once formed the centre of the city. Discover the main public buildings - the Capitolium and the Temple of Rome and Augustus.

There are no fewer than 18 temples dedicated to the Persian God Mithras, as well as a Jewish Synagogue dating from the 1st century BC and a Christian basilica. See the House of Diana and the Termopolium, an ancient Roman bar, with a marble counter and a fresco representing the fruits and foodstuffs that were sold there.

After this fascinating stroll through the past, re-board your coach to return to Civitavecchia.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot.There is a considerable amount of walking on this tour, over uneven ground and cobblestones. Please wear flat, comfortable shoes; bring a hat, sunscreen and water. This tour does not operate on Mondays.

Panoramic Rome

Activity low

Duration: 5 hours

See the highlights of Rome at a more leisurely pace. Enjoy the drive and the sights without the walking.

As you drive around Italy’s legendary capital, you’ll be intrigued by the stunning picture of its past and present, by the tranquil fountains that adorn the squares and streets, and by the sculptures and frescoes that cover every church.

Once in the city, have your camera ready. You’ll have a panoramic sightseeing tour passing by the Vatican walls, which outline the area of the Vatican City, the Lungotevere and the Ara Pacis.

Next, you’ll pass by Muro Torto (the Roman walls), Villa Borghese and enter the old town by Porta Pinciana. Pass through Via Vittorio Veneto, symbol of the Italian ‘dolce vita’, the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine and the Circus Maximus.

A drive by the Colosseum will be made for you to capture on film this building of epic proportions, which will no doubt become a precious memento of your visit to the eternal city of Rome.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. All sightseeing will be done from the coach. No entrances are included. A comfort stop will be made during the 1½ hour transfer to/from Rome. Passengers must be able to negotiate the steps onto and off the coach.

 

A selection of cruises to Rome

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