A Taste of Rome
You will meet your local tour leader at the pier and you will depart towards Rome by AC deluxe coach.
Once in Rome you will meet your local guide and begin the exploration of the city.
You will have an outside visit of the Colosseum, the largest Amphitheatre of the ancient world.
The guide will then take you to the world famous Spanish Steps.
This is maybe the most charming square in the city. The square’s name comes from the fact that the Spanish Embassy stood in the square in the 17th century. The square is permanently full of tourists and as far back as 1600 it was the favourite place for visitors to Rome from all over the world. The steps that connect the Church of Trinità dei Monti to Piazza di Spagna are amazing, a mixture of curves, straight line and terraces, where it is possible to see the house of poets such as Keats and Shelley.
You will then continue to the Trevi Fountain, the most famous Roman fountain still astonishes the visitor with the scenographic impact it has on those who arrive in the square from the many streets which converge there.
You will pass in front of the Pantheon (outside visit only).
Piazza Navona will be your last step of the morning tour. Piazza Navona is the “living room” of Baroque Rome, court of the Pamphilj family and setting for the artistic wonders of two great protagonists of the 17th century: Bernini and Borromini. Recent restorations have opened up interesting critical perspectives on the appearance of Rome in the 17th and 18th centuries, now lost to us but perhaps partly rediscovered in the unusual colours of some city buildings.
Free time for lunch and individual shopping.
After lunch you will continue to St. Peter’s Basilica
The Colonnade of the Basilica was created by Bernini as a symbol of the Church’s embrace of the city. You can stop here to view the permanent feature which Bernini imprinted on Rome and which gives it that charm and splendid uniqueness which still today makes it the caput mundi of art and history.
You then will access St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world. One of the most important works of art inside is the “Pietà” sculpture by Michelangelo, that was created between 1498 and 1500.
After this intense day spent in Rome, you will drive back to Civitavecchia.
Treasures of Rome
Depart from the port with your tour leader and reach the heart of Rome.
Upon arrival, you will visit one of the most famous Roman monuments, the Colosseum. Once inside, it is easy to imagine the splendor of ancient Rome.
The Colosseum was built to a practical design, with its 80 arched entrances allowing easy access to 55,000 spectators, who were seated according to the rank.
Afterwards you will visit the Roman Forum.
This was once the heart of Republican Rome, the severe enclave that preceded the society of the emperors from the 1st to the 4th century AD. It began life as a marshy valley between the Capitoline and Palatine hills—a valley crossed by a mud track and used as a cemetery by Iron Age settlers. Over the years a market center and some huts were established here, and after the land was drained in the 6th century BC, the site eventually became a political, religious, and commercial center—namely, the Forum.
Your guided walk will continue through Piazza Venezia (Venice Square) and on to the Trevi Fountain.
The fountain, which is designed like a monumental triumphal arch, was built against a wall of the Palazzo Poli. It measures twenty meters wide and twenty-six meters high and occupies more than half the square.
Tradition has it that you will return to Rome if you throw a coin into the fountain’s water basin.
You will then continue to the Pantheon for an exterior view of the huge columns and breathtaking hemispherical dome. Afterwards, you will be given free time to enjoy the attractive Piazza Navona and browse the shops and cafés.
Free lunch and free time for individual exploration before returning to the port of Civitavecchia.
Introduction to Rome
Highlights of Rome
Rome and the Vatican Museums
Rome On Your Own
Viterbo and Tuscania
The Best of Tuscia
Culinary Experience in Rome
Tarquinia Museum & Necropolis
Ostia Antica Excavations
Capalbio & the Tarots Garden
Bracciano Lake & Castle