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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.

3 of the Best Rome Transfer

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 9½ hours

If you want to see 3 of the main sights in Rome, and like to do your own thing, this is the perfect tour for you.

This sightseeing ‘3 of the Best’ option will transfer you from the ship into Rome. Your coach will then take you to three of the most popular historical landmarks, where you will enjoy free time to explore independently.

You will enjoy free time at the following places: Colosseum Archaeological Area – 1 hour Viale Washington – 2 hours Vatican City area – 1 hour

This is a fantastic opportunity to experience Rome with the comfort of a coach transporting you to each site.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is unguided, exclusive of lunch and entrance fees. Please remember to take Euros; major credit cards and debit cards with you. The walk to the Trevi Fountain from the drop of point (Viale Washington), takes approximately 30 minutes. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended, as is a bottle of water. On Sundays and public holidays the majority of the shops will be closed – only souvenir shops will be open. You might encounter considerable crowds, lines and delays at the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica and other venues. Please dress appropriately to enter churches.

An Audience with the Pope

Activity medium

Duration: 10 hours

Take the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be part of the audience for a blessing from the Pope and admire some of Rome’s most magical monuments – all in one day.

Take the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be part of the audience for a blessing from the Pope and admire some of Rome’s most magical monuments – all in one day.

Relax on the journey to the Vatican, where you’ll join the Papal Audience in St Peter’s Square and wait for Pope Francis to appear. Soak up the atmosphere as he delivers his blessing – he usually speaks for about 90 minutes – then spend some free time reflecting on this amazing experience or exploring the area at your own pace. If you’re peckish, why not treat yourself to lunch in a local café?

Your day ends with a panoramic drive through the Eternal City. Pass by famous landmarks such as the imposing Circus Maximus, the crumbling Colosseum and Palatine Hill, where the Roman Emperors lived.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Audience will be held either in St Peter's Square or in the Aula Paolo VI, depending upon weather conditions. You will arrive early to avoid lines and crowds, so there will be some waiting. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Shorts are not allowed. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen; bring water.

An Audience with the Pope

An Evening in Rome on your own

Activity highShopping

Duration: 9 hours

Spend an afternoon and evening in the magical City of Rome. An ideal option for those who prefer to explore independently.

Your adventure begins when you board your motorcoach at the Port of Civitavecchia for a 90-minute leisurely drive through the countryside, allowing you to admire picturesque views of the Tyrrenian Sea along the way.

Arriving in Rome,you’ll have time to explore on your own. Photo opportunities abound, as around every corner you’ll find such historic landmarks as The Roman Forum,the Colloseum and the Arch of Constantine - many within close proximity to each other. City maps and guidebooks are readily available to assist you in maximizing your day.

You’ll feel like a local as you wander through the bustling city streets and peruse the boutiques. Enjoy the night time ambiance as you sample the local cuisine or sip a cappuccino or savour a refreshing gelato from a street vendor.

At a time specified by your escort, you’ll meet up and walk back to the coach park for the return drive to Civitavecchia.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended, as is a bottle of water. This tour is unguided, exclusive of lunch and entrance fees. City maps will be provided on the coach and local transportation in Rome is readily available. Please remember to take Euros; major credit cards are also accepted for purchases. Coaches cannot be held for latecomers, please take note of the pick-up time and place. The drop off point is Teatro Marcello close to Piazza Venezia. Transfer time to Rome is approximately 1½ hours.

Bracciano Castle

Activity high

Duration: 4½ hours

Journey though the Italian countryside to Bracciano, and visit the impressive castle.

Just an hour from Civitavecchia you’ll find yourself in the ancient hillside town of Bracciano dominated by the imposing Odescalchi Castle.

Once described as one of the most beautiful feudal residences in all of Europe, Odescalchi Castle was built in the 2nd half of the 15th century and combines military architecture with a captivating elegance. Discover impressive rooms adorned with renaissance masterpieces, frescos and busts. The castle is built around a central courtyard and the views over Bracciano Lake are truly captivating. See for yourself the reason why Bernie Ecclestone’s daughter Petra chose this fairytale location for her wedding in 2011.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot. There is a 10-15 minute walk from the coach parking area, through Bracciano town, to the castle. The tour of the castle involves around 1 hour of walking including many steps, gravel, uneven ground and a spiral staircase. Comfortable, flat non-slip shoes are essential. As Odescalchi is a private residence, this tour may be cancelled at short notice.

Bracciano Lake and Horse and Cart Ride

Activity lowRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4¾ hours

Drive through the countryside to Bracciano Lake, take a boat ride across the tranquil lake, enjoy a relaxing horse and cart ride and sample local produce.

Just an hour from Civitavecchia you’ll find yourself at Bracciano Lake. Formed within an ancient volcanic crater, the tranquil Bracciano Lake is surrounded by hills and medieval towns and the lake mirrors its beautiful surroundings.

Here, you’ll board a local boat for a leisurely boat ride across the lake, where you can soak up the wonderful sights and scenery.

You’ll dock at the town of Trevignano, where you‘ll re-join your coach for a short drive to a local estate. Here, you will sample traditionally-produced wines and local products (availability depending on the season) and embark on a brief relaxing horse and cart ride in the countryside, before you return to the pier by coach.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach boat and on foot.The drive between Civitavecchia and Bracciano Lake is approximately 1 hour. The boat ride is subject to local weather conditions. Passengers must be able to walk approximately ¼ mile over uneven surfaces with few steps between the coach drop-off/pick-up point and the motor boat dock. Passengers must be able to negotiate the steps of the coach and able to board the motorboat.The horse drawn cart accommodates 8 people. Comfortable, flat non-slip shoes are essential. On Sundays and public holidays, the majority of the shops will be closed and only souvenir shops will be open.

 

A selection of cruises to Rome

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