Rome in a Day

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  • Full day shore excursions with private guide and private driver
  • Visit Colosseum with guide and skip-the-line tickets
  • Drive by Circus Maximus, Palatine Hill and Il Vittoriano
  • Guided tour of the Pantheon
  • Afternoon skip-the -line entry into The Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistene Chapel

From Civitavecchia, you will travel by luxury minibus, with an English speaking driver to Rome’s most popular attraction, the Colosseum. Here you will meet your guide and skip the line to for a tour of this architectural and historical marvel of Imperial Rome.  On your way visit the Pantheon, you will drive by the site of the Circus Maximus, the ancient chariot racing stadium and the Roman Forum, which served as the center for public life in ancient Rome.  The Palatine Hill, separates the Forum from Circus Maximus and is the location of the Lupercal (the cave where the infant twins Romulus and Remus were nursed by a she-wolf.  You will also pass Il Vittoriano, the immense marble monument which anchors the Piazza Venezia.

Next, your guide will lead you on a tour of the Pantheon. This architectural masterpiece was rebuilt three times and there is some disagreement as to who actually designed the current incarnation of the Pantheon.  The dome is still the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world and was studied by Filippo Brunelleschi fourteen hundred years later as he considered how to finish the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore.

After lunch, a short drive will bring you to the Vatican for a 2:00 skip the line entry to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.  With your guide, you will explore the most impressive collections of art and treasures in the world, spanning from Etruscan, Roman and Egyptian antiquity through contemporary times, here you will find works by history’s greatest artists.  The Stanze di Raffaello (Raphael’s Rooms), Michelangelo’s masterpiece The Sistine Chapel and the Pieta as well as Bernini’s Papal canopy in St. Peter’s Basilica all represent the finest of the Renaissance in Rome. At 5:30 pm you will return to the dock in Civitavecchia.


Instead of the Vatican Museums (which are closed on Sunday) your afternoon begins with a 2:00 entry to the Borghese Gallery. This remarkable collection, begun by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, includes works by Bernini, Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael, Peter Paul Rubens and many more.  This is one of the most popular art museums in Rome.  Your final stop will be St. Peter’s Square and a visit (if possible*) inside St. Peter’s Basilica, where you will see the works of the Italian masters, Michelangelo’s Pieta and Dome, Bernini’s Baldacchino, and the Transfiguration by Raphael, along with many others.   At 5:30 pm you will return to the dock in Civitavecchia.

*The reality is that a visit inside can be unpredictable due to size of the crowd on any given Sunday.  When the Vatican is closed there is increased pressure on St. Peter’s, (which does not have no-stand-in-line ticketing) we feel you should know that there is a chance that entry is not possible.

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ROME IN A DAY  (Estimated arrival in Rome: 10:00 am)