Rome (from Civitavecchia) cruises

A visit to Rome is an unforgettable experience. Explore the legends of the ages: the Vatican and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Catacombs. Stroll down the Via Veneto or sip cappuccino in the Piazza di Spagna. Italy's "Eternal City" is eternally fascinating. Throw a few coins in the Trevi Fountain and you may be back again!

Excursions

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.

  • Romantic Roma

    Explore Rome in the comfort of a private car, and the personal attention from your guide as they introduce you to romantic Rome.

    Romantic Roma

    Depart Civitavecchia’s pier for a private car transfer to the Eternal (and romantic) City of Rome. In the morning, you will a enjoy a pleasant drive among the incomparable architectural treasures and sites of the city, such as St Peter’s Basilica, St Angelo’s Castle, the Jewish Synagogue and Circus Maximus.

    Next you’ll visit the stunning complex of the Baths of Caracalla, built during the reign of the Emperor Caracalla. This turned out to be more of a leisure centre than a series of baths, since it also included two gymnasiums and a library.

    Your discovery of the Eternal City will continue by horse and carriage, which will meet you at the Colosseum. Heading towards your deluxe restaurant for luncheon, you will pass by the Roman Forum, Venice Square, and the Pantheon, where you will step inside.

    At the Trevi Fountain, make sure you toss in a coin to ensure your return to Rome, and enjoy the throngs of Romans and visitors meeting at the Spanish Steps. After luncheon, enjoy some free time for shopping in the famous Via Condotti and sightseeing in the Via Veneto area.

    Meet your private car for the return journey to the pier.


    This excursion operates by private car, horse and carriage and on foot. Tour price is per couple, not per person. Please purchase one ticket only. Wear comfortable walking shoes. There is approximately one hour of walking on this tour.

    Tour code

    ROM_163

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    9 hours

  • Panoramic Rome

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

    Panoramic Rome

    As you drive around Italy's legendary capital, you will 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 you take 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 will 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 white marble Victor Emmanuel Momument, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine and the Circus Maximus.

    A brief stop will be made for you to photograph a building of epic proportions, The Colosseum; an image that will no doubt become a precious memento of your visit to the eternal city of Rome.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. All sightseeing will be done from the coach. No entrances are included. A comfort stop will be made during the one hour and 30 minute transfer to/from Rome. Guests must be able to negotiate the steps onto and off the coach.

    Tour code

    ROM_003

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Rome & The Sistine Chapel

    This comprehensive tour delivers the highlights of Rome. Visit the Vatican see the Sistine Chapel, St Peter's and more.

    Rome & The Sistine Chapel

    Imagine the glory of ancient Rome as you see the colossal Colosseum. (Exterior visit only). Pass by the Roman Forum, a once chaotic place with markets, temples and the Senate House. See the beautiful Trevi Fountain, Rome's largest and most famous fountain.

    The Vatican Museum houses one of the most impressive collections in the world. Admire the many works of art and visit the Sistine Chapel, dominated by the efforts of Michelangelo. The conception and execution of 'Creation of the World' and 'Last Judgment' are positively titanic.

    Magnificent St Peter's Basilica took over 100 years to build and features Renaissance and Baroque stylings. Resting on over 800 pillars and adorned with 44 altars, St Peter's is by far the largest church in the world.

    There will be an opportunity to 'refuel' during your tour, with an Italian-style luncheon.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Guests booking this tour will have privileged access to the Vatican Museum, avoiding the main bulk of the crowds and queues for entrance. This is a fast paced comprehensive tour with substantial walking and lots of steps. Please dress appropriately for entering churches. For security reasons, St Peter's may close entrance altogether. In the event of excessive queues, free time will be given in St Peter's Square. This tour is not operable on Sundays or on religious holidays. Access may be restricted during mass. No video or photography in the Sistine Chapel. No flash photography in the Vatican Museums. Guests may be required to check large bags, backpacks, video cameras, and/or personal water bottles at designated checkpoints.

    Tour code

    ROM_023

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    10½ hours

  • Taste of Tuscania

    This delightful tour incorporates the quaint town of Tuscania, with a visit to the countryside to sample the local delights.

    Taste of Tuscania

    Take in the sights as you travel by motorway to the colourful Etruscan countryside, rich in vineyards and olive groves. A stop will be made at the quaint hill town of Tuscania. Your escort will show you the charming centre of this Etruscan settlement and describe how it developed in medieval times with magnificent walls, ramparts and churches. Alternatively you may wish to explore on your own.

    You will have some free time in the small town of Tuscania to wander the narrow cobblestoned streets and absorb the old town atmosphere.

    A highlight of your tour will be the visit to an 'agriturismo' farmhouse. The owners will welcome you and offer some samples of the organic regional specialties, including wonderful olive oils and local wine. There will also be an opportunity to purchase some of these delicious homemade products.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The walk from the coach to Tuscania town takes approximately 10-15 minutes over an incline and some cobblestoned surfaces. The shops in Tuscania are independently owned and shops may be closed during your visit. Tuscania is a small town and is noticeably quieter in the afternoon and during off peak season. There are steps to negotiate at the farmhouse. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Euros accepted for local purchases.

    Tour code

    ROM_007

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Ostia Antica

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

    Ostia Antica

    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.


    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.

    Tour code

    ROM_158

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Royal Windsor Castle

    TBA

    Royal Windsor Castle

    TBA

    Tour code

    ROM_178

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7 hours

  • The Etruscans

    Take a leisurely tour of the Italian countryside. Visit an Etruscan burial site which dots the hillsides with clusters of grassy topped tombs, and then sample some delicious local products.

    The Etruscans

    Take a journey back to Etruscan times and learn of the fascinating culture and burial rituals from the 6th to the 1st centuries BC. You’ll visit the Tarquinia Etruscan Necropolis, a village-style burial ground, featuring unique and fascinating tombs.

    You’ll see the Palazzo Vitelleschi – an excellent example of early Renaissance architecture, whose Archaeological Museum houses the remains of the mysterious Etruscan population.

    The Necropolis contains thousands of tombs organised in a city-like plan, with streets and small squares, many of which have not yet been explored. Enjoy the unusual panorama and hilltop views over the surrounding countryside.

    After your visit to Tarquinia, you’ll have the opportunity to sample some of the wonderful local produce at a nearby venue. Savour the taste of the traditionally-produced wines, olive oil and bread. You can even purchase some of the tasty products and take a little piece of Italy home to enjoy.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking involved on this tour. The ground at the burial site is rough and uneven. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Euros and major credit cards are accepted for local purchases. This tour is not suitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia.

    Tour code

    ROM_162

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Flightseeing over Rome

    Take to the skies above the Eternal City, for an unforgettable experience.

    Flightseeing over Rome

    After a transfer of approximately 1½ hours, you’ll arrive at the heliport, where you will meet the pilot and once you are sitting comfortably, you‘ll start your adventure.

    This is a fantastic introduction to the city of Rome by helicopter. Flying at a maximum altitude of 1,000 feet (300 metres), you’ll marvel at the beautiful countryside in the distance and take in the highlights from your tremendous aerial viewpoint.

    Witness amazing views in the distance of St Peter's Dome, Vittorio Emanuele Monument, Olympic Stadium, and the walls of the city. After your incredible experience, return to your minibus and enjoy a comfortable ride back to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by car and helicopter. Please provide your accurate weight to the Shore Excursions team once you arrive on board the ship. Flight time is approximately 30 minutes. Passengers weighing 240 lbs or more (100kg) will be required to purchase an additional seat. Pregnant women, passengers with heart conditions, back problems or under 18s cannot participate on this tour. For security reasons and in accordance with a national agreement, the helicopter cannot fly directly over the mentioned sites, but they can be admired at a safe distance.

    Tour code

    ROM_174

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Sights of Rome & River Cruise

    A panoramic drive, twinned with a leisurely river cruise, presents Rome’s famous city sights from a different angle.

    Sights of Rome & River Cruise

    What a perfect combination! See the sights of the city centre and then sit back and enjoy a fascinating river cruise along the Tiber, as you glide past an array of famous monuments.

    A panoramic tour will show you Rome’s renowned landmarks, including the Pyramid, Circus Maximus, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Via Veneto and Villa Borghese.

    Embark on a ‘river cruise’ with views of Castel St Angelo, Roman Bridges, Tiber Island and more. Whatever you do, don’t forget your camera, as you’ll want to capture the charm of Rome from the water.

    On your return to Civitavecchia you‘ll catch a glimpse of imposing St Peter's Basilica and Vatican City.

    This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. This tour involves very little walking. There are approximately 100 steps to negotiate onto the boat. The river cruise is an hour long. The above itinerary may operate in reverse.

    Tour code

    ROM_147

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Treasures of Rome

    Capture the true spirit of Rome as you explore some of the city's landmarks and highlights.

    Treasures of Rome

    Your journey from Civitavecchia takes you along the highway, through the city and into the heart of Rome.

    Upon arrival, you will visit one of the grandest of all Rome's monuments, the Colosseum. Once inside, it is easy to imagine the magnificence of ancient Rome. From one of the great viewpoints, you will see this enormous arena that once featured 76 numbered entrances, marble seats and subterranean passages where animals and other apparatus were hidden from view.

    A short stroll from the Colosseum leads you to the Roman Forum (exterior view). See remains of the Senate buildings, where decisions affecting the entire Roman Empire took place. Your guided walk will continue through Venice Square and on to the Trevi Fountain. Join the romantic custom of tossing a coin into Rome's most famous fountain to ensure that some day you will return.

    To round off your tour, you will head to the Pantheon for an exterior view of the immense columns and awe-inspiring hemispherical dome. Afterwards, free time will be given for you to enjoy the charming Piazza Navona and browse the shops and boutiques.

    An Italian-style luncheon will be served to allow you to 'refuel' during your tour.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves a substantial amount of walking and standing (approximately six hours in total). Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please dress appropriately for entering churches.The itinerary is subject to local conditions. For safety reasons, a maximum number of visitors is allowed inside the Colosseum at one time and as a consequence of this new rule also the access of groups with reservation may be stopped and delayed. For security reasons there is a metal detector check before entering the Colosseum. It is strictly forbidden to enter the colosseum with backpacks, suitcases, trolleys and large bags. Please be aware that lockers are NOT available.

    Tour code

    ROM_020

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    9 hours

  • Rome On Your Own

    An opportunity to rediscover Rome if you have been before, and the ideal option for those who prefer to explore independently.

    Rome On Your Own

    As you walk through this treasure-filled city, the shadows of the past surround you. Images of the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and the Pantheon mingle with the splendour of the Vatican, the magic of the Trevi Fountain and the warmth of a hundred flower-filled piazzas.

    On arrival in Rome you will leave the coach for a full day of independent exploration. Wander through the shops or sample Italian cuisine at restaurants nearby. Venture further afield and discover as many of Rome's treasures as your pace allows.

    This is the perfect opportunity to tailor your day to suit your needs and make the most of your time in this wonderful city.

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


    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 luncheon 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 listen carefully for the pick-up time and place.The drop off point is either Teatro Marcello close to Piazza Venezia or Via di San Gregorio, by the Arch of Constantine depending on local traffic conditions. Transfer time to Rome is approximately 1½ hours.

    Tour code

    ROM_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    9 hours

  • Discover Villa d’Este & Villa Adriana

    This combined tour of the Tibertine Villas is a perfect balance of architecture, archaeology, art, nature, relaxation and entertainment.

    Discover Villa d’Este & Villa Adriana

    Take a mythical journey back in time to the 18th century Villa d’Este, a magnificent villa built in the 16th century. A masterpiece of Italian landscape gardening, the site was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. The gardens have been nominated and awarded the title of 'Most Beautiful Park in Europe' more than once. It is also well-known throughout the world for its splendid fountains, its water displays and musical melodies. The design has been emulated many times in Mannerism and Baroque style gardens in Europe. Explore the villa with your guide and learn about the history and admire its beautiful gardens.

    After your visit to the villa and its gardens, you’ll have some free time for lunch and souvenir shopping.

    Continue on to the exceptional Villa Adriana, built by the Emperor Hadrian who closely followed the projects in every detail. Inside the villa, there are monumental buildings, streets, ponds, thermal springs, libraries and theatres which had impressed and inspired the Emperor during his numerous journeys throughout the provinces of the empire.

    The Emperor’s thirst for knowledge from far away places served to shape the structure of the Roman Empire and enriched it with many different cultures. This villa is a city in itself and covers an area of approximately 300 hectares. This site was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking involved on this tour. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Euros and major credit cards are accepted for local purchases, and lunch is not included.

    Tour code

    ROM_165

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Wine Tasting & Marta

    Visit an award winning winery and enjoy the distinct taste of Italy’s finest wines, and take a stroll on the shores of Lake Bolsena.

    Wine Tasting & Marta

    Depart from the pier and enjoy a panoramic drive through the Etruscan countryside to the town of Montefiascone, a town of the Alta Tuscia which looks over the Lake of Bolsena.

    Here, you’ll visit a well established Winery and sample three of the famous local wines accompanied by local products.

    Afterwards, proceed to Marta, a small village on the southern shore of Lake Bolsena. The village, whose economy is based primarily on the traditional activities of fishing and agriculture, is perched on a hill and descends gently to the shores of the Lake.

    Enjoy some free time to discover the beauty of this village, characterised by narrow streets, picturesque corners and dominated by the magnificent clock tower.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The drive to Montefiascone takes one hour. There are steps to negotiate at the winery. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Euros are accepted for local purchases. There is approximately 20 minutes of walking on this tour. On Sundays and public holidays, the majority of the shops will be closed and only souvenir shops will remain open.

    Tour code

    ROM_145

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Rome for Families

    Explore Rome on a tour especially designed for families. See the highlights with expert guides and have fun with interactive games.

    Rome for Families

    Designed to entertain both children and adults, this tour provides a memorable experience that will capture the attention of the entire family. Through songs, games and with the aid of a booklet, families will experience an engaging and interactive approach to the city of Rome.

    On arrival in Rome, you’ll take a panoramic coach tour and pass by Terme di Caracalla, Colosseum (exterior visit), and the Circo Massimo.

    Afterwards, step off the coach for a refreshing stop at Piazzale Caffarelli, where you’ll be treated to views from one of the most beautiful terraces in the city.

    Back on the coach, you’ll pass by Tiber Island, St Peters Basilica and Castel Sant’Angelo. Afterwards, you’ll start a walking tour that allows you to see areas of Baroque Rome and upon arrival at Piazza Navona, children will be able to take part in activities and games and listen to stories of ancient Rome.

    Enjoy some free time to relax and take in the atmosphere, before you head back to Civitavecchia.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The drive between Civitavecchia and Rome is approximately 1½ hours each way. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking on this tour. Lunch is not included.

    Tour code

    ROM_170

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Civitavecchia and Italian Music Recital

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

    Civitavecchia and Italian 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.


    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.

    Tour code

    ROM_173

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2½ hours