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.

  • Civitavecchia Private Tour by Car – Full Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service.

    Civitavecchia Private Tour by Car – Full Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.


    This excursion will operate by private car. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to 2 guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the city limits, touring outside the city is available at an additional cost.

    Tour code

    ROM_700

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    8 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

  • 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

  • Royal Windsor Castle

    TBA

    Royal Windsor Castle

    TBA

    Tour code

    ROM_178

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7 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

  • Pope's Summer Estate & Private Apartment

    Spend a relaxing day at Castel Gandolfo. Visit the Pope's Summer Estate and private apartment, followed by a panoramic drive around Rome.

    Pope's Summer Estate & Private Apartment

    You’ll board your coach at Civitavecchia and make your way through the scenic Lazian countryside to this ancient town. Castel Gandolfo is thought to date back as far as 37 centuries. In the early 12th century, the Gandolfo family bought the land and constructed an impressive palace on top of the 1st century ruins of a grand villa belonging to Roman Emperor Domitian. the area became the property of the Gandolfi family who built a palace atop the 1st century ruins of Roman Emperor Domitian’s grand villa. The palace later became the Papal summer home when, in 1626, Pope Urban VIII took residence.

    Upon arrival at the villa, you will leave your bus and take the small, comfortable eco-friendly vehicle that will take you to the Pontifical Villas. Your visit will be enriched by your guides live commentary, the guide will be at disposal to answer your questions and satisfy your curiosity.

    After the visit of the Pontifical Villas, follow your guide to the Apostolic Palace (the Pope’s Residence) where you’ll have the opportunity to enter the Pope’s Private Apartment which was opened to the public in 2016.

    After your visit of the Pope’s Palace, enjoy some free time and a snack at the quaint village of Castel Gandolfo where you can admire great views of lake Albano, the deepest lake in Italy.

    Afterwards, you will re-board your bus and head to Rome, the eternal city. Once in Rome, a panoramic drive will show you Rome’s renowned landmarks, including St. Angel Castle, Circus Maximus, Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum where you’ll have the chance to stop for a photo opportunity before your return to the ship.


    This tour will operate by coach, eco-friendly transportation and on foot. The transfer to Castel Gandolfo is approximately 2 hours each way. For security reasons there is a metal detector check before entering the Pontifical Villas and long queues may be expected. The Pontifical Villas at Castel Gandolfo are still used by the Pope; therefore access may be restricted or denied at any given time for security reasons. Regrettably, the eco-friendly transportation used for the Pontifical Villas visit is not wheelchair accessible. Please dress appropriately to visit the Pontifical Villas & Apostolic Palace: No exposed shoulders or knees, no tank tops or shorts accepted. This tour includes a 5 minutes uphill walk to reach the entrance of the Pontifical Villas. The order of the tour may be reversed. This tour does not operate on Sundays or religious holidays. Lunch is not included..

    Tour code

    ROM_159

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8½ 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

  • Introduction to Rome

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

    Introduction to Rome

    The Roman Forum was the religious and political focus of the city in Republican and Imperial times. This interesting ensemble of ancient ruins reflects twelve 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 luncheon, do some shopping or perhaps visit another of Rome’s top attractions.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The guided element of this tour involves substantial walking. Guests 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 two-three hours, but this may vary depending on local conditions. Please pay careful attention to the pick-up point and time.

    Tour code

    ROM_002

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    9½ hours

  • Interactive Rome For Families

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

    Interactive 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 an interactive booklet, families will experience an engaging and instructive approach to the city of Rome.

    On arrival in Rome, you’ll be met by your friendly guide, who will introduce you to the exciting programme and provide you with the booklet. You’ll choose your own Roman name and join in with a fun song called ‘We’re going to Rome’.

    Your first stop is the Roman Forum,(exterior visit) where you’ll take a fascinating journey through history. You’ll step inside the largest Roman amphitheatre, which hosted spectacular shows with Gladiators and animal fights, the Colosseum!

    Activities include building a laurel leaf crown, searching for clues to complete the riddles and quiz in the booklet, and a short panoramic tour by bus. You'll also learn all about Roman coins and numerals.

    Afterwards, you’ll be treated to views from the most beautiful terrace in the city, ‘Piazzale Caffarelli’.

    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. At the entrance of the Colosseum you may encounter considerable crowds, queues and delays at the venues. There is approximately two hours of walking on this tour. Luncheon is not included.

    Tour code

    ROM_168

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    7¾ 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

  • Civitavecchia Private Tour by Minibus – Full Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service.

    Civitavecchia Private Tour by Minibus – Full Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.


    This excursion will operate by minibus. Private minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to 6 passengers. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so passengers are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the city limits, touring outside the city is available at an additional cost.

    Tour code

    ROM_701

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Italian Countryside & Catacombs

    Visit the ancient Roman underground Catacombs and experience the spectacular Roman countryside.

    Italian Countryside & Catacombs

    Upon arrival in Rome you will visit the Catacombs, a curious underground maze of tunnels where the early Christians, persecuted by the Romans, practiced their religion in secret. In the Roman Hills lies a wealth of beautiful countryside.

    You will follow the Appian Way, which runs along one of the first ancient Roman military roads into the campagna (countryside) dotted with farmhouses, villas and palaces.

    In Rome’s wine-growing hinterland, you will stop at the Monte Due Torri farmhouse, which is located in the Albani Hills. A member of the household will greet you and will lead you on a tour of the property. Upon entering the home you will be invited to assist in the preparation of the meal. Enjoy a lunch of local products; homemade bread, wine, fresh mixed salad, pasta and a dessert.


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking involved on this tour. The terrain at the Catacombs is rough and uneven. The visit to the Catacombs is led by a Vatican guide and you may be asked to join another group not connected to P&O cruises. 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_164

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    9 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

  • 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

  • Bracciano Lake & Horse and Cart ride

    Journey 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.

    Bracciano Lake & Horse and Cart ride

    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.


    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.

    Tour code

    ROM_166

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4¾ hours