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.

  • Jubilee 2016 Rome & its Basilicas

    Discover the treasures of 4 of Rome’s Basilicas on this historical and religious tour, designed specifically for the 2016 Jubilee ‘Year of Mercy’.

    Jubilee 2016 Rome & its Basilicas

    Your visit of the Eternal City will start outside the walls of the Papal Basilica of St Paul’s, which is one of Rome's 4 ancient Papal Basilicas. The Basilica was built over the burial place of St Paul, and inside you can admire the portraits of the pope’s reign during the time of St Peter through to Pope Francesco.

    Follow your guide to the 2nd Basilica, the Papal Arch Basilica of St John in the Lateran (the Cathedral of Rome). It’s the oldest church in the west and here, you can admire the Twelve Statues of the Apostles’ and the largest standing obelisk in the world. You’ll also see the famous “Scala Santa”, the stairs of the passion of Christ.

    You’ll then continue to the 3rd Papal Basilica, the Basilica of St Mary Major. With its famous mosaics, it depicts scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary, Christ and scenes from the Old Testament.

    Afterwards, you’ll stop at St Peter’s Square, where you can admire St Peter’s Basilica, the largest Christian church in the world. Here, you will have some free time for lunch, to browse the souvenir shops or time permitting an interior visit of St Peter’s Basilica.

    At the end of the day, you will be escorted back to your coach for the return journey to Civitavecchia.


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot.The drive between Civitavecchia and Rome is approximately 1½ hours each way. A guided interior visit to St Peters Basilica is not included. At the entrance of the churches you may encounter considerable crowds, lines and delays at the venues. Please dress conservatively when visiting sacred sites. Visitors will be required to check in large bags, video cameras and bottled water. For security reasons churches could close at short notice. In this Jubilee year, Vatican authorities will give priority to pilgrim groups. Should the designated coach drop off/pick up point for the churches be congested or unavailable, an alternative location will be used.

    Tour code

    ROM_167

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    10½ 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Roma Train and Coach Combo

    Independent sightseeing with a difference. Take the Roma Train for a unique way to reach the eternal city and return by coach – a perfect combination.

    Roma Train and Coach Combo

    You will be transferred from the pier by shuttle, for a 5 minute ride to the train station of the port of Civitavecchia, where you will be directed to your carriage.

    Sit back and relax, as you take the hour long train ride to St Peter’s Station. During your journey the local hostess will provide a map and offer some handy tips on how to make the most of your time in Rome. Upon arrival, your hostess will direct you to St Peter’s Square, where you will begin your independent exploration.

    Perhaps head to St Peter’s Basilica or venture further afield and discover as many of Rome’s treasures as your pace allows.

    At a time specified by your escort, meet and enjoy the return journey to Civitavecchia by coach.


    This excursion will operate by coach and train. This tour may be operated in reverse order and is unguided, exclusive of lunch and entrance fees. City maps will be provided on the train or coach and local transportation in Rome is readily available. Please remember to take Euros; major credit cards and debit cards are also accepted for purchases. The walk from the train station to St Peter’s Square is approximately 15 minutes and the walk from the meeting point to the coach stop is 10 minutes. Please take note of the pick-up time and allow plenty of time to reach the train station or the coach stop for the return journey. Both the train and the coach cannot be held for latecomers. Carriages will be allocated for Cunard Guests’ exclusive use; however the Roma Train is not exclusive. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    ROM_172

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    9½ 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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