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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • Shuttle & Roma Train

    Take the Roma Train to the Eternal City and create your own agenda for the day.

    Shuttle & Roma Train

    Do you prefer to sightsee on your own? Then, this is the quickest and most convenient way to reach the Vatican City and Rome.

    Within a few minutes of leaving the pier you’ll be on board a private train carriage and en route to the historic city. How will you spend the hour long journey? Relaxing in your comfortable seat, admiring the vintage decor, absorbing the moving views of the Lazian countryside? Or perhaps you’ll use the time to plan how to spend your day in the city. If so why not utilise the expertise of the onboard hostess that accompanies you. They’re armed with maps and full of ideas and inspiration to help you make the most of what lies ahead.

    You’ll soon arrive at St Peter’s Station, just a short walk from the Vatican’s most famous square and Basilica. Take note of the meeting time and place and then you’re free to explore on your own. Will you seek out the sights or just stroll around? Will you explore on foot or use sightseeing transport? Will you focus on one area or discover as many of Rome’s treasures as your pace allows? The answer to these questions is entirely up to you!

    You have the freedom and flexibility to spend your day, in whichever way suits you best.


    This excursion will operate by Roma Train. This tour is unguided, exclusive of luncheon and entrance fees. City maps will be provided on the train and local transportation in Rome is readily available. Please remember to take euros; major credit cards and debit cards are also accepted for most purchases. The walk from the train station to St Peter’s Square is approximately 15 minutes. Please take note of the pick-up time and allow plenty of time to reach the train station for the return journey. The train 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, as is a bottle of water.

    Tour code

    ROM_140

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    9½ 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Vatican - Behind the Scenes

    Discover the wonders of the Vatican Museum’s Sistine Chapel, the Vatican's charming gardens and St Peter’s Basilica.

    Vatican - Behind the Scenes

    This is your chance to get a fascinating behind-the-scenes private tour of the Vatican and see areas otherwise not open to the public. Home to Roman Catholic Popes for many centuries, the Vatican City is in fact a city-state surrounded on all sides by Rome. It houses some of the most iconic art treasures in the world, including the famed ancient Roman sculpture, 'Laocoön and His Sons' as well as Italian renaissance frescoes in the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel, with Michelangelo’s famous painted ceiling.

    Your tour guide will walk you through the pristine Vatican Gardens, a place of tranquility and meditation for the Popes since 1279. You’ll then see inside the house of Pope Emerito Ratzinger (the previous Pope Pope Benedict XVI who retired whilst in office). Then, the magnificent Fountain dell’Acquilone within the gardens. You’ll then see a piece of the original Berlin Wall, donated to the Vatican when it was dismantled in 1989. The Vatican even has its own radio station, which you’ll get to see, as well as the Vatican Train Station, the Academy of Science, and Casina di Pio IV (the former summer palace of the Popes).

    Then, the unforgettable Sistine Chapel where you’ll marvel at the masterpieces of Michelangelo, including his frescoes of the ‘Creation’ on the ceiling and the ‘Last Judgment’ on the altar wall. Finally, St Peter’s Basilica, by far the largest church in the world.

    Later, after lunch and free exploration, before leaving the Eternal City, a panoramic drive will show you Rome's renowned landmarks, including Circus Maximus, Venice Square and the Colosseum, where you’ll have the opportunity to stop for a photograph before returning to the ship with a lifetime of memories in tow.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 6 hours of extensive walking on this tour over cobblestoned surfaces, as well as negotiating approximately 250 steps. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please dress appropriately for entering churches. The order of the tour may be reversed. This tour does not operate on Sundays, Wednesdays or religious holidays. Lunch is not included.

    Tour code

    ROM_175

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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