Overall we were quite happy with our Italyxp tour.
See the best of Rome on this day-long excursion, inclusive of luxurious transportation to and from Civitavecchia Port, a professional bilingual guide, free time for lunch, and exclusive skip-the-line tickets to the Colosseum, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.
Board your comfortable, air-conditioned ride at 8:30 AM in Civitavecchia Harbour and head for Central Rome. Store your bags on the secure bus so that you can enjoy Rome! Meet your guide, a Roman native with fluent English, and begin your trip back in time to all of Ancient Rome's best sights.
Start at the Colosseum, the world's larger ancient amphitheatre and a true testament to the engineering and architectural skills of ancient Romans. Skip the line and head inside this timeworn wonder. Marvel as your guide immerses you in stories of ages past, harkening back to a time when gladiators clashed in these archaic walls. Back outside, admire the triumphal Arch of Emperor Constantine. Continue your journey through history as you climb Palatine Hill and be rewarded with a stunning panoramic view. Gaze from above at Capitoline Hill, Circus Maximus, and the Roman Forum. Hear tales of chariot racing and Imperial Roman politics as your guide interweaves stories of all these iconic landmarks.
Continue your tour through Rome, with the legendary Pantheon, temple of all gods and another ancient Roman icon. Inside, be amazed by works of Caravaggio, Borromini, Bernini, and the tomb of famous artist Raphael. Emerge from this awe-inspiring site and head to the sun-soaked streets of Rome. Here, you'll have some free time to sample a truly authentic Italian lunch.
After lunch, make your way to one of Christianity's holiest sites - the sacred Vatican. Use your skip-the-line tickets to enter the Vatican Museums as well at the glorious Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica instantly!
Start in the Pinecone Courtyard where you can admire Apollo, the Belvedere Torso, and other masterpieces as you proceed to the tapestry galleries. Your guide knows all the best sights in this maze-like museum, so you won't waste any time. Marvel at the frescoed maps made by Raphael and his students as you head toward Michelangelo's masterpiece, the monumental Sistine Chapel. See more of Michelangelo's work in St. Peter's Basilica as well as countless other treasures. You can wander these hallowed halls with your expert guide until 4:15, when you'll head back to the air-conditioned minibus and make your way back to the port. Don't worry, we'll make sure that we get you there in plenty of time as you reflect on your magical day in Italy's Eternal City!
Choose an exclusive way to discover Rome with our Private Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia to the Vatican, and with our Private Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia to the Colosseum!
Complete information about meeting point and modes, and about local phone numbers, can be found on the voucher you'll receive when your booking is confirmed.
We suggest wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.