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Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

1. Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

The open-top, double-decker bus provides fantastic views and a great atmosphere to enjoy Rome's charm. From the iconic Colosseum and the famous Spanish Steps to the stunning Vatican, the city's history and majestic architecture will take your breath away. A fully narrated audio tour allows you to discover over 10 locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at Termini Railway Station. You have the option to join the tour from any of the stops on the route. You may also experience the “eternal city” on foot with fantastic digital, self-guided walking tours. Some of the locations you can see on the tour route include: Colosseum Roman Forum Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza di Spagna Vatican St. Peter's Square Piazza Navona Pantheon Castel Sant'Angelo Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Circus Maximus Piazza Venezia Altare della Patria Piazza Barberini Termini Railway Station

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket & Colosseum Entrance

2. Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket & Colosseum Entrance

Discover Rome at your own pace with a combined 48-hour ticket for the official hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and a skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Colosseum, Imperial Forum and Palatine Hill. Your fast track entry to the ruins of Ancient Rome means less time waiting in line for tickets, more opportunity to learn about life as a gladiator, Roman emperor, or everyday citizen in the vast Colosseum and more time to enjoy the views of the Imperial Forum from Palatine Hill. You can explore the Colosseum on 2 levels, wandering the circumference to understand what it was like when the crowds roared as gladiators fought for their lives. Walk along the Via Sacra (Sacred Way) of the Roman Forum, where the Eternal City’s festivals and triumphal processions took place. Go to Palatine Hill, the most famous of the 7 Hills of Rome and admire views of the Roman Forum and Nero's Circus Maximus where the chariot races of the Roman Republic were held. From the open-top bus, enjoy privileged views of the Eternal City’s main sights, including the Spanish Steps, Colosseum and Imperial Forum. Hop-on or off at any of the stops listed below: • Via Marsala • Santa Maria Maggiore • Colosseo • Circo Massimo • Piazza Venezia • Vaticano • Fontana di Trevi • Piazza Barberini

Panoramic Bus Tour of Rome from Civitavecchia Port

3. Panoramic Bus Tour of Rome from Civitavecchia Port

Head to Rome on a full-day guided panoramic tour of the Eternal City. You’ll be welcomed by your tour leader at the Civitavecchia port, where you’ll board a comfortable air-conditioned coach that will take you to one of the world’s most beautiful, artistic, and charming cities. The first stop is just a stone’s throw away from the Palazzaccio (Palace of Justice) in Piazza dei Tribunali. From here you can admire the most powerful and imposing castle ever built in Rome, Castel Sant’Angelo. Nearby you’ll marvel at magnificent St. Peter's Basilica from the top of Via della Conciliazione. Feast your eyes on the semi-circular colonnades that frame St. Peter's Square, designed and built by Bernini in the 17th century. Choose an optional tour of St. Peter's Basilica, with its Baroque and Renaissance facade that dominates the square and the skyline with its perfectly designed dome. Meet your tour leader at a designated point for the second part of the tour. You'll be driven on the bus for a panoramic ride along the streets near the Tiber, cross it near the Tiberine Island, see the Pyramid of Cestius, and the second largest Roman baths called the Baths of Caracalla. At the end of this amazing panoramic ride, you will stop in Via Petroselli, near the Theatre of Marcellus. When you reach the Capitoline Hill you'll see the beautiful Cordonata that leads to Piazza del Campidoglio. When you reach the Althar of the Fatherland, you will see the famous Via dei Fori Imperiali leading to the Coliseum. Then you'll be able to observe the Traian’s Forum, and continue to the Trevi Fountain where you can toss a coin into the water to ensure that you’ll return to Rome one day! Next on the itinerary is a break for a quick lunch or just an ice cream (gelato), if you prefer. Admire the incredibly well-preserved Pantheon, built as a temple with a massive dome. You may enter to see the tombs of Victor Emanuell II and Raphael. You’ll see Piazza Navona with the 4 Rivers Fountain by Bernini, before ending your visit to Rome and heading back to the Civitavecchia port.

Rome: Civitavecchia Port and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

4. Rome: Civitavecchia Port and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Make the most of your cruise stopover at Civitavecchia Port and by exploring Rome with an all-encompassing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Select the transfer option for a pick-up departure from Civitavecchia Port at 9:00 AM and drop-off on Via Crescenzio 19 near Vatican City to board the open-top sightseeing bus. Hop off at any stop, all conveniently located next to the most famous monuments in the city. Learn the history of Rome with the on-board digital commentary available in 9 languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Arabic and Portuguese). Ride along as you view fascinating must-see landmarks, including the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. Stroll amongst the gods at the miraculously preserved Pantheon and marvel at the grandeur of St. Peter's Basilica; or seek inspiration with poets and painters on the Spanish Steps and drive through the immense Borghese Gardens The hop-on hop-off buses operate every day from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The online voucher can be validated on any of the Big Bus buses. Return departure to Civitavecchia Port at 3:30 PM. The transfer bus departs from Piazza dell’ Independenza and stops at 3:45 PM at the bus stop on via Crescenzio #2. Please note this is on on your own tour option.

Rome: 9 Hour VIP Private Shore Excursion Cruise Pier Pickup

5. Rome: 9 Hour VIP Private Shore Excursion Cruise Pier Pickup

Your trip begins with collection from the cruise terminal in the morning, to arrive at the Colosseum by 11:00 AM, where you will be whisked to the front of the queue. Immediately begin exploring this majestic ruin, the largest amphitheater built during the Roman Empire, designed to entertain the masses with brutal, violent spectacles. Its capacity is estimated to have been 70,000 people, who were all admitted free of charge to watch vicious gladiator fights and hunting simulations involving exotic animals. Included in your skip-the-line tickets is the entrance to the Palatine Hill and Imperial Forums. Explore both above ground and below, marveling at the unbelievable engineering techniques of the Romans and the intricate theatrical system of hoists, ramps, and trapdoors that made the arena function (included in the underground option). For an extra fee you can purchase a guided tour option, an audio or video tour, or complete underground tour. All are available in many different languages. After about three hours, head over to St. Peter’s Square, where you can marvel at the Sistine Chapel, take in the ornate Basilica, and gasp at the massive outdoor plaza. The tour has 18 other possible stops, according to your preference, to be explored at your own pace. Wherever you decide to roam in Rome, the minivan will pick you up at 16:00, and you can take a nap while being safely returned to your ship.

Civitavecchia: Ancient Rome Trip w/ Tickets & Guided Option

6. Civitavecchia: Ancient Rome Trip w/ Tickets & Guided Option

Fullday Best highlights: • The Pantheon ("temple of all the gods") is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome, on the site of an earlier temple commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD). • Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. The fountain has appeared in several notable films, including "Roman Holiday", Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita", the eponymous "Three Coins in the Fountain", The Lizzie McGuire Movie, and "Sabrina Goes to Rome". • The Spanish Steps are a set of steps dating from 1723, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna (one of the most famous squares in Rome) and the top dominated by Trinita dei Monti Church. • Piazza Venezia is the central hub of Rome. One side of the Piazza is the monumental site of Italy's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Altare della Patria, part of the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, first King of Italy. • Roman Forum for centuries the Forum was the center of day-to-day life in Ancient Rome (from outside). • Colosseum (Skip-the-line tickets included included in All-Inclusive Option) The Colosseum is the main symbol of Rome. It is an imposing construction that, with almost 2,000 years of history, will bring you back in time to discover the way of life in the Roman Empire. • The Circus Maximus is an ancient Roman chariot-racing stadium and mass entertainment venue. • Piazza Campo de Fiori: Lunch Time, Lunch included in a typical Roman Restaurant. • The Vatican Museums (Skip-The-Line Tickets included in All-Inclusive Option) are located within the city boundaries of the Vatican City. They display works from the immense collection amassed by popes throughout the centuries including several of the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The museums contain roughly 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display. • The Sistine Chapel (Skip-The-Line Tickets included included in All-Inclusive Option) takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV. Today, it is the site of the papal conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescos that decorate the interior, most particularly the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo. • St. Peter's Basilica: Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world.

Skip-the-Line: Private Rome and Vatican Shore Excursion

7. Skip-the-Line: Private Rome and Vatican Shore Excursion

One of the world's top tourist destinations, the Vatican is infamous for its mile-long lineups. Travel through Rome in style and skip the lines at some of the most iconic sites with this private tour! You will be picked up directly at the gangway of your ship at the Port of Rome (Civitavecchia) by a driver bearing a sign with your name, then driven the 1.5 hours by Mercedes into Rome. The first stop on the tour is the majestic St. Peter's Cathedral (excluding Wednesdays, due to Papal audience - on this day St. Paul's Cathedral will be visited instead.) Then, you will move on to the Colosseum, a breathtaking monument to the ingenuity of the ancient Romans. You will also have the option to take a tour of the inside. After viewing the Forum of Rome and the Cordonata with Castor and Pollux statues, and marvelling at the magnificent bronze monument of Marcus Aurelius, you will continue on the Pantheon, house of the Pagan Gods of Rome. Admire the dramatic dome, a masterpiece of Roman architecture. Next, you will see the Spanish Steps, Rome's iconic meeting place, and have the opportunity to throw 3 coins into the Trevi Fountain. Stop for lunch and enjoy authentic Roman cuisine - and of course gelato - at one of the neighbourhood's many fine restaurants. You will end your day at the glorious Vatican Sistine Chapel. Pre-booked tickets will allow you to skip the line and see first hand the astounding artistic treasures housed at this site. You will be escorted by car back to your ship by 17:30.

From Civitavecchia: Full-Day Rome Cruise Shore Excursion

8. From Civitavecchia: Full-Day Rome Cruise Shore Excursion

Enjoy a full-day tour of Rome, including lunch and round-trip transfers from the cruise terminal at Civitavecchia. Transfer to Rome city center by coach, stopping at the Vatican’s St Peter’s Square on arrival. Admire the dome of St Peter's Basilica and the colonnades by Bernini on St. Peter’s Square. Then, follow your guide along the cobbled streets of Italy’s ancient capital. Climb the Spanish Steps, linking Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinità dei Monti. Enjoy panoramic views from the top of the baroque staircase, before going to another baroque icon of Rome at the Trevi Fountain. Throw a coin into the fountain to ensure you one day return to Rome! Next, admire the domed temple of the Pantheon. See its well-preserved Corinthian columns. Break for lunch, before going to Piazza Venezia and Palatine Hill. Marvel at one of the largest archaeological sites in the world, before exploring the Roman Forum, site of the Roman Republic’s political, administrative, and religious life. Learn the history of the Roman Empire and the ruins that surround you. End at the mighty Colosseum, and see the remains the world's largest amphitheater. Imagine the battle scenes between the gladiators and fearsome beasts, put on for the public and emperors. Walk around the still-imposing exterior, before boarding the coach for the return transfer to Civitavecchia.

Rome: Private Wheelchair-Accessible Full Day Tour

9. Rome: Private Wheelchair-Accessible Full Day Tour

Immerse yourself in the magical city of Rome on a fully customizable 9-hour Private shore excursion of Rome from Civitavecchia port (Rome's cruise port). An English speaking driver will pick you up just outside your cruise ship in a wheelchair accesible vehicle and whisk you off to explore the Eternal City. This Rome wheelchair accessible van tour is an excellent way for disabled tourists to visit all the major tourist sights in Rome and his incredible 2500 year history, including the Colosseum ,Vatican , Pantheon and more - a total of 20 stops, customizable at your preferences. The van used for this tour has a wheelchair ramp that make it easy for motorized wheelchair users or manual wheelchair users to get on and off. 7 days a week, however the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are closed on Sunday.

From Civitavecchia: Rome Shore Excursion

10. From Civitavecchia: Rome Shore Excursion

During your highway journey, you will take in views of the Roman countryside and the Tyrrhenian Sea. What you will see aspects of Ancient Rome, monumental Rome, and Christian Rome on this tour. For a taste of Ancient Rome, see the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Capitol Hill, and an overview of the Roman Forum, Trajan’s Column, and Circus Maximus. Monumental Rome consists of Venice Square and the "Wedding Cake," the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps. Enjoy a traditional lunch in a typical Roman restaurant. After lunch, discover Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with a 2-hour guided tour and skip-the-line tickets included.

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Emmanuelle picked us up promptly, and took us to almost every important monument in Rome, he parked close to everything and allowed us time to enjoy a delicious lunch in Rome. Don’t think about it, book the trip.

I've never been on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour before, but as there was a heat wave in Rome when we were there, it was too hot to trot around the city.

Nice experience with bus transport. Company agents are easy to spot as soon as you get off the shuttle. Nice experience!

The Colosseum stop is a bit off the beaten path so not easy to find, but the rest of the tour was smooth and informative

Nove and kind and friendly staff Excelent view with audio guide. You see all atractions exept around VATICAN