Rome is the capital of Italy and throughout history has developed into one of the major cities of the Western world.
In Vatican City, a mini-state and enclave within Rome, the residence of the Pope is established. St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel with fresco's of Michelangelo are amongst the main landmarks. The Vatican was often the setting for dirty politic games, deceit, and lust. In the Vatican Museum, you will discover the finest art objects from Ancient to Renaissance times.
The Tiber River winds through the center of the city, which was built on seven hills.
The historic city center with the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon, dates back to the Roman Empire and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. It was once the city of emperors, gladiators, slaves, gods, and senators.
The Trevi Fountain, the Monument of Victor Emmanuel II and the Spanish Steps date from a later period. The latter is a popular meeting place for local residents and nearby you will also find the best shopping area in Rome
If you want to escape the bustle of the city then Villa Borghese is an oasis of tranquility. In this vast city park, you can walk along wide avenues, imposing buildings, museums, beautiful gardens, and fountains.
A visit to Rome is undoubtedly one of the highlights during your cruise. Count on a full day to complete this fascinating excursion.
TIP: You can easily discover Rome on your own but be aware of the long lines at the main monuments. It can be a good option to book a tour or tickets in advance
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