A lovely panoramic guided tour over the eternal city of Rome!!!
You will be welcome by your tour leader at the Civitavecchia Port where your confortable air-con coach will take you to visit one of the most beautiful, artistic, charming city in the world.
Reaching the first stop a stone away from the Palazzaccio (Justice Palace) in Piazza dei Tribunali, where a few steps away you will be able to admire the most powerful and imposing Castle ever built in Rome, St. Angel Castle. Once the tomb of the Emperor Hadrian that, during the centuries, changed its used from funerary tomb to a Pope residency, to a secured hidden fortress where the popes could refuge during the siege of Rome then, a prison with torture chambers.
Just few yards away, you can look at the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica from the top of Via della Conciliazione. A perfect perspective view which will blow your eyes. Feast your eyes with one of the most suggestive colonnade that surround St. Peter's Square designed and built by Bernini in the 17th century. You cannot missed out one of the most visited Basilica in world, St. Peter's Basilica with its Baroque and Renaissance facade style dominating the square and the skyline with its perfectly designed dome. The Basilica it self was designed by the most sought after architects of the 16th and 17th centuries like Michelangelo, Bernini, Bramante and Antonio da Sangallo.
*** please be advice that, you may experience long lines to enter the Basilica. If you wish to "Skip the Line", kindly refer to the "NOT INCLUDED" section.***
Meet your tour leader at a designed meeting point for the second part of this fantastic Panoramic tour, the Ancient Rome. Driving through the monument of Victor Emanuell II well known as Venice Square with its white washed marble monument dedicated to the first King of Italy. Then continue to the wonderful Marcello Theatre once used for performaces of drama and songs in the Roman Republic era. Your tour leader will also point you out that, right at the top of the Theatre, still today, you will be able to see the residency of one of the most powerful family of Rome, the Pamphjli. A family that aimed the power and the papacy since early 17th century and gained papacy in 1644 under the name of Pope Innocenzo X.
A shot drive down south of the city, you will be pointed out the Boario Forum with its Temple of Hercules perfectly round shaped and dedicated to Hercules the Winner back in Ancient Greek period and the small but lovely Temple of Portuno dedicated to the God of Portunus. Not to leave behind without looking at the beautiful Basilica of St. Mary in Cosmedin with its enormous bell tower and, next to it, the legendary monument Mouth of the Truth. The legend says that, putting your end inside of the mouth you must say the truth otherwise, any lie told, your fingers would be bited off. Of course, this is only a legend but, not to forget, Rome is full not just of hostory but with legends too.
During your ride, we will pass along one of the most important ancient stadium ever built during the Romans period, Maximum Circus. An ancient Chariot racing and other popular games stadium that held 250 thousands spectators all in one time.
Reaching to Via San Gregorio where you will look at the famous Arch of Costantine and next to it, the imposing, most visited monuments of Rome, the Flavian Amphitheatre well known as the Colosseum built for Vespasian around 70/80 a.D. The inauguration is been told that, lasted for 100 days with gladiators fights for their life vs other gladiators or even animals like lions.
Meet up again at a designed meeting point with your tour leader and heading by coach to the Baroque centre of the city of Rome. You will be visiting Trevi Fountain, built by Nicola Salvi in 1762. This masterpiece is embedded in to a palace and was commissioned by Pope Urban VIII to Bernini. The project was once abbandoned when the Pope died and in 1730, Pope Clement XII commissioned the fountain to Nicola Salvi. Works began in 1732 and terminated 30 years later by Pietro Bracci. Admire the statues of busts and horses with running water filling up the lower pool where millions of visitor, as per legend, throuws a coin while making a wish.
After visiting the Trevi Fountain, you will have lunch break for approx 30/40 for a quick bite or even just an ice-cream in the local delicatessen.
Not to leave behind the most preserved temple with its massive dome, the Pantheon. Dating back to 27 b.C. and 14 a.D. and commissioned by Agrippa during the reign of Augustus and rebuilt in in 126 a.D. by the Emperor Hadrian. You may walk inside to admire the tombs of King Victor Emanuell II and Raphael Tomb but, looking up to the dome, its where all the enormous opening at the top can be seen. Dedicated to the Holy Spirit and today dedicated to Saint Mary and the Martyrs.
At last, the wonderful Piazza Navona (Navona Square) with its lovely side fountains and the centre masterpiece of Bernini, the Four River Fountain. Piazza Navona, as is called today, once was the Amphitheatre of Domitian. The changes came during the centuries and today, is one of the most sought after Piazzas of Rome. With its unique Church of St. Agnes and the most imporntant fountain that reign for centuries the square, Four River Fountain.
Terminated this lovely panoramic tour, you will be boarding the coach again and heading back to Civitavecchia Port.
MEETING POINT: PLEASE TAKE ONE OF THE FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE FROM YOUR CRUISE SHIP TO THE MEETING POINT (AT THE END OF THE SHUTTLE SERVICE RIDE). THE JOURNEY WILL TAKE ABOUT 5 MINUTES FROM THE CRUISE SHIP TO THE MEETING POINT. YOUR COACH IS SITUATED IN LARGO DELLA PACE, CIVITAVECCHIA JUST OPPOSITE OF THE FIRE BRIGADES STATION (VIGILI DEL FUOCO) WHERE THE CAR PARK IS LOCATED. YOUR ASSISTANT WILL BE THERE WAITING FOR YOU. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT, YOU ARE AT THE MEETING POINT NO LATER THAN 9:15AM.
IMPORTANT: Final meeting point will be the “Four River Fountain” at Navona Square (the central fountain with an obelisk). There you will meet your Tour leader and go to the nearby waiting bus. Depart from Rome at 4pm and arrival at the Port of Civitavecchia, in front of the shuttle service bus stop at approx 5:15pm