Best of Rome

  • Port

    Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

  • Activity Level

    Strenuous

  • Excursion Type

    City Tour, Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD USD USD

    Price over $151
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 10½ Hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

In the Eternal City, enter the vast expanse of St Peter's Square through Bernini's Colonnade, and step into Christendom's largest church, St Peter's Basilica. In the apse is the splendid gilt and bronze throne, also designed by Bernini. Take time to see the Pietà, Michelangelo's masterpiece in white marble.

Leaving the Vatican, drive along the Tiber River, passing Aventine Hill for a view of the imposing remains of the Imperial Palaces and the Circus Maximus. Pass by the Forum where vestiges of the Roman Empire remain.

Visit the Colosseum and drive by Venice Square, the heart of Rome with its flamboyant memorial to King Victor Emanuel. Stop at the Trevi Fountain where King Neptune's tritons guard the sparkling waters of Rome's most beloved monument. Toss in a coin to ensure your return to the Eternal City.

A typical Italian lunch will be served before you enjoy some free time for shopping or continue sightseeing on your own.

Notes:

Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. This tour does not visit the Vatican Museums or the Sistine Chapel. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience; each guest is responsible for returning his/her headset after the tour. Missing headsets incur a €50 fee. You must pass through metal detectors at St Peter's Basilica. Large bags or umbrellas, bottled water, video cameras, knives or scissors must be checked at the security checkpoints. The basilica can close for security reasons at any time; this is particularly relevant on Wednesdays when the Pope chooses to hold a mass service in St Peter's Square. You will encounter lines and delays -- your patience is appreciated. Only a certain number of visitors are allowed inside St Peter's Basilica at any one time; group access can be delayed. Tour groups are not allowed inside St Peter's Basilica during religious services; however, entry will be allowed on an individual basis to view the interior quietly and reverently. If your guide determines that the wait to enter St Peter's is longer than 45 minutes, you will forego the inside visit and your guide will provide you with a full explanation and description while outside. More time for shopping or exploring independently will be substituted. For safety reasons, the Ministry of Tourism has established a maximum number of visitors allowed inside the Colosseum at any one time. As a consequence, the access of groups with reservations may be delayed. If your guide determines that the wait to enter the Colosseum is longer than 45 minutes, you will forego the inside visit to the Colosseum and visit the Roman Forum instead. Ongoing restoration and/or maintenance work may be underway at any venue during your visit. In case the Basilica should be closed for security reasons or any unexpected event your guide will provide a full explanation from outside and free time for photos and shopping will be given. On April 14, 2018 the tour route and duration may be affected by the Grand Prix street closures; your patience with any delays is greatly appreciated.