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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

Civitavecchia: Shore Excursion to Rome

3. Civitavecchia: Shore Excursion to Rome

Start your Roman adventure at 9:00 AM as you exit from your cruise ship. At the ship's Pier, you will be greeted by your friendly and professional driver/guide. Once you hop in your comfortable, air-conditioned minivan you will set off on your adventure.  Your driver will take you to all the most historical and socially significant landmarks in Rome. For those pressed for the time, this is the greatest way to ensure you see the main attractions of the city, all in 7-hours. During each stop you can hop-off the van and walk around, taking beautiful holiday snaps as you do. In the vehicle, you will enjoy the benefit of an audioguide in English. At each stop, you will be able to learn the basic history of each fascinating location.  During your tour, you will visit: Vatican City and St. Peter's Cathedral (1-hour), Colosseum (40-minutes), Piazza Venezia (15-minutes), Trevi Fountain (20-minutes), Spanish Steps (30-minutes), Pantheon (30-minutes), Piazza Novona (20-minutes) and the Panoramic View (15-minutes). Once you have visited all these major landmarks, you will be taken back to your cruise terminal, 1-hour before your ship departs and no later than 5:00 PM, ensuring a relaxing end to an exciting day.

From Civitavecchia: Highlights of Rome Day Trip & Colosseum

4. From Civitavecchia: Highlights of Rome Day Trip & Colosseum

Reach Rome from Civitavecchia with tour for small VIP group (max 8 passengers). A daily shared Shore Excursion to Roma caput mundi. Discover the history of the capital of Italy, a former capital of the world, live in the rhythm of the city accompanied by expert driver to admire the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the famous squares. Rome is the Eternal City, and retains the charm of over 2000 years of history made of art. You'll discover the Vatican City, the Pope's residence with the famous square Piazza San Pietro.

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

5. 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

6. 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.

Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Bus & Vatican Museums Ticket

7. Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Bus & Vatican Museums Ticket

Discover Rome at your own pace with a combined 24 or 48-hour ticket for the official hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus, and a skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Vatican Museums in the Vatican City. Have fast-track entry to the Vatican Museums which means more time exploring the world’s most extensive collection of art, and less time waiting in the famously long lines. Once inside, wander the galleries at your own pace, and see masterpieces of art by celebrated artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, and more. Marvel at the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, and see ancient cartography in the Hall of Maps. Go to the Pinecone Courtyard and the Gallery of Candelabras. From the open-top bus, you will enjoy privileged views of the Eternal City’s main sights, including the Spanish Steps, Colosseum, and Imperial Forum. Why not throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain or sip an authentic Italian coffee in Piazza Navona – the choice is yours. 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

Best of Rome in 1 Day: Private Tour with Colosseum

8. Best of Rome in 1 Day: Private Tour with Colosseum

Join this Best of Rome Private Day Tour to discover the Eternal City. See the Trevi Fountain, the charming Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, the silent flow of the Tiber River, the Pantheon, and Piazza Venezia with its Wedding Cake monument. You will be picked up in the morning (exact time subject to change) and your private driver will drive you to go sightseeing around the historical center of Rome. Continue to Emperor Hadrian’s Mausoleum and legendary Ponte Sant'Angelo, to enjoy a fantastic sight of the Castello Sant'Angelo, and to the astonishing St. Peter's Square with its superb colonnade. Afterward, enjoy a beautiful view of Rome from the Janiculum Hill and see Circus Maximus, the site of the Roman chariots races with its evocative views of the sprawling ruins of the emperor's palaces on Palatine Hill. After a 1-hour break for lunch (which is not included), you will have a private skip-the-line tour of the symbol of the ancient Roman world, the Colosseum. Discover the techniques of construction invented by the Romans, the incredible ability of the gladiators, the fighting between exotic animals, and the level of technology achieved by Roman engineers to build the Colosseum. Your tour will then continue exploring the Palatine Hill, the residence of the Roman emperors, overlooking one side of Circus Maximus and on the other side, the views of the valley of the Roman Forum, an ancient center of Roman political, religious, and commercial life. In this archaeological area, see some of ancient Rome’s most evocative ruins such as the Arch of Titus, House of the Vestal Virgins, Senate House, Basilica of Maxentius, and the Temple of Julius Caesar, built in the same spot where his body was cremated.

Civitavecchia: Ancient Rome Trip w/ Tickets & Guided Option

9. 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.

From Civitavecchia Port: Classic Rome Cruise Shore Excusion

10. From Civitavecchia Port: Classic Rome Cruise Shore Excusion

Head to Rome on a 9-hour shore excursion from the Civitavecchia port. On this tour, priced for a group of up to 4 participants, you’ll see the city’s most important and popular landmarks and historic monuments. Start off your visit at St. Peter's Basilica, the imposing church at the center of the Catholic faith. Marvel at its ornate architecture, see the numerous tombs of popes, and admire the famous Pietà, the only sculpture ever signed by Michelangelo. Stroll across the Piazza Navona, one of the most noted squares in Rome and admire its impressive fountain that represents the 4 great rivers of the world. Next you’ll head to the Pantheon, one of the best preserved Roman monuments. Admire this temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome and hear interesting legends about the site. Enjoy a stroll down narrow alleyways and stop at a local restaurant for some delicious Italian cuisine, and finish off your meal with an ice cream near the magnificent Trevi Fountain. Be sure to toss a coin into the fountain, to guarantee your return to the Eternal City. Visit busy Venice Square, where Mussolini delivered his seemingly endless speeches. Take a walk along the Via dei Fori Imperiali, at the heart of ancient Roman social life, and finally, feast your eyes on the Coliseum, the symbol of Rome and one of the 7 Wonders of the World.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 86 reviews

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.

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

Excursion was exactly what we expected. Our guide was very friendly, punctual and polite. We were very satisfied.

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