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Panoramic Bus Tour of Rome from Civitavecchia Port

1. 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: Castel Sant'Angelo Fast-Track Ticket and Express Tour

2. Rome: Castel Sant'Angelo Fast-Track Ticket and Express Tour

Join an express walking tour of the Castel Sant'Angelo’s terrace with skip-the-line tickets. Cruise past the long lines and enter the castle with your guide. Experience the magnificent terrace with one of the best views of Rome. After the tour, explore the rest of the castle at your own pace. The terrace view opens 360 degrees towards the city center from the grounds of the castle and beyond the River Tiber. Admire the St. Angelo Bridge, one of the most scenic masterpieces of Roman Baroque design, adorned with 10 angel statues symbolizing love and passion. See the many iconic sights surrounding the castle such as the Palace of Justice, Villa Borghese, Quirinal Palace, Pantheon, Capitoline Hill, Aventine Hill, and Janiculum. Look towards St. Peter's Basilica to spot the Passetto di Borgo, a passageway connecting Castel Sant'Angelo to Vatican City. After this experience, you are free to visit the remaining levels of the castle at your own pace. Admire the other parts of the castle that was founded by the Roman emperor Hadrian and built to be his monumental tomb. Throughout the years, the building has also been used as the private residence of the pope, a treasury of the state, a prison, and a place of public executions.

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What people are saying about Palazzaccio

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 716 reviews

We were going to leave this off the itinerary, but timewise it worked out and very glad it did. The tour was extended by one hour (no problem with that, usually the opposite) and our tour guide (sorry, forgot her name) was excellent. The pace was not too fast, not too slow, but the information was great. There was a mix of history related to the castle and the items we were seeing and experiencing. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire visit.

The Castel was amazing, I had no idea of it’s history and beauty! Our guide was sensational, she was so passionate and knowledgable, 100% so this place with a guide!

Very interesting tour. This spot is underrated but recommend for another interesting tour. Guide was informative and shared Interesting tidbits. Would recommend.

It was a great experience! The tour was very interesting and our guide was totally dedicated. All in all very recommendable!

Very good performance. Great guide who took the trouble to speak French when we were the only ones on the bus.