ROME: FROM THE CAESARS TO THE VATICAN IN A DAY
Sightseeing, Cultural, Meal included
This excursion, by coach and on foot, takes us on a journey through thousands of years of Roman history, from Ancient Rome to the Vatican via the splendour of the Baroque city, and a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.
What we will see
- Sightseeing tour of classical Rome
- The Pyramid of Cestius and the Baths of Caracalla
- The Circus Maximus
- Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli
- Photo stop at the Colosseum
- The Via dei Fori Imperiali and Piazza Venezia
- Lunch at a Roman restaurant
- A stroll through Baroque Rome
- The Trevi Fountain, Piazza Montecitorio, Piazza Navona
- Saint Peter’s Basilica
What we will do
- We set of by coach from Civitavecchia, heading to Rome where a guide awaits to lead us on a tour of the endlessly fascinating and eye-opening attractions of the eternal city.
- Our adventure begins with a sightseeing coach tour of Rome’s ancient ruins, which even today lend the centre of the city an air of majesty and prestige.
- Our route takes us past such wonders as the Pyramid of Cestius, a funeral monument built in the Egyptian style in the 1st century BC, the Baths of Caracalla, the grandest thermal complex of the imperial age, the Circus Maximus, where the crowds once flocked to watch the chariot races.
- We leave our coach for a guided tour of the church of San Pietro in Vincoli (Saint Peter in Chains), which is home to a Michelangelo masterpiece, a statue of Moses.
- Next, we stop to take a photo or two at the Colosseum, perhaps the most famous monument in Rome and an absolute must-see on our visit to the city. From there, we begin a walking tour along the via dei Fori Imperiali, where the ancient imperial capital seems to come back to life. This leads us to the feet of the Capitoline Hill and Piazza Venezia, on whose southern side towers “Il Vittoriano” the imposing monument to King Victor Emanuel II.
- At this point, we may be beginning to feel a little languorous, so what better time to take a seat for some deliciously authentic Italian cooking with lunch at a local restaurant?
- Suitably restored, we head back out on foot, this time focusing on the treasures of Baroque Rome: we pass the Trevi Fountain, with the ever-present throngs of tourists, and the Palazzo Montecitorio, a glorious example of Roman Baroque, which overlooks the piazza of the same name, and which is now the seat of the Chamber of Deputies, one of the two houses of the Italian Parliament. Finally, we reach Piazza Navona, with the splendid fountain designed by the great sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
- Our last stop is the Vatican City, where the two semi-circles of the colonnade designed by Bernini embrace the circular piazza and frame the façade and huge dome of the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica.
What you need to know
- The transfer to Rome takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- The guide will join the excursion group once we reach Rome.
- This excursion involves about 2 hours of walking. Comfortable shoes are strongly recommended.
- This excursion is not recommended for guests with lmited mobility.
- We recommend that you book early as only a limited number of places are available.
- Due to new security control procedures many tourist sites may have long queues, even for pre-booked groups.
- On Wednesday morning St. Peter's Basilica could be closed due to the Papal Audience.
- In case of extraordinary celebrations, the surrounding area could be overcrowded causing long queues at the entrance of the Basilica.