This is certainly Discovery Tours Limousine Service’s most select and popular excursion, especially designed for those that would love to have in-depth visits of the Colosseum and of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Your English-speaking driver/guide will welcome you at the dock beside your cruise ship in Civitavecchia at 7:30 AM (suggested time). Ride the hour and 15 minutes to Rome with comfort in your private vehicle. Again, this is a perfect tour for those who would like to see some of the major highlights of Rome as well as have in-depth visits of the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Once arrived in Rome your first stop will be the Piazza Venezia, where you can take a look at the Monument of Victor Emmanuel (the first Italian king) and Mussolini’s balcony.
After, you will climb over the Capitoline Hill (one of Rome’s seven hills) and have your breath taken away by an amazing view over the Roman Forum. Then, you will drive to the Colosseum where you will meet one of our official guides who will take you for a private guided tour inside the Colosseum. Thanks to your guide you will learn everything about the organization of the games and the Roman building techniques.
Following the Colosseum, you’ll drive to the Pantheòn and the famous Trevi Fountain via the Aventine Hill (another of Rome’s seven hills).
The Trevi Fountain will be followed by the Piazza di Spagna, or Spanish Steps, where you will spend a short while before heading to the Borghese Gardens to see the panorama of Rome and the Vatican from the Pincio Terrace. Your final stop of the morning will be the famous Piazza Navona, one of the most beautiful squares in Rome. Originally built as a stadium in the first century for athletic contests and chariot races, Piazza Navona is lined with luxurious cafes and Baroque palaces and is the home to three lavish fountains. It was laid out in the 15th century on the ruins of the stadium. From 1650 to the late 19th century the square was sometimes flooded in summer and used for aquatic games and staged naval battles. The square still retains its oval shape. The obelisk at the far end of the picture came from Egypt and was originally in the Circus of Maxentius but later moved to Piazza Navona. The modern piazza is a lively place where both locals and tourists like to hang out. Artists gather in the sqaure to paint and there are many entertainers and vendors selling souvenirs.
At this point, you will probably want to stop for lunch. Your guide will present you the following options: a snack in Piazza Navona, some pizza in the cafeteria of the Vatican Museums, or a typical lunch in a little neighborhood restaurant.
After lunch, your private tour of the Vatican will begin, the moment you’ve been waiting for. You will enjoy a private guided tour of the Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica with an authorized, English-speaking guide from the Vatican City. You will start at the Vatican Museums; this is enormous, and about 1,500 rooms, but you will only see the best parts on your way to the Sistine Chapel. Normally, this visit includes the Cortile Della Pigna, Belvedere, Pio Clementino Museum, the Gallery of Candelabra, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps. Because of the way the traffic inside the museums is regulated, at some times, certain portions are closed off, so please note that the itinerary can change from time to time. Of course, you will end at the Sistine Chapel! From the Sistine Chapel you’ll go directly to St. Peter’s Basilica, where you will see the Pietà by Michelangelo and other fantastic masterpieces by Bernini and Canova. After St. Peter’s, you’ll want to take some pictures of the square, shop for souvenirs and/or grab a drink. After such an exciting and interesting day, you’ll enjoy a relaxing ride back to the pier.
This tour length is approximately 9 hours in total and is conducted by an English-speaking driver/guide, and inside the Colosseum, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica by an official English-speaking guide.
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