Combine a guided visit of some of Rome's treasured highlights with free time to explore, shop and have lunch on your own and at your own pace. HIGHLIGHTS: Enjoy an outside visit of the Colosseum, the symbol of Rome, and inside visits of St. Peter in Chain, an exterior visit of St. Peter's Basilica where you'll enjoy more than 2 hours of free time for exploration. The guide will use headsets to provide commentary. NOTES: Travel time to and from Rome is about 1 1/2 hours each way. This tour is not suggested for guests with walking difficulties or those using a wheelchair.
This tour combines some of Rome’s treasured highlights, including the Colosseum, St. Peter in Chains, and St. Peter’s Square, with free time to explore and shop on your own.
-Colosseum: Enjoy an outside visit (with commentary) of this amphitheater where gladiators once battled to death.
-St. Peter in Chains: Visit inside this church and admire Michelangelo’s statue of Moses.
-St. Peter’s Square: View the exterior of one of the highlights of the Vatican City, St. Peter's Basilica, one of Christendom's most significant churches.-Free time: Enjoy approximately 2 ½ hours of free time to explore independently
This tour is designed for those who would like a limited guided tour with free time to explore Rome at their leisure. Once in Rome, you will meet your guide and visit St. Peter’s in Chain Cathedral, you can admire one of the many masterpieces by Michelangelo, the famous statue of Moses. This majestic bearded figure is depicted holding the tablets of the Ten Commandments.
Continue with a stroll to the Roman Colosseum, one of the most important monuments of ancient Rome. A masterpiece of classical architecture, the Colosseum is an enormous amphitheater where gladiators, Christians and wild beasts once battled to the death in front of 50,000 spectators. You'll have time for photographs of its exterior. Reboard the bus for the drive to the Vatican City. View the exterior of one of the highlights of the Vatican City, St. Peter's Basilica, one of Christendom's most significant churches. At St. Peter's square, your guide will provide a generous explanation of the Basilica and guests will enter it individually for a designated amount of time. Construction began in 1452 on the site where St. Peter was buried. During the next 200 years, such famous masters as Bramante, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini worked on its design and created an unparalleled masterpiece. In St. Peter's Basilica there's the splendid Michelangelo's "Pieta" and the 26-metre high Bernini Pulpit. At the end of the half-day guided portion of the tour, you will have time at disposal for shopping and fun in the Eternal City. Your escort will inform you of the meeting time/place for the return to Civitavecchia. Please note that lunch is not included.
During the bus ride to Rome, you will be provided with a map of Rome and emergency contact numbers in the unlikely event you become separated from the group, as well as the headsets that you will use to listen to the guide’s commentary. During the excursion you will also receive bottled water.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port
-Camera and cash for shopping
What to Wear:
-Comfortable walking shoes are strongly recommended.
-A strict dress code is enforced in St. Peter’s Basilica. Short pants, tank tops and revealing clothing are not acceptable and guests wearing these items can be restricted from entering.
-The drive between Civitavecchia and Rome is approximately 1 1/2 hours each way, subject to traffic conditions.
-The tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of independent exploration.
-Please note that lunch is at your own expense.
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) over even and cobblestone surfaces with approximately 100 steps.
-This tour is not suggested for guests with walking difficulties or those using a wheelchair.
-To enter St. Peter in Chain, ladies must cover their shoulders; no shorts are allowed and attire should be conservative.
-Guests wishing to visit St. Peter's Basilica during their free time, must be aware that they may be required to check large bags, backpacks, video cameras and/or personal water bottles at designated check points. Also ladies must cover their shoulders; no shorts are allowed and attire should be conservative. Should a mass or a special event be taking place in St. Peter's Basilica, your entrance may be restricted. Depending upon the number of people in the Basilica, it may be closed for security reasons. These safety precautions are beyond the control of the local tour operator or Royal Caribbean.
-Guests are advised that long queues to enter St. Peter’s Basilica are to be expected.
-Should a mass or a special event be taking place in St. Peter's Basilica, your entrance may be restricted. Depending upon the number of people in the Basilica, it may be closed for security reasons without previous notice. These safety precautions are beyond the control of the local tour operator.
- Please be aware that ongoing restoration/ maintenance work is often being carried out at the various venues visited.
-The order of the tour may be reversed or altered depending on traffic or local conditions.
-On Sundays and public holidays, the majority of the shops will be closed and only souvenir shops will be open.