Imperial Rome - CV02
Feel 12 centuries of conquering rule come alive on this tour of Imperial Rome. Toss a coin into Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to the Eternal City. Explore the ruins of the Forum, where loyal hearts were swelled by triumphant processions that traveled along the Sacred Way. Enter the legendary Roman Colosseum, one of the most important monuments of ancient Rome. This tour takes you back to the days of the Empire.
Note: Travel time to and from Rome is about 1 1/2 hrs each way. This tour is not suggested for guests with walking difficulties or those using a wheelchair. A strict dress code is enforced at St. Peter's Basilica-short pants, tank tops and revealing clothing are not allowed.
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Overview: Explore Rome's fascinating history among ancient ruins and at the sacred church in Vatican City. Stroll the remains of the Forum, the heart of Roman life during antiquity, and follow the ceremonial road into the imposing Colosseum amphitheater, site of elaborate spectacles. At the Vatican, admire the Renaissance splendors of St. Peter's Basilica, the world's largest church. Be sure to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, a tradition at this Baroque landmark.
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Highlights: Imperial Rome: Explore the remains of the Forum, the area that formed the heart of the ancient city, and the imposing Colosseum amphitheater. St. Peter's Basilica: This holiest of churches at the Vatican is an architectural marvel decorated with works by Renaissance masters. Lunch: Savor an authentic Italian meal at a restaurant or hotel, accompanied by a glass of sparkling Spumante and wine.
What to Bring: SeaPass card and photo identification Camera Cash/credit cards Sun protection
What to Wear: Conservative attire Walking shoes
Important Notes: Guests must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Guests with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour - particularly tours categorized as "strenuous". Guests who have concerns must consult with their personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be strenuous for them. Guests must be able to approximately walk 3 miles over even and cobblestone surfaces with about 50 steps and extended periods of standing. 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 may not be allowed to enter. No video or photography in the Sistine Chapel. No flash photography in the Vatican Museums. The drive between Civitavecchia and Rome is approximately 90 minutes, depending on traffic. If there is a special event or mass at St. Peter's Basilica, the guide will provide commentary outside and guests will enter on their own. Access may be restricted during mass. If the wait at the St. Peter's Basilica security checkpoint is longer than 45 minutes, the guide will forego the inside visit. If the basilica is closed for security reasons, the tour will compensate with more time for shopping and/or independent exploration. Guests may be required to check large bags, backpacks, video cameras, and/or personal water bottles at designated checkpoints. Guests must use provided headsets on the inside visits of St. Peter's Basilica. Most stores, except souvenir shops, are closed on Sundays and public holidays. Shop opening hours often vary by season. Please note that on-going restoration works might be carried out in any of the sites visited in Rome.