OVERVIEW: Imperial Rome's fascinating history is revealed during your exploration of important sites. Maximize your time by avoiding ticket lines when entering the Roman Forum and Colosseum.
HIGHLIGHTS: Visit Trevi Fountain and the Roman Forum. Step inside the Colosseum and discover St. Peter's Basilica. A local lunch is included in your journey through Imperial Rome. Headsets are provided.
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. A strict dress code is enforced at St. Peter's Basilica - short pants, tank tops and revealing clothing are not acceptable
Rome’s fascinating history is revealed during your exploration of important sites, including the Trevi Fountain and St. Peter’s Basilica. You’ll enjoy faster access by avoiding ticket lines when entering the Roman Forum and the world famous Colosseum. A local lunch is included in your journey through Imperial Rome.
-Trevi Fountain: Toss a coin into Rome's most famous fountain
-Roman Forum: Visit the heart of ancient Rome, for centuries the center of public life
-Colosseum: Step inside the grandest amphitheater ever built, where gladiators once battled
-St. Peter’s Basilica: Discover the largest basilica in the world and its masterpieces (such as Michelangelo's "Pieta")
-Lunch: Enjoy a three course meal served at a local restaurant or hotel.
Explore the famous ancient ruins, reflecting twelve centuries of Roman cultural, political and religious history, as your guide escorts you through the ruins of Imperial Rome.
After arriving in Rome by coach, take a walk to the Trevi Fountain. Follow the tradition and toss a coin into the fountain to ensure your return to Rome. Next, visit the Roman Forum, the heart of ancient Rome, where the creation of the Roman civilization is reflected in the vast ensemble of ruins. Walk through the Via Sacra (Sacred Way), the route followed by religious and triumphal processions. The imposing triumphal Arch of Titus was erected in 81 AD by the Emperor Domitian in honor of the victories in battle of his brother and father in Judea.
A symbol of the "Eternal City," the Roman Colosseum is one of the most important monuments of ancient Rome. You'll have time for photographs both inside and outside the Colosseum. You will also see the impressive Arch of Constantine.
Lunch will be served at a first class restaurant or hotel, and includes a flute of Italian champagne and house wine. Afterwards, drive to Vatican City to visit St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world. Among the many fine pieces of art on display are Michelangelo's "Pieta" and the beautifully carved Bernini Pulpit. A brief time will be allotted for you to explore or shop at your leisure.
During the bus ride to Rome, you will be provided with 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 at 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.
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 3 miles over even and cobblestone surfaces with approximately 50 steps and endure extended periods of standing.
-This tour is not suggested for guests with walking difficulties or those using a wheelchair.
-Should St. Peter's Basilica have a special event or mass service, guides will give an outside explanation only and guests will then enter on their own.
- Should a mass be taking place in St. Peter's Basilica, the entrance may be restricted.
-Should your guide determine that the queue at the St. Peter's Basilica security check point is longer than a 45-minute wait, they will forego the interior visit of the Basilica and provide you with a full explanation and description while outside. 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. You will be provided more time during your shopping or free period to compensate for not entering the Basilica.
-Guests may be required to check large bags, backpacks, video cameras, and/or personal water bottles at designated check points.
-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.
-Please note that for the inside visit of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica the use of headsets owned and provided by the respective site's managements is compulsory.
-On Sundays and public holidays, the majority of the shops will be closed and only souvenir shops will be open.Affected sailings as follows:
- Serenade of the Seas – Sailing date 07/18/2013
- Serenade of the Seas – Sailing date 08/11/2013
- Liberty of the Seas – Sailing date 08/11/2013
- Serenade of the Seas – Sailing date 10/10/2013
- Legend of the Seas – Sailing date 10/21/2013