Experience the fascinating history of the Eternal City through key monuments in an intimate group setting, including the Roman Forum, Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica and Trevi Fountain.
After arriving in Rome by coach, take a walk to the iconic Trevi Fountain, the largest Baroque fountain in the city and part of a famous scene in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. Follow the tradition and toss a coin into the fountain to ensure your return to Rome. Next visit the heart of ancient Rome, the Forum, 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.
Then make your way to the Roman Colosseum, a symbol of the Eternal City and one of the most important monuments of ancient Rome. Join your guide as you enter where gladiators used to enter and enjoy an exclusive view of the Colosseum’s Arena from a different perspective. You’ll have time for photographs both inside and outside the Colosseum. Don’t miss taking a photo of the impressive Arch of Constantine.
Lunch will be served at a first-class restaurant or hotel and includes 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.
• Trevi Fountain: An source of water since 19 BC, the Baroque fountain you’ll see was built in 1629.
• Inside visit of the Colosseum and Roman Forum: Enter where gladiators once entered, and view the arena from an exclusive perspective.
• Inside visit of St. Peter’s Basilica: Tour the largest church in the world, beholding Michelangelo’s “Pieta” and the astonishingly beautiful and ornate Bernini Pulpit.
What to Bring:
• SeaPass card and photo identification
• Sun protection
• Cash/credit cards
What to Wear:
• Walking shoes
• Hat and sunglasses
• Conservative attire required in St. Peter’s Basilica
• This is a small- group tour consisting of approximately 20- 25 guests.
• The Roman Forum is not wheelchair accessible.
• A strict dress code is enforced at St. Peter’s Basilica. Short pants, tank tops and revealing clothing are not acceptable, guests wearing them can be restricted from entering.
• 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.
• 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 100 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 without previous notice. 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 St. Peter’s Basilica the use of headsets owned and provided by the site’s managements is compulsory. It is very important for Guests to be aware that they will be responsible for the headset devices provided. For St. Peter’s Basilica the headsets company will charge Euro 50,00 for every missing device.
• For safety reasons, the Minister of Tourism has established a maximum number of visitors that can be allowed inside the Colosseum at once. As a consequence of this new rule also the access of groups with reservation may be stopped and delayed. Should your guide foresee that the queue at the Colosseum is longer than a 45-minute wait, you will forego the interior visit of the Colosseum and you will be provided with a full explanation while outside and free time to compensate for not entering the Colosseum.
• Due to new regulations established by the Minister of Tourism, on the first Sunday of each month the entrance to the Colosseum/Roman Forum cannot be granted.
• Should your guide foresee that the queue at the Colosseum / Roman Forum is longer than a 45-minute wait, you will forego the interior visit of the Colosseum / Roman Forum and you will be provided with a full explanation and description while outside and free time to compensate for not entering the Colosseum/Roman Forum.
• For security reasons it is strictly forbidden to enter the Colosseum and Roman Forum with backpacks, suitcases, trolleys and large bags /objects.
• Please be aware that lockers are NOT available at the above mentioned sites.
• Due to the latest world events, please note that more accurate security controls should be expected at the various sites visited.
• Should the designed motor coach drop off / pick up point for St. Peters Basilica be congested or unavailable, an alternative drop off / pick up point location will be used. Please note that an additional walking portion of 0,6 miles from / to the alternative location should be considered.
• Please be aware that ongoing restoration work is often being carried out at the various venues visited.
• On Sundays and public holidays, the majority of the shops will be closed and only souvenir shops will be open.