5 star rating: Highly Recommended 94 Reviews

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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)
For cruise passengers arriving in Civitavecchia with only a single day to see the beautiful city of Rome and what it has to offer - this privately guided fully narrated shore excursion is the best option. The day trip to Rome includes a dedicated personal tour guide to show you all of Rome's highlights as well as ensuring you make it back to the cruise ship at the end of the day. And by booking ahead, you won't waste any time waiting in line! Vatican Museums and Colosseum pre-booked skip the line entrance tickets are included in the tour cost.


  • Private shore excursion to Rome from Civitavecchia
  • Private guide leads you around Rome on this full day private tour
  • Guided tour of Rome's most important monuments
  • Skip the line entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Rome in One Day Private Tour

Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Rome in One Day Private Tour

Meet your private air-conditioned vehicle at the entrance to Civitavecchia port and transfer directly to Rome's religious core, a tiny country all in itself - the Vatican City. Your private guide will greet you as soon as you arrive in Rome and you'll be skipping the line into the Vatican Museums in no time! The guide will introduce you to some of the most precious and famous art in the world, as well as the must-see Sistine Chapel. Next, take a peek into St. Peter's Basilica (you'll skip the line here too!) to see, Michelangelo's Pieta, as well as St. Peter's Square.

Be whisked away to the heart of historic Rome for a lunch break at a traditional Roman restaurant we can recommend, or wherever your taste buds lead you! Your private, dedicated guide will be at your side for the entire day to answer all your questions, provide you with the best advice, and take you to all of the most important fountains, piazzas and monuments which include the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and much more.

No trip to Rome is complete without a stop at the Colosseum. Skip the long queues yet again and explore the interiors and bloody history of this infamous monument! Enjoy being comfortably transferred back to Civitavecchia in time the catch your ship.

Please list any special interests you have (art, architecture, history, culture) at time of booking to alert our guide, so that he or she can better prepare for your private tour.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Civitavecchia port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.


You MUST include the following cruise details at time of booking!
  • Cruise company
  • Ship Name
  • Your arrival time into Civitavecchia
  • Please note, you can choose to remain in Rome or drop off to the airport also. Please specify at time of booking.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour leader was so knowledgeable and helpful. Really enjoyed the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide, David, was a veritable font of knowledge, and his passion for Rome really came through. Plus, he was very accommodating of our children, always making sure to find shady areas, and plenty of breaks for ice cream, water, and bathrooms. An unforgettable day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The best tour I have ever been on in my life, and that is saying a lot. We had a guide that spoke English better than most native English speakers I know. Our guide had a PhD in archaeology and knew art history so well that there were things that she could point out that we would never have picked up on if we visited Rome a hundred times. A private tour is more expensive, but you get to see what you want to see when you want to see them at your pace without having to wait on anyone. No wasted time waiting in lines. If you are going to go all the way to Rome, this is definitely worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour guide was amazing. She engaged everyone on the tour. There is so much more to see but we saw enough to get a taste of Rome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Booked private tour for family of 6. Would highly recommend a private tour if you're short on time and haven't visited this area before. We talked w/others on our cruise that did public transportation and they struggled w/heat and crowds. We had a clean, comfortable van that our driver maneuvered right up to the spots we needed to go which is no small feat in Rome. Got to pack the most into our short time in this spectacular city.

About the tour.. We had a bit of confusion on where to meet the driver. In hindsight, the instructions were clear that we should meet outside the port terminal, but when we got off the ship we saw other drivers at the gangway. Being new to the tour process and thinking maybe something changed, we waited at this spot. After a bit and no driver, we called the local contact and found out where to meet up. We took the shuttle and found him, but had lost an hour by the time we got going. We wound up getting everything done, but felt a little stress early on. A note in the tour instructions that some drivers will be by the ship, but yours will be at the terminal would prevent this. Once on the road, we were able to talk w/our guide, David, and settled in for the drive. We elected to tour St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Pantheon, Piazza Narvona, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum outside only and the Forum. David did a great job of adjusting the tour as we wanted, getting us past the long lines this alone is worth the price of the tour, and sharing his knowledge of the history and important points at each stop we made. He was very knowledgeable, personable, and his English was excellent. He also took us by a take-away sandwich shop down an alley by the Pantheon that was wonderful. By the end of the day, we were very tired but had been able to see all the things we wanted to see. Our driver got us back to the ship in plenty of time so even though we got off to a rough start, the tour was everything we had hoped.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Our driver was a smoker and it was unpleasant. He did not smoke in front of us, but in the vehicle.

Our guide was the best! Bright, kind and passionate about her knowledge to share. We were with our grandchildren 10 and 13 with their parents, she did an excellent job sharing the information and keeping everyone's attention. A perfect experience with the guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Our tour guide Annalisa was great. She was very informative and personable. She had everything organized to take us through all the sites in our limited amount of time. Our driver was very good from the pier to and around the city and back to the pier. I will tell my travel agent about this tour company so she can recommend it to other travelers.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

This was excellent nothing more to say great driver and fantastic tour guide very obliging.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

No better way to see Rome in one day when arriving by cruise ship. Superb guide, great driver, saw it all, and the guide took us to a local restaurant rather than a typical "tour" restaurant.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

It was awesome our tour guide leader was very knowledgeable and helpful spoke great English and was always considered of out needs and what we wanted to see I highly recommend this company

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