Spend an unforgettable day exploring the best of Rome with this shore excursion from the port in Civitavecchia. See the highlights from several different eras of Roman history – including the ancient, Baroque and modern – with this whirlwind one-day tour.
Travel to Rome from the port in Civitavecchia by coach, a journey of roughly 1.5 hours (depending on traffic). Meet your knowledgeable local guide neat St Peter's Square in Vatican City, from which you can see the famous St Peter's Basilica – the largest church in Christendom. Continue in the coach to the heart of ancient Rome to begin your walking tour.
Marvel at the ancient architecture of the Colosseum, one of Italy's most recognizable monuments. Hear stories about the bloody gladiator battles that were once fought inside its walls. Walk to the busy Piazza Venezia, the ancient Palatine Hill and the epicenter of the Roman Empire – the Roman Forum.
Stroll through the historic center of Rome to see the Trevi Fountain, recently unveiled after a lengthy restoration, where you can throw a coin into the basin to ensure your return to Rome. Continue on to the Pantheon, an exquisite ancient Roman temple preserved through constant use over the centuries, and then take a break for lunch in the area (own expense).
Follow your guide back to St Peter's Square, where you can admire the immense colonnaded arms around the piazza, designed by Bernini, and the ancient Egyptian obelisk in the center.