Your start time is arranged to sync with your ship’s arrival time. When your cruise ship docks in Civitavecchia Port, simply head outside the terminal to meet your guide.
Then, head away from the coast and relax on the hour-long journey to central Rome. Once there, you’ll start sightseeing with a drive-by tour of Rome, seeing classic sights alongside lesser-known treasures that many tourist maps miss.
See the Pyramid of Cestius and the Aurelian Walls, that ring the old city. Pass Caracalla Baths and Piazza Venezia with its imposing Vittorio Emmanuele II Monument, and look out for the historic Caracalla Baths that date to the days of Ancient Rome. Other sights include the Marcello Theater in the Jewish Quarter, as well as the ruined temples of Vesta and Portunus.
Next up is the Colosseum, one of the most important — and impressive — ruins of Ancient Rome. The famous amphitheater was built to seat some 80,000 spectators who arrived in crowds to watch brutal gladiatorial games. Enter with your skip-the-line ticket to avoid the long general entrance line, and explore the stadium as you learn about its history from your guide.
Continue to the Arch of Constantine, one of the best preserved ancient arches, then wander amid the other ruins of the Roman Forum. Hear how the site was once the focal point of life in the city, home to the Senate House, the main triumphal procession route, and many temples.
Finish with a walk up Palatine Hill to see the remains of the Imperial Palace. Gaze down at the site of Circus Maximus where ancient chariot races once took place, then return to Civitavecchia Port.