• Tour code: 6541PRTROMVATICAN
  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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While you’re in port at Civitavecchia, take a shore excursion to Rome with skip-the-line admission to the Vatican. With millions of people visiting the Vatican Museums each day, the lines can be long, but with this priority ticket, you won’t waste time standing in the queue. Round-trip coach transport is provided from the port to the Vatican, where you are free to explore sites like the Sistine Chapel independently at your own pace.


  • 8-hour shore excursion from Civitavecchia to Vatican City, including skip-the-line entry
  • Discover more than 3,000 years of history within the ancient walls of the Vatican
  • Bypass the queues and explore the Vatican Museums at your own pace
  • Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
  • Marvel at St Peter’s Square and St Peter's Basilica, the largest cathedral in the world
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Rome Day Trip with Skip-the-Line Vatican Admission

Visit St Peter's Basilica inside Vatican City

When your cruise ship docks at the Civitavecchia port, board your coach for the approximate 1-hour drive to Rome, depending on traffic conditions, to begin your shore excursion. Upon arrival in Vatican City, use your skip-the-line ticket to jump past the queue and go straight inside the Vatican Museums.

A complex of 54 galleries, the Vatican Museums are home to artworks collected by the Roman Catholic Church over many centuries, most famous of which is the Renaissance art by Raphael and Michelangelo. This is not a guided tour, so you are free to explore the galleries at your own pace, stopping when you wish to admire paintings, statues, murals, sculptures and artifacts. The most popular rooms include the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries, Raphael’s Rooms, Pio Clementino’s Rooms, the Belvedere Courtyard and the Pinecone Courtyard.

Of course, you don’t want to miss the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze in wonder at Michelangelo’s iconic frescos The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment. When you leave the museums, enjoy some time outside in St Peter’s Square, and perhaps enter St Peter’s Basilica, one of the world’s most significant catholic sites, whose dome dominates the Rome skyline. It’s home to more Renaissance art.

If you have time after your visit to the Vatican, you may explore the nearby area at your leisure before you must to your coach for the drive back to the cruise port.

Please note:
When you arrive at the Vatican Museums, you must present your passport or ID card in order to receive an audio guide. If you aren’t able to do so, a deposit of 25 euros (approx.) is required. Your ID or deposit will be returned at the end of your 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.

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