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While you’re in port at Civitavecchia, take a private shore excursion into Rome for a full-day sightseeing tour of the city. With your own guide, you’ll see the Eternal City’s top attractions, such as the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Listen to personalized commentary about the sights, and enjoy skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum so you won’t waste any of your precious time in port waiting in queues.


  • 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

When your ship docks at the Civitavecchia cruise port, hop aboard your private air-conditioned vehicle for the drive into Rome, where your shore excursion starts in Vatican City. Meet your private guide, and enter the Vatican Museums with your skip-the-line ticket.

Inside, wander the vast complex of galleries and rooms that house the world’s largest collection of art. Your guide will introduce you to the highlights, including, of course, the Sistine Chapel, where you can gaze in wonder at Michelangelo’s famous ceiling fresco, The Creation of Adam. Then visit neighboring St Peter’s Basilica (where you’ll also skip the line) to see another famous Michelangelo piece, his La Pietà sculpture, before heading out to St Peter’s Square.

Next, you’ll be transferred into Rome’s historical center, where you have a break to buy lunch (own expense); your guide can offer recommendations about local restaurants. Then continue your exploration of the city, checking out iconic landmarks like the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. You’ll end your tour at the Colosseum, where your skip-the-line ticket once again allows you to go directly inside without waiting in the main entrance queue. Walk along the ancient amphitheater’s main level, and learn about the gory gladiator battles and other events that make up its bloody history.

Your day tour ends with the drive back to Civitavecchia so you can catch your cruise ship. 

Note: Your private guide provides commentary about Rome and its iconic sights throughout the day. If you have any special interests, such as architecture, art, culture or history, please provide this information at the time of booking so your guide can best 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.


Customer Reviews

Alex M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We couldn and #39;t have asked for more from a cruise ship excursion in Rome. This is the only way to see all the hot spots in one day. Dario was the best tour guide you could ask for. He was very knowledgeable and made everything very interesting. As an added bonus he took us to his favorite coffee shop.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent, thorough and our guide was knowledgable and helpful.

Jacqueline S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Just so pleased to have booked a private tour as had done it before 7 years ago with a ship excursion and this was awesome with a wonderful gal , very informed and just saw so much and missed all the crowds. Took us to a small restaurant to eat to save time. Only bad thing was the driver was to meet us outside of gate at port according to our paperwork and he had gone inside and wasn't there when we first come off the ship so we sort of missed each other. Fortunately my son had a cell phone to call world tours and got it straightened out but was abit uneasy until he found us.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

If you are on a cruise ship and only have 1 day in port to visit Rome, this is the to go. We were met by our driver shortly after we got off our ship and were taken to the Vatican steps where we met our guide, Elanora. She was wonderful. She was able to adjust our day to allow us to do a few different things we wanted to do, yet we still were able to see all the main sites. She was the perfect combination of knowledgeable tour guide and gracious host in what she called her city. When our tour was over, our driver got us back to our ship in plenty of time for dinner. It truly was a wonderful day and well worth the money.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was well worth the cost! The tour began at the Vatican Musuems and we skipped what appeared to be a couple hour wait. After the Vatican Musuem, we toured the Panthenon, Trevi Fountain, and the Colloseum. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about each site. Great way to see Rome in a day


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The private tour was well worth the money. Our guide, Annalisa C was excellent. She had everything organized from transportation, tickets, and even took us to a place with the best Gelati in Rome. We didn't have to wait in the long lines for our tickets or entrance into any of the main attractions. However, when we left the Vatican the line for tickets was around the block. Annalisa's knowledge on the history of the Vatican and Colosseum was informative, interesting, and made the tour of this amazing city exactly what I had hoped for. I was nervous about booking an excursion outside of our cruise, however, I'm very happy I did and would have no hesitation to book again through Viator on my next cruise. Great job Annalisa!!!!!

David E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide was knowledgeable, skilled and very experienced in maneuvering us through the crowds and sites which optimized our time and experience. This all day tour is fast paced, and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole day!

Margie J M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Guide extremely knowledgeable

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our driver Simon and our guide Raphael were both amazing. We were able to tour the Vatican extensively see Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon and tour the Coloseum. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and provided in depth information for all locations. This was my third time to Rome, but learned more in one day than on week long stays. Most ship sponsored tours have up to 50 people trying to follow one guide through extremely crowded places, while we were able to move quickly and see exactly what we wanted. An expensive tour, but well worth the money.

Brian K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very informative as well as beautiful. It's a tough day but well worth it. Our tour manager had a PHD and was awesome. His back ground was in Anthropology. We couldn't have asked for more.

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