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Civitavecchia is the gateway to all the magnificence of the ancient city of Rome. Whether it's the Forum, the Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon or St. Peter's Basilica that sparks your interest and intellect, Rome is home to a lifetime's worth of historical, architectural and spiritual sites. Depending on traffic, the drive from Civitavecchia to Rome takes approximately an hour and a half.
  • While on Your Cruisetour
    Explore the Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and other wonders of this ancient city. Picture the gladiators and their chariots on an interior tour of the Colosseum. Bask in the glory of Vatican City, with an inside look at St. Peter's Square, St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museum and the magnificent Sistine Chapel.
  • The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
    Experience the history of Rome as you wander around the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
  • Other Fun Things to Do
    Explore the amazing history and culture of Rome. Stop at the Ara Pacis, or Altar of Peace, a Roman sacrificial altar enclosed in a screen of Parian marble.
    Visit the Vatican Museum, where you can walk through the many rooms that house the largest art collection in the world.
    Travel through magnificent St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world.
    View the Sistine Chapel, a masterpiece of Renaissance art, the ceiling of which was painted by Michelangelo.
    Toss a coin in the famous Trevi Fountain - a way to ensure that you'll always return to Rome.
  • Get a Taste of Local Flavor
    There are many varieties of pasta available with a wide range of sauces. Bucatini all'Amatricana, a thick spaghetti in a tangy tomato and bacon sauce, is one example associated with Rome. Osso Bucco, also popular, is a casserole of veal shin flavored with garlic, tomatoes and wine. For dessert, try ricotta cake, a form of cheesecake, or Zuppa Inglese, a liqueur-soaked sponge cake covered with custard, similar to English trifle.
  • Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
    Sample Cuisine Tours
    A Taste of Rome Tour

    This tour is designed for guests who would like a limited guided tour with free time to explore Rome at leisure. The tour begins with a drive through the Etruscan countryside. Once in Rome, you will be dropped off at a designated point to explore or shop on your own and have fun in the Eternal City. The guide will advise you at what time to meet again to continue the tour.

    Visit one of the highlights of Vatican City; St. Peter's Basilica, one of Christendom's most significant churches. Construction began in 1452 on the site where St. Peter was buried. During the next 200 years, such famous masters as Bramante, Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini worked on its design and created an unparalleled masterpiece. Inside view Michelangelo's "Pieta" and the 85-foot-high Bernini Pulpit.

    Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
    Sample City Tours
    Discover Renaissance Rome

    This excursion will give you the opportunity to explore some of the less frequented sites in Rome, enjoying its piazzas and history on foot. Once in Rome, an official Roman guide will join you for your walking tour to the Spanish Steps. Completed in 1726, the steps create one of Rome's most dramatic and distinctive landmarks.

    You'll have a brief time there for photos before continuing to the Trevi Fountain where you will be able to "toss a coin in the fountain" ensuring your return to Rome. View the Pantheon from the outside and the have the possibility to see the tomb of Raphael independently. Walk through the square said to be the most beautiful in Rome, Piazza Navona. You can photograph the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, a fountain sculpted by Bernini representing the four great rivers of the world.

    Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
    Sample Biking & Food Tours
    Bike in Tarquinia & Ice Cream

    Drive along the country roads through the beautiful landscapes for a short coach transfer to Tarquinia. At the entrance of the city walls, begin your cycling tour. Visit the Romanesque Church of San Francesco, the largest church in Tarquinia with its arches that reach great heights, before seeing the Town Hall Lodge, a XIV century building. The Cathedral with its impressive facade and the Palazzo dei Priori a massive urban fortification, was built in the first half of the XV century by Cardinal Vitelleschi who was a powerful plenipotentiary and supreme strategist of the Roman Curia.

    Continue the circuit to the southern part of the walls by the district of Santa Maria in Castello. At the end of the bike ride visit a local family-owned Gelateria and enjoy sampling a variety of different ice creams. Afterwards, there will be some free time to explore or shop in the medieval town before returning to the ship docked in Civitavecchia.

    Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
    Sample Lake & Wine Tours
    Bracciano Lake & Wine Tasting Tour

    Bracciano Lake is just a short hour's travel from Civitavecchia. Formed within an ancient volcanic crater the tranquil Lake mirrors its beautiful surroundings. Take a drive around the lake's perimeter to the tiny town of Anguillara. There, you'll have some free time to enjoy the ambiance of this quaint resort town. Stroll along the lakeside promenade, treat yourself to an ice cream, browse for souvenirs or just relax and enjoy your gentle surroundings.

    After your visit to Lake Bracciano, proceed to Cerveteri, an area rich with the history of ancient Etruscan civilization, and have the opportunity to sample some of the local produce at a nearby wine producer. Savor the flavor of traditionally produced wine, olive oil and bread. You may even purchase some of these products to enjoy at home.

    Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
    Sample City Tours
    Masterpieces & Secrets of Rome Tour

    Your trip to Rome begins aboard the private train, the Roma Express. You are sure to enjoy your ride through the Italian countryside as you travel in comfort and style. Upon reaching the Eternal City, you will arrive at St. Peter's station near the Vatican where you will take a short walk to St. Peter's Square to board an open double-decker bus for a panoramic ride through ancient and historic Rome. You will see the Piazza Trilussa in the Trastevere district then it is on up to the top of one of the famous Seven Hills for panoramic views of the city from Gianicolo Park.

    Your tour continues to the Cestia Pyramid, the exterior of St. Paul's Cathedral and then on to the legendary Appian Way. You will continue on to the ancient Public Baths of Caracalla, built by the Emperor in 206 AD and able to comfortably accommodate over 1,500 bathers at a time. Continue to the Basilica of St. John's Lateran, the oldest church and official Cathedral of Rome. The church houses many masterpieces and guards many secrets. You will visit the cloister and the baptistery that were built by Emperor Constantine.

    Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
    Sample Countryside Tours
    Etruscan Countryside & Villa Lante Tour

    This full day excursion is a perfect tour for those who would like to explore the flavors and history of Etruscan Italy. Pre-dating the Roman Empire, the Tuscia region has been the cradle of the Etruscan civilization and is evident in hilltop Tuscania, with its roots dating from the 9th century B.C., contrasting with the Renaissance gardens, fountains, pavilions and maze of Villa Lante.

    Leaving the port area and heading north from Civitavecchia, you will view the warm colors of the Etruscan countryside as you make your way to Bagnaia. You will appreciate a visit to the Renaissance gardens of Villa Lante. To create these beautiful gardens, one of the greatest architects of the time, Vignola, was called upon. Fountains, pavilions and a box-tree maze were all combined to create a peaceful yet playful atmosphere. Walk through these inspirational and often whimsical gardens, taking time to enjoy the serenity and beauty of the setting. You will proceed to the lake of Bolsena where you will stop for views of the lake and the islands Bisentina and Martana. Lunch with wine will be served in a restaurant located alongside the lake of Bolsena.

    Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
    Sample Landmark Tours
    Tarquinia & Etruscan Ruins (Tombs) Tour

    The quaint village of Tarquinia was founded in 449 BC, and was once the most powerful city in Etruria before being defeated by the Roman Empire. Trace the history and achievements of the ancient culture of the Etruscans starting outside the city walls.

    Visit the Etruscan National Museum, situated in a 15th-century, Gothic-style castle. The 3-story museum contains one of the most extensive collections of Etruscan artifacts in the world. See bronze artifacts and terra-cotta pieces as you explore room after room of historic treasure.

    Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
    Sample Castle Tours
    Odescalchi Castle, Its Mysteries & Panoramic Drive

    Steeped in history, the beauty of Bracciano is revealed during this wonderful exploration of Castle Odescalchi and the Etruscan countryside. Under the Orsini family, the castle and region evolved, bringing economic prosperity and such noted visitors as Pope Sixtus IV and King Charles VIII of France.

    Board your coach for a panoramic journey through the Etruscan countryside and view rich vineyards, known for producing the famous wine of Cerveteri. Upon arrival at the quaint town of Bracciano, your escort will guide you to the entrance of the imposing Odescalchi Castle. One of the most beautiful residences in Europe, this location was selected by Hollywood star Tom Cruise as the site for his 2006 wedding. See the hall of the Caesars, the Secret Gardens, the Ancient Tower and the Hall of Arms.

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