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Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Splendor of Rome Tour

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Civitavecchia Shore Excursion Splendour of Rome Small Group Tour
  • 9 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


When your cruise ship docks at Civitavecchia, experience the ancient splendor of Rome on a full-day shore excursion. After port pickup, travel by air-conditioned minivan to see some of the most important ruins, piazzas, and monuments of the Eternal City, including the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and St. Peter's Basilica. For an additional fee, enjoy a guided tour of Palatine Hill or opt to have free time to walk around.
  • Small-group shore excursion to Rome from Civitavecchia port
  • See ancient treasures including the Colosseum, Pantheon, and Trevi Fountain
  • This is a fast-paced tour with a lot of walking involved
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All taxes, fees, parking, and fuel surcharges
  • Professional guide for groups of 9+ passengers
  • English speaking driver for groups of 8 or fewer passengers (driver cannot accompany you on foot)
  • Port pickup and drop-off (at the bus terminal)
  • Lunch
  • Vatican Museum
  • Palatine Hill entry fee (25 Euro pp)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Largo della Pace
    Largo della Pace, 00053 Civitavecchia RM, Italy

    Take the free shuttle from the ship to the bus terminal and look for our agent holding a "DRIVERINROME" sign.

Start time

08:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Civitavecchia Port (Pass By)


1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Arch of Constantine (Pass By)

Circus Maximus (Pass By)

Trevi Fountain

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


20 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Piazza Navona

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Roman Forum (Pass By)

Palatine Hill

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

St. Peter's Basilica

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • If you are not ready to depart at the assigned time, we cannot wait for you beyond a reasonable amount of time, nor can we promise to fulfill the mentioned itinerary or extend the duration of the tour. Please allow enough time to get the free shuttle and meet us at the designated spot.
  • Please contact the local provider to verify the correct pickup time.
  • Depending on the length of lines, you may not be able to enter St. Peter's Basilica. If there is not enough time to clear security, you will be able to explore around the square
  • If the total Group has less than 9 participants you will have an English-speaking driver for the day. He will give commentaries while you're inside the vehicle. Drivers are not authorized to accompany you on foot .
  • This is a shared tour and you will be expected to maintain the pace of the group. If you have limited mobility we suggest booking a private tour for your best enjoyment.
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after receiving your voucher if there are not enough participants. In this case, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • A moderate amount of walking is necessary during the tour. Buses have limited access to the city center sites. The streets of Rome can be crowded; it can be difficult to maneuvre with strollers.
  • We reserve the right to reverse the Itinerary at any given time starting at the Basilica of St Peter and ending at the Colosseum.
  • We are not responsible for admission tickets that you have booked on your own .
  • Being a shared tour, it's important to respect the time allotted at each stop by your driver. We kindly ask that you return to the vehicle at the appointed time so that we can stay on schedule.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

Use common sense and consider crazy traffic, delays due to people not showing up and not sticking to the timelines set by the guide.
This was an excellent tour and worth the time and the money.


85 reviews
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Perfect Rome in a day
Ambar_D, Nov 2023
Fabio was absolutely amazing! This tour was worth every Penny and more! Saw so much in a short amount of time. Would highly commend. The driver made sure we saw and did everything we wanted. A must stop is la Romana Gelateria this was the perfect ending.
Mixed Feelings about our experience. GREAT DRIVER!!
Lillianne_G, Nov 2023
I have mixed feelings about this tour. Our driver, Patricio was OUTSTANDING. He was waiting for us as per the instructions and was personable and very sweet. However, although my husband and I and another family were there on time at 8am per the instructions, Patricio was not allowed to leave by the office until much later because even though the office was made aware that we had tickets to go inside the colosseum at 9:30 am, they made us all wait for the couple that did not show up for a little over 30 minutes and I missed my appointment to go in. The other company accommodated us for a 2:30pm time and Patricio took us back but said he needed to return at 3:45pm. That was not enough time to do the complete tour and we had to stay and hire a taxi, who ended up charging us over $300 to return to the ship, even though the advertised fee on the door was $125. For this reason I am requesting a partial refund from the company.
Amazing Rome
Theresa_B, Oct 2023
Loved that the meeting place was clearly laid out and easy to find. Rome was amazing and our guide was very informative. Be prepared for a lot of walking, so I would not recommend for seniors.
Not a relaxing tour of Rome. You are GO GO Go.
Christina_F, Oct 2023
This was very fast paste with little to no downtime or free time to explore. You are fighting public traffic on the streets of Rome to keep up with guide. This was hard with kids in strollers. The streets arent long and with a big group our guide would make a turn and we would lose her before we were caught up. We relied on part of our group staying in front to hear where the meeting points were to relay that to those of us in the back of the group and our own map of the area. It was super frustrating to get through as a complete tour with all the people blocking your way. This was not the fault of the guide per say but more consideration should be given to manage group size. Someone in out group fell and was limping and the pace was the same.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Ciao, Christina Thank you for your feedback. You are correct, the tour of Rome is go go go! Rome is big and there is a lot to see. It seems to me that your complaint is more for the situation than with us. As you saw, Rome is chaotic and guides have to make it all work in spite of difficult circumstances. You must understand that guides are under the gun to accomplish everything on the itinerary, which explains the pace. To go slower or add downtime would create another problem that would result in even more complaints (namely, not getting around to see everything). It's a fine line the guide has to ride. I regret that you felt the tour was a very fast pace but I must admit I'm a bit surprised that you expected it to be relaxed. Rome is a huge city like Paris or New York. The itinerary is stated in the description; you can see that it is jam-packed. I'll be in touch to get more details and discuss your ideas for making the service better. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me at Kind regards, Sharon
Great Tour and Tour Guide
alondastevenson, Oct 2023
Miki was great and very knowledgeable! Long but worth it tour! Be prepared for all the walking. With this tour unfortunately you don’t get to go inside of Vatican and you have to pay 50 euros to get into the forum.
Tour of Rome
Anoop_S, Oct 2023
Excellent tour. Very well organised. The guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting.
Great tour
Michael_S, Sep 2023
Alex was a very knowledgeable, professional and interesting guide. Comfortable car, flexible to satisfy the different needs of people traveling with us.
I highly recommend this...
Shane_A, Aug 2023
I highly recommend this tour if you have only one day in Rome (we were on a cruise). Lucio our tour guide was amazing. He was so friendly and passionate about his job and gave us an amazing tour of the entire city. We hit all the highlights including the 4 main cathedrals including St. Peters, the Colosseum, the Roman forum, Trevi fountain, Spanish steps. He knew all the good spots for great views of the City and dropped us at the perfect location for each of the sights. He then drove us right back to our cruise ship. I couldn’t think of a better way to do Rome in a day. Thank you Lucio!
our tour guide was very...
Anne_K, Aug 2023
our tour guide was very nice and inform-able about the places we went to see but just not enough free time to explore on our own..
Day in Rome
janetkchambers, Jul 2023
Our guide was very knowledgable and concerned for our safety wherever we went. We saw a lot for just having one day in port to see Rome.
When in Rome
Willy_S, Jul 2023
Very informative tour. The only downside was a lack of adequate time for lunch. Other than that, we had a lovely day!
You get to see a LOT of Rome
Jon_L, Jun 2023
Rome was absolutely beautiful. I was in awe at the shere magnitude of the remains of one of history's most powerful nations. Miki our tour guide was awesome. Very knowledgeable about Roman history and had an answer to each question that was asked. Highly recommended tour, especially for those that are on a cruise
Our guide was excellent....
yullee, May 2023
Our guide was excellent. Saw so much of Rome. We would not be able to see on our own. Needed to have more time to experience Rome.
Quick tour of Rome
YHEINNY_S, Apr 2023
Tour guy was very knowledgeable but he was easily offended by people stupid questions. He waited till the last minute for a late couple. Regardless, we were able to cover some highlights of Rome. The tour was super fast so unfortunately we were not able to buy stuff.
Our tour guide was great!
Rabab_M, Jul 2022
The whole experience was great! Our tour guide Fabrizio, was excellent. He was informative and funny. We didn’t spend too much time in the suites which we liked. He was really accommodating to our needs. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Splendid Indeed
Karen L, Oct 2019
This was my favorite tour of our entire trip. Our guide, Daniella was amazing. She was thorough and detailed and informative without being boring. Rome was amazing. We saw all the sites as promised. We did a lot of walking. Had plenty of time on our own for exploring and lunch. This was an excellent tour and worth the time and the money. Highly highly recommend this.
Fantastic and interesting day!!
Alyson2007, Jul 2019
For a full day of site seeing you can't go wrong with this tour! Danielle was very informative and patient. We visited the colosseum, Trevi fountain and the vatican city to name a few. Worth every penny!!!
Awesome day and Tour
Connector46074626429, Jun 2019
The trip was wonderful, the tour guide Danni was amazing and awesome. She prepared the tourist on the bus talking about the places we are going to visit and also showing/talking about the places the bus was traveling. The trip gave some time to roam around by ourselves. Glad we did this excursion with wonderful Tour guide Danni. We will recommend this trip to anyone with Danny as tour guide.
Splendor of Rome
Veronica_J, Jun 2019
First of all our driver was excellent in every way. He could drive like a speed demon, charm the ladies, and inform us all of so many thing most guides would take for granted. Thanks so much Viator for choosing our driver.
Great experience! Very informative. Will recommend :-)
Grace_K, Jun 2019
We started roughly 30 min late because we waited for a couple that didn't show up. I fear that they might be waiting at the wrong place. We had to take a 10 min shuttle bus ride from the terminal to a parking lot where the tour guides were. Our tour guide, Daniella, was friendly, informative and organized. My dad said it's much better than the last experience he and my mom had in 1980s. The tour began with Colosseum and ended up with Vatican. Note that with this type of tour, it's most unwise to buy advance tickets (Colosseum or Vatican). Use common sense and consider crazy traffic, delays due to people not showing up and not sticking to the timelines set by the guide. The itinerary can change because the end goal is going back to the ship on time. Our original group was split into two and one group had to use taxis once we reached the city to get to Vatican with their 10 am Vatican tickets. However, there's a special event in Vatican that morning which might affect their plan. The rest of us was a great bunch of people that stick to the schedule so we saw a lot, heard a lot and had a great time! Hey Viator! Can you add one more type of visit to your list of category? I and my parents are not "couples", "family(young children", "family(teens)", "friends","business", nor "solo".

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