Shore & Excursions
Naples and Amalfi Coast | Civitavecchia and Rome | Livorno

Shore Excursions from the port of Civitavecchia.

The capital of Italy is probably the most visited city in the world. Whilst, arguably, for the Italians Rome is primarily the political centre of the nation, for others it is its wealth of architectural and artistic treasures which makes it a truly remarkable and unforgettable city. The numerous museums, monuments and churches, not to mention the archaeological sites, represent a cultural heritage so vast that a whole lifetime would not be sufficient to explore it in its entirety.

This is why if you visit the city of Rome…non basta una vita per visitarla, is not enough a life time to visit the Eternal City.

You will be met at the Port of Civitavecchia by our driver/guide, for your day tour to Rome. Along the way you will be given by our driver/guide arrangement of the itinerary to stop, and information of the most important sights to visit during your exciting day in the Eternal City, the service is driver/guided and is individually personalized.

Coliseum and Forum:
The Amphitheatre Flavius, known throughout the world, the Coliseum is symbolic of the city of Rome. It is 50 meters high, 86 meters long and 54 meters wide, distributed on a structure of elliptic form. It was built under the rule of the Emperor Vespasian on an artificial lake in 79 A.D. The Coliseum was inaugurated by Tito and became the theatre of frighteningly cruel games, in which gladiators fought each other and lions were let loose on human beings who were destined to be mauled to death. In the lower part of the Coliseum one can see the underground passages and the tunnels where the lions were kept. The Coliseum was later used as a source of materials for building works. Near to the Coliseum one finds Constantine Arch which has to be the best example of the "recycling" carried out during the crisis of the Maxentius Empire in 312 A.D. The Domus Area, once the residential quarters of Nero which were built after the terrible fire of 64 A.D., is close by in the Colle Oppio Park. The road which departs from Piazza Venezia to reach the Coliseum crosses the entire area of the Imperial Forums and the Trajan Market, which constitutes the largest archaeological city in the world. From the Vittoriano, along the Via dei Fori Imperiali one comes across the ruins of the Forum of Caesar and the Temple of Venus Mother, commissioned by Caesar prior to the battle of Farsalo; the Trajan Forum with the remains of the Ulpia Basilica, considered to be the largest of ancient Rome; the 40 meter high Trajan Column which depicts salient episodes from the military operations of Trajan against Dacia; the Forum of Augustus, which commemorates the victory of Filippi and is dedicated to Mars Ultore; the Forum of Nerva, where the Temple of the Minerva was constructed and of which only the basement has survived; the Roman and Palatine Forum, the Church of St Cosma and St Damiano with its fabulous mosaics and the Church of St Luca and St Martina. At the end of the Via dei Fori Imperiali one arrives at the Coliseum.
Trevi Fauntain
Pantheon and Piazza Navona:
Agrippa's Pantheon is in Piazza della Rotonda. The Pantheon, meaning the "consecrated temple of all divinities", was built under the rule of the Emperor Adriano between 118 and 125 A.D. This has to be the monument which best represents Roman architecture. Here revolutionary elements were introduced, such as the combination of a round building, covered by a perfectly hemispherical dome, and a rectangular pronaos and colonnade more than 33 meters wide. Light enters through a hole right in the centre of the dome of 9meters diameter. The building has been preserved largely because it was transformed into the Church of St Maria ad Martyr during the transition from Pagan to Christian Rome. Vittorio Emanuele II, Umberto I, Margherita di Savoia and the painter Raffaello Sanzio are buried here. In the same area as the Piazza della Rotonda and the Pantheon, one can also visit the Churches of St Maria sopra Minerva, St Maria della Maddalena, St Luigi de'Francesi, St Ivo alla Sapienza and St Andrea della Valle.
Piazza Navona
Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps:
There is hardly a tourist who visits Rome without stopping to admire the majesty of the Trevi Fountain, a monument known throughout the world, where to throw a coin in the waters is said to guarantee the owner's return to the "eternal city". Based on the design of Nicola Salvi, the Trevi Fountain takes the sea for its inspiration with a huge shell drawn by sea horses in their turn led by tritons and the statue of the Ocean by Pietro Bracci, whilst in niches on either side are the statues of Abundance and Wealth by Filippo Della Valle. The Trevi Fountain is the perfect example of the marriage of baroque sculpture and architecture, an aquatic masterpiece which becomes even more captivating at night when it is illuminated. In the immediate vicinity of the Trevi Fountain one finds the Colonna gallery, the Doria Pamphilj Gallery, the Church of St Ignazio, the Church of the Apostles and the Church of St Marcello al Corso.
Trevi Fauntain
The Vatican Museum (Sistine Chapel) and the Basilica of  St, Peter:
The best known of the artworks within the Vatican Museums is the Sistine Chapel ceiling fresco by Michelangelo which depicts The Last Judgement and the frescoes on the lateral walls by Pinturicchio, Perugino, Botticelli, Signorelli, Ghirlandaio and many others. Finally, one can visit the Sacred Museum and the Apostolic Library, and then the Vatican Pinacoteca which lost many of its paintings when it was pillaged by Napoleon. The Vatican Museums include the Etruscan Museum, the Egyptian Museum, the Pio Clementino Museum and the Borgia Apartment. Following the route from the entrance, one can visit the Candelabra gallery, the Tapestry gallery, the gallery of Geographic Maps, and the rooms of Raphael; then one reaches the Loggia by Raphael and the Borgia Apartment with the most important works by Pinturicchio. Continuing onwards one finds the Collection of Modern and Religious Art with more than 800 works of art by 25 artists from around the world, from Matisse to Picasso .With an area covering 22.067 square meters on 186 meters length, the Basilica of San Peter is the most imposing work of art in the Vatican City and the undisputed symbol of Rome. The Basilica of San Peter was enlarged over the centuries with the contribution of artists such as Michelangelo, Baldassare Peruzzi, Donato Bramante, Lorenzo Bernini, Raphael, Antonio Sangallo. It was completed in 1614 and opened in 1626. The dome, 136 meters high with a diameter of 42, was the work of Michelangelo while the elliptic external piazza with flights of steps on three levels, and the quadruple colonnade connected to the basilica by two arms, is the work of Lorenzo Bernini. The interior is divided in three principle naves with a series of chapels, including the Chapel of the Relics, the Gregorian Chapel and the Chapel of the Column where the famous "Pietà" by Michelangelo can be found. The apse houses the spectacular bronze pulpit created by Bernini.
San Pietro