Rome shore excursion departs directly from your cruise ship at Civitavecchia where your english speaking driver will meet you.
The itinerary can include any number of sites; of course if you are first time visitors I suggest you focus on the major highlights in Rome:
A – The Vatican to see the Sistine Chapel and the Saint Peter’s Basilica.
B – The Ancient Rome to see the Roman Forum, the Coliseum, the Pantheon
C – The Downtown Rome to see the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Plaza Navona, the Spanish Steps
These monuments can be scheduled separately or together, you can customize the schedule adding other sites.
If you like a break for a light lunch could be included as to do some shopping as well.
We’ll optimize our time because we have the car with driver and the tour will be definitely relaxing.
On the other hand, if you prefer to spend your day touring the peaceful countryside around Civitavecchia Port I suggest to tour one of the sites of the section “Rome Surroundings”: Cerveteri, Ancient Ostia, the Roman Castles, Tivoli, Orvieto.
Ask for more details if you are interested to book one of these excursions.
Consider doing a round-trip from Rome to Pompeii or Herculaneum, or if you transfer by car between Rome and the Amalfi coast plan to stop on the way.
This is one of Italy’s most popular tourist attractions.
In Pompeii or Herculaneum you will enjoy archaeological sites miraculously preserved by the Vesuvio’s ashes in a two-hour tour conducted by a local english speaking expert guide.
The experience is definitely unique: visiting the must-see highlights of these vast celebrated ruins you will be full immersed in the habits, lifestyles and peculiarities of the Ancient Rome as you tour the market areas, food-stalls, typical roman homes, brothels, temples, thermal baths, theaters still showing the original ornamentations.
Optionally you can add the visit of the National Archeological Museum of Naples where the wonderful items found in the excavations are preserved. For lovers of antiquity, this museum by itself is a worthwhile stop.
Light lunch of your choice.
The Umbria-Tuscany countryside spreads between Rome and Florence with enchanting hill towns and spectacular landscapes.
Do a round-trip from Rome to explore this famous region, or better, if you transfer by car between Rome and Florence plan to do some stop on the way.
It’s a unique area famous for the sceneries, art, architecture, food and wine….I’m sure you know here you find many farms to do wine tasting!
My favorite towns, really worth seeing for their unique atmosphere: Orvieto because of its Gothic Cathedral, Siena celebrated all over the world because of the Palio, the spectacular horse race that take place in Piazza del Campo, S. Gimignano well-known for its tower-houses, Pienza because is a perfect example of “ideal renaissance city”.
Ask for more details if you want to explore the Umbria-Tuscany countryside, I will be happy to work together in order to customize either your daily excursion or your transfer by car.
About two hours drive north of Rome, a jewel of the medieval hill towns, Assisi is where San Frances and Saint Claire, messengers of poverty and simplicity, were born, lived and died in the early 13th century.
The little city has narrow streets full of art crafts shops and art galleries, its houses and monuments are built with soft pink marble, everywhere there is a serene atmosphere.
We’ll see the Basilica of Saint Clare with her tomb, the Porziuncola’s church where Frances accepted his vocation, the Basilica of San Frances where we’ll enjoy the Saint’s life painted by Giotto on the wall, masterpiece of the Middle ages frescoes, and eventually we’ll visit the crypt that houses San Frances’s body, the target of countless pilgrims for centuries.
A light lunch with local food will make the excursion perfect.
Note that the visit of Assisi can be easily included in your transfer by car between Rome and Florence.