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Skip the Line

Private Rome Full Day Shore Excursion From Civitavecchia

  • Duration
    10 h.
  • Start time
  • Meeting Point
    Civitavecchia Port (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
  • Language

Tour Highlights

  • Pick up and drop off from Civitavecchia Port via air-conditioned car
  • Private, dedicated expert English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-Line entrance to Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum
  • Vatican Museums and Colosseum entrance tickets and reservation fees
  • All transfers throughout the day in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • This tour is divided into two parts. Between the first and the second part there will be some free time


For guests sailing into Civitavecchia and want to see the best Rome has to offer during their limited time in port, look no further. See sights including Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum and more with a dedicated, private, expert English-speaking guide.
Group in front of Last Judgement in Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel

Or the Cappella Magna as it was originally named, this towering chapel is the Pope's private chapel and is known for Michelangelo's ‘The Last Judgment’ and ceiling frescos.

St. Peter's Basilica Altar

St. Peter’s Basilica

You’ll understand immediately why this building is so impressive – designed by Michelangelo, Bernini, Bramante and Maderno, St. Peter’s is one of the most famous churches in the world.

Colosseum on a cloudy day

The Colosseum

Also known as the the Flavian Amphitheatre, this is one of the most highly-recognized attractions in the world. The largest of its kind, it has towered above the caput mundi since 70 AD.

Tour Description

Cruises through the Mediterranean are wonderful. But the limited time at port can make seeing the best your city visit has to offer a bit stressful – not to mention the added pressure of getting back to your ship on time so it doesn’t sail off without you. That’s where City Wonders comes in. If you are docking at Civitavecchia and want to see the best and most beautiful sites in Rome, look no further. With our Private, Skip-the-Lines, do-it-all-in-one-day Rome shore excursion, you’ll spend more time seeing and doing with less time standing in lines. We know your vacation time is as priceless as the art and history you want to see, and we’ll make sure you get back to your ship on time, every time.

Your day excursion starts aboard a private air-conditioned car from Civitavecchia. You’ll be driven straight into the religious center of Rome, a tiny country amid a bustling capital – Vatican City. Your dedicated expert, English-speaking guide will greet you upon arrival as you are whisked past the lines with our exclusive Skip-the-Line access. Here, in the seemingly endless corridors of artistic masterpieces and gilded architecture, your guide will escort you through the museums and into the world-renowned Sistine Chapel.

Your next experience includes Skip-the-Line access to St. Peter’s Basilica. As you stand in front of the awe-inspiring edifice, your local private tour guide will explain the impressive architecture of this sacred building, as well as the magnificent works housed within it, before you enter and explore the impressive place of worship alone and at your leisure.

From here, your tour heads to the heart of historic Rome where you will have time for an authentic Italian lunch on your own. Your guide will recommend some of the most popular restaurants and cafés in the area, or you can let your taste buds be your guide. The choice is entirely yours.

The best part about opting for a private City Wonders shore excursion is having an experienced, knowledgeable local guide at your beck and call. They’ll be at your side, answering questions and providing you with top recommendations and advice to make the most of your time. Cities like Rome are so diverse and offer so many hidden historical details that going it alone may mean you’ll miss most of them. Your dedicated guide will point out all the nooks and crannies in addition to the most important monuments, spectacular piazzas and photo-worthy fountains in the area. From the Spanish Steps to the Trevi Fountain, the Piazza Navona to the Pantheon, and so much more, this is your chance to see them all in a single day and still get back to your ship in time to set sail.

But that’s not all! No visit to Rome would be complete without this last gem – the Colosseum. Once again you’ll slide right past the crowds with our Skip-the-Line access. Spend more time exploring the rich and gruesome history of this famous (and infamous) monument than waiting in line for it like the area’s other tourists. It’s your vacation time and it is valuable, irreplaceable really. Make the most of it with City Wonder’s exclusive, Skip-the-Lines, Private Rome in One Day Shore Excursion. There’s just no other comparison.

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What's included

  • Pick up and drop off from Civitavecchia Port in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Skip the Line access at the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum
  • Vatican Museums Ticket and Reservation Fee
  • Colosseum Ticket and Reservation Fee
  • All transfers throughout the day in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private, dedicated English-speaking tour guide

Sites Visited

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Pantheon
  • Colosseum
  • St. Peter’s Square
  • Spanish Steps
  • Piazza Navona
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza Venezia
  • Via dei Fori Imperiali


Meeting Point

Important notes

  • The venues in the city centre might be visited depending on timing. Usually it is possible to visit only one of them, like Trevi Fountain or Pantheon.


  • At the end of the tour, will I be able to explore the Vatican Museums on my own?

    No. With our tickets, it is not possible to re-enter the Vatican once you leave as the Vatican tickets are single entry only.

  • At the end of the tour, will I be able to explore the Colosseum on my own?

    If you wish to explore the Colosseum on your own after your tour, you should take our Express Colosseum Tour with Gladiator's Entrance and Special Arena Floor Access (with or without Breakfast). This gives you a guided tour of the Colosseum only. After the tour you can choose to either enjoy the skip-the-line entrance tickets to the Roman Forum (our guide would accompany you to enter but the visit is not guided) or stay inside the Colosseum without the guide.

     For any other tour however, our tours follow a pattern of visit and you would not be able re-enter the Colosseum without waiting in the line and purchasing an additional ticket.

  • I would like to provide feedback

    We appreciate your feedback and within days of taking the tour, expect to receive a email requesting feedback of your experience.

Private Rome Full Day Shore Excursion From Civitavecchia Reviews

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We thoroughly enjoyed our...


We thoroughly enjoyed our guide - Damian. He got us going and had so much to share on Rome. We went right to the front of the lines and saved so much time. Time was of the essence because we wanted to see so much - and we did. Damian listened to our requests about our priorities and we saw it all. We enjoyed his personality and it was evident he had a depth of knowledge on Rome. Loved it all!

Our group would like to thank Mr...


Our group would like to thank Mr. "T" for creating the best Rome experience possible. We had a rough start with the traffic and did not arrive on time but he went right to work and put our group at ease. He made the tour rich with his knowledge and he was very compassionate for our inconvience. His humor added spice and he always had our best interest in mind by keeping us on task so that we would complete all the sites we had asked to see without feeling cheated because of the time restraints of our late arrival. One of the other girls wrote this to me in an e-mail: "I was thinking about sending comments about Mr T and the Rome tour so happy you are asking. He absolutely made the day for me. Right off I felt like he was a friend touring people he knew. He started off with the bathroom advice that was so appropriate. All along he kept track of all of us and always knew if anyone was missing and waited before he went into his commentary. His passion for the history of all of the sites was infectious. He was so knowledgeable and shared that in such an entertaining way. He made Rome my favorite stop on the cruise." The best way to continue is to say "KUDOS" to Mr. T! We have some photos we would like to share with him. Is there a way to do so?

It takes about 90 minutes...


It takes about 90 minutes to get from the cruise terminal to downtown Rome. With only one day in port we wanted to skip lines and get to as many sites as possible. Dark Rome did an excellent job arranging a very comfortable private bus to maximize our time. It was waiting when we docked and easy to find. It stayed with us all day and got us back to the ship on time while maximizing our sight seeing time. Bruno was waiting as soon as we arrived in Rome, issued us wireless headphones to communicate with us (much better than trying to talk above the buzz all around) and took us through the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's skipping hour long lines in each instance. He was knowledgeable and did a good job balancing our desire to see many sites in a limited amount of time. Thanks to his time management we were able to also see Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and a skip the line tour inside the Colisseum. Very good job at a very good price.

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Get to Know City Wonders

A City Wonders tour is the product of meticulous research, detailed planning, and a passion for providing customers with travel experiences they will cherish forever.

With City Wonders it's not just facts, our passionate guides tell you the stories that bring the sights to life.

  • All of our guides are experts in their field
  • We only hire fluent English-speakers so nothing is ever lost in translation
  • We focus on the little details and anecdotes that make City Wonders so special

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