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Private shore tour for cruises from/to Civitavecchia Port -  Excursion fron Civitavecchia

Castelli Romani
Vatican Museums
Christian Rome





One of the most important City in the world, Rome is very rich in history, culture and art from every era. Its enormous monumental and artistic heritage can be divided in different epoch.
Rome is an unrepeatable city and is so-called Eternal for having alternated sumptuous ages with others of decadence and it is always reviving as it gathers treasures and memories with the charm of its incomparable landscape. Our tour will leave from Piazza San Bernardo, adorned by Mose's Fountain, heading to Piazza della Repubblica, previously known as "dell'Esedra" as its central area also called esedra of the Diocletian Baths is hidden now by the Fountain of Naiadi. We will continue towards via Piemonte, the Aurelian Walls, 
Porta Pinciana, Via Veneto, Via Nazionale. After this ample view of an important part of the city, the guided tour will lead you to the Trevi Fountain, a baroque jewel, and to the Pantheon, originally a pagan temple, which will be visited. We will head to Palazzo Madama, seat of the Senate of the Republic, to finally get to the gorgeous Piazza Navona, built on the ruins of the Domitian's Circus. Then you will have the chance to admire Castel Sant'Angelo and to visit the St. Peter's Basilica.
We will leave Piazza San Bernardo, adorned by Mose's Fountain, passing by Piazza della Repubblica. Along the way we will admire the Caracalla Baths, the Arch of Constantine and the Colosseum.
This itinerary will take us on the Appia, passing under the Porta di San Sebastiano (this is the route used by the ancient Romans, who where going to the Castelli in the summer to enjoy the fresh breeze).
Passing through Castelgandolfo, today's summer residence of the Pope, we will arrive in Albano and then Genzano, Nemi, Rocca di Papa, Grottaferrata and Frascati, going along the Via dei Laghi. Once in Frascati, there will be a stop to taste and enjoy the typical wines of this area.
The purpose of this tour is the visit of the Vatican Museums. Leaving the Piazza San Bernardo, adorned by Mose's Fountain, we will head to Piazza della Repubblica, with the Fountain of Naiadi in the middle. Then the itinerary will continue, passing by Via Piemonte, the Aurelian Walls, Porta Pinciana, the Muro Torto and the Villa Borghese.After this ample view of an important part of the city, we will visit the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Galleries. You will then admire the Round Hall, the Hall of the Greek Cross, the Tomb of St. Helen and St. Constance. We will then stop to admire the Sistine Chapel frescoed by Michelangelo. We will continue with the Galleries of the Chandeliers, of the Tapestries and of the Geographical Maps to end up in the Vatican Library Hall.
Leaving from Piazza San Bernardo, crossing Piazza della Repubblica, we will run along Via Nazionale to end up visiting the Basilica of St. Mary Major, built on the Esquiline Hill in 352 A.D. The tour will then continue visiting the Basilica of St. John in Lateran, cathedral of Rome and of the world. Hence, we will go to the Holy Stairs, climbed by Jesus Christ to reach Pilate's Palace. From here the tour will start again by coach, crossing Piazza San Giovanni and Via LatinSkirting along the Mura Latine, the tour will pass through the Porta di San Sebastiano to arrive on the Ancient Appian Way, where we will find the Chapel of "Domine Quo Vadis". We arrive finally at the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, where the visit will take about 45 mins (on Wednesdays the visit will be at the Catacombs of St. Domitilla). On the way back, from the coach you will have a view of the Caracalla Baths.
Divine Rome Tour
Thanks to our driver/guide's expert knowledge of the city, you will waste no time getting lost! This means you'll be able to visit and understand the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia (wedding cake monument & Mussolini's balcony), the Capitoline hill, the Palatine hill, the Circus Maximus, the Appian way, the Catacombs, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, the Spanish Steps. You will also pass by several other attractions that your guide will point out to you, such as the Via Veneto, Castle St. Angelo and its bridge, the Italian Senate, The Marble Foot and Cat Street (Roman Curiosity), Trajan's Column, Imperial Fora, Trajan's Market, The Maps of the Empire, Arch of Constantine, Marcus Aurelius's Column, Parliament and Council of Ministers, St. Nicholas in Chains, temples of Apollo, Vesta and Janus, Quirinal Palace. At some point you will stop for lunch, which can either be a leisurely meal in a local restaurant or a snack at a coffee shop (if you want to be quick!).
The best of Rome & the Vatican city
This is a perfect tour for those who would like an in-depth visit of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, but would also like to see some of the Rome's other major sites.Your first stop when you arrive in Rome will be the Piazza Venezia, where you can take a look at the Monument of Victor Emmanuel (first italian king) and Mussolini's balcony, after climb over the Capitoline hill (one of Rome seven hills) with an amazing view over the Roman Forum. Then you will drive to the Colosseum where your driver/guide gives you a brief explanation and history. You will get a chance to go in and explore on your own (your guide will help you purchase your entrance tickets without having to stand in line). Following the Colosseum you'll drive to the Panthẹn and the famous Trevi Fountain via the Aventine Hill (another of Rome seven hills). The Trevi Fountain will be followed by the Piazza di Spagna, or Spanish Steps, where you will spend a short while before heading to the Borghese Gardens to see the panorama of Rome and the Vatican from the Pincio Terrace. Your final stop of the morning will be the famous Piazza Navona, one of the most beautiful squares in Rome. At this point you will probably want to stop for lunch. Your guide will present you the following options: a snack in Piazza Navona, some pizza in the cafeteria of the Vatican Museums, or a typical lunch in a little neighborhood restaurant (all at your cost). After lunch your tour of the Vatican will begin, the moment you've been waiting for. You will start at the Vatican Museums, this are enormous, about 1,500 rooms, but you will only see the best parts on your way to the Sistine Chapel. Normally this visit includes the Cortile della Pigna, Belvedere, Pio Clementino Museum, the Gallery of Candelabra, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, and Raphael's Rooms. Because of the way the traffic inside the Museums is regulated at some times certain portions are closed off, so please note that the itinerary can change from time to time. Of course, you will end at the Sistine Chapel!From the Sistine you'll go directly to St. Peter's Basilica, where you will see the Pietà by Michelangelo and other fantastic masterpieces by Bernini and Canova. After St. Peter's you'll want to take some pictures of the square, shop for souvenirs and/or grab a drink. After such an exciting and interesting day, you'll enjoy the relaxing ride back to the pier
Cultural Rome Tour
St. Peter's Square -Created by Bernini is considered one of the loveliest squares in the world. Twin Doric colonnades topped with statues of various saints and martyrs flank either side of the square. In the center stands an 84-foot obelisk, brought from Egypt in 37 A.D. At the head of the square stands St.Peter's Basilica and to the right the Vatican Palace.
St. Peter's Basilica - Christendom's most magnificient church, which was begun in 1452 on the site where St.Peter was buried. Throughout the following 200 years, such Renaissance masters as Bramante, Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini worked on its design and created an unparalleled masterpiece. Of special note are Michelangelo's Pieta and the bronze canopy over the high altar by Bernini. The immense dome was designed by Michelangelo.
The Vatican Museums - The Museums contain an incredible collection of art and treasures collected by the popes. Your guide will walk you through a portion of this ncredible museum.
Sistine Chapel - This masterpiece was built in 1473 as the private papal chapel for Pope Sixtus IV. It took Michelangelo four years at the height of the Renaissance, to paint the ceiling's wonderful frescos of the Creation. Twenty-four years later he painted the extraordinary Last Judgment on the end wall. The other walls of the chapel were painted by artists including Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pinturicchio and Signorelli.
Trevi Fountain - The most monumental of Rome's baroque fountains was designed by Bernini. Legend has it that if you toss a coin backwards over your head into the bassin, it will ensure your return to Rome.
Spanish Steps - The over 200-year-old staircase named after the nearby Spanish Embassy to the Holy See. Enjoy time at leisure to explore, shop and sample some local food during lunch time. Please note that lunch is not included with this tour.Some of the main points of interest that will be viewed from the vehicle during your sightseeing drive are:
Piazza Venezia - This busy square, which is the geographical heart of the city, is easily recognized by its huge monument. The white marble structure was inaugurated in 1911 and dedicated to Victor Emanuel II as a symbol of Italy's unification. It also holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Pantheon - This is the best-preserved building of ancient Rome. The original temple was built in 27 BC by Marcus Agrippa, and dedicated to the planetary gods. It was later rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian around 120 AD.
Roman Forum - The Forum was the commercial, political and religious center of ancient Rome. Its importance declined along with the empire after the 4th century, and the temples, monuments and buildings constructed by successive emperors, consuls and senators over a period of 900 years fell into ruins.
Arch of Constantine - The best preserved of Rome's triumphal arches. This 4th-century BC monument is covered with reliefs depicting Constantine's victory over Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge.
Circus Maximus - The ruins that remain of what was once a chariot racetrack big enough to hold more than 200,000 people.
Colosseum - The amphitheater where ancient Rome flocked for gladiatorial contests and other spectacles. The construction of this massive structure that could seat 80,000 was started by 72 AD by Emperor Vespasian.
Etruscans Tour Tuscania – Orvieto - Civita
If you have already visited Rome and you want to see something different. Or if you simply want to have some relaxing time in the country, away from the crowded touristy areas. We will drive through the countryside north of Rome , mainly the area called Tuscia (name deriving from Etruscan ) and some of Umbria (name deriving from umbra =shade), the shady heart of Italy . The tour we suggest includes Orvieto (1 hour from Civitavecchia ) and other charming little towns on the way to Orvieto and on the way back from there. After leaving Civitavecchia the first stop could be in Tuscania. Founded by the Etruscan, it became a Roman colony in the 3rd Century b.c. and it appears today as a charming little medieval town. Unfortunately it was badly damage by an earthquake in 1971 and they haven't finished refurbishing the old buildings yet. Driving in the direction of Orvieto you can stop briefly at the town of Montefiascone , another town founded originally by the Etruscans. Built right on top of a hill overlooking the lake Bolsena about 1800 ft a. s. l. it appears today as a really charming medieval town. We will stop there shortly just to admire the view from the hilltop, but we might end up finding the time to wander around the typical streets for a little while. Montefiascone is known also for its production of white. Another place we will visit before arriving to Orvieto is Civita di Bagnoregio. This charming little town was also founded by the Etruscans around 2500 years ago on top of a hill formed by "tufah" stone. The area must have been really different in those days. The natural erosion and earthquakes have in fact changed the town a lot less space on top of the hill than it originally had. In 1794 one of those earthquakes destroyed the sort of natural bridge that linked Civita to the bigger nearby town of Bagnoregio . The natural erosion hasn't stopped and the sides of the hill keep crumbling down and therefore they call Civita "the dying city". It really is a place to see! "Civita, like an island in our memory or a figment of our imagination, is connected by a narrow walkway to reality and to the surrounding countryside; it takes us far away, not so much in distance as in time....
There is a feeling that one is leaving the real world, and this filling becomes stronger after entering the ancient city gate, standing guard over a sheer drop between the remains of two houses with thir windows opened wide over the emptiness.
One almost has the impression that this gate opens into a supernatural world, surviving in another dimension".
We will approach Orvieto from the West and it will appear to us from the distance sitting on its plateau formed by the volcanic "tufah" stone. A great view! We should be arriving there around 1:00 pm . Time for lunch! The people here have their main meal in the middle of the day after which they like to nap. Shops in fact don't re-open any earlier than 3/4:00 pm. It's the famous Italian tradition of the "siesta".You can choose between a light lunch at the wine shop on the main square (weather permitting you can eat outside) and some local cuisine in a typical restaurant housed in the caves that the people of Orvieto dug in the tufah stone underneath the city. After lunch you'll have the time to visit the magnificent Cathedral, one on the most beautiful in Italy . After visiting the duomo you can stroll down Orvieto's quaint narrow streets crammed with colorful shops selling beautiful ceramics. Orvieto produces one of the most famous Italian white wines and the wine shop on the square offers the opportunity to taste some of the local wines and to eat some of the prosciutto, salame and cheeses locally produced. As an alternative and time permitting, you might want to have a more substantial meal and taste some of the region's renowned outstanding foods at a proper restaurant.



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