From January 1st 2019, the Municipality of Rome decided to take an important step forward to protect the enormous historical heritage and towards the ecology of the City: only taxes and local buses are now allowed in the city centre. In the wake of these improvements our company developped some brand new fantastic itineraries.
This amazing full day tour will guide you through the world-famous streets of Rome, popular since the age of the Ancient Romans. Enter the smallest but yet the most notorious indipendent state of the world, The Vatican City, do a breath-taking panoramic tour along the river Tiber, do a wonderful promenade from the Colosseum, the Imperial Forums, Venice Square, where the Altar of the Fatherland stands, to the Trevi Foutain, the Pantheon and Navona Square.
Our excursion starts from the little city of Civitavecchia, one of the most important port of the Mediterranean, at 9:30/40 am. After around 1 hour ride, your bus will stop near the Vatican Walls, called Leonine Walls built between 271 and 275 and three kilometers long. While telling you the history of this incredible and complicated state, your guide will lead you until the amazing St. Peters Square, constructed between 1656 and 1667: be amazed by the Egyptian obelisk in its centre of 84 ft tall also known as “The Witness” sorrounded by the impressing colonnade of 4 rows of 284 columns and 88 pillars surmounted by 140 statued. Admire the imponent St. Peters Basilica*, the largest church in the world that holds masterpies like the Pity of Michelangelo, and its famous Dome, the tallest in the whole world (448.1 ft). (1h5 stop)
Afterwards, your guide will narrate you the history of Rome while you will be driven with the bus for a panoramic ride along the streets near the Tiber, the main watercourse of Rome since it was founded on the 753 BCE by Romulus and Remus, the two twins suckled by a she-wolf as stated by the myth, and cross it near the 890 ft long and 220 ft wide Tiberine Island, see the Pyramid of Cestius, the Gaius Cestious’ tomb incorporated in the fortifications of the city and the second largest Roman baths called Baths of Caracalla.
At the end of this amazing panoramic ride, you will stop in Via Claudia at around 13:30 pm, near the most important symbol of the Eternal City: the Colosseum. Start the incredible walking tour with your guide at the bottom of this incredible largest anphitheatre ever build in 8 years, from the 72 AD to the 80 AD, by the three emperor of the Flavian Dynasty, Vespasian, Titus and Domitian, after which the Anphitheatre is named. Continue the walking tour with a promenade near the Imperial Forum, towards Venice Square. Be amazed by the imponent Altar of the Fatherland, built in honor of Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a unified Italy and look at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and its eternal flame, built under the statue of goddess Roma after the World War I.
Then again observe the Traian’s Forum, the last of the Imperial Fora to be constructed during the ancient Rome after the conquest of Dacia by the will of the Emperor after whom the Forum is named. Continue the walking tour with your guide, passing in Piazza della Pilotta where the the Pontifical Gregorian University stands, established in 1551 by Ignatius of Loyola and continue up until the most marvelous Baroque fountain in the world, the Trevi Fountain, to throw with the right hand a coin in it that will assure you to come back to the Capital.
Once arrived at the Trevi Fountain, you will have free time for lunch and to do a relaxing promenade in the quaint streets of the city centre up to the Pantheon, the amazing Roman Temple with the central oculus as the main souce of natural light built from the 113 to the 125 AD on the ashes of the burned down Agrippa’s temple, and to the baroque Navona Square, built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian: admire the Foutain of the Four Rivers with the Egyptian obelisk in its centre and the two other fountains, the Moor Fountain at the southern end and the Fountain of Neptune at the northern end.
At the end of this exciting day trip, your bus will be waiting for you in Via Lungotevere Marzio “Zanardelli” near the Tiber at 4.00 / 4.30 pm, on the right side of the bridge Ponte Umberto I situated right in front of the Justice Palace.
Please note: explanations of the guide on board the bus and during the walking tour with mandatory earphones of €2,50 to be paid on site. Tour not recommended for people with disabilities or people who can’t walk.
*Priority entrance to St. Peters Basilica for a guided tour of €22 per person inside the Church with an Official Guide of the Vatican payable on board the bus to our assistant who will escort you through the security control. On Wednesdays the entrance to the Church is at 2:30 pm and the tour may suffer variations due to the Audience of the Pope in the morning; on Sundays the guided visit will not be available.
Required dress code: covered knees and shoulders for women and covered knees and t-shirt for men.
HOW TO FIND US
The Harbour Authority provides a free Shuttle Bus Service. Take a free shuttle. (It is every 20 minutes). The free shuttle drops you off to Largo di Pace square where you will find Civitatours information desk. (Our staff wear yellow T-shirt/sweaters.)
Check in Largo di Pace square non later than 9:15am .
Departure time 9:30/9:40.
€ 39 Adult p.p. (+ € 2.50 earphones obligatory, to be paid on site)
€ 24 Children 3/12 p.p. (+ € 2.50 earphones optional)
Extra: Priority entrance and visit of St. Peter’s Basilica with official Vatican guide, language on request. Price 22.00€ Adult, 22.00€ Child (free up to 5 years old)
On Sundays and sometimes on Wednesdays the priority entrance service is not available as decided by the Vatican
Contact us to firstname.lastname@example.org for individual trips