Rome on your own


Explore Rome with our “Rome on your own” transfer service. Give yourself the chance to follow your desires and treat yourself to a unique excursion. We provide you with our buses up until the drop off point in Rome and our experience to suggest you a series of possible routes. Tour Rome on your own and discover the eternal city with no limits.

The service includes:

  • departure from the port of Civitavecchia (by bus) from the Cruise Terminal “Largo Della Pace” at 09.30/40 am.
  • arrival in Rome Palace of Justice, Piazza dei Tribunali  after about an hour of travel.
  • departure from Rome to Civitavecchia from Palace of Justice at 16.00/16.30 pm according to your ship departure time
  • Arrival at the port of Civitavecchia at approx. 17.15/17.30 pm
  • our timetables may vary in accordance with the arrival and departure times of cruise ships.

Treat yourself to a Roman holiday by creating your own personal itinerary to explore the city. Our bus transfer service Rome On Your Own fulfills the wishes of those who want to experience a personalized excursion, choosing to visit all the places in Rome following one’s own interests. Choose visiting Rome on your own!

Venture into the eternal city and enjoy visiting Rome by visiting the best places entirely on your own! Visit Rome!

Our bus tranfer to Rome leaves from the port of Civitavecchia at 09.30/09.40 pm and depart from Rome at 4.00/4.30 pm. Arrival is at 5:15/5:30 pm. Please note, though: we would like to remind you that our timetables may vary in accordance with the arrival and departure times of cruise ships, so it is possible that they may vary; please contact us in case the timetable communicated does not comply with your ship!

At the meeting point, our departure staff will be waiting for you: show them your voucher and they will escort you to the bus. On the way to Rome there will be an assistant on board our buses who will give you information and advice on how best to visit Rome. The multilingual assistant will also provide our passengers with maps of Rome on which the main points of interest will be highlighted: you can ask him/her how to reach and visit them.
Finally, you will be offered some experiences at convenient prices that you can book and/or purchase directly on board thanks to our assistant, including:

  • Typical Italian lunch tasting a tomato and basil bruschetta, a typical Roman pasta dish or a pizza that will satisfy your taste buds a stone’s throw from Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain
  • Visit to the Leonardo da Vinci Experience museum in Rome, famous for its reproductions of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, made with the materials and techniques used by Leonardo da Vinci himself, near St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Ticket for the Hard Rock Cafè in Rome

Once in Rome, depending on the route, it will be possible to pass close to the Vatican, walk along the Vatican walls and admire the wonders of St. Peter’s Basilica, or it will be possible to pass along the Tiber and admire from afar St. Peter’s Basilica and the marvellous Castel Sant’Angelo. Only after enjoying these wonderful views of Rome will your driver continue the route through the capital to the Palace of Justice.

To help you plan your day we suggest a series of artistic and food and wine route.

Artistic routes

Departure with our assistant from Civitavecchia at 09.30/09.40 am, who will give you a free map of Rome with the point of arrival and departure and your itinerary. You can choose between the best places to visit: touring Rome on your own will be your adventurous deal of your trip!

You will reach Rome in approximately one hour and fifteen minutes and you will stop at the Palace of Justice, Palazzo dei Tribunali, from where you can start your visit in complete tranquility.

You can head to north to reach the Vatican in 15 minutes or to the city centre in 10 minutes.

If you cross Ponte Umberto I, located in front of the Justice Palace also known as Palazzaccio, you can walk at the foot of the fortress of Castel Sant’Angelo.

Continuing towards Via della Conciliazione you will arrive at the St. Peter’s Basilica, which stands in the centre of the square designed by Bernini. Here you can admire the famous Vatican Obelisk and the wonderful fountains of Bernini (1675) and Maderno (1614).

From the point of arrival at the Justice Palace, Piazza dei Tribunali, you can also head to the famous Piazza Navona to admire the Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini, the Fountain of the Moor by Giacomo della Porta and the Fountain of Neptune by Gregorio Zappalà and Antonio della Bitta.

From Piazza Navona continue towards the Pantheon, the great temple in Piazza della Rotonda, where leading historical figures such as Raphael and the two kings of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II and Umberto I, rest.

Leaving the Pantheon, you will first reach the Trevi Fountain and then the Spanish Steps to take a picture in front of the famous Spanish Steps and go shopping in the famous shops of Via Condotti, Via Frattina and Via del Babbuino.

Once you leave the Pantheon you can also follow an alternative route and reach Piazza Venezia to admire the Altar of the Fatherland and the Colosseum, at the end of Via dei Fori Imperiali.

Food and wine and cinematographic routes by visiting Rome on your own

Here are some tips to get off the beaten track and take the initiative to discover Rome on your own, absent from the classic tourist routes! How do you do it?

First of all: have lunch. In Rome there are many trattorias and pizzerias (the “trattoria” is a family-run restaurant with typical Roman cuisine), but how to find the right ones? Actually, it’s quite simple!

If you are already in a central and tourist area, take an alley moving 300/400 meters and ask for advice from passers-by. You simply have to be indicated a place to eat.

Lunch in a restaurant frequented by Romans is important for an immersion in the real atmosphere of the city and to enjoy dishes like spaghetti alla carbonara, bucatini all’amatriciana, spaghetti alla gricia, tonnarelli cacio e pepe, tripe alla romana, abbacchio, puntarelle and artichokes alla romana.

And how can we forget the wines? From the Cannellino di Frascati to the Cesanese del Piglio, from the wines of the Castelli Romani to Frascati Superiore. And last but not least, the maritozzi with cream, the puffs of San Giuseppe, the mostaccioli, the tiramisu, the ricotta tart and the sour cherry tart. Before leaving the restaurant, don’t forget to ask where the nearest ice cream parlour is!

In late spring and summer, temperatures rise and the best thing to do is take refuge in one of the many churches and cathedrals, where you can admire the works of art in the cool of the aisles.

Not to mention the fountains, squares and all those magnificent places that have inspired immortal films, such as Roma Città Aperta – Roberto Rossellini (1945), Vacanze romane – William Wyler (1954), Accattone – Pier Paolo Pasolini (1961), La ragazza che conosceva troppo – Mario Bava (1963), Roma – Federico Fellini (1972) and Una giornata particolare – Ettore Scola (1977).

If you love cinema, visit Cinecittà, where more than 4,000 films have been shot, 47 of which have been awarded an Oscar.

Reach Cinecittà by underground line A from Via Tuscolana, in the Don Bosco – Municipio Roma VII district. You can do all of that by visiting Rome on your own!

To reach our Civitatours bus you can take the free shuttles at your disposal at the pier of your ship. We kindly invite you to arrive at the meeting point not later than 09:15 am. The bus does just one stop in Largo della Pace, where you will find our staf with booking lists waiting for you. You will easily recognize them by the Civitatours signs they hold.

You can find the prices of our service Rome on your own as follows:

  • Adults: €25
  • Reduced: children (3 – 12 yo) €20
  • Infant (0-2 yo) €10

Priority entrance to the Saint Peter’s Basilica

  • Adults: €22
  • Free: children (0 – 5 yo)

The price includes an Official guide of the Vatican in the language requested by the group

Priority entrance to the Basilica of Saint Peter: the visit lasts 40/45 min. and require a minimum of 5 participants to have the guide of the Vatican. If the minimum of participants is not met, you can take the audioguide.

Dress code for the entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica without queuing up: given the sacred nature of the place, women must have arms and knees covered while men must wear t- shirt and have covered knees.

Prohibited objects: metal and/or dangerous objects, such as knives, may not be brought into the Basilica.

Opening hours and days: by order of the Vatican the priority entrance service is suspended on Sundays, holidays and in some on Wednesdays.

For those who buy the priority entrance ticket in combination with our Classical or Panoramic tour of Rome, the service is also available on Wednesday afternoons: the purchase of the priority entrance may result in changes in the itinerary of those tours.

For MSC Musica: early return from Rome at 14:45.

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