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CAN BE USED AS A TRANSFER-TOUR (pick up at port and drop off in Rome after the tour) **On Time Return Guaranteed** Visit Rome on your own OR with a tour leader on this day tour by private bus from the port of Civitavecchia straight to the Vatican.


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Reduced (2-12 yo) - ROUND TRIP ONLY
ADD Highlights Tour (3 stops) with Tour Leader (details below)
Free - Child (0 - 1yo)


Add the Highlights City Tour (3 stops) + € 10.50

RECOMMENDED: With this option, you will enjoy an in-depth visit of Rome with a multilingual tour leader available for questions and assistance. There will be three stops at the main areas of interest in Rome: the Coliseum, Vatican City and the renaissance heart of Rome (Trevi fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona) with free time for independent sightseeing.



Important Notes (optional highlights tour)

  • This tour has a fixed itinerary (see below) which will not provide enough time to visit the Vatican Museum with the Sistine Chapel, nor the Colosseum's interior (outside visit only).
  • This is a large group tour that involves extensive walking (3-4 mi, or 5-6 km total).
  • For a much reduced walking option or for those that wish to have time to visit the Vatican Museums (w/ Sistine Chapel) or the inside of the Colosseum, please see the ROME: Semi-Private Shore Excursion (small group - 8 people max - €65 per person).


Basilica Guided Tour (optional)

Due to Pope Francis' extreme popularity, the Vatican is receiving a much higher number of pilgrims and visitors. The Basilica of S. Peter is free to enter but requires having to go through a metal detector security check-point. This creates long lines which, this year, can take over 1 hour of time to go through. We will be walking to S. Peter's Square (in front of the Basilica). You may choose to queue for the Basilica entrance. HOWEVER BE ADVISED THAT THERE MAY NOT BE ENOUGH TIME TO GET THROUGH THE LONG LINES. ALTERNATIVELY, THE VATICAN OFFERS A VISIT WITH AUDIOGUIDE WHICH PROVIDES PRIORITY ENTRANCE - COST IS €15.00 per person and may be paid directly on the bus before arrival. Please check with the on board personnel to find out about availability on your day of travel.


ROUND TRIP only Note

Drop off and pick up will be usually at the parking lot near Castel Sant'Angelo (Palazzaccio or Zanardelli - point B or C on this map).

Highlights Tour Schedule (may be reversed or subjected to changes):

  • Depart Civitavecchia 9:30 am (or later for ships arriving later at the port) and travel to Rome (approximate travel time: 1.5h).
  • Arrival at the parking area near Castel S. Angelo (point B or C on this map) walk to Vatican (1 km or 0.65 Mi).
  • Restroom stop – free time to visit of St. Peter’s Basilica (free to enter).
    • Note: the line to enter the Basilica may be very long (45 min. or more). Optionally you may purchase a 1 hour Basilica Audioguided Visit (with priority entrance) for €15.00 per person payable on site. Please check with the on board personnel to find out about availability on your day of travel.
  • Group will meet again and walk back to the bus.
  • Panoramic drive to reach the Colosseum (drive by Corso Vittorio Emmanuele, Piazza Venezia, Il Vittoriano, Roman Forum).
  • 15 min. stop at Colosseum to take pictures.
  • Back on the bus to reach the parking area near Trevi Fountain (point F on this map) - walk to Trevi fountain (350 meters/yards).
  • Approximate 1.5 hours free time for an independent visit o Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. 
  • Meet with the group at Piazza Navona and walk with tour leader to nearby bus parking area (point C on  this map). 
  • Departure from Rome at approximately 4:00 pm.
  • Arrival to the port of Civitavecchia at about 5:30 pm.

On Wednesdays and Sundays, the Vatican will be visited in the afternoon as there is mass service in the morning.




Take the free shuttle bus from your ship's pier and you will be dropped off at the meeting point.


The Optional Highlights City tour is available in English, Spanish, German, Italian. Please note: the tour may be conducted in more than one language.


Not available every day. See Calendar above for availability. The schedule may be subjected to minor changes. 

Standard Departure 09:30 AM,  Return by 5:30 PM.  

Sunday Note: from April to September the bus departs at 9:30am from port - 3:00pm from 

Additional Departures (adjusted for ship's schedule from April to September):

  • MSC Preziosa: departs 9:30 am from port - 3:00 pm from Rome 
  • MSC Splendida:  departs 9:30 am from port - 3:00 pm from Rome


The optional Highlights City tour is a large group tour that involves extensive walking (3-4 mi, or 5-6 km total) with stairs and some uneven paths and cobblestone roads. The walking part moves at a good pace. Not suggested for people with walking disabilities.


Detailed instructions and service provider contact information sent to you with your voucher. DO NOT TRAVEL WITHOUT YOUR VOUCHER.


Purchasing this day tour online will guarantee a reserved seat in a comfortable modern air-conditioned bus and a lot more:

  • return on time guarantee
  • round trip transfer to Rome
  • optionally you can add a 3 stops highlights city tour with a tour leader and see all of Rome in 1 day! The perfect combination of assistance and free time (optional).
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