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Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy-port

Whether enjoying the street performers at the Spanish Steps and people-watching over a fine glass of wine in colorful Trastevere, or taking in the historical and architectural glory that is Rome, visitors are spoiled for choice in this truly Eternal City. St. Peter’s Basilica is a full-day outing, featuring the Sistine Chapel and panoramic city vistas for those willing to climb to the top of the dome. Other landmarks not to miss include the renowned Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, and Aventine Hill, which provides you with a grand view of the imposing remains of the Imperial Palaces and the Circus Maximus, of Ben Hur fame.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • A Private View of the Vatican
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice
  • Classical Rome By Private Railcar
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice
  • Discover Rome
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Italian Countryside & Catacombs
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Panoramic Rome
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • Private Tour Rome
    Regent Choice
  • Roma Express - Exclusive Train Transfer
    Seated Tour
  • Rome - the Eternal City
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice
  • Rome On the Lighter Side
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • Rome On Your Own
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • The Angels and Demons of Rome- Inspired By Dan Brown
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice
  • The Best of Rome and the Vatican
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice
  • The Colors and Aroma of the Etruscans
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Vatican City and Rome Highlights
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent Choice

A Private View of the Vatican

Moderate Activity/Walking Regent Choice

Duration: 10 hours

Tour Code: CIV-005

This tour offers the rare opportunity to enter exclusive areas of Vatican City that are off limits to the general public. Your journey begins with an early morning drive to Rome, followed by free time to shop, sightsee, and enjoy lunch on your own. Then, after driving to the Vatican, your private tour commences at the beautiful Bronze Gate, which contains many outstanding Bernini masterpieces, and continues to a graceful Bernini staircase leading to the magnificent Royal Room. Adorned with paintings by Vasari and Raphael, this private papal chamber is a fitting site for the Holy Father's meetings with international heads of state. Next, by special permission, you will have the unusual privilege of visiting the Pope's private place of worship, the Niccolina Chapel (since the Paolina Chapel is under restoration). Under the pontificate of Nicholas V (1447-55) the Vatican became a court of the muses; the Pope was really an art lover and in 1448 asked the famous painter Fra Angelico to embellish his private chapel, the Cappella Niccolina. Three walls are covered with frescoes representing scenes from the lives of St. Stephen and St. Lawrence, two archdeacons who had been widely venerated in Rome since the early Middle Ages. Fra Angelico was able to accomplish this considerable amount of work only with the assistance of a large workshop, including Benozzo Gozzoli.

To conclude your private showing, you will have a rare opportunity to see the Papal Treasures. These include carefully preserved clothing, richly adorned vestments, precious jewels, hundreds of priceless gifts presented over the centuries by kings and queens and heads of state, and incomparable objects of art created for the Renaissance Popes by Bernini and Cellini.

Please note: Guests are required to wear suitable attire covering the knees and shoulders for the visit inside the Basilica or the Vatican Museum. No shorts, sleeveless tops or other revealing clothing will be permitted. This tour cannot operate on Sundays or Catholic holidays. Lunch is on your own. There is 1 mile of walking from the parking area to the Basilica and approximately 50 steps to negotiate. This tour involves approximately 4 hours of extensive walking on cobblestones and uneven surfaces throughout the whole tour, therefore this tour is not recommended to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. The Niccolina Chapel on occasion may be closed for Vatican functions. On those dates it will be substituted with a visit to the private Room of Tears.