Rome, Italy’s reputation as the Eternal City will certainly assert itself on any of the fabulous Rome shore excursions you can book when your Mediterranean cruise ship is docked at Civitavecchia, the port of Rome. One of the most visited and beloved cities in the world for history buffs, culture mavens, food lovers, and romantics of all ages, Rome’s charms are many and splendid as you will discover whether you choose to walk or tour in a motor coach, be your own guide or take an expert-guided tour.
If you’re flying into Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci airport to embark on your Mediterranean cruise from Rome, you can book guided Rome cruise tours that take you by motor coach to the heart of the city to see the most iconic sights: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Circus Maximus, and the Arch of Constantine. Then, see St. Peter’s Basilica and walk St. Peter’s Square at your own pace, stopping if you like for a snack at a nearby restaurant or for your first delicious taste of gelato before motoring to the port. Post-cruise, you can schedule Rome shore excursions that shuttle you to the city for a day of world-class sightseeing, including special viewings of celebrated artworks at the Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel.
For a step-back-in-time experience, book an extensive tour of the Colosseum that includes the rarely seen underground area where the lions were housed, and where gladiators awaited their chance to fight to the death in front of thousands of cheering Romans. Walk the Palatine Hill, the centermost of the Seven Hills of Rome, and view the Roman Forum and Circus Maximus from above.
If you’re a DIY kind of tourist, there are Rome shore excursions that will transport you the city, and map in hand, let you explore Rome as you please. Spend time discovering cultural and historical Rome: toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain, take a selfie after treading the Spanish Steps, browse the upscale shops nearby, and enjoy an espresso as you people-watch at a sidewalk cafe.
When in Rome, food and wine lovers may enjoy country excursions to an Etruscan-era town or a lakeside village where you’ll meet local farmers and artisans, and tour their farm, olive grove, or vineyard. Enjoy hearing first-hand how olives become olive oil or grapes become wine, then sample local fare, including olive oils, wines, honey, and bruschetta.