Christian Rome



Rome is a city that is rich in history and has remained one of the most visited cities by Christians from around the globe. From Caesar and Pontius Pilate, to St. Paul and the Apostles, visitors will find that our Christian Rome Tour allows them to walk in the footsteps of the Saints.

The Christian Rome Tour combines some of Rome’s most significant and incredible churches that have inspired pilgrims and visitors for centuries, with top historic sites, monuments, lively piazzas, and museums that you expect to see in the Eternal City for an exciting tour experience in Rome. Through this tour, you get the best of both worlds in one single day.


* For Day Tours from Rome, your professional English speaking driver will pick you up at your hotel at 9:00 AM sharp, and bring you back to your hotel at approximately 5:00 PM.

* For Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia, your professional English speaking driver will pick you up on the pier at 8:00 AM sharp and will return you back to the port at around 5:00 PM.

From the cruise port your tour will start with an easy and comfortable drive to Rome that will take approximately 90 minutes. During this time, your private driver will point out various points of interest along the way and answer any questions that you may have about your day.




Tour Itinerary

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Circus Maximus (Rome)



Please note that the order of the sites visited in our Christian Rome tour may vary depending on where your tour originates.  Depending on how much time you wish to spend at each site, some sites may or may not be substituted.

Our first stop is the Circus Maximus, the large ancient stadium where chariot races were held for the entertainment of Roman citizens and royalty alike. If you have ever watched the film Ben Hur, you can imagine the action that took place here 2,000 years ago on this  540 meter long track covered with sand!

Although only the traces of this once incredible stadium remains, you can just imagine how imposing it must have been in Ancient Rome with the capacity to seat up to 250,000 spectators. In the lowest two tiers, the seats were made of stone and concrete, they upper tiers were made of wood.  The external side of the stadium was surrounded by arcades in which shops were set up for the spectators - much like modern day stadiums offer shops and eateries for the spectators.

Commanding the view behind the stadium, is the Palatine Hill that can be considered Ancient Rome’s version of the Hamptons or Beverly Hills. Emperors and the upper crust of Ancient Rome built elegant villas and luxurious palaces away from the hustle and bustle of Rome. Today, only large remarkable ruins of the once large imperial villas remain as vestiges of the opulence of Ancient Rome.


Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls



Your journey will continue to St.Paul outside the Walls Basilica, the second largest basilica in Rome after St Peter’s Basilica It has the words "Outside the Wall" because it was erected outside the Aurelian Walls -  the ancient 3rd century Roman walls that enclosed the city and protected it.

Built by Emperor Constantine in the IV Century over the burial site of St Paul the Apostle,  Saint Paul Outside the Walls Basilica was later enlarged by Emperor Theodosius in 386, with a nave and four aisles with a transept.  By 5th century, it was larger than the original Old Saint Peter's Basilica ( St Peter's Basilica as you will visit it on this tour was built between 1506-1626).  Saint Paul is among the four highest ranking Catholic churches known as the Papal Basilicas, and a top pilgrimage destination for millions of Christians world wide. Paul's tomb is below a marble tombstone in the basilica's crypt, about 4.5 feet below the altar.

The beautiful church you see today is an exact replica reconstruction of what stood here before an unfortunate fire destroyed it in 1823.

With help from donors from as far as far as Russia and Egypt in addition to generous contributions by the Catholic community, this glorious testimony to a revered saint was restored, and the basilica has remained among the most visited churches in Rome.



We will then make our way to the Appian Way, one of the most strategically significant roads of Rome built in 312 BC - making it one of the earliest roads of Ancient Rome. It connected Rome to Brindisi in south-east Italy and was used a main route for military supplies and troops.  The existing roads at that time were from built by the Etruscan and lead in a different direction.  The Appian Way was considered by the Romans to be the "Queen of the Long Roads".

Appia longarum teritur regina viarum

"The Appian way is the queen of the long roads"

With so many roads beginning in Rome and extending to regions essential to Romans, the expression "All roads lead to Rome" was borne.

According to Christian tradition, it was along the Appian Way that an escaping Peter encountered a vision of Christ, inspiring him to go back into the city to face certain martyrdom.



As we make our way along the Appian Way, we will visit the Christian catacombs, the early 2nd and 3rd century AD Christian underground receptacles of the dead. Burials were forbidden within the city walls, so outside the city walls and beneath the surface, miles of tunnels were hewn out of soft tufa stone.

The catacombs were in essence an underground cemeterial complex that can be described as a labyrinth of galleries and chambers about 12 miles long, on four levels, and about 20 meters deep.  Aside from many Christians being buried here, so have been martyrs and popes. Decorations and inscriptions can still be seen on crypts and tombs inside the catacombs.

For such an exploration, a guided tour is conducted of the most visited area of the underground catacombs.

Entrance fee to the catacombs is 8 Euros per person that includes a guided tour inside the catacombs, explaining the significance of the many things that you will see. You will join a small group of English-speaking travelers.


St Peter in Chains Church, Rome



We then travel onward to San Pietro in Vincoli (Saint Peter in Chains), a Roman Catholic titular church and minor basilica also known as the Basilica Eudoxiana. It was first built in 432-440 to house a portion of the chains that held Saint Peter where he was imprisoned in Jerusalem.  The Empress Eduoxia (wife of Emperor Valentinian III) received the chains as a gift from her mother in mid 5th century, who in turn received them from the bishop of Jerusalem.  The Empress gifted the chains to Pope Leo I.

According to legend, when Pope Leo compared these chains with the chains that Saint Peter were held in during his final imprisonment in the Mamertine Prison, the two chains miraculously fused together.  Today, the chains are preserved inside a reliquary under the basilica's main altar.

Although the Basilica is otherwise simple in architecture and decor, you will also have the honor of viewing Michelangelo's Moses that was completed 1515. Seated in a tense position, the muscular Moses rests one arm on the Tablets of the Law, and the other hand holds his long wavy beard that grows from the figure's attractive pensive face.  It should be noted that the statue of Moses was intended to be viewed from below with the statue intended to be placed above the viewers.

This impressive sculpture was originally intended as part of a massive 47-statue, free-standing funeral monument for Pope Julius II to be included in St Peter’s Basilica, but the Pope suspended Michelangelo’s work on the statue in order for him to begin the fresco masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

The intended tomb never materialized as the Pope intended, but eventually the Moses statue was completed and became the centerpiece of the Pope's funeral monument and tomb in his family's church.


Vittorio Emanuele II Monument, Pza Venezia (Rome in A Day Tour)


You will drive by  Piazza Venezia with the controversial yet spectacular Vittorio Emanuele Monument, dedicated to the first king of Italy.

In order to build this huge monument, a large area of the Capitoline Hill and a medieval neighborhood were sacrificed. Romans regard the monument as pompous and too large.  The Romans nicknamed it the "Typewriter" given its shape, and "Wedding Cake" with the white carrara marble facade that looks like frosting on an ornate cake. Even with all of its controversy and criticism, the monument attracts a large number of visitors and it’s an iconic representation of Rome. It is also a wonderful landmark to find your way in the city.

Next you can make a stop for lunch. You may choose between an informal cafe, trattoria, pizzeria or a traditional ristorante (restaurant).  Your driver will be happy to offer you suggestions on where to stop for lunch based on your location in Rome during lunch time, and your lunching preferences.



St Peter's Basilica (Vatican)


After lunch, you will visit the tiniest country in the world, the Vatican. Inside the Vatican Museums, you will be amazed and delighted at the vast collection of masterpieces, including the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. The Vatican Museums are located within the walls of the Vatican City and display a vast number of artwork collected by Popes throughout the centuries that date from the early Classical era to the Renaissance. 

The Vatican Museums was founded by Pope Julius II, who also commissioned the current Basilica to be rebuilt over the previous Old Saint Peter's Basilica.  His collection started with one masterpiece discovered buried underground in Rome: The Laocoon and his Sons group sculpture. It will take two hours to visit the Museum, The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Most visitors to the Vatican Museums choose to visit the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel, the more popular areas in the museum.


School of Athens, Vatican Museums


The Raphael Rooms originally formed a reception suite inside the papal palace which were the public area of the Papal apartments inside the Apostolic Palace.  Pope Julus II commissioned Raphael, a young and a talented artist from Urbino, to decorate the interior walls of these papal rooms.  These impressive rooms are not to be missed: Stanza di Eliodoro (Room of Heliodorus), the Stanza della Segnatura (Room of the Signature), and Stanza dell'Incendio del Borgo (Room of the Fire in the Borgo).

The Room of the Signature features the famous School of Athens that represents the degrers of knowledge or truth acquired through reason and features various philosophers, scientists and thinkers of classical era.

At the end of your journey exploring the many halls and galleries of the Vatican Museums will take you to the Sistine Chapel to admire the world famous frescoes by Michelangelo: The Sistine Ceiling and The Last Judgement.  The Sistine Chapel was previously known as Cappella Magna, but took the name of Pope Sixtus IV who restored the chapel in late 1400

Michelangelo was commissioned to paint the Sistine Ceiling in 1508 and it was completed in 1512. Using vibrant colors and figures that appear more sculptural and 3-dimentional that flat paintings, the Sistine Chapel depicts nine stories from the Book of Genesis.

The Last Judgment was commissioned by Pope Paul III and was painted by Michalengelo between 1535-1541 spanning across the entire wall behind the altar.  The painting depicts the second coming of Christ on the Day of Judgement as described in the Revelation of John, Chapter 20.


St Peter's Basilica (Vatican)


The Saint Peter's Basilica you visit today was built over the old 4th century basilica built by Emperor Constantine between 1506-1626. Commissioned by Pope Julius II, it required many  renowned architects of the Renaissance era such as Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and more, to see the basilica through its long term completion.  Originally, the Basilica of Saint Peter was built over the burial site of Saint Peter.

Saint Peter's Basilica is one of the largest churches in the world and one of the holiest Catholic shrines and the greatest churches of Christendom. Not to be missed during your visit inside the Basilica is Michelangelo's famous Pieta sculpture that launched his career as the most prominent sculptor of his time,  Bernini's colossal bronze canopy above the alter - the BaldacchinoCathedra Petri and Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament.

As you exit the Basilica, you can also admire the oval Square of Saint Peter's that seems to embrace you with its magnificent tall colonnades.

From here, you will begin your relaxed drive back to your hotel in Rome or ship in Civitavecchia.

Thank you for choosing Stefano Rome Tours. We look forward to seeing you in Rome soon!





IMPORTANT:  PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER if you don't receive correspondence from us within 24-48 hours, especially if you use hotmail or msn email accounts.
* This tour is designed to take you to places in Rome of great Christian and historical significance. This tour does not provide commentary of religious nature nor provides religious or biblical information.
* The price of this Christian Rome Tour includes a private deluxe vehicle with English speaking Driver, Italy's VAT tax, fuel cost, insurance, applicable tolls and parking fees.
* The price of this Christian Rome Tour does not include Entrance Tickets, Lunch, Gratuities, private tour guide if hired separately, or other personal customer expenses.
* The total price for all the tours is per vehicle. Individuals sharing the tour may split the cost of the tour among themselves.

* The order in which we will visit the sites may vary depending upon traffic conditions, where your tour originates from, or other deciding issues.
* You will be dropped off as close to the sites as possible in accordance to municipality laws.

* Churches in Italy may close unexpectedly without notice for private religious affairs. If this occurs on the day of your tour, you will visit another beautiful church in its place.

* Please allow up to 24 hours for all email inquiry replies and service confirmation.



* Price of Catacombs admission tickets are 8 Euros per person. Tickets can be purchased upon visiting the site. Tours of the Catacombs are provided by Vatican priests and conducted in groups.



* Price of Vatican Museums Admission tickets booked online is 21 Euros per person. Please be sure to book your Museum Visit at the 2:00 PM time slot.

* Video Tutorial: How To Book Your Vatican Museum Admission Tickets Online:

* Please be sure to PRINT your ticket vouchers at home and bring them with you as the vouchers are required to be converted into tickets.



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This tour provides an English speaking Driver who is not a Licensed Tour Guide

Italy has laws in place aimed at protecting official licensed tour guides that make it unlawful for Drivers to act as tour guides or accompany guests to sight see on foot away from the vehicle. In order to be in compliance with Italy's laws, drivers are obliged to stay with the vehicle while guests sight see.

* If you are pleased with the service you receive from your driver, a minimum of 10% gratuity is customary in Italy and greatly appreciated.



* Payment will be made in Euro funds at the end of your journey paid directly to your Driver, or you may prepay in advance via PayPal. Please let us know when you book your tour if you wish to prepay and just enjoy yourself on the day of your tour.



If you would like to reserve a personal English speaking licensed guide to provide you with a private tour of the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica, please indicate by checking the GUIDE option on your booking form.

Please read all the information below before allowing us to book a licensed guide on your behalf.


VATICAN TOURS (Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter Basilica): This private tour lasts 2 hours at the following prices:

120 Euros for up to 6 people.

150 Euros (+ 3 Euros per person for earphones) for up to 8 people.

Payment is made in Euro funds directly to your private tour guide at the end of the Vatican tour.

IMPORTANT for large groups: Groups of 7+ persons with a private Vatican Tour Guide must reserve their Vatican Museums tickets at 1:30 PM to allow extra time for their guide to obtain the required earphones for the group for the museums and basilica tours.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER:  Private licensed Guides are not employed by or affiliated with Stefano Rome Tours as they operate separately as independent entities. Private guided tours are provided by My Rome Guides. We only book the private guided tours on your behalf as a free service for our clients. We do not receive any form of compensation from the hired guides for booking their services for our clients. We recommend their services based on their lawful qualifications, professionalism and reliability and we have no control of the style of tours they provide.Please be advised that you must be in agreement that
Stefano Rome tours accepts no responsibility or liability for the type or style of tours Private Guides provide as they are not part of Stefano Rome Tours company. Any issues you may experience regarding your private guides must be addressed immediately to your Driver so they can be resolved on the spot with the Tour Guide. By giving us permission to book a private guide on your behalf, you are entering a legal agreement that you fully understand and accept all the conditions above with no exception.If you have in mind a licensed guide you would like to use instead, please let us know and we will gladly place the reservation on your behalf as a complimentary service.



Don't worry, we do not ask for your credit card information, require advance payments to reserve your tour, or penalize you for cancellations. We operate on the Honor System, so we kindly ask that cancellations be made minimum 7 days in advance so we can rebook your service and your reserved Tour Driver does not lose work for that day. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Cancellations must be made via E-Mail and confirmed by our office. We do not accept cancellations by phone, text message or 3rd party.


* For more answers to your questions, please visit our F.A.Q Page


Please READ and ACCEPT our TERMS OF SERVICE prior to placing your reservation.




* Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing during this and all tours

* You will be seeing many beautiful places, so be sure to bring your cameras!


Tips for Visiting Churches

Please remember to dress appropriately for St Peter’s Basilica as well as other churches in Rome: no bare shoulders or bare knees are permitted. Capri-type pants are completely acceptable for ladies and men can wear shorts if they are long enough to cover the knees.

   Please Read: "How To Dress When Visiting Churches in Rome"


Photography inside the Vatican

Photography is allowed in St. Peter’s Basilica because most of the immense artworks are made in the mosaic style which is not harmed by photography or flash.

The Vatican has the largest mosaic school in the world. If you would like to see the original paintings that were used to complete the mosaics in St. Peter’s, you can see them in the Pinoteca room in the Vatican Museums.

While photography and videography are permitted inside the museums (in some areas flash photography is not allowed), it is strictly prohibited inside the Sistine Chapel.


Tips for visiting Vatican Museums:

Visitors are required to check-in bags, tripods, backpacks or bulky luggage. In this case, we strongly suggest you leave large items inside the van with the driver because checking in these items at the museum will result in delays coming out.  Also be advised that there is a security point before museum with a metal detector and X-ray machine for your personal items much like you see in airports, so kindly leave sharp items behind.


Enhance your visit to the Vatican with a private tour guide

We highly recommend that you allow us to book a personal English speaking licensed tour guide for you inside the Vatican. The Vatican Museums is one of the three largest museums in the world with a labyrinth of galleries and halls that can be very confusing and many of the significant pieces of art can be overlooked.  We partner with licensed guides based on their expertise and professionalism. This fee is paid directly to the tour guide at the end of the service. Please notify us in advance if you prefer a private tour guide since during peak travel season they get booked quickly.


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What are your hours of operation?

We operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – including holidays

Are your vehicles non-smoking? Air conditioned?

All of our cars are non-smoking and air-conditioned.
Also, they meet all the safety requirements of the Italian Ministry of Transportation.

When do I make a reservation?

We suggest you use the ATM machines that are avaliable at the port/airport.

What happens if my flight is delayed?

We track your flight on the Internet and by WAP, so we are aware if you will be arriving late. Whether you are 1 hour late or 6 hours late, we will have a driver for you at the airport.

When do we pay our driver guide for the tour?

Payment for the tour shall be made in Euro funds at the end of the tour.
If you prefer not to have to worry about payments on the day of the tour, you may also pre-pay in advance via PayPal, which is a fast, easy, and safe means to make online payments. We do not take your credit card information. If you decide to pay for the services you booked in advance, you may take advantage of the opportunity when currency exchange rates are in your favor so when you make your advance payment you can save money in the process.

How do we pay for the tour?

Payment for tour services are to be made in the Full Amount, and in Euro funds at the end of the tour.
We do not accept Credit Cards, nor do we require you to give us your personal credit card information to secure your reservation. We have full trust in our clients to honor their reservation.
If you are in need of an ATM machine to retrieve necessary funds, your Driver Guide will be happy to assist you in locating a facility. Please make sure you know in advance how much funds you can retrieve per day so you do not come short in necessary financial obligations.
We also accept advance payment for services booked with us via PayPal, which is a fast, easy, and safe means to make online payments.
If you decide to make advance payments, you may make your payment when currency exchange rates are in your favor so you can save money in the process.

Can we share tours with others in order to save money?

Sharing your tour with others is a great way to save money. One way is to travel with a group of friends and family to share expenses.
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Tour sharing is a great way to save money. Whether booking your vacation with friends to share expenses, or posting an ad on Cruise Critic ( for shore excursions, you can save quite a lot for a group of 8.

We are sharing our tour with others, how do we pay for it?

You may split the cost of the tour amongst you and pay your Driver Guide separately or together at the end if your journey.

What is included in the price of the tours?

Your quoted tour price includes a professional licensed English Speaking Driver Guide, a private deluxe vehicle, fuel cost, tolls fees, insurance, parking fees, and Italy VAT tax.

Are tips included?

Listed prices don’t include gratuities. You may tip your Driver Guide the customary gratuity of 10%-15% if you are pleased with the service he or she provided for you.

What is your cancellation policy?

Unlike other car service companies, we do not ask our clients for their personal credit card information. We operate on the Honor System: you place your trust in us to honor your reservation and provide you with the service you contracted us to provide for you, and we in turn trust our clients to honor their contract as well.
We understand that emergencies happen and in certain cases our clients need to cancel their reservation, so we will not penalize you for it. We do ask that you kindly give us at least 7 days in advance notification of your cancellation needs so we can re-book your reserved driver guide and vehicle to other travelers in need of our service, and your driver guide will not be left without income for the day of the cancellation.

Do we have to give you our credit card information to reserve a tour?

No, you do not. Unlike other car service companies, we don’t require our clients to give us their personal credit card information. We operate on the Honor System: you place your trust in us to honor your reservation and provide you with the service you contracted us to provide for you, and we in turn trust our clients to honor their contract as well.

May I pay by credit card?

No, payments are made in Euro funds at the end of your journey or via PayPal in advance prior to your tour date.
ATM machines are available throughout Italy, and your driver will happily assist you in locating ATM facilities if you need to withdraw funds.

Can I pre-pay in advance?

Of course! You may pay us in advance via PayPal which provides a secure, easy and quick way to pay for your services in advance. You may also take advantage when currency exchange rates are in your favor to pre-pay so you can save money.

If we are staying at a rental apartment or a B&B without a lobby, where will our driver meet us?

You will be met by your Driver Guide at the door outside your apartment or B&B building at the precise time of your scheduled pick up.
In some cases accommodations are in areas of Rome where it is legally forbidden for us to park our vehicles or leave them unattended. In such cases your Driver Guide will park the vehicle as close as possible, meet you at your entrance door, and escort you to the nearby vehicle.

Are the tour guides whose services you use licensed, local and fluent in English?

We only use the services of experienced, reliable, local professionally licensed tour guides who also speak fluent English.

How should we dress for our tour, and what do we need to bring with us?

Comfortable shoes and clothing are highly recommended. Many of the streets in Italy are made of cobblestone, which makes it rather dangerous to walk on with high heel shoes, strappy sandals, or flip flops.
Summers are hot and sunny, therefore sunscreen, sunglasses, summer hats or umbrellas are recommended.
Be sure to bring important personal items such as your wallet with enough money to cover your day’s expenses (and some extra for unforeseen expenses, such as shopping) and a government issued ID. It is not necessary to bring your passport if you worry about losing or damaging it. Valuable personal artifacts such as expensive jewelry, large sums of money in excess of what you are anticipating to need on your tour, should be kept in a safe place inside your hotel or place of accommodation.

Why should we book a private guide for Vatican Museum or the Coliseum if our driver guide is so knowledgeable?

According to Italy’s stringent laws and regulations intended to protect official licensed guides, it is unlawful for Tour Driver Guides to offer narration about sites after exiting the vehicle. Your Tour Driver Guide will provide narration and information only inside the vehicle.
In order to comply with Italy’s laws, Tour Driver Guides cannot accompany our guests inside monuments, museums, or piazzas or provide tour services reserved for licensed tour guides.
In Italy licensed tour guides must successfully pass rigorous examinations, therefore they are extremely knowledgeable about history, art, culture, architecture and archaeology.
Driver Guides possess general information, but not as extensive as a licenced tour guide.

Are the tour guides whose services you use licensed, local and fluent in English?

We only use the services of experienced, reliable, local professionally licensed tour guides who also speak fluent English.

Why is it recommended we book a private licensed tour guide for the Vatican Museums?

Private licensed tour guides are recommended for Vatican Museums visits during Day Tours in order for guests to get the most out of the limited time inside the museums.
The labyrinthine system of halls and galleries that make up the Vatican Museums make it difficult to know where the most important pieces of art are if you are not well familiarized with the museums and the locations of the art. Your guide knows precisely where to escort you so you have the opportunity to see the best the museum has to offer, provide informative commentary about what you are seeing, history, culture, art, and is open to any questions you may have so you have a better understanding of the masterpieces showcased inside the museums.
In addition, easy access to St Peter’s Basilica through the Sistine Chapel is only made available to visitors accompanied by a licensed tour guide. General public, or unlicensed tour guides are not permitted entrance. This time saving shortcut will save you precious time so you have the opportunity to see more on your visit to Vatican City.
On Shore Excursions when time is of essence, your private tour guide will make certain you will experience the best the museums and basilica have to offer, and return you to your awating Driver Guide and vehicle on time.
It is very easy for novices to get lost inside the Vatican Museums and difficult to find the correct exit where your driver and vehicle are waiting for you. When this happens not only do you risk exiting late and arriving late to your ship, but you will miss out on seeing the Museums and the Basilica as intended.
For guests’ optimal experience inside Vatican City and peace of mind, it is highly recommended your visit is accompanied by a licensed private guide.

What is the payment policy for private licensed guides?

Payment is made directly to your guide at the end of the tour he or she provides for you. RomeCabs or your Driver Guide do not accept payments on behalf of your tour guide which operates independently from us.

Where can we book our tickets in advance for the Coliseum or Roman Forum online?

The price for each Coliseum ticket booked online is 13.50 Euros. You may book online here:
You MUST bring the printed ticket voucher with you in order to enter the site. Stefano Rome Tours accepts no responsibility for guests who fail to book their tickets in advance or forget to bring their printed vouchers.

Where do we book our Uffizi Gallery or Accademia Gallery tickets online in advance?

You may book either your Uffizi or Accademia tickets in advance for the 12:00 PM time slot here:

You MUST bring the printed ticket voucher with you in order to be allowed entry into the museum.

Failure to book your tickets online in advance for the specific 12:00 time slot may result in waiting in long ques that can be over 2 hours long. Stefano Rome Tours accepts no responsibility for guests who fail to book their tickets in advance or forget their printed vouchers and must either wait in the long lines or skip the museum visit altogether.

Where do we book in advance our no-line Vatican Museums tickets?

The price of Vatican Museums VIP tickets per person with no line booked in advance online is 19 Euros.
Please book your admission tickets for the 2 PM time slot.

You MUST bring the printed ticket voucher with you in order to enter the Vatican Museums. Stefano Rome Tours accepts no responsibility for guests who fail to book their museum tickets in advance or forget their printed vouchers.

Are Credit Cards and Travelers Cheques widely accepted in Italy?

Major retailers and chain stores in Rome, at shopping centers and outlet malls generally accept major credit cards (Visa or MasterCard). If you plan to use your credit card internationally, be sure to let your credit card company know in advance so your purchases abroad are not denied.
Smaller boutiques and shops, restaurants and cafes usually do not accept credit cards.
Travelers Cheques are also not widely accepted in Italy, therefore it is advisable to cash them in advance, or make use of ATM facilities to access necessary funds.

How close to the sites that we are visiting are you able to drop us off at?

Our professional license permits our vehicles to stop as close to historic sites as legally possible. In Rome for example, we can drop our guests off right next to the Coliseum and Roman Forum, we can drive right past the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, and pick you our guests after their Vatican City tour conveniently next to St Peter’s Square.
When visiting many of Italy’s small medieval towns, we are permitted to drive our guests through most narrow streets to their destination inside the town.
We are also allowed by the port authority of Civitavecchia and Livorno to pick up and drop off our guests right by their ship.
In contrast, vans and buses with capacity to seat more than 9 passengers cannot drive close to historic centers or monuments like we can, pick up clients inside Civitavecchia or Livorno cruise ports, or drive through most medieval towns. This results in extra walking distance that can be exhausting for many of our guests, while extremely time consuming and taking precious time away from seeing the sites you came to visit.

Can we extend our tour if we are enjoying our day? And how much will it cost us?

We are always very happy to accommodate your requests, so if you’d like to extend your tour, just let your Driver Guide know.
Your Driver Guide will let you know when the tour officially ends and it is time to return to your hotel. Please know that your tour ends at the moment you are dropped off at your hotel, not when you depart for your hotel.
There is a 50 Euros per hour fee for each additional hour past the standard return time. For example, if your return time is 5 PM and you wish to extend your tour by 2 extra hours, you will return at 7 PM and there will be an additional 100 Euros added to the total amount of the tour.

Where do we meet our Driver at Civitavecchia port?

For either a Shore Excursion or Port Transfer, your driver will meet you on the pier next to your ship holding a sign with your last name.
Our professional license permits us full entrance inside Civitavecchia port, so you do not have to walk far to your vehicle. Taxis and Buses cannot enter this area, resulting in extended walking distance.

Where do we meet our Driver at the port of Livorno?

Your Driver Guide will meet you on the pier next to your ship holding a sign with your last name.
The port authority of Livorno does not permit entrance prior to 8 AM, accordingly, all pick ups must be scheduled at 8 AM or later.

Where do we meet our Driver at the Port of Naples?

The port of Naples requires cruise ship passengers walk to the taxi and car service waiting area, which is the only location vehicles are allowed to park and for drivers to meet their clients. You can spot your Driver Guide standing next to his or her vehicle, holding a sign bearing your last name.

How do you make sure we don’t miss our cruise ship while on a Shore Excursion?

We carefully plan our Shore Excursion tours with extensive consideration to distance from your port of all, timeline, and traffic conditions to assure our guests have an exciting excursion with prompt return to their cruise ship. We never guide our guests in areas that may possibly place them at risk of arriving late to their ship. Our vehicles are well kept and frequently maintained for optimal safety. In case a vehicle breaks down, Stefano Rome Tours is part of a strong network of reliable expert drivers where a replacement vehicle will be provided to our guests immediately so they can continue with their tour. We take every possible measure and precaution to ensure our guests have the most enjoyable experience on our Shore Excursions and arrive to their cruise ships on time.

How do you select the restaurants you take your clients to?

We only select restaurants after we personally visit them ourselves as paying clients and always based on the quality of food served, caliber of service, pleasant ambiance, value, and overall enjoyable experience. Only the best overall restaurants are suggested to our clients.

How do you select the restaurants you take your clients to?

We only select restaurants after we personally visit them ourselves as paying clients and always based on the quality of food served, caliber of service, pleasant ambiance, value, and overall enjoyable experience. Only the best overall restaurants are suggested to our clients.

Does Stefano Rome Tours make receive kickbacks from private tour guides and restaurants that you recommend to your clients?

No, we certainly do not. Stefano Rome Tours believes in providing each client with highest level of service so you enjoy you tour experience. We never receive commissions, kickbacks, or favors from anyone we recommend to our clients.

Can you accommodate elderly clients on your tours?

Yes, we certainly do. We can also adjust our tours and make recommendations for tours that are best suitable for our guests with special requests.

Are you able accommodate passengers with disabilities?

Please inform us about what we can do to accommodate you, and we will do our very best to meet your needs.

What if we exit the ship late for our pick up in the morning?

If you are anticipate meeting your Driver Guide later than the planned pick up time, please call us immediately at (011 39) 339-352-5028 so we can notify your driver of your delay.

Can we change our tour itinerary during our tour in case we’d like to stay longer in one place or less in another? And can we skip any sites completely if we prefer to spend more time in others?

Whenever possible you certainly can do that. Your experienced Driver Guide will make sure you will not run behind schedule and miss important sites, or cause you to arrive late to your ship, therefore we strongly suggest you follow the suggested itinerary in the tour description and the guidance of your driver to ensure the best possible experience on your tour.

Please keep in mind that, if you book your museum tickets online (Vatican Museums, Uffizi Gallery or Accademia Gallery), you will need to enter the museums for the time slot you indicated. Failure to arrive for your visit at the pre-arranged time may result in your ticket being invalidated.

Your Tours and Shore Excursions have so much to offer in terms of itinerary. Can you guarantee that we will see everything listed without feeling rushed from place to place?

Our Tours and Shore Excursions are carefully planned and selected to offer as many wonderful places to see and things to do as possible in the allotted time without feeling rushed or exhausted at the end of the day. There is plenty of time to enjoy each site with ample time to see everything listed on the itinerary.

However, if you would like to extend the length of the tour, you may do so at any time during your tour at a rate of 50 Euros extra per each additional hour. Your Driver Guide will be very happy to accommodate your wishes and do his utmost best to help you create many wonderful memories on your tour.

What do we do if a museum or a site on our Monday tour is closed to the public? Can we substitute that with something else?

Of course! There are plenty of exciting places to see and great things to do when we substitute a visit to a site that’s closed on the day of your tour. We are more than happy to offer suggestions to you based on your interests and desires.

I emailed an inquiry to you but didn’t receive a response yet.

We greatly appreciate your giving us your business so we make sure to respond to all inquiries we receive within 24 hours. If you haven’t heard from us, please check your spam box in case our email correspondence was sent there.

By booking service with Stefano Rome Tours and through this website, you agree to have Read, Understood, and fully Accept All Terms of Service listed below. It is your responsibility to ensure that services and information provided by Stefano Rome Tours on this website meets your precise requirements. If you disagree with any parts of our terms of service, please do not proceed to use this website.



Stefano Rome Tours is committed to providing our clients with reliable, punctual service, professional, experienced and courteous driver guides, and comfortable deluxe vehicles.

Once you submit your reservation for service provided on this website, you are legally bound to a contract with Stefano Rome Tours.

* Please allow up to 48 hours to receive correspondence from our office. We answer emails in order they are received and during our office hours. If you are a current client and your email requires immediate attention, please indicate in the subject line: URGENT.

We do not accept reservations made by telephone, through concierge, or via your driver guide. All confirmations must be made through the company via email, never through your chauffeur or hotel concierge.

* If you do not receive an email from us within 48 hours, please check your spam folder or any other filters that may have prevented our email from reaching you, and contact us immediately to let us know you have not received our correspondence. If we do not hear from you we assume you have received our correspondence and are in agreement with it.
* Tours and services must be booked online via this website in order for service to be be secured and provided.  Email inquiries and/or correspondences do not serve as actual reservations, nor do they guarantee availability. Availability changes depending on actual reservations and confirmations received throughout the day.



We operate on the Honor System: you trust us to honor our promise to be there for you to pick you up on time and in a professional manner, and we trust that you honor your reservation. We do not impose cancellation fees on our clients, but if you must cancel for any reason, please be considerate and cancel at least 7 days in advance. While we understand unexpected emergencies to arise, please be aware that last minute cancellations result in your assigned driver losing work for that day because it’s not possible to book him another tour last minute. Our drivers are professional, hard working family men and they count on the work assigned to them.

Cancellations must be made via email and confirmed by us in order for the cancellation to apply. We do not accept cancellations by telephone, text message or 3rd party.


A private tour with Stefano Rome Tours includes a comfortable deluxe climate controlled vehicle driven by professional chauffeur licensed by the municipality of Rome, Italy’s VAT Tax, Fuel cost, Insurance, Airport Parking fee, and applicable toll fees.



Gratuities, Meals, Entrance tickets to monuments and museums, private licensed guides, and any personal guest expenses.



Our tour drivers are selected based on experience, professionalism, reliability, and spoken English. Our drivers are drug free (with periodical testing for drugs and alcohol to ensure full legal compliance and safety), full background checks, and perfect safe driver records.

Your driver will provide basic information during your tour, but is not a licensed tour guide, therefore their knowledge of history and culture are limited.

* As per Italian Laws, Drivers cannot accompany guests inside Monuments, Squares, Museums, Churches or to sightsee away from the vehicle.

* Italy has strict laws protecting official licensed guides make it unlawful for Tour Drivers to provide guests commentary while outside the vehicle. In order to be in compliance with Italy’s laws, Tour Drivers cannot personally accompany or tour our guests inside monuments, museums, churches or piazzas. Only official licensed Tour Guides can accompany guests into Monuments, Churches, Squares, and Museums. Failure to comply with these laws result in steep fines and suspension of our professional licenses. Your driver will be obliged to remain with the vehicle while you sightsee.


EACH DRIVER AND TOUR SERVICE IS AN INDIVIDUAL AND UNIQUE EXPERIENCE, therefore your experience will not be like the experience of others. Anything aside from ourCommitment to Service cannot be considered part of standard service we provide.

* If you have difficulty hearing your driver speak, please ask your driver to speak louder.
Vehicles are not equipped with microphones or audio systems. Local authorities deem usage of microphones and audio system by Drivers an unnecessary distraction and a safety concern, therefore only licensed tour guides or licensed tour companions are lawfully permitted to use microphones and audio system inside the vehicle.

For anyone who is hearing impaired or has trouble hearing the driver speak from the back of the vehicle, please let us know prior to booking your tour so you can be informed of your options.



We strongly suggest you do not alter the recommended itinerary for your Shore Excursions as these itineraries are carefully crafted by local experts who have complete knowledge and experience of the geography, distance, local traffic conditions, and driving time. Any alterations to the original itinerary may result in your inability to return to your ship on time. If you request changes made to your Shore Excursion itinerary that are not recommended by Stefano Rome Tours and your driver guide, you accept complete responsibility of all and any consequences if these changes result in late arrival to your ship, and Stefano Rome Tours is therefore completely exempt of any liability as a result of clients’ change in recommended itinerary.

Pick up time for shore excursion, unless otherwise indicated in your reservation, is 8 AM. Disembarking later than 8 AM will take away time from your sightseeing opportunities.  Price of the tour service will not be amended if tour time is shortened due to delay on behalf of the customer.

If you are experiencing delays disembarking your ship for your tour, please contact us immediately so your driver will be informed and will wait for your arrival. Wait time is 1 hour past the scheduled pick up time, after which without information from the customer regarding delays, the driver will be released from duty due to customer no-show.

Meeting Place for Civitavecchia and Livorno Cruise Ports:

From Civitavecchia and Livorno Cruise Ports, your driver will meet you on the pier next to your ship holding a sign with your name.
Do NOT take any shuttles or buses away from your ship 
or leave your ship area. Buses and shuttles will take you outiside the Port where you will not find your driver.

Meeting Place for Port of Naples:
The Port of Naples requires passengers to make their way to  the Taxi Area. This is the only area permitted for car service vehicles to park and wait for their clients. Your driver will be standing next to his or her vehicle holding a sign with your name.

Additional passengers:
We can only accept passengers for shore excursions that are booked in advance. 

Any last minute additions to the number of passengers must be submitted at least 48 hours in advance so we can update your reservation, revise the new price of the tour, and assign proper size vehicle for your group.

In order to comply with Port Authority and security, we can only transport the exact number of passengers declared in the reservation voucher we have to present when asked by security upon entrance.

Last minute tour participants are advised that only visitors with entry tickets purchased in advance and with the printed ticket vouchers will be able to enter the Colosseum and Vatican Museums without waiting in general ticket lines. Any last minute participants who are not in possession of their advance no line tickets may either have to wait in long lines or not be able to enter.


The itinerary suggested in the tour descriptions on the Stefano Rome Tours site and recommended by your driver guide are intended to optimize your sightseeing opportunity and make the most out of your limited time on the tour.



If deviations from the agreed upon itinerary and schedule result in delays and the tour time being extended, you accept full financial responsibility for the extra fees that will accrue at 50 EUROS for each additional hour past the original tour time.

To avoid fees for unintentionally extended tours, we strongly recommend you follow the suggestion of your driver guide so your tour continues on recommended schedule and you optimize your sightseeing experience.

Of course, if you desire to extend your day tour past the agreed upon time, please let your driver know. For each additional hour of the tour, 50 EUROS will be added to the final price of the tour which shall be paid in full in Euro funds to your driver at the end of the tour. For example, if your tour is scheduled to end at 5 PM when you are dropped off at your hotel, but you extend your tour and arrive to your hotel at 8 PM, that is an additional 3 hours at a total of 150Euros in addition to the originally quoted price of the tour.



Please do NOT  leave valuables or personal items such purses, day bags, wallets, cameras or other irreplaceable items behind in the vehicles. 

Stefano Rome Tours assumes NO responsibility for lost or stolen personal items left behind in the vehicles.  Vehicle beak-ins, while rare, can happen. Your driver will be with the vehicle most of the time, but for the times when he is assisting clients away from the vehicle, it is important to leave NOTHING of value behind, and any day bags not in continuous use must be stored inside the trunk or luggage space inside the vehicle.

When sightseeing away from the vehicle or lunching, mind your valuables and do not leave them exposed or within easy reach of pickpockets.  Large sums of money, passports and credit cards should be secured in a money belt or kept safe close to your person.  Wallets should not be carried in back pockets, and purses should be kept closed and close to your person at all times.  Please use common sense when traveling to prevent loss or theft.



Maximum luggage capacity per vehicle is up to 8 standard size check in suitcases and 7-8 small carry-ons.  Standard size suit cases weigh 50 lbs (23 kg) and do not exceed 62 inches (157 cm) in combination of length + width + height

If traveling with luggage on Tours please specify the exact number of large suitcases and carry-ons in order to be provided proper size vehicle for you.If the exact number of large and small luggage pieces is not specified, it will be assumed that you will bring 1 standard size suitcase and 1 carry-on per person and provide a vehicle accordingly.

Failure to provide the exact number and size of suit cases and carry ons prior to placing a reservation will result in our inability to provide the correct size vehicle and/or inability to accommodate al lugage together.
If bringing oversized or overweight luggage, please must advise the company prior to booking services to determine if all luggage will fit into the standard vehicles. Failure to advise the company of precise number and size of luggage may result in our inability to accommodate all luggage together in 1 vehicle and if needed, a 2nd vehicle may be required at expense of the customer.

Unless advises otherwise, it will be assumed all luggage will be standard size as indicated above.

Tours for up to 3 passengers are issued a sedan type vehicle. If you are a 3 person party bringing extra luggage that you believe may not fit into a sedan type vehicle, an upgrade to a minivan vehicle will be required at additional cost to cover expense of large vehicle.  Failure to request a vehicle upgrade to accommodate extra luggage will result in being provided a standard sedan vehicle.


Religious themed Vatican Tours

Tour guides licensed by the local municipalities are required to possess extensive knowledge in areas of History, Architecture and Art.

Licensed tour guides do not provide religious (Christian or Catholic) themed tours of the Vatican or elsewhere.

If you prefer to have a Vatican tour that includes religious content and commentary we recommend that you make separate and independent arrangements through the Vatican or your local church, pastor or bishop.


* Please consume wine and alcohol responsibly during your tour:

Our tours offer many opportunities for wine tasting, and you may also enjoy wine or alcoholic beverages with your lunch as you wish. Stefano Rome Tours accepts no responsibility for the amount of wine and/or alcoholic beverages our clients consume during the tour.

Please be advised that consuming excessive amount of wine and alcoholic beverages may interfere with your enjoyment of the tour. If as a result of consumption of wine and alcoholic beverages you request to terminate the tour early and return to your hotel, you accept financial responsibility for the original quoted amount of full day tour. The tour will not be discounted if you wish to leave early under these circumstances.


Touring with Children
Tours offered are geared toward adult participants and interest as the content and commentary provided during chauffeured tours and private guided tours inside the Coloseeum/Roman Forum and Vatican Museums may include subjects such as History, Ancient Rome, Architecture, Culture, and other subjects that children may or may not find interesting.  The tours provided are not geared toward children nor can they be altered to make them more enjoyable to children interest.

If you are interested in “kid friendly’ activities we are happy to suggest other venues you and your family can explore separately during your stay in Rome that are most suitable and interesting for children. The tours we offer are rich in historical and cultural content most understood and appreciated by adults who share these interests.

We provide child seats or booster seats upon request that are up to European safety standards. The parents or legal guardians are the only parties authorized to install the child seat or booster seat inside the vehicle, and to ensure that that each child is safely secured in their safety seat before departing. 
Drivers, as non-parents and non-legal guardians, cannot perform this safety function on behalf of the parent or legal care taker. Drivers will not proceed to depart until the child or children are secured inside their respective safety seats. By requesting a child seat or booster seat, you agree to comply with these terms.


* UNFORESEEABLE DELAYS: We do not assume any responsibility for delays due to traffic andweather conditions, protest marches, strikes, parking difficulties at the airport, mechanical problems, political unrest and any situations beyond our control.

AMBIENCE INSIDE YOUR VEHICLE: If you have preferences regarding A/C, heat, music, or typically experience motion sickness while driving, please feel free to let your driver guide know immediately so he/she can accommodate your needs.

HANDS FREE CELLPHONE USE FOR WORK: According to Italian law, professional drivers are permitted to use their hands free cellphones for work related issues. From time to time your driver may need to make and answer calls as it is part of our job.

NO SMOKING, EATING  OR DRINKING FROM CUPS/OPEN CONTAINERS INSIDE THE VEHICLES: In order to maintain a fresh and clean vehicle for all our clients to enjoy throughout the day, smoking, eating or drinking from open containers that are susceptible to spillage (soda cans, coffee cups) is not permitted inside the vehicles. Bottled beverages that can be closed tightly with a cap are welcome. Please treat the vehicle with respect as to not cause any damage to it.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH ACCOMMODATIONS: If you book an off the beaten path hotel, B&B or rental apartment be aware that we may not be able to provide door to door service. In many areas of Rome including piazzas and streets it is either illegal or impossible to park or pass through with our vehicles. In such cases we will do our best to pick you up and drop you off as close as possible to your place of accommodation.

ITALY HIGHWAY SPEED LIMITS: Please be aware that legal speed on Italy’s highways/motorways may be higher than in many other countries. Your driver guide will safely obey the legal speed as electronic speed checks are implemented throughout by the state to catch speeders.

If Italy’s legal speed makes you feel uncomfortable please let your driver know if it is safe to drive at a lower speed, but please keep in mind that driving too much below the speed limit becomes a traffic hazard as other vehicles try to overtake slower moving vehicles.

* We do not tolerate inappropriate, abusive, rude, harassing, or disrespectful behavior by any passenger towards our chauffeurs and staff either in person, over telephone or email. We reserve the right to refuse service at any time (including during transfer service) to any person we deem behaving inappropriately, is intoxicated by alcohol or illegal substances, excessively disturbs the chauffeur while driving in ways that could potentially present a safety risk.


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* By booking service with Stefano Rome Tours you therefore certify that you have fully Read, Understood, and Accepted ALL the above Information and Conditions as they are Provided. Once you accept the terms and conditions and book your service with Stefano Rome Tours you therefore entered a contract for service as is and we do NOT accept complaints regarding items listed in the Terms and Conditions, and any party publishing such complaints publicly are in violation of contract and Terms and Conditions mutually agreed upon and will be personally held liable for damages resulting from such complaints.