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In Rome, every day is a chance to savor the sweet essence of life - La Dolce Vita. It's an invitation to immerse yourself in historic squares and enduring landmarks, savor the flavors of local culture, and experience the heart and soul of the Eternal City, just as the locals do.
Our La Dolce Vita Rome private excursion from Civitavecchia is a thoughtfully crafted driving tour from the cruise port, inviting you to embark on a delightful exploration through the heart of Rome, where culture and history elegantly intertwine.
This tour will not take you to overcrowded tourist hotspots like the Vatican Museums and Colosseum, where you often face unexpectedly long security lines, overwhelming crowds, and hard-to-get tickets that quickly sell out. Our La Dolce Vita Rome private excursion offers cruisers the opportunity to enjoy the true spirit of the Eternal City at your own relaxed pace, just like a local Roman.
Discover the charms of Rome's iconic squares, marvel at enduring ancient Roman monuments, and discover hidden gems that have captured the hearts of Romans for generations. Indulge in a delectable lunch at a local restaurant in the charming Trastevere neighborhood, and, of course, leave room for a velvety Italian gelato that will sweeten your memories of Rome for a lifetime.
For up to 4 Persons from Civitavecchia Port: 550 EUROS
For up to 6 Persons from Civitavecchia Port: 600 EUROS
For up to 8 Persons from Civitavecchia Port: 650 EUROS
* DATES on the Booking Form Calendar that are NOT Selectable, are NOT AVAILABLE
Your dedicated Stefano Rome Tours English-speaking driver will meet you dockside next to your ship at 7:30 AM, and you'll return to your ship in the afternoon between 5:00 - 5:15 PM, your heart brimming with the unforgettable experiences of your private excursion to Rome.
Your Rome private excursion begins with a leisurely 90-minute drive through the picturesque countryside towards Rome.
A prominent highlight of our La Dolce Vita private excursion is Colosseum Square.
Meander through this expansive plaza, where the remnants of ancient glory and splendor echo tales of bygone eras. Feast your eyes upon the awe-inspiring Colosseum, a once-mighty arena where gladiators and heroes once clashed in epic battles. Stand humbled in the presence of the towering Arch of Constantine, a profound symbol of the great Emperor's enduring triumphs.
The Colosseum, whose construction began in 72 AD, emerged from the very grounds once graced by Emperor Nero's opulent Golden House, the Domus Aurea. Originally christened as the Flavian Amphitheater, this architectural marvel took shape under the watchful eye of Emperor Vespasian's family, creating a space for grand public spectacles.
Its famous name, the Colosseum, derived from the towering Colossus of Nero, an ancient bronze statue depicting the emperor as the pagan sun god Apollo.
As you explore Colosseum Square, seize the opportunity to capture the essence of this colossal wonder from various angles, ensuring you immortalize its singular beauty through the lens of your camera.
And do not overlook the nearby Arch of Constantine, a commanding triumphal arch built in the 4th century AD to commemorate the victories of Emperor Constantine. This remarkable ruler forever altered the course of history by decreeing the legality of Christianity, a faith once persecuted in Rome.
A short drive will take you to Circus Maximus for a brief stop. Here, you'll step into the whispers of a once-spectacular Ancient Roman arena that stirred the hearts of both the Roman elite and the common folk with exhilarating chariot races.
At the heart of the arena, where the magnificent spina once divided it, proudly stood the renowned Obelisco Flaminio—an ancient obelisk that now graces the lively Piazza del Popolo, its presence a symbol of an enduring legacy. The majestic Palatine Hill forms an evocative backdrop, enhancing the allure of Circus Maximus.
Today, Circus Maximus has evolved into a public park, embraced by locals and celebrated as a vibrant focal point for festivals and concerts. It beautifully bridges the gap between the historical grandeur of ancient Rome and the pulsating energy of the modern-day Eternal City.
Your Rome private excursion continues to Aventine Hill, a true gem hidden in the heart of the city. Aventine Hill, one of Rome's original seven hills, dates back over 2,700 years, boasting not only natural beauty but also a history of lavish villas and grand estates.
On Aventine Hill, the Garden of the Oranges beckons, a tranquil oasis that warmly welcomes both travelers and locals. It offers a peaceful escape surrounded by lush greenery. As you stroll along its path you'll reach a terrace at the garden's edge, revealing a breathtaking panorama of Rome, with the magnificent Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica gracing the horizon.
Venturing a little higher along Aventine Hill you'll discover the Piazza of the Knights of Malta. Here, an unassuming keyhole holds the key to a masterful play of perspective: the iconic dome of St. Peter's Basilica, perfectly framed by meticulously manicured hedges. This spot is where art, architecture, and a touch of mystery converge, evoking a timeless sense of wonder.
High above the vibrant streets of Rome, Janiculum Hill (Gianicolo in Italian), unveils one of the city's most captivating panoramic vistas.
Janiculum Hill boasts ancient origins that predate the very foundation of Rome itself. Positioned with strategic precision, it once served as a vigilant sentinel, casting its watchful eye over the meandering Tiber River and the sprawling landscape below. Legend tells us that the name "Janiculum" traces its lineage to Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and transitions, underscoring its role as a gateway connecting Rome to the rest of the world.
From the terrace atop Janiculum Hill, you'll be treated to a mesmerizing panorama that encapsulates the timeless allure of Rome. Church domes elegantly ascend, competing for your attention in a harmonious display of architectural marvels, while a sea of rooftops unfolds below. Amidst this panorama of domes, the iconic Pantheon's majestic dome emerges as a radiant symbol of Rome's enduring spirit and boundless beauty.
Trastevere, which translates to "across the Tiber", is a vibrant neighborhood on the opposite bank of the Tiber River. This quaint district is renowned for its labyrinthine alleys and timeless allure, encapsulating the old-world essence of Rome. It holds a special place in the hearts of Romans, where the past and present harmoniously entwine, and the air carries a sense of lingering nostalgia.
Meander through these intricate alleyways, where weathered facades display a vibrant spectrum of colors, and vines cascade gracefully. Explore the lively Piazza Santa Maria, where the ancient Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere has proudly stood for a millennium.
The Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere is one of Rome's oldest churches, dating back to the early 4th century. Inside, you'll discover remarkable mosaics depicting scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary and the birth of Jesus, showcasing the artistry of the time.
No visit to Trastevere would be complete without savoring traditional Roman lunch at a local ristorante or trattoria. Each dish embodies the history and heart of Rome, offering an authentic culinary experience.
Upon entering Saint Peter’s Square, you'll be instantly embraced by the monumental colonnades, poetically described by Gian Lorenzo Bernini as "the maternal arms of the Church". This masterful elliptical forecourt was meticulously crafted to host the largest gatherings, as people eagerly sought the Pope's blessings.
At the heart of the square, the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica commands your attention. Its awe-inspiring dome designed by Michelangelo gracefully reaches toward the heavens, a shining example of Renaissance design. This iconic basilica, the world's largest church, holds profound religious significance as the final resting place of St. Peter, one of Jesus Christ's apostles.
Dominating the square's center is a towering Egyptian obelisk, symbolizing ancient power and spiritual enlightenment. Transported from Heliopolis during Emperor Caligula's reign, this obelisk serves as a living testament to Rome's rich history. Not to be missed are the twin fountains: the northern fountain was sculpted by Carlo Maderno and the southern fountain was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
As you leisurely explore this extraordinary square, let yourself be immersed in its enchanting ambiance, where history, art, and spirituality converge in breathtaking harmony.
As you step into the vibrant ambiance of Piazza della Rotonda, you'll find yourself in the presence of the Pantheon, an architectural masterpiece that gracefully shares the square with a remarkable baroque fountain.
Take a moment to bask in the magnificence of the Pantheon. This architectural wonder reigns supreme in the square, effortlessly commanding attention and evoking a profound sense of wonder.
At the heart of the square, the fountain exudes an undeniable grandeur that captivates your senses. Towering above it stands an imposing 20-foot Egyptian obelisk, originally crafted by Pharaoh Ramses II for the ancient Egyptian Temple of Ra in Heliopolis.
As you leisurely explore the square, you'll be surrounded by the pastel hues of historic palazzi. Explore hidden corners around the Pantheon, discover charming local shops, savor the exquisite delights of gelato from a nearby gelateria, and succumb to the irresistible charm that has made Piazza della Rotonda a beloved destination for generations of Romans.
Piazza Navona, with its distinctive elongated shape, derives its name from the ancient term 'agones,' which means games. This lively square was built upon the remains of Emperor Domitian's sports stadium from the 1st century AD.
Its center is dominated by the magnificent 17th-century Fountain of Four Rivers (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi), an exquisite masterpiece sculpted by the renowned Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
This intricate fountain pays homage to the four major rivers known at the time: the Nile (representing Africa), the Danube (Europe), the Ganges (Asia), and the Rio de la Plata (America). Towering majestically above the fountain is an ancient Egyptian obelisk, commissioned by Pope Innocent X, adding both height and authority to this splendid aquatic creation.
Today, the square's charm is further enhanced by the vibrant displays of local artists, the creativity of street performers, and the historic palazzi that encircle the square with inviting cafes with outdoor seating. This harmonious blend of history, artistic expression, and bustling activity makes Piazza Navona a dynamic space beloved by both locals and visitors, offering a taste of la dolce vita.
The Trevi Fountain, a timeless masterpiece, embodies the essence of la dolce vita, inviting you into its enchanting world with a mesmerizing symphony of cascading waters. This 18th-century architectural marvel derives its name from the convergence of "tre vie" (three roads) at its location.
The focus of the fountain is the mythical Titan God Oceanus, standing beneath a triumphant arch as his chariot, led by Tritons and drawn by sea horses, adds an air of regal elegance to this aquatic masterpiece. The fountain's waters flow from the ancient Aqua Virgo aqueduct, a testament to Rome's enduring history dating back to 19 BC.
Legend weaves a delightful tale around this fountain: tossing a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder into its waters ensures your return to the Eternal City. This ritual ensures your return to the Eternal City, as your hopes and dreams become one with the glistening ripples, mingling with the wishes of kindred spirits.
Cinema has immortalized this enchanting fountain, etching its image deeply into the hearts of movie enthusiasts worldwide. From the iconic scenes in "La Dolce Vita" where Anita Ekberg frolics in the fountain's embrace, to the timeless tale of “Three Coins in a Fountain” and romantic escapades of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in "Roman Holiday", the Trevi Fountain not only holds a cherished place in the hearts of Romans but also in the collective soul of the world. It is the heartbeat of la dolce vita itself.
With its graceful 18th-century spiral stairway, the Spanish Steps extend a warm welcome, seamlessly connecting the lively Piazza di Spagna square below to the elevated French church of Trinita dei Monti on top. These steps earned their name from the Spanish Embassy, which once occupied this site in 1647 before being transformed into the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See.
In the square below, you'll discover the "Fontana della Barcaccio" (The Fountain of the Old Boat), a splendid Baroque masterpiece attributed to Pietro Bernini, the father of the celebrated sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. This fountain pays homage to the wine-laden boats of Ripetta's port.
With each step, you'll find yourself immersed in the Spanish Steps’ harmonious blend of architectural splendor and historical significance that has turned this iconic landmark into a beloved gathering spot for generations of local Romans and inquisitive travelers alike.
As your Rome private excursion draws to a close, it's time to bid a fond arrivederci to these iconic Roman sites. Your personal driver will take you on a leisurely drive back to your awaiting cruise ship in Civitavecchia, taking with you not only treasured memories but also a profound and lasting connection to the eternal city, Rome, all wrapped in the sweet embrace of la dolce vita.
Thank you for booking our La Dolce Vita Rome private excursion, and for choosing Stefano Rome Tours for your shore excursions from Civitavecchia. We look forward to sharing our beautiful Eternal City with you!
Payment for this La Dolce Vita Rome private excursion can be made in Euro funds at the end of your journey directly to your driver, or you may prepay in advance via PayPal or Credit Card online when you Confirm your Tour.
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This private Rome tour provides an English-speaking Driver in Rome who is NOT a Licensed Tour Guide. Your driver will be happy to provide general touristic information while at the vehicle, but will not be able to accompany you to sightsee away from the vehicle.
* Italy has strict laws and regulations aimed at protecting official licensed guides that make it unlawful for Drivers to act as tour guides or accompany guests to sightsee on foot away from the vehicle. In order for us to comply with Italy’s laws, Drivers are required to remain with the vehicle while guests sightsee away from the vehicle.
* On this La Dolce Vita Rome Private Excursion you will SELF TOUR (unaccompanied by your driver) when away from the vehicle.
* You will be dropped off as close to the sites as possible in accordance with the municipality and traffic laws.
For Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia, your private tour driver will meet you on the Pier next to your Ship at your tour's scheduled pick-up time holding a sign with the NAME in your reservation.
Do NOT leave the ship area, and do NOT take a shuttle bus outside the port.
Look for your driver in the same area on the Pier as ALL private drivers will be waiting for their clients. After you meet your driver you will be accompanied to your vehicle and your Rome private shore excursion will begin with a leisurely drive from Civitavecchia to Rome.