Rome in A Day Private Tour

Private Rome Tours from Civitavecchia Cruise Port and from Rome hotel

duration:Full Day

Payment method:Cash, Paypal, Credit card

starting time:8:00 AM from Rome Hotel 7:30 AM from Civitavecchia


  • Enjoy the most popular Rome tour and Rome shore excursion from Civitavecchia
  • Experience more of Rome in less time on our Rome tours by car
  • Bask in Rome's timeless landmarks, resplendent monuments, exceptional squares, and grand museums
  • Tour comfortably and safely in your private deluxe vehicle reserved just for you, your family and travel friends
  • Personal English speaking driver on all our Rome Tours by car
  • Your driver will take you as close as possible to each site, minimizing walking distance
  • You will self tour away from the vehicle while your driver will wait with the vehicle


  • Colosseum Square (outside view of Colosseum, Arch of Constantine)
  • Circus Maximus
  • Roman Forum view from Capitoline Hill
  • Drive by Piazza Venezia
  • Piazza Navona
  • Pantheon ( * on weekends the Pantheon required Time Slot Entrance Tickets)
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Spanish Steps
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • * Saint Peter’s Basilica (pending available time)


  • Private Deluxe Vehicle
  • Private English speaking Driver
  • All applicable Taxes
  • Highway tolls, parking fees, road expenses

not included

  • Admission Tickets
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Licensed Tour Guides / Walking Tours ( * you will Self Tour without a guide)





For up to 2 Persons from Rome Hotel 380 EUROS
For up to 4 Persons from Rome Hotel:  400 EUROS
For up to 6 Persons from Rome Hotel 425 EUROS
For up to 8 Persons from Rome Hotel:  450 EUROS


For up to 2 Persons from Civitavecchia500 EUROS
For up to 4 Persons from Civitavecchia 550 EUROS
For up to 6 Persons from Civitavecchia:  600 EUROS
For up to 8 Persons from Civitavecchia:  650 EUROS

** DATES on the Booking Form Calendar that are NOT Selectable, are NOT AVAILABLE

Enjoy a visual journey of Rome's epochal highlights on our Rome in A Day Tour VIDEO:

Our Rome in A Day Tour from Rome and Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia is designed to cover the beautiful city of Rome's most significant ancient Roman monuments (such as the Colosseum SquareCircus MaximusRoman Forum viewed from Capitoline Hill, and the Pantheon),  famous piazzas (Trevi FountainPiazza Navona and Spanish Steps), the magnificent St Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel

  • If you wish to enjoy a private guided tour of the Vatican on our Rome on one day tour, please book our  ROME IN A DAY WITH VATICAN GUIDE TOUR  as it will also include a private licensed local guide for a guided tour of Vatican Museums highlights, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter Basilica.


 COLOSSEUM SQUARE - Admire Ancient Rome's architectural wonders 

Enjoy the magnificence of Ancient Rome with a visit to Colosseum Square to view the world's most impressive ancient amphitheater and the proud symbol of Rome itself.

In its full ancient glory, the Colosseum held more than 50,000 roaring spectators seated round the arena where gladiatorial battles, animal hunts, public executions, theatrical plays, and many other forms of entertainment unimaginable in modern society took place for the public's enjoyment.  


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As you stroll around this massive monument, be sure to catch glimpses of this architectural wonder from different angles and capture the many views of the Colosseum on your camera.  Don't miss the imposing Arch of Constantine nearby, the famous triumphal arch of ancient Roman Emperor Constantine.


CIRCUS MAXIMUS - view remains of fabled Ancient Roman chariot race track

The Circus Maximus is the large ancient stadium where chariot races were held for the pleasure of Roman citizens and royalty. Listen closely and you can almost hear the roar of the crowds and the galloping of the horses’ hooves as they race for the finish. Envision chariot races as seen in the famous film Ben Hur.

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Majestically sitting behind the stadium, you will see the Palatine Hill where the villas and the Domus of the emperors were built. A Domus was a spacious house that wealthy and some middle-class families owned in ancient Rome and could be found in almost all of the major cities of the Roman Empire.


CAPITOLINE HILL - View a picture-perfect panorama of the Roman Forum

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Your next stop on this Rome in A Day private tour exploring the historic center will be Capitoline Hill where you will be treated to a panoramic splendor sweeping across the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill from a terrace known for the most picturesque view.

It is incredible to imagine that the vast remains of temples and public buildings in the Roman Forum were once part of the most important center of the Roman Empire as it served as its political, legal, financial and religious nucleus.


Drive by the remarkable PIAZZA VENEZIA

As you drive through Piazza Venezia, you will also have the opportunity to see from the comfort of your vehicle the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument that was dedicated to the first king of Italy.

The monument is built of pure white marble from Botticino, Brescia, and features majestic stairways, tall Corinthian columns, fountains, a huge equestrian sculpture of Victor Emmanue II and two statues of the goddess Victoria riding on quadrigas (a chariot drawn by four horses abreast). The structure is 135 meters (443 ft) wide and 70 meters (230 ft) high. If the quadrigae and winged victories are included, the height is 81 meters (266 ft) The base of the monument houses the museum of Italian Reunification.

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At the time the monument was built, it was controversial among Romans since a large area of the Capitoline Hill was destroyed along with a medieval neighborhood for the sake of building it. Romans regard the monument as pompous and too large. It is clearly visible to most of the city of Rome and is boxy in general shape and lacks a dome or a tower.

The monument is also blindingly white, making it highly conspicuous as it sits among the ochre buildings surrounding it. Its stacked, crowded appearance has caused it to be saddled with several nicknames from "Zuppa Inglese", "the wedding cake", and "the dentures", while Americans liberating Rome in 1944 labeled it "the typewriter", a nickname also adopted by the locals. Even with all of this criticism, the monument still attracts a large number of visitors, and tourists typically enjoy seeing it.


Visit the former Ancient Roman temple - THE PANTHEON 

The next destination of our Rome in A Day tour will be the Pantheon, once an ancient pagan temple of all Roman gods. Several centuries later it became a Christian church and burial place for Italy's kings and notable artists such as Raphael.

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It is the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings, and perhaps the best-preserved building of its age in the world. The Pantheon is the oldest standing domed structure in Rome as well as in continuous use throughout its history.

Since the Renaissance, the Pantheon has been used as a tomb. Among those buried there are the painters Raphael and Annibale Carracci, the composer Arcangelo Corelli, and the architect Baldassare Peruzzi. In the 15th century, the Pantheon was adorned with paintings: the best-known is the Annunciation by Melozzo da Forlì. Architects, like Brunelleschi, used the Pantheon as inspiration when designing the dome of the Cathedral of Florence.

Looking up you will be surprised by the circular hole in the center of the coffered dome. The oculus (Latin for ‘eye’) at the top of the dome has always been open to the weather, allowing rain to enter and fall to the floor, where it is carried away through drains.

  •  If you are touring Rome on weekends, the Pantheon requires Time Slot Entrance Tickets to be booked in advance. See more information below.


PIAZZA NAVONA - Rome's charismatic lively square

The lively Piazza Navona is a delightful display of fountains, colorful art, and gorgeous sun-kissed palazzi that surround the oblong square whose shape outlines the ancient 1st century AD Roman Stadium upon which it stands.

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Commissioned by Emperor Domitian, the once large stadium was used for athletic competitions. The name Navona is rooted in the ancient word for games, ‘agones’.

The square’s centerpiece is the magnificent 17th-century fountain by Gian Lorenzo Bernini: Fountain of Four Rivers (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi) that represents the four major rivers of the known continents of that era: Danube (Europe), Nile (Africa), Ganges (Asia) and Rio de la Plata (America). An ancient Egyptian obelisk commissioned by Pope Innocent X tops the fountain giving it height and dominance.


THE TREVI FOUNTAIN - Rome's iconic Baroque fountain

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We then make our way to the famed Trevi fountain, the largest Baroque fountain in the city. Legend has it that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they will be assured a return to Rome.

The Trevi fountain was also the setting of the well-known movie Three Coins in a Fountain.  Many people, however, are unaware that the "three coins" of Three Coins in the Fountain were thrown by three different characters.

The current interpretation is that two coins will lead to a new romance and three will ensure either a marriage or divorce. Another current version of this legend is that it is lucky to throw three coins with one's right hand over one's left shoulder into the fountain.

The fountain is also the setting for an iconic scene in Federico Fellini's film La Dolce Vita. Approximately 3,000 Euros are thrown into the fountain each day and are collected at night. The money has been used to subsidize a supermarket for Rome's needy.



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The Spanish Steps is where you will find the famous 18th-century winding steps that connect the square below to the French church of Trinita dei Monti above.

The Obelisk Sallustiano, erected in 1789, is a smaller version copy of the large Egyptian obelisk belonging to Pharaoh Ramses II that is the centerpiece of Piazza del Popolo.

Below is the early 1600’s Baroque fountain, “Fontana della Barcaccio”, or “The Fountain of the Old Boat”, a type of shallow boat popular for carrying wine to the port of Ripetta. The unique fountain is credited to Pietro Bernini, the father of the famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

As you begin to climb the Spanish Steps, the corner building on your right is the house where the famous English poet John Keats lived and died in 1821. The name Spanish Steps was given after the Spanish Embassy that was permanently located there in 1647, and it later became the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See.

By now you are probably ready for a time of rest, relaxation, and the wonderful food that Italy is known for during your free time for lunch.


THE VATICAN - visit the world's smallest country

After lunch, your final stop on your Rome in one day tour will enjoy time on your own for a visit to the smallest country in the world, the Vatican

  • This Rome in A Day Tour option does  NOT include a private tour guide for your Vatican visit. You will Self Tour  inside the Vatican.   
  • If you wish to enjoy an informative English-speaking private guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St Peter's Basilica, please visit our ROME IN A DAY WITH VATICAN GUIDE TOUR.

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Your first visit will be to the Vatican Museums where you will be amazed and delighted at the vast collection of masterpieces, including the impressive Raphael Rooms and Michelangelo's famous Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes. The Vatican Museums boast many of the world's most priceless paintings, sculptures, mosaics, tapestries, and frescoes.


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Following your visit to the Vatican, your driver will take you back to your hotel in Rome or cruise ship in Civitavecchia.



Thank you for choosing Stefano Rome Tours for your tours from Rome and shore excursion tours from Civitavecchia Port. We look forward to showing you Rome in one day!

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PAYMENT OPTIONS for Rome in a Day Tour:

Payment for this Rome in A Day Tour 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. Upon special request, also have the option to pay the driver via Credit Card on the Day of your Tour.



We kindly ask that cancellations for Rome in limo tours be made at least 7 days in advance so we can rebook your service and your reserved driver does not lose work for that day. We thank you for your cooperation and consideration. 

** PREPAID SERVICES can only be Refunded the Net Rate we receive from your prepayment.  Net Rate is the actual service price minus the fees retained by PayPal/Credit Card that are not reimbursed to us in case of refunds. We can only refund the portion we receive from the PayPal/CC company.



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Price of skip the ticket line / Vatican Museums Admission Tickets booked online at approximately 21 Euros *  per person.  You will receive an email with instructions on purchasing your Vatican Museums Tickets are a suitable Time Slot.


* Ticket prices may change up or down without notice at the discretion of the monuments and museums and cannot be guaranteed until they are actually booked.

* Remember to bring the printed ticket vouchers for Vatican Museums with you in order to enter the museum. You cannot enter without your printed vouchers.


In case Vatican Museums Ticket are SOLD OUT on your Date of Tour, you may substitute the Vatican with other sites in Rome, or you may book our Postcard Rome Tour for Cruisers that is enjoyed both as a Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia and as a Day Tour from Rome hotels.


If you will be touring Rome on Saturday or Sunday, the Pantheon requires booking Time Slot Entrance Tickets in advance.  We will provide you with the links and a suitable time slot for your Pantheon Visit. Be sure to book them early as the time slots get booked up fast!



This Rome limo tour provides an English-speaking Private Driver who is NOT a Licensed Tour Guide.

* Italy has strict laws and regulations aimed to protect 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 Rome limo tour by car 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 municipality and traffic laws.



For Day Tours starting from Rome  hotel / accommodation

For Day Tours starting from Rome Hotel, your driver will meet you inside the lobby of your hotel or area permitted by your hotel.

From Apartments or B&B’s without a lobby, your driver will meet you outside the main entrance of your Address.

* If your hotel or accommodation is located on a street or in an area that is restricted to vehicle traffic, your driver will park as close as lawfully possible, and meet you on foot at your Address to accompany you to your parked vehicle. Door-to-door service may not be possible on streets, squares, or areas restricted to vehicle traffic or vehicle stopping.


For Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia Cruise Port

For any tour from Civitavecchia Port, your private 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 private 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 on your day trip from Civitavecchia to Rome.

IMPORTANT Regarding visiting Saint Peter's Basilica 

If visiting St Peter's Basilica is important to you, we suggest booking our Rome in A Day With Vatican Guided Tour to be guaranteed visit to St Peter's Basilica via the shortcut backway entrance from inside the Sistine Chapel currently designated for Visitors with Tour Guides only. 

Without a Tour Guide to access the basilica, the Vatican security may require you to exit the Museums and access the Basilica from St Peter's Square where you may find potentially long security lines that may prevent you from having sufficient time to also visit the Basilica. We cannot guarantee you will be able to also visit St Peter's Basilica without a licensed tour guide if you run out of time. The visitor situations inside the Vatican are outside of our control, often unpredictable and subject to change, and vary without advance notice.

While you may extend your Rome in a Day Tour starting from Rome hotel by the hour if needed, this would not be possible on a Rome shore excursion from Civitavecchia due to ship schedule restrictions.


COLOSSEUM VISIT Possible Upon Request

This Rome in A Day tour does NOT include a visit inside the Colosseum.

You have the opportunity to view the Colosseum from the outside as you enjoy a stroll through Colosseum Square in the heart of Ancient Rome. 

Our Rome private tours are flexible and accommodating if you wish to visit inside the Colosseum

You will simply need to purchase your own Colosseum Tickets online at a recommended Time Slot suitable for your tour.  Please let us know if you wish to visit the Colosseum and we include it in your reservation and provide you with LINKS and Instructions to purchase your Non-Refundable Colosseum Tickets online.

Visiting inside the Colosseum will also take time away from other sites suggested in the tour, and you may have to skip some sites such as Piazza Navona.   

Please also know that tours from Civitavecchia Port to Rome are limited in time as you will have to travel back to Civitavecchia to your cruise ship and cannot be extended to accommodate additional sites, or to accommodate unexpected delays while you visit the Colosseum.



  • Colosseum Tickets require a specific Time Slot to be booked for visits
  • Colosseum Tickets with the most suitable time slots tend to SELL OUT fast, even months in advance.
  • Tickets are NON-Refundable after purchase should your travel plans change.
  • ALL visitors are required to clear security checkpoints prior to entering the monument. This may result in possibly LONG SECURITY LINES with unpredictably LONG WAIT TIMES.
  • For safety and security, Colosseum allows a maximum of 3,000 visitors at a time.  Unfortunately on occasions, even Time Slot Ticket Holders were required to wait longer than anticipated when the Colosseum reached maximum visitor capacity.
  • Do not bring large bags or backpacks inside the Colosseum as they are not permitted
  • It is advisable to bring with you a bottle of water, sunscreen, and a hat in the summer as it can be very hot and sunny inside the Colosseum.

ROME IN A DAY TOUR SHARING from Civitavecchia Cruise Port

You can save a lot on this Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia by sharing your tour with fellow cruisers for up to 8 guests per minivan! All you need to do is place an ad on the Cruise Critic roll call and invite others to join you. Share the fun and the expense, Find out HOW: TOUR SHARING


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