One of Joe Banana’s drivers will meet you at the gangway of your cruise ship in Civitavecchia port, holding a sign with your name on it.
Travel in the comfort of your very own private vehicle for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from the port to Rome. Then enjoy your shore excursion with your private driver who will guide you to all the must-see sites.
The shore excursion starts at St. Peter's Basilica, which is the largest church in the world. Admire Michelangelo's "Pieta" and the beautiful Bernini Pulpit. Then continue on to the sites of Renaissance and Baroque Rome: the stunning Spanish steps, Piazza Navona and of course, not forgetting the city's most famous fountain, the Trevi Fountain. According to the legend, throwing a coin into the fountain will ensure that you return to Rome.
Next we will visit the heart of Ancient Rome: Capitoline Hill and the famous Roman Forum and the Colosseum, the symbol of the city and one of the world's most famous buildings where gladiator spectacles took place. Then continue on to see Palatine Hill and Circus Maximus.
During your shore excursion, your private driver will show you other attractions such as Castle St. Angelo and its bridge, the Italian Senate, The Marble Foot and Cat Street (Roman Curiosity), Trajan's Column, Imperial Fora, Trajan's Market, The Maps of the Empire, Arch of Constantine, Marcus Aurelius's Column, Parliament and Council of Ministers, St. Peter in Chains, temples of Apollo, Vesta and Janus, Quirinal Palace.
If you book in advance, it is possible to have a tour of the Vatican Museum (a private licensed guide is advisable) where you can admire the Sistine Chapel which contains frescos by Michelangelo, the Galleries of the Chandeliers, of the Tapestries and of the Geographical Maps, the Sobiesky Hall, the Immaculate Conception Hall and the Ancient Vatican Library.
For lunch you can choose between a quick bite to eat en route or a leisurely meal in a local restaurant. We will always be happy to suggest the best place in the area and we particularly enjoy taking visitors to quaint little restaurants where you will get an authentic atmosphere of Rome.
After your memorable day in the Eternal City, we will then return to the port.
If we start our tour at 8:00/8.30 am we will return to the ship by 5.00/5.30 pm.
PLEASE NOTE: Security procedures at the Colosseum have recently changed. We have just been advised that the Colosseum has changed their security policy and has now implemented a metal detector which all guests must pass through. This will effect entrance to the Colosseum as even with skip the line entrance tickets, all guests entering must pass through the metal detector. The length of this line will be dependent upon tourist volume each day, however, we do want to advise that at this time, in low tourist season, with the implementation of the metal detector, the wait to enter is considerable and will affect the timing available to see other sites in Rome.