Rome is home to historical, architectural and inspiring sites dedicated to martyrs and saints spread over Basilicas and churches. Incorporate your Catholic Faith into your Rome cruise vacation with an exclusive religious Rome Catholic tour. Best for cruise passengers who want to get a spiritual view of Rome Holy Christian sites with an itinerary that focuses on Art and Faith. This private guided Christian Rome and Vatican City tour provides a comprehensive introduction to Rome religious heritage, history and traditions.
Tour Rome Christian sites and learn how this Faith which started with a small persecuted community spread through the Roman Empire overcoming the paganism to grow into the Roman Catholic Church of today. Experience Christian Rome in the footsteps of the early Christians, venture into the catacombs of Rome and tour the extensive collection of art at the Vatican City in just one day. Your dedicated personal guide explains the importance, heritage and meaning of these treasures ensuring that you clearly understand the artistic and historic significance of the masterpieces you encounter. This Rome shore excursion ensures a personalized experience based on your interests with flexibility to explore at your own pace.
A Nancy Aiello English speaking licensed chauffeur accompanies you throughout the day from the time you disembark the cruise ship, meet your private local guide in Rome and return to the port in time to board your cruise ship.
Meet your personal local chauffeur at Civitavecchia Rome pier after disembarking your cruise ship holding a sign with your name in. Your tour begins with an approx. 90 minute drive (traffic pending) in the comfort of a private fully licensed insured a/c deluxe vehicle to reach the historic center of Rome. Enter into the ancient city through the Porta San Paolo gate which is one of the main gates of the Roman Aurelian Walls. Drive past and admire the Pyramid of Caius Cestius, the highest and the oldest Pyramid in Europe, the Baths of Emperor Caracalla, one of the seven wonders of the Eternal City and the Circus Maximus the largest stadium ever built for shows and chariot races. Continue your panoramic drive along the evocative ancient Appian Way. This cobblestoned road home to the catacombs offers a glance into the past of ancient Rome and Early Christian civilization. According to history and legends here is where St. Peter had a vision of Jesus who convinced him to return to Rome to his martyrdom. Visit the Christian Catacombs underneath the Appian Way where early Christians practiced their religion in secret and where buried their deceased. These underground cemeteries contain some of the only surviving examples of early Christian art. Take a biblical and historical journey through the origins of Christianity and learn about the history of the beginning of Christian burial as you go below ground with your personal guide. For an unforgettable glimpse into this compelling time in history visit the monumental Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls where lie the relics of St. Paul and 5th century mosaics shimmer alongside brilliantly-colored frescoes.
Your private guided tour of Christian Rome most inspirational sites continues by visiting the Holy Vatican. Skip the line at the Vatican Museums where elaborate galleries filled with one masterpiece after another lead you directly to Michelangelo Sistine Chapel. Scores of rooms contain a priceless collection of art collected by the Popes over the centuries. Your personable guide gently steers you to the highlights of the Vatican Museums and leads you to the galleries that you are most interested in answering all of your questions about this art lover’s paradise. The highlight of your Vatican Museums tour is experienced upon entering the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s Biblical frescoes. Visit the overwhelming St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest cathedral in the world. Here we find the heart of the Catholic Church for the whole world. Artistically and architecturally the Basilica of St. Peter is a masterpiece where artworks await at every turn from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pieta. On the way back to the port stop at the off the beaten path Janiculum Hill to enjoy amazing panoramic views of Rome. A great photo stop that most travelers do not have the opportunity to discover. At the end of your exclusive religious Rome Catholic tour enjoy a relaxed ride back to Civitavecchia Rome port of call in time to board your cruise ship. Contact us for a Christian Rome and Vatican tour experience.