Travel back to the height of ancient Rome uncovering the history and mysteries of the Roman Empire. Explore old Rome Imperial landmarks in the footsteps of Caesar. This exclusive in depth Ancient Rome tour will fascinate you, surprise you and ultimately seduce you. Best for cruise passengers whose interests are primarily in learning about old Rome history and architecture and like to have some free time to explore Rome at leisure.
The Roman Empire begins with Julius the first Caesar and ends with the establishment of Christian rule in Western Europe. In the footsteps of the Emperors this private guided in depth ancient Rome tour encompasses Rome legendary origins and modern grandeur highlighting Rome architectural treasures. Imperial Rome history is revealed during  your exploration of Rome ancient sites. Your dedicated personal tour 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. Combine a guided visit of Rome iconic landmarks with several hours of free time to explore, shop and have lunch independently. This private 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.
After disembarking your cruise ship meet your personal local chauffeur at Civitavecchia Rome holding a sign with your name in pier. Your in depth Ancient Rome 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.
Experience first-hand Rome 2000 years of history as your guide escorts you through the archaeological core of Rome from the Coliseum and the Arch of Constantine through the Forums and the Capitoline Hill. Strolling through the streets of old Rome travel back in time to the ancient origins of the Eternal City and come away with a full understanding of Rome history from its humble origins to the golden age of the Roman Empire. With an emphasis on how the site looked in ancient times and changed through the centuries your guide will stir your imagination taking you back to a time when Rome ruled the world. Your guide shares his/her knowledge about the amazing historical events once took place here providing history and archaeology lovers with the means to derive the utmost benefit from a private visit to these ancient sites.
Enjoy fast access skipping the lines when entering the Coliseum iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and a masterpiece of classical architecture. Learn how the Coliseum was used for entertainment such as wild animal hunts, gladiator fights and public games. Right next to the Coliseum stands the well preserved and richly decorated triumphal Arch of Constantine the largest of the three remaining Roman arches. Enter the monumental ancient Roman Forum where the Roman Empire began. The ancient Forum was the center of Roman civic life for centuries, it was here that Cicero and Marcus Aurelius spoke and won the hearts of the masses. The Roman Forum is the largest open archaeological dig in the world which features evocative ruins such as the Arch of Septimius Severus, Temple of Saturn, Arch of Titus, the House of the Vestals. Walk on the Via Sacra the oldest paved street in Rome. Discover the Capitoline Hill the most sacred of Rome seven hills. The Capitoline Hill historic and religious center of ancient Rome features the Senate and it is surrounded by the Renaissance Piazza del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo. Tour ends with priceless inside informations and connections from a true Roman. After your feast of ancient Roman history you have free time at disposal to enjoy Rome at your leisure. Your personal driver will be glad to provide suggestions for lunch to suit your tastes and budgets. 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 experience. At the end of your private Rome day excursion enjoy a relaxed ride back to Civitavecchia Rome port of call in time to board your cruise ship. Contact us for an exclusive in depth ancient Rome tour experience.

* Full Day Private Guided Chauffeured Shore Trip
* Licensed Professional Chauffeur who assists you through the day
* Licensed Professional Guide for the portion of the Imperial tour
* Full Day Private Deluxe Vehicle
* Pier Pick Up & Drop Off
* Scenic Drive
* Colosseum Skip the Line Access
* Arch of Constantine
* Roman Forums
* Capitoline Hill
* Free Time
* Janiculum Hill
* Best Photo Opps
* Shore Excursion Length: 9hrs

Optional Upgrades to Enhance Your Private Guided Rome Tour

* Palatine Hill
* Pantheon Inside
* Basilica of St. Clemente
* Capitoline Museums
* Trajan’s Market

The Coliseum closes on January 1st, March 23rd,  April 18th, June 2nd AM and December 25th.

Since skip the line Coliseum tickets sell out fast tour must be reserved well in advance.

For our guests comfort Nancy Aiello Tours only operate private tours by private cars and/or minivans which can get closer to the main points of interest than larger buses. According to Italian traffic regulations licensed minivans up to 8 passengers are considered equivalent to taxis therefore, can access all the restricted areas of each city center, can go and stop in front of churches, museums, sites etc. and so the walking distance to be covered is minimum which allows us to maximize your precious holiday time reducing to zero the walking time otherwise required to go from the bus pick up/drop off point to the city centers and vice versa during the visit. This is a HUGE advantage especially when you visit Rome where by using a bus passengers would be forced to walk long distances to just reach the city center from the drop off point and back for the pick up. This means a lot of saved time therefore more sightseeing at relaxed pace within the same number of tour hours.

Baby seats are mandatory for infants, please request at time of booking.

Can I join a group tour?

Unfortunately this is not a service we offer. Nancy Aiello Tours specializes in individual and family private tours. Our private tours are exclusive to one booking party and we do not combine separate reservations to form small groups. Our private tours mean that you do not share your tour with anyone else. Your private tour is tailored to your individual needs and interests so everyone can ask questions and get the most from a new experience.

Do we skip the line to enter the Coliseum?

Yes. This tour guarantees your reservation to enter the Coliseum. We do arrange for you to get a privileged entrance and means that you skip the line. The admission fee for the Coliseum must be paid on the day of your visit.
Please Note: Since skip the line Coliseum tickets sell out fast tour must be reserved well in advance.

How long will the private transfer from Civitavecchia pier to Rome take?

The transfer time from Civitavecchia pier to Rome city center is about 90 minutes each way (traffic pending). The exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions.

Where do we meet our chauffeur at Civitavecchia port?

Your chauffeur meets you at the pier next to your ship holding a sign with your name in. Our vehicles are licensed to enter inside Civitavecchia port, so you do not have to walk far to reach your vehicle.

Are your private vehicles licensed and insured?

Yes. All of our vehicles are officially licensed and insured.

Are your private vehicles non-smoking? Air conditioned?

Yes. All of our vehicles are non-smoking and air-conditioned.

Do you offer suggestions for restaurants in Rome?

Yes. Your private local guide and chauffeur provide personalized attention and on tour are glad to suggest a suitable spot for quick snack and/or lunch. You will have several options to fit your budget, tastes and whether or not you want to sit or eat on the go.

Are tips included?

Tips are optional and not included in your tour price, but are a nice way of showing satisfaction for good service.

What happens if a site is unexpectedly closed on the day of scheduled tour?

The Coliseum is subject to closure due to assembly meetings, strikes or other factors without prior notice.
While we regret these inconveniences, these rare unforeseen closures are beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore no refunds will be issued. In these rare cases, your guide will modify the itinerary and give you as complete a tour as possible working with the circumstances given.

Do you provide a refund if my cruise ship cannot make it into port?

We will honor a refund if your cruise line does not come into port due to severe weather, mechanical problems or political unrest. However, you will be charged 100% for any admission tickets pre-purchased on your behalf.