Guided by experts private underground Rome tour is best for cruise passengers who want to experience an unusual Rome and its many hidden secrets. Rome has layer upon layer of history. Explore subterranean levels hidden beneath Rome as you descend into its underground. Hit Rome top underground attractions from the catacombs to the underground of the Basilica of San Clemente and the Coliseum iconic symbol of Rome. Your dedicated personal tour guide explains the importance, heritage and meaning of these intriguing treasures ensuring that you clearly understand the artistic and historic significance of the masterpieces you encounter. Your private Rome shore excursion ensures a personalized experience based on your interests with flexibility to enjoy this underground Rome tour 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 port  holding a sign with your name in. Your private 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 is lined by miles of underground tunnels where early Christians practiced their religion in secret and where buried their dead. These underground tombs contain the only surviving examples of early Christian art. Take a guided historical journey through the origins of Christianity as you go below ground. For an unforgettable glimpse into this compelling time in history visit the undergrounds of the 12th century Basilica of St. Clemente to experience a church like no other. This historical layer cake comprises three-tiered buildings each built on top of the other and is the only place in Rome to hear the underground River that flows beneath the city. Descend into the three levels beneath the church to experience with your own eyes underground Rome’s layers of history. Continue your travel back in time to the ancient origins of the city as your guide escorts you through the archaeological core of Rome. 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. No trip to Rome would be complete without a visit to the Coliseum. Enjoy fast access by skipping the lines when entering the most thrilling of the Eternal City ancient sights. Your guide describes the impressive history of this huge arena and its importance as one of ancient Rome’s vital social centers. Learn how the Coliseum was used for entertainment such as wild animal hunts, gladiator fights and public games. 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. Next enjoy a relaxed ride back to Civitavecchia Rome port of call in time to board your cruise ship. Contact us for a memorable underground Rome tour experience.

* Full Day Private Guided Chauffeured Shore Trip
* Licensed Professional Chauffeur who assists you through the day
* Licensed Professional Guide in Rome
* Full Day Private Deluxe Vehicle
* Civitavecchia Port Pick Up & Drop Off
* Scenic Drive
* Ancient Appian Way
* Underground Catacombs
* Underground of St. Clemente
* Colosseum Skip the Line Access
* Janiculum Hill
* Shore Excursion Length: 9hrs

Optional Upgrades to Enhance Your Private Guided Rome Day Tour

There are no add-ons for this tour.

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.

When entering churches always ensure that you dress appropriately, no shorts or sleeveless dresses. By not being properly attired you run into the risk of being denied entry.

This tour can be challenging for kids under 6 and for people with mobility disabilities.

For a smooth operation this itinerary may operate in reverse.

The tour sequence may vary. The time spent at certain venues may be expanded/reduced, and other brief stops may be added.

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 private 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 we stop for lunch during our private guided Rome shore trip?

Yes. In a city with so much great food it would be crazy not to. The duration of the tour includes time for breaks to grab a quick snack and/or lunch but is not included in the price. Some people like to grab a quick pizza or a snack, and some people like to sit down for a nice relaxing Italian meal. You may take a break at any time during the tour upon request. Otherwise, breaks will be at our discretion.

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.