RELIGIOUS ROME CATHOLIC TOUR

The capital of Christianity is home to historical, architectural and inspiring sites dedicated to martyrs and saints spread over Basilicas and churches. Incorporate your Catholic Faith into your cruise vacation with an exclusive religious Rome Catholic tour. Best for cruise passengers who want to get a spiritual view of the city Holy Christian sites with an itinerary that focuses on Art and Faith. This private 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. 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 shore excursion ensures a personalized experience based on your interests with flexibility to explore at your own pace.

An 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 chauffeur at Civitavecchia 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. According to history and legends here 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 journey through the origins of Christianity as you go underground.
Your private tour 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 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.  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, time permitting 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 religious Rome Catholic tour enjoy a relaxed ride back to Civitavecchia port. Contact us for a Christian Rome and Vatican tour experience.

* 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
* Christian Catacombs
* Vatican Skip the Line Access
* Vatican Museums
* Sistine Chapel
* St. Peter’s Basilica
* St. Peter’s Square
* Best Photo Ops
* Shore Excursion Length: 9hrs

The Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel close on Sundays and on certain Holy days throughout the year: January 1st & 6th, February 11th, March 19th, April 21st, May 1st, August 14th & 15th, November 1st and December 8th, 25th & 26th.

The Vatican Museums Authorities retain the rights to alter the Museums opening hours or close specific areas of the Museum at any time, and without prior notice.
The unforeseen closure of specific areas of the Museums and/or Sistine Chapel is beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore no refunds will be issued. Your guide will take you to another section of the museums instead.
On rare occasions St. Peter Basilica closes without prior notice. If this happens, you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums. If St. Peter Basilica unexpectedly close it is beyond our control therefore no refunds will be issued.

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

The Vatican dress code requires appropriate attire. No bare shoulders, no shorts, no dresses above the knee, and no bare feet or exposed midriffs are allowed.

If your travel date is on Wednesday there is the possibility that you will be unable to include St. Peter Basilica and St. Peter Square. This is due to the weekly Papal Audience during which access to St. Peter Basilica could be closed. As an alternative you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums.

The Sistine Chapel is not available separately but is only able to be visited as part of the tour of the Vatican Museums. The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums and the entrance is located on the far end from the Vatican Museum entrance an approx. 15 min. walk along the Vatican Museums.

Large bags, backpacks, tripods, big umbrellas and glass bottles must be left at the Vatican Museums cloakroom.

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.