Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
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Approximately 9½ hours
Historic Center of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights & San Paolo Fuori le Mura UNESCO World Heritage Site
Nothing beats the excitement of exploring the landmarks of Ancient Rome. Your day begins with an approximately 90-minute motorcoach drive to Rome, where you will take a walking tour through some of the most ancient sites of the Old Town.
First is one of the grandest of all Rome's monuments and the symbol of Rome's eternity -- the Colosseum. Inside this magnificent amphitheatre, it is easy to imagine the splendor of ancient Rome. From one of the great viewpoints, you will see this enormous arena that once featured 76 numbered entrances, marble seats and subterranean passages where animals and equipment were hidden from view. Leaving the Colosseum, you will pass the imposing Arch of Constantine erected to commemorate Constantine's victory over Maxentius. You will also see the magnificent Roman Forum, religious, political and commercial center of the Roman Empire.
A short drive brings you to a restaurant to savor a lunch of local Italian cuisine.
Then, resume your tour with a drive by the Circus Maximus, with its elongated oval shape and ruined tiers of benches, still evoking the setting of Ben-Hur. At one time, 250,000 Romans could assemble on the marble seats while the Emperor observed the games from his box high on Palatine Hill. Pass the Baths of Caracalla, built during the early Roman Empire, on the panoramic drive back to the pier at Civitavecchia.
Please note: Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience. Tour requires extensive walking. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Wear comfortable walking shoes. For safety reasons, the Minister of Tourism has established a maximum number of visitors allowed inside the Colosseum at any one time; group access can be delayed. If your guide determines that the wait to enter the Colosseum is longer than 45 minutes, you will forgo the inside visit and (s)he will provide you with a full explanation and description while outside; an inside visit to the Roman Forum will be substituted. The Colosseum is closed on the first Sunday of every month; an inside visit to the Roman Forum will be substituted.