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The port city of Civitavecchia lies about an hour from Italy’s capital, Rome, and is the starting point for excursions into the ‘Eternal City’. Rome probably needs no introduction – it is the ultimate vacation destination - there is perhaps no other city so crammed full of history, with layer upon layer of fabulous ruins and imperial temples, not to mention Etruscan tombs, early Christian churches, medieval bell towers, Renaissance palaces and baroque basilicas, all which can be enjoyed under the magic of the warm Southern sun. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROME, CLASSIC TOUR

 

Цена: € 96 на възрастен, € 67 на дете

 

Duration: full day, lunch included

 

Leaving the port, an approx. 1.5-hour coach drive will take you to Rome, one of the world’s greatest cities and unique in its eclectic blend of charm, history and art. Your tour guide will meet you on arrival to lead you around the city on a varied itinerary that includes external visits at the Colosseum and Roman Forum. You can even attend the Pope’s weekly Angelus on St. Peter’s Square and admire the splendid Bernini Column. You will have time to explore on your own and, if you like, visit the Basilica. Your guide will be happy to provide information on the site beforehand. A break will be made for lunch in a restaurant, after which the excursion continues with a walking tour to Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and around the elegant Piazza Navona. On taking leave of your Roman guide, you will return to the port.

Please note: the excursion includes a long walking tour. The possibility of attending the “Angelus” will be reconfirmed on board as it depends on the Vatican’s programmes. The Angelus is foreseen only during Sunday calls. During the autumn and the winter, it may be dusk when we visit some of the sites. The restaurant lunch may be earlier or later depending on the day of call.

 

 

 

ROME, BAROQUE TOUR

 

Цена: € 76 на възрастен, € 53 на дете

 

Duration: full day, lunch not included

 

Rome – one of the world’s most iconic cities that is both steeped in history and rich in Italian charm – awaits you after an approx. 1.5-hour coach drive from Civitavecchia. A city guide will be on hand to meet you on arrival and then escort you on a Roman tour that includes external viewings of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. The Pope’s weekly Angelus – held on St. Peter’s Square every Sunday – can also be attended, giving you a chance to admire the splendid Bernini Column at the same time. Free time to explore on your own will be made available as well. A visit to the Basilica is well worthwhile – your guide will provide information on the site beforehand. The excursion draws to a close with a walk to Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the lovely Piazza Navona. After saying goodbye to your guide, you will return to the port.

Please note: the excursion includes a long walking tour. Lunch is not included in the price of the excursion and is at the clients’ charge. The possibility of attending the “Angelus” will be reconfirmed on board as it depends on the Vatican’s programmes. The Angelus is foreseen only during Sunday calls. During the autumn and the winter, it may be dusk when we visit some of the sites.

 

 

 

ROME ON YOUR OWN

 

Цена: € 45 на възрастен, € 32 на дете

 

Duration: full day, lunch not included

 

This unguided tour of Rome begins with an approx. 1.5-hour drive by coach, after which you can spend the entire day exploring “The Eternal City” – the capital of Italy – at your leisure. Instructions on how best to get around town and a map showing the main sights and monuments will be provided. Some of the must-sees Rome is known for include the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, the beautiful Piazza Navona in old Rome, the neighbouring Vatican City State and the Trevi Fountain in Rome’s modern centre, to name but a few. As one of the world’s fashion capitals, the city is also choc-full of superb shopping facilities. Further sights include the magnificent Bernini Column on St. Peter’s Square, which is also the site of the Pope’s Sunday Angelus.

Please note: the bus stops near St. Peter’s Square; this is the point of arrival and departure of your tour.

 

 

 

ANCIENT OSTIA

 

Цена: € 44 на възрастен, € 31 на дете

 

Duration: approx. 4.5 hours

 

Situated on the outskirts of Rome about a 1-hour drive from the port of Civitavecchia lies Ostia, a popular residential area with a beach and a marina with moorings for both smaller and larger boats. But your actual tour destination is Rome’s ancient port, which grew around the mouth of the River Tiber. A knowledgeable tour guide will meet you at the so-called Ostia Antica, an archaeological complex first discovered in the course of excavation work carried out in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. On walking around the huge area, you can get a real feel for what life must have been like in Roman times. Apart from its Roman forum and two baths, the ancient city also gives visitors a glimpse of working life with well-preserved ancient apartment buildings used to house navvies and the old warehouses and docks to explore.

Please note: this tour includes long distances on uneven ground and is not recommended for guests with mobility problems. This tour is not foreseen on following MSC Melody calls: 23.04.2012 + 09.07.2012 + 24.09.2012 + 29.10.2012.

 

 

 

GRAN TOUR OF ROME, THE ETERNAL CITY

 

Цена: € 114 на възрастен, € 80 на дете

 

Duration: full day, lunch included

 

This excursion combines two of the most important aspects of Rome: Christianity and antiquity. Bus transfer to Rome (1.5 hours) to meet our guide and start the tour with a visit to the Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. We will look around this impressive edifice, built to hold up to 50.000 people and where the Romans used to watch the cruel gladiators combats. The tour continues with a stroll around Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, an ancient temple built in honour of seven important Roman deities. Stop for lunch in a typical Italian restaurant. The afternoon will be dedicated to the home of Christianity as we pay a visit to St. Peter's Square: free time to explore the square or to visit the Basilica independently after receiving information from the guide outside the site. After leaving our guide in Rome we will return to the port.  

Please note: this tour is almost entirely made on foot and is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties. During the autumn and the winter, it may be dusk when we visit some of the sites. The restaurant lunch may be earlier or later depending on the day of call.

 

 

 

ROME & THE WONDERS OF THE VATICAN MUSEUM

 

Цена: € 87 на възрастен, € 61 на дете

 

Duration: full day, lunch not included

 

A 1.5-hour bus transfer will take you to Rome where your guide will provide a sightseeing tour of Rome’s key monuments including the Aurelian Walls, the Pyramid, Caracalla’s Baths, the Circus Massimus, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Venice Square and the romantic “Lungotevere”: all from the comfort of your coach. We will proceed to the Vatican area where, after a short walk, you will reach the Vatican Museum. This excursion allows you privileged access to the site, avoiding the long queues. Enjoy a guided tour inside one of the world’s most famous museums, admiring the masterpieces commissioned by the Roman Popes and which have been collected and preserved during the ages. See inside the Sistine Chapel, marvel at the exquisite frescoes by Michaelangelo and other XV century artists from Tuscany and Umbria. Free time for lunch (not-inclusive) followed by a guided tour of “Piazza San Pietro” and the Basilica. The return to the port will be unguided.

Please note: during calls in the autumn and the winter, it may be dusk when we visit some of the sites. Lunch is not included. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in wheelchair. This tour is not scheduled on Sunday calls and on 29.06.2012 (MSC Splendida).

 

 

 

ROME SIGHTSEEING

 

Цена: € 49 на възрастен, € 34 на дете

 

Duration: 5 hours

 

Leave the port for a 1.5-hour drive to Italy’s capital city and experience one of the most comfortable ways to visit Rome with a sightseeing coach tour of all the attractions that make up this “Eternal City”. You will see the Cestia Pyramid, Caracalla Baths, “Circus Massimus”, the Colosseum and the famous “Bocca della Verità” fountain as well as Via Veneto, Piazza Barberini, and the romantic “Lungotevere”. We will then drop you off at the Vatican where you will have free time to wander the tranquil backstreets of the Vatican State or visit Saint Peter’s Basilica on your own. The return to the port will be unguided.

Please note: guests will be met in Rome by the guides.

 

 

 

ANCIENT ROME IN 3D AND MORE

 

Цена: € 59 на възрастен, € 42 на дете

 

Duration: full day, lunch not included

 

Experience an exhilarating 3 dimensional journey through the history of imperial Rome during your one day tour in Rome. Once arrived in Rome, meet your guide and enjoy a panoramic tour by coach until reaching the Coliseum. Here you will receive all information about this important monument from outside. The “Colosseo” was originally called Flavian Amphitheatre, since it was built by the Roman Family Flavia. Started in the year 72 A.D. it was finished in the year 80 A.D. during the reign of the Emperor Titus. Next, follow your guide and get ready to visit the Virtual Museum of Ancient Rome. A series of amazing special effects and computerized equipment will give you the opportunity to find yourself  in the underground chambers of the Coliseum and back in 310 AD. After this amazing experience, reach the Vatican area and enjoy some free time to explore Rome on your own or taste some Italian food. Rejoin the bus and return to the ship.

Please note: the coach drive to Rome takes approx. 1.5 hours. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair.