According to a local saying, to see Rome a lifetime is not enough. But, if you only have one day available, or if you are on a shore excursion during a cruise, this tour is for you! It’s packed with the most famous icons of the Eternal City, to give you a taste, and then go back some other time and explore further.
We’ll visit the Colosseum inside, going up to the first tier for an amazing view of the arena floor; then, we’ll walk alongside the ruins of the Roman and Imperial Forums to reach Piazza Venezia, where we’ll see the bombastic Monument to King Viktor-Emanuel II. A short walk, and we get to the Trevi Fountain, to toss a coin and ensure you’ll come back to Rome.
The Pantheon, one of the most amazing testimonies to the construction skills of the Romans in ancient times, will be our next stop. Originally a temple dedicated to all the gods venerated within the Roman Empire, it was later turned into a church, this way being perfectly preserved to the present day.
At Piazza Navona, one of the most beautiful squares in the world, we’ll have a quick lunch break before heading to the Vatican Museums. Here, we’ll see the Upper Galleries of the Papal Palace, including the stunning Gallery of the Maps; then, it will be time to meet Michelangelo and his breathtaking frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. A visit to St. Peter’s basilica and a view of the square in front of it will complete your unforgettable experience of the Eternal City.