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When people think of a private tour or shore excursion in Rome, they think of three main categories: Ancient Rome, the Vatican, and Rome’s popular piazzas (squares).
Rome Cabs and our sister company Stefano Rome Tours provide numerous tours in Rome to satisfy travelers’ variety of interests and curiosities, in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle driven by an English speaking driver guide.
You will visit more sites in one day and cover more area than on foot or public transportation, while avoiding the summer heat that makes walking long distances in Rome uncomfortable.
If you are looking for highlights of the best the Eternal City of Rome has to offer, the ever popular “Rome In A Day” tour and shore excursion aims to please. On this tour you sample everything: Ancient Rome, Rome’s most popular piazzas, and the Vatican.
Rome in A Day Tour allows you to explore the ins and outs of the world’s most famous amphitheater and the iconic symbol of Rome: the Colosseum.
Even though its once glorious facade has been damaged by earthquakes and the elements of time, and quarried and used as building material for many construction projects in Rome throughout the centuries, the Colosseum continues to stand erect and proud and invite millions of visitors each year to see where 2,000 years ago impressive gladiatorial games and other spectacled entertained more than 50,000 of Rome’s ancient population.
The Circus Maximus nearby is testament to ancient Rome’s passion for live sporting events, and you can still see the outline of this once formidable arena for chariot races and other combative sports.
The Roman Forum was once the navel of the once great city of Rome, and it served as the political, financial, legal, and religious center of the Roman Empire.
The Pantheon’s unique architecture of its famous dome has inspired architects throughout history and can be seen utilized in many domes from the Renaissance era to modern.
The Pantheon’s claim to fame is that it’s among the best preserved ancient monuments of its time, and the longest in continuous use. What saved this ancient pagan temple dedicated to all gods from being destroyed was its conversion to a Christian church by the name of St Mary of the Martyrs in 7th century AD. Inside you’ll discover tombs of Italy’s most illustrious: King Vittorio Emanuelle II , King Umberto I and his Queen Margherita, and the ever famous artist, Raphael.
* In the summer bring a bottle of water and wear sunglasses, hat to protect your head and face, and sunscreen when outdoors and inside the Colosseum.
* If it happens to rain on your tour, watch the rain fall gracefully through the open oculus of the Pantheon and onto the marble floor and into the underground drainage system.
Stepping out of Ancient Rome and into exciting lively piazzas allows for a taste of La Dolce Vita.
On the Spanish Steps you can enjoy its elegant curved stairs.
And don’t forget to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain! Legend has it if you throw one coin you will be granted another visit to Rome, two coins you will have a romantic interlude in Rome, and three coins a marriage proposal.
You will see many people throwing coins and having their photos taken of that precise moment for posterity. Does it work? Well, all of our returning guests have told us it does .
The areas near the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps are often very crowded, especially during the peak travel months, so always be aware of your surroundings and keep your personal belongings close to you to avoid being targeted by pick pockets.
Do not accept ‘gifts’ from street vendors approaching tourists . They may offer you roses or other gifts, but if choose you accept, you will be expected to pay or give a tip for them.
When visiting the Vatican you literally step out of Italy and cross the border into another country. The world’s smallest country, that is. You’ll be going into the Vatican City.
Your visit will comprise of a visit to one of the world’s greatest museums, the Vatican Museums, where you can admire priceless works of art from paintings to sculptures, tapestries, mosaics,and a splendor of murals that cover ceilings and walls. When you consider the marble floors, there is not a single spot in all of the halls and galleries that make up the museum that hasn’t been stunningly adorned.
Your next stop will be the sacred Sistine Chapel where popes are elected. But that’s not the reason why millions of people visit each year: it houses the most famous frescoes in the world: Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling and the Last Judgment.
The final stop will be the greatest church in Christendom, St Peter’s Basilica. Originally built by Emperor Constantine in 4th century on the site where Peter was martyred and his tomb was believed to have existed, it was then re-built by Pope Julius II in the 1600’s with the help of the Great Masters such as Michelagelo, Bramante, Giacomo della Porta and Bernini into the glorious and awe inspiring church we see today.
On your visit you will have the opportunity to admire among many things Bernini’s bronze baldacchino that stands above the altar and below the dome, and Michelangelo’s famous sculpture the Pieta.
To get the most out of your visit to Vatican City, we strongly suggest utilizing a professional tour guide for your visit as he or she will provide valuable information on the most significant works of art in the museum and St Peter’s Basilica, many which you may actually miss without guidance.
The Vatican Museums is among the three largest museums in the world with an expansive network of labyrinthine galleries and halls that can be very confusing to a first time visitor. It is also only accompanied by a licensed tour guide that you may benefit from the convenient and time saving shortcut from the Sistine Chapel to St Peter’s Basilica.
For more information on this Rome in A Day Tour and Shore Excursion, and more exciting tours and shore excursions, please visit our website or our sister company Stefano Rome Tours. We will be very happy to assist you in transforming your visit to Italy into your vacation of a lifetime!
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We look forward to seeing you soon in Rome!
~ The Rome Cabs Team