Tour Code: R.Ex-13
Sacred Churches And Profane Life In Ancient Rome
This shore excursion gives you the opportunity to experience the ROMA EXPRESS, a private, comfortable, fast and luxury train, the new and exclusive way for cruise guests to discover the fascinating eternal city. Enjoy a ride through the marvellous countryside, assisted by your escort and delighted by classical music.
An official guide will meet you at St. Peter’s Station (the Vatican area); the tour will continue with an orientation drive by coach which will give you an introduction to the major sites in Rome; at the end of the orientation drive, you are dropped off at Colle Oppio, a hill overlooking the Colosseum and the Roman Forum area.
After a 5 minutes walk you reach St. Peter in Chains, believed to contain the prison chains of Saint Peter. Inside this small church you will admire Michelangelo’s Moses. This amazing work of art captures Moses, armed with the Ten Commandments. Nearby the church you will visit the Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built in Rome; it was originally called Flavian Amphitheatre, since it was built by the Royal Family Flavia. Started by the Emperor Vespasian in the year 72 A.D. it was finished in the year 80 A.D. during the reign of the Emperor Titus. Enter the site where Romans used to go to enjoy spectacular shows of gladiatorial combats, fights with wild beasts and bloody games. The amphitheatre used to hold up to 50,000 people who would spend the whole day watching games, while slaves and criminals died as an entertainment for the crowd.
You will continue the tour through the Roman Forum, the religious, political and commercial centre of ancient Rome. You will walk through the Sacred Way, along which victorious generals marched in triumph to the Curia. Here is the place where the Senate used to have their historical meetings and where during the Ides of March (15th March), 44 BC, senators of the highest influence gathered round Julius Caesar on the pretext of urging a petition and then stabbed him to death. You will also see the altar where the body of Julius Caesar was cremated and from which Marc Anthony made his famous speech (William Shakespeare).
After the visit, board the coach again, and you will be transferred to Navona Square – the most famous renaissance/ baroque square in Rome, where you will enjoy some free time for lunch in the heart of Rome.
Continue the tour boarding your coach to be transferred to the Vatican Area; visit of St. Peter’s square , created by Bernini and considered one of the most beautiful squares in the world and St. Peter’s Basilica, the Christendom’s most magnificent church, begun in 1452 on the site where St. Peter was buried. Throughout the following 200 years, such Renaissance masters as Bramante, Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini worked on its design and created an unparalleled masterpiece. Admire the astonishing beauty of Michelangelo’s most famous sculpture, the marble Pietà, and the marvellous bronze canopy over the high altar by Bernini.
After some free time to spend in the heart of Rome you will walk to the station where your exclusive train Roma Express will take you back to the port. A courtesy service may be offered on board under request.