Shore Excursions




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    Lauren Cotts

    Hi eor! Do you think is it possible to add the Borghese gallery as an option on shore excursion? We would really love to see it.

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    Support Team

    Ciao Lauren,

    it is indeed possible to add the Borghese Gallery on a shore excursion full day tour! In that case we would recommend the following itinerary:

    1. Vatican Museums
    2. Borghese
    3. Lunch break
    4. Colosseum outside visit (depending on time)

    Feel free to drop us an email in case you need further customization.

  • Lauren,

    you could also prefer to cut shorter the visit to the Vatican by visiting the Museums/Sistine Chapel only and skip St. Peter's Basilica. This will save you about 30/45 mins that you could use to visit the Colosseum from the inside. 

    Otherwise you might decide to add an additional site such as the Catacombs (fascinating visit in my opinion!) but bare in mind that Catacombs are located outside of the city center and will add about 1.5 hours to your day (visit + transfers).

    Happy travels!

  • When you book a shore excursion in Rome, I think the best you can do is to schedule your itinerary trying to avoid the large crowds. Choosing a private tour instead of a group excursion is already a good starting point. Having a van at your disposal will make the difference and the skip the line tickets will allow you to save a lot of time. The important thing is to be sure you will leave Rome around 4/4.30 PM maximum, to do not risk any delay because of the traffic to the port. 

    If you have never been to Rome the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum are a Must! If you have been here already and you know the main attractions, this could be the best opportunity to spend your time off the beaten paths (Lauren, the Borghese is the best museum in the city!) and enjoy some other places, having time for a nice lunch, and not only for a sandwich.

    But if you want to see as more as you can, ask your guide where to get the best "panino" or a good slice of pizza and don't waste time for food. You will feel yourself full of beauty at the end of your day and you will start planning your next longer visit, I hope! :)


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    Greg D.

    Hi guys, we will be in Italy this May on a shore excursion. We will be at the port of Civitavecchia at 7am until 6pm. We’d really like to see Ostia and maybe a quick stop at the Rome’s city centre? Maybe a walking tour can be good.  Thank you :) 


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    Sasha M.


    I heard that the Ancient Ostia archeological site is similar to Pompeii. Is this true?

    Also, is this tour suitable for young children in a stroller?


  • Dear Ms Sasha M.

    Thanks for reaching out to us. The archeological excavations of Ancient Ostia house the ruins of a little city built around the old port of Rome. Due to a flood, its monuments were buried under sand for centuries, and thus, very well preserved- just as Pompeii was preserved by the ash of Vesuvius. In Ancient Ostia today, it is possible to admire private villas, public squares, temples, restaurants and spas from the ancient times, and it really gives you an idea of how an ancient Roman city functioned. Children love the ruins, and they can run around in complete safety. Slightly older children will be fascinated by the stories of daily life in Roman times, seeing where the stories really took place. If you must bring a stroller, there is a paved road around the outside of the archeological site- but you can’t see much from there. Entering the dirt roads of the ruins with the stroller can be awkward, so I advise against bringing one if at all possible.

    Elisa Taddei

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    Alessandro Calì

    Hi Greg, how are you? Nice to hear you are about to visit our country! I am one if the guides, and I have done many excursions for shore customers. I can definitively say that we will be too tight with the schedule if you want to do both Ostia antica and city centre walking tour of Rome. What I suggest, would be to go to Ostia straight after you arrive. After the tour we can have a nice lunch near the seaside and after that while going back to Civitavecchia we can do a quick sightseeing drive of the main landmarks (but no a walking tour). 

    If this sounds good for you, please feel free to drop an email to our office at info@eyesofrome.com and our competitive staff will be able to accommodate your request, you are in good hands!

    Enjoy your holidays!

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