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Rome appears to the world for the first time in history as a populations of traders and farmers who lived over several hills along the Tiber river. The Roman legend ranks the foundation of Rome around the year 753 B.C. with the dynasty of the 7 Roman kings, most of them Etruscan, which came to an end thanks to a revolution led by the locals in the year 509 B.C. with the establishment of the Roman Rupubblica.
Until few years ago we only knew about this trough legends and stories but today archaeological discoveries brought back to light facts from the ancient historians. Near the end of the 1st century B.C. the fight for the power between Marc Anthony and Augusts, right after the death of Julius Caesar, led the republican political system to an end and somehow introduced again a new form of monarchy now led by Princeps later Emperors that was the beginning of the Roman Empire which lasted till the end of the 5th century A.D.
Kings, Senators and Emperors all played an import role for the Political, Religious, Commercial and Military life in Rome commissioning the construction of sewers, aqueducts, bridges, temples, statues, government buildings and structures used for what they consider entertainment. Today thanks to our staff we will be more than happy to show you all the remains and what is left to our eyes to admire now days. On this specific tour you will also have the chance to Visit parts of the Vatican city -state which covers one sixth of a square mile and has about 550 citizens.
The area includes the complex of the papal palace housing the Pope, his world famous museum and St. Peter’s Basilica with its square. Most of the city-state is surrounded by city wall, different from those of Rome with a famous elevated passage which links the Vatican Palaces to Castle of the Holy Angel on several occasions was used as a refuge for the Popes.
The Tour is 9/h usually it starts at 08:00AM . Your driver will meet you right under the ship holding a sign with your last name on it he will always monitor time in order to have you back to the ship by 05:30 pm at the latest. The drive to city center and back to the port, due to traffic, is about 1,5/h each way.
During the morning you will visit sights from the ancient Romans such as Pantheon, Coliseum, Circus Maximums, Palatine Hill, drive by Roman forum, Capitol hill also some highlights from the Renaissance period like Trevi fountain, Spanish steps. Around 12:30 stop for a little lunch break in order to be by At 01:30/2:00 pm at the Vatican where you’ll be introduced to your private guide who will show you both the Museum and St. Peter Basilica.