Dig into the fascinating history of Christianity in ancient Rome with this private 9 hour shore excursion from the port of Civitavecchia to the Eternal City. Visit the places where everything started. Learn what St. Peter and St. Paul did when they were in Rome, where Christians were buried when the religion was prohibited, and how Christianity eventually triumphed.
Get picked up from the cruise ship port at 07.30 am. As soon as you disembark look up where all the private drivers are and after you see your name on the sign of your English Speaking driver, get ready for an amazing experience. Remember that there is no need to take any shuttle bus as the driver will be right at the ship dock. Start with an intense introduction to the life of St. Peter and St. Paul while approaching the city of Rome. Star with a stop at the Mamertine Prison, where the two Saints were kept in chains under Emperor Nero. You can also visit it from the inside. Move to the Aventine Hill, the place where the early Christians started to profess their religion. Visit what once were the first two Domus Iglesias, today known as the Church of Saint Sabina and Saint Prisca, under which the first Christians met in secret. Move to the Appian Way and explore the Church of Quo Vadis, where you will find amazing evidence of the life of the two Saints. Visit the Catacombs where the early Christians were buried, even if persecuted by the Romans. Take a break for lunch (own expense) before heading to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Explore the Basilica built on top of the tomb of St Paul.
Next, visit Saint Paul outside the Walls to see where St Paul was buried
At 03.00 pm circa you will start to make your way back to the ship.