One Day in Rome

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Rome was a port of call on our 12-day Mediterranean Cruise. We spent a long, hot day in this fascinating city. We definitely could have spent more time there, but limited time in some cities is one of the only downfalls of cruising! If you only have one day in Rome, check out some of these great places to visit.

One Day In Rome Italy

We again booked a tour with Rome in Limo and Salvatore was our driver for the day.

Rome Italy

It was about an hour drive into Rome from the port of Chivitavecchia and we went straight to Vatican City.

Vatican Rome Italy

Our first stop was the Vatican museums. It was packed!

Vatican Museum

We wandered throughout the museums (all connected) for about an hour and a half. There were statues, paintings, tapestries, etc. and of course the Sistine Chapel. No photography is allowed inside the chapel and you WILL get yelled at if the guards see you with a camera out.

St Peter's Square

Next it was off to St. Peter’s Square

St. Peter's Basilica

…followed by a quick stop in to St. Peter’s Basilica.

Michelangelo’s Pieta

It was an honor to see Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’.

White dove stained glass

The chapel was absolutely incredible! I wish we could’ve stayed longer during our one day in Rome, but we still had so much to see!

Dino and Tony's

We stopped for lunch at Dino and Tony’s. I was a little hesitant at first. The driver recommended it and said it would cost €20 a person, which is a little steep for lunch, but we sure did get our money’s worth! The food kept coming! We had wine to start, tons of appetizers, pizza, pasta, dessert and an after-dinner drink called zibibba. We left completely stuffed!

One Day in Rome

We got back into our van and drove through the streets of the Ancient City, as Salvatore cranked “That’s Amore!”…and we all sang along! We were all pretty happy from the food, the vino and just being in Rome!

Pantheon Rome

He drove us through the busy city explaining some history and pointing out the (literally) hundreds of churches on our way to the Pantheon.

Trevi Fountain

Not far from the Parthenon is the Trevi Fountain. We had no coins to toss in, so we just said ‘our love’ would grant our wishes!

Basilica di San Clemente

We next made a quick stop at the Basilica di San Clemente, a church with magnificent frescoes and twelfth-century mosaics. Although a brief walk-through was all we really had time for, we found it interesting, because it is a tri-layered church representing different eras of time.


We then made our final stop of the day at the Coliseum.

Roman Coliseum

It was neat to see underneath the former stage area where the gladiators and animals would enter the arena.

Roman Coliseum

It was pretty crowded and it was blessed HOT! Our driver said it was 102° out and fortunately had cold bottles of water waiting for us when we were done exploring the ruins! We passed by the Roman Forum and rested on the hour long ride back to port!

Roman Forum

Want to keep exploring?

You can check out the other Mediterranean cruise ports we visited on our 12 day adventure!


  1. Hello!! I will be visiting Rome in September!!! I will be going on a cruise and one of our stops is Rome!!! I was looking at your blog about your day in Rome, did the company you booked the tour with pick you and your group up from the port of civitavecchia? I’m trying to figure out the easiest way to get I to the city we have from 7am-7pm and I’m not what route to take as far as transportation. Can you please help any info is greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!!

    • Yes, we were picked up and dropped off at port. I’ll send you an e-mail with more details! September should be a nice time to visit. We were there in the middle of the summer and it was HOT! Enjoy Rome!

  2. We too will be stopping in Civitavecchia on a cruise in June 2015. I am interested in using the same tour company to tour Rome as it seemed to pack a lot of sites into one day. How to I get a hold of Rome in Limo and what was the approximate cost?

    • You can contact Rome in Limo via e-mail at We created our own tour very similar to one of their ready-made tours, just with a few modifications. The cost was 600 Euros for 8 people (75 Euros/per person) which is an incredible value for an all-day small group tour. (Mind you this was in 2012, so the price has probably increased a little since then.) You can create a tour on their Rome in Limo Sharing site ( to see if other people on your ship are interested in joining you for the tour. Have a great time in Rome!!

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