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Best of Accessible Rome Cruise Excursion

If you only have 1 day to visit Rome, this accessible Rome cruise excursion is your best option because it visits all of the highlights. You’ll maximize your limited time in Rome by being comfortably transported between the sites in a wheelchair accessible van.

The Vatican, the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, and more are included on this excursion.

You’ll be met at the exit door of your cruise ship in Civitavecchia by a wheelchair accessible van. After an 80 minute ride through the Etruscan landscape, your accessible Rome cruise excursion will arrive in Rome. You’ll spend the morning visiting some of the most renowned sites in Christendom: the Sistine Chapel, the Rafael rooms, and St. Peter’s Basilica.

A visit to the Pantheon (and the oldest dome in the world) will be followed by lunch in an accessible restaurant in the city center. After lunch, the Best of Accessible Rome Cruise Excursion continues at the sites of ancient competition, including the breathtaking Colosseum.

The final part of your tour will include stops at the Capitoline Hill, the Vittorio Emanuele Monument, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. You’ll leave Rome around 17:00 to head back to Civitavecchia and reminisce on one of the best days of your vacation!

This tour visits all 3 parts of Rome: 1) ancient Rome, 2) Renaissance & Baroque Rome, and 3) the Vatican. If you would like to focus on two of the three areas of Rome, you can choose the Vatican & Essential Rome Accessible Shore Excursion, theVatican & Ancient Rome Accessible Driving Tour, or the Renaissance, Baroque, and Ancient Rome Accessible Cruise Excursion. 


– Please let us know the arrival time and departure time of your cruise ship in Civitavecchia cruise port when making the reservation
– Please let us know the height, width, length, and weight of the wheelchair or mobility scooter when making the reservation.
– The order that you visit the sites may be adjusted to avoid crowds, protests, construction, etc…
– There is a 50 euro discount if you book the tour as part of an accessible cruise & excursions package.

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Tour Highlights

– Arch of Constantine
– Colesseum
– Pantheon
– Trevi Fountain
– Spanish steps
– Vatican Museums
– Sistine Chapel
– St. Peter Basilica

Accessibility Description

Depending on your preferences, the Best of Accessible Rome Cruise Excursioncan have a 5 Star Sage Accessibility Rating if you want to avoid the cobblestones in the city center and the uneven terrain in the Roman Forum. Much of the city can be viewed from inside the wheelchair accessible van.

Most visitors choose to get out of the van to visit the sights like the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Roman. If you choose to visit these sights, you will encounter some minor accessibility challenges that will lower the tour to a 4 Star Sage Accessibility Rating. On the Best of Accessible Rome Cruise Excursion, the wheelchair accessible van will bring you as close as possible to the sights and minimize the distances you need to roll on cobblestones.

The Best of Accessible Rome Cruise Excursion uses a van with a wheelchair ramp to bring you from Civitavecchia to Rome and transport you between the tourist sights.


When you arrive at the Vatican, you’ll enter the Vatican Museums using a ramped entrance and a manual door (shown in the photo on the left). The tour will use multiple elevators inside the Vatican Museums.


A wheelchair lift and ramp is used to bring you into the Sistine Chapel.


To get between the Sistine Chapel and the St. Peter’s Basilica, most visitors will need to circumvent a flight of stairs by exiting the Vatican Museums and walking/rolling outside the 1 km Vatican walls to the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica. On the Best of Accessible Rome Cruise Excursion the wheelchair accessible van will bring you between the two buildings.

The accessible Vatican tour will finish with an accessible guided tour of St. Peters accessible. Disabled access at St. Peter’s Basilica is possible by an elevator and a ramp.

When visiting the Colosseum with a disability, your tour guide will escort you past the long line of visitors to the entrance. To visit the upper level of the Colosseum, your guide will use the wheelchair ramp (shown on the right) that leads to the elevator.


After visiting ancient Rome, the Best of Accessible Rome Cruise Excursion will venture into the center of the city to continue your tour. In this part of the city, you will encounter some mild cobblestones (shown in the photo on the left). The wheelchair accessible van will get you as close as possible to the tourist attractions. You will use wheelchair ramps where possible, such as the ramp at the Pantheon shown on the right.


The Best of Accessible Rome Cruise Excursion will use routes that avoid sidewalks with steps (shown in the photo below).

Tour Details

Tour duration: Approximately 9-10 hours

Cost: €1,300 for 1-2 people, €1,580 for 3-4 people, €1,820 for 5-6 people. Assistant for the Vatican visit is mandatory for groups starting from 3 people and the cost is €150. Headsets are mandatory for groups starting from 5 people and the cost is €2.00.

It is not possible to have an interior visit of both the Vatican and Colosseum. You will be asked your preference at the time of booking the accessible shore excursion.

Price includes wheelchair accessible van, driver, and professionally licensed Vatican tour guide.
* €50 off if booked as part of an accessible cruise & excursions package.

Days of the week the tour is offered:  Every day except Sunday (Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums are closed)
Meet-up time:  7:30 am
Meet-up place:  Civitavecchia cruise dock (in front of your cruise ship exit door)
Dress code:  Covered knees and shoulders
Maximum number of people on tour: 7 people
Entrance tickets: Included. Entrance tickets are free for disabled visitors if they have an ID card from their home country or letter from their physician stating the percent of their disability is more than 74%.

Not included: Entrance tickets, snacks/meals, and gratuities.

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