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Rome (Civitavecchia) St. Peter's Basilica Excursion Reviews

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The greatest feat of Renaissance architecture, and constructed in part by Michelangelo himself, the sheer scale of St. Peter's Basilica is nothing short of astounding. This is known to be the burial site of Saint Peter, 91 popes, a Holy Roman Emperor, and more.

bhturtle

1 review

It was thrilling to see The Pieta.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

FLCRUISER007

3 reviews

A MUST SEE. The most incredible building I have ever been inside of in my lifetime. No attention to detail was missed. The place took my breath away. I also saw The Pieta, my favorite sculpture in the entire world. I could have spent the entire day in this building. Flash photography IS allowed. Awesome, it will amaze you.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

rnbal

2 reviews

As above


Provider: P&O Cruises

jonasaa

2 reviews

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica and Colosseum (Adult Only Departure)

St. Peter's Basilica is beautiful inside and outside. Size, gold, vastness - hard to leave unimpressed.


Provider: Disney Cruise Line

UberShopper

1 review

Beautiful!


Provider: Independent Operator

marybethhuebner

1 review

Still to packed. However the Pieta was magnificent.


Provider: Independent Operator

Cardiff Owl

1 review

Amazing place in terms of its scale and decoration / adornments. It's a bit of a procession given the need to direct all the many tourists (of course that's ourselves) in a one way scheme around the Basillica. Again all the explanations were given ahead of going to the entrance and we had about 1 hour free before our final meeting point to head for our return coach to the ship.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

k8ti

1 review

WOW


Provider: Independent Operator

HEYS

1 review

Had to see it, though half the World were there.


Provider: P&O Cruises

Tuney

1 review

The all day visit to the Vatican is an absolute must. Photos, and Video's cannot do justice to the scope and beauty of all these historic facilities. Similar to visiting sites like the Grand Canyon of the Colorado, there is no way to describe it unless you have been there in person.

we recommend booking the tour with the cruise line in order to see the most in the limited time available. The Vatican is very crowded (estimates are 30,000+ visitors per day). The tour operators are able to bypass most of the lines waiting to gain entrance to the various venues as well a providing a great deal of interesting information about all the artifacts that you are seeing.

One detail, in the literature this tour is rated as moderately strenuous but we feel that because of the amount of walking and the number of steps to be climbed as well as the length of the tour, it should be rated as strenuous. My wife was exausted and sore by the end of the day but, she would not have missed it for the world.


Provider: Holland America Line

4ever@cruiseline

1 review

Rushed tour without time to see important sites.


Provider: Independent Operator

Cruise XYZ

4 reviews

Awe inspiring


Provider: Princess Cruises

Quem_Fala

3 reviews

Too much to see in one day. We booked a private tour with driver and English speaking guide for the Vatican and several noted landmarks, such as the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. Because we insisted upon having a good Italian lunch, we did cut short on our sight-seeing schedule, but lunch was such fun we didn't think we'd missed much. Kidding aside, pick one of two things to see and "see" them well. There are many more knowledgeable people who could give you better "tips" about Rome. Mine would only be to have a good guide and if you're going to the Vatican get the pre-paid admissions.Oh, and come back and spend a week there!
Our tour company was O.K., although I expected a full-time English speaking guide. Ours only joined us once we were at the Vatican and left us at the Spanish Steps. He knew his stuff, but we were looking for more. a fun fact, our driver looked just like Marcello Mastroianni, so we never did remember his name, it was always "Marcello". I asked him to get into the Trevi Fountain but my Italian wasn't good enough for him to get the "joke".


Provider: Independent Operator

steve in avon

1 review

Good trip just long ride from port.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

Supplyman

5 reviews

This tour was a walking tour with many stops. Guide did a great job. Lunch inclued.

Provider: Princess Cruises

spikedshoe

2 reviews

Amazingly beautiful esp. the Michelangelo sculptures.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

tanimmo

1 review

Long hot wait for security line to get in. People need to be sure to have arms and knees covered; they will stop you. Some folks had scarves wrapped around their knees--funny!!

Provider: Independent Operator

Stephen James

1 review

very long queues

Provider: P&O Cruises

CyberTag

2 reviews

Absolutely beautiful!

Provider: Independent Operator

ellay864

1 review

The Vatican was our first stop in Rome, and it was great to walk on past the massive queue for tickets and go straight in to St Peter's Basilica. We had a guided tour inside the Basilica (though the audio did fail a couple of times!). To be honest we hadn't been looking forward to being part of a large group, especially as we like to take time to go off taking photos, and also zoom around with the camcorder. We did manage to get ourselves separated from the group at one point but found them before having to resort to the emergency numbers we were given! The Vatican is just superb, and even as someone with no particular religious inclination it is still quite awe-inspiring. Be warned...you will take loads of pictures! We had about an hour touring round and just a short break afterwards before heading into the city centre to the Coliseum

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

dbmm

2 reviews

We followed our guide in the basilica and here again she was going too fast for photos. We didn't go everywhere we could have but we saw a lot of nice things.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

2212tillman

1 review

Too short

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Linda Swanson

1 review

Our tour guide was phenomenal. Her knowledge was amazing. Everything about Rome was fantastic, can't wait to go back.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Lynn and John Plant

1 review

I think this would have been much more enjoyable on a less busy weekend...I'm sure that on a quieter day the tour would have been lovely.

Provider: P&O Cruises

HRISGirl

1 review

The Basilica is beautiful. They do allow you to take pictures inside but it was so crowded it was hard to take pictures. We had a meeting time so we could move around on our own.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

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