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Rome (Civitavecchia) City Tour Excursion Reviews

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Retrace the footsteps of Ancient Romans as you explore the Roman Forum, Spanish steps, Trevi Fountain and other must-sees in Rome.

bamfam4

1 review

Very expensive for what we got ... Wouldn't do it again


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

123minnymouse

1 review

Stunning


Provider: Thomson Cruises

JemIB66

5 reviews

The bus took approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach Rome from Civitavecchia. We got a good flavour of the city as the bus drove though many different parts, including historical landmarks.


Provider: Costa Cruises

k8ti

1 review

Rushed we tried to do to much. Our fault not his.


Provider: Independent Operator

HEYS

1 review

Were taken to many sites with very good guide.


Provider: P&O Cruises

dwstutt

1 review

Taxi for the day. See all the sites. Not expensive.


Provider: Independent Operator

elsbeth28

1 review

An exhausting day but so worth it if you want to go into the collaseam, if you try to do this independantly you will que for hrs we got straight in and it is so worth the money


Provider: Thomson Cruises

sunshinefl221

2 reviews

Fred from Limousinrome met us at the port of Civitavecchia for our day in Rome. The vehicle was nicer than the day before but no water was provided (almost everyday was 93-95F). I was in the very back row and he was hard to hear. He had our reservation for Coliseum tickets but otherwise I don't think he had a planed itinerary. We went to the Coliseum, Parthenon and Trevi fountain. Then he brought us to a "small local restaurant" for lunch. Funny thing, it was full of about 100 other Carnival Cruise Ship guests - but the food was good as were the prices. After lunch Fred says, "we have time to spare we can go to the catacombs" - I replied that I thought we had requested the Jewish Quarter. He said fine and that was our next stop.


Provider: Independent Operator

loveandcruises

12 reviews

Gave you enough time to view important sites (Coliseum, St. Peter's) from the outside only.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

CARMAD65

1 review

Had a good guide who pointed out all the places of interest


Provider: Independent Operator

blue7870

1 review

Driving by landmarks on a bus is not what I had in mind.


Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Bebbyanne

2 reviews

We took a day tour with Smart Cruise Tours which was incredible value for money. However the start was disorganised and delayed which meant we weren't able to stop at the Colosseum, although the bus took 2 turns around it which gave us a reasonable view. We meet up with our guide in Rome who was excellent and took us through St Peter's Basilica on arrival. Back on the bus for a tour of the sights then off again for a walk to the Trevi Fountain where we stopped for lunch. After this we walked to Navona Square then to the Pantheon.Having been to Rome previously I was happy with what I saw as it covered quite a few places including the Pantheon which I hadn't visited before. The stop at St Peters was better than I remembered from from previous visit although I did see the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel on that occasion. The distance to Rome from the port makes it difficult to see everything in a day and this was a good overview.


Provider: Independent Operator

Dan111

1 review

Fantastic tour with the lovely Sylvia from I think Sunshine tours. Very informative and easy on the feet. Great to drive past St Peters and not be waiting in the queue.


Provider: Thomson Cruises

bas2013

1 review

I took the inclusive transfer to the airport for my journey home and left my luggage at a special deposit area for 6 Euro then took a hopper bus 9 Euro return, to the railway station in Rome and walked to the central tourist area with the help of a map bought at a kiosk.

Provider: Independent Operator

UKBayern

2 reviews

Typical Costa organisation: total chaos. The English tour was full so we went for the German one. Arriving at the tour bus there were 2 guides there: German and French. The ladies did not work well together, had to share the microphone. Had we not understood some/most of the French commentary as well, we would rate this excursion a -1, as it is, it still does not get a passing note.

Provider: Costa Cruises

mhambro

1 review

Was unable to hear tour guid. Was always running aheas and did not wait for evryone to gather before describing what we were seeing.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

retired2012

1 review

Our driver/tour guide Carmine was absolutely fantastic. He set up our day to avoid crowds - perfect - and brought us halfway up the Amalfi Coast (Carmine's coast) to have lunch. Carmine showed us an olive oil operation, brought us to the most amazing place for lunch of antipasto, pastas, wine, water and dessert. With a breathtaking view and then on our way back to the ship, Carmine stops for a minute, ducks into a store and brings us all out a gelato. How perfect is that!!!! He loved his country and all that it has to offer and he was really the perfect tour guide. Anyone who is lucky enough to have Carmine drive them around Naples and the Amalfi coast is blessed. All of us agreed (8 of us) we couldn't have had a more perfect day.

Provider: Independent Operator

CommuterBob

1 review

We were rushed from one site to another, often with the only opportunity to take pictures while still seated in the van. Then we were taken to a restaurant where it took 2 hours to have lunch. The food was great, but because lunch took so long, the rest of the tour and the Vatican were rushed. While we technically "saw" many things, it would have been nicer to only see a few with more opportunity to spend time at them and learn more.

Provider: Independent Operator

Denvermarge

1 review

We booked the Best of Rome and it was more like a taste of Rome. We picked this tour because you got to go into the Colosseum which was worth it. We stopped at the Trevi Fountain which was very crowded with tourists and threw our coin in. We had 1/2 hour on our own to walk around or get something to eat. We choose to walk to the Pantheon and could only peak inside due to the hour. We had a quick slice of pizza (very bad) and back to our tour guide who took us to a restuarant where we had a very poor lunch. The place was geared toward many bus tours. Then we went to St. Peter's Square. We had to wait in line for almost 1 hour to see the Basilica, which was worth the wait. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, however, was difficult to keep our attention with so many facts. The tour was very fast paced with little time to take pictures.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

cruzcruzcruz

3 reviews

This was the highlight of our trip. After a 1.5 hour busride we toured the unbelievable Colliseum, had lunch as part of the tour in a 5 star hotel. toured the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and Basillica. Amazing places.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

hillside

1 review

We hired Rudy's Touring Service who picked 6 of us up at the gangway. This was great, because we didn't need to take the shuttle to the port entrance. Our day in Rome was a wonderful morning drive around Rome with many stops to walk about and take photos. Then we had a lunch reserved for us and entered the Vatican Museum with a second guide, Valaria. We had timed tickets. Without them we'd never have gotten in! The lines were incredible! Our goal was the Sistine Chapel and it was well worth seeing. Then we toured St. Peters and back to the ship. it was a long whirlwind day and we loved every minute. Without a car and driver we'd have wasted a lot of time and we felt we made the most of our short time in Rome.

Provider: Independent Operator

travelnnana

4 reviews

This was a very expensive tour. But since it was unique, and we had been too the city several times, we decided to go for it and were not disappointed - the tour takes you to the places Gregory Peck took Audrey Hepburn to in the Movie Roman Holiday. The only disapointment was rain at the end - we walked from the Trevi foundatin, past the Spanish Steps to the bus in pouring rain - the 1st rain we experiened in 4 trips to Rome - there are no guarantees in travel

Provider: Holland America Line

TrudeDC

1 review

Cant remember the name of the tour but is showed highlights of Rome. From Trevi Fountain, other ruins, Colosseum, lunch, Vatican City & Basilica. Very good and well worth the money.

Provider: P&O Cruises

optiman32

3 reviews

We booked a driver and tour guide through Roman Odyssey tours and we desined a specialized itinerary. Our driver picked us up right at the ship in a beautiful 4 door mercedes and drove us to Rome where we met our guide for the day. She confirmed out itinerary and made sure we saw everything we hoped to. Our guide and river made out time in Rome very special indeed.

Provider: Independent Operator

CCDH

1 review

Free shuttle bus from ship to port gates, when we got off the shuttle ALL the taxi drivers told us the local train would be on strike that afternoon so we would not be able to get back to ship. We checked at the first ticket offiec and found a sign confirming this, however this sign was false having been placed there by one of the taxi drivers, what a con. We and 2 more couples bartered with a taxi driver for a full days city tour down from €50pp to €35pp. The day turned out to be well worth the money as the driver took us to all the sights plus some we were unaware of, had a fantastic day. Seeing Rome in a day is immpossible and this was only a taster, will be back

Provider: Independent Operator

curiousmarie

1 review

The trip went to the Colosseum, the Vatican museums, the Sistine chapel and st peters basilica. All breathtaking and definitely worth a visit. You only see a small part of the museum. The queues were non existent and it was world tourism day which meant that entry was free. Trip included lunch at a hotel, pasta dish, meat dish and ice cream then coffee. Better than expected so we enjoyed it. Someone from the ship did have their purse stolen in the Vatican so be careful.

Provider: Princess Cruises

tnacruisers

1 review

Our second Italy day in Rome was great, and we got in all the sights we were hoping for despite some protests in Rome that day which we encountered at the Pantheon. We were given only 30 minutes for the Coliseum and the driver drilled into our heads that we would not make it inside, but I was having none of that! My wife and I bargained with a tour guide who brought us to these guides on Segways that gave us City Passes for 22 Euros each which included a line bypass for Coliseum and 2 other sites (which we didn't have time for), so we got 20 minutes in the Coliseum including the 2nd floor! Our driver was in shock when I told him we got up to the second floor, as he told us the lines were 1hr +. We had a great guided tour through the Vatican Museum, although the crowds were horrendous from 12 cruise ships being in port that day.

Provider: Independent Operator

Katie Starlight

1 review

We again booked through Shoreexcursionsinitaly.net. Massimo picked us up at the ship and drove us to Rome. It was a Saturday and we luckily did not experience any traffic. Massimo spoke excellent English and provided interesting stories and history throughout the day. Very helpful. Rome - so wonderful. We really got to see so much. We went into the Coloseum - breathtaking, The Spanish Steps, The Panthenon, The Circus Maximus, Nero's Palace, St.Peter's & the Vatican Museum, The Sistine Chapel. A hilltop view of the city that buses cannot get too. We had lunch at a little inexpensive restaurant with wonderful food. Because we booked three tours we had a free Vatican museum tour guide. She was good also. So much to see, you really need more than one day. But It was a great shore excursion. Take an extra battery and storage card for your camera you will need it on this trip.

Provider: Independent Operator

Mini Urga

1 review

A good tour company, liaised with us via email> Booked a full day Tour of Rome with Main sights and forthe Vatican Museums. Rudy sorted us a car seat and car-hire driver for us for the whole day and an additional independant tour guide for the Vatican Museums.We never had to queue or walk too far and were in an air-con mini van. Great guys would recommend using.

Provider: Independent Operator

gardengrower

1 review

We only had 45 minutes free time here, and it was far too hot to wander around

Provider: Princess Cruises

robertsamsun

2 reviews

Civtaveccia (Rome). We took the express train to Rome, it is run by smartcruisetours.com. No problems, the train station is about a ten minute walk from the shuttle drop off. In Rome we took an open tour bus run by the same company. We had lunch near the Spanish steps The Restaurant is called Life Via della Vite 28 a good restaurant.

Provider: Independent Operator

goldilocks40

1 review

Transfer to train was great and after an hour on the train we were in Rome and on our own to explore at our own pace. Jumped the huge queue at the Colosseum by joining a tour which is not something we normally do but it was brilliant, and this included the Forum which we queue jumped too but here we did our own thing. We started our day at the Collosseum as this was most important for us and also the furthest away from the train station. We went there by taxi and then walked our way back to the train which is near the Vatican seeing the Trevi Fountain etc en route. You wont get to see everything so just pick your favourites. We went in the Vatican a few years ago and you need to spend some time there to really get the most out of it.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

artist5320

3 reviews

Rome We did the 9-½ hour tour and it was packed and included lunch. Since it was over 1 hour away, we wanted to make sure we got back on ship. We did the Trevi fountain (another gelati stop) the Roman Forum, Coliseum, then lunch and then the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica. Plenty of pictures and memories and a very busy day. Plenty to see and not enough time but we did enjoy all the history and sights.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Townie47

2 reviews

We hired a private tour from 'Rome Driving Tours'. This was the first time I have ever booked a private tour. It was fantastic, so much so I would a not sure if I would book a ship tour again ! We were met at the port by a man holding a sign with our name on it. We had five adults and we got into a Mercedes van and headed off to Rome in air conditioner comfort. We went to so many sights. All of them, the Vatican, Spanish Steps, ruins, fountains we did it all. The driver was informative and spoke excellent English. He parked the van or dropped us off at each location with informative instruction as to what to see and do and when and where he would pick us up. He also said at each site that if we wanted to stay longer, he would keep coming back every 15 minus to pick us up. He had cold water for us at each stop. As I said we saw everything and we were able to go where those large tour buses could not go.My wife wanted to go to a nice Italian restaurant for lunch. The last time in Rome we did a tour that took us to a restaurant that served us chicken nuggets and french fries !!! So we were taken to this nice small restaurant Restaurante Iaciane (I think) we ate and drank two bottles of wine and the entire bill for 6 (we took our driver with us) was 100 euro. The lunch, the sights, the private tour was outstanding and we couldn't have had a better time.

Provider: Independent Operator

foodiegirl50

1 review

Rome is a beast. Get out early, see as much as you can. Had a great day with Big Vinny. Ate luch at Life, that we chose. Some friends from the boat met us there. It was good, but what I found is that you should really go where your driver has a relationship. This was the most successful experience wise with restaurant choices.

Provider: Independent Operator

tanimmo

1 review

5 adults and one 3 yr old in a private 7 passenger mercedes. They provided car seat as requested. Driver was very knowledgeable. Private tour was great because we toured at our own pace. Cruise line's rates were too high. A lot to do in one day. Went to Collesium first, we bought our tix online before we left home; no waiting in line. Lovely restaurant for lunch. Long lines (in the sun)to get into St. Peter's Basilica; well worth the wait. Huge crowds at every stop.

Provider: Independent Operator

Robin Pardella

1 review

Rode a double Decker bus around the city, hot but nice

Provider: Independent Operator

CruisingSoCalSusan

1 review

Whirlwind day in Rome -- the best day of the cruise. Rome In Limo tour allowed us quality time at all of these sights: Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and square, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Colosseum, and a drive by Circus Maximus and the Forum.

Provider: Independent Operator

Scottish Cruiser

1 review

To arranged a priovate tour with RomeCabs and this worked out well. We had two vans and they stuck together all day, despite heavy traffic and limited parking. We saw a good piece of Rome. Pirymid, Colosseum, Forum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps, Vatican. The latter we had a guide arranged by RomeCabs who was great - she had a transmitter with individual headsets which worked well. The only disappointment was not stopping at the Emannuel monument - we saw it, but only from the vehicles.

Provider: Independent Operator

Sweet Baby James

1 review

It was too crowded to enjoy the city. Skip the Vatican. See outside of Colesseum, Spanish steps, Trevi fountain. Book independently and go back to the ship early.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Ocean Diva

1 review

Went with smartcruisetours.com for a full day tour of Rome. Much cheaper than NCL ($85 each)). NCL wanted $99 each just to drop us off for the day on our own. This company does not make you find others to share the van with which holds 8 people. Driver was said to be English speaking but wasn't. He did take us to each place described. We had been there for a week a few years ago so this was a nice, easy overview of Rome so we could see it again. Don't expect a tour guide which the drivers are not for this price. Rome in July is too hot and crowded. Enjoyed it much more in the spring.

Provider: Independent Operator

Rchsmh

1 review

Rome is beautiful but very hot and it was just too much for our little ones, walking in 42 'c heat and walking such a long way. Our tour guides were good, Lauren and Barbara

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Spot On

1 review

Excellent trip- nice mix of tour and free time

Provider: Thomson Cruises

fabnfortysomething

6 reviews

Tour with the main man Rudy comprehensive tour of Rome including Ancient Rome,Churches,Catacombs-fantastic day

Provider: Independent Operator

Sarah Kirkpatrick

1 review

Good for a snap shot of the city.

Provider: MSC Cruises

nelly55

1 review

Tiring 10 hour day but worth it to see all the major sites. The lunch was excellent and we would not have seen the Vatican museum and Sistene chapel if we had not booked a tour as the queues for tickets were huge. very knowledgeable guide who was an archeologist

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Stephen James

1 review

more time needed

Provider: P&O Cruises

NewsyCruisey

1 review

Greeted warmly and on time - clean and comfortable vehicle and extremely knowledgeable driver-guide. Personable and enjoyed his company and pride in his country. Even had time to do a few things on our own. Highly recommend this company.

Provider: Independent Operator

MARK GLYNN

1 review

train from the ship express leaves at 9.30 and returns at 4.40 from Rome for €15 each and then the hop on hop off bus €19 per adult kids free

Provider: MSC Cruises

Tail Gunner

1 review

Toured the city of Rome by Segway. Lots of fun. The Vatican and Scavi tour was nice too. Visit the Vatican museum at night if possible to avoid crowds.

Provider: Independent Operator

barcafan

1 review

Alberto was our driver-guide for a city tour of Rome. He was friendly and enthusiastic.

Provider: Independent Operator

NCruiser2012

1 review

Rome in Limo gave us the most exciting time in Rome.

Provider: Independent Operator

World Gallery

12 reviews

Rome - We used Fabrizio for an all day tour to Rome. He again was amazing, getting us to where we needed to be, driving us right up to the places we visited and getting us into Coliseum with no lines. We did St. Peter's first and did climb the dome because the line was short. We did not go into the Vatican Museum because we knew it was too much with our kids. They enjoyed St. Peter's and having a guide inside this church was great. It gave us structure and made my kids pay attention to what we were seeing. We went to the Coliseum next with the same guide then for the rest of the day, we had Fabrizio only. We had lunch at a Pizza cafe, and then went to the Pantheon, church with the skulls of the monks, Trevi Fountain, a special secret spot that Fabrizio wanted to show us, and then had gelato. He knew the best order of things to visit, how to get to them with the least amount of traffic and was able to drive right up (something big buses can't do). He is a great guy and we would use him again for sure. We would also use his other drivers if he was booked because he spoke highly of them and he is a smart business man, knowing how important good guides and drivers are for his reputation (He and my husband talked a bit of business since we own our own business).

Provider: Independent Operator

tvirgil1012

2 reviews

This was a great day! We were picked up at our port which is about an hour from Rome, here we were led to the Roman Forum and dropped off for time there and then the Colosseum. We did this on our own which was nice and then we headed to Trevi Fountain. We stayed here for a little bit while throwing our coin in. Then we headed to lunch, which was a really nice place to eat. Then we headed to Vatican City. We got the Vatican tour guide which was SO NICE and helpful and highly recommended. I cannot imagine just walking through those museums by myself not knowing what is going on. We went into Sistine Chapel and then St. Peter's Basilica. We then got back in the comfortable van and headed back to the port.

Provider: Independent Operator

CyberTag

2 reviews

Tons of history and lots to see and do. Can't possibly get it all done in a day, but you can sure try!

Provider: Independent Operator

Wobblybob74

1 review

We were dropped off very close the St Peter's Basilica and got straight onto one of the City Sightseeing tour buses. Last time we were there we visited St Peter's and the Vatican so this time we wanted to see the other sights. We stayed on the tour bus until it got to the Coliseum (about an hour and a half) then got off. We did intend to go in to the Coliseum but the queues were horrendous and we didn't really fancy spending most of our time queuing in the heat. We walked from the Coliseum past the Forum (again, we didn't go in as you can see most of what's on offer from the street) and on to the Trevi Fountain which was absolutely packed, but very beautiful. From there we walked to the Pantheon which was awe-inspiring. We then walked back to St Peters and had time for a surprisingly reasonably priced ice cream before it was time to get back on the coach.

Provider: Princess Cruises

dinshaw

1 review

The ship actually berthes at Civitavecchia, about an hour away from Rome city. We got the following taxi driver: Mr. Tranzillo Vincenzo: +39-328-6755161 (email: info@visitromeontour.com). We paid about Euro 130 per family (8 persons in one car) -- ie Total Euro 260 for the round trip and all (plus I added a Euro 20 tip for Vincenzo). He was a great guy! - Initially, when we got off the ship, we were planning to take the Metro into Rome city. However, DO NOT DO THAT. It may be a cheaper thought, but it's not practical. Set up with Vincenzo before you get on the Cruise to meet the Ship and take you'll into Rome. The car is with you, you're more flexible and you go point-to-point. See the Rome itinerary we did. - 8 hours in Rome (including 1 hour drives each way from and back to Civitavecchia) - o Itinerary- first stop Vatican; then Sistine Chapel (though we did not get to see the Sistene Chapel on this trip); then see the Piazza Venezia/ Colosseum/Circus Maximus/Roman Forum (but only see these from outside- there's no time to stand in line and to go inside! But do get some photos outside the Colloseum and Piazza Venezia); Trevi Fountain and then walk to Spanish Steps; have a quick lunch at the Pantheon and see the Pantheon. That's about when you'll have to head back to Civitavecchia. NOTE: don't waste time going into the Colliseum if there's a large crowd- just see it from outside, alongwith the Roman Forum, etc and then move on to the other sites. However, we MISSED the Sistene Chapel, which is a MUST SEE (even more than the Vatican itself) so whatever you do, please do see that. Ask Vincenzo to take you straight to Sistene Chapel first -- 1 hour away -- and then take you to the other sites. * Vatican- check with Vincenzo (when you set up the car with him before the trip) that there is no Mass or other such public gathering where the Pope will be present in the morning around 10am -- in which case head straight to the Sistene Chapel and come back to the Vatican around 2:30pm before heading back to the Ship. We came at 10am only to find the Pope was going to hold Mass -- but it was great seeing His Holiness up close -- so we then went on to the Collliseum then. We forgot about the Sistene Chapel. (By the way, Vincenzo can set you up with his nephew if you'll want to see Pompei (see next Port review). If so, get him to do so while he's with you) WHAT AN AMAZING DAY!

Provider: Independent Operator

magpieman

1 review

For this full day tour the bus was waiting on the dock and we were greeted by a very friendly local chap who was our guide for the trip into Rome. The journey took about an hour and 30 minutes during which time our guide pointed out places of interest on the way. On arriving in Rome there was another guide who took us to see the Colloseum with a tour around the outside, we were given headsets to listen to what she was saying but these weren't very good so we missed some bits. Then on to St. Peter's Square where we were give free time of about 3 hours to do what we wanted the guide had suggested some possible things we would like to do in the time allotted and gave us a map to find our way round with the best and cheapest places to eat also. We were a little disappointed to be confronted by street vendors and beggars everywhere we went some of whom were very persistent.

Provider: P&O Cruises

Moyzie

1 review

The port isn't Rome : it's Civitavecchia. We left the ship at 0800 and didn't return till 1800. The coach trip to Rome was about an hour (Rome is a very congested city). We basically had a 'drive by' coach tour of all the sights so couldn't get off the coach, which was disappointing. The guide was excellent though (albeit he spoke French because it was a French tour). We eventually got off about 1130 and our guide took us on a short walk to the Trevi Fountain and gave us an hour to get some lunch. It was a sweltering 39 degrees that day! After that, a short walk and back on the coach to the Vatican City. Our tour included a 3 hour tour of the Vatican. It was terrible. It was incredibly busy. I'm not exaggerating when I say we felt we were on a conveyor belt -- sometimes you couldn't stop to admire the architecture/paintings/etc because of the crowds pushing you from behind. It was impossible to stop! Very unpleasant and a terrible shame as we know it is definitely a 'must see' but we reckon it is better to spend a full day in the Vatican in low or shoulder season to do the place justice. A long, tiring day in scorching heat and felt we missed out on so much. We knew you couldn't do Rome justice in a day and will definitely go back for a long weekend. If you only have one day, I would recommend travelling on your own to Rome; all the major attractions are within reasonable walking/metro distance and will allow you a bit more time to appreciate them. Just forget the Vatican tour for another time (you can still visit St Peter's Basilica and Square for free as part of your own walkabout).

Provider: Pullmantur

Ginjoli

2 reviews

Excellent combination of "Easy on the legs" and free time to explore at your own pace. Good value for money

Provider: Thomson Cruises

ELeb

1 review

One of the best trips of my life. Our guides (especially the escort), were super friendly, made sure that we were okay (even though with our wheel chair it was a little tough). Skipped the forum, but I'm going to remember sitting in the sun, eating gelato in the shadow of the Colosseum forever :)

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Happy1211

1 review

This 10 hour tour was undermined by an indifferent guide - Maria Elena - who brought us to the Colosseum and abandoned the group without providing any history or guider=d tour at all. She failed us miserably. The cruise line refunded 25% of the fee to everyone ho asked. The rets of the tour, especially the vatican Museum, Sistene Chapel and St. Peter's went far better. Trevi Fountain and the panheon are must-sees - and we did.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

TJblueeyes

1 review

Day 1 in Rome - we took a private tour with 3 other families and it was a fabulous experience in spite of the heat and the crowds. Rome in Limo is a great tour company. This was a great day. day 2 in Rome - we took the "Rome on your own" through Carnival and another great day. Rome was probably the highlight of our entire trip. Watch out for the pickpockets though!

Provider: Independent Operator

Oldchestnut

1 review

Turgid, boring,most time spent in churches like St. Peter's in Chains. An experience never to be repeated (I hope!). Without food or water for over six hours and ripped off by restaurants and shops (it makes central London look cheap by comparrison!).

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

2212tillman

1 review

Too short

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Robert

6 reviews

This was a very expensive 'Exclusive' tour, but worth every penny. It took in the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, lunch, and the whole of the afternoon in the Vatican. The tour guide, made it feel like a very leisurely day, whilst at the same time fitting a lot in to the day. The best excursion of the entire trip.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Still Dreaming

1 review

Wonderful guide through the city of Rome! Again I wished RIL had mics in their vans. Guide gave good directions on where to go.

Provider: Independent Operator

honeybee100

1 review

Our guide gave great info, but being it was a bus tour, only a brief time to look at each site as we drove by. Good enough considering this was mixed with the Vatican tours.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

TheDream2012**

1 review

We did the Express Rome in one day which was a really long day but gave us a snapshot of most of the main sights in Rome, we loved it and saw so much my eyes couldn't keep up with everything we were being shown. We decided that we would like more time in Rome so have decided to have a weekend early next year but because we have been we would feel much better and more confident getting around this amazing city.

Provider: Thomson Cruises

Sagacious Traveler

1 review

We chose this excursion for two reasons -- our port of call for Rome was on a Sunday, a day many of the sights we had wanted to see were closed to the public. The other reason was health related - a concern that my husband's knee might not be up to three consecutive intensive days of walking (Florence, Rome, and Pompeii. We figured with so much being closed, perhaps this panoramic bus tour would be a good choice. We knew that of this 5 hour bus tour, 3 hours would be spent traveling to and from Rome and the cruise ship terminal. From what I read on other sites, we understood that certain streets are off limits to traffic which would prohibit us from seeing many sites from the bus. But we booked, knowing all this beforehand. So, not counting looking at the countryside between Rome and Civitavecchia, we had only about an hour of actually seeing any sites of Rome. The bus never stopped which meant, at best, it was difficult to take pictures from your side of the bus and impossible to get shots if the site was on the other side of the bus. Then there was a 45 minute stop outside St. Peter's Square, long enough to buy gelato and use a rest room. It did give us a glimpse of Rome and whetted our cultural appetites to know that someday we'd like to go back to Rome and spend a few days thoroughly exploring this amazing city.

Provider: Independent Operator

Superior-Shores

2 reviews

Rome; an ancient city full of mystery and relics. Full of powerful rulers and religious leaders. Relics and ruins are so very common that around every corner in the city center there is an ancient church, a ruin, a monument, or an obelisk to an intriguing city. In the evening we said our goodbyes to friends we've met and toured with for the previous 12 days. We've exchanged emails with one couple from North Carolina. Jokingly I told them we'll probably see you in Rome since it's such a small city. Surprisingly we did run into them at the Vatican and at the Coliseum the next day. We had a driver meet us at the ship and drive us the hour and 20 minutes to the Le Clariese Pantheon hotel. Not even unpacking our clothes we were headed off with two other couples to see the sites in and around the hotel as we had to be over at the Vatican for a 2:30 tour. We saw the Pantheon (2 blocks from the hotel) and the Trevi Fountain about 10 blocks from the hotel. We also headed over to the Spanish Steps where I got into a heated argument with a street vendor. I haven't lost my temple like that for over 20 years. It's not a pretty sight and I admit to being slightly embarrassed. Grabbing a cab we all hustled over to the Vatican to meet a private tour guide. The six of us spent the following 4 ½ hours touring the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica. Exhausted we returned to the hotel and promptly left for a late dinner. We finally got into the hotel after 10PM. By the time my head hit the pillow I was ready to leave this city and never return. I had had it. We slept really well that night however we had to get up fairly early on the 13th for a cooking class at a chef's home followed by a private tour of the Coliseum. The cooking class began by meeting Chef Fabio about a block from the hotel. Being joined by a couple from England and one from Australia, we all followed Chef Fabio to multiple markets picking up fresh ingredients for the meal we were about to prepare. The next 90 minutes were spent following either Chef Fabio or his assistant around the city, ultimately ending up at his exclusive residence not far from his restaurant. While others prepared either a rub or a sauce, I got stuck removing fat from chicken breasts with two dull knives. Eventually we all got together in one room and prepared pasta from scratch and put together ingredients for appetizers and ultimately a filling lunch. Running a little late, the Chef borrowed and van and drove us to the Coliseum for a 3:00 meeting with another private tour guide. This tour was exclusive and incredible! I was now into seeing everything Rome had to offer. We got into the bottom of the Coliseum and to the top, areas normally secured from other tours. I could have spent another hour there and still been captivated. From the Coliseum we walked to The Forum where the Senate held their meetings. Not much was left but with the aid of a book showing the before and present in comparison, one can get an excellent idea of the grandeur of the place. The excavations continue and some of the areas were secured preventing even decent photos of what is being unearthed. As one of the archaeologist explained, when Rome was built it was built with the "wow factor" so that whoever came to the city would be impressed with the empire that was being built. All of the ruins and most of the churches are built with the wow factor. To duplicate a city such as Rome, with today's technology and mechanical capabilities seem nearly impossible and yet these massive structures and incredible art work were done centuries ago. As a first-time tourist to Rome, I was impressed with the structures and what I was seeing. The sad thing is, pollution and tourism are eating away at the structures, leaving little for future generations to discover. The one positive note is that every time a shovel is turned to build something as simple as a light pole, an archeologist must be on site. Perhaps future generations will have something new to discover with the same "wow factor". For dinner we all met at a highly recommended restaurant. On a scale of one to five stars, I'd give it a zero, and as soon as I get the name of the restaurant I intend to write the revue that way on Trip Advisor. You got to eat what they wanted to serve you and no medications to the menu were permitted. When we asked too many questions, the server just walked away and began arguing vociferously with the remainder of the staff. To try to get any help was nearly impossible and met with mean and glaring stares. To make matters worse, on our walk back to the hotel, when we asked a cab driver for directions he sent us off packing in the opposite direction. Fortunately we asked a resident and we were led in the right direction. It was still a long walk back to the hotel and by the time we hit our room, we were totally exhausted once again. For us we were fortunate in that June 14th would be touring Rome on our own and via a cab. June 14th saw us arise without any destination in mind. Over breakfast we looked at various options and settled on St. John's Cathedral and one of the catacombs on the outskirts of the city. St. John's was impressive to say the least. This is the Pope's church where he worships. Pictures just do not do it justice. A private tour would have been nice but we didn't opt for that on this day. We wanted to do it on our own. We must have missed out on a lot of information. Following the experience at St. John's we hopped into another cab and took an expensive ride out to the catacombs. The catacombs, and I guess there are about 40 of them is the place where Christians buried their dead underground. Since they were being persecuted at the time, this was the only way they could preserve the remains from grave robbers and those who wanted to desecrate the graves. The Christians dug a couple of stories underground and buried the dead in vault-like tombs. Over 500,000 were buried in the catacombs we visited that day. And yet despite the best precautions, barbarians invaded the tombs looking for riches of the dead. When none were found they sacked and desecrated the remains out of revenge. A few Popes had been buried there and chapels built so Christians could practice their faith in secrecy. Today all that remains are the open resting places for half a million Christians. It served as a sobering reminder of the history left behind. No pictures were allowed so I have no idea how the above picture got on my camera.... For lunch we hopped on an equally expensive cab ride to "That's Amore", Chef Fabio's restaurant. We should have had dinner there the night before and since we had dinner plans for our last night in Rime, the best we could do was a nice lunch. The service and food were both excellent. While we were there a private cooking class was being conducted by Chef Fabio's Sioux Chef. We got to watch a couple from New York and their daughter, do a portion of what we had done the day before. Chef Fabio had another large class at his apartment a couple of blocks away and so we did not have time to say our goodbyes. For me, the Coliseum and then the cooking class were the highlights of Rome. That evening we took another cab to Di Meo Patacca restaurant. This place was a restaurant Mindy visited with her parents 46 years ago and when any friend of her mother's would travel to Rome, she always recommended this place for dinner. It is a little bit off the beaten path which was nice but the experience; well let's just say it could have been better only because of the attitude of our server. I won't get into that aspect of the evening. The food was excellent and the atmosphere wonderful, but the service far less than desirable. We knew we had an early morning wakeup call for our flight back to the States and so one last cab ride saw us safely tucked in bed, not as exhausted as before but just plain tired.

Provider: Independent Operator

kevin blackburn

1 review

we got to see all the city without the walking,with a stop off at the colloseum for photos.

Provider: P&O Cruises

blueskiessail

3 reviews

The tour guide was good and got us in and around all the sites of this busy city! We saw the Colosseum in the morning, and it was a great stop but should be done in the morning before it heats up! The highlight was the Vatican, and we hired a Vatican guide for this stop. If you don't have a guide, it will be very difficult to get through the long lines outside, and then very crowded city inside. Since making it back to the ship was a proirity, this guide was a good option. We purchased our tickets in advance for the time we were told, and it was a very enjoyable and informative tour!

Provider: Independent Operator

DIW

1 review

Excellent, good Guide who took time to explain things properly, never felt rushed.

Provider: Cunard Line

smahk

2 reviews

Since the adults have been to Rome a few times before, we took the ships bus into town and did "Rome on your Own". The bus picked us up right outside the ship and took us right to St. Peters. From there we took a taxi to the Coliseum, waited to have ourselves scanned and then skipped the line for tickets only by signing up for the guided tour in English. The tour was conducted by the Coliseum agency and was well presented and interesting. We left the Coliseum and walked through the Arch of Constantine and past Palatine Hill quickly taking in the sights. We next stopped at Vittorio Emmanuel and went to the top on the elevator to have a bird's eye view of the city. Headed out next to the Trevi Fountain, then the Spanish Steps and finally the Pantheon. For lunch we ate at Tre Scalini right on Piazza Navona and ate outside, basking in the 70 F weather.

Provider: MSC Cruises

1865JFK

2 reviews

Part of Rome by Night Tour. This was booked because one friend had never been to Rome before and one had only been there during the day. The tour also included dinner.

Provider: Independent Operator

Spitfire8

1 review

City tour was informative but too fast/superficial..I'd rather see less, but learn more.

Provider: Azamara Club Cruises

Spudley1

2 reviews

Rome on your own- a bit expensive since you were just getting transport, but the best way to do it if there are specific things you want to see. Overall as a port- great choice, cant really go wrong. Plenty to see/do. Only problem is port is at least an hours drive away so cuts into your sightseeing time quite a bit.

Provider: Thomson Cruises

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