Rome (Civitavecchia) City Tour Excursion Reviews
Departed ship approx 9am
On the advice of another guest we took the "FREE SHUTTLE" which is available from the ship to the terminal just outside the port ( this is because the port authority does not allow the public to move around inside the port area on foot, so the free shuttles are laid on by the port) and there as you get off the shuttle there are several touts offering various options such as car hire, shared taxi or mini bus trips & bus tours, but the "Panoramic Tour" by Civita ( who are the same operator as the shuttle and were there parked visibly just where you get off the shuttle) proved to be fantastic both in value for money, and quality of what we got to see and do.
At 28 euros adult / 20 eu Child it was far cheaper than the trips on offer on board.
Departed at 9.30 and promised we would be back by 5 in time for the shuttles back b4 the 5,30 deadline
( I think there was probably an earlier one too)
First stop the Vatican:
With an hour to look around outside and in st Peters square, for us this was ideal, we even had time to pop into a small trattoria for a pizza lunch ( good job we did as not too much time avail later in the day) Surprisingly inexpensive at 30 eu inc wine, (it was in a little side street just off to the right side before the square) Cheap trinkets and souvenirs were better price here than in Rome later.
NB: The line to go inside the Basilica was phenomenal, no chance unless you had several hours to wait!! there was a skip the line option with Civita at an extra 15 eu pp.
(Outside there are many other independent touts offering to get you inside quickly - But not sure if this was a good idea as someone told me they paid for this then the chap was sent back to get & provide his "License" after which so much time was wasted their other party members had reached the front of the Q, they asked for a refund and of course were refused, and once inside they still had to pay a guide!! So beware.)
Back on the bus the guide pointed out important places of interest and showed us some more of Rome.
Next was a quick photo stop at the Colosseum, perhaps a tad brief, but enough for a few lovely photos, and our guide ( Elena, I think was her name, was really informative and knowledgeable, even if she could hot foot it along from one spot to the next pretty quickly!)
Then on foot we walked through the center visiting Trevi fountain ( unfortunately at this time was hidden mostly by scaffolding) however, was nice to see and also to have a 30 min stop to browse the local shops
We then had a walk over to the Pantheon ( fabulous for me the best building) followed by the lovely Navona Square ( beware here very expensive, it cost more for a quick glass of wine and a coke - really to use the loo, than it did earlier for the lunch!!) and finally back to meet the bus at the Justices' Palace and we arrived back to the shuttle as promised at exactly 5 pm. Excellent Day Out, Highly Recommended.
A great city to visit. The ancient Roman ruins are incredible. How they were constructed with just manual labor is amazing. Our guide met us at a small coffee shop by the Coliseum. After a coffee and a briefing, we were off. The Coliseum is most impressive. Our guide was well versed in its history and even explained some graffiti that was still visible. We went to an overlook for a great view of the Forum. We visited the Pantheon, very nice, and then off to the Vatican. Again, a quick briefing of what we would see and the went in. We were able to skip the long lines again. We were disappointed in the Sistine Chapel. It is VERY crowded, dimly lit and you can't move around to view all the paintings.
Very expensive for what we got ... Wouldn't do it again
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.
Rushed we tried to do to much. Our fault not his.
Were taken to many sites with very good guide.
Taxi for the day. See all the sites. Not expensive.
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
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.
Gave you enough time to view important sites (Coliseum, St. Peter's) from the outside only.
Had a good guide who pointed out all the places of interest
Driving by landmarks on a bus is not what I had in mind.
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.
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.
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.
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!