A short tour of the ancient city. Amazing place. Around each corner there appeared to be another site. As our tour was delayed by late docking of our ship due to bad weather it was fine but I think if we were there earlier in the day we would have liked a lot more time to explore.
There were about 15 of us on a comfortable bus. Our tour guide was very efficient, but seemed a bit harried. Of course, we only had 4 hours to see the highlights of Rome, visit Vatican City, and leave for the cruise port. In the beginning, she left a couple of our tour group "in the dust" as she rushed to the bus, but when this was called to her attention, she apologized and was very attentive. On this particular tour, the visit to Vatican City might have been skipped. There was really no time to do anything there except visit the restrooms and gift shop. I think all the highlights of historic Rome were covered in this somewhat frantic trip. I have good photos even if I don't know what they are!
We had a group of 8 people and drove down to Rome. Had skip the line tickets for the Colosseum. A few had a private guide for the Vatican while the rest did their own thing. It cost me 80 euros for a private tour. Can't beat the price. We were back to the ship by 5 pm.
We got to tour inside of the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican, and Sistine Chapel. Busy busy day but we got to see these wonderful historical sites and didn't have to wait in the normal lines we would have if we went on our own. Long day of walking but a must do for anyone going to Rome.
A very intense day with much walking. Our guides were excellent. Got to see the Colosseum,the Forum,Trevi Fountain. Drove by the Spanish steps, had a very tasty lunch of salad,lasagna,wine and dessert. Line up and waiting time too long ,so was not able to get inside the Vatican. This was most disappointing. However ,they do warn you that this could happen. The crowds were overwhelming. Ride from port to Rome over an hour,so adds to the day. It is a very good tour,but exhausting. Glad to get back to ship and relax with a glass of wine.
Overall we really enjoyed Rome, but the tour from Civita had a very grumpy tour guide, and the group was too large in the busy capital. We covered a lot of ground but it did feel like we were a human snake wending through the crowds. It was a good taster, beautiful city and we are going back to do it properly ourselves over a longer duration.
Wednesday morning docked at 6.00am in Civitavecchia on pier 12 Bis (N) and I was first off the ship and decided to walk all the way to the railway station and was on the train at 6.45am which was in the station. There was no sign of any shuttle at that time in the morning. My Wife decided not to bother with Rome, so I went alone. Off the train at Roma Ostiense and took the subway to Piramade for the 2 stops to the Colosseum. I had pre-booked my ticket and was there when the gates opened at 8.30am and straight inside. Took a few photographs and then headed for the Trevi fountain which were being cleaned and the fountains were not working. Walked then to Spanish steps and then to the Pantheon which was lovely inside. Quick walk to Piazza Navona and then headed across the river to Castel Sant 'Angelo and climbed to the top for a few more pics. Proceeded up the main street to the Vatican which was busy to say the least as it had been the weekly audience with the Pope. Past the security check but never made it into St Peters Square as at 11.15am, everybody was leaving and the police were blocking entry until 1.00pm.
Headed to the station at Roma S. Pietro and back on the train at 12 Noon to Civitavecchia. No shuttle bus around at the station and so walked it all the way back to the ship.
Rome... Top Ten with Lunch
Taking this excursion we saw just about everything we wanted to see in Rome even though most times from a distance on the bus, however it was a perfect sampling of everything the city has to offer after going on a tiring excursion the day before. I can still say I saw Rome in a day! For a day tour so much was squeezed in to also make time for lunch which was in a cute boutique style restaurant.
We had a bit of trouble hearing and understanding the tour guide during the walking portions but otherwise was a good experience. We enjoyed the free time at the Trevi Fountain and were able to get right up to it, take pictures and toss in our coins... even having time to shop and enjoy a cappuccino. Had hoped to have more time to explore around the coliseum on our own, think lunch really ate into the opportunity for more free time... otherwise was pleased with the experience.
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