Rome (Civitavecchia) Colosseum Excursion Reviews
Only had a fleeting glimpse from the bus.
Not enough to make a comment. Disapointing.
There are lots of steps and it is not an easy one for those of us who are older.
Massive and impressive. Well worth seeing. There is a bathroom there, but the tour doesn't stop so you may want to skip the coffee on the way to Rome.
This was a good tour, but P&O need to put the Vatican museum and Sistine chapel on to their tour excursion's list.
Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica and Colosseum (Adult Only Departure)
If anything pulled down the impression of this tour, it was other tourists. There are just so many of them. The tour of the Colosseum was fantastic, it's hard to imagine this has been a living and active place for 2000 years.
Shore Excursions in Italy pre ordered the tickets for us so there was no waiting in line. Amazing experience.
The guided tour was great we saw lots of the sights of Rome in one day. This was a very active day with lots of walking but plenty to see - i would love to do it all again to capture the sights a second time.
We did two shore excursions and would highly recommend both. Rome and the Coliseum included a tour guide, shuttle, audio guide, water bottle, a visit to the Trevi Fountain and Coliseum, a nice lunch (3 course with wine) and a visit to St. Peters Basilica. Luca our guide was great. Since Rome is quite a ways from the port, we decided to book through the cruise because then they have to wait for you if your shuttle is running late. The excursion is quite pricey ($200 each) but we felt that it was worth it.
It was nice
Rome is gorgeous. But then you knew that already. Our guide smoked nonstop from the moment he disembarked the bus so this was a bit of a problem because we were all handed ear piece devices with which to hear the guide prattle on ... er inform us about the wonderful history of all the places we visited. And in order to stay far enough away from the cloud of pre-breathed punguency it was necessary to forgo most of the historical anecdotes.
Inside the Colosseum itself (we had reserved "jump the queue" entry YAY!) we were treated to the story of how the ancient Romans enjoyed betting on the animals in the arena.
To make the betting more unpredictable animals from different regions of the world, who were not natural enemies, would be chained together and then aggravated so that they would fight to the death.
Shortly after that we were treated to the story of how in the movie Gladiator, women and children were shown enjoying the mortal wounding of man and animal. Whereas in truth the women were only allowed to sit in the very top rows. And thereby, according to our guide, the ancient Romans were not as barbaric as the movie made out.
Shortly after that we were shown a huge marble step which was considerably worn down. Our guide made a joke that to smooth down a large marble slab you just drag a few thousand dead hippos across it. No. Not barbaric at all ...
We did see the Fountain of Trevi. Great!
We enjoyed lunch in an underground restaurant. Great!
We visited various sites of inner-city Roman ruins. Great!
We missed out on seeing the inside of St Peter's Basilica because a political rally held up the city traffic and we couldn't get there in time. Rats!
So if your primary reason for visiting Rome is to see Michelangelo's La Pieta and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel you might want to go straight there and get in the queue.
But overall I really, really enjoyed our tour of Rome and would love to go back again, particularly to St. Peter's Basilica ...
Absolutely amazing, the size and very construction of it never to be forgotten.
This was part of our 'Gladiators Excursion' but with the tour guide. It was a bit rushed and would have liked to have spent more time looking around. The guide was informative but a bit too speedy so we felt like we had to run to keep up as opposed to taking in our surroundings. Quite a long coach journey about 1 hour 20 minutes, hardly any toilets around Rome and not enough time to stop anyway, so not ideal for little ones.
Only external view hence 1 rating
With 6 others from our roll call we booked a tour with "Rome in limo" and it was the highlight of all our port excursions!
We had arranged to see the underground tour of the Colosseum but opted not to go to the Vatican.
We saw all the major sights but I stress if you can pre-book to go on the underground tour of the Colosseum it is truly amazing!!
Didnt see much
Buy or bring a guidebook with you
Guide provided good historical information
Vary impressive but very busy at entrance gates.
Much better to be inside the colosseum than to just ride by it.