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Rome (Civitavecchia) Sistine Chapel Excursion Reviews

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Step inside the Sistine Chapel and feast your eyes on the most famous frescoes ever painted. You'll soon understand why so many consider Michelangelo to be an artist without peer.

Peachi

1 review

Day 9 Rome
We were downstairs on deck 4 at 6:20 am, trying to get the first bus off the boat. We were way too early, no one else came down to wait in line until 7:30 am. However, the sunrise in Rome was gorgeous and we got to watch while drinking coffee on the promenade. We took an excursion from Rick Steve's suggestion Cant Be Missed tours (65 euro per person) got to the port entrance and had to take a free mandatory 20 minute port shuttle to the end of the port, then get on another 5-10 min shuttle that gets to the train station for round trip .80 euro cents. Be sure to have euro handy for this port. After the first shuttle, the tour guide basically told us to get in line and head to the train station so don't bother checking in with CBM Tours at the shuttle stop but you will be checked in at the train station. We saw the Pantheon, Vatican (21euro each) Sistine chapel, St marks square, Spanish steps, Colosseum (inside costs 12 euro more and I thought well worth it) Trevi Fountain (under construction) - basically all of the majors in Rome in one day. You skip all lines and walk ALOT on this tour. Not many restrooms, don't drink a lot, and you won't have longer than a 10 minute break all day. Be sure to use breaks to your advantage If you want souvenirs. We were escorted the entire time by locals and it was a wonderful tour. We got back to the train station well before we needed to, or so I thought. But the train was 20 min late pushing us dangerously close to the 6pm last shuttle to the boat. The shuttle from the train station to the port bus shuttle was very full and we decided to walk- the local guide said it was a 15 min walk and easy to find. Big mistake, although we enjoyed the walk, we got lost in the dark, it's very difficult to navigate and we were 4min shy of missing the last shuttle.


Provider: Independent Operator

FLCRUISER007

3 reviews

Small but impressive. If you like art you will be impressed by the detail. Plan on having your shoulders and knees covered to get in. No photography allowed and it's strictly guarded.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

UberShopper

1 review

Amazing! Sure it's crowded and the guards are rude, but it's all worth it.


Provider: Independent Operator

marybethhuebner

1 review

Way to crowded and noisy. Esp with the Guards yelling quiet and move to the center please.


Provider: Independent Operator

k8ti

1 review

A whole day just would not give you enough time to digest the art.


Provider: Independent Operator

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

lostg8rinva

1 review

Incredible!!! Everyone who goes to Rome must experience this place!


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Cruise XYZ

4 reviews

Wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be.


Provider: Princess Cruises

CARMAD65

1 review

First time visit and was overawed, just a pity it was so crowded


Provider: Independent Operator

pathmeister

1 review

Rome was not meant to be seen in a day, but the historic tour including Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, and St Peter's Basilica was outstanding. There is LOTS of walking, and of note, the lunch break is not until almost 2PM, so make sure you eat a hearty breakfast. The port is over an hour from Rome.

Provider: MSC Cruises

gatorbak

1 review

Used Easy Italy. Very happy with the service. Rome is awesome, if not a little overwhelming. We saw the standard stuff. Visited Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, drove by some other stuff. Then visited Vatican for a 3 hour guided tour. Highly recommend getting a guide for Vatican. You've spent all this money to get here, nice to know what you are looking at. Keep in mind I am writing this review as a first time visitor to Italy.

Provider: Independent Operator

retired2012

1 review

the disappointment with the Sistine chapel has nothing to do with our tour guide or tour operator. The disappointment is with the people who were in this church, talking out loud, taking pictures when both are clearly disallowed. Besides having this information - NO Talking, NO pictures allowed published in every language imaginable, they also played a recording. People continued to talk and take pictures the whole time. You could not sit and revel in the beauty and history with hundreds of people being so disrespectful. Even other tour guides going in with their crowd of 50 plus people and talking inside the chapel. Our tour guide explained everything to us outside the chapel and then met us outside the chapel when we were done.

Provider: Independent Operator

respotrichie

1 review

The Sistine Chapel WOW just sums it up. Just fantastic,

Provider: Independent Operator

la bon

1 review

Overwhelmingly beautiful, every inch, Michelangelo's ceiling was amazing. The city of Rome is mind boggling!!

Provider: Independent Operator

Neet New Jersey

1 review

Way too crowded, not controls and no air conditioning. It was a letdown.

Provider: Independent Operator

montys a cruiser

1 review

Queue was huge, our guide said it would take 15 minutes to enter the chapel. she was right we started queuing and was in the chapel within the 15 minutes. do not miss this, its simply outstanding

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

FePerk

3 reviews

Rome: We took the "Ultimate Rome" excursion. Again, pricey, but it was excellent and we saw a ton of Rome, in a small group of 6, with an outstanding guide. Great tour.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

L16GSY

1 review

Its a 1.5 hour drive from the port into Rome, our guide told us all about the Colliseum, went with us to gain entry then promptly disappeared until it was time to meet up again. A complete waste of money without an explanation of the historical site which we had paid for! Same with the Vatican, took us inside to get our tickets then scarpered quicker than a rat going up a drain pipe!!!

Provider: Independent Operator

glpondo

1 review

Too crowded but beautiful!

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Kathy Terry

1 review

There is so much to see, this tour was the more expensive tour but well worth it! We bypassed the lines for everything. We didn't just do a drive by like some of the excursions do. I wish we had one more day to see more. It was crowded but beautiful!!!! loved it.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

honeybee100

1 review

A must see whether or not you're religious.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Lynn and John Plant

1 review

As above, beautiful but too busy

Provider: P&O Cruises

marvick5520

2 reviews

Civitavecchia is the gateway to Rome and is about an hour away. Traffic is good until you hit the ring road entering Rome. Our Rome tour started a city highlights of interest on the way to the Colosseum and the view of these sites are from the bus. Stopped at the Colosseum for 40 minutes just enough time for a few pictures as there must be thousands of tourists waiting in line to enter. Then off to an earlier lunch as the tour guide scheduled the Vatican tour at 1pm. The Vatican guide greeted us o/s of the Vatican Museum and this is one tour you need to do it with a tour company as there must be thousands waiting in line to get in. Walked thru the Museum, Sistine Chapel (it was packed), Basilica (at some point you need not move as the crowd will move you along), then off to the St Peter Square. This tour just get you a taste of Vacation and all the other historical sites of Rome. Then another 1 or so bus ride back to the ship.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

HRISGirl

1 review

Not as impressive as I thought it would be. The guards do maintain order and quiet.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

VEGAS-CRUISER

1 review

Combined tour but we were told to see chapel on our own but got lost. Guide for this was not part of advance tickets.

Provider: Independent Operator

Spitfire8

1 review

too spiritual, too beautiful for me to say with mere words. Go see it and take it in...

Provider: Azamara Club Cruises

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