Rome (Civitavecchia) Sistine Chapel Excursion Reviews
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.
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.
Amazing! Sure it's crowded and the guards are rude, but it's all worth it.