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.
Way to crowded and noisy. Esp with the Guards yelling quiet and move to the center please.
A whole day just would not give you enough time to digest the art.
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.
Incredible!!! Everyone who goes to Rome must experience this place!
Wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be.
First time visit and was overawed, just a pity it was so crowded