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Rome (Civitavecchia) St. Peter's Square Excursion Reviews

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Experience the wondrous scenery and history in St. Peter's Square, located directly in front of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City.

bhturtle

1 review

I would have skipped the Vatican if I had to do it over. So crowded. The guards just kept pushing us along so any viewing was for a very brief time. The art is exquisite of course, but the riches seemed to me excessive and left me uncomfortable.


Provider: Independent Operator

Stroppymare

1 review

Panoramic Rome.
Excellent guide. This tour took in Colosseum, Forum, St Peters, V E monument, Borghese Gardens, Castel St Angelo, Circo Maximo to name just a few.
Only 45 mins in St Peters Square so not long to do much more than take a few photos and absorb the atmosphere.
Visit to leather factory en route - in my opinion the time could have been better spent. All the items were very expensive. Would have preferred a few photo stops instead.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

harveyanger

1 review

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.


Provider: Thomson Cruises

JemIB66

5 reviews

Following the panoramic tour of the city, we had one hour of free time to roam around St Peter's Square


Provider: Costa Cruises

Cardiff Owl

1 review

Before we arrived here our guide explained the route over the Bridge of Angels and the history of Vaticans establishment + points along the way that would afford good photo opportunities. Having the build up was useful and avllowed the talking to be spaced out and not be continuous.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

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

Daretodream

2 reviews

i didnt go inside and heard that everyone was husseled through.


Provider: MSC Cruises

hoytlakes

1 review

Best tour we had on entire trip. Best tour guide we had on entire trip. She was wonderful.

Provider: Costa Cruises

canehdn

3 reviews

Exceptional tour. Our guide had such passion and enthusiasm and taught us all so much history about the Vatican tour we took. Was booked as a 3-hour tour and she stretched it to 4 hours and we were all grateful for the extra time.

Provider: Independent Operator

Supplyman

5 reviews

This tour was a walking tour with many stops. Guide did a great job. Lunch inclued.

Provider: Princess Cruises

retired2012

1 review

Our driver/tour guide met us at the ship. Maurizio, gave us a good explanation of what we would be seeing and set up our day so it would have a good flow. He arranged lunch for us at a local eatery and the food was fantastic. Unfortunately our ship docked late due to some issue at the Rome port so this really cut into our time in Rome. There is soooooo much to see in Rome that 8 hours does not do it justice. Our driver/tour guide showed us as much as he could with the time allowed we were rushed but he brought us to all the highlights of the city and returned us to the port in time - even accommodating us with a request to stop for gelato.

Provider: Independent Operator

spikedshoe

2 reviews

Massive crowds for the weekly (Wednesday) appearance of the Pope which we had to pass on in order to see round the city.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

CommuterBob

1 review

While the square is impressive, the guide only gave us an hour to see it and the St. Peter's Basilica. There was a 2-hour wait to get into the basilica so there was no way we could get in to see it. Plus the fact that we were in Rome on a Sunday when the Vatican museum is closed made it pretty disappointing.

Provider: Independent Operator

la bon

1 review

Just as it looks on television, it was great to just stand there and imagine!

Provider: Independent Operator

montys a cruiser

1 review

Bit disappointed expected it to be much bigger, be warned do not eat anywhere by the square. we had 4 coffee's slice of pizza, and a ham role 55 euros. you have been warned.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Princessa22

1 review

Beautiful to see. We were not able to get into the Sistine chapel as it was Sunday. Be prepared for lots of people there. Stay with your guide.

Provider: Princess Cruises

nicky63

1 review

Coach transfer and parking very close to all sites. Minimal walking. guide very instructive though ear pieces needed upgrading. Glad not go into colosseum as long queues and couldnt take bags in. Could leave things on coach so not need to carry lots.

Provider: Thomson Cruises

Stephen James

1 review

This was a very good tour well worth the visit

Provider: P&O Cruises

CyberTag

2 reviews

St. Peter's Square was wonderful.

Provider: Independent Operator

glpondo

1 review

Didn't see too much! Rushed thru!

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Nanagoes

1 review

Because it was Sunday afternoon, this was not crowded and very enjoyable, albeit hot. Entered St. Peter's without a wait and enjoyed it very much.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Stephen Tompkins

1 review

Too many people selling fake designer goods, too many beggars.

Provider: P&O Cruises

2212tillman

1 review

Too long to get to Rome from Port, left just a short time, less than an hour of free time. Views from the coach of the sites was good but no opportunity to stop and take photos. We will go solo next time

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Linda Swanson

1 review

Our tour guide was phenomenal. Her knowledge was amazing. Everything about Rome was fantastic, can't wait to go back.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

honeybee100

1 review

No time to take pictures in the square or time to wander.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Californiasure

1 review

Visiting the Vatican means lots of waiting in line. It is worth every minute though. A once in a life time thrill.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

HRISGirl

1 review

St. Peter's Square was also disappointing. The pope made an appearance in the morning so most of the square was blocked off and there were huge white screens everywhere so people could get a better view of the pope. Unfortunately, the view of the Vatican and the square was obstructed.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

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