Rome (Civitavecchia) St. Peter's Square Excursion Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Following the panoramic tour of the city, we had one hour of free time to roam around St Peter's Square
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.
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.
i didnt go inside and heard that everyone was husseled through.