OMG..you HAVE to see this if you go to Rome. The history is amazing. Nothing to dissapoint here. Also, wait the line and pay the few dollars and GO to the roof deck on the dome. Just GO. The view is incredible. You will NEVER see Rome like you do from the top of the basilica. The climb is worth the view and the bragging rights.
A lot more walking than advertised. My husband could not walk to St. Peter's Square and spent the whole time sitting at a cafe. He was exhausted just getting from where the bus had to park to the area where the tourists were.
It was expensive, but worth it. We saw the Colosseum, St. Peter’s, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. The Colosseum tour included the underground and it was excellent. We didn’t wait in line and had access to areas that general admission guests did not have. It is a 10-hour day as Rome is about 1.5 hours from the pier. Wear comfortable shoes! It was very, very, hot. Be sure to read all tour requirements. There are clothing requirements for St. Peter’s and there are no exceptions. I forgot to bring a scarf, but thankfully another tour guest had a scarf I could use (to cover my shoulders). There was some free time to wander and shop but you MUST be back at the meeting point on time – the tour continues with or without you. One guest on another tour in Rome got separated from his group and lost the emergency number everyone gets…just in case. It cost him $200 Euro to get back to the ship via taxi as he did not know how to access the public transportation (train) system that was much cheaper. We did not find this excursion overly taxing in terms of physical exertion (we are both 50 and in relatively good shape). We had plenty of time at all locations to take photos.
We booked DriverinRome on 2 days (both Rome port days) to take us from the ship to Pantheon, Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Roman Forum. The second port day, we toured the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel.
Also part of the Eternal City tour. St Peter's Square was much larger than I thought it would be. Saw the chimney where the smoke comes out when a pope is picked. Very interesting and great photo stop.
Our driver Marco was the best guide we had the whole cruise and we had a guide in every port. He took us to a fantastic restaurant for lunch and was genuinely interested in what we wanted to see. He gave us as much time as we needed and was very friendly and funny. All 4 teenagers loved him. Very laid back and accommodating. We saw St Peter's Square from different vantage points. It was gorgeous.
Was fantastic seeing Vatican huge queues so as our time was short didn't go in also didn't realise when a new pope is celebrated the chimney is only put up temporarily.very interesting city next time would go with cruise excursions as they seemingly saw more.
Amazing!!!!!! Angelica and Alessandro were so enchanting and gracious. They made sure we were informed about every piece of statue , every rock and every building. We loved the experience, the Vatican was so beautiful and awe inspiring. The colosseum was massive and just out of this world. St. Peter's square was beautiful as well as Trevi Fountain.
Walked all around the area, saw the Vatican Guards, building architecture, and great place for people watching. There is a Vatican Post Office to purchase stamps and mail postcards/letters from. Bathrooms scarce.
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