The general tour of Rome too much, too fast. Our tour guide walked very briskly and many times left older members of the group behind. We did get to see the Trevi Fountain, but only for a few minutes while we tried to grab some lunch.
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.
After the Colloseum we had a pizza in a restaurant and walked to the Trevi Fountain, it was easy enough to find. It was very, very busy, brilliant to see, just beware of pick pockets here as its so busy!
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. The Trevi Fountain is a must see.
We parked a half a block away and walked to the Baroque fountain of Hollywood fame. I threw the obligatory coin into the fountain and am now guaranteed a return to Rome! I only hope it doesn't take long to go back.
Very crowded but everybody gets an opportunity to toss a coin into the fountain area and take photos as the police keep the crowds under control and moving at a reasonable time frame. The police stand no nonsense hand in the water is a no, non even for kids.
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.
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