We chose to focus on the Vatican during our short stop in Rome. We booked an MSC excursion that gave us an overview of Rome from the bus, then a guided tour of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. The tour was very well-organized, and it provided a great introductory visit to The Eternal City. We felt rushed in the Vatican City, but we saw all the highlights, and my husband and I were both very pleased with the excursion.
Same as Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica - Skip the Line Vatican Museum with St Peter's, Sistine Chapel and Small Group Upgrade. Tour guide Nina was phenomenal. Tour started as soon as all arrived and moved along well. We were inside by 9:00a and security was a breeze. Nina was informative and entertaining. For a small petite woman she could graciously part the crowd and keep things moving. Four hours flew by.
Note: There is so much to see we lucked out with Nina, an obvious art subject matter expert. She centered the tour around more specific pieces vice the audio tour stops due to limited amount of time. Would recommend booking a particular art tour if truly interested in the wonderful art.
Recommend: yes, both the tour and Nina... Particularly Nina.
We booked Inside Vatican, Colosseum & St. Peter's Basilica with Carnival. It was $181.99 per person and it included a visit to the Vatican and lunch. It was a very long day and I felt like we were cattle being herded through the entire tour. Our bus guide and tour guide were both very friendly and knowledgeable. Everything we saw was beautiful, and our meal was good. The bus was comfortable. It was just such a busy place with way too many people there to even think about getting a decent look at any of the amazing things there were to see.
Unfortunately, on a cruise, you only have a few hours to see a port. I feel like Rome is somewhere that you need at least a week or two.
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