Rome (Civitavecchia) Vatican Museums Excursion Reviews
We went hurriedly through one floor and were basically pushed along so it seemed almost meaningless. I would only return in the winter when hopefully the crowds would be less.
Too much to see but well worth seeing what you can while you are there. Again, the attention to detail is really incredible. The amount of art is overwhelming. They have a nice gift shop. They sell "The Peace Cross" and special Rosaries. The Peace Cross makes a very nice gift and you can only buy them at the Vatican.
Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica and Colosseum (Adult Only Departure)
The Vatican museum is huge, but you are just part of a big conveyor belt pushing you through it. You barely get time to take in the marvels that surround you, but it's worth to get it over with to have the "been there, done that". Once in a lifetime and so on. Probably better to go in a slower season.
This was so wonderful to see, especially as a Catholic. Very enjoyable experience.
This was the other one we booked independently. The operator and driver we had were awesome. He got us right up to the various sites for the morning visit to Rome, then gave us some great tips for the Vatican Museum. Doing the bus with only 7 of us was great. Probably my second favorite port day.
This was so packed it is really hard to enjoy it. I even went on a Thursday do not go on a Wed.
Rushed through by the guards.
a really interesting day out
Rome/Vatican tour - this was an expensive tour and I'm glad I saw it even though I consider it "Drive by Vatican" tour. It was extremely crowded as the Pope speaks on Wednesday am and there were thousands of people crammed into the spaces. We barely had time to stop during the tour to take pictures and we walked elbow to elbow through the entire tour with many, many other groups. The Sistine Chapel was something I'm glad I saw but I would never do this tour again. An hour and 45 minutes just to get to Rome from port and then 5 hours running through everything. Do not do this tour if you aren't comfortable in a really crowded situation and aren't able to walk for 5 hours without a break. Skip it and go to on a Thursday in January when you can actually enjoy it
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.
The same tour as offered with Royal Caribbean, I love Rome been both of the last two years, recommend everyone to go
The Vatican is a beautiful and stunning place.
Just too much to see in too short a time but well worth the visit. Very crowded.
Knowledgeable guide, very organized... though supremely crowded and HOT.
Wonderful experience, learned a lot. This where our English-speaking guide really shined. Pointing out little known facts and helping us through by selecting only the best highlights in our limited time. Would go again.
Rudy used an associated to take us around the Vatican Museums. (Massimo) my 10 yr old son found it very interesting. Massimo took his ipad and explained lots of info about the mosaics and paintings in detail. He kept our attention and showed us lots of interesting things.