This was another Viator tour sold by MSC, AND VERY POORLY PLANNED: we have been in Rome many times but knew another visit to the Vatican museums would be well worth it. The tour was billed as Rome and The Vatican museums: In the AM we were bused around and past the main sites, OK, considering our time was short, then into the Vatican. The tour of the VATICAN MUSEUMS however was very poorly planned- and did not give us a look at some of its treasures, like the Borgia Apartments: essentially the tour was a walk to the Sistine, though prior
To entering the Chapel, there was a detailed lecture in front of reproduction of the paintings of the Sistine. From there there was a half hour trip through St Peter's,,where I thought the tour was well done. Big flaw was giving us two hours of free time designating a gift shop where bathrooms were available and from which our tour would depart for the port area. My suggestion to anyone on a one day visit, is first order your tickets to the museums, on line,for 10AM,so you can avoid the long, long lines: then sign up for the cruise ship bus that picks takes you to central Rome, get a taxi to the Vatican Museum and have a leisurely visit to the museum- because you are not part of a tour, no one will rush you in your visit to the Sistine: because there could be long lines to get into St Peter,s , do not leave the Vatican museum, you can enter St Peter's from the Sistine chapel- everyone exits the Sistine from the back- if you take the door at the right rear it will eventually get you into St Pater's without leaving thevMuseums.
Long day but is was exceptional and the crowds were small. Quick bus tour of the other important sights was nice. the 1.5-2hr bus ride to and from the port made the tour longer. wish we could of been in Rome for 2 days
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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