Rome (Civitavecchia) St. Peter's Basilica Excursion Reviews

The greatest feat of Renaissance architecture, and constructed in part by Michelangelo himself, the sheer scale of St. Peter's Basilica is nothing short of astounding. This is known to be the burial site of Saint Peter, 91 popes, a Holy Roman Emperor, and more.
There was a marathon which caused our excursion to be canceled, so we did the Papal Angelus one and ...
Sail Date: April 2019
There was a marathon which caused our excursion to be canceled, so we did the Papal Angelus one and it was great. We saw St Peter's Basilica and the Pope. Then we saw the Pantheon, Colosseum, Circus Maximus, and Forum on foot. Some ... Read More
There was a marathon which caused our excursion to be canceled, so we did the Papal Angelus one and it was great. We saw St Peter's Basilica and the Pope. Then we saw the Pantheon, Colosseum, Circus Maximus, and Forum on foot. Some roads were closed for the marathon but our guide was excellent and circumvented them. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
This Basilica was huge and majestic.
Sail Date: October 2018
This Basilica was huge and majestic. The painted ceiling was just so beautiful.
This Basilica was huge and majestic. The painted ceiling was just so beautiful. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We did the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Cathedral in one package.
Sail Date: September 2018
We did the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Cathedral in one package. Skip the Line tickets
We did the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Cathedral in one package. Skip the Line tickets Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Went to the Pope's summer retreat outside Rome.
Sail Date: August 2018
Went to the Pope's summer retreat outside Rome. 150 acre estate - only been available the last 3 years. Not nearly as crowded as the Vatican.
Went to the Pope's summer retreat outside Rome. 150 acre estate - only been available the last 3 years. Not nearly as crowded as the Vatican. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Was awe stuck at the magnitude of Basilica.
Sail Date: June 2018
Was awe stuck at the magnitude of Basilica. It took 15 minutes to walk from the door to the front of the chapel but worth the walk.
Was awe stuck at the magnitude of Basilica. It took 15 minutes to walk from the door to the front of the chapel but worth the walk. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The Tour Guide, Richard, blocked off the 2 front rows of seats for his use.
Sail Date: May 2018
The Tour Guide, Richard, blocked off the 2 front rows of seats for his use. When people asked why, he released the left side to paying customers and kept the right side for himself. I guess the jump seat wasn't good enough for him, ... Read More
The Tour Guide, Richard, blocked off the 2 front rows of seats for his use. When people asked why, he released the left side to paying customers and kept the right side for himself. I guess the jump seat wasn't good enough for him, so, he commandeered 2 of the 4 best seats on the bus for his use - the heck with the people who paid $200.00+ each for this little jaunt. Again, a tremendous amount of unnecessary walking. Why couldn't the bus drop off closer or pick up closer? Any why do you make us walk forever to get back on the ship??? Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
LOVED this.
Sail Date: May 2018
LOVED this. Gorgeous, informative, great guide! Very crowded
LOVED this. Gorgeous, informative, great guide! Very crowded Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Same as above.
Sail Date: May 2018
Same as above. Tour ended here. Just pointed us on our way, and said see you in an hour for lunch. We skipped the lunch (thank goodness), as everyone said it was a dark room with mediocre food. Kept them there for two hours.
Same as above. Tour ended here. Just pointed us on our way, and said see you in an hour for lunch. We skipped the lunch (thank goodness), as everyone said it was a dark room with mediocre food. Kept them there for two hours. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Crystal Cruises
Did not get to see it due to long lines that snaked their way around the entire square.
Sail Date: April 2018
Did not get to see it due to long lines that snaked their way around the entire square. Hundreds and hundreds of people. Guide was terrible. We waited for an hour and a half and then were told we could not get in we had to leave. She took ... Read More
Did not get to see it due to long lines that snaked their way around the entire square. Hundreds and hundreds of people. Guide was terrible. We waited for an hour and a half and then were told we could not get in we had to leave. She took us to a gift shop instead for half an hour. Everyone not happy. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
a bit pricey but was a great tour - we opted for doing both Colosseum and Vatican in one day which ...
Sail Date: November 2017
a bit pricey but was a great tour - we opted for doing both Colosseum and Vatican in one day which is a LOT of walking and included a very nice lunch - glad we did it that way - only thing to remember is at the end of tour it is up to you ... Read More
a bit pricey but was a great tour - we opted for doing both Colosseum and Vatican in one day which is a LOT of walking and included a very nice lunch - glad we did it that way - only thing to remember is at the end of tour it is up to you to find your own way back to your hotel even if you elect for hotel pick up Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Saw the Pieta and the Crypt of St.
Sail Date: September 2017
Saw the Pieta and the Crypt of St. John Paul II. Excellent explanation of the Basilica. Unfortunately, it was cut short because of the crowds, and the driver did not want us to be late to the ship.
Saw the Pieta and the Crypt of St. John Paul II. Excellent explanation of the Basilica. Unfortunately, it was cut short because of the crowds, and the driver did not want us to be late to the ship. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Must do - try to do a tour with a guide company that offers customer earpieces and has their guide ...
Sail Date: August 2017
Must do - try to do a tour with a guide company that offers customer earpieces and has their guide communicate via microphone.
Must do - try to do a tour with a guide company that offers customer earpieces and has their guide communicate via microphone. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
I wish we took a longer excursion so we weren't so rushed looking at everything.
Sail Date: August 2017
I wish we took a longer excursion so we weren't so rushed looking at everything. The lines were all so long, only one person and the wheelchair were able to cut the line to see inside the chapel.
I wish we took a longer excursion so we weren't so rushed looking at everything. The lines were all so long, only one person and the wheelchair were able to cut the line to see inside the chapel. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
It has to be the most amazing place in the World.
Sail Date: July 2017
It has to be the most amazing place in the World. The Basilica its gorgeous, with a lot of history from the begging.
It has to be the most amazing place in the World. The Basilica its gorgeous, with a lot of history from the begging. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Although the crowds were overwhelming, was still able to enjoy the Basilica and all its beauty.
Sail Date: June 2017
Although the crowds were overwhelming, was still able to enjoy the Basilica and all its beauty.
Although the crowds were overwhelming, was still able to enjoy the Basilica and all its beauty. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
It was beautiful purchased rosaries and was able to pray Very special time My son and I both ...
Sail Date: June 2017
It was beautiful purchased rosaries and was able to pray Very special time My son and I both felt Jesus presence
It was beautiful purchased rosaries and was able to pray Very special time My son and I both felt Jesus presence Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
As with the previous excursion we hired the excursion that included the entrance in the vatican ...
Sail Date: May 2017
As with the previous excursion we hired the excursion that included the entrance in the vatican museum and the same day of the excursion we are told that we can not enter because it is Sunday, Angelus day and we can not. MSC does not warn ... Read More
As with the previous excursion we hired the excursion that included the entrance in the vatican museum and the same day of the excursion we are told that we can not enter because it is Sunday, Angelus day and we can not. MSC does not warn us of anything and continues to charge us the tour for the same price without entering and giving service to what they sell. Thanks to the guide in Spanish, which was spectacular, outstanding for all at all times, explaining everything clearly and going two elderly people with reduced mobility, taking special care, one of us with a wheelchair and another elderly woman who could not go Quick. The tour was worth it, but as I pointed out thanks to the guide not to the information provided by the boat when it comes to hiring the tours. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
I wish I had taken the historical tour instead of the one I did.
Sail Date: March 2017
I wish I had taken the historical tour instead of the one I did. I didn't realize we would just spend time on our own in St. Peter's Square and then stand in line to get in the Basilica. I had hoped for more.
I wish I had taken the historical tour instead of the one I did. I didn't realize we would just spend time on our own in St. Peter's Square and then stand in line to get in the Basilica. I had hoped for more. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Good tour of St Peter's
Sail Date: March 2017
Good tour of St Peter's
Good tour of St Peter's Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
We chose to focus on the Vatican during our short stop in Rome.
Sail Date: December 2016
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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Huge crowds.
Sail Date: November 2016
Huge crowds. Make sure to get there very early. Long ques. Allover experience was great.
Huge crowds. Make sure to get there very early. Long ques. Allover experience was great. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Beautiful!!!
Sail Date: November 2016
Beautiful!!! We walked the stops to the top and the view was very impressive! Definitely worth the walk. We made a reservation for a private tour and there were about 8 of us in our group. Definitely worth it.
Beautiful!!! We walked the stops to the top and the view was very impressive! Definitely worth the walk. We made a reservation for a private tour and there were about 8 of us in our group. Definitely worth it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Same as Sistine Chapel - Skip the Line Vatican Museum with St Peter's, Sistine Chapel and Small ...
Sail Date: November 2016
Same as Sistine Chapel - 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 ... Read More
Same as Sistine Chapel - 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. Recommend: yes, both the tour and Nina... Particularly Nina. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Tour was okay.
Sail Date: November 2016
Tour was okay. A little too fast. We thought we could go back and look at things at our own pace, but the host dropped us off in a gift shop and did not tell us we could not go back in once we left. If I could do it again, I would have ... Read More
Tour was okay. A little too fast. We thought we could go back and look at things at our own pace, but the host dropped us off in a gift shop and did not tell us we could not go back in once we left. If I could do it again, I would have left the tour shortly after getting in and looked at everything my own pace. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Stunning
Sail Date: October 2016
Stunning
Stunning Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises