Rome (Civitavecchia) Vatican Museums Excursion Reviews

Visit the Vatican museums to see the world famous Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Note: Go early in the morning to bypass the long lines.
Breakfast at the Vatican...highly recommend.
Sail Date: May 2019
Breakfast at the Vatican...highly recommend. No crowds! No line.
Breakfast at the Vatican...highly recommend. No crowds! No line. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
I'm rating this poor but it wasn't really the fault of Viking.
Sail Date: May 2019
I'm rating this poor but it wasn't really the fault of Viking. It is just pure madness to go here and to be one large group with what looks to be 300 large groups from many ships and otherwise. As bad as it was, I heard that it ... Read More
I'm rating this poor but it wasn't really the fault of Viking. It is just pure madness to go here and to be one large group with what looks to be 300 large groups from many ships and otherwise. As bad as it was, I heard that it is 2x as bad in July. Keep this one for the off season. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Very informative and the paintings were very descriptive
Sail Date: October 2018
Very informative and the paintings were very descriptive
Very informative and the paintings were very descriptive Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
There were so many people it was a little overwhelming.
Sail Date: September 2018
There were so many people it was a little overwhelming. You should definitely have a guide so you can get through as much as possible in the short amount of time that you have.
There were so many people it was a little overwhelming. You should definitely have a guide so you can get through as much as possible in the short amount of time that you have. 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
Tour itself very was good with a very knowledgeable guide who was also thoughtful about the impact ...
Sail Date: July 2018
Tour itself very was good with a very knowledgeable guide who was also thoughtful about the impact of the heat on everyone in the party. It was very busy but we expected that and it was an experience we are glad we didn’t miss. At the ... Read More
Tour itself very was good with a very knowledgeable guide who was also thoughtful about the impact of the heat on everyone in the party. It was very busy but we expected that and it was an experience we are glad we didn’t miss. At the end of the Vatican tour we were taken to a gift shop just on the edge of St Peters Square and left for about 40 mins which was totally unnecessary and many in the party felt this had been wasted time as most were not interested in the stuff in this shop sold at inflated prices. The tour was then supposed to include a lunch at a typical Italian restaurant which turned out to be a poor quality meal at a corporate hotel round the corner from the Vatican. The service was also very slow which probably wasted another hour of our time in the city. After this the coach took us to another area with shops and restaurants which was fine and it would have been better to take us there straight away and to have found our own place to eat. Glad we did the tour but would not book a future tour including food with celebrity as we felt we paid a lot of money for a very poor quality lunch. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This was absolutely horrible.
Sail Date: July 2018
This was absolutely horrible. Yes, we "skipped the lines" to enter the Museum, but once inside, there were hordes of visitors. Not a rewarding experience at all. Not a good investment of our travel dollars.
This was absolutely horrible. Yes, we "skipped the lines" to enter the Museum, but once inside, there were hordes of visitors. Not a rewarding experience at all. Not a good investment of our travel dollars. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
BOORING and crowded.
Sail Date: June 2018
BOORING and crowded. Guide said it was a rather 'light' day - usually more crowded. I could hardly imagine!!
BOORING and crowded. Guide said it was a rather 'light' day - usually more crowded. I could hardly imagine!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Unbelievable, esp.
Sail Date: June 2018
Unbelievable, esp. the Sistine Chapel.
Unbelievable, esp. the Sistine Chapel. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Viator - Rome in a Day – this is actually two half day tours, morning at the Vatican and ...
Sail Date: June 2018
Viator - Rome in a Day – this is actually two half day tours, morning at the Vatican and afternoon at the Colosseum; due to transportation issues, we were late for the Vatican group tour, but we called the tour company and were provided ... Read More
Viator - Rome in a Day – this is actually two half day tours, morning at the Vatican and afternoon at the Colosseum; due to transportation issues, we were late for the Vatican group tour, but we called the tour company and were provided our Vatican museum tickets to explore on our own with a non-guided group an hour later; on our own for lunch and a cab ride to the Colosseum, then we met the Colosseum group for the afternoon tour; skip the line tickets are highly recommended, but the guide was very slow and we ended up turning in our headsets to explore on our own before catching our ride back to the ship Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Breakfast in the Vatican and began tour before it opened to the public.
Sail Date: May 2018
Breakfast in the Vatican and began tour before it opened to the public. This is the way to tour! An excellent guide as well.
Breakfast in the Vatican and began tour before it opened to the public. This is the way to tour! An excellent guide as well. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Stunning!!!
Sail Date: May 2018
Stunning!!!
Stunning!!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We toured the gardens first.
Sail Date: April 2018
We toured the gardens first. We had to wait 40 minutes to get into museum. We literally ran from the entrance of the Vatican Museum through the Sistene Chapel and into St. Peter’s. We were out the basilica in less than 15 minutes. ... Read More
We toured the gardens first. We had to wait 40 minutes to get into museum. We literally ran from the entrance of the Vatican Museum through the Sistene Chapel and into St. Peter’s. We were out the basilica in less than 15 minutes. The most expensive and disappointing tour ever! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
We enjoyed the tour very much.
Sail Date: December 2017
We enjoyed the tour very much. I wish we had had more time to see everything. I bought a good guidebook about rome so I can always get more information later.
We enjoyed the tour very much. I wish we had had more time to see everything. I bought a good guidebook about rome so I can always get more information later. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
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
Viking provided a private tour with a small group at night to this site.
Sail Date: October 2017
Viking provided a private tour with a small group at night to this site. No crowds. Absolutely amazing experience.
Viking provided a private tour with a small group at night to this site. No crowds. Absolutely amazing experience. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Did the full Vatican.
Sail Date: October 2017
Did the full Vatican. 4th time there, best guide and tour of all. Yes, lots of walking however great guide and you learn and see more each time you go.
Did the full Vatican. 4th time there, best guide and tour of all. Yes, lots of walking however great guide and you learn and see more each time you go. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
So much beautiful art.
Sail Date: September 2017
So much beautiful art. Our guide was wonderful and quite knowledgable about the history of the popes and artist responsible for the beautiful paintings
So much beautiful art. Our guide was wonderful and quite knowledgable about the history of the popes and artist responsible for the beautiful paintings Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Fascinating place full of interesting exhibits.
Sail Date: August 2017
Fascinating place full of interesting exhibits. We took the audioguide but the numbers of people made it difficult to stop and listen. To be fair, we had limited time before catching the bus back so had to rush things. In places the crush ... Read More
Fascinating place full of interesting exhibits. We took the audioguide but the numbers of people made it difficult to stop and listen. To be fair, we had limited time before catching the bus back so had to rush things. In places the crush of the crowd was quite overwhelming and the lack of air made us want to exit as hurriedly as possible. Understandably most want to get to the Sistean Chapel as we did, however, they are making a lot of money out of this venture by seemingly not controlling the numbers and with little regard for the comfort of the visitors. I know we went a peak summer time but thank goodness we weren't there during the mid- forties temperatures. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Very beautiful and full information
Sail Date: July 2017
Very beautiful and full information
Very beautiful and full information Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Rome-in-Limo guys are NOT Licensed Tour Guides and therefore cannot enter Vatican and Museums, so ...
Sail Date: June 2017
Rome-in-Limo guys are NOT Licensed Tour Guides and therefore cannot enter Vatican and Museums, so they made arrangements for us with RoseAlba who was fantastic
Rome-in-Limo guys are NOT Licensed Tour Guides and therefore cannot enter Vatican and Museums, so they made arrangements for us with RoseAlba who was fantastic Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Booked in advance for 7:30 pm Friday evening tour with English speaking guide.
Sail Date: June 2017
Booked in advance for 7:30 pm Friday evening tour with English speaking guide. Instructions were to arrive 20 minutes early but evening tours only open the doors at 7pm and there were still huge queues at 7:15. They moved quickly however ... Read More
Booked in advance for 7:30 pm Friday evening tour with English speaking guide. Instructions were to arrive 20 minutes early but evening tours only open the doors at 7pm and there were still huge queues at 7:15. They moved quickly however and our tour started on time with a smallish group. First 30 minutes was clustered around a TV screen and guide giving an explanation of history and content of museum. Very impressed with museum exhibits even if limited relationship with history. Many museums in the world are very proud of single undamaged Roman statues whereas this museum has hundreds. You walk on floors of perfect Roman mosaics two thousand years old as if they were nothing special Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
It was very informative and was an excellent experience.
Sail Date: May 2017
It was very informative and was an excellent experience. Also organised very well and the tour guide was brilliant.
It was very informative and was an excellent experience. Also organised very well and the tour guide was brilliant. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Going to Rome to see the Vatican/ colosseum/ the Trevi fountain is a must!
Sail Date: May 2017
Going to Rome to see the Vatican/ colosseum/ the Trevi fountain is a must! Once in a lifetime tour. Amazing guide in the museum. The driver/ guide was good. He was an excellent driver. Don't know if I could drive those streets.
Going to Rome to see the Vatican/ colosseum/ the Trevi fountain is a must! Once in a lifetime tour. Amazing guide in the museum. The driver/ guide was good. He was an excellent driver. Don't know if I could drive those streets. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This was an excellent tour with an extremely knowledgeable guide through Livitaly.
Sail Date: April 2017
This was an excellent tour with an extremely knowledgeable guide through Livitaly. We paid more for this tour because they take a maximum of six people in a group, and it was well worth it! Our early entrance tour was well worth the price ... Read More
This was an excellent tour with an extremely knowledgeable guide through Livitaly. We paid more for this tour because they take a maximum of six people in a group, and it was well worth it! Our early entrance tour was well worth the price of admission...even the Sistine Chapel was relatively uncrowded compared to the throngs of people later. I highly recommend touring the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's with a guide. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line