Rome (Civitavecchia) Rome on Your Own Excursion Reviews

Venture out on your own in Rome, a living museum with gorgeous artwork, amazing architecture and inspiring ancient sites -- yet alive and vibrant in a 21st-century way. It's an unforgettable city to visit and we'll warn you right now once you've experienced it you'll want to come back for more.
We booked through smartcruisetours and they set us up with a return bus transfer from Civitavecchia ...
Sail Date: October 2017
We booked through smartcruisetours and they set us up with a return bus transfer from Civitavecchia to Rome. We left 20min late because it seemed the tour operator was more concerned about filling up the bus than leaving on time. We ... Read More
We booked through smartcruisetours and they set us up with a return bus transfer from Civitavecchia to Rome. We left 20min late because it seemed the tour operator was more concerned about filling up the bus than leaving on time. We didn't arrive in Rome until 11:30am and then still had to pick up the tour guide for the people staying on the bus for the full day guided tour. We were dropped off by the Colosseum, which was good but we only had about 4h to see Rome. We still saw the colosseum, palazzo vecchio, pantheon, trevi fountain, castle st angelo, and st peter's square. It was quite rushed but I'm glad we got to see it all. We were at the bus stop 10 min early but the bus was a half hour late! For people who need to get back to a cruise ship, this does not bode well. We got back to the ship with about 15min to spare before the "all aboard" time, which is a bit too close for comfort in my opinion. We will definitely be taking the train next time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
1.5 hrs to Rome on a Coach, dropped in St Peters square, had 5 hours on our own to wander, good ...
Sail Date: September 2017
1.5 hrs to Rome on a Coach, dropped in St Peters square, had 5 hours on our own to wander, good idea if you have been before
1.5 hrs to Rome on a Coach, dropped in St Peters square, had 5 hours on our own to wander, good idea if you have been before Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We just walked around and took taxi's around the city.
Sail Date: September 2017
We just walked around and took taxi's around the city. We found a awesome little pizzeria. Just go!!
We just walked around and took taxi's around the city. We found a awesome little pizzeria. Just go!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
A long hour plus journey took us to Porta Borghese, should have been Colloseum but due to a ...
Sail Date: September 2017
A long hour plus journey took us to Porta Borghese, should have been Colloseum but due to a marathon it helped us to get closer.
A long hour plus journey took us to Porta Borghese, should have been Colloseum but due to a marathon it helped us to get closer. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
We opted for 'Rome of your own' which just gives you the bus to/from the port to the city.
Sail Date: September 2017
We opted for 'Rome of your own' which just gives you the bus to/from the port to the city. I found the price of the cruiseline's Rome full excursions to be way too much. However, as a travel agent, take my advice and if you ... Read More
We opted for 'Rome of your own' which just gives you the bus to/from the port to the city. I found the price of the cruiseline's Rome full excursions to be way too much. However, as a travel agent, take my advice and if you ARE trying to see all the top sights, book it with the cruiseline. It is way too hard to navigate on your own with short time given in the city. We visited the Vatican museums (booked directly on the Vatican website), and managed to also see Trevi fountain, spanish steps, and the Colosseum/forum area. With NO time to spare for lunch or shopping. It was a chaotic day. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Expensive, but I didnt know about Italian tours transfers in time to book it...
Sail Date: September 2017
Expensive, but I didnt know about Italian tours transfers in time to book it... in the end you only have 4.5 hours in Rome. BUY the skip the line tours! It was insane, but I will tell you about my day: From the bus drop off location ... Read More
Expensive, but I didnt know about Italian tours transfers in time to book it... in the end you only have 4.5 hours in Rome. BUY the skip the line tours! It was insane, but I will tell you about my day: From the bus drop off location (near the colosseum) we took a cab to the SPANISH STEPS - from there we walked to the FONTANA DI TREVI - then we took a cab to the COLOSSEUM for our 11AM SIP THE LINE tour (we did the audio guide it was amazing - about 1 hr) we then took another cab to ST PETER SQUARE, walked around a bit and went to the VATICAN MUSEUM for our 1PM SKIP THE LINE tour - we saw the SISTINE CHAPEL and left - another cab to the PANTHEON (a must stop) and then another one to the Colloseum to meet up the bus... we had time to walk around there a little more near a version of the ARC of the triumph...and we were back on the bus... Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
On the coach for 90 mins each way with only 45 mins in St Peters Square, booked wrong tour,weather ...
Sail Date: September 2017
On the coach for 90 mins each way with only 45 mins in St Peters Square, booked wrong tour,weather was awful and Rome was flooded
On the coach for 90 mins each way with only 45 mins in St Peters Square, booked wrong tour,weather was awful and Rome was flooded Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We actually stayed in Rome for 3 nights following our cruise.
Sail Date: September 2017
We actually stayed in Rome for 3 nights following our cruise. Stayed in the Empire Palace Hotel which we found very satisfactory. Rome is a beautiful city and well worth spending some time in.
We actually stayed in Rome for 3 nights following our cruise. Stayed in the Empire Palace Hotel which we found very satisfactory. Rome is a beautiful city and well worth spending some time in. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Excellent overview of Rome from the bus, then visited Vatican on our own.
Sail Date: August 2017
Excellent overview of Rome from the bus, then visited Vatican on our own. Quite amazing but extremely crowded so could only visit Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's because of the lengthy lines.
Excellent overview of Rome from the bus, then visited Vatican on our own. Quite amazing but extremely crowded so could only visit Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's because of the lengthy lines. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Love Rome.
Sail Date: August 2017
Love Rome. We have been there multiple times before and so just used RC transportation and went off on our own. Had a wonderful lunch at a wine bar called Cul du Sac.
Love Rome. We have been there multiple times before and so just used RC transportation and went off on our own. Had a wonderful lunch at a wine bar called Cul du Sac. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We chose RCI's 'Navigate through Rome' tour which essentially supplied a GPS handset, recommended a ...
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose RCI's 'Navigate through Rome' tour which essentially supplied a GPS handset, recommended a route and then let you loose. Rome is such an easy city to walk through, finding shade on the way, that we covered all the ... Read More
We chose RCI's 'Navigate through Rome' tour which essentially supplied a GPS handset, recommended a route and then let you loose. Rome is such an easy city to walk through, finding shade on the way, that we covered all the features we wanted, finishing at the Colosseum. We then caught a taxi back to the Vatican. I had pre-bought tickets for 2pm but we were able to enter at 1.30pm. This was a life saver as we were advised that the normal queue was 4 hours, and it was 30 degrees plus. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Great guide, great transfers and time to do what we wanted.
Sail Date: July 2017
Great guide, great transfers and time to do what we wanted. My only criticism is that 3 hours really is very little time to see anything.
Great guide, great transfers and time to do what we wanted. My only criticism is that 3 hours really is very little time to see anything. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The public transportation strike in Rome was used as an excuse to delay our departure almost an ...
Sail Date: July 2017
The public transportation strike in Rome was used as an excuse to delay our departure almost an hour, and encouraged a 30 minute early departre from the city. losing 90 mninutes in an already compressed time space is not welcomed at all.
The public transportation strike in Rome was used as an excuse to delay our departure almost an hour, and encouraged a 30 minute early departre from the city. losing 90 mninutes in an already compressed time space is not welcomed at all. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Not enough time for one day so be prepared for it to be rushed, not RC issue
Sail Date: June 2017
Not enough time for one day so be prepared for it to be rushed, not RC issue
Not enough time for one day so be prepared for it to be rushed, not RC issue Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Civitavecchia tours,rome on your own...Great,cheap option,for those who like to wander on their ...
Sail Date: June 2017
Civitavecchia tours,rome on your own...Great,cheap option,for those who like to wander on their own....TREVI fountain was breath taking....long day..tiring day...hot day..take some pop and nibbles....make sure you have a holiday ice ... Read More
Civitavecchia tours,rome on your own...Great,cheap option,for those who like to wander on their own....TREVI fountain was breath taking....long day..tiring day...hot day..take some pop and nibbles....make sure you have a holiday ice cream... Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Joy of Rome was great...
Sail Date: May 2017
Joy of Rome was great... Francesca di Marzo was a wonderful guide. Colosseum and the Vatican are must sees.
Joy of Rome was great... Francesca di Marzo was a wonderful guide. Colosseum and the Vatican are must sees. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
We had been in Rome 3 years before, and we knew the traffic to Rome from the port would take up ...
Sail Date: May 2017
We had been in Rome 3 years before, and we knew the traffic to Rome from the port would take up valuable time, so we opted for the tour which would give us the most time in Rome. The Roma Express train takes boat passengers directly to the ... Read More
We had been in Rome 3 years before, and we knew the traffic to Rome from the port would take up valuable time, so we opted for the tour which would give us the most time in Rome. The Roma Express train takes boat passengers directly to the train station near the Civitavecchia port on a bus and disembarks at St. Peter's Station in Rome, giving 6 hours of free time in Rome. We knew that being in Rome would entail walking on cobblestone streets the entire day, so saving our energy by taking the train was a good solution, especially for mature travelers. We were able to leave Rome much later than those who opted to take the trains on their own. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We just wanted some time on our own to check out the city, and this was perfect!
Sail Date: May 2017
We just wanted some time on our own to check out the city, and this was perfect!
We just wanted some time on our own to check out the city, and this was perfect! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Very interesting and our guide Rita was excellent
Sail Date: May 2017
Very interesting and our guide Rita was excellent
Very interesting and our guide Rita was excellent Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The bus was too crowded and was 4 hours total.
Sail Date: May 2017
The bus was too crowded and was 4 hours total. We only spent 2.5 hours in Rome. That was definitely not enough time.
The bus was too crowded and was 4 hours total. We only spent 2.5 hours in Rome. That was definitely not enough time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The transportation was arranged by Viking but they were not very helpful in arranging any other ...
Sail Date: March 2017
The transportation was arranged by Viking but they were not very helpful in arranging any other details. We wanted to spend time at the Vatican and then to have time for our own exploring and Viking was unable to arrange any skip the line ... Read More
The transportation was arranged by Viking but they were not very helpful in arranging any other details. We wanted to spend time at the Vatican and then to have time for our own exploring and Viking was unable to arrange any skip the line at the Vatican. We arranged our own but would have liked to have had it coordinayed with/by Viking. They could provide us no information. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
As we had been in Rome before we wanted to explore our favorites on our own.
Sail Date: March 2017
As we had been in Rome before we wanted to explore our favorites on our own. I suggest going on line to the ORP site and getting the skip the line tickets. This takes you right to the security check points so you don't have to waste ... Read More
As we had been in Rome before we wanted to explore our favorites on our own. I suggest going on line to the ORP site and getting the skip the line tickets. This takes you right to the security check points so you don't have to waste hours in line trying to get into the Vatican museum or St. Peter's both of which are must sees. You also need to keep in mind that it can be 1-1/2 hours to get from the ship to St. Peter's Square if you are buying tickets which are timed. There is so much to see really suggest the Red Hop On Hop Off Bus tours! Money well spent. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
We also did this on our own.
Sail Date: January 2017
We also did this on our own. We took subway to Vatican City, back to Trevi fountains and the Pantheon.
We also did this on our own. We took subway to Vatican City, back to Trevi fountains and the Pantheon. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Arrived 2 days earlier.
Sail Date: January 2017
Arrived 2 days earlier. Hop On Hop Off offered opportunity to spend more time at each of the venues we wished to see.
Arrived 2 days earlier. Hop On Hop Off offered opportunity to spend more time at each of the venues we wished to see. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Walked all day to many famous places so we could take pictures along the way.
Sail Date: November 2016
Walked all day to many famous places so we could take pictures along the way.
Walked all day to many famous places so we could take pictures along the way. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises