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.
Dropped at the Colesium with clear direction where to meet.
Sail Date: October 2015
Dropped at the Colesium with clear direction where to meet. We had a wheelchair, for my wife and found Rome easy to negotiate. We had also prebooked the tourist bus, this would have been cheaper booked on the day. Weather was torrential ... Read More
Dropped at the Colesium with clear direction where to meet. We had a wheelchair, for my wife and found Rome easy to negotiate. We had also prebooked the tourist bus, this would have been cheaper booked on the day. Weather was torrential rain at times but still enjoyable. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Shuttle was good and tour guide gave us maps and a briefing before letting us loose.
Sail Date: October 2015
Shuttle was good and tour guide gave us maps and a briefing before letting us loose. We would have opted for the train though - online it was $129, but onboard is was only $40. By the time we realized it was too late to cancel the bus.
Shuttle was good and tour guide gave us maps and a briefing before letting us loose. We would have opted for the train though - online it was $129, but onboard is was only $40. By the time we realized it was too late to cancel the bus. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Took the express train to Rome via the ship's excursion.
Sail Date: October 2015
Took the express train to Rome via the ship's excursion. Was great and we also got a free hop on hop off tour for one round visit. The trip back was unfortunately not so successful as the train was out of order so we were packed ... Read More
Took the express train to Rome via the ship's excursion. Was great and we also got a free hop on hop off tour for one round visit. The trip back was unfortunately not so successful as the train was out of order so we were packed (and I mean packed) in like sardines to go back. Not their fault and did not let it spoil the trip but felt sorry for some of the seniors who had mobility issues. Rome was great, nice time of year to go as it was not so crowded and we walked to see as many sites as we could. Used the HOHO bus to go by the Colosseum as it was a little further to walk to. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
A much more relaxed way to see Rome, at your own pace.
Sail Date: October 2015
A much more relaxed way to see Rome, at your own pace. We took an open topped bus tour and were able to get round and see all the significant attractions, and apparently Saturdays is a quiet day, so not to franetic, great day
A much more relaxed way to see Rome, at your own pace. We took an open topped bus tour and were able to get round and see all the significant attractions, and apparently Saturdays is a quiet day, so not to franetic, great day Read Less
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Have to give a poor rating because of the quality of the coach.
Sail Date: October 2015
Have to give a poor rating because of the quality of the coach. Air conditioning did not work properly and the drive was pretty uncomfortable. Getting back on in Rome was a shambles. Loved the actual time in Rome though
Have to give a poor rating because of the quality of the coach. Air conditioning did not work properly and the drive was pretty uncomfortable. Getting back on in Rome was a shambles. Loved the actual time in Rome though Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Cunard Line
Long walk from the bus to the Colosseum meeting place.The guide advised us to take a blue bus tour ...
Sail Date: September 2015
Long walk from the bus to the Colosseum meeting place.The guide advised us to take a blue bus tour which turned out to be a con as there were twice as many red buses. Eventually got off the bus at the Trevi fountain which was under ... Read More
Long walk from the bus to the Colosseum meeting place.The guide advised us to take a blue bus tour which turned out to be a con as there were twice as many red buses. Eventually got off the bus at the Trevi fountain which was under restoration and off like most of Rome. Walked back to the Colosseum. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Appreciated the information provided regarding getting around Rome, landmarks to try to see during ...
Sail Date: September 2015
Appreciated the information provided regarding getting around Rome, landmarks to try to see during our short excursion. We had adequate time to visit St. Peter's and Pantheon. Very disappointed we landed in Rome on Sunday because ... Read More
Appreciated the information provided regarding getting around Rome, landmarks to try to see during our short excursion. We had adequate time to visit St. Peter's and Pantheon. Very disappointed we landed in Rome on Sunday because the Sistine Chapel was closed -- Viking, please reconsider scheduling Rome on Sunday! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
We will return to Rome.
Sail Date: August 2015
We will return to Rome. This is a busy city and complete contrast to Florence. We went on a Sunday so the Vatican was closed and the Pope was suppose to be at his summer retreat - though he was spotted by our guide looking from a balcony ... Read More
We will return to Rome. This is a busy city and complete contrast to Florence. We went on a Sunday so the Vatican was closed and the Pope was suppose to be at his summer retreat - though he was spotted by our guide looking from a balcony from one of the back villas. This was the only tour that we were heavily advised about pickpockets. Our guide kept reiterating to be vigilant and keep possessions close. To validate her point as we got off our coach and another guide came up to our guide and warned her there was pick pockets by the outside entrance. Sure enough as we came outside there was two females undressing their many layers pulling out wallets, phones etc!!! We were all well warned now. As we were there only for the day we had to make a decision on whether we spent a lot of time at a few attractions or a bit of time at as many as possible, we chose the latter. We walked our socks off. There was a que at St Peters Basilica so chose to just view the square. We managed to see the Spanish steps, colosseum, forum, bridge of angels, palatine, piazza della rotonda, pantheon, piazza Navona, Hard Rock Cafe! The only disappointmen was the Trevi fountain, whilst beautiful it was not working!! Covered by scaffolding and net. We were very pleased to do Rome on our own, with our guide book in hand and good walking shoes, hat, water and sun cream we saw everything we wanted to and more. We were not timed to any particular limit and enjoyed the freedom. We had looked at the guided Rome tour and took a while to decide, but very glad we took advice from people who had visited Rome before and did it our way. It is easy to get around and with a good guide book you can truly capture Rome. An excellent day and we will return. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
left waiting after the rep told us a different time to the other travellers!
Sail Date: August 2015
left waiting after the rep told us a different time to the other travellers! good job I was on the ball and managed to sort it out. Unfortunately our rep was badly organised.
left waiting after the rep told us a different time to the other travellers! good job I was on the ball and managed to sort it out. Unfortunately our rep was badly organised. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
If you've never been to Rome, book a guided tour.
Sail Date: August 2015
If you've never been to Rome, book a guided tour. You can't see it all in a day, so follow the tour. We've been several times, so this tour was perfect for us - drops you off at the vatican, and then picks you up 8 hours
If you've never been to Rome, book a guided tour. You can't see it all in a day, so follow the tour. We've been several times, so this tour was perfect for us - drops you off at the vatican, and then picks you up 8 hours later. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Disney Cruise Line
Basically transfer from port to Rome.
Sail Date: August 2015
Basically transfer from port to Rome. Our guide, Massimo was charming and funny. We loved Rome - although not much time before having to return to the ship. Visting these ports gives you a taster for perhaps returning for a city break
Basically transfer from port to Rome. Our guide, Massimo was charming and funny. We loved Rome - although not much time before having to return to the ship. Visting these ports gives you a taster for perhaps returning for a city break Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Nice train that takes you close to Vatican.
Sail Date: August 2015
Nice train that takes you close to Vatican. Avoid Green Line Hop on Hop Off bus, that is the one the ship pushes. Intercomms inoperative, water doesn't drain on top deck (plugged drains). Long waits at some stops.
Nice train that takes you close to Vatican. Avoid Green Line Hop on Hop Off bus, that is the one the ship pushes. Intercomms inoperative, water doesn't drain on top deck (plugged drains). Long waits at some stops. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
not much to say really because we had to spend most of the time at the British Embassy to get ...
Sail Date: July 2015
not much to say really because we had to spend most of the time at the British Embassy to get Temporary Passports for our Grand children after being Mugged in Marseilles
not much to say really because we had to spend most of the time at the British Embassy to get Temporary Passports for our Grand children after being Mugged in Marseilles Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Very informative Tour Guide on the way to Rome.
Sail Date: July 2015
Very informative Tour Guide on the way to Rome. Loads of facts. Bus dropped us close to the Piazza Navona, at the Ponte Umberto, so with a map (supplied) it's easy enough to navigate yourselves to the sites
Very informative Tour Guide on the way to Rome. Loads of facts. Bus dropped us close to the Piazza Navona, at the Ponte Umberto, so with a map (supplied) it's easy enough to navigate yourselves to the sites Read Less
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Private train to St.
Sail Date: July 2015
Private train to St. Peter's station and the Vatican with Rome on our own. The city is amazing. An open air museum.
Private train to St. Peter's station and the Vatican with Rome on our own. The city is amazing. An open air museum. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
There wasn't enough time to see everything.
Sail Date: July 2015
There wasn't enough time to see everything. We bought tickets for a hop-on hop-off bus which was a great way to get around. It was extremely hot day so we were slower walking pace than usual. Avoid summer.
There wasn't enough time to see everything. We bought tickets for a hop-on hop-off bus which was a great way to get around. It was extremely hot day so we were slower walking pace than usual. Avoid summer. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Don't hesitate a bit to book on your own.
Sail Date: July 2015
Don't hesitate a bit to book on your own. The cost is probably half, you have more time, and in our case was just the 4 of us in a very nice minivan. Giovanni was our guide in Rome. We had just been there one year before so had ... Read More
Don't hesitate a bit to book on your own. The cost is probably half, you have more time, and in our case was just the 4 of us in a very nice minivan. Giovanni was our guide in Rome. We had just been there one year before so had seen the major sites. My daughter is an art history major in college and Giovanni brought us to a lot of unique churches with works by the masters that we would have never found on our own. He taught my daughter a lot and is closer to a historian than a tour operator. We learned and saw more with him in one day than we had on our own on the previous trip for 4 days. Also brought us to a great lunch location that was our best meal in Italy. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This travel agency was excellent with client services.
Sail Date: July 2015
This travel agency was excellent with client services. However, I would have liked to receive this appreciation questionnaire directly to my e-mail address as they do not pass on your evaluation to us. I had to search for it and call ... Read More
This travel agency was excellent with client services. However, I would have liked to receive this appreciation questionnaire directly to my e-mail address as they do not pass on your evaluation to us. I had to search for it and call Celebrity directly and wait a long time on line to get an agent who finally told me where to go on your site. This should be more obvious to find when attempting to find it ourself on your website. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Coliseum was amazing Bought the special underground tour and the tip top tour...worth it !
Sail Date: July 2015
Coliseum was amazing Bought the special underground tour and the tip top tour...worth it !
Coliseum was amazing Bought the special underground tour and the tip top tour...worth it ! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
take a cooking class for something totally different!
Sail Date: June 2015
take a cooking class for something totally different!
take a cooking class for something totally different! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
we went by train to Rome then did a segway tour which was fun
Sail Date: June 2015
we went by train to Rome then did a segway tour which was fun
we went by train to Rome then did a segway tour which was fun Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Rome is amazing.
Sail Date: June 2015
Rome is amazing. My niece spent 6 months there and gave us an itinerary. After being driven in, we started at the Vatican, visited Pantheon, Coliseum, Palatine Hills, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps. Enjoyed Gelato, Pizza, Pasta, ... Read More
Rome is amazing. My niece spent 6 months there and gave us an itinerary. After being driven in, we started at the Vatican, visited Pantheon, Coliseum, Palatine Hills, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps. Enjoyed Gelato, Pizza, Pasta, Cappuccino, etc. Need to go back but thoroughly enjoyed! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We were told that this was wheelchair accessible, as long as they could walk "a few steps".
Sail Date: June 2015
We were told that this was wheelchair accessible, as long as they could walk "a few steps". The tour bus was not equipped for a wheelchair. My traveling companion had to climb up 5 steep steps into the bus, with me literally ... Read More
We were told that this was wheelchair accessible, as long as they could walk "a few steps". The tour bus was not equipped for a wheelchair. My traveling companion had to climb up 5 steep steps into the bus, with me literally lifting her legs onto each step. She was exhausted by the time we got on the bus. Thankfully, they moved passengers out of the front seat so she wouldn't have to try to get down the aisle to the first available seat, which was near the back. They need to supply tour buses with wheelchair lifts. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Great to do things on your own.
Sail Date: June 2015
Great to do things on your own. Train to rome cheap and fast
Great to do things on your own. Train to rome cheap and fast Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
With the excursions a lot depends on the guide.
Sail Date: June 2015
With the excursions a lot depends on the guide. We had a good guide but it's a two hour drive each way with only four hours in the city. A lot to do in one day. Very tiring and hot.
With the excursions a lot depends on the guide. We had a good guide but it's a two hour drive each way with only four hours in the city. A lot to do in one day. Very tiring and hot. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International