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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the best excursions we have ever been on. We had private access to the Pope's apartments, the private gardens and after a short drive out of Rome we toured the Pope's Private Summer residence. Truly a Once in a Lifetime excursion because this Pope has opened these up to the public for the first time in decades. AMAZING!
Unfortunately we did this tour two days after the Canonization of Saint Theresa, so there were a lot of tourists in town still. Again, the sites were interesting to see, but the guide was hard to understand, you had to take pictures while you were trying to keep walking, hear the guide and make your way through the crowds. The dress code and picture taking rules at the Sistine Chapel are very strict and adhered to which I can appreciate and respect. Out of 10 hour day of touring we had about 90 minutes to take pictures, eat lunch and look for souvenirs. This was only at Vatican City. No time at the Coliseum for anything other than walking around. As an additional note, the guide coordinator, Paolo, was rude and discourteous. He embarrassed my husband and I in front of the other passengers on the bus and talked condescendingly to many people on the tour. I realize there is a different culture and we need to respect that, but his treatment of us was UNACCEPTABLE! The female guide was very knowledgeable, but again hard to understand and talked very fast. It is very obvious that DCL has high expectations of their staff and hold them accountable if they do not meet the expectations. I know they probably don't have a lot of control over the staff on the port tours, but they do when it comes time to contracting with a company who provides the tours. DCL needs to make sure they let the companies they are contracting with what their expectations are. I would like to think DCL would have considered reprimanding Paolo on this tour and Karim on the Pompeii tour if they were employees of theirs.
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