Quite possibly my most favorite place on this planet, Rome is one of the many places you get to go when taking a Disney Mediterranean Cruise. The port of call where you disembark is Civitavecchia, and while a historical port itself, you will want to make the most of your time in Rome and for the most part, you will probably breeze straight through it.
Rome is one of the places where we decided to hire a private tour. This was nice for us because we were able to go in with another family (so total of 8 people) for a MUCH CHEAPER rate than any of the bigger tours (through Disney or elsewhere) was charging (I’m talking 50% less). We had a van with driver (who spoke good English ~ not great, but good enough to tell us what we needed to know) and were able to pretty much plan our day according to what we wanted to see. I would not have done it any other way! Look at all we got to see:
While on the cruise they would have information sessions on each port of call and areas where we could go. I found these very informative because they gave background information about things you might have wondered about but did not already know. For instance, the lady leading the information session on Rome was able to fully explain the meaning of the latin terms on the Pantheon.
Because you are visiting an ancient city, be ready for scaffolding and refurbishments. When we were at Rome, there was no water in the Trevi Fountain.
Our tour took us to the Colleseum, but it was an additional ticket to go inside. We opted not to do this as our time was limited and we really wanted to see other areas. I would recommend that you purchase all of your tickets in advance to avoid the lines (cause the lines were CRAZY).
Whether you are Catholic or not, the Vatican is an amazing place to visit. What I will say is this, be sure to watch the Pope’s calendar. He was there the same day we were so we had to adjust our trip. It would have been great to see him, but we knew if we did see him, it would take the bulk of our day. You can only imagine how the traffic is in and around The Vatican when the Pope is speaking so we wanted to avoid that at all costs and chose to go later in the day.
Two things about The Vatican (and other churches). One, we were told that women MUST cover shoulders and knees. Both my daughter and I did, but we saw a ton of people who did not. Second, I would recommend going self paced through the museums as opposed to with a tour group. From our stand point, we felt like the tour groups rushed through the museums only hitting on most popular pieces. You will see soooo much more on your own.
What would you most want to see on a trip to Rome?
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