Taking a Disney Mediterranean Cruise is a wonderful way to travel and see the world. During your cruise to Rome, you will dock in the port city of Civitavecchia. While a beautiful port city, you really won’t spend time there. Your main destinations will be Rome and The Vatican.
For our trip into Rome 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!
Prior to each Port, Disney was really good about providing information sessions on each port of call and destinations near the port cities. 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 for the Disney Mediterranean Cruise to Rome was able to fully explain the meaning and significance of the Latin terms written on the Pantheon.
Something else I found helpful was having a copy of Rick Steve’s ROME book. I think we have 4-5 of Rick Steve’s guide books and they are truly an essential piece to bring for each stop. They give great advice on everything from getting here to there to best places to grab a bite to eat. You also can download his walking tour of sites for absolutely free (be sure to download before you leave to avoid having to pay roaming charges to download).
Because you are visiting an ancient city, be ready for scaffolding and refurbishments. When we were at Rome in 2014, there was no water in the Trevi Fountain. In 2016, there was scaffolding along the Spanish Steps. Take it all in stride. This is an ancient city and they have to do these improvements and restoration to keep it beautiful for all future generations to see.
One of the most popular things to see in Rome is the Colosseum. It is nice to see the inside, but don’t fret if you miss out. It is one of those things that if you see it once, you don’t really care about seeing it again. I would recommend that you purchase your tickets for both the Colosseum and Forum in advance to avoid the lines (cause the lines were CRAZY).
If you are short on time and can’t fit in seeing both the Colosseum and the Forum, I would definitely recommend seeing the Forum. The Roman Forum is amazing. It is full of ancient buildings, statues and frescoes. You can walk right up to all of these ancient monuments and experience what it was like living in ancient Rome.
Most of the places you visit in Rome will have an audio tour option. Typically, they are also in a separate line. Opt out of the audio tour and use the FREE Rick Steve downloads instead.
What would you most want to see on a Disney Mediterranean Cruise to Rome?