Rome is an amazing city full of history, culture, friendly people, and great food. The best advice we can give to anyone visiting Rome with limited time (as we were for our Mediterranean cruise out of Civitavecchia), is to book tours with a tour guide through Trip Advisor / Viator.
JJ and I are admittedly not fans of crowds or touristy guided tours, but Rome is not your typical city. It’s spread out and there is so much history to see. Through Viator’s “Rome in a Day” Tour, we were able to miraculously visit Palatine Hill, The Colosseum, and The Vatican (including the Sistine Chapel), all in one day. Our full day pass included the ability to skip the long lines and gain quicker access to all 3 sites as well. It made for an extremely long, but fulfilling day that maximized our single day availability in Rome.
- Major Sites of Rome
- Palatine Hill
- The Colosseum
- The Vatican
- St. Peter’s Basilica
- Trevi Fountain
- Len and JJ’s Overall Rating:
Major Sites of Rome
Perhaps our tour guide said it best, while visiting the ruins at Palatine Hill, when she described it as “Archeological Lasagna”. We are happy to report first hand that both the Archeological Lasagna of Palatine Hill and actual Lasagna of Rome are indeed delicious.
Even though we are not Catholic, visiting the Vatican was a surreal experience. Some may not know that The Vatican or better known as “Vatican City” is in fact a country, and not a city. It is an independent City / State and is actually the smallest country in the world.
St. Peter’s Basilica
St. Peter’s Basilica is the prime attraction, and contains many famous sculptures, our favorite of which (viewable immediately upon entry to the right) was Michelangelo’s Pieta.
The view from the cupola (top of the dome) is worth the hike and claustrophobic conditions.
At night time, we even managed to make it to Trevi Fountain which makes for a festive environment.
Len and JJ’s Overall Rating:
Worth Visiting At Least Once
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