Posted July 6th, 2009, 03:59 PM
Last edited by chipmaster; July 6th, 2009 at 04:01 PM
We are arriving in Rome at 10:30am, shuttling to our hotel and then planning on lunch and touring. We will have this half day, one full day and then we are boarding our cruise on the third day. This is our first time in Rome so we're trying to cram a lot into our time there. Is this schedule feasible?
Finish lunch by 2
3-6pm Through Eternity Tour - Colesseum and Roman Forum Tour (27Eu/person)
7-9:30pm Through Eternity, Rome at Twilight Tour (27Eu/person)
11am-5:30pm - Vatican City and St. Peters Tour (Through Eternity, 39Eu+entry)
Dinner and exploring on our own
I'm just looking for feedback on whether these tours are a good idea for newbies and if we're packing too much into the first day. I also have read about Rick Stevens downloadable audio tours that sound similar to our first day. Do you think it would be better to be on our own the first day?
Are you planning to DIY based on touring style/budget/energy?
You might want to consider a private hosted tour for day 2. The first day can be rough even with a good sleep and arrival. We found most of our party ready for a quick nap or rest right around 3pm on our first day. We arrived 6am ( did a 7am LA-Philly, Philly to Venice), dropped luggage at hotel around 9:30am. But by 2pm everyone except me needed a rest.
1st day suggestion:
Check in and lunch. I don't think you'll actually get out of Hotel till early afternoon right when time offset will be at its worst. Assuming you get thru it, doing two things is possible DIY ( your plan looks good to me, wouldn't have worked for the other 10 people in my party )
Colosseum and Forum... you could add Spanish Steps in the evening. That place was alive at night when I visited decades ago.
Or consider Trevi/Spanish Steps and Pantheon. This is lkely more relaxing then the Colosseum and Forum IMHO. The nice thing is I think you can do colosseum and Forum the next day when it is cooler then Vatican in the afternoon.
2nd day: Spending a day at the Vatican you can really get soak it in. Beware as I am told the lines are the longest in the morning if you are DIY. You might want to consider reservation and guide if your budget allows this. Or consider my suggestion above do Vatican in PM, lines looked much shorter.
Enjoy Rome and your Honey Moon
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