Easter in Rome--The Panic is Setting In
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If you don't do it you might always wonder if you should have. If you do it and it works out you will be blessed (so to speak) and if it doesn't, it'll give you something to talk about!
We are doing the same thing.We get into ROME on EASTER SUNDAY and staying at the DE VILLE until the cruise ,we are looking forward to ROME and have no worries about getting around.
JIM and MAXINE
There was a very long line to enter the museum at the Vatican, but it would have been better if we had come earlier in the day. It was worth the wait although! The only other time the crowds bothered me was on the subway at rush hour.
It was a great visit, and I'd be thrilled to spend Easter in Rome, and I'm not even Catholic! I'd love to watch the processional go by the Coluseum. I saw it on TV while we were waiting for our plane at the airport and it was beautiful.
My favorite part of Rome was walking the streets at night.
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I just looked at a couple of websites. The outdoor mass at St Peter's Square is Easter Sunday at 10:30 am followed by the Pope's blessing from the window at noon. The procession to the Colosseum that Mama mentioned, is on Good Friday around 9 pm.
I have been to Rome many times. Although it can get crowded in places during the holidays, they are generally good natured crowds and you should not be concerned beyond normal precautions in any large city.
WARNING: The Vatican museums are closed on Easter Sunday and Monday, so you must go on Saturday (admissions from 10 to 3:30). Don't miss it.
I just realized you might not be in Rome on Saturday. However, since you board the ship in the late afternoon on Tuesday, you will have plenty of time to see the Vatican museum on Tuesday morning. Here is how: Take a taxi to the VM around 9:30 so you are there before it opens at 10. You'll be going into a round building where you buy the tickets. After you have your tickets, you'll see that there are three or four color-coded routes throughout the museum. They differ in the length of time they take - from less than an hour to 4+ hours - however, they all take you through the Sistine chapel. At the end, when you return to the circular entrance building, look for signs that say "Bus to St. Peter's" (or "autobus a San Pietro"). That is a free shuttle bus (5 minute ride) that takes you through the gorgeous Vatican gardens to St Peter's. (This is the only way for a trourist to see the gardens!)
The bus leaves you at a side door to St Peters, walk through it and come out the main doors. Cross St Peter's square and you should find taxis there to take you back to the hotel.
Maybe Jim and Maxine will join you!
You look at life and those around you more kindly than you may have before after sharing the very moving moments you spend on Easter Sunday in St. Peter's square. It affected my life.
We never really thought about the dates until someone mentioned that they are over Easter. The thought of fighting the extra crowds in an otherwise busy city has us panicked.New Year's in Pasadena, Carnival in Rio, St. Patrick's Day in Dublin, May Day in Moscow, Independence Day in D.C., Thanksgiving in New York, Christmas in Bethlehem. Did I forget any? Oh yes, Easter in Rome. Why on earth would you think of cancelling? You have a reservation at one of the grandest hotels in one of the finest cities on its day to shine - and you're combining it with a Seabourn cruise. Count your blessings and enjoy!
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