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I agree with CruiseMom, skip the fast train, be the first ones off the ship and assumming a 7:00 disembarkation, you can make the 7:33 train, we did and the BIRG tickets are only 12€. If you get tickets at Palatine Hill you could be done with the Colosseum before lunch. Grab a cab to the Vatican and you could have 2 -3 hours there before walking to San Pietro train stop.Sure, it is possible to be at all three sites and sprint through them -- but why?
At least two hours just to see the Sistine Chapel -- you do not just walk in, you will be among literally thousands in a long line snaking through. Then, at least an hour to get a glimpse of St. Peter's (what most people think of when they say "Vatican". And, once there, allow at least two hours for the museum.
This confuses me. You go through the Museum on the way to the Sistine chapel, not through the Basilica.
One can pre-reserve timed tickets for the museum/Sistine chapel portion, which it sounds like the poster has already done. This gets rid of the need to wait in a long line for entry. It's unclear whether the OP even wants to see the basilica; they don't mention it.
If all you want to do is see St. Peter's , you can probably get through the line and get in and out in a little over an hour, then leave time to get to the Forum or the Colosseum - where you are likely to wait close to an hour to get in.
Again, there are two easy ways to avoid waiting in the often long line at the Colosseum ticket booth. You can pre-reserve tickets online (they are not timed, so you can enter at any time), OR you can go to the Palatine Hill ticket office, which is only a couple of blocks away and is never very crowded.
Sure, it is possible to be at all three sites and sprint through them -- but why?Perhaps the poster feels that he/she will either never have the chance to return, or may not be able to do so for many years. I don't see a need to pass judgement on how they choose to spend their day in Rome.
Perhaps the poster feels that he/she will either never have the chance to return, or may not be able to do so for many years. I don't see a need to pass judgement on how they choose to spend their day in Rome.Not a matter of wanting to "...pass judgement...", simply pointing out the fact that trying to see too much can result in spending the bulk of the day in transit and in lines rather than really seeing anything.
Hours.Ever since ancient history class in high school I've wanted to see Pompeii, the Colosseum and the Pyramids in Egypt. I will accomplish two on this cruise. The pyramids will have to wait till another life.
You are trying to do too much in one day.
It is at least 60-90 minute ride from Civitevecchia to Rome depending upon traffic.
We have spent a great deal of time in Rome and still have seen only a fraction of Vatican Museum. You can't see it all in a lifetime. To rush through the Sistine Chapel would be so painful to miss so much.
I suggest you choose the things you want to see the most and plan more realisitically.
We will be traveling with kugamuga and I too appreciate all of your comments. We had been toying with trying to see the Sistine Chapel (if we had time) after touring the Colosseum and Forum area and seeing the Trevi Fountain.I think that is a wise call. The Sistine Chapel involves a serious investment of time -- and once in the Vatican it would be a shame not to see the museum ant St. Peter's. Give yourself a reason to return to Rome - perhaps on a cruise embarking there so you could arrive a few days early.
Sounds to me like seeing the Sistine Chapel after all of the rest may be overly ambitious. I think I will just pre purchase our Colosseum tickets and hope for the best!
Thanks to Kugamuga for posting and thanks to all of you for your input!
Ever since ancient history class in high school I've wanted to see Pompeii, the Colosseum and the Pyramids in Egypt. I will accomplish two on this cruise. The pyramids will have to wait till another life.