We booked this tour online from the UK direct with Civita tours to match up with a Carnival Cruise stop. The price was fantastic, it cost less for all 4 of us (2 adults and 2 kids age 10 and 8) to do this tour than for one of us to do a comparable tour with the cruise line, the booking process was relatively straightforward after some email communication! The cruise shuttle bus dropped us off directly in front of the Civita reps who had all of our booking details, we had a short walk, as stated on the website, to the office where we had a short wait for our bus which was on time. The bus was comfortable and air conditioned (important in the 32 degree heat!) and got us to our first stop in about an hour. We had a short walk to the Vatican, and automatically got a 'fast pass' past the line to enter St Peters Basilica (this was because we booked in advance online, they were also available to purchase for a small additional cost on the day). We were left to ourselves to explore the Basilica and Vatican City for about 1 and a half hours, which was perfect timing for our family group, just enough time to experience the important bits before the kids got too hot or too bored! Short walk back to the bus and onto see the Colosseum, Sadly not enough time to go into the Colosseum, but enough to wander around it and take photos, then onto the Trevi fountain which was beautiful but very crowded in August! We then had approximately an hour and a half in which to wander around, get something to eat (a fantastic cafe opposite the Pantheon was where we ended up!!) and about a 15-20 minute walk in a single direction in order to meet with our group and tour leader to get the bus back to the cruise terminal, and we arrived at the appointed hour. The tour for us was perfectly timed, we had a great tour guide who gave us lots of interesting information while we were on the bus, but left us to our own devices at our stop off points, which is what we prefer. We saw lots of Rome that we would not have been able to see on our own! There was a reasonable amount of walking and it was very hot, but not so much walking as to cause anyone other than those with mobility problems any difficulty. I would definitely recommend this tour and this tour company and would use them again.
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