I have to start this post off by saying this was not my first time to Rome. I had spent a summer backpacking in Europe during college and this was one of my stops. Since that trip I have considered Rome to be one of my favorite cities in Europe. I was so excited to be going back, even though it was only for a day!
Our family decided to do this city on our own (no organized tours). If you are wanting to see a ton and / or not comfortable traveling around new cities (especially in another language) I would recommend getting a tour from Disney.
The Disney ship docks on land for this stop at a huge cruise port. They have free shuttle buses that take you to the entrance of the docks (it would have been a long walk if they didn’t). Right around the corner (very easy to find), we could by tickets for the train to the Rome city center. We also spent the extra euro to buy a map which was very handy to have. We then followed the signs to the train station and found the correct train. This train took about 45 mins to get to the center of Rome. There are a couple of different stops within the city, I would recommend doing a little research beforehand to figure out which one to take.
Our family decided to go to the Colosseum and Ancient city / Roman Forum. Both of these attractions have very long lines for tickets. I highly recommend buying the tickets with a tour group so you can skip the lines. It is really worth the money to not stand in line. You can do this before you go or buy from the people selling tickets on the streets outside the Colosseum. Because I had been to the Colosseum before, my husband and I skipped it and went on a guided tour of just the ancient city / Roman Forum. I feel like I could go here every time I am in Rome and never run out of new things to learn and see. So much history.
Our tour guide was actually an archaeologist and was very knowledgeable about the runes.
After the tour Alex and I stopped for lunch at a pizza place in an ally. It was very relaxing break in our day to sit outside and people watch.
We then headed over to the Trevi fountain. This place was packed! I quickly took some pictures then headed over to find some gelato. You can’t got to Rome without a stop for gelato!
I couldn’t remember what gelato place I was told to go to (I had been given recommendation by so many people), all I knew is that it was next to the Trevi fountain. Well, there were about ten gelato places in the Trevi fountain square so we decided to go to the one with the longest line. That has to be the best, right? It ended up being amazing.
Our last stop was seeing Vatican City. This was the one thing that Alex requested we see. We didn’t have time to go inside any of the building so we just walked around the outside before heading back to the train and back to the ship.
Like I said it the beginning, I LOVE Rome. And this trip made me fall in love with it all over again. The only thing I would have changed would be the temperature not being so hot! Rome in August is not the best timing.
The only other thing that I have to add for this day was that we had a very pretty sunset. I had a lot of fun taking silhouette pictures of my family. Here are a few of my favorites: