Not stressful. Take the train in it's not expensive. Queue for Vatican City can be long, but moves quickly. Definitely worth the effort.
I am not trying to to rude but you have asked a lot of questions but only given a minimal amount of information about your cruise so it is difficult to be as accurate as I would like with the answers.
Rome.... great place to see, reasonably cheap if you don't indulge in too much drinking and eating, really hot and tiring in summer can be very wet in spring and autumn and cold in winter. Look at what I and others have written before about Rome and many other ports and you will get a good idea as to what is and what is not possible. It's all on this site but you need to dig it out. Regards. ....Neil.
If weather reasonable (at least not too wet!) why not take the hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus? It enables you to see most of the main sights quite well during a relaxing couple of hours and is very flexible (tickets valid 24 hours). Ideal if you just have a morning or afternoon spare and want to avoid queues and finding your own way about the city.
This sightseeing bus - i missed this last time - didnt know where to get on it / purchase a ticket for it - can you help here ?
There are several buses; the one I used was the 'Big Red Bus' (110) which costs e20 per person (24 hour ticket). (Google it for more info.) If you go to the main railway station, Termini, all the buses leave from outside and the tickets are readily available at various kiosks there. You will probably be accosted by various touts offering tickets, but they are harmless enough and seem merely to be the 'outside men' working with the kiosk owners; the prices are all the same. One place worth getting off at is the Trevi Fountain - it cannot be seen from the bus, unlike most other sights.
Very easy to DIY if you only go to this site that I direct every one to - Try google and 'cruise ports call boards' - the first result will give you all the info under the Europe section .
Hi, we visited Rome before our cruise in May this year. Wonderful place and we plan to go back to have more time to explore. I would advise the Vatican if nothing else. We went as a pre cruise excursion and had a wonderful guide who made the visit even more amazing. Hop on hop off bus also worth doing if you have the time. I don't know if you can buy a ticket for the Vatican before your go to save waiting in the queue( there is always a queue) I'd have a look on the website or ask your tour operator. Failing that I would be there for it opening at 8.00 a.m. Hope you enjoy your time in Rome and on your cruise.
We went to Rome a couple of years ago,when our cruise ship docked in Civitavechia. We went to the train station (10 mins walk) and got a return ticket (£6) to Rome, which included all buses in Rome itself. If you make sure you know the time when a train returns from Rome in plenty of time to get back on board, you will have plenty of time to do a lot of sight seeing. As far as the Vatikan is concerned I am not sure the general public is allowed in without invitation. The queue for the Cistine chapel was so long, we didnt bother. Watch your purse/wallet/handbag on the buses though.