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We will be spending a about 2 1/2days in Rome prior to our cruise. Is it best to split up tours Vatican on1 day and Ancient Rome omnthe next.? Or are we better doing a Rome in 1 day tour and spending the other day seeing the sites like Trevi, Spanish Steps,Pantheon,Villa Borghese, etc.? For context we will be coming from Venice via train and arriving by 2 or 3. We will be leaving on Thursday for the port.

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It's too much to cram everything in one day. Sure, cruise tours do it that way but they have no choice...

 

Far better -- from both efficiency standpoint and sheer ability to take it all in -- to divide up your time by doing the Vatican sites one day and some of the ancient Rome sites another day. Depending on what you actually want to see, you should have time to fit the other sights in on one day or the other.

 

Do you really have 2.5 days (e.g., arriving on Monday) or more like 1.5 days (arriving on Tuesday)?  If the former, you have enough time to see the major sites without seriously rushing it.

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Arriving Monday afternoon by train, our hotel is near Villa Borgese. We leaving for port on Thursday morning

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So you'll have a reasonable amount of time, which is good,

 

Your location isn't the most central; all the more reason for grouping sites together. For example, the Vatican -- depending on what you want to do there -- probably won't take a full day but could be combined with a visit to Castel Sant'Angelo (Hadrian's Tomb) or a walk over Ponte Sant'Angelo and visit to Piazza Navona and the Pantheon.

 

What are the main things you want to see during your visit?

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A whole day could go to just the Colosseum/ forum and the capitoline museum. Definitely do the Colosseum in the morning. Use the metro to get down there at 1.50€ pp.

 

Allow 2.5 hours for the galleria borghese. Gotta select a specific start time and recommend spending the 6.5€ for the guided tour. Only 1.5 more than the DIY audio guide. Definitely a must see when in Rome.

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