Backpack & timed ticket rules

Hi there, 

  A question about backpacks here. While we're planning on traveling light, my husband has a Columbia backpack, standard sized school backpack with pockets on the sides for water bottles. While we've reasoned out that we may have to check our bag at the Vatican (& he'll change into a pair of 'workout' pants because wearing jeans all day will be tortuous, lol,) I'm finding information that bags are banned from the Coliseum with no bag check. This information only dates back to 2015. Does anyone have any current information on the rules?


  While in Rome we're also going to try to get as quick as we can to the Vatican (we leave from the Port at 8:45 am) to catch the tail end of the Pope speaking.  However, I'm not sure when to book our entry tickets for the museums---how strict are they in terms of missed time tickets? Or even arriving early?

Tags: Italy Civitavecchia (Rome)

3 Answers

Hi Shootingstarz. Are you planning this for the Rome port stop on day 4 of your upcoming Norwegian Epic cruise? Are you spending the day on your own or will it be part of a tour?

Yes, we are planning on taking the ship's transportation, but doing the rest on our own. We considered for a very long time to do the tour, however, I like the freedom to go at my own pace!

Word of caution

Italy is notorious for their pickpockets. I mean, these guys are the best. There was a special on tv about their prowess. It's their job.. Protect your wallet.

go to YouTube and search Italy pickpockets


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