Originally Posted by moondancer1942
this will be out second time and we don't want to see the Vatican but maybe the Coliseum. where did they drop you off, what could you easily walk to? Also I know it was a ways to the city from the ship how long are you on the bus?
Is it safe for a couple?
There are two places the ships dock in Venice. Neither of them is right next to St. Mark's square. When we were there on Princess the ship did offer a shuttle to the Square. You can also walk to the vaporetto stop if you are comfortable using local transportation and reasonably fit.
Rome has excellent hop on hop off buses that will take you to all the major attractions, including the Coliseum. I don't know where the ship's shuttle drops off, but it probably would not be hard to find the HOHO buses.
The private guide business is very competitive and you might be surprised at the price of a private tour compared to the ship's tours. Rome is a place where a good guide can make a big difference.