After a light breakfast from the buffet including delicious Danishes and croissants, it was off to catch the complimentary shuttle bus from the pier to the port gate. From there, we decided to take a stroll along the Civitavecchia waterfront along to the train station where for 15 Euro per person round-trip, we took the train into Rome. The journey took just over an hour and a quarter, passing along parts of the Italian coast and countryside.
Upon arrival at Rome Termini, the main train station, it was hot and we decided it would be best to take advantage of one of those hop on hop off tours, which for 14 Euro was not bad at all.
The tour lasted two hours and took us past all the famous sights in the Eternal City including the Colosseum, Roman Forum and The Vatican, where we had fifteen minutes - so I bought some souvenirs, took lots of photos and a little snack.
After the Vatican, the tour took us past the Spanish Steps and other various monuments before concluding back at the train station. From where we agreed it was a suitable time to catch the train back to Civitavecchia.
The whole day in the end worked out at roughly €40 Euro per person rather than the $100 per person tours that the cruise lines offer. However if it is your first time visiting Rome, I highly recommend you take one of the cruise ships excursions or perhaps book an independent tour, as these will give you peace of mind and detailed information from an official guide rather than an audio recording.
It was almost 1800 when we got back to the ship, so I decided to take a nice cool shower after being in 32 degree heat in Rome and then go upstairs to the Solstice Deck to watch us sail away bound for Naples, Italy - which is the port to visit Pompeii, a city which was destructed by the mighty volcano known as Mount Vesuvius (or Vesuvio of you are Italian).
See you soon!
|Author||Miss Cathy Chesman|
|Date||24 July 2012|
|Comment||Hi Ben, This is great info about Rome, I’ll be going there soon for the second time and think I will do as you suggest. I really enjoyed reading your blog, it sounds like you had a lovely time.|