As we noted in our previous blog, where a ship docks is NOT always the city that the cruise line says you are going to. Want to go to Rome on a cruise? Your itinerary will say “Rome/Civitavecchia,” meaning you dock in Civitavecchia, a 30-minute train ride from Rome….BUT only after a 20-minute walk from the ship to the train station. Once you arrive in the Rome Termini station, you likely will need a cab or bus to Rome’s main attractions. So it takes time and a bit of planning to spend your day in Rome.
We had planned to take the train into Rome, as we have done many times, but we had problems with our stateroom last week, and this was the day we needed to pack up again, change rooms, and unpack. By the time we finished, going to Rome for a few hours and then returning on time seemed impractical, so we decided to explore Civitavecchia, which wasn’t a bad idea at all, since we have been to all the tourist sites in Rome several times. Civitavecchia has a nice shopping area as well as a local market. We passed the biggest church, so of course we had to peek in. And the coastal walkway was just beautiful on a warm and sunny day. We found some fun statues and beautiful views of the ocean. And all of it was just a few steps off the ship, so it wasn’t much of an effort. Try it sometime!
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