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Port Review: Rome

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Rome is one of the most amazing cities in the world, it is easy to get around and there is so much to see and do.


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Rome in a day

If visiting as a port of call, you will arrive into Civitavecchia which is around 60 minutes by train or 90 minutes by bus from the centre of Rome. On my first visit, we took an organised excursion, which is the best way to see the city if you just have one day in port. On our excursion we visited the Vatican and marvelled at Michelangelo’s frescos in the Sistine Chapel, and discovered the masterpieces housed in St Peter’s Basilica.

Following on from the Vatican we visited the Trevi Fountain which was built in the 18th century. The streets surrounding the Trevi Fountain host many shopping opportunities and places to eat. Of course, no visit to Rome would be complete without a visit to the Colosseum.

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Sightsee at your leisure

On my subsequent visits to Rome I did this ‘on my own’. The train station is only a 10-15 minute walk from the cruise port. We got off at the Vatican City stop and toured this area before jumping on a ‘hop on, hop off’ tour bus which allowed us to see as much or as little of the sights of Rome that we desired on the day.

In the height of summer you may decide that seeing the sights from an open air bus is perfect as it can be very busy. On our return to Civitavecchia we boarded the train from the Roma Termini station which is centrally located.

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Top Tip!

If not included in an organised tour, buy your entrance tickets in advance if you wish to see inside the Vatican and Colosseum to avoid waiting in long queues.


Angela Lafferty, Product Executive

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