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Rome from Civitavecchia…… Get the free shuttle t o the dock gates then walk up to the railway station, about 15 minutes away, and get a ticket for Termini Station in Rome. This should cost about €9 each but remember to validate it in the machine on the station platform, this ticket is good for the Metro as well and possibly the buses but I’m not sure about them.
At the Termini Station go onto the Metro (Linea A) and go to Piazza di Spagna, Spanish Steps and the Fontana della Barcaccia. ( Great ice cream here) Then walk down Via di Condotti, you can look but don’t buy unless you have loads of money. Half way down turn left and go to the Trevi Fountains. This is somewhere you cannot miss and the atmosphere and sight of the place is fantastic. Remember that most of the water from all the fountains in Rome comes straight from the mountains and is cool and drinkable. Go back to the west and over the Via di Condotti again and onto the Pantheon and go inside, it is a magnificent building inside and just marvel at how they managed to build it with that enormous hole in the roof. Carry on to the west into the Piazza Navona with its superb fountains and statues and churches but if you are hungry at this stage don’t eat in the Piazza Navona as it is very expensive but go out of the north corner of the square bear slightly left and go up the main street to Café Jazz. Best value for money we found in Rome. Now walk or catch a bus to the Piazza Venezia (These buses are normally very full so watch your pockets as the thieves are renown in this area.) to see the “typewriter” or Wedding Cake” or the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument. Go to the right hand side of that and walk up into Capitaline hill. No only does this square offer some of the best views of ancient Rome but it holds beautiful statues. From the far side you will be able to see Tragan’s Monument and Market and Forum and also the Roman Forum and feel the history of the palce and the Arch of Constantine (Arco di Costantino), and then further the Coliseum. You can walk to the Coliseum though the Forum, it’s free, or go round via the road. Then if you are still up for it you can go into the Coliseum, well worth it in my opinion. Across the road to the north is a Metro station will will take you back to Termini Station. On a hot day it could be hard work but in October it should be a breeze. I have not included Vatican City as you really need a day for that and it is better to do it with a tour (off the net) and then you can skip the queues (even in October).
I would suggest that you visit the tourist web sties for Rome and print off a street map and a map of the Metro
I hope this helps….. Neil Down
Good answer Neil.
I would just like to add that your train ticket also includes the use of the Rome buses and Metro so for €9 return (last year so might have gone up a bit) its a bargain. There is also a hop on hop off tourist bus which goes around all the main sites but that is more expensive, but maybe easier for some if you dont want to use the local buses.
Great Answer Neil - I don't even have to direct them to any other site.....one thing I would add is make sure you don't miss the boat, the Italians have a habit of going on strike at the drop of a hat so catch at least the train before, if not 2 trains before the one you are thinking of getting....just to be safe. And a little more about the port - catch the free port bus to the port walls, don't pay for the cruiseline one - no need. To walk to the train station keep the sea on your right and walk along the front for about 10 mins and it is the red building on your left. All very simple, easy and cheap to do.
Sorry Neil...I will just add ...you walk along the sea front to the railway station with the sea on your right hand side...we did much the same but took the Metro to the Colisseum which was directly outside the tube station entrance and then walked via the Forum and Trevi Fountain to Spanish Steps where we got the metro back to Terminii....lovely shops to look at, lovely coffee and icecreams!