We are on a cruise but have been to Rome, and excursions are expensive, where else to go from Citiavechia'.
It is at least 1:30 hours drive to Rome. Citiavechia is not a big port I would advise using the ships excursio.
My family & I have done this a number of times. All you have to do is the following:-
Go by rail - it's much quicker and cheaper than by the tour coaches. Depending on what train you catch it can take as little as 52 mins (Intercity) or 70mins for the "regionals". Its very cheap as well! a 2nd class ticket will suffice for a few euros to go from Citiavechia station to the heart of Rome (from where it is just a short walk to the Vatican and the other attractions). You can either spend the extra time you save going around these attractions at your own pace or get back to the ship on a early afternoon return ride (rather than on the stuffy, hot and very slow coaches that will only get you back to the ship late in the evening).
The trains run very frequently (every 20mins ish), on time, very clean and the views of the countryside are much better than from the motorway. You can also pick up any train if you are late into port or want to return at a different time. The best approach is to check out the timetables on any reputable site like ItaliaRail.co.uk and either book the tickets online or get them at the station (as we did).
The only thing to be aware of is where you dock in relation to the town centre / station as they have recently improved/extended the port and you may find yourself a distance away. My recommendation would be to speak to the onboard reps about this and either pick up a taxi or possible a shuttle bus or if you are able bodied then walk to the station (as we did) but allow yourself plenty of time.
The station itself is relatively small and well sign-posted and the staff very helpful. Please note the Rome terminal is on a much grander scale but strangely enough the trains and platforms were easily identifiable.
If you feel neverous about being a brit alone don't worry as you will find a number of brits will be doing the same "self-excursion".
Have a great trip.
You might want to get a map (on-line) for Civitavecchia so you can see the closeness of the station to the port entrance.
Hi Marsha. The trip by train is easy to do. The station is just up the road from the dock and invariably has specially priced tickets after the main rush. Don’t forget to validate you ticket(s) in the machine on the platform. The trains go right into the Terminus Station in Rome and return from there. The area around this station is notorious for pick-pockets and bag snatchers so have a care ( be careful throughout Rome although it is better now than it used to be). I would suggest that you go to the Rome tourist sites on the web and work out a route to travel round to see the sights in a logical sequence. Don’t be afraid to use the metro or the buses but be extra vigilant with your valuables when you do especially if you bus it to the Vatican. Great place to sight see if you prepare a little. Enjoy it…Neil Dow.
Just done it on the QE2, where a bus ride into town was going to be $80 pp. Best to get the bus to the dock entrance, carry on walking down the road that goes ahead of you, that runs parallel with the beach [ie not up into the town] and you will reach the train station. A day ticket which covers Rome and Lazio cost us 9 euros each and is valid for ALL public transport in Rome. If you want to visit the Vatican, then get off at San Pietro, don't go into the main Termini station. Also get there as soon as you can - we got in at 9-45 with no queue, but it soon stacks up. The ride into Rome takes about 1 hour 30 minutes and if you travel between 8-9, expect to stand all the way, unless you are on a double deck train. All in all a bargain! BTW you are supposed to write your name and date of birth on the day ticket.
Very easy. Catch the 'free' bus to the port gates (that is parked right next to the RCI bus for which they charge $8pp) - walk along the sea front to the train station - buy the ticket at the newsagents for €9 to avoid all the Americans who are queueing at the ticket office, validate the ticket at the little yellow box and jump on a train.
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