If you type Rome into the Blue search box there's a wealth of info there....Wilba.
Thanks, forgot to mention travelling to rome.
We got the train to St Peter's and as previous respondent said, just couple of minutes walk to the Vatican. BUT we are in Rome again this year and will not use the hop-on/hop/off service this time. If you get off to look at the really famous sights, like the colisseum, it is virtually impossible to get back on a bus again. They company we used were only one bus an hour (in August! and so huge queues at every stop. AVOID!! This summer will will use metro / normal buses whch is really easy from the main station. Most of Rome is walkable in any case, but have a look at the Rome Cty transport website. http://www.atac.roma.it/index.asp?lingua=ENG.
It is easy to get a train into rome from Civitavecchia, the train stops almost at St. Peter's square and we arrived as the pope was doing his drive and wave through the crowds, we had a birds eye view!! Then hop on a tour bus at the square and it will take you round all the sights. We had a lovely lunch, saw the major sights and all in all the day out cost us about 100 euro. The ship excursion was going to cost us more than that each!
We found the 'port talks' that Thomson do extremely useful...they gave all the information we needed about going into Rome and we went by train (9 euros return per person and that included metro and bus) and got the metro to the Colosseum and walked from there to Forum, Trevi fountain and Spanish steps very easily (it is signposted). We didn't do St Peters or the Vatican that will be on our next visit!!
Did you find the trains and the metro easy to use and did you find you had enough time, I believe the train journey from the port takes about an hour.
We cruised on thomson Celebration to the Baltic last September the crew and captain were great. We have also been on the Spirit and visited Rome.We did the tour which went on the special train from the ship it was a little expensive but well worth it. We saw all the main sights lunch in a nice restaurant and avoided the huge queues into the Coliseum and Vatican. Jan Middlesbrough.
Hi Jan, thanks for your comment, this will be our first time on the Celebration, we did the Spirit two years ago which we both enjoyed and I believe the Celebration is the sister ship. Last year we went on the Island Escape "Ancient Odyessy" the ports of call were brilliant but the ship was overcrowded and like a cattle market at times. As for Rome I think we may take your advice and take an organised tour as it is quite a bit from the port.
I've been on this trip and Rome is quite a long way from the port. Yes the best bet is to get a train and then - if you don't know Rome very well - get on a tour bus which will take you to all the major sites, and you can get on and off at the various stops if you want lunch. My advice,make absolutley sure you know which train to get back for the port and that it gives you enough time to embark without having to run for it!
Thanks, we did Rome once a few years ago we took the eurostar from Florence which was very quick and then jumped on one of the tour buses, a bit wary about the trains and having enough time to get back to port in time.