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Making the Most of Rome

Making the Most of Rome

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Your ship docks in Civitavecchia, an ancient port 90 minutes from the heart of Rome by bus (longer in rush hour traffic). Fortunately, that long trip is fairly picturesque, following the coast for some distance before heading inland. Cruise ship facilities pierside are minimal. Though there is a cruise terminal, it's mostly used for itineraries that originate or end here. For the most part, just expect a lineup of taxis and tour guides for hire, and a parking lot full of tour buses. There are no recreational or tourist facilities within walking distance. The modern pier doesn't hold a candle to older port facilities you can see across the harbor, designed by the likes of Michelangelo and Bernini. The 7-night cruises visit on Tuesdays. All Ashore is at 7:00 am and All Aboard is 6:45 pm.


A typical Rome taxi and tour
bus near St. Peter’s Square

Tour buses are your principal option, with private tour guides providing a pricey but rational alternative if you’ve got the right-sized group. Research and book a guide in advance, rather than taking your risk at the dock. Tour guides are licensed, but that hardly narrows your choices. For do-it-yourselfers, look for a shore excursion option that supplies basic transportation into and out of Rome. • Taxis are easy to come by if you get one from the cruise terminal or a taxi stand. Taxis in Rome are white with a “Taxi” sign on the roof, a sign on the door, and a meter. Plan to pay your fare in Euros and expect to tip about 5–10% of the fare. • There are currently no car rental agencies at the dock—you may need a taxi to pick up a car, and as we’ve said several times regarding European ports, we really don’t recommend driving on your own unless you’ve got plenty of driving experience in the area.


Rome is busy, Rome’s tourist sites are crowded, and you’ll be more than a little bit distracted by everything around you. Pickpockets are undoubtedly the greatest risk, so try to be alert. Queues in spots like St. Peter’s Square are long and crowded, so stay securely within your group or be especially watchful. When you shop for souvenirs, consider buying only very compact items that can be stowed out of sight in your day pack. Overall, try to travel very light—the more you carry, the more distracted and the more of a target you’ll be.

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