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Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy (5/2/18)

We docked in Civitavecchia while on the Breeze in late October 2012. It was a Sunday, so we were told that we wouldn't see much, especially at the Vatican. So, we took the Carnival excursion called "Easy Rome." They rode us around the city and pointed out the major sites. The only stop was near the Vatican where we were deposted for a few hours to shop and have lunch, but we didn't even know that was where we were. This trip we will be going into Rome on a tour that will get us into sights that we only drove by the last time.

Sights that we feel we must see in Vatican City include the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter Basilica. In Rome our list includes the Coliseum, Forum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and a chance to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain. Rome, like London and Paris, is a place we have heard about all of our lives; thus, a city that needs no explaination. I just hope we can do it justice on our next visit. If you have been to Rome before, then you have a chance to visit the countryside or an Etruscan site such as Cerveteri.

The picture below shows a panoramic view from inside the Roman Colosseum. We will see a lot of this sort of thing on trip, but I'm still excited to visit here. It was built over a 10 year span starting in 70 AD. It was estimated to have held between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators. I find that rather incredible!

Roman Colosseum Pic

Cruise ships dock in Civitavecchia. What I displike most about the port is having to pronounce it. Well, maybe not the most, as the worst thing is that the port is 1.5 to 2 hours by bus from Rome, depending on traffic. This is a commercial port and at least a 20-minute walk into the city. There is a free shuttles that will ferry passengers from their ships to either the gates of the port or into downtown Civitavecchia. About a mile from the gates of the port is the train station. Taking the train will save you money, but since you have to get to the train station, the total time is about the same.

Rome (Civitavecchia) Port Page - Cruise Critic port page for both the port and Rome.

Rome Attraction & Activities - Tripadvisor's Things to do in Rome, with ranked lists attractions and activities.

WhatsInPort - Great info about the port including a webcam (some ports), printable map and ships in port: NCL Epic is the only ship listed.

Frommer's Rome - a well respected travel guide, has their take on Rome, with lots of links to explore.

Lonely Planet's Rome - Lonely Planet's coverage of Rome.

Tours by Locals Rome - Experience Rome through the eyes of a local private guide! Browse our tour 'suggestions' - each can be customized just for you.

Viator's Rome Tour Offerings - Viator is a consolidator, meaning that they source tour companies and resell them. What is nice is that you can pay in USD with your credit card before you leave home. I've used them in a few places and was very pleased. If you can find the company they are using to book directly, you can save a bit.

Civitavecchia Port Guide - Tom Sheridan has created a series of Port Guides for ports around the world. They are in PDF format; thus, can be loaded on your tablet, or printed, to have handy. Tom's website is tomsportguides.com, where he gives travel tips and explains how to best use his guides.

Roma - Official Tourist Site - The offical website of Rome.

Rick Steve's Rome: Eternally Engaging - a 60-min, hi-def video that covers just about all of the sites, some neighborhoods and a night of dinning.

Rick Steve's Rome: Ancient Glory - a 25-min, hi-def video focusing on Classical Rome. Seems that much of this video is included in the one above.

Tour Sharing Spreadsheet - Check here to see what private tours are being offered for Rome.

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