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Getting from Rome to the Cruise Port
A couple of times we have stayed in Rome to do some sightseeing before taking a cruise. We stayed at the Augusta Lucilla Palace Hotel just a few blocks from the Termini. Within an easy walk there are a few nice local restaurants and wine bars that offered good snacks and light fare. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful, the rooms clean and comfortable and the included breakfast was great.
There are trains leaving the Termini (Rome Central Station) for Civitavecchia about twice an hour throughout the day. In the main terminal hall are manned windows for ticketing but, be careful, and don’t just walk up to them. You need to get a number and watch the board for it to be called and to identify which window to use. Also, while most situations in Rome and Italy allow you to get by very well speaking only English, train ticket offices are often an exception (especially the smaller stations). Be prepared with written information about where you’re going.
Trains to Civitavecchia originate at the main Termini in Rome with most stopping at Tuscolana, Ostiense, Trastevere, and San Pietro. Many are double-deck regional commuters with room to set luggage but make sure you keep an eye on it. Fares are about €6 per person one way. There are a few faster InterCity trains between Roma Termini and Civitavecchia costing under €10 each.
Train schedules that are easy to understand are posted throughout the stations. Make note of the track number and follow the signs to the platform. Note that tickets for many trains are not for reserved seats. You can use them any time within the next several months, but the ticket MUST be validated for use. Before boarding the train, punch the ticket in one of the little green and white machines around the platform area. There can be serious fines for not validating a ticket.
If the Termini is not convenient you can also catch many of the trains to Civitavecchia at Tuscolana, Ostiense, Trastevere, and San Pietro stations.
Once you get to the station in Civitavecchia the entrance to the port is a pleasant walk of a dozen or so blocks. (Out the train station and go right.) When you get to the McDonalds the entrance to the port is across the street to the left. The cruise ships provide buses out to the ships but the bus locations and pick up spots change so you will need to figure that out when you get there.
A couple of times we have stayed in Civitavecchia and have stayed at the Hotel Porta di Roma. The accommodations were fine, the staff friendly and breakfast adequate. It was near a local pizza restaurant that was excellent and only a few blocks from the shopping promenade, the port and the waterfront.