Tuesday, September 1, 2009
The port of Civitavecchia is a long, long ways from Rome. I would recommend taking the ship transfer to the city, or taking a tour. It takes anywhere from 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours, depending on traffic. There is a train that you can make your way to via taxi, but it's a little more work and can be worrisome if you have to be back on the boat that evening. If you are going to a hotel in rome, then the train takes about 1.5 hours and isn't too expensive. The train can be delayed at times, so that's why it's best to not use it if you are on a schedule coming back to the boat. That being said, people do take the train at times, but they also miss the boat at times.
I would say for your safety, it's best to just swallow your pride and pay for the transfer. At least then you're on a nice, air-conditioned bus, rather than a crowded train. I haven't written about Rome yet. I have been there many times by plane and boat, but I will write on it soon with photos. I hope this helps for now.