cruise port of call
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Despite Civitavecchia's lack of tourist appeal, cruise ships flock to it because it's only one hour away by rail or road from Rome.
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Vatican Museums includes Sistine Chapel
Top 5 runners-up: Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Castel Sant'Angelo, Borghese Gallery, Piazza Navona.
Excavated Roman port city. Click Ostia Antiqua for my web page.
Centuries-old estate with elaborate gardens and fountains. Click Villa d'Este
Travel by train, not bus
from Civitavecchia to Rome
Both methods usually take about one hour. However, the train is better because a bus sometimes gets caught in Rome's infamous traffic congestion.
Long lines in Rome
Ticket lines for the Coliseum of Rome and the Vatican Museums in the tourist season can be one, sometimes two hours long. Your best bet is to be among the first visitors in the morning. Alternatively, skip the line by pre-buying your tickets. You can do this in Rome or at home on the internet.
Rome has restaurants from every Italian area. Click Italian cuisine to learn about Italy's regional cuisines in my World Cuisine Guide.
Helpful Mediterranean cruise tips
Top 10 Mediterranean Ports of Call
1 Civitavecchia Gateway to Rome
2 Piraeus Gateway to Athen
3 Venice Italy
4 Livorno Gateway to Florence
6 Dubrovnik Croatia
7 Naples Gateway to Pompeii + more
8 Marseille Gateway to Provence
9 Nice Gateway to French Riviera
10 Malaga Spain
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