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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.

Rome's Top 5 attractions

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Coliseum of Rome

St. Peter's Basilica

Vatican Museums  includes Sistine Chapel

Roman Forum


Top 5 runners-up:  Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Castel Sant'Angelo, Borghese Gallery, Piazza Navona.

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near Civitavecchia

Ostia Antiqua

Excavated Roman port city. Click Ostia Antiqua for my web page.

Villa d'Este

Centuries-old estate with elaborate gardens and fountains. Click Villa d'Este

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Rome advice

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.

Italian cuisine

Rome has restaurants from every Italian area. Click Italian cuisine to learn about Italy's regional cuisines in my World Cuisine Guide.

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1   Civitavecchia  Gateway to Rome

2   Piraeus  Gateway to Athen

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