Day 040: Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy
Position: N 41º 40′ 00″ E 012º 42′ 00″
Weather: 36ºC wind 10kts, waves 1m
Last Port: Naples, Italy
Next Port: Livorno, Italy
Status: In Port
From the Navigator
We will make our final approach to Civitavecchia at 0545 and will board our local pilot shortly after. Once the pilot is onboard we will proceed in through the breakwater and make our way alongside our berth. We anticipate being all fast by 0700. Once all our departure checks are complete and everyone is back on board we will let go our lines and retrace our courses our of the harbor. Once clear of the harbor we will disembark our pilot and set north westerly courses towards Livorno. We will pass the Island of Giglio on our starboard side at approximately 2230 this evening.
For those who live near us in New England, USA, Rome is at about the same latitude. But the day we were there it was HOT, as if we’d traveled down into the mid-30 degree latitudes. The cooler Mediterranean breezes don’t reach very far inland.
A short private shuttle ride from port takes you to your private train car. Embark on a classic adventure as you ride in comfort through the Italian countryside and across the Etruscan Region.
You’ll arrive at St. Peter’s Station 60 minutes later, and a tour escort will show you the designated meeting place. The 6.5 hours are all yours in the most magnificent city in the world.
Discover independently the magnificent St. Peter’s Square that features a central obelisk, refreshing twin fountains and semicircular colonnades crowned with statues of the saints designed by Bernini. This striking piazza frames the entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica, which you will have time to explore- or just browse the square’s shops at your leisure. You’ll feel like a local as you wander through the bustling city streets, sampling local cuisine and perusing the boutiques. Sip a cappuccino at a trattoria or savor a refreshing gelato from a street vendor before shopping for souvenirs and exquisite leather goods. Photo opportunities abound, and around every corner you’ll find such historic monuments as The Roman Forum, the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine – many within close proximity to each other. City maps will be provided on the train and local transportation in Rome is readily available.
A wonderful way to maximize your day in Rome is to utilize the hop on & hop off bus system. This upgrade can be purchased on the private train to Rome, depending to local conditions. The bus route stops at the main archaeological sites and historical landmarks. The buses run continuously arriving at each stop about every 20 to 30 minutes.
Remember, you will need local currency for attractions, meals and shopping. Plan to exchange your money onboard the ship or at a currency exchange in Rome.
Return to your escort at a designated place and time to meet your train for a relaxing ride back to port. Views of the imposing St. Peter’s dome offer a fond farewell as you leave the Eternal City but bring its memories home.