Hi...I've done quite a bit of homework. There is a train station about a 5 minute walk from the port that allows you to catch a train into Rome. You can make reservations at www.trenitalia.com. Once in Rome, you can get around by foot , taxi or their metro. There are some great day tour operators,that once you are in Rome, you can hire by the hour to give you an indepth tour of all the local sights. When are you cruising? We are cruising on Oct. 1st on the Splendour. We are a family of 4 - two teenagers age 14 and are interested in finding others that would like to join us and share the costs. If you're on the same cruise...feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. For tour operators, search "day excursions of rome" on the web and you should find several sites. Help this helps! Bye and happy cruising!
Five minutes? It's more like 10-15 minutes, and it'll seem a lot longer if you're dragging your luggage with you at the end of your cruise! The train station is really easy to find - when you disembark, make a right when you reach the head of the pier and follow the shoreline to the train station - you'll probably see other passengers headed in the same direction. Sandy Smith created an excellent resource for using public transit to get to and around Rome: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/e376/23513/9/.
Plan B might involve a long taxi ride from Rome - a milk run no driver would turn down. Just make sure the cab is metered and takes credit cards - the exchange rate is better than taking out Euros from an ATM to pay for the trip, and you'll have better leverage with American Express if there's any dispute over the charges after you get home.
Why the return to Civitavecchia after a week in Rome? I thought most cruisers would head to the airport for their flight home!
Yes, Richard Wong is correct. Mmlinz7's research is not accurate. And the 15-minute walk from the ship to the train station in Civitavecchia is uphill with all that luggage. We were charged about 15 Euros for 4 passengers with luggage last May to go from ship to train station, but it was worth it.
Please check the boards for tips on transportation inside Rome. There's a lot you need to know. For example, gypsies frequent the buses (especially bus 64, which make the rounds to all the tourist sites) and many tourists are victimized every day. The taxi driver go "on strike" frequently, which is all just a game because that means that the other charge more. It's all part of traveling in Rome, and it's a great city despite all the bad stuff.
P.S. Absolutely no train reservations are needed from Civitavecchia to Rome, and making a reservation will cost you extra. The trains are next to empty in Civitavecchia and get more full as you travel toward Rome. The cost of the train is very low (I think 7 Euros).
Lucky you, taking nearly a back-to-back cruise with a week in Rome in between!!! There's an article in this month's Travel & Leisure about the new Rome, and there's useful map that details the sights along with the local bus routes.