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Has anyone flown in & then stayed overnight in the port city Citavecchia --saving touring for after the cruise? There seem to be just a few hotels but they say they have shuttles available from the aiport & will take you to the ship for free,,,,is it a safe area?
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you could fly into rome which is close by and spend a day or 2 there before going down to Citavecchia.
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I understand that is the norm but pre-cruise we want to stay in Citavechhia--there are a few small hotel there--has anyone stayed in them?
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you could fly into rome which is close by and spend a day or 2 there before going down to Citavecchia.
Yes, you can do that -- but only if you don't mind spending a small fortune on ground transportation.

Rome's Leonardo da Vinci International Airport is in the coastal city of Fiumicino. The highway from Rome goes southwest toward the coast. It splits into two branches on the outskirts of Fiumicino, with one branch going past the airport and the other branch turning to the northwest and running parellel to the Italy's southwest coast through Civitavecchia. The taxi fare from the airport to the city is about $90, then you have to backtrack to get to Civitavecchia, and the cost of transportation from Rome to Civitavecchia would be even more. Those who arrive only one day early won't have enough time for sightseeing in Rome to make this worthwhile. It's much more sensible to check into a hotel in either Fiumicino or Civitavecchia and spend the afternoon and evening there. The next morning, one can enjoy a leisurely breakfast before checking out of the hotel and going to the ship.

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Hi hcat,

Just a note on my personal experiences regarding travel to Citavecchia, there is an excellent rail service from the Fiumicino (Leonardo Da Vinci) Aeroporto into Roma Centrale, and another from Centrale out to Citavecchia. You can also change at Roma Ost which saves about 15 minutes on the journey in & out of Centrale. The tickets are amazingly cheap & if you intend spending time in Rome, then it is worth remembering that they also include travel on the metro & local buses.
Train details/time can be found on http://www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html

There are a few hotels on the sea front but these back onto the railway line, and the town itself seems rather depressing. We have had a wander around it but nothing sticks in the mind as worthy of note. So it may be worth checking the web for hotel names & email them for suggestions.

Hope this helps,

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Just a note on my personal experiences regarding travel to Citavecchia, there is an excellent rail service from the Fiumicino (Leonardo Da Vinci) Aeroporto into Roma Centrale, and another from Centrale out to Citavecchia. You can also change at Roma Ost which saves about 15 minutes on the journey in & out of Centrale. The tickets are amazingly cheap & if you intend spending time in Rome, then it is worth remembering that they also include travel on the metro & local buses.
Train details/time can be found on http://www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html

There are a few hotels on the sea front but these back onto the railway line, and the town itself seems rather depressing. We have had a wander around it but nothing sticks in the mind as worthy of note. So it may be worth checking the web for hotel names & email them for suggestions.
You raise some excellent points. JTOL, it probably would be better to stay overnight by the airport in Fiumicino and go to the port in Civitavecchia the next day. Most airports have an area with reasonable hotels, some restaurants, and at least a few shops nearby that derive most of their income by providing accommodations for flight crews and stranded passengers. By contrast, the facilities by most seaports typically service the desires of sailors whose ships are in port, so "hotels" in such districts usually rent rooms by the hour....

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Thanks for the ideas--we will look for a hotel near the airport or maybe on the way to the port--if we do any sightseing in Rome it would be post cruise--just want to fly over, rest up & enjoy our cruise--we will be seeing Rome on a prior trip so it is not the highlight of this one...
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There seems to be 1 or 2 acceptable looking choices for the town near the airport--how would we then get to the port--would there be shuttles- or van services? Looks like a cab might be very costly if available but maybe a better choice with luggage? -we are not going to be interested in taking a train with all our luggage--
The port town also has one or two places we might make do with for a night pre-cruise & one has a shuttle from the airport--have not investigated the charges for that...
we have many months to work this out but I think after our two booked medit trips we will stay stateside for awhile--much easier to cruise from NY or Florida or even Seattle!
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There seems to be 1 or 2 acceptable looking choices for the town near the airport--how would we then get to the port--would there be shuttles- or van services? Looks like a cab might be very costly if available but maybe a better choice with luggage? -we are not going to be interested in taking a train with all our luggage--
The port town also has one or two places we might make do with for a night pre-cruise & one has a shuttle from the airport--have not investigated the charges for that...
we have many months to work this out but I think after our two booked medit trips we will stay stateside for awhile--much easier to cruise from NY or Florida or even Seattle!
For local transportation, a hotel shuttle service probably would be the most econical alternative. If you must resort to a taxi, at least Fiumicino is about half way from Rome to Civitavecchia so it would be a lot less epensive than taking a taxi from Rome.

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Found a nice hotel with shuttle service to the port but it is ONLY for clientele of MSC but I did find other ideas--proabably the marriot at the airport will be best for us...not great world travellers! -so thanks everyone
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I have booked the Hotel Traianio in Civitavecchia for one night prior to boarding Carnival Freedom on 5th August. 140 euros for family room B&B.
They have excellent reviews and have been really helpful for all emails sent.
They will arrange transportation if required.
We have booked collection from Fumicino airport for 100 Euros for a party of 4.
They will drop us at ship for free and will collect on our return to airport (120 Euros).

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I am also booked a the Hotel Traiano for late September. Please post a quick review when you get abck.
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Default hotel in Citavecchia (vs. @ Fiuminico / Airport in Rome)

Thanks to everyone for the collective tips about *not staying in Rome the night before our cruise departs in Citavecchia.

Has the traveller who stayed in Citavecchia in early May returned, and if so, how was your hotel there?

Ditto re: the traveller who stayed at the Mariott near the airport in Rome. How was your hotel stay and transportation down to Citavecchia?

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Has anyone travelled with Costa cruise lines? We will be sailing 6/2 (I think) on the Costa Victoria and their documents say they will leave from one of two possible ports. Is this typical and do they have info a day or two beforehand, does anyone know? It doesn't sound fun going from one to another port with a trunk full of luggage and toddler (who thankfully is a great world traveller) via cab...

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I am also booked a the Hotel Traiano for late September. Please post a quick review when you get abck.
My wife and I have stayed at the Hotel Traiano in 2005 and 2006 prior to med cruises. This is a small hotel operated by brothers. They picked us up at the airport and gave us a ride to the port the next day. The hotel is in a residential area within walking distance to the city center. Maybe about 3/4 mile. It is clean (not luxurious) with a freindly staff, The brothers speak english. There is a breakfast area in the hotel but no restaurant. They will provide transportation to a restaurant owned by their father. We find this a great place to stay when arriving in rome the day prior to a cruise.
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Has anyone stayed at any of the Rose Hotels in this area..they seem a bit more upcale but also local & friendly?
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DH & I are sailing Carnival Freedom, Grand Mediterranean, 10.01.08. We're booked at the Hotel San Giorgio, Civitavecchia for 1 night, pre-cruise.

We've been to Rome 3 times already, so we're gonna pass on going into Rome this time.

As others have mentioned, unless you're planning to tour Rome, the hotels there are quite expensive and the trip from Rome to Civitavecchia is nearly 60 miles...that's about a 1 1/2 hour taxi/limo drive, to and fro.

You can take the train in and out of Rome but that requires lugging your baggage...we've done that, too, a few times Fiumicino is a bit closer to Civitavecchia; however the hotels there are still more expensive than those in Civitavecchia...though you'll have more hotel choices

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http://www.sangiorgiohotel.biz/en/index.htm

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Has anyone flown in & then stayed overnight in the port city Citavecchia --saving touring for after the cruise? There seem to be just a few hotels but they say they have shuttles available from the aiport & will take you to the ship for free,,,,is it a safe area?
I just found this info after googling how viable it is to take the local train from Fiumicino Airport (Rome) to the Civitavecchia Port, etc and back after the cruise. I thought that this piece was quite helpful and encouraging:

http://travel.msn.com/Guides/article...umentid=257128
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