With the port of calls in Italy ... to see Rome and Florence... it "seems" inexpensive to do the train from Civitavecchia and Livorno to the central stations in Rome and Florence ... and then say do hop on/off tours in those cities or walking tours.
Has any got advice on taking rail from the port cities to these two cities ... I know the fare is inexpensive, but is it practical and worth the savings?
Hi there, both are relatively simply journeys using the train services, just make sure that you don't leave it too late to get back to the ship.
For Civitavecchia to Rome the station is only a couple of hundreds yards from the dock gate - just make sure you get the first shuttle bus & early train. When arriving in Rome, there are 5 stations, the first St. Pietro is the closest to the Vatican, the last Termini is the best place to pick up the hop-on hop-off bus service - they have excellent headset commentaries.
At Livorno, you have to take a public bus from the main square behind the shuttle bus drop off point. Make sure you buy your ticket before you board the bus, as it is MUCH more expensive to buy it once on the bus, they also fine heavily if you do not use the franking machine on the bus to validate it. The train passes through Pisa en route to Florence/Firenze. It is possible to see both if you really want to, but the day will be tiring.
Watch out for train strikes. We were planning to take the train from Livorno to Pisa with a stop at Lucca, but they annouced a train strike so we ended up booking a shore excusion to Pisa instead.
We did take the train from Rome to Venice it took about 5 hours. But it was a nice comfy Eurostar train and we stayed two days in Venice. I wish we would have stayed there longer both my hubby and I loved Venice. Train system was very easy to use.
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We took the train from rome to the port and found it be very easy. You should not have any problem geting to rome via the train. We also took the train to pisa and it was also very easy. The walkhowever from the train station to the leaning tower took about 15 minutes but it was very enjoyable