What to Do if You’re Cruising into Rome
When in Rome, do as the Romans do; enjoy la dolce vita (the sweet life) amid the ancient treasures that occupy the seven hills of the city. If your upcoming cruise of the Mediterranean includes a call on Rome, you are lucky indeed! (Note that Rome is located about 90 minutes inland, so most
cruise ships dock in the port city of Civitavecchia, with a bus or train transfer to Rome.)
With so much to see in the Eternal City, it’s important to plan what you’ll do. Do you want to see as many of the major sights as possible, or have a more immersive experience at a single attraction? Your cruise line is sure to offer a variety of on-shore experiences, and your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert can help you choose one. Here are a few examples to get you thinking:
If you’d like to see Vatican City, home of the Catholic Church, it’s important to take an official shore excursion; visiting on your own may require you to wait for hours just to enter one of the Vatican Museums. The museums (which include the Sistine Chapel), gardens and St. Peter’s Basilica are all stunning and well worth visiting. Be aware that sleeveless tops, shorts and short skirts are not acceptable attire for a visit to St. Peter’s.
A city tour can take you to the best-known historic sights of Rome, such as the magnificent Colosseum; the Spanish Steps; the Trevi Fountain (toss in a coin over your left shoulder, using your right hand); the Pantheon, with its famous dome and oculus; and Piazza Navona, filled with monuments and fountains.
If you’re a return visitor to Rome and have seen the major monuments of the city, you may enjoy an excursion down the Appian Way, one of the most important roads of ancient Rome. It leads you into beautiful countryside and to an underground maze of caves and tunnels known as the catacombs, where early Christians practised their religion and buried their dead (at the time, it was illegal to bury bodies inside the city walls).
Your cruise line may offer other special experiences, such as a lesson in Italian cooking; an excursion to Lake Albano, set in the crater of an extinct volcano; or tours of the best art galleries, combined with lunch at an outdoor café.
If your cruise being or ends in Rome, you can enjoy all of this and more. Definitely plan to spend additional time exploring this wonderful city and region. Talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert about everything you can see and do.
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