One cruise destination which I always love returning to is Rome, Italy. The city is full to the brim with history, tradition and stories of a bygone era.

Cruise ships normally dock in the port of Civitavecchia, and from there it is around an hour by train if you wish to journey into the city independently.

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, the organised shore excursions will generally involve travelling into Rome by coach, and this can mean valuable exploring time is lost sitting in Italy’s notorious traffic. The train is quick, efficient and very cost effective and because of this it’s the only way I like to travel to Rome.

Hop On The Bus!

If you’ve never visited Rome before and are only there for a day, a great way to see as much as possible is on one of the sightseeing bus tours. There are a huge number of open-top, hop-on hop-off bus companies that will take you past all the major sights and have an audio system to commentate on your journey.

One of my favourite places in Rome is definitely the stunning Roman Colosseum. The amount of history that is contained in this magnificently well-preserved amphitheatre is the largest one ever built in the Roman Empire, and dates as far back as 72AD.

The Colosseum gets very busy, especially in the summer months, so if you wish to go inside I highly recommend you get there as early as possible to avoid waiting in huge queues.

The Trevi Fountain is also a must-see whilst you are in the eternal city. This imposing fountain is a perfect example of the Baroque style, and is especially stunning at night. Legend has it that if you throw a coin into the waters of the fountain it ensures your return to the city. I always make sure to do this whilst I’m there!

Another of the main attractions in Rome is Vatican City- the smallest independent state in the world, and home to St. Peter’s Basilica.

The architecture of the Basilica

Whether you are religious or not, the architecture of the Basilica and the surrounding Apostolic Palace is worth seeing while you are in Rome. On one of my previous visits to Rome the Pope was holding a ceremony in the grounds of the Vatican and massive crowds had gathered to see him.

There’s so many layers to the city of Rome that if it’s your first visit it’s overwhelmingly difficult to decide what to see, and absolutely impossible to see it all. Before you go, I recommend picking out the sights which are most interesting to you and focussing on seeing them rather than trying to do it all.

Thanks Emma