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  1. Hank's description is true for the regional trains between Civitavecchia and Rome, which arrive to auxiliary tracks in Rome that are a full one third of a mile from the main track head, where the trains to Naples depart from. There are a few premium trains between Civitavecchia and Rome that arrive to the main track head. They cost quite a bit more than the regional train (12,90 euro vs. 4,60) and there are only a couple each morning in the current, reduced schedule (two between 6 AM and noon, vs. 14 regionals in the same time frame), but it does avoid that long schlep through Termini. In Naples (Centrale) all trains from Rome arrive to the main track head. Depending on how you plan to travel on once in Rome, Napoli Centrale may or may not be the best station to choose.
  2. If you're not planning to spend any time in Italy after your cruise, and if you can get an open-jaw flight plan that doesn't break the bank (into Venice, depart Rome) that would make the most sense to me. In fact, you'd have to save an awful lot of money to make the hassle of traveling back to Venice for the return flight worth it. Odds are that you'd need to spend another night in Italy to fly home from Venice as flights to the States are typically in the morning and, even if you get off the ship extra early, the earliest you could get to Venice by train from Rome would be 11:30 AM. Add to that time to get from the train station to the airport (half hour), plus normal time before a flight (three hours) the earliest flight you could take from Venice would be 3 PM. The costs of all of these segments (car service from the airport to Rome, train tickets, taxi from train to hotel, overnight in Venice, taxi from hotel to airport the next morning) should be factored into the decision along with the aggravation.
  3. For three or four hours could be a challenge, drivers in the morning at the port are looking for full day fares. That said, eventually you will be able to find someone, you may just waste some time in the process. Booking in advance takes away the element of spontaneity but it also prevents wasting time and allows you to know in advance exactly what it will cost.
  4. No, there hasn't been regular ferry service between Naples and Positano in many years. Last year Alilauro offered one ferry per day from Naples to the Amalfi Coast in July and August but they didn't repeat it this year, whether due to low demand last year or covid this year I don't know. You could take a ferry to Capri, then another one from Capri to Positano but it would take quite a lot of time and effort with luggage.
  5. There is a left luggage office (deposito bagagli) at Roma Termini, on the lower level near the tracks on the south side of the station. They've recently redone the main station web sites and between bugs in the new sites and changes due to corona it's not clear if the KiPoint (the company that has the francise for the left luggage office) service is currently operating at Termini or not. The new web site does not post the prices as the old one did.
  6. One consideration if you decide to take the train is to take one to Napoli Afragola rather than Napoli Centrale. It's about the same distance and driving time but you get to Afragola first (about 15 minutes before Napoli Centrale) so you'll be on your way to Positano faster. Further, you avoid the traffic in downtown Naples so your drive will be easier. Finally, Afragola is a new station (opened in 2017) and it's not as busy nor as large as Centrale so it's easier to get around.
  7. If you don't want to go back to Rome for that one night you might try the waterfront area of Fiumicino or Lido di Ostia, about fifteen minutes by cab from the airport. More picturesque would be Santa Marinella (closer to Civitavecchia, about 45 minutes to one hour from the airport).
  8. The hotel's shuttle would be my first choice but if for some reason it isn't available when you want it there are public buses that run day and night a short walk away (less than half a mile) on Viale delle Medaglie d'Oro.
  9. Sorry I can't answer your question but for others reading, it is always better to get your tickets directly rather than through a middle man. It's not always true but for the most part an Italian web site, especially one associated with a government organization, will not end with .com, they will almost always be .it. That should be a big red flag. The official site for the Colosseum is here: https://www.coopculture.it/colosseo-e-shop.cfm
  10. Tourist coaches almost always have a toilet ... but they also ask you not to use it except in an extreme emergency. It's very possible that they'll make an autogrill stop along the way for a bathroom.
  11. But as noted in the other current thread about Rome, the train to Civitavecchia requires a bit of stamina (climbing up and down stairs with luggage, etc.) so it's not for everyone. There are several transfer companies highly recommended on these boards, some are specified in the other thread. For perspective, the fixed fare for a taxi from the airport into central Rome is 48 euro, most transfers will be priced near to that. See other thread here:
  12. euro cruiser

    Naples

    How ridiculous - a major city for both business and leisure travel, of course there are wonderful hotels and fabulous restaurants in Naples. For Americans afraid of anything unfamiliar there's even a beautiful Marriott property right in the historic center: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/napbr-renaissance-naples-hotel-mediterraneo/ Breakfast in the rooftop restaurant is quite special. If you stay overnight in Naples you'll also have time to spend a few hours in the archaeology museum after seeing Pompei, where many of the artifacts from the ruins are housed.
  13. I'm not going to push you toward Naples because, as I already said, I don't think you have enough time. That said I would caution all of us, in general, that succumbing to groupthink can cause us to miss out on great experiences and/or important insights. No place (or cruise line, or cuisine, etc.) appeals to everyone and often our disappointment is the result of unrealistic expectations. In the case of Naples, if one goes there expecting a Disneyesque tourist town disappointment is sure to follow. In the same vein, if one goes to Venice expecting a real Italian town they'll be letdown. Even so, each place has its charms and plenty of reasons to visit, they're just not for everyone.
  14. I could go on and on about the wonders of Naples (as Hank has already warned you) but I acknowledge that it's not for everyone. You don't have a lot of time so it might make sense to base yourself in Rome for the entire time making a day trip to Florence and another to Pompei, each easily done by train.
  15. I agree that even just one evening in Rome is so much better than simply cooling your heels in Civitavecchia. The Leonardo Express is a bargain at 14 euro. There are less expensive options for getting into Rome from the airport, starting with direct shuttle buses from 5 euro that go to either Termini or to the Vatican area. There is also a local train that stops at the Trastevere and Ostiense stations (among others) for 8 euro if you choose to stay in one of those areas. The Civitavecchia Express train (direct service between Rome and Civitavecchia) uses the Ostiense station, if that's of interest. There is a regional bus from Rome to Civitavecchia that drops you very close to the port entrance for under 5 euro but it takes quite a bit longer. For this transfer I agree with Cruisemom, unless you travel very light the shared shuttle is a great tradeoff between cost and convenience.
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