If you arrive in the cruise port of Civitavecchia and decide to visit Rome then there are a multitude of different things you can do and see on a day in The Eternal City. If you’ve never visited Rome before then it can be daunting over what to try to fit into one short day. Here I cover my favourite sights in the city, and what I think is the best way to fit in as much as possible.

If you decide to travel independently to Rome by train then I suggest getting off at the station ‘Roma San Pietro’ which is very close to St. Peter’s Basilica in The Vatican City. Coming out of the station, follow the signs for St. Peter’s Basilica and you’ll be surprised just how close you are to it.

St Peter's Basilica, Rome

St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome

If you want to visit the interior of the basilica, the queues can be very long and I’d advise booking a tour through one of the companies which will allow you faster access. You don’t want to waste all your precious time in Rome waiting in a queue!

After visiting the basilica one of the best things to do is to walk for 2 minutes down the main street away from the Vatican and buy tickets for one of the hop-on, hop-off bus tours which all have stops here. These bus tours are a great way to see as much of Rome as possible in a short time.

One of my favourite things about Rome is the sheer amount of history contained within this beautiful city. One of the buildings that most visitors want to explore is the famous Coliseum. The queues for the Coliseum are also very long if you wish to venture inside this iconic building. Like St. Peter’s Basilica I advise you to book a trip with a recognised tour company before your arrival to ensure you won’t have to wait in too long a queue.

One of my favourite Piazza’s in Rome is Piazza Navona. This square is lined with gorgeous cafes and restaurants where you can sit and watch the artists at work or admire the beautiful fountains in the centre of the Piazza. It’s also usually one of the quieter spots in the city, if you need a spot of peace and quiet from the madness of Rome.

Piazza Navona, Rome, Civitavecchia to Rome, Italy

I love this beautiful Piazza

Another must visit place in Rome is the Trevi Fountain. Be sure to throw coins into the fountain to ensure your return to the city. Around the Trevi Fountain can get very busy with tourists, especially in summer so if you’re looking for somewhere reasonably priced to eat then walk away from the Trevi Fountain where prices are inflated and not worth it.

One of my favourite buildings in Rome is the National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II. It’s a bright white monument which you can climb the steps of and enjoy gorgeous views over the city.

National Monument to Victoria Emmanuel II, Rome, Italy

Pillars on the National Monument to Victoria Emmanuel II

View of Rome, Italy

View from the National Monument to Victoria Emmanuel II

My biggest and most important piece of advice if you travel to Rome by train from Civitavecchia independently from the organise ship’s excursions is make sure you check the return train times! Don’t be late back to the ship and allow yourself sufficient time to get to the train station for the train back to Civitavecchia. You wouldn’t want the ship to leave without you!!