If we buy a BIRG ticket from Civitavecchia to Rome, can we use the metro as well as bus in the city. Do you recommend buying one of these, or getting into Rome and paying separately for the on the hop on hop off bus?
Which is cheaper, but convenience is a factor as well, since we don't know Rome at all!
I siply buy a RT ticket into Rome, get off at St. Peters and then walk from there. It is an easy city to explore on foot and many of the sights are in pedestrian areas. When it comes time to return to the port, grab a taxi (plentiful) back to the Termini (main) station.
With a little homework before you go, you will have a great time exploring Rome.
Thanks Tom. So you don't think the hop on hop off is necessary? Shall we just walk everywhere- I would prefer that but I didn't realise Rome was 'walkable'. Thanks. Also, on our way back, you recommend catching the train from Termini...isn't there anywhere else in town we can get to it?
There are actually three stations in Rome. Termini is the final destination and therefore the easiest to catch a train back to the port. Rome is very walkable if you are in good shape. If not then the on/off bus is a good choice. However, if you do walk it, you will need to do some pre-work to understand the layout of Rome.
Here is how I would do it. I did this exact route pushing a guy in a chair with his wife and another person.
Train to St. Peters. Walk to the Vatican. Then grab a taxi to Spanish Steps. Explore the SS area, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Forum and then the Coliseum area sights. Then grab a taxi to the Termini Station for the return to the port.
It is basically all downhill on pedestrian streets from Spanish Steps. (well, kinda)
Thanks a lot, many times over Tom for all your suggestions. One more thing! Dare I take time out for the Vatican or shall I save that for another trip. I know it could take all day or several to really do justice to the Vatican. It's my first-time in Rome...shall I give it a miss seeing how pressed we are for time?