Note to self (or anyone else trying to look cute while exploring Civitavecchia) - check the wind gauge before venturing out…
However- I did get a good price on some items I bought from the farmers market down the alleywayRead more
After a bit of a rocky night due to swells in the marina, we set off for Fiumicino(Rome). We motorsailed downwind and it was lovely as the weather improved, the wind was about 10 knots and we were moving with the swells. We could see planes coming and going from Rome's Airport as we neared the entrance to the Tiber River. With swells behind us, we surfed into the entrance reminiscent of Cap Breton but less wild as the entrance is wider and the wind and swells not as strong. Up the river there are boatyards all along and boats rafted 4 deep. We rafted up at a funky little marina with goats on the island across and numerous cats at the marina. A small problem tying up after catching our bumper on someone's bow anchor but a number of people leapt across boats to help. After our late lunch, we set off walking to town following Google maps for the best route. A 3.4 km walk we thought, except there are no sidewalks and no shoulders and the roadside bushes were full of thorns! The traffic was busy and when cars were coming too close to the edge, we'd leap into the bushes! We made it after an hour and said we'd bus back. Well, after a long and tedious Sim card installation requiring a passport (didn't have it but found a picture on the phone) and the repetition of a sentence in Italian (!) acknowledging who Bob was (dialect coaching required), we wandered around trying to find the right bus. It's now coming on 6 p.m. after a full day; the bus wasn't coming and there were no taxis available. So we set off walking a different route and ended up walking through a field of tall weeds and grass. When we finally got back to the boat at 7:30, I was covered in burrs, scratches and had thorns in my underwear! 🤯😖
We were happy to eat, drink 🍺 shower🚿 and fall into bed. I don't think we'll forget that walk anytime soon!Read more
Heute erreichen wir unser letztes Ziel,
Civitavecchia und Rom. Nach einer sehr bewegten Nacht mit Windstärke 5 (das entspricht einer Windgeschwindigkeit zwischen 90 und 100 km/h) und einer Wellenhöhe zwischen 5 bis 6 Metern wurden wir kräftig durchgeschaukelt. Kapitän Fronenbroek mußte die Geschwindigkeit auf 12 Knoten reduzieren. So kamen wir eine Stunde später als geplant in Civitavecchia an, was uns aber nicht störte - schließlich haben wir ja Urlaub.
Heute führt uns eine Panoramafahrt nach dem ca. 70 km entfernten Rom.
Danach heißt es Kofferpacken, denn morgen geht’s dann wieder zurück nach Frankfurt.
Ich hoffe, daß Euch mein Reisetagebuch gefallen hat.
Bis zur nächsten Reise.
Gruß von AndreasRead more
Day one aboard The Enchanted Princess
My room is 100 % better than the one I had in Rome my cabin steward is fantastic . Meet a few people. i did a walk around dinner reservation soon. See what's next , two days at sea to.relax, then GreeceRead more
Our cruise ended in the Rome port of Civitavecchia which is about an hour away from Rome. Sydney has met some new friends and pulled an all-nighter on the last night and captured a Roman sunrise for me. She crashed on the 1-hour ride to the luggage storage place before we got to Vatican City, with our first tour at 10:30 AM at St. Peter’s Basilica.Read more
A 08h00 nous entrons dans le port de Civitavecchia. Nous avions prévu d’aller visiter la necropole étrusque de Tarquinia, ce que nous n’avons pas pu faire à cause de la défaillance du système de transport. Nous sommes bien en Italie !
Bien que possédant peu de sites touristiques, nous avons fait de belles balades dans la ville de Civitavecchia.Read more
Die Nacht war sehr gut. Habe zum ersten Mal auf der verlängerten Liegefläche unten geschlafen und das sehr gut. Es war nur ein bisschen schwierig, weil ich viele Sache von meinem Freund Wolf dabei hatte:
3 große (!) Koffer, 2 Vorhangstangen lang, 2 Aluleisten mittellang, eine riesige Tasche mit einer großen Filmkamera (Wolf ist u.a. Filmemacher), ein Nilpferd groß Vollholz 25 kg, ein großer Kanister 😊
Und ich hatte ja auch noch Gepäck. Also war Abendessen, Bettaufbau und zu Bett gehen (man bedenke, dass ich sogar Schlafkleidung angelegt habe) eine artistische Leistung 😀
Um Punkt 7:00 Uhr stand ich an der Fähre. Erst einchecken, dann zum Dock. Es waren kaum Autos und Wohnmobile da. Aber dafür jede Menge LKWs.
Beim Dock war Kontrolle von Zoll oder Polizei, so genau konnte ich das nicht ergründen. Es sind 2 Autos vor mir. Ich sehe, dass bei jedem Auto der Kofferraum geöffnet wurde und es musste der Koffer rausgenommen und in das Gebäude gebracht werden. Ich dacht nur „oh shit“, wenn ich jetzt das gesamte Gepäck, das ich dabei habe, zur Kontrolle bringen muss, da bin ich gut und lang beschäftigt. Außerdem hatte ich keine Ahnung, was Wolf da in den Koffern hatte. Als der Beamte auf mein Auto zukam war mir schon leicht mulmig. Er sagte erst was in italienisch. Ich so „sorry?“. Er „luggage“. Ich „which luggage?“ mit sehr dummen Gesicht 😊. Da sah er auf dem Beifahrersitz Wolfs große schwarze Tasche mit der Filmkamera. Er deutete auf die Tasche und sagte „This luggage. Take and go in.“ und wies auf die Tür in dem Gebäude. Ich gehe also mit dieser Tasche da rein. Sitzt in einem riesigen Raum ein Mann an einer Durchleuchtungsmaschine. Ich stelle die Tasche dahin und muss, um sie hinten wieder in Empfang zu nehmen, durch eine Schleuse. Es piepst wie wild, ich hatte Geld und Schlüssel einstecken, doch das störte gar nicht. Er meinte nur „Ok“ und ich konnte samt der Tasche wieder gehen. Alles andere, was im Auto war, ist von keinem weiteren Interesse gewesen. Da musste ich dann schon sehr lachen, nicht nur vor Erleichterung. 😀
Abfahrt um 9:00 Uhr.
Auf der riesigen Fähre - über 300 mtr. lang - hatte ich eine komfortable Kabine. Nach einem Kaffee habe ich ausgiebig geduscht und noch eine Runde geschlafen. Insgesamt dauerte die Fahrt über 15 Std. Zum Glück war die See total ruhig und es war sehr angenehm.
Ankunft auf Sizilien, also Ausfahrt von der Fähre erst um 23:30 Uhr. Dann hatte ich noch eine gute Stunde Autofahrt zu Wolfs Haus in Nociazzi.Read more
Off the beaten path sightseeing in Rome.
That was our alternative idea for this port of call when renting a car to visit Viterbo turned out to be not so viable. The problem was that the agencies closed by mid-day on Saturdays and would not allow us to drop off after hours. Bus and train service to Viterbo took two to three hours … longer than we were willing to set aside for public transportation. A private taxi for the day was over-the-top expensive … drivers preferring the more expensive charters to Rome.
So, the siren call of Rome won out over exploring somewhere we’d not been to before …. was the easiest to accomplish by train. Although we’ve spent 4+ weeks in the Eternal City, we were sure we could find some new-to-us places to visit.
[By the way, this is mostly a “tips to get from Civitavecchia to Rome by train” footprint … in case you want to skip reading it.]
It was 7:15a when we left the cabin and walked down the gangway. We were docked on the land-side pier, so getting to the shuttle buses that take visitors through the busy port to Della Pace — the shuttle station just outside the port — was easy enough.
Since it was so early, and there were just six of us on the bus — all heading to the Civitavecchia train station — the driver did us a favor. Instead of taking us to Della Pace, he offered to take us to the port gate by the castle, which put us within a 5-10 minute walk of the station. He more than deserved the tips we all left to thank him for the favor.
(It’s so nice to be in a port where we are familiar with the logistics. But things do sometimes change. In this case, I noticed that the public buses that take visitors from Della Pace to the train station now come right up to the terminal, so that would have been a good alternative if the shuttle had not worked out.)
There was a stiff breeze off the water as we walked along the waterfront to the train station. We were glad to have our rain jackets with us to use as windbreaks. The walk was brisk and refreshing.
Instead of going into the station to buy our tickets from the vending machine, we went to the Ho-Ho office that sells train and tour ticket combos … next door to the station … just follow the “Buy Train Tickets Here” signs. The line is shorter — non-existent today — and they are happy to sell train tickets only as well. R/T for €9/person … open tickets so we could take the first train out that fit our schedule and not have to worry about making a particular train on the way back.
Alas, the 8:01 train to Termini departed within a minute or two of our arrival. As it was on binario [platform] 4, we could not get to it in time. Darn! The next train wasn’t until 8:54a. Nothing to do but validate the tickets and make our way to binario 4 using the underground passage.
We were sitting there when the foursome we had traveled with on the shuttle, waved at us from another platform off to the side … near binario 1. Turns out that after we checked the departures board, another train had appeared on the list … this one a regional train that would take 20 minutes longer. Since, we would have had to wait at least that long for the 8:54a train anyway, we rushed, hopped on the 8:37a train, and off we went.
We were lucky with our seats … in an upper cabin … two bench seats facing each other … no need to share with anyone since only two other passengers were up there with us.
The trip went by quickly enough and we arrived at Termini on time … a miracle in Italian train travel.Read more
We entered Roma Termini through the main doors since we had no idea which platform our train would be departing from. Turns out that it was from binario 25 … in the same area where we detrained this morning at binario 28.
The access doors to those platforms from inside Termini were all locked up. So, we had to detour through the shopping area and then had to run to make the train on time. Had we entered the way we exited Termini this morning — through a side door — we would have saved ourselves a whole bunch of running.
Nonetheless, we made the train with two minutes to spare and hopped on the first car we came to. Even as the train began moving, we were using the interior access doors to make our way forward to an upper seating area where we were the only passengers for most of the way to Civitavecchia. Luckily, we had validated our tickets when we first came out to the platforms. Otherwise, we would have missed the train for sure.
It was 6:15p when we detrained at Civitavecchia Station. We had over two hours before all aboard. So, instead of taking the port connection bus back to the ship, we walked back to the Della Pace shuttle station. Rather than following the waterfront, however, we walked along the wide pavement lined with shops and restaurants … the latter filled with people enjoying a night out on town We took our time, enjoying the Saturday night, party-time ambiance of the city. We even stopped at Bar Danilo, where we always get gelato when we are in Civitavecchia … a sweet treat to wrap up our day.
We arrived at Della Pace to find it deserted. At least that was the impression we got. But seeing someone walking in ahead of us, we followed. The attendant, who was sitting in his car, watching a soccer game on his phone, asked if we were headed to Oosterdam. At our confirming nod, he checked our ship IDs and directed us to the appropriate lane to wait for the next bus … which arrived about 10 minutes later. Whew! No need to walk back into town to catch the port connection.
It was a little after 7:30p when we embarked the ship … with still an hour to spare before the stated all aboard … plenty of time to enjoy the veranda.
Oosterdam moved out of its berth at 9:08p … slightly behind schedule.
No matter, we don’t have that far to go to get to Livorno … our last port of call in Italy,Read more
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