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Civitavecchia

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3rd October, 2016

‘All roads lead to Rome’ they say and Civitavecchia is a gateway to this ancient city. The place attracts many visitors and some of them arrive by the sea. Large ‘blocks of flats’ were already alongside when we gracefully entered the harbour and swung around before docking at our assigned berth. The timing was right, and with some time to spare the first passengers left the ship to catch the exclusive Roma Express.  A private, fast, and luxurious train, it transferred them to the heart of Rome where they could explore the city on their own.

In the meantime, other guests were getting ready for tours a little more organised. For those who wanted just to see this ancient city the Panoramic Tour of Rome was the perfect choice. From the comfort of the coach they could see the best known landmarks of the Eternal City such as the Baths of Caracalla, the site of the Circus Maximus, the well-preserved circular Temple of Hercules, the rectangular Temple of Portunus, the spectacular Colosseum, the Castel Sant’Angelo, a massive fortress built as a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian, and St Peter’s Basilica, the most important of all Catholic churches.

On departure we hit the rush hour as the other cruise ships planned to leave at almost the same time. Pilot boats rushed between the vessels to deliver the pilots on board as quickly as they could. The Italians were really efficient and within a space of 45 minutes all 5 cruise liners left the harbour. Once outside the breakwaters everyone dispersed towards their various destinations, with Salerno being the one for us.

Captain Krzysztof Majdzinski

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