Arriving at FCO airport on Friday June 7 early morning and joining a cruise departing June 9 at 5PM Civitavecchis returning June 16 at 5AM leaving FCO at 11AM June 18. The cruise is my failsafe for my bride of 35 years who likes things planned. I would like a little exploring without so much planning for the two nights before and after the cruise if that is possible without getting too lost. Any advice to this newbie will be greatly appreciated.
Get a copy of Rick Steves Mediterranean Cruise Ports ASAP. This will not only have useful information about your cruise ports geared to someone visiting just for the day on a cruise, but he has a whole chapter on Rome with information on how to spend time before an after a cruise. He also has important things like how to get from the airport to Rome, and from Rome to the cruise port of Civitavecchia. I love just wandering around Rome, but for a first visit, you'll certainly want to see the famous sights, like the Vatican and the Colosseum. Again, the book has details of both specific sights and of nice walks (both for day and night). Also, be sure to go to Cruise Critic dot com for more information. Here's their Rome Port summary: http://tinyurl.com/7g3jrb7 Here's their Italy Ports Forum: http://tinyurl.com/bwqtmhk
And here are their Roll Calls, where you join the specific one for your sailing. This way, you can meet others on your cruise and arrange private tours with them (better than the ship's tours and cheaper than doing it just by yourself): http://tinyurl.com/ap7h55m