I'm taking my first cruise and my first trip to Europe next week. I've been trying to do some research on my own to see if its easy for a non-native to get from the cruise port in Civitavecchia to the center of Rome on our own to save some money and not buy the cruise ship pre-planned excursions.
I typically like to live like a local when traveling and do things off the beaten path but Roman tourist attractions are something I just have to see if I'm that close as I don't know if I'll ever make it back there.
It looks like the cruise port is about 1 mile from the train station and that I can take a cheap train ride (about 6 euros?) to Rome in 50 minutes. Looks like the run every hour out of the station so I'm hoping I won't have trouble making it back to the ship on time.
Has anyone done this? It sounds easy but I'm worried that if I don't pre-book transportation I could miss out on this opportunity. Especially with very minimum Italian knowledge I'm worried about communicating with locals for directions or transportation requests etc.
Any help would be much appreciated!