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  1. One consideration if you decide to take the train is to take one to Napoli Afragola rather than Napoli Centrale. It's about the same distance and driving time but you get to Afragola first (about 15 minutes before Napoli Centrale) so you'll be on your way to Positano faster. Further, you avoid the traffic in downtown Naples so your drive will be easier. Finally, Afragola is a new station (opened in 2017) and it's not as busy nor as large as Centrale so it's easier to get around.
  2. If you don't want to go back to Rome for that one night you might try the waterfront area of Fiumicino or Lido di Ostia, about fifteen minutes by cab from the airport. More picturesque would be Santa Marinella (closer to Civitavecchia, about 45 minutes to one hour from the airport).
  3. The hotel's shuttle would be my first choice but if for some reason it isn't available when you want it there are public buses that run day and night a short walk away (less than half a mile) on Viale delle Medaglie d'Oro.
  4. Sorry I can't answer your question but for others reading, it is always better to get your tickets directly rather than through a middle man. It's not always true but for the most part an Italian web site, especially one associated with a government organization, will not end with .com, they will almost always be .it. That should be a big red flag. The official site for the Colosseum is here: https://www.coopculture.it/colosseo-e-shop.cfm
  5. Tourist coaches almost always have a toilet ... but they also ask you not to use it except in an extreme emergency. It's very possible that they'll make an autogrill stop along the way for a bathroom.
  6. But as noted in the other current thread about Rome, the train to Civitavecchia requires a bit of stamina (climbing up and down stairs with luggage, etc.) so it's not for everyone. There are several transfer companies highly recommended on these boards, some are specified in the other thread. For perspective, the fixed fare for a taxi from the airport into central Rome is 48 euro, most transfers will be priced near to that. See other thread here:
  7. euro cruiser

    Naples

    How ridiculous - a major city for both business and leisure travel, of course there are wonderful hotels and fabulous restaurants in Naples. For Americans afraid of anything unfamiliar there's even a beautiful Marriott property right in the historic center: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/napbr-renaissance-naples-hotel-mediterraneo/ Breakfast in the rooftop restaurant is quite special. If you stay overnight in Naples you'll also have time to spend a few hours in the archaeology museum after seeing Pompei, where many of the artifacts from the ruins are housed.
  8. I'm not going to push you toward Naples because, as I already said, I don't think you have enough time. That said I would caution all of us, in general, that succumbing to groupthink can cause us to miss out on great experiences and/or important insights. No place (or cruise line, or cuisine, etc.) appeals to everyone and often our disappointment is the result of unrealistic expectations. In the case of Naples, if one goes there expecting a Disneyesque tourist town disappointment is sure to follow. In the same vein, if one goes to Venice expecting a real Italian town they'll be letdown. Even so, each place has its charms and plenty of reasons to visit, they're just not for everyone.
  9. I could go on and on about the wonders of Naples (as Hank has already warned you) but I acknowledge that it's not for everyone. You don't have a lot of time so it might make sense to base yourself in Rome for the entire time making a day trip to Florence and another to Pompei, each easily done by train.
  10. I agree that even just one evening in Rome is so much better than simply cooling your heels in Civitavecchia. The Leonardo Express is a bargain at 14 euro. There are less expensive options for getting into Rome from the airport, starting with direct shuttle buses from 5 euro that go to either Termini or to the Vatican area. There is also a local train that stops at the Trastevere and Ostiense stations (among others) for 8 euro if you choose to stay in one of those areas. The Civitavecchia Express train (direct service between Rome and Civitavecchia) uses the Ostiense station, if that's of interest. There is a regional bus from Rome to Civitavecchia that drops you very close to the port entrance for under 5 euro but it takes quite a bit longer. For this transfer I agree with Cruisemom, unless you travel very light the shared shuttle is a great tradeoff between cost and convenience.
  11. Car services generally charge between 50 - 60 euro between the airport and downtown Rome, which is just slightly above the fixed fare for a taxi of 48 euro. The Leonardo Express between the airport and Rome Termini train station is 14 euro each way.
  12. To get exactly what you want you'll probably need to either pay for a private tour with one of the car service companies (there are several that come highly recommended by CC members) or take the train and go DIY. Are you referring to the statue of David by Michelangelo? If so it's found in the Accademia. Advance tickets are required and the official web site to purchase them is here: http://www.b-ticket.com/b-ticket/uffizi/default_eng.aspx If you want to climb the tower in Pisa, as opposed to just seeing/photographing it from the outside you'll also need tickets in advance. They are only sold a few weeks in advance and the official site is here: https://www.opapisa.it/en/square-of-miracles/tower/
  13. Please don't rely on rome2rio for more than a general idea, go directly to the source for up to date and correct information on transit.
  14. You won't be traveling by plane, it makes no sense at all. Florence is only 100 minutes from Rome by high speed train, city center to city center and Naples is only 70 minutes. Does your flight leaving Italy depart from Rome? If so it makes sense to end your time in Rome.
  15. Common sense is valuable for normal situations for which we have an array of experiences, I doubt if it really helps much in an emerging situation where you have little/no experience, limited information, and a lot of confusion.
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