We stayed at the Traghetto on route to our cruise. What a treat. Giuseppe, who speaks fabulous English, is always super helpful. Numerous other staff speak enough English to get by, and we had no problem. We travelled in Mid October, a few days in London en route, and Giuseppe emailed us to warn us of a general strike in Italy, the day we were due to fly in, so we were able to change our flight to the day before, to ensure we didn't miss our cruise. He even booked a Mercedes van to pick us up at the airport, and accommodated us for the extra night at his hotel. Civitavecchia is a lovely city. I've given this a 4 star, 5 star for awesome service, the hotel is probably a 3 star by North American standards, but the rooms are nice and large etc. We were told where to find the town market, and the local grocery store for fab wine, cheese and bread for a snack. Giuseppe gave us directions to a couple of very nice, very reasonable restaurants. One was La Nuova Toretta, 20 Euros each for a 3 course meal with a bottle of wine, very nice. The hotel was spotless and quiet. Breakfast was lovely, although I was a bit confused as to wether we could order espresso etc, so I did anyway, because I like good coffee, and it was included in the free breakfast. There are about half a dozen stairs to negotiate to get to the elevator, so keep that in mind for your luggage. Nothing compared to our mistake taking the train from Rome previously...down and back up the 2 full flights of railway stairs with our suitcases at the Civitavecchia station...I was worried we might have had a heart attack on our hands. We walked along the lovely sea walk. There is lots to do in and around the city. Don't hesitate to spend a couple of days there, it doesn't need to be all about Rome, if you've been to Rome before. They also have their own ruins close by.
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