We can't seem to put together a cohesive plan for our upcoming cruise/trip to Rome. Here's some background info:
1. We will be in Rome in early December. From FCO we are taking the regional train to S.Pietro station area and staying in a nice B&B very near the train station, plan to visit Vatican Museum/St Peter's and then take train from S Pietro the next day to Port Civi for a cruise. After that, we can't seem to settle on a plan. Undecided as to where to stay for our two post cruise nights. Is it worth it to spend more to stay in the central area around Piazza Navona given the fact that we will be there in December? I realize most folks recommend this area over the outlying areas, but I am wondering if due to the shortened and cooler days/evenings....will we actually spend extended evening hours out and about? Would it be worth just hopping on a bus back to a hotel in the Vatican area or another outlying area to save about 50 to 75 dollars per night OR will we actually stay out and about late into the evening? I think I would end up getting cold and heading back to the room by no later than 9:00 p.m. and traveling back to a less expensive place that early might warrant the inconvenience. How long does it take to get to the Vatican area via a bus from the Navona area or Trevi area and are they readily available? One consideration we had thought about was to stay in the same B&B for both pre and post cruise nights...then we could just get off the train at S Pietro on the way back from the cruise and commute back and forth to the other areas of Rome from our B&B location near the SPietro station.
2. If we do decide to stay near Piazza Navona and pay the extra money to do so, should we opt to go straight to Termini from the port area once we finish the cruise and then taxi to the hotel or get off at Trastevere, take Tram 8 and walk to hotel. (if the advice is to get off at Trastevere and take the tram, in the event it was pouring rain that day, I assume we could pick up a cab at Trastevere and the fare would be about the same from there as it would be from Termini, right?) Would getting off at Trastevere station save time or is it a wash in the long run?
Sorry for the rambling post.......as you can see we can't seem to get a game plan going!! Advice needed and certainly appreciated!