Welcome to the Civitavecchia cruise port guide. Civitavecchia is the cruise gateway to the incredible city of Rome. Civitavecchia is a small town of about 50.000 on the coast of Italy. From here you are about 80 km / 1,5 hours drive from Rome which many consider to be the best destination in Europe. Civitavecchia is not the most exciting town to visit. You’ll find your local market, the cathedral and fort Michelangelo here, but that is about it. If you want an easy day in port it is a nice spot to hang around, but most people will chose to go to Rome. Rome’s history spans more than 2500 years to the time Romulus and Remus fought each other to be King of this new town they established. Since then it has been the capital of the mighty Roman Empire, part of the Papal states and later it would become the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. Its significance in history already tells us this city is a gem to explore. There is history to be found on every single street corner. The sites will tell you about the birthplace of the western civilizations, the birth of the capital of the Catholic church, the greatest empire to rule the European continent and much more. Read our Civitavecchia cruise port guide underneath for all the info you need when visiting this port of call.
As you can see there are limited things to see and do in Civitavecchia and the reason your ship goes to this port is to give you the opportunity to go to Rome. Simply go by train (check information above), by 160 euro taxi or by shore excursion.
The most prominent of all is Fort Michelangelo. It is a 16th century fort that used to guard the port of Civitavecchia.
This is the train station where you can catch the train to Rome. To reach it you can either walk which is usually about 2 km depending on where your ship will be docked. You can also take the port shuttle and take the local transportation from there. Buy your tickets at the ticket office here and don’t forget to validate your ticket before stepping into the train. The train schedule you can check at: http://www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=4ddd1a035296f310VgnVCM1000005817f90aRCRD
Piazzale Scipione Matteuzzi, Civitavecchia, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
This beautiful cathedral stand right in the city centre of Civitavecchia. It dates back from 1610 and it distinguishes itself by its elegant two-order facade. In front of the cathedral is also where the local bus station is to catch the bus to Tuscania or Tarquinia
Directly to the right of the port is the Civitavecchia Boulevard. Go here for a nice stroll, the beach and restaurants.