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This lovely port town dates back to prehistoric times, so there's plenty wow-factor and it's just 50 minutes from Rome. The coastline is a welcome break from chaotic Rome and shouldn't be overlooked as an area to just pass thru enroute to elsewhere. Steeped in history and lots of pretty shops, it's a real pleasure to stop and explore this delightfully different town.

Forte Michelangelo
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Forte Michelangelo

This Renaissance era fortress was named after Michelangelo who designed part of the main tower. The San Sebastiano bastion has an underground secret tunnel which served as an escape route in the past.  

Ghetto

This former Jewish ghetto hosts a dazzling array of bars, cafes, and restaurants. The buildings in this area were formerly inhabited by fish workers from Naples, but still was mainly comprised of a Jewish population.

Corso Centocelle

Why not have a stroll around this pleasant pedestrian shopping area lined with an array of high-end classy stores and goods to ponder over? Go on, you're on holiday!

Trajan Theatre

A sight to behold, the neoclassical facade has been completely restored and modernized after lengthy renovation work over the years. The theatre now can be enjoyed by large audiences ready for a great show!

Civitavecchia Market

Just off the theatre end of Corso Centocelle is a market worth exploring on vacation, piled high with fish, fruit, vegetables, gastronomic specialities, and other delicacies -- its a sight for the senses.

Taurine Baths of Civitavecchia

The Etruscans were the first to value the waters of these preserved thermal baths, renowned for their therapeutic qualities. They're still worth delving into, even without water.

Civitavecchia’s Beachside Promenade

Civitavecchia’s Beachside Promenade

It feels quite exotic walking along palm tree-lined promenades. Sculptures, flower beds, and ice cream are in abundance waiting to be enjoyed.

Planning Your Civitavecchia Visit

Are there good transport links here from Rome?

Your best bet is to rent a car or take the train. There are two or three direct local trains each hour, including the fast track express, between Roma Termini (main station) and Civitavecchia. The journey takes just over an hour.

Is it worth staying overnight here or just a day trip destination?

Most people tend to see this as a place to hang out and do a little sightseeing while enroute to another destination, so there may not be the stationary atmosphere of solitude you may desire from a holiday location. That said, it is a pretty place, so if you fancy staying longer, there's countless accommodation options, including: 5-star hotels, budget priced hotels, hostels, and B&Bs.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    This area tends to not be overwhelmed with tourists, so any time of year is good for enjoying the sights without large crowds. In terms of enjoying sightseeing in ideal temperatures -- spring and fall provide cooler temperatures than the summertime.

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What people are saying about Civitavecchia

Fellow was waiting for us at the airport with our name on a sign. He was early. We were quite happy that he showed up earlier than the time requested because we were tired after the long flight from Miami. He was a good driver. Whole can just for us. We gave him a good tip although we found out later that they don't tip in Italy. But it was worthed to us!

Absolutely wonderful day! Our guide, Andrea, was personable and tailored our full day private tour to our wishes. We were picked up on time directly from our hotel. No problems whatsoever during the entire trip. We were able to enjoy far more unique sites in central Italy than if we had attempted to do this on our own with a rental car.

Private Tour of Lazio and Umbria Regional Gems Reviewed by Joan B, 02/13/2020

Great service into Rome at a great price. Drop off was close to but not at Rome Termini Station. This was not an issue for us, but it could be a problem for other travelers. The bus was clear and left on time. Definitely a good easy way to get into Rome after a cruise.

Our guide went above and beyond to get us to our destination. He even made a stop for us along the way. The car was clean and roomy and we felt very comfortable. There was clear communication between us. I can recommend this service highly.

This tour was superb. Our driver was John Lucca and he really made this tour amazing. We saw all the key sites and had time to tour St Peter’s Basilica. Highly recommend this tour.

Rome: Full-Day Tour from Civitavecchia Port Reviewed by Anonymous, 01/09/2020