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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

Emanuele and the tour was beyond expectations

Before the tour even started we got a call and message from the tour owner Fabrizio to give us contact info and coordinate meeting. Fabrizio also followed up after to make sure the trip was good. It was! Emanuele was GREAT! Upon picking us up he asked us what we wanted to do and see and built the itinerary around it. He was very knowledgeable about the sights and had a book and audio tape for each. He was courteous and thoughtful, suggesting we stop for restroom and water before entering the city, giving us advice on how much time we should spend and what we should look for. He always dropped us off right at each site and was exactly where he said he would be. He selected a nice restaurant for lunch and waited within view. We saw so much in such a short time and NEVR felt rushed. These are the same guys Disney uses, for half the price. Book with confidence. Excellent.

Rome: VIP Private Shore Excursion Reviewed by Ron, 06/14/2019

The tour is a glorious immersion in countryside beyond Rome!

We had a fantastic post-cruise excursion to Lake Bracciano. We were thrilled that the tour could be customized to accommodate some physical limitations and an airport drop off. Our guide, Andrea, took us to the best locations to experience the treasures of the past and the beauty of the region today. The day was perfectly planned with the admission fee and lunch at a charming restaurant with regional specialties included. We could not have had a better experience!

Excellent driver with great local knowledge!

Our driver and guide was waiting for us as planned. A lovely comfortable car. He was very knowledgeable about his Rome and even managed a stop at his local cafe for us. We saw everything we had requested and got to our ship with ease. A big plus was that he had the proper permissions and passes to get us right into the embarkation terminal (unlike others whose drivers could only drop them outside at the windy shuttle stop). Highly recommended and with thanks.

Pre-Cruise Rome Tour & Transfer Reviewed by Zane, 05/21/2019

NCC AIRPORT S.C service from Civitavecchia Port to Rome was excellent

I would like to thank NCC AIRPORT S.C for the service from Civitavecchia Port to Rome!! I left my cell phone on the cruise ship and Andrea the driver was exceptional. He was able to help me to call NCL and organize a new transport back to the ship to pick up my phone. I would like to also thank Claudeo the new driver for the speedy recovery of my phone.

Civitavecchia Port to Rome and Airport Shared Shuttle Reviewed by Anonymous, 05/16/2019

Good experience. Small groups are the way to go.

Driver was on time. Van seemed brand new. Max was a very nice guy and a good driver. Traffic in Rome was crazy and it took away from spending a bit more time in all the attractions. Important: if you want to get inside the Vatican or the Colosseum this is not the tour for you.

Civitavecchia: Shore Excursion to Rome Reviewed by Anibal, 06/10/2019