Top attractions in Civitavecchia
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
It feels quite exotic walking along palm tree-lined promenades. Sculptures, flower beds, and ice cream are in abundance waiting to be enjoyed.
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.
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.
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- 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
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.
Andrea was a great guide. He could not have provided for a nicer day, doing something new rather than going into Rome for the day. We loved the drive along the Ocean to Bracciano. The visit to Odescalchi Castle was well worth it, both interesting and not at all crowded. Lunch in town was good and we had the opportunity to drive along the lakeshore beaches and take a walk on the lakeshore Boardwalk (and have a gelato) in the next town of Trevignano Romano before returning to Civitavecchia. We loved learning the history of the area and ideas for a future trip. Thanks Andrea!
The tour itself is excellent, the guide is very enthusiastic. Easy to find the meeting point and convenient drop off. The only draw back is they could manage the timing of the bus better. The bus send us back to the port 25 mins later than expected, leaving us only 5 mins before the all aboard time. So a group of us have to run to the port shuttle to catch the last shuttle back to ship. A bit scared that we would miss the ship but luckily we are all fine and we are not alone.
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!
We arrived at the port at about 8:30 am for our 9:00 am trip. Since this was our first time at the port, it was a little confusing trying to locate the bus stop. Finally, one of your representatives showed up and was able to point us in the right direction. It may be helpful to have one of your representatives there earlier along with all the other ride services that try to get passengers attention.