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The cruise port of Civitavecchia (Rome)

Cruise ship pier location in Civitavecchia (Rome)

The cruise port of Civitavecchia is located to the west of the city. It is often called the cruise port of Rome, but it is still more than 70 kilometers (45 miles) away from this beautiful historic city. But no worries. You have plenty of transportation options to visit Rome, Civitavecchia or the surroundings. And you have plenty of shore excursions to choose from.


Generally, cruise ships dock at the most western pier. It’s an extended quay built around the historic port of Civitavecchia. Several ships can dock at the same time at dock nr. 10, 11, 12, 12bis, 13 and 13bis or at dock nr. 25 which is closest to the city.

Depending on your ship’s location it’s still 10 – 15 mins to reach the port exit. The Port Authorities run a free shuttle bus service between the cruise ship pier and the information center Largo della Pace, also known as Porta di Città. This will also be your starting point on your way back to your cruise ship.

TIP: If you are looking for an easy, fast and best value for money transportation between Civitavecchia and Rome, go for the Rome on Your Own Time Bus Transfer

Cruise to Civitavecchia (Rome)

Very often Civitavecchia is on the program during a cruise vacation to Italy Sometimes Rome will be mentioned in your cruise schedule, but you will dock in Civitavecchia about 70 kilometers (45 miles) away. This beautiful port city is conveniently located along the Western Mediterranean and offers a variety of excursions with Rome as top destination! Cruise passengers who have already been there sometimes opt to visit Civitavecchia or the surroundings or just stay on the ship to relax.

Civitavecchia (Rome) Cruise terminal

End of November 2016 the construction of a brand-new cruise terminal has started. The Rome Cruise Terminal or RCT will become one of the biggest cruise terminals in Europe and will serve as embarkation, transit and disembarkation point for cruise passengers from all over the world.

Civitavecchia (Rome) Cruise facts

Language in Civitavecchia
The language in Civitavecchia is Italian, but on touristic spots you can also use English.

Currency in Civitavecchia
The currency in Civitavecchia is Euro (€). You can find ATM’s along the city.

Opening times in Civitavecchia
Opening times differ a lot around Italy, but generally are as follows:

  • Monday to Saturday
  • from 9.00h - 13.00h
  • and 15.30h - 19.30h

On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions.

Landmarks and highlights in Civitavecchia (Rome)

Most cruise passengers arriving in Civitavecchia go straight ahead for a visit to Rome. Of course, you can find the most stunning highlights in the Eternal City. But if you have visited Rome before you also have plenty of options to visit the town of Civitavecchia and its surroundings. 

  • Ficoncella Thermal Baths

    Ficoncella Thermal Baths is a thermal complex of Roman Age at 4 km (2,5 miles) from Civitavecchia

  • Michelangelo Fort

    Michelangelo Fort at Civitavecchia cruise port was a fortress to defend the port. It dates back to the 16th Century.

  • The Old Town Center

    The Old Town Center of Civitavecchia has a Medieval district within the old city walls with bars, restaurants and piazza's.

  • The Sanctuary of The Madonna of Pantano

    The Sanctuary of The Madonna of Pantano is a place for prayer and worship. It's about 7 km (4,3 miles) away from Civitavecchia. The shrine contains a plaster figure of the Virgin of Medjugorie who is said weeping blood on 2nd February 1995

  • The Taurine Baths

    The Taurine Baths is an a archeological site on top of a hill at 5 km (0,6 miles) away from Civitavecchia town center. Also known as Baths of Trajan.

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Getting around in Civitavecchia (Rome)

As soon as you leave the gangway of your ship, free shuttle buses are waiting to get you to the information center Largo della Pace just outside the harbor. This is your starting point for the day. From here you have plenty of options.

If you decide to stay in the port area or the old town center of Civitavecchia, you can easily discover everything on foot.

When you are planning a visit to the surroundings of Civitavecchia such as the Taurine Baths, Ficoncella Thermal Baths or the Sanctuary of The Madonna of Pantano, public transport or a taxi are your best options. You can also choose an organised shore excursion

For those going to Rome you can book an organized tour of one of our local partners. If you like to go on your own a taxi can be a good but costly option. The most popular means of transport for a DIY excursion to Rome is the train from Civitavecchia to Rome.

Shore excursions around Civitavecchia (Rome)

Rome is without doubt the top shore excursion from Civitavecchia. It's quite easy. If you choose for Rome you will need all your valuable time to discover it. If you stay in port it's worthwile to stroll along the Michelangelo Fort and the promenade along the Mediterranean Sea or visit the Old Town Center

Weather in Civitavecchia (Rome)

Civitavecchia and Rome have a Mediterranean climate with not very cold winters and dry warm summers. The average annual temperature in summer is between 27°C and 31°C and in winter between 10°C and 14°C.

Local shore excursions in and around Civitavecchia (Rome)

You can discover Civitavecchia/Rome on your own, book a shore excursion from one of our partners. We offer shore excursions at local prices straight from the local companies.

Civitavecchia (Rome) Tourist information

At the information center Largo della Pace, also known as Porta di Città you can get useful tips about destinations, connections and transportation. A brochure, created by Port Mobility, is freely distributed. You reach the Largo della Pace informations center by free shuttle bus.

Cruises to Civitavecchia (Rome)

The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to and from Civitavecchia (Rome):

AIDA, Azamara, Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, Crystal, Cunard, Disney, Fred Olsen, HAL, Hapag Lloyd, Marella, MSC, NCL, Oceania, Phoenix Reisen, Princess, Royal Caribbean, RSSC, Saga, Seabourn, SeaDream, Silversea, Star Clippers, Thomson, TUI, Windstar