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Rome Cruise Port & Nearby Activities

Rome Cruise Port

With its impressive Baroque art and architecture, renowned ancient ruins and time-tested cuisine, it's no wonder the Eternal City experiences an influx of cruise visitors each year. Cruisers enter Rome from Civitavecchia, the city's vibrant seaport located about 40 miles northwest of Rome. There are three cruise ship terminals that host small and large ships alike. Most visitors enter through the Porta di Città terminal, which offers a free shuttle service to the quays for boarding and disembarking cruise ships. From Porta di Città in Civitavecchia visitors hop on the train to Rome to see more of Italy's iconic landmarks, like the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Once you've experienced the must-see attractions, like the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, explore hidden gems, like the Villa Borghese and Baths of Caracalla. Here are the essentials you need to know to decide how to spend your time in the Rome cruise port, and whether Rome should be on your cruise itinerary.

What You Need to Know

  • Be selective with your itinerary Because Rome's port is located in the city of Civitavecchia, about 40 miles northwest of Rome, you need to factor in a considerable amount of travel time. Be selective about where you explore, and plan your itinerary in advance to maximize your experience and avoid cramming too much into one day.
  • Ride the train to Rome The best way to reach Rome from the port is by train. "Argo" buses run every 20 minutes between the Porta di Città and Civitavecchia train station, and the fare costs less than a €1 (about $1 USD). From the station, take the train towards Roma Termini. Tickets cost about €15 (roughly $17 USD) each way, and journey takes about 45 minutes.
  • Many museums are closed Mondays With the exception of the Colosseum, Capitoline Museums, Ara Pacis Museum, Trajan markets and the Baths of Caracalla, many museums are closed on Mondays. Make sure to check visiting hours before you head out.

How to Spend Your Time in Civitavecchia

Things to Do Near Civitavecchia

  • Fort Michelangelo (<0.5 miles) Built in the 16th century to defend the port of Civitavecchia, Fort Michelangelo offers a glimpse into Italy's storied past. And as its name suggests, the Michelangelo helped finish the project. If you're interested in military architecture, don't skip checking out this colossal fortress, just steps away from the cruise terminal.
  • National Archaeological Museum of Civitavecchia (<0.5 miles) Within walking distance of port, this three-story museum boasts treasures unearthed during excavations of neighboring areas, including a portrait of Socrates and a  statue of Apollo.
  • The Taurine Baths (<4 miles) This well-maintained archeological site features the remains of roman baths, massage rooms, bedrooms and mosaics, not to mention a villa built by Roman Emperor Trajan. Complete your visit with a stroll through the beautiful botanical garden.

Popular Tours in Rome

Have a few hours to spare in Rome? Book a tour through your cruise line, explore the city on your own or check out tours available from independent outfitters.

  • Colosseum Tour: Your trip to Rome wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Colosseum. Tours and priority-entrance passes are available from independent outfitters like Viator and the official ticket office. And cruise lines, such as Royal Caribbean, Princess and Norwegian, offer a plethora of tours that include the Colosseum.
  • Best of Rome: The Colosseum isn't Rome's only noteworthy attraction. Other standouts include the Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon. Many cruise lines, like Norwegian, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Holland America, offer tours that visit these can't-miss landmarks.
  • Vatican City: Set aside a day to explore top sites like St. Peter's Basilica, St. Peter's Square, Vatican Gardens, Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with tours by independent outfitters such as Walks of Italy or major cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean and Holland America.
  • Rome Food Tour: If you're yearning to taste of Rome's world-renowned culinary creations, let the experts guide you to the city's best dining establishments. Reliable outfitters, like Eating Italy, offers three culinary tours that highlight distinct foodie neighborhoods such as Testaccio and Trastevere. A variety of cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean, also offer culinary-focused walking tours that include tastings and extra exploration time in St. Peter's Square.   
  • Etruscan Italy: Many cruise lines, such as Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean, offer tours that offer a glimpse of Etruscan Italy (or the civilization and culture of ancient Italy). Shore excursions include walking tours and sampling world-renowned wine in Lake Bracciano, in the countryside.

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Transportation

Navigating the hills and cobblestones of Rome is best done by foot or public transportation. The cruise terminal is just over 40 miles northwest of the Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (also known as Fiumicino Airport) and a short walk or bus ride away from the Civitavecchia Train Station. "Argo" buses run every 20 minutes between Porta di Città and the train station, and the fare is less than a €1 (about $1 USD). Taking the train toward Roma Termini, which is about 50 miles southeast of the port, is an easy and cost-effective way to get into the city. Train tickets cost about €15 (about $17 USD) for one-way journeys. Within Rome, many of the top attractions are in close proximity to each other, making getting around on foot easy and efficient.

Parking

Civitavecchia's three parking facilities are located near the cruise terminals, and are easily accessible thanks to a shuttle service, which runs frequently from the parking lots to Porta di Città. Parking can only be booked online and costs a little more than a €1 (about $1 USD) for an hour, €13 (about $15 USD) for 24 hours and €75 (about $85 USD) for a week.

Taxi

If you call for a taxi, remember that the taxi meter begins from wherever that taxi travels to pick you up. Also keep in mind that extra charges can apply on Sundays and late at night. A taxi ride from the Fiumicino Airport to the Port of Civitavecchia costs about €120 (roughly $140 USD). A private transfer provided by independent outfitters such as Viator is an affordable alternative.

Public Transportation

If you can't reach a destination by foot, check out the metro. Plenty of buses run throughout the city as well, although they are a bit trickier to navigate. A standard ticket, which is valid for one metro or bus ride, costs €1.50 (about $2 USD). Integrated tickets are an especially cost-effective option for those planning on consistently using public transportation during their stay in Rome. B.I.G. tickets cost €6 (about $7 USD) and are valid for one day, while B.T.I. tickets cost about €16.50 (about $19 USD) and are valid for three days. 

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Hotels Nearby Civitavecchia and Rome

  • San Giorgia Hotel (Civitavecchia)
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  • Hotel Miramare (Civitavecchia)
  • Artemide Hotel (Rome)
  • Hotel Barocco (Rome)
  • iQ Hotel Roma (Rome)

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