Civitavecchia is a port city that developed from an Etruscan settlement and then became a commercial hub due to its harbour on the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and its proximity to the Italian capital.
If you're approaching it on your ship and want to know how to make the most of your cruise stop, you can't miss the most interesting tours that lead you to enjoy the best things to do in Rome.
1. Tour of Rome from Civitavecchia port
Once your ship docks in the port of Civitavecchia, have you thought about what you want to see in Rome? I propose you a tour of Rome from the port and with this tour you will see the main monuments and attractions of Rome forgetting to look for transfers separately.
With this tour for a maximum of 8 people and a duration of 7 hours, you will travel through the streets of the city in an air-conditioned minivan, without missing any detail thanks to the audio guide in English.
Pick-up from the port is usually early in the morning, so that you have time to see the main monuments during the stop time of your cruise in Rome. Key sites such as Piazza Venezia, the Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica are some of the best sights you'll see first-hand and in comfort in the city.
But your cruise ship is waiting for you to continue your journey. That's why, once you've visited Rome, if you book this city tour, the same driver will take you back to the port, where you'll be able to embark without getting tired from walking around the city.
- Price: From 87 €
- Duration: About 7 hours
- Means of transport: Minivan
- Advantages of this option: It is a cheaper tour (maximum 8 people), with the convenience of having the transfers included and you won't miss any of Rome's main monuments
- Disadvantages of this option: As it is shared, you may lose some time while picking up other travellers.
2. Private Tour of Rome from Civitavecchia
If you are travelling in a group and want to make the most of your cruise stop but with the exclusivity of a private tour, then I recommend this tour of Rome from the port of Civitavecchia.
The Roman Forum, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps... With this 9-hour private tour you won't miss any of the best monuments in Rome. And what's more, the guide who accompanies you during the tour will tell you every historical detail of the Roman emblems.
If you have just enough time to see the most touristic sites of the "Eternal City", don't worry, with this tour you can customize the tour according to the time you have and the places that interest you and your group the most.
Once the tour is over, the driver will take you and your group back to the port of Civitavecchia so you can board your cruise ship and continue to your next destination. All this with the comfort of having previously agreed times and without fear of missing your boat due to possible delays of other travellers.
Details of interest
- Price: From 213 €
- Duration: Between 8 and 9 hours
- Means of transport: Minivan
- Advantages of this option: The pick-up and drop-off times at the port are customisable, as the tour is contracted exclusively for you and your group of friends or family.
- Disadvantages of this option: The cost is somewhat higher when booked privately.
How to book a tour of Rome from the harbour
Once you have decided which of the tours I suggest you are most interested in, I will tell you how you can book them, to make the most of your trip to Rome.
On the Hellotickets website you will find the best options to get to know Rome. Once you have found the tour you want, click on Book and choose the date and the number of people who will participate in the tour.
Then, in the case of the private tour, you will have to indicate the time you want to be picked up at the port of Civitavecchia. Your booking will be automatically confirmed in your email. If any unforeseen circumstances arise, remember that you can cancel your booking free of charge and you will not be charged.
This tour is also wheelchair accessible and has baby seats.
On the other hand, the tour, which is booked on a shared basis with a maximum of 8 people, must have a minimum quota of travellers to be able to take place, so if it is not full, you will have to change the tour to another date or you will be refunded. Remember that this tour also has an audio guide and transfers to the port included in the price.
Other ways to get to Rome from Civitavecchia Port
The ship or cruise ship will dock in Civitavecchia, and depending on the itinerary of the cruise line you will have more or less time to head out to enjoy Rome.
It is therefore essential to prepare your visit to the eternal city in advance, taking into account the length of the stopover, the transfer time between Civitavecchia and Rome, and the budget you have available to get to know it.
In addition to these recommended tours, there is also a free shuttle service available to all passengers, connecting the ships' mooring points to the port entrance. From there you are on your own to get to Rome by the means of your choice.
To get to Rome you can:
The cheapest and most popular option is the train. Civitavecchia station is about a 15-minute walk from the port entrance. If you don't want to walk because you have a lot of luggage or are travelling with small children, you can take a bus between the port and the station. The fare is about €2 per person.
From there you can take the train from Civitavecchia to Roma Termini.
Here are the two options available:
- The FrecciaBianca train: a fast and direct train to Rome for an approximate cost of €16 each way and a duration of 47 min.
- The Regionale train: this train is slower and makes many stops, especially in Rome (Roma S. Pietro which is in the Vatican) but its cost is much lower in relation to the high speed train, about a quarter of the value (journey time: 1h - 1h30). It is also possible to go from Civitavecchia to Rome by taxi. This alternative is the most comfortable but also the most expensive. Taxis are available directly at the pier without having to go to the city centre.
The service can cost around 150€ for 4 people one way between the port of Civitavecchia and the Colosseum square in Rome. Travel time will be 1h15 depending on traffic conditions.
If you have to return to Civitavecchia you can either combine with the train or take another taxi for similar values.
To Rome... by excursion or on your own?
Regardless of the tastes of each tourist and the expectations of the trip, there are certain places that are world historical landmarks that you should not miss if it is your first time in the city.
If, on the other hand, you are already familiar with the Italian capital, you may want to opt for a more alternative type of tourism and explore areas that are less frequented by tourists.
Rome has so much to see that it's hard to encapsulate it all in one day, but here I've tried to give you the best options to make your stay amazing.
In short, if you find yourself in Civitavecchia and you want to make the most of Rome's charms you have plenty to choose from, from guided tours of the best historical monuments to beautiful walks through the fountains and streets of the city.