Civitavecchia is a port city that developed from an Etruscan settlement and then became a commercial hub due to its port on the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and its proximity to the Italian capital.
If you are approaching it on your ship and want to know how to make the most of your cruise stop time, 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 the port of Civitavecchia
Once your ship docks at 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 which you will see the main monuments and attractions of Rome forgetting to look for separate transfers.
With this tour for a maximum of 8 people and a duration of 7 hours, you will travel in an air-conditioned minivan through the streets of the city, without missing any detail thanks to the audio guide in English.
The pick-up at 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 will 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 have visited Rome, if you book this city tour, the same driver will take you back to the port, where you can embark without being tired from having toured the city on foot.
Details of interest
- Price: From 87 €
- Duration: About 7 hours
- Means of transport: Minivan
- Advantages of this option: It is a more economical tour (maximum 8), with the convenience of having included transfers and in which you will not miss any of the main monuments of Rome
- Disadvantages of this option: Being shared, you can lose some time while picking up other travelers.
2. Private Tour of Rome from Civitavecchia
If you are traveling 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 private tour of about 9 hours you will not miss any of the best monuments of Rome. In addition, 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 available 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 to 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 for possible delays of other travelers.
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 customizable, since the tour is contracted exclusively for you and your group of friends or family.
- Disadvantages of this option: The amount is somewhat higher when contracted privately.
How to book a tour of Rome from the harbor
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 visit 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 must 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 event occurs, remember that you can cancel your reservation for free and you will not be charged.
This tour is also wheelchair accessible and has baby seats.
On the other hand, the tour that is booked on a shared basis with a maximum of 8 people, must have a minimum quota of travelers to be carried out, so if it is not completed you will have to change the trip for another date or you will be refunded the money. Remember that this tour also has 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 shipping company you will have more or less time to go and enjoy Rome.
It is therefore essential to prepare your visit to the eternal city in advance, taking into account the duration of the stopover, the transfer time between Civitavecchia and Rome, and the budget you have to get to know it.
In addition to these recommended tours, there is also a free shuttle service available to all passengers, which serves to connect the mooring points of the ships to the entrance of the port. From there you will be on your own to transfer to Rome by the means of your choice.
To get to Rome you can:
The most economical and most used option is the train. Civitavecchia station is about 15 minutes walk from the port entrance. If you do not want to walk because you have a lot of luggage or you are traveling 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 about 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 compared 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 taking a cab. This alternative is the most comfortable but also the most expensive. Cabs are available directly at the pier without the need to go to the city center.
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 combine with the train or take another cab with similar values.
To Rome... by excursion or on your own?
Regardless of the tastes of each tourist and the travel expectations you have, there are certain places that are world historical landmarks not to be missed if it is your first time in the city.
If, on the other hand, you already know the Italian capital, perhaps you can opt for a more alternative tourism and visit areas not so frequented by tourists.
Rome has so much to see that it is difficult to encapsulate it all in one day, but here I have tried to give you the best options to make your stay amazing.
In short, if you are in Civitavecchia and want to make the most of the charms of Rome you have a lot to choose from, from guided tours of the best historical monuments to beautiful walks through the fountains and streets of the city.