Civitavecchia (tours to Rome), Italy cruises

An Italian jewel on a Mediterranean cruise, Rome (tours from Civitavecchia) offers up some of the most spectacular experiences imaginable. Explore legends throughout the ages, including the Vatican and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Catacombs.

Begin your unforgettable trip to Rome by first disembarking in the stunning port city of Civitavecchia, a classic Mediterranean destination in its own right. Located on the western shores of Italy’s beautiful Lazio Region, Civitavecchia is the gateway into ancient history, remarkable scenery, delectable culinary treats, and memories you will treasure forever.

Rome port guide.

If the unmistakable city of Rome has been on your Mediterranean must-visit list, you would be forgiven for potentially being unfamiliar with the port town that holds the key to your Rome experience - Civitavecchia. 

Part of the Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, the name ‘Civitavecchia’ translates to “ancient town” - a title it has earned over its rich history, dating back to before the Middle Ages.

Disembark into a land full of legends known the world over. Located within an hour of the Eternal City of Rome itself, the port of Civitavecchia plays host to stunningly beautiful architecture, including the imposing fifteenth century Fort Michelangelo.

Here’s our guide on everything you need to know about exploring the intriguing port city of Civitavecchia and the wonders of Rome.

Top landmarks and sights in Rome.

As your ship gently cruises into port, you’ll be welcomed by a local architectural wonder. Towering dramatically within the confines of the harbor is Civitavecchia’s Fort Michelangelo – commissioned by Pope Julius II to defend the port from pirate attacks in the fifteenth century.

Today, the fort acts as headquarters of the Port Captaincy, but you can still traverse its ancient walls, taking in postcard-perfect views of the Lazio coastline and its rippling blue waters.

Rome itself holds wonders unlike those on offer anywhere else in the world. Allow yourself to be transported back to a time of powerful Emperors and magnificent sculptors as you walk in the footsteps of thousands of years of Roman history.

Behold the gigantic stadium of the gladiators in the Colosseum – a ginormous oval amphitheater used to house all manner of celebrations, events, and of course, the iconic gladiator games of ages gone by.

Close by stands the impressive Roman Forum; one of the most important social and political hotspots of the ancient city of Rome. The Forum contains a plethora of Roman ruins including shops, homes, and temples. It’s an ideal place to immerse yourself in the culture of Rome, picturing how those who came before lived, traded, and celebrated with one another.

Other unmissable sights include the ornate Trevi Fountain, the breathtaking domed Pantheon, and the intricate marble work of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

Things to do in Rome.

Whether you choose to travel into Rome as soon as you disembark, or to take in the beautiful sights and hospitality that Civitavecchia has to offer, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to things to keep you entertained.

The Taurine Baths of Civitavecchia, an unmissable archaeological site in the north of the city, also known as the Baths of Trajan, are a perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon. Take a stroll around the remarkable remains of the baths, decorated with intricate friezes and mosaic designs.

Alternatively, treat yourself to a dip in the therapeutic waters of the nearby Ficoncella Thermal Baths – fed from the same turquoise blue waters that Emperor Trajan once bathed in centuries ago.

Civitavecchia also offers several museums and churches to visit, which can be combined with a slow stroll along the marina.

Roughly an hour away from Civitavecchia lies the enchanting city of Rome. Once home to some of the most powerful Emperors in history, and with thousands of years of culture ingrained in its walls, Rome is an unmissable experience on many Cunard Mediterranean cruises.

Take a trip to the tip of Palatine Hill, one of the oldest areas of Rome, said to be the location where the legendary Romulus and Remus were first found. Amongst the ruins, you’ll find several ancient structures that still stand to this day, including the Flavian Palace and the Temple of Cybele.

From 131 feet above the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill provides stunning views of the city below.  You’ll also find no shortage of museums filled with thousands of pieces of artwork, sculptures, and other historical treasures, including Centrale Montemartini and Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna.

Rome also offers an opportunity to experience one of the most important religious sites in the world – Vatican City. An independent state, and the smallest country in the world, Vatican City is home to many historical sites of intrigue and beauty, including St Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel.

Eating and drinking near Civitavecchia cruise port and Rome.

In both Civitavecchia and the city of Rome, there are plenty of culinary delights on offer. Savor a traditional cappuccino from the many family-run cafes you’ll encounter whilst exploring the city’s winding streets, or at the edge of a picturesque piazza.

You’ll also find no shortage of restaurants serving authentic Italian specialties, including traditional pizzas and pasta, as well as delicious fresh seafood. There are also an array of daily markets and street vendors to experience. Grab a gelato as you sightsee, or sample a delicious Aperol Spritz before returning to your ship to watch the sunset.

Shopping in Rome.

Rome offers shopping experiences to suit every taste and every budget. From high-end boutiques along the Via del Corso, to handcrafted goods from family-run retailers, ideal for picking up the perfect souvenir.

Getting around, Rome transport.

The center of Civitavecchia is a short walk away from the main cruise terminal, with the main train station also within walking distance. Shuttle buses are available for those whose ship may dock a little further away from the port entrance. Trains depart the main terminal regularly, with direct lines to Rome and other surrounding areas. Local buses and taxis are also available.

Public transport in Rome is plentiful and fairly easy to navigate; choose from the public metro service, local buses, trains and trams, or hail a taxi to get to your favorite sightseeing spots with ease.

Rome port facilities.

The port of Civitavecchia offers a free shuttle transfer service from Largo della Pace, the port’s cruise line hub, that will transport you to your terminal or departure quay.

The port also offers luggage storage, multiple passenger information points, and ATM facilities.

Rome quick tips.


As with many Mediterranean countries, the accepted currency in Italy is the Euro. There are a number of ATMs and currency exchanges available in both Civitavecchia and Rome, should you wish to make a cash withdrawal. A small amount of cash can sometimes prove useful in smaller shops, bars, and eateries.

Most restaurants automatically include a service charge in the bill, so tipping is not expected, but a small tip of a few euros is always welcome for exceptional service.


The Lazio region has a typical Mediterranean climate, with temperatures in late spring sitting at around 66-75°F, and mid-summer temperatures reaching over 88°F, before dipping back down to a more comfortable 72-77°F in early autumn.

Early April is a popular time to visit and take part in the fervent Easter festivals and celebrations. Summer plays host to Estate Romania – a big summer festival stretching from June to September, and can be a very busy period for tourists.