Why visit Civitavecchia port of Rome

Why visit Civitavecchia Port of Rome

Port of Civitavecchia: and ancient ruins

Starting from the Cruise Port of Rome.

Arriving in Civitavecchia with a cruise ship, or with a flight from the nearby Rome airport,  have you wondered what there is to see in this place?
You must know that Civitavecchia is a very ancient city that has lived since before the Roman Empire 2000 years ago.

And there are many very beautiful and interesting things to visit.  

We at Rome Transfer Services also recommend you visit beautiful Florence if you have a few extra days.

The famous Hyperemperor Trajan saw its importance and built the Port of Rome.

And in the following centuries some Popes also visited us several times. In short, from a simple fishing village, today Civitavecchia and its port have become very important points for the local and Italian economy. For its merchant traffic in the Mediterranean Sea as well as for tourism.

The new port of Rome.

In 2022 this large port hosted the largest cruise ships in the world. Like the marvel of the Royal seas of the Caribbean, The Odyssey of the Seas, Queen Mary 2, AIDAnova by AIDA Cruises, Carnival Group, Costa Smeralda and many other cruises.

Because from this port, in addition to cruise ships, with more than 2.5 million passengers every year.

Ferries also leave for one of the most beautiful islands in Italy, Sardinia. Many tourists from all over Europe spend their beach holidays on the white beaches.

The port is within the city and therefore the historic center can also be reached on foot. And enjoy your visit by walking.

1- Leaving the cruise terminal you will immediately see a modern statue, called “the sailor’s kiss”. Which represents the port but also in memory of the end of the 2nd World War.

Fort Michelangelo


2- Not far away is the imposing Forte Michelangelo, perhaps the true symbol of the city.
It’s a nice place to take a walk and take a souvenir photo. Continuing you will see in front of you the ancient walls of the ancient port. With in the center the beautiful fountain by Vanvitelli, built by the Pope.

3- Leaving the port through one of the ancient gates, you immediately arrive in the centre, in the modern city with its numerous shops, bars and restaurants.

A few steps away is the beautiful Cathedral dedicated to San Francesco d’Assisi.

4- The Market: a short distance from the cathedral begins the large market of fresh and genuine products,

where the locals buy fruit and vegetables and also fresh fish, with its characteristic covered fish market.

I recommend you to visit all this quaint market. I’ll tell you how Italians prepare to cook their typical dishes.

Since Civitavecchia is a seaside city:

and having a seafaring tradition, there are many fish restaurants.

You can find them everywhere in the historic center and obviously along the ancient port walls.

5 – The Marina: leaving the port to the south, behind Forte Michelangelo, there is a beautiful and relaxing walk along the sea. With trees and palms, called the Marina. At the end of this overview is a place called Pyrgos.

It is a pedestrian street overlooking the sea, full of restaurants, bars and pizzerias. It is very popular with local young people especially in the evening. While at lunch there are cruise passengers, eating a nice plate of fish with a sea view or even a pizza.

6- The Baths, if you have a car to move from the centre, you can reach and admire other very interesting places. The most particular are: The Terme Taurine, or Terme di Traiano, locally also called “Ficoncella”, which are located just 10 minutes by car from the centre.

Here it is possible to bathe in the warm sulphurous waters at 38 degrees, as did the Emperor Trajan about 2000 years ago. Or visit the ruins of his ancient villa.

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7- The Castle of Santa Severa, a real jewel just 20 minutes by car from the port. Which I recommend you visit: Links below for this article.
In conclusion, I can say that there are many beautiful things to see. So if you want to spend a pleasant relaxing day among traditions, antiquities and good Italian food, this is a great opportunity. You can test the local life and have a pleasant day.

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History of Civitavecchia City:

Civitavecchia is an Italian city located in the province of Rome, about 80 km from the capital. The city is famous for its large cruise port, which hosts cruise ships from all over the world.

The history of Civitavecchia dates back to Roman times, when the city was known as Centumcellae. During the Roman Empire, the city was an important military and commercial port. In the Middle Ages Civitavecchia was under the control of the popes and in the 19th century it became an important tourist centre.

Today Civitavecchia is one of the main tourist destinations in Lazio. The cruise port is one of the main attractions of the city and hosts cruise ships from all over the world. The city also offers numerous cultural attractions and annual events such as the Festa della Madonna del Mare and the Festa di San Francesco di Paola.

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Civitavecchia also offers numerous opportunities for shopping and nightlife lovers. There are numerous shops, bars and restaurants offering local products and Italian gastronomic specialities. Furthermore, the city also has some interesting museums such as the National Archaeological Museum of Civitavecchia and the Naval History Museum of Civitavecchia.

Civitavecchia is also an excellent starting point for visiting the other beauties of Lazio such as Rome, Ostia Antica, Tarquinia and Viterbo. There are also some spectacular beaches in the area such as Santa Marinella beach and Santa Severa beach, perfect for spending a day at the beach with family or friends.

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