Mediterranean Port Civitavecchia Rome

1 Introducing Civitavecchia, The Port of Rome

Hundreds of cruise liners dock each year at the Port of Civitavecchia, which is located about 40 miles north-west of Rome. Cruise companies represented include Costa, Azamara, Princess, and Celebrity. An efficient train service links the port to Rome's center, the time for the trip is a little over 70 minutes.

The Roman Emperor Trajan founded the Port of Civitavecchia in the part of the second century, calling it Centumcellae. Today, ruins of the original Port, which lie inside the modern port, can still be seen. At the end of the fifteenth century, the Port of Civitavecchia was subject to pilaging by mercenaries. Pope Julius II commissioned the construction of a fort to guard the harbor. The works were completed by Michelangelo in 1537. In the 19th century Civitavecchia was connected to Rome by a railway. World War II saw the destruction of large parts of the Port. Post-war reconstruction extended the Harbor beyond its pre-war size.

Today Civitavecchia caters for over 2000 cruise ship and ferry movements a year, for nearly 2 million passengers, making it the third busiest Mediterranean port (after Barcelona and Venice).


2 The Port of Civitavecchia

The Port of Civitavecchia contains over 20 piers. Much of the harbor is occupied by container and ferry ships. Cruise ships berth at piers on the inside of the main sea wall. The berths for cruise ships are 11 - Traianea, and 12/12B/13A/13B (Antemurale Colombo). Sometimes 25 (Commerciale) across the harbor is also utilised.
There are currently three cruise terminals, named the Bramante on pier 12, and non-permanent terminals at quays 11 and 25. Cruise itineraries departing from the port concentrate on the East Mediterranean - Greece, the Greek Islands and Istanbul, or the Western Mediterranean - Spain, France and the Balearics. For a complete listing see cruises from Civitavecchia Italy.


3 Out and About in Civitavecchia

Being the Port for Rome, the City of Civitavecchia is the access port to one of the most beautiful and interesting destinations on the globe. Yet Civitavecchia has one or two interesting sights well worth a visit, if you have time to spare at the beginning or end of your cruise. Wander through the town center, with a map, and you will spot ruins of the old city walls, Benedict XIV's fountain, ancient buildings like the old hospital, pretty piazzas and the everyday humdrum of Italian life. Thus combining a town stroll with a beach visit and you have the makings of a very enjoyable day. Specific sights of interest in Civitavecchia include:

Forte Michelangelo
The 16th Century fort called Forte Michelangelo towers over the harbor. It was started by Pope Julius II and completed in 1535 by Giulano Leno. The central tower was designed by Michelangelo. Built on the remains of Roman barracks, the fort is protected by walls over 6 metres thick.

Cathedral of San Francesco d'Assisi
Franciscan monks constructed the 18th Century Cathedral of San Francesco d’Assisi on the remains of 17th Century church. The Neoclassical-Baroque decoration of the building is very attractive. Pope Gregory IX laid the foundation stone in 1228, and the cathedral was completed in 1253. The cathedral contains intricate frescos and stained glass windows.

La Scaglia tombs
The La Scaglia Necropolis dates from the 6th and 5th Centuries BC. View these extensive underground tombs The cool air will chill your bones.

Civitavecchia Beach
After the chill of the tombs, why not chill out at the beach? Steps from the waterfront pavement, just across from the train station, descend to a golden sandy beach. The water is very clear and great for swimming.

4 Travelling to the Civitavecchia Cruise Terminals
From Leonardo da Vinci Airport
A taxi ride from the airport to the Civitavecchia Port costs around €150 each way. Taxis are available just outside the arrivals terminal. Try to use authorized cabs (white vehicles showing a taximeter).
Take the train from the Leonardo da Vinci Airport to the Rome Termini station. The journey takes around 35 minutes. Make sure you validate/punch your ticket before boarding your train.

Travelling From Rome center to Civitavecchia Port
The train to the Port of Civitavecchia runs from Rome's Termini Station, situated in the center of Rome. It's a half-hour service and costs around 12 euros per person. The trip takes between 70 and 80 minutes. The Port is a ten minute walk from Civitavecchia train station. Make a right as you leave the train station, and walk along the seafront road. The way is well signed. On reaching the entrance to the port, by the Michelangelo fort, you will find a bus stop. Here coaches run to the actual cruise piers. There's also an information kiosk to help you.

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Language Italian
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