Port of Civitavecchia for Rome, Italy

When in Rome, visitors cannot help but do as the Romans do. They find themselves in the world’s biggest open air museum with the history of human civilization on permanent display. Rome is undeniably the art and historic capital of the world reaching back over two millennia, much of which can still be seen today. Modern and old, past and present go side by side in this bustling city. There’s a lot to do, a lot to see. Rome is one of world's most photogenic cities, not surprising when you list the attractions – the Colosseum, The Vatican, the Trevi Fountain, St. Peter's Square, the Spanish Steps, The Pantheon, the Roman Forum.

 Cruise Terminals in Civitavecchia, Italy

Located 40 miles northwest of Rome, the Port of Civitavecchia is the port that services the capital city of Italy.

Founded in 108 AD by Emperor Trajan to provide a safe sea haven for Rome, the port of Civitavecchia has continued to flourish and now handles over two thousand ferries and cruise ships and nearly 2 million passengers every year, making it the third busiest port in the Mediterranean sea.

Cruise ships mainly dock at piers on the inside the outer wall of the Port of Civitavecchia.  The quays for cruise ships are 11 and 25 ( Traianea and Commerciale) where there are non-permanent terminal facilities; 12/12B/13A/13B - Antemurale Colombo serviced by the Bramante cruise terminal. 

The port's main gate (where tourist information is available) is within walking distance of the Civitavecchia railroad station, which has frequent trains to Rome and which take just over an hour.

There is no direct train service between Civitavecchia and Rome's two airports, so unless you are happy to make the connections in Rome it may be wisest to take advantage of the transfer arrangements offered by the cruise line. Be aware also that the airports are about 45 minutes away from Civitavecchia and can be expensive because of that.

 Cruise Lines using the Civitavecchia Cruise Terminals as an Embarkation / Disembarking Port

A number of major cruise lines operating in Europe use Civitavecchia for their Rome destination. These include Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cruise West, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, MSC Cruises, NCL, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea Cruises, and Windstar Cruises

 Must See Attractions in Rome, Italy

The cruise ship gate to Rome is the port of Civitavecchia which is within easy reach of the Eternal City. There are several trains every hour from Civitavecchia to Rome’s central station Roma Termini and to Trastevere station. The faster trains will get you there in under an hour. The A12 limited-access highway allows quick arrival at Rome and Fiumicino Airport.

Colosseum: Without question one of the most famous sights in the world, the Colosseum is an enduring symbol of ancient Rome. An entertainment centre which staged deadly combats of gladiators (usually slaves, prisoners of war or condemned criminals) and wild animals, it took 10 years to build. Located just east of the Roman Forum its 80 arched entrances allowed easy access to some 55,000 spectators. Just outside the Colosseum is the Arch of Constantin.

Saint Peter’s Basilica: The world’s largest Basilica of Christianity, located in the heart of the Vatican City, lies above the reputed site of St.Peter’s tomb. Originally founded by Constantine in 324, St. Peter's Basilica was rebuilt in the 16th century by Renaissance masters including Bramante, Michelangelo and Bernini. The Vatican City or “Holy See” is the world’s smallest state and incorporates St. Peter's Basilica as well as the Vatican Museums and adjacent gardens.

Pantheon: One of the best preserved and influential buildings of Imperial Rome, the stately Pantheon was originally dedicated as a temple to all the pagan gods (hence the name). The brick stamps on the side of the building confirms it was built and dedicated between A.D 118 and 125. When approaching the front of the Pantheon you can see the inscription above still reads in Latin the original dedication by Marcus Agrippa.

The Trevi Fountain: Rome’s most spectacular fountain which dominates the small Trevi square was originally part of an aqueduct in 19BC. The Trevi Fountain as we know it today was completed in 1762. It has been the star of many films shot in Rome, including romantic films such as "Three Coins in a Fountain" and "Roman Holiday", but also "La dolce vita", Federico Fellini's satirical portrait of Rome in the 1950s.

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 in Rome

The driest season in Rome is in the summer months, but this time of year is also the hottest with temperatures routinely resting in the upper 30s.

The winter months are relatively mild with average temperaures between 12 and 18ºC but there is more rain.

Most agree that the best time to visit Rome is in September and October after the heat of the summer and before the rainy weather sets in.

 in Rome

As in much of Europe, and of course throughout Italy, the Euro is the official Roman currency.

Notes include €1, €2, €5, €10, €20, €50 and not often seen €100, €200, and €500. Coins include 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, and 50c.

 of Rome

Italian is the official language of Civitavecchia and Rome.

English is spoken in the tourist areas.

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