Port Civitavecchia (also serving as cruise port to Rome) is located just 61 km (38 ml) train distance (1 hour travel time) from Rome City (Italy's capital and largest city) and approx 1 hour drive distance from Rome's Fiumicino Airport. As shipping traffic, Port Civitavecchia handles over 2000 ferries and cruise liner calls and nearly 2 million passengers annually, ranking it Europe's 3rd busiest and Mediterranean's largest seaport.
- The name Civitavecchia is translated to "ancient town". The port city covers a total area of approx 71,95 km2 (27,78 ml2) and has a population of around 53,000 inhabitants (2015 census).
- The huge Forte Michelangelo was commissioned for the first time from Donato Bramante by Pope Julius II, in order to defend the port of Rome. However, the upper part of the "maschio" tower was designed by Michelangelo, and his name is generally applied to this fortress.
- At Ficoncella, north of the city, are located the Terme Taurine baths that are frequented by Romans and are still well known by the Civitavecchiesi. The contemporary name stems from the fig plants among the pools. Also next to the town is the site of the cruise ship docks.
- Civitavecchia-Rome port has a total of 8 cruise ship terminals, with 15 berths (quays), 5 parking lots, over 3200 m / 9850 ft in piers. Civitavecchia Cruise Terminal ("Terminal Venezia Passeggeri" in Italian) is the world's 13th busiest cruise port. Ships arrive in Civitavecchia-Rome from Adriatic Sea via Guidecca Canal. Civitavecchia-Rome is a major turn-around port and among the most popular ports of call in Mediterranean, and Europe.
Find information about Civitavecchia/Rome cruise port terminal – address, location and map, parking information and fees.
Cruise itineraries to and from Civitavecchia-Rome
The list of destinations visited by cruise ships departing from Civitavecchia-Rome Italy includes:
- Itineraries on cruises out of Civitavecchia port usually include the Adriatic Sea, Ionian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. The most visited ports of call are in Croatia (mainly Dubrovnik, Korcula Island, Split), Montenegro (Kotor), Slovenia (Koper), Albania (Durres), also ports in Greece-Greek Islands, Italy (and on Sicily Island), Malta (Valletta), Turkey.
- Holy Land cruises visit ports in Israel (Ashdod, Haifa), Greece, Egypt (Alexandria, Port Said) and also Turkey (Istanbul).
- The most commonly operated are 7-day Mediterranean cruises with one-way itineraries from Rome to Barcelona (Western Med), to Piraeus-Athens and to Istanbul (Eastern Med).
- Many itineraries to Barcelona include stops at French Riviera (Cote d'Azur) ports - Antibes, Bandol, Cannes, Cassis, Marseille, Sanary-sur-Mer, St Raphael, St Tropez, Toulon, Villefranche-sur-Mer (Nice), Monte Carlo (Monaco).
- Also one-ways are the "around Italy" itineraries leaving from Rome and ending in Genoa or (round-trip) Rome. However, there are also round-trips around Italy leaving from Rome (between 14-17-days long depending on itinerary/ports of call).
- Most round-trips from Civitavecchia offer 7-8-day long Adriatic Sea itineraries (visiting Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Albania, Greece), and often the Italy's Bari, Ravenna or Ancona on the way back.
- Short-break (Mini Cruises) round-trip from Rome are 3-4-days long and visit up to 3 Adriatic Sea ports.
- Repositioning - westbound Transatlantic crossings from Rome to Florida (Fort Lauderdale, Miami), Caribbean (Barbados, Cuba) or South America (Santos/Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires) are in late Fall.
- Repositioning - Suez Canal transition to ports in Asia and even to South Africa is offered on eastbound ship relocation routes leaving from Europe. Rarely, World Cruises out of Southampton may offer as segments one-way itineraries leaving from Rome to Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, even to ports in Australia (Brisbane, Sydney).
Civitavecchia cruise terminal
Port Civitavecchia (cruise port of Rome) is located approx 80 km (50 ml) from Rome City (northwestern direction). The cruise port is offcially named "Roma Cruise Terminal". It was opened in 2007, and in the period 2007-2018 handled around 23 million cruise ship tourists.
- The port is used for ferries, cargo and cruise ships. The distance between the Civitavecchia port and Rome’s International Airports is almost 31 miles, or 50 minutes traveling time from the airport to the pier. The rate of a taxi is about 160 euros.
- The Civitavecchia Port was founded in the 2nd century by Emperor Trajan, a Roman one. He gave the name Centumcellae and still you can see Trajan’s Port remains. In the end of 15th century, pirates damaged the port. This was the reason for building a fortress to protect the Civitavecchia Port. This was done in 1537 by Michelangelo, instigated by Pope Julius II.
- To go Civitavecchia most passengers first take flight to Rome's airport (Aeroporto Internazionale Leonardo da Vinci di Fiumicino) then travel by train Civitavecchia. Travel time is between 1:30-1:45 hours. From the rail station to the cruise port is approx 1 km (0,6 ml). However, the distance is easily walkable (along the pebbled beach). At the port's entrance are available 3 car parks. Also from here passengers take the free bus shuttle. Shuttles serve both ferry and cruise ship passengers. Be careful, as different shuttles go to different terminals.
(NEW) "12 B North" Amerigo Vespucci Cruise Terminal
In November 2016, Port Civitavecchia started the construction of a new cruise terminal facility, with scheduled completion in 2018. The 10,000 m2 (107,650 ft2) modern building is able to handle around 4,500 cruise passengers and around 9,000 pieces of luggage at a time.
The EUR 20 million project includes building 2 terminals - the bigger "12 B North" and the smaller "Terminal 12". The building has a 280 m2 (3000 ft2) baggage claim area, a 410 m2 (4400 ft2) waiting area, large bus parking, taxi drop off and pick-up area. On ground floor are passenger and luggage facilities (check-in with 60 counters and around 90 LED monitors for updated information / including on current itineraries). In the Atrium are located crew room and VIP lounge.
Amerigo Vespucci Terminal (building cost around EUR 20 million) is jointly owned by Costa, MSC and Royal Caribbean.
The following YouTube video reveals more building design and infrastructure details of the new passenger terminal.
"Rome Cruise Terminal" (RCT)
- Terminal's address is "Civitavecchia, Molo Vespucci, Civitavecchia Italy 00053".
- The port is used for ferries, cargo and cruise ships. The distance between the Civitavecchia port and Rome’s International Airports is almost 50 km (30 ml), or 50 min travel time from the airport to the pier.
- The port's biggest parts serve container (cargo) ships and ferries. Cruise ships dock at piers Traianea (11), Antemurale Colombo (12,12B,13A and 13B) and Commerciale (25).
- To the cruise port go the local “Argo” buses leaving from the city center “Largo della Pace” (aka Porta di Città). From the bus stop you can reach the cruise piers (for embarkation) through the provided free shuttle service.
Civitavecchia cruise port schedule has itineraries planned through the whole year.
- UN-LOCODE (United Nations location code) - ITVCE
- supported by excellent road, rail and air infrastructure
- deep channel water and berths
- sheltered harbor area
- access unrestricted by tides
- capability to accommodate 12 vessels at a time
- The Civitavecchia-Rome cruise ship terminal provides shore-to-ship power (shore-side electricity supply) which reduces significantly the levels of emissions, noise and vibration in port. The "cold ironing" (shoreside power) is provided to ships docking in Tagliamento quay (at berths 107-108 and 109-110).
- The cruise port is accessible the whole year round – 24/7, 365 days a tear.
- Cruise ships usually arrive in Civitavecchia in early morning (at 7 or 9 am) and depart from Civitavecchia in late afternoon or in the evening (at 4, 4:30, 5 or 6 pm).
Civitavecchia tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
Civitavecchia is a great place to spend some time. As this is the port of Rome, most of the passengers rush to see the capital city with its Colosseum, Vatican City, Trevi Fountain, the Sistine Chapel and the Spanish Steps, but Civitavecchia has a lot to show too. It is among the most fascinating culturally cities in Europe. You can learn a lot about the Italian life and history. Among the interestins places are the old hospital, the fountain of Benedict XIV, the walls of the old city and quaint squares. Also you can visit:
- Forte Michelangelo: fortress dating since the 16th century. Pope Julius II commissioned it and in 1535 Giulano Leno finished it. Michelangelo designed the center tower. The walls of the fortress are thick over 6 meters and it is built on Roman barracks’ remains.
- The Cathedral of San Francesco d’Assisi: built on 17th Century church by Francesco Navona, an architect. The Cathedral of Cathedral of San Francesco d’Assisi is impressive with stained glass frescos and windows designed in Neoclassical-Baroque style.
- Civitavecchia Beach: this small beach has yellow sand (mixed with rocks) and is located opposite the railway station, just steps away from the seafront promenade.
- La Scaglia Necropolis (6th-5th centuries BC): take a look at the underground works in a chilling atmosphere.
- Civitavecchia’s Archaelogical Museum: the building was property of Pope Clemente XIII. It was made for the garrison of the pope and dates from the 18th century. There is Roman and Estrucan artifacts exhibition.
Port Civitavecchia cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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