Port Guide: Civitavecchia

Our cruise embarked and disembarked at Civitavecchia but due to a problem with the ship engine it meant that we arrived in to Civitavecchia a day earlier than we were meant to as a port of call to Livorno was cancelled as we wouldn’t make it back to Civitavecchia in time for disembarkation.

The port of Civitavecchia has still got some of its original features such as the Roman Dock as well as the 16th century Michelangelo Fort.

Due to the change of plan we decided we would explore the port of Civitavecchia which is used as a gateway to Rome, we decided against going to Rome as we would spending the day there once we had disembarked the ship. From the ship you are able to get a shuttle bus which will take you to the port gate where you are able to take a short walk to the centre where you will find some shops. Along our walk to the centre we found Civitavecchia Cathedral which is devoted to Saint Francis of Assisi and is the main church of the city.

As a port there is not much to do so I would recommend going to Rome if you are there as a port of call. Shore excursions are available onboard ships to Rome or you are able to get a train from Civitavecchia to Rome. By car/coach it is approximately an hour depending on traffic to Rome. I would recommend booking a shore excursion for Rome instead of doing it alone.

If Civitavecchia is a port you have been to before and you went to Rome but don’t want to go back again then it is a nice walk around area for a short space of time instead of being stuck on the ship.


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