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Civitavecchia Cruise and Ferry Port

How to reach your cruise ship in the Port of Rome.

From: Civitavecchia (Port of Rome)

The Port of Civitavecchia is what cruise lines mean when they show "Rome" on a cruise itinerary. The deepwater port, which was founded by the Roman Emperor Trajan more than a thousand years ago, is 80 km or 50 miles from the capital. Civitavecchia welcomes more than 500 cruises a year, and half a dozen ferry lines carry passengers, cars, and freight to Sardinia, Sicily, and other points in the Mediterranean.

Ferry leaving Civitavecchia

ABOVE: A car ferry sails into the Tyrrhenian Sea from the Porto di Civitavecchia.

Port of Civitavecchia with Il LazzarettoOur accompanying Civitavecchia City Guide has information on hotels, sightseeing, museums, transportation, and other topics. For more articles about Civitavecchia, see the navigation menu at the bottom of this page or our Civitavecchia index.

What you need to know about the port:

  • Civitavecchia shuttle bus signFree shuttle buses connect the cruise-ship and ferry berths with the main or south port entrance by the Forte Michelangelo. See  page 2 of this article for information on the two types of shuttle buses.

  • Civitavecchia railroad stationThe port's main gate is within walking distance of the Civitavecchia railroad station, which has frequent trains to Rome and from Rome. (The station is just a few hundred meters along the waterfront from the port, or 10 to 15 minutes away on mostly level sidewalks.)

  • Civitavecchia tourist information kioskYou'll also find a tourist-information booth at the port entrance, where you can pick up a free city map or book a tour to Rome if you're in town for the day and haven't bought a shore excursion from your cruise line.

  •  Airport transportation: There is no direct train service between Civitavecchia and Rome's two airports. If you aren't in a hurry, you can connect through Rome. See our Fiumicino Airport - Civitavecchia and Ciampino Airport - Civitavecchia articles.

  • If your mobility is limited, or if you're cruising with heavy luggage, you may want to consider buying a coach transfer from your cruise line or booking a private car transfer between the port and the airport or your hotel in central Rome. (The trip may take an hour or longer, depending on traffic.) 

  • Port of Civitavecchia road signIf you're departing from Civitavecchia by car ferry, you can enter the port by either the north or south entrance, depending on whether you're arriving via the SS1 or the A12. Once you're inside the port, follow the electronic destination signboards, road signs, or ferry-company signs to your ship's berth. (Your ferry line's Web site will also have port information.)

  • For an overview of the port, zoom in on Google's satellite photo map. The cruise-ship berths are just inside the breakwater on the photo. Move the zoom slider one notch higher on the vertical control bar, and you'll see a square fortress in the lower right corner of the picture. The port's south entrance and shuttle-bus stop are on the right side of the fortress, where you can see a road leading into the harbor area.

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Next page: Shuttle Buses


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