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Civitavecchia Travel Guide

From: Civitavecchia (Port of Rome)

An introduction to Civitavecchia, a resort city that has been Rome's deepwater port for more than a millennium.

Civitavecchia is the main cruise and ferry port for Rome, Italy. The attractive resort city of 58,000 is on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, about 80 km or 50 miles northwest of Rome.

Civitavecchia waterfront

ABOVE: Anglers fish from a rocky point in Civitavecchia with the city's waterfront promenade as a backdrop.

Its harbor dates back more than a thousand years, to 101-108 A.D., when Emperor Trajan ordered the port of Centumcellae built to handle deepwater shipping for the Roman capital. During and after the Middle Ages, Civitavecchia was controlled by a series of counts and popes. Several restored medieval and Baroque structures (including the massive Forte Michelangelo and the defensive walls behind the port) are reminders of Civitavecchia's long history.

Today, Civitavecchia welcomes more than 500 cruise ships every year. It's also a major ferry port, with regular car-passenger services to Sardinia, Sicily, Corsica, Malta, Spain, and Tunisia.

In this section of Rome for Visitors, we'll offer tips on how to get to and from Civitavecchia, where to stay overnight, and how to enjoy your time in the city.

Next page: Hotels, restaurants

In this article:
Civitavecchia - Introduction
Hotels, Restaurants
Sightseeing, Museums, Excursions
Transportation, tourist information

More Civitavecchia articles:
Civitavecchia Cruise and Ferry Port
Civitavecchia Photo Gallery
Hotel de "La Ville," Civitavecchia

Transportation between Rome and Civitavecchia:
Rome to Civitavecchia by Train
Civitavecchia to Rome by Train
Fiumicino Airport <-> Civitavecchia by Train
Ciampino Airport <-> Civitavecchia by Train

Also see:
Rome for Visitors - Home
Europe for Cruisers

About the author:

Durant Imboden photo.Durant Imboden is a professional travel writer, book author, and editor who focuses on European cities and transportation.

After 4-1/2 years of covering European travel topics for, Durant and Cheryl Imboden co-founded Europe for Visitors (including Rome for Visitors) in 2001. The site has earned "Best of the Web" honors from Forbes and The Washington Post.

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