Cruise from Rome (Civitavecchia)

Apr 24 2014

Civitavecchia is the main sea port of Rome and is only 80km west-north-west of the city. As you can imagine then, it’s a bustling port which services ferry, cargo and cruise ships from all over the Mediterranean. On your cruise to or from Rome, your port of call will be Civitavecchia – also known as the ancient city. If you’ve visited Rome already, there is plenty to do in the area surrounding Civitavecchia. If not, the transport to and from the city of Rome has been structured to accommodate day visitors, and allows them the opportunity to explore Rome for a full day and still make it back to the ship in time that evening.

When you arrive in Civitavecchia, keep a look out for the impressive Forte Michaelangelo, although it won’t be easy to miss. Built in the 16th century, it was partially designed by Michaelangelo, hence the name of the fort. If you have time, take a wonder around the Forte, as it is an iconic land mark in this part of the world.

Cruising to and from Civitavecchia is the perfect opportunity to see the beautiful city of Rome. From the port town, you are able to travel by train, car or bus to Rome. You’ll have the chance to enjoy a full day of Italian discovery and Roman wonder. Keep in mind the trains will be very busy during rush hour. Speak to your Cruiseabout consultant for details about travelling to and from Rome on your stop-over.

If you’ve been lucky enough to explore Rome already, and would prefer to discover the surrounding sights, then you’ll be in for a real treat. Visit the Santa Savera Castle which is just past the town of Santa Marinella, south of Civitavecchia and is right on the Mediterranean shoreline. It was built around the 14th century and is fast becoming one of the most important historical sights on this part of Italy’s coastline. This is due to the fact that the castle stands on the ancient site of the city Pyrgi.

Tuscania is located just south of Tuscany and is easily accessible from Civitavecchia. It’s a fabulous part of Italy with beautiful churches, streets to explore and more delicious Italian food than you can manage. The town of Tuscania is drenched in history, and over time, has resisted certain historical influences and changes to hold onto some of its true heritage.

Lake Bracciano will take your breath away. With Odescalchi Castle which dates back to medieval times, beautiful natural scenery and guided English tours, you’re sure to experience and fall in love with this inspirational part of Italy. Explore the museum and take in the sights of Bracciano Lake, which is just a short trip from Civitavecchia.

Cruising from Civitavecchia offers so many wonderful opportunities to discover the essence of Italy. From Rome to Tuscania, the Santa Severa castle and everything else in between, this port of call is the perfect addition to your Mediterranean cruise.