How to discover Civitavecchia

When docking in Civitavecchia, the port of Rome


If you happen to sail on a Mediterranean cruise and Italy is also on your schedule, chance may be that you will be docking in Civitavecchia, a shore town located some fifty miles North of Rome and one of Italy’s busiest cruise ports for annual number of passengers. If that’s your case, you may want to give a look to Civitavecchia, A Cruiser’s Guide (, a website created by locals with the precise aim of providing fair touristic information about Civitavecchia to incoming tourists: whether you will be staying in Civitavecchia for a couple of days or just for few hours, this unconventional tourist resource can really save your day, and maybe help you save some money, too. Javier, an expat who is also part of the project, told us that:


A Cruiser’s Guide was born out of the feeling that this town, despite offering its infrastructures to the cruise companies, was getting very little, except for pollution, out of this huge passenger flow. At the same time we realised that most passengers buy outrageously overpriced services aboard for which they could pay far less in town. The rest rolled out quite automatically: we started putting on line some tips on where to buy train and bus tickets at normal prices and what else is there to see in the surroundings (everybody arriving to Italy for the first time strives for reaching Rome but the countryside, too, offers remarkable surprises in this area and a heritage older than Rome itself), and soon we started receiving tons of emails from lost travellers who just couldn’t get any reliable information on transportation, timetables etc. We try to answer to everybody  and of course we are doing it for free, but this summer we would like to start some guided tours as well and seek some advertising support from local businesses. Wish us good luck !
Well what else could we add?  If you pass by Civitavecchia and seek some direction, you now know whom to ask.   

Civitavecchia cruises and travel information

Civitavecchia overlooks one nice bay in the centre of the Tyrrhenian coast, and if your cruise will touch Italy your ship will be very likely to dock in this shore town, also known as the port of Rome for being located only fifty miles north of the Italian capital city.  Civitavecchia is also located in the heart of the ancient Etruscan territory, a civilisation dwelling in Italy before the Romans and who that contributed to the very foundation of Rome, and indeed the Tyrrhenian sea owes its name to the mythical chief of the Etruscans, Tyrrhenus, who would have drowned in front of Italy western coast leading to Italy half of his king father’s people, the Lydians, in order to found a new colony.

Civitavecchia looks today still somehow unprepared to the huge tourist flow that has been constantly increasing in the last ten years, and eventually made its cruise port one of the largest in Mediterranean. However things have been improving much in terms of service quality and hospitality and, on the other hand,  incoming travellers still have the chance to experience the true, genuine and kind of lazy atmosphere of an authentic Italian fisher town, despite the almost three million passengers getting off each year on the docks of Civitavecchia. Once there we definitely advise you to go and find yourself a local seafood restaurant, as local recipes are indeed very appreciated and many are willing to travel from out of town to Civitavecchia just for testing its traditional seafood dishes.

The town, besides being one and a half hour from Rome (by train) is also a conveniently located gateway to many other mind-blowing and fairytale-like places, all reachable within the day with some advance planning (as for instance the Tarot Garden in Capalbio; the park of stone monsters in Bomarzo; the mysterious Civita di Bagnoreggio or again all the Etruscan archaeological sites). Civitavecchia also offers very enjoyable landmarks, starting with its downtown clean and well-equipped sand beaches, a very interesting archaeological museum and a charming, old-fashioned hot sulphur thermal station: La Ficoncella. And you are not able to find the piece of information you need – which by itself is pretty common travelling across Italy – or if you want to read some tips and get local advice on the actual prices of transportation tickets (bus, train, ferry etc.), guided tours to Rome and the like –you probably know already that everything you purchase aboard usually cost times its fair price- we strongly recommend to visit a local website called Civitavecchia, a cruiser’s guide, ( and send them a message in case you don’t find on the website what you were looking for. We did it and they were very helpful, plus we do support their approach in helping travellers not to get scammed. So, if you need some honest tips by locals on any Civitavecchia-Rome tourist info, you now know where to look.

A Cruisers’ Guide provides tourist information for anybody decking in Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy, and aims to help cruisers save time and money avoiding scammers. On this community-managed site you can find the piece of info you need about affordable private transfers to Rome, Tarquinia and Southern Etruria; how to buy return train tickets to Rome for as little as EUR 10 and so on. Civitavecchia, a cruisers’ guide also offers a nice selection of very adffordable wine and food walking tours of the city as well as tours of Civitavecchia surroundings, including trips to the thermal baths etc.

A Cruisers’ Guide provides tourist information about Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy, helping cruisers not to get scammed. If you want to find out the cheap way to reach Rome or Tarquinia the Italian way without getting robbed by crooked tourist operators, a Cruiser’ s Guide is your destination. Also if you don’t want to reach Rome and prefer some relaxing wine and food tour or a trip to any local attraction around Civitavecchia, we strongly advice you to give a look at