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Rome On Your Own: Bus Transfer from Civitavecchia

1. Rome On Your Own: Bus Transfer from Civitavecchia

See the sights of Rome at your own pace with a round-trip transfer from the cruise terminal at Civitavecchia, and get 8 hours to explore the "Eternal City" according to your own interests. Upon arrival in the city center you are free to visit the sites that interest you the most. Go to the Basilica of St. Peter's in the Vatican City and marvel at works of art by Michelangelo and others. Visit the Mausoleum of Hadrian at the Castel Sant' Angelo or discover the temple to all gods at the immaculately-preserved Pantheon. Follow in the footsteps of famous poets at the Spanish Steps, and marvel at the architecture of Piazza Navona, built over the Stadium of Domitian. Discover the highlights of Ancient Rome, such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain and much more. Alternatively, spend the day shopping or enjoying lunch in sought-after neighborhoods such as Trastevere. Travel by modern, air-conditioned coach and benefit from the services of an assistant who will be happy to give you tips on how to reach places as fast as possible. Upon arrival in Rome, get dropped off on Via Lungotevere Marzio "Zanardelli", on the opposite side of the bridge from where the Justice Palace, Palazzaccio, stands.

Civitavecchia Port: Shuttle Bus to/from Rome Termini Station

2. Civitavecchia Port: Shuttle Bus to/from Rome Termini Station

Pre-book the SIT shuttle bus service between Civitavecchia Port and Rome Termini railway station, and benefit from a reliable service that departs daily at 9:30 AM. Redeem your voucher at the bus stop just outside the Port. Then, hop aboard and sit back and relax. Make use of the luggage storage to keep your bags safe, and stay online with the onboard WiFi. For departure transfer, simply make your way to the bus stop at least 15 minutes in advance. You can also change your destination dropping off at the Vatican area instead of Termini Station. Wherever is more convenient for you to start your visit to Rome.

One-Way Transfer between Rome and Civitavecchia

3. One-Way Transfer between Rome and Civitavecchia

Ensure an easy and comfortable transfer from your hotel Rome to the Civitavecchia port to board your cruise ship with a private, luxury car service. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, meet your professional driver, who will be holding a sign with your name on it, at the lobby of your residence in Rome. Enjoy a comfortable ride in a spacious, luxury car, and get dropped off directly at the Civitavecchia port in front of your cruise ship. The service is also available in the reverse direction, with a direct transfer from the Civitavecchia port when you disembark your cruise ship to the lobby of your hotel in Rome, and is available as a shared or private service, depending on your preferences.

Classical Rome: Full-Day Bus Tour from Civitavecchia

4. Classical Rome: Full-Day Bus Tour from Civitavecchia

Depart from the port of Civitavecchia by bus at 9:30 AM for Rome, accompanied by a local bus assistant. When you reach the city a professional, licensed guide will be waiting for you. After just about an hour and fifteen minutes of travel, the bus will stop next to the imposing Leonine Walls. On this full-day tour, your guide will provide commentary about Rome’s historical traditions and its art, as you take in most of the important monuments. The guide will accompany you up until St. Peter’s Square as you take in the stunning views of St. Peter's Basilica and the magnificent Square, surrounded by Bernini’s famous colonnades dating from 1656. Please note that if there are long lines waiting to enter St. Peter's Basilica, the guide will tell you about the Basilica from the outside. Please refer to the Additional Information section about priority entrance to the Basilica. Meet your tour leader at a designated point for the second part of the tour. You'll be driven on the bus for a panoramic ride along the streets near the Tiber, cross it near the Tiberine Island, see the city’s other monuments, you’ll pass by the Capitoline Hill, designed by Michelangelo. During the ride, you’ll see the Marcello Theater, commissioned by Emperor Augustus. Your guide will also point out the Temple of Portuno and Temple of Hercules, 2 of the finest smallest temples in the center of Rome. At the end of this amazing panoramic ride, you will stop near the Colosseum and start the walking path with the guide at the foot of this amazing monument. You’ll come to the Circus Maximus, the largest stadium built in ancient Rome, and the site of chariot races for more than a thousand years. Then continue along the famous Via Dei Fori Imperiali leading to Piazza Venezia and admire the amazing Altar of the Fatherland. Start out with a visit to the spectacular Trevi Fountain, originally designed by Bernini, but finally constructed by the architect Nicola Salvi. Next, you’ll have a break of 30-40 minutes for a light lunch or even just an ice cream from one of the local shops. Walk to the Pantheon, the great pagan temple that dates back 2,000 years. Finish your tour with a visit to Piazza Navona, where Bernini and Borromini, the greatest architects of the 17th-century, reached their highest achievements. The Church of St. Agnes in Agony was designed and built by Borromini and the 4 Rivers Fountain is a Bernini masterpiece.

Panoramic Bus Tour of Rome from Civitavecchia Port

5. Panoramic Bus Tour of Rome from Civitavecchia Port

Head to Rome on a full-day guided panoramic tour of the Eternal City. You’ll be welcomed by your tour leader at the Civitavecchia port, where you’ll board a comfortable air-conditioned coach that will take you to one of the world’s most beautiful, artistic, and charming cities. The first stop is just a stone’s throw away from the Palazzaccio (Palace of Justice) in Piazza dei Tribunali. From here you can admire the most powerful and imposing castle ever built in Rome, Castel Sant’Angelo. Nearby you’ll marvel at magnificent St. Peter's Basilica from the top of Via della Conciliazione. Feast your eyes on the semi-circular colonnades that frame St. Peter's Square, designed and built by Bernini in the 17th century. Choose an optional tour of St. Peter's Basilica, with its Baroque and Renaissance facade that dominates the square and the skyline with its perfectly designed dome. Meet your tour leader at a designated point for the second part of the tour. You'll be driven on the bus for a panoramic ride along the streets near the Tiber, cross it near the Tiberine Island, see the Pyramid of Cestius, and the second largest Roman baths called the Baths of Caracalla. At the end of this amazing panoramic ride, you will stop in Via Petroselli, near the Theatre of Marcellus. When you reach the Capitoline Hill you'll see the beautiful Cordonata that leads to Piazza del Campidoglio. When you reach the Althar of the Fatherland, you will see the famous Via dei Fori Imperiali leading to the Coliseum. Then you'll be able to observe the Traian’s Forum, and continue to the Trevi Fountain where you can toss a coin into the water to ensure that you’ll return to Rome one day! Next on the itinerary is a break for a quick lunch or just an ice cream (gelato), if you prefer. Admire the incredibly well-preserved Pantheon, built as a temple with a massive dome. You may enter to see the tombs of Victor Emanuell II and Raphael. You’ll see Piazza Navona with the 4 Rivers Fountain by Bernini, before ending your visit to Rome and heading back to the Civitavecchia port.

From Civitavecchia Port: Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

6. From Civitavecchia Port: Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Make the most of your cruise stopover at Civitavecchia Port and journey to Rome with an all-encompassing hop-on hop-off bus tour. If you choose the option with transfer, depart from Civitavecchia Port at 9:00 AM and get dropped off on Via Crescenzio 19, near the Vatican City. It is about a 10-minute walk to the Hop-on Hop-off bus stop number 6.  Then, jump off and on at 8 stops, all conveniently located close to the most important monuments in the city. Learn the history of Rome with the on-board recorded commentary available in 9 languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Arabic and Portuguese). The hop-on hop-off buses operate every day from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The online voucher can be validated on any of the Big Bus buses. Return departure to Civitavecchia Port at 3:30 PM. The transfer bus departs from Piazza dell’ Independenza and stops at 3:45 PM at the bus stop on via Crescenzio #2. Please note this is on on your own tour option.

Civitavecchia Port to Rome City Center 1-Way Transfer

7. Civitavecchia Port to Rome City Center 1-Way Transfer

Get the VIP treatment at the start or end of your cruise to Rome, and enjoy a private transfer with personal driver at a very convenient price. For arrival transfers, your driver will be waiting on the dock at Civitavecchis Port. They will be holding a sign with your name on it for ease of contact. Then, relax on the approximate 1-hour journey to any address within Rome city center. Avoid the long lines for taxis, or the hassle of negotiating the public transport system with your heavy luggage. The price is fixed for any destination in Rome. Transportation is by executive class vehicle for small groups of 1-4 passengers. Drivers are bilingual and provide a polite welcome upon arrival. They will then take care of your needs, right up to the entrance of your hotel. The transfer is also available for those about to embark on a cruise. Transfer from Rome to Civitavecchia Port, and board your ship refreshed and relaxed as your driver takes you direct from your hotel to the departure zone of your ship.

Civitavecchia: Shore Excursion to Rome

8. Civitavecchia: Shore Excursion to Rome

Start your Roman adventure at 9:00 AM as you exit from your cruise ship. At the ship's Pier, you will be greeted by your friendly and professional driver/guide. Once you hop in your comfortable, air-conditioned minivan you will set off on your adventure.  Your driver will take you to all the most historical and socially significant landmarks in Rome. For those pressed for the time, this is the greatest way to ensure you see the main attractions of the city, all in 7-hours. During each stop you can hop-off the van and walk around, taking beautiful holiday snaps as you do. In the vehicle, you will enjoy the benefit of an audioguide in English. At each stop, you will be able to learn the basic history of each fascinating location.  During your tour, you will visit: Vatican City and St. Peter's Cathedral (1-hour), Colosseum (40-minutes), Piazza Venezia (15-minutes), Trevi Fountain (20-minutes), Spanish Steps (30-minutes), Pantheon (30-minutes), Piazza Novona (20-minutes) and the Panoramic View (15-minutes). Once you have visited all these major landmarks, you will be taken back to your cruise terminal, 1-hour before your ship departs and no later than 5:00 PM, ensuring a relaxing end to an exciting day.

Fiumicino Airport – Civitavecchia Cruise Port Transfer

9. Fiumicino Airport – Civitavecchia Cruise Port Transfer

This transfer service offers you the best way to travel between Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport and Civitavecchia Cruise Port. Available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, there couldn’t be an easier way to start your vacation in Rome. The comfortable and flexible transfers are designed to provide the utmost comfort. For transfers from the airport to the cruise port, a representative will meet you upon your arrival outside the customs area with a sign with your name written on it. The representative will be with you until your arrival at the dock. For transfers from the cruise port to the airport, the driver will wait for you in front of your cruise ship with a sign with your name written on it. By meeting the driver directly at the exit, you won’t need to take a shuttle to the meeting point outside the dock.

Civitavecchia to Rome Shore Excursion by Private Car

10. Civitavecchia to Rome Shore Excursion by Private Car

Enjoy a private tour of Rome from Civitavecchia port with round-trip transportation included. Perfect for small groups of 2 to 8 people. An English-speaking driver will be available during the whole excursion and will assist travelers with basic information about the sites including suggestions. The tour begins with 08:00 departure from the pier of your cruise ship. You will find your driver directly under your boat with a sign and your name on it. Enjoy transportation from Civitavecchia port to Rome (approx. 1.5 hours). After approx. 1.5 hours (depending on traffic) you will stop in the city where you will visit the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum (only outside) and the center of ancient Rome where you will be dropped off to enjoy free time observing this breathtaking site of ancient Romans. Next, discover Venice Square, which is famous for the Vittoriano. This is also where Benito Mussolini made the declaration of the second World War. At Navona Square, observe the site where the Stadium of Domitian was built in 1st-century AD. Following, you will see the famous Pantheon, which was commissioned by Marco Agrippa as a Temple of all gods, and the Trevi fountain, which holds a legend that if visitors toss a coin, they are ensured a return in Rome. Next, visit the Spanish Square before ending your tour with a visit to the Vatican and St. Peter Basilica. Here, you'll have 1.5 hours of free time to explore independently.

Frequently asked questions about Civitavecchia

Planning Your Visit

  • Are there good transport links here from Rome?

    Your best bet is to rent a car or take the train. There are two or three direct local trains each hour, including the fast track express, between Roma Termini (main station) and Civitavecchia. The journey takes just over an hour.

  • Is it worth staying overnight here or just a day trip destination?

    Most people tend to see this as a place to hang out and do a little sightseeing while enroute to another destination, so there may not be the stationary atmosphere of solitude you may desire from a holiday location. That said, it is a pretty place, so if you fancy staying longer, there's countless accommodation options, including: 5-star hotels, budget priced hotels, hostels, and B&Bs.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    This area tends to not be overwhelmed with tourists, so any time of year is good for enjoying the sights without large crowds. In terms of enjoying sightseeing in ideal temperatures -- spring and fall provide cooler temperatures than the summertime.

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What people are saying about Civitavecchia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,276 reviews

Andrea was amazing, he was very knowledgeable as a guide. He definitely knows his way around the area and he definitely knows his stuff! We arrived slightly earlier and he managed to meet us and tweaked the itinerary so we can fit in more sightseeing views on the way to the cellars. Andrea’s choice of the wine cellars was top notch! The wine was amazing, the people at the winery were so knowledgeable and welcoming and the views were beyond compare. Andrea even tried to fit in an extra cellar in the day when he found out our preferences, really exceptional! I highly recommend Andrea if you are planning this journey. And take with you swimming suits as you get to take a dip in the Terme Di Saturnia!

So pleased we took this tour. Capalbio is a little gem of a place - authentic Tuscan walled town and not inhabited by herds of tourists- just beautiful ancient buildings and Tuscan hills. A very special 3 course lunch included at a place the locals go- Then afternoon at the magical Tarot gardens. So worth a visit - kids would love it - even grown up ones - for a place that has soul and mystery and surprises and beauty . Our guides Andreas and Maria were so informative and very good company. A perfect day out in Tuscany and not exhausting like the big cities.

This was so wonderful, I learned so much about these people and lives Andres was so kind who answered all my questions and took the time to give me and my two kids the best experience... I highly recommend this tour with Andres

We were lucky to have Andrea as driver and guide. We had plenty of time for necropolis and Tarquinia wonderful museum. Andrea made us discover the rich and beautiful city of Tarquinia. Restaurant was authentic and nice.

Great and reliable driver. Very friendly and helpful. Always gladly again.