The best things to do in Civitavecchia

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The best things to do in Civitavecchia on a cruise

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During your stopover in Civitavecchia, Rome is just 70 km away. You will see the discovery of this charming port city can hold some surprises. To optimize your experience, follow these practical tips as soon as you get off the boat.

Free shuttles vs. paid – Tips

As soon as you set foot on land, you will notice free shuttles available at the foot of the liner to facilitate your exit from the port. It is crucial to note that the shuttle leaving the port is completely free. However, other shuttles charge 6 euros for their services. Look carefully for free shuttles to avoid paying unnecessarily. Learn from my own experience so as not to board the wrong shuttle, a mistake I wouldn’t wish on anyone!😂

Explore Civitavecchia – Beaches, snorkeling and more

The best things to do in Civitavecchia

If the idea of ​​visiting Rome doesn’t appeal to you or you’ve already explored the Eternal City, there are a few places to discover in Civitavecchia itself.

I chose to stay in Civitavecchia for its seaside vibe and snorkeling opportunities. However, the city has much more in store than that. I had the chance to go to Rome more than ten times so I gave this city the chance to discover it!😁

Must-do activities in Civitavecchia

Explore beyond the beaches

→ Diving in the waters of Civitavecchia

Discover the underwater wonders of Civitavecchia with your mask and snorkel.

→ Walk in the old town

Soak up history as you wander the lanes of the old town, discovering historical sites and hidden charms.

→ Local gastronomy

Don’t miss out on tasting the delicious local cuisine. Many restaurants offer fresh seafood dishes and other Italian delights.

→ Shopping

Browse local shops for authentic souvenirs and unique finds, from small craft markets to quaint boutiques.

Maritime architecture

Explore the port of Civitavecchia and admire the maritime architecture, from old docks to picturesque boats.


Civitavecchia tour by tourist bus

Discover Civitavecchia with complete peace of mind

If walking seems difficult after a busy stopover, or if you prefer to explore Civitavecchia without getting tired, the tourist bus is an ideal option. The bus will be waiting for you at the cruise terminal. Visit the main tourist attractions. Hop on and off at each stop as you please.

Civitavecchia – Hop-On Hop-Off Tourist Bus

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Excursion from Civitavecchia port

The unmissable -Tarquinia, the Etruscan city

Discover the fascinating Etruscan city of Tarquinia on an excursion easily accessible from the port of Civitavecchia. The tour departs at two different times, 09:22 and 10:25, directly from the port. The 10:25 a.m. time is ideal for us cruise passengers!

After just a 20-minute ride on a shared bus or minibus, your English-speaking guide will immerse you in the history of Tarquinia. Descend at the Barriera San Giusto, where, after a break for amenities or a coffee, a walking tour begins through the lanes of the medieval and Renaissance city center. During this hour-long walk, discover churches, majestic walls, historic buildings, all surrounded by breathtaking views.

After 20 minutes, reach the one-of-a-kind Etruscan underground archaeological park. Omero, nicknamed “the last of the Etruscans,” lovingly recreated objects on display here. Explore tombs, houses, objects and scenes of daily life, understanding Etruscan culture through complex dioramas.

After this immersion, enjoy free time to taste local products or relax like an ancient Etruscan!

Three port return time slots (2:35 p.m., 3:35 p.m., 4:35 p.m.) are available from the morning drop-off location, Barriera San Giusto. An enriching experience combining history, culture and relaxation. The 4:35 p.m. return is perfect, it gives you time to wander around Civitavecchia before getting back on the boat!

Tour of the Etruscan town of Tarquinia from the port

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Explore the ancient city of Tarquinia and learn about the history and culture of the Etruscans. Visit the medieval city center, the underground archaeological park and enjoy the panoramic views of the Maremma.


Cruise stopover in Civitavecchia shuttle → Rome

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To discover the complete and detailed page on the Civitavecchia shuttle which leads to Rome, click on the image!

When you disembark in Civitavecchia, Italy on your way to beautiful Rome, having convenient and affordable transfer options is essential. The option that has gained popularity among cruise passengers is the shuttle. It offers an accessible round trip. Here’s everything you need to know to ensure a worry-free transfer. Discover the page dedicated to cruise passengers on the Civitavecchia Rome shuttle transfer.

Transfer Civitavecchia → Rome – Billet return

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The best things to do in Civitavecchia


Visit Rome with a cruise stopover in Civitavecchia

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If the idea of ​​discovering Rome and the Vatican tempts you during your stopover in Civitavecchia, I have prepared a complete list of the must-sees in this city! Click image for more info.


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MTT wishes you the most beautiful stopover in Civitavecchia, enjoy!

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