Civitavecchia is a coastal town northwest of Rome, in Italy. Built in the 2nd century, the Port of Civitavecchia still retains some of its original features, like the Roman Dock. The port area also includes the 16th-century Michelangelo Fort. Nearby, the National Archaeological Museum displays bronze and ceramic artifacts. Northeast of town are the Terme Taurine, the ruins of a Roman thermal bath complex. Continue reading our Civitavecchia Cruise Port Guide and find everything you need to plan your visit here.
Civitavecchia Weather – When to Visit
A common time to visit Civitavecchia is the summer (Jun–Aug), with average temperatures ranging from the upper 70's to the lower 80's. Winters (Dec–Feb) have brisk temperatures in the upper 50s and see more rainfall. Mediterraneo – Rive Sonore (Jul) is a world-music festival with performances ranging from Greek and Spanish to Persian sounds. July thru August sees the most vacationers during the year.
Best Civitavecchia Area Beaches
This beach spreads out right in front of some beautiful buildings in Civitavecchia. The pebbly beach has an extraordinary square that emerges from the center of the sea and it can be reached by a marvelous wharf that begins at the beach.
Just down the seafront promenade, opposite the train station, you’ll find a golden sandy beach – the main Civitavecchia beach. The water is quite clear and is a great place for you to take a dip and escape the heat for the moment. On the beach near the fort, there is a carnival fair for kids.
Sant’Agostino beach (or Saint Augustine beach) is a 1.3 mile long sandy beach with shallow waters, which makes it possible to walk quite a bit out in the water. The vast area provides enough space to play football or volleyball, or to just to relax.
Santa Marinella is a long stretch of sand, including some free beach, and restaurants along the promenade. It's a pretty beach but gets very crowded in July and August. Both Santa Marinella and Santa Severa are popular with wind-surfers and stand-up paddle boarders.
This beautiful stretch of coastline is just a 10 minute walk through fields and wildflowers. At the start of the beach lies the 11th-century Castello Santa Severa, so you can combine history with sunbathing.
Best Civitavecchia Tours & Activities
Civitavecchia Private Transfer: Civitavecchia Cruise Port to & from Central Rome
Enjoy a hassle-free transfer to & from with this private transfer service when your cruise docks at Civitavecchia Cruise Port. After meeting your driver at the port, relax on the journey into central Rome and then returned to your cruise ship. These private vehicles can accommodate up to eight passengers. Reserve your Transport to Rome Here. Reserve your transport from Rome here.
Civitavecchia Port: 9 Hours Luxury Private Full-Day Shore excursion of Rome
When your cruise ship docks at Civitavecchia port, make the most of your time with a self-guided, full-day shore excursion in Rome, customized to match your interests and preferred pace. Visit the heart of the Vatican at St. Peter’s Square, see the Baroque architecture at Piazza Navona, taste Roman street food, or step back in time to Imperial Rome at the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Learn more about the Luxury Private Full-Day Rome Tour.
Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Independent Rome Day Trip
For an easy, relaxing way to get to Rome when your ship arrives at the Civitavecchia cruise port, book this independent shore excursion that provides private transportation into the city with a knowledgeable driver. You can design your own sightseeing adventure with the help of your driver to see the Eternal City’s famous landmarks. Perhaps visit Ancient Rome sites like the Colosseum, baroque attractions like the Trevi Fountain, lively squares like Piazza Navona or the artistic masterpieces of the Vatican. It’s up to you! Learn more about the Independent Rome Day Trip.
Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Splendor of Rome Tour
When your cruise ship docks at Civitavecchia, experience the ancient splendor of Rome on a full-day shore excursion. After port pickup, travel by air-conditioned coach to visit some of the most important ruins, piazzas and monuments of the Eternal City, including the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona. Taste authentic Roman pizza or gelato during leisure time for lunch, and end the day at the magnificent St Peter’s Basilica. Learn more about the Splendor of Rome Tour.
VIP Tour of Rome from Civitavecchia, Colosseum & Vatican Museums, Driver & Private Tour Guide with Skip the Line Tickets
Explore Rome without the stress of planning on a full-day shore excursion from the port of Civitavecchia. In addition to round-trip transport, the day’s itinerary includes tours of the Vatican and Colosseum, as well as free time to explore. Unlike group trips offered by cruise companies, this private tour ensures a personal, customized experience. Learn more about this VIP Tour.
VIP Tour of Rome, Colosseum & Vatican Museums, Driver & Private Tour Guide with Skip the LIne Tickets
An Exclusive private tour with Driver & Licensed Tour Guide . Your private tour Guide will hop-off the vehicle with you at each stop and walk you through the attractions to provide the most complete insights of every attraction. It includes the private tour inside the Colosseum (1hr) and inside the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter Basilica (2/3hrs). Learn more about this VIP Tour.
Best Civitavecchia Restaurants
Ristorante Trattoria Sora Maria $11 – 30
This family owned trattoria is popular among locals and tourists. Seafood is their specialty and they serve up some of the finest in the area. Usually the owners offer bread and mixed bruschette with a glass of prosecco on arrival. The saute of mussels and seafood risotto are just a couple of their house specialties. Outdoor dining is available in the warmer months. Telephone: 39 0766 26397 Web: Ristorante Trattoria Sora Maria
La Bomboniera $11 – 30
This family run business specializes in fine Sardinian influenced seafood and highlights local produce like anchovies and lobster. Sardinian bread ‘pane carasau' is a house specialty. Outdoor dining is available and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Gluten free are also available. Telephone: 39 0766 25744 Web: La Bomboniera
Pizzeria Del Ghetto Under $10
This casual pizza place is a popular hangout for the Civitavecchia locals. There are only two types of pizza on the menu but they are both amazing. The fritti (fried treats including zucchini flowers stuffed with mozzarella and anchovy) are also delicious. You can't make reservations and there is generally a line of people waiting to get in, but it's so worth it. Telephone: 39 0766 29276 Web: Pizzeria Del Ghetto
Lo Stuzzichino $11 – 30
Seafood is the specialty here and this is what the locals come here to enjoy. In particular, the seafood soup (or chowder) which is packed full of delicious and local fresh fish cooked in a variety of ways. The fried stuff is great, as is are the raw seafood and antipasto delights. Telephone: 39 0766 32945 Web: Lo Stuzzichino
Pizzeria O Vesuvio Under $10
Authentic Neapolitan style pizza in the heart of Civitavecchia. The classic fried items you'll find at most Italian pizzerias like suppli (fried rice balls) and stuffed zucchini flowers are on the menu too. The atmosphere is super casual with only a few tables available and pizza can be ordered to take away. Telephone: 39 0766 33854 Web: Pizzeria O Vesuvio
Best Civitavecchia Bars
Bar Pasticceria La Classica
Via Alberto Mario, 00053, Civitavecchia, Italy Telephone: 39 0766 29803 Web: Bar Pasticceria La Classica
Bar Pizzeria Margherita
Via Giosue' Carducci 32 | Centro Storico, 00053, Civitavecchia, Italy Telephone: 39 0766 35858 Web: Bar Pizzeria Margherita
Chalet Degli Eventi
Viale Garibaldi S.N.C., 00053, Civitavecchia, Italy Web: Chalet Degli Eventi
King Edward Gastro Pub
Largo Cristoforo Verde, 1, 00053 Civitavecchia RM, Italy Telephone: 39 347 475 6349 Web: King Edward Gastro Pub
The Black Lodge Irish Pub
Via Giosuè Carducci, 22, 00053 Civitavecchia RM, Italy Telephone: 39 327 369 5821 Web: The Black Lodge Irish Pub
Best Civitavecchia Hotels
Located 2 km from Civitavecchia Harbor, B&B Huguette provides accommodation with a shared lounge, a terrace and a 24-hour front desk for your convenience. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. A continental breakfast is available daily at the bed and breakfast.
B&B Maison De Revel
Offering free rental bike, B&B Maison De Revel is located in Civitavecchia, 200 metres from the beach. Free WiFi access is available in all rooms. Each room here will provide you with a TV, an electric kettle and a minibar. Featuring a shower, the private bathroom also comes with free toiletries. At B&B Maison De Revel you will find a garden and a terrace. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge and luggage storage.
La Marina B&B
Offering a terrace, La Marina B&B is situated in Civitavecchia, a 5-minute walk from Civitavecchia Harbour and from the train station. All rooms come with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Every room comes with a private bathroom. La Marina B&B features free WiFi throughout the property. There is a shared lounge at the property, where you can relax and read or watch the TV. It also has direct access to the sea-view terrace.
B&B Colors offers accommodation with a shared lounge, a terrace and a 24-hour front desk for your convenience. Complimentary WiFi is offered. The bed and breakfast offers a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer, free toiletries and shower. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at B&B COLORS. If you would like to discover the area, cycling is possible in the surroundings.
La Casa Sul Mare
Featuring free WiFi and a terrace, La Casa Sul Mare offers pet-friendly accommodation in Civitavecchia, 400 meters from Civitavecchia Train Station. Each room at this bed and breakfast is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. Each has a sea-view terrace and a private bathroom. You will find a shared lounge at the property.