Civitavecchia

The Impressive Michelangelo’s Fort
A majestic baroque cathedral
A mouth-watering seafood cuisine

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Civitavecchia/Rome

Uncovering a thousand years of history

The port of Civitavecchia is one of the largest in Italy and is, of course, a destination of MSC Cruises in the Mediterranean. Civitavecchia enjoys a millenary history due to its coves along the coast, which offered a perfect shelter for vessels, making it a natural port long before cruise ships sailed the seas, and in fact the port was known to the Romans as Centumcellae.

During your holiday in Civitavecchia you can easily visit its centre on foot. Amongst the most important monuments to visit are the Forte Michelangelo, built by Bramante in the 16th century, the ancient walls of the old port, where there is a fountain in travertine marble by Vanvitelli, and the Rock, an inexpugnable fortress that has been looming over the city and port for over a thousand years.

In Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, Civitavecchia’s main square, one can admire the majestic baroque cathedral dedicated to St. Francis, built at the end of the 18th century on a smaller church which could no longer host a rapidly growing community.

Piazza Leandra, set in the historic centre, is a typical Italian piazza with a fountain in the centre, dedicated to Leandro, an elderly seaman of the Middle Ages who convinced his fellow citizens to settle on the Mediterranean coast in spite of the incursions by Saracen pirates.

There are a host of bars and restaurants for a taste of seafood cuisine, from poached baby octopus to fried rocket to stuffed squid or the pizza alla civitavecchiese with anchovies and garlic. The Taurine Baths, of the even more ancient Etruscan period, are a grand archaeological site just a few kilometres outside the city, a site that we recommend to the cruiser with a passion for ancient history.

Must see places in Civitavecchia

  • Rome, the Forum

    Rome, the Forum

  • Rome, the Trevi fountain

    Rome, the Trevi fountain

  • Rome, the Sistine Chapel

    Rome, the Sistine Chapel

Discover our excursions

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  • BIKE TOUR OF TARQUINIA

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    CIV26

    Half a day of fun in the fresh air awaits you on this tour, which will first see you leave the ship, board a coach and enjoy a scenic 30-minute drive through the gorgeous Lazian countryside, once the home of the ancient Etruscans. The coach will drop you at Tarquinia’s famous Etruscan necropolis, where you will meet your guide, be kitted out with bicycles and then set off on your bike tour. Tarquinia is one of 12 ancient Etruscan towns in the region and now draws visitors due to its beautiful medieval townscape. You’ll have time in town to explore at your leisure before the bike ride continues on to the second highlight of the tour: the Il Mandoleto farmhouse on the outskirts of Tarquinia. Look forward to an assortment of tasty regional treats and delicious wines, all served in a lovely green setting and with all the warmth typical of Italian hospitality. Your return journey to Civitavecchia will then give you time to relax and savour freshly minted memories. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Guides available only in English
    • Tasting included

    • Duration
      5 h

    • Adults$115.00Price per person

    • Children$85.00Price per person

  • TUSCANIA AND TARQUINIA

    CITY TOUR

    CIV22

    The origins of Tuscania goes back to the myth and legends; some want the town to be founded by Hercules’ son, some others by Aeneas’ son, Ascanius. Your excursion will begin with a 50-minute coach drive across the beautiful landscape until reaching the vi
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults$69.00Price per person

      • Children$52.00Price per person

    • WALKING TOUR IN ROME

      CITY TOUR

      CIV21

      This no-filters, all-day tour of the Eternal City will first see you leave your ship, enjoy a 1.5-hour coach ride to meet your guide and then explore Rome’s iconic streets in the most direct way possible: on foot. First up is an outside look at the Coloss
      • Limited seats

      • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

        Difficulty Level
        Strenuous

      • Duration
        7:30 h

      • Adults$72.00Price per person

      • Children$52.00Price per person

    • GRAN TOUR OF ROME, THE ETERNAL CITY

      CULTURE AND HISTORY

      CIV07

      This excursion combines two of the most important aspects of Rome: Christianity and antiquity. Bus transfer to Rome (1.5 hours) to meet our guide and start the tour with a visit to the Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. We will look around
      • Lunch or dinner included

      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        9 h

      • Adults$152.00Price per person

      • Children$109.00Price per person

    • ROME & THE WONDERS OF THE VATICAN MUSEUM

      CULTURE AND HISTORY

      CIV08

      A 1.5-hour bus transfer will take you to Rome where your guide will provide a sightseeing tour of Rome’s key monuments including the Aurelian Walls, the Pyramid, Caracalla’s Baths, the Circus Massimus, the Colosseum, Venice Square and the romantic “Lungot
      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        9 h

      • Adults$119.00Price per person

      • Children$89.00Price per person

    • ROME, BAROQUE TOUR

      CULTURE AND HISTORY

      CIV02

      Rome – one of the world’s most iconic cities, steeped in history and rich in Italian charm – awaits you after an approx. 1.5-hour coach drive from Civitavecchia. A city guide will be on hand to meet you on arrival and then escort you on a Roman tour that
      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        9 h

      • Adults$102.00Price per person

      • Children$75.00Price per person

    • ROME ON YOUR OWN

      SCENIC ROUTE

      CIV03

      This unguided tour of Rome begins with an approx. 1.5-hour drive by coach, after which you can spend the entire day exploring “The Eternal City” – the capital of Italy – at your leisure. You will receive instructions on how best to get around town and a m
      • No guide available

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        9 h

      • Adults$62.00Price per person

      • Children$49.00Price per person

    • ROME SIGHTSEEING

      SCENIC ROUTE

      CIV09

      Leave the port for a 1.5-hour drive to Italy’s capital city and experience one of the most comfortable ways to visit Rome with a sightseeing coach tour of all the attractions that make up this “Eternal City”. You will see the Cestia Pyramid, Caracalla Bat
        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          5:30 h

        • Adults$69.00Price per person

        • Children$52.00Price per person

      • SIGHTS OF THE ETERNAL CITY

        SCENIC ROUTE

        CIV23D

        This tour is especially intended for all guests disembarking and wanting to enjoy a sightseeing tour of the eternal city. After boarding a coach, a 1.5-hour drive will take you to Italy’s capital city and its wonders. Meet your guide and enjoy a coach dri
        • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4:30 h

        • Adults$62.00Price per person

        • Children$49.00Price per person

      The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
      Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

       

      Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      Reach the port

      Port of Civitavecchia

      This section contains information on how to reach the port.

      Cruise Terminal:

      Banchina crocieristica 12 Bis Nord
      Entrata Varco Vespucci

      Reach the port by

      • Car

        From south or north on the A12 motorway, take the Civitavecchia North exit and follow the signs leading to Civitavecchia port, “ Varco Vespucci”.
        Car

        Parking information

        PORT MOBILITY S.p.A
        Tel. +39 0766366566
        E-mail: portoperations@portmobility.it

        • Outdoor parking
        • Free shuttle service
        • Reach the luggage drop off zone of the cruise terminal and the staff of the parking will take care of your car
        • The parking is just a few minutes from the cruise terminal
        Book your parking with MSC

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        VEHICLE DAYS RATES
        Car 4 € 30,00
        Car 8 € 85,00
        Car 11-12 € 110,00
        Suv 4 € 30,00
        Suv 8 € 85,00
        Suv 11-12 € 110,00
        Minivan 4 € 30,00
        Minivan 8 € 85,00
        Minivan 11-12 € 110,00
      • Train

        Civitavecchia station is located in Viale della Repubblica. 
        You can reach the port by taxi (5 min.), on foot (20 min.) or by bus (10 min.).
        Train
      • Plane

        Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci) Airport.
        There is a train shuttle service between Fiumicino airport and Roma Termini train station, from where you can proceed to Civitavecchia by train.
        Alternatively, you can take a taxi directly from Fiumicimo to the port by taxi. The journey takes approximately 1 hour, depending on traffic.
        We recommend that you check and agree upon the price with the driver in advance.
        Plane

      Italy

      History, gastronomy and fashion
      History, gastronomy and fashion

      A cruise to Italy is an emotional roller coaster. Rome is a tremendous city quite unlike any other, and in terms of historical sights outstrips everywhere else in the country by some way.
       
      Liguria, the small coastal province along the north-west coast, has long been known as the “Italian Riviera” and is accordingly crowded with sun-seekers for much of the summer.
      In Veneto the main focus of interest is, of course, Venice: a unique city, and every bit as beautiful as its reputation would suggest. Tuscany in central Italy represents perhaps the most commonly perceived image of the country, with its classic rolling countryside and the art-packed towns of Florence and Pisa.

      The south proper begins with the region of Campania. Its capital, Naples, is a unique, unforgettable city, the spiritual heart of the Italian south. Puglia, the “heel” of Italy, has underrated pleasures, too, notably the landscape of its Gargano peninsula and the souk-like qualities of its capital, Bari.

      As for Sicily, the island is really a place apart, with a wide mixture of attractions ranging from some of the finest preserved Hellenistic treasures in Europe, to a couple of Italy’s most appealing Mediterranean beach resorts in Taormina and Cefalù, not to mention some gorgeous upland scenery.

       
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