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 village of Tuscania. Enjoy a guided walking tour of its historical centre, surrounded by medieval walls and marvel at the view from the Tower of Lavello. Your guide will point out the village’s main sights including the Church of Saint Peter; a unique opportunity to feel the atmosphere of central Italy’s little villages. Next, after boarding your coach again, you will drive to Tarquinia, one of the 12 Etruscan cities in the past. Your guide will take you on an interesting itinerary to discover of this important village in the heart of Tuscia territory. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Conservative attire recommended for visiting places of religious importance.
      • 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 Colosseum, built between A.D. 70-80 and still the world’s largest amphitheatre, after which you’ll move on to the nearby ruins of the Roman Forum, once the centre of Roman public life. Moving on past Piazza Santi Apostoli, you will make your way to the butterfly-shaped Piazza di Spagna. Situated at the bottom of the Spanish Steps, home to the Fontana della Barcaccia (Fountain of the Old Boat) and surrounded by stunning Roman Baroque architecture, this is certainly one of Rome’s most iconic spots and a photo opportunity like no other. Following some time to call your own to go shopping or have lunch in one of the numerous nearby cafés, bars and restaurants (at extra cost not covered by the price of the tour), you’ll continue your walk past the Pantheon, one of Rome’s best-preserved ancient Roman temples, en route to your next highlight: the Roman Baroque Piazza Navona. Have your camera ready to snap some shots of its three wonderfully ornate fountains and capture the special magic of the square. After then bidding farewell to your friendly city guide, you will pick up your coach again for the return trip to the port and your ship. Please note: as this tour of Rome involves long periods of walking, it is unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. The tour includes only an outside look at the Colosseum.
      • 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 this impressive edifice, built to hold up to 50.000 people and where the Romans used to watch the cruel gladiators combats. The tour continues with a stroll around Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, an ancient temple built in honour of seven important Roman deities. Stop for lunch in a typical Italian restaurant. The afternoon will be for the home of Christianity as we pay a visit to St. Peter's Square: free time to explore the square or to visit the Basilica independently after receiving information from the guide outside the site. After leaving our guide in Rome, we will return to the port. Please note: guests using a wheelchair can take part, but they must be advised that this tour is almost entirely on foot; we do not recommend it to guests with walking difficulties. St. Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum have ramps for wheelchair users. Gests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. It may be dusk on autumn and winter calls while visiting some of the sites. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. The restaurant lunch may be earlier or later depending on the day of call. St. Peter’s Basilica may close with very short notice for reasons beyond MSC’s control (Vatican’s programmes); have the opportunity to visit it during your free time reconfirmed during your cruise. There may be long queues to enter St. Peter’s Basilica. This tour is not available on the first Sunday of every month.
      • 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, 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 includes external viewing of the Colosseum. You may also attend the Pope’s weekly Angelus – held on St. Peter’s Square every Sunday – giving you a chance to admire the splendid Bernini Column at the same time. You will have free time to explore on your own, to have lunch or to visit the Basilica – your guide will provide information on the site beforehand. The excursion ends with a walk to the Pantheon and the lovely Piazza Navona. After saying goodbye to your guide, you will return to the port. Please note: Lunch is not included in the price of the excursion and is at the clients’ charge. The “Angelus” takes places only on Sunday and depends on the Vatican’s programmes. Have the possibility of attending it reconfirmed during your cruise. St. Peter’s Basilica may close with very short notice for reasons beyond MSC’s control (Vatican’s programmes); have the opportunity to visit it during your free time reconfirmed during your cruise. There may be long queues to enter St. Peter’s Basilica. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. It may be dusk on autumn and winter calls while visiting some of the sites. Guests using a wheelchair can take part, but they must be advised that the excursion includes a long walking tour and that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
      • 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 map showing the main sights and monuments. Some of the must-sees Rome is known for include the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, the beautiful Piazza Navona in old Rome and the neighbouring Vatican City State in Rome’s modern centre, to name but a few. As one of the world’s fashion capitals, the city is also choc-full of superb shopping facilities. Further sights include the magnificent Bernini Column on St. Peter’s Square, which is also the site of the Pope’s Sunday Angelus. Please note: the bus stops near the Colosseum; this is the point of arrival and departure of your tour. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
      • 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 Baths, “Circus Massimus”, the Colosseum and the famous “Bocca della Verità” fountain as well as Via Veneto, Piazza Barberini, and the romantic “Lungotevere”. We will then drop you off at the Vatican where you will have free time to wander the tranquil backstreets of the Vatican State or visit Saint Peter’s Basilica on your own. The return to the port will be unguided. Please note: guests will meet guides in Rome. Gests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. St. Peter’s Basilica may close with very short notice for reasons beyond MSC’s control (Vatican’s programmes); have the opportunity to visit it during your free time reconfirmed during your cruise. There may be long queues to enter St. Peter’s Basilica.
        • 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 drive passing by Rome’s main tourist sites including Cestia Pyramid, Caracalla Baths, “Circus Massimus”, the Colosseo, the romantic “Lungotevere”, “Piazza Venezia” and the Dolce Vita’s street, Via Veneto, until reaching St. Peter’s Square. You will have time to explore on your own and, if you like, visit the Basilica. Your guide will be happy to provide information on the site beforehand. Next, reach your coach and continue to Fiumicino airport. Please note: the tour ends at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights after 18:00 hours (Fiumicino airport). The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. Guests with independent stay in Rome can take part, but, after free time in Rome, they shall reach their hotel independently. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. You can book this tour only during your cruise.
        • 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

      • CAR WITH GUIDE

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        CIV67PV

        CAR WITH GUIDE
        • No guide available

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

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          8 h

        • Adults$1115.00Price per person

        • Children$1115.00Price per person

      • MINIVAN WITH GUIDE 3 - 6 PAX

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        CIV68PV

        MINIVAN WITH GUIDE 3 - 6 PAX
        • No guide available

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

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          8 h

        • Adults$1259.00Price per person

        • Children$1259.00Price 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.