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

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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.

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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

    In either direction on the A12 motorway take the Civitavecchia North exit and follow signs to Civitavecchia Port: 'Varco Vespucci'. Enter the port at the Varco Vespucci entrance and follow signs for Parcheggio Bramante (in the direction of gates 10-13).

    Parking information

    Tel. +39 0766366566

    • 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


    Car 8 € 85,00
    Car 11-12 € 110,00
    Car 14 € 130
    Suv 8 € 85,00
    Suv 11-12 € 110,00
    Suv 14 € 130,00
    Minivan 8 € 85,00
    Minivan 11-12 € 110,00
    Minivan 11 € 130,00
  • 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.).
  • 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.


History, gastronomy and fashion
History, gastronomy and fashion

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