Cruise Port Atlas | Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Day Trips | Attractions

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Civitavecchia: Star Clippers, Voyages to Antiquity, Windstar, Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal, Oceania, Paul Gauguin, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Celebrity, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Costa, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Viking River Cruises

Key Attractions: St. Peters Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, St. Peters Square, Forum, Pantheon, Colosseum, Villa Borghese and Gardens, Ostia Antica, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps

St. Peters's Basilica interiorVatican City

Roma Termini Station to Vatican City - 6 KM, 16 minutes
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St. Peter's Square, St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums are all attractions that, by themselves, would be world class. Together they comprise one of the most fascinating locations anywhere, even for non-Catholics. St. Peter's Square is the large public area where large crowds gather for services. It is surrounded by a colonnade, rectangular at the end with St. Peter's Basilica, and opening up to a circular area with an Egyptian obelisk in the center. St. Peter's Basilica is, by far, the largest building in Vatican City and is arguably the largest church in Christendom. The Baroque design was created by a succession of important architects including Michelangelo (responsible for the dome we see today). The interior is a feast for the eyes, with tiled mosaics portraying biblical scenes and church leaders. The Sistine Chapel is one of the world's great art works painted by Michelangelo over a period of 40 years. His portrayal of biblical scenes are renowned for their drama and physicality. Admittance to the chapel is restricted, so it is essential to make reservations in advance of your trip. The Vatican Museums (which include the Sistine Chapel) contain one of the greatest art collections in the world.

Built at the site of St. Peter's burial, one of the world's most historic locations   Incredible Church architecture mainly of the Renaissance period   Mosaics and sculptures, Museums and Sistine Chapel   World Heritage Site  

Mostly flat surfaces    Mostly Wheelchair Accessible

Painting of the Vatican Interior by Giovanni Paolo Panini

The PantheonForum, Pantheon and Colosseum

Roma Termini Station to Colosseum - 1.7 KM, 5 minutes, 18 minute walk
Roma Termini Station to Forum - 2 KM, 6 minutes, 22 minute walk
Roma Termini Station to Pantheon - 2.9 KM, 7 minutes, 25 minute walk
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The Forum was the economic and political center of republican and imperial Rome. Today it is the site of numerous ruins of architectural wonders and the location of periodic excavations to discover more historical relics. It was the place for the market, for political speeches, and for important trials. Several important religious temples are in evidence at the site.

The Colosseum (or Coliseum) was completed as an amphitheater for large public events in 80 AD by the Emperor Vespasian. Though history has not been kind to the building, it remains one of the city's most iconic attractions and displays much of the grandeur of the original structure. It was built to accommodate 50,000 spectators and hosted not only gladiator events, but mock battles, executions, and other dramas. Beneath the original central performance area were rooms and halls where performers, slaves, and wild animals were housed. The floor is now gone exposing these rooms.

The Pantheon has the world's largest non-reinforced concrete dome, built nearly 2000 years ago. Pantheon is a term that often refers to a gathering or group of gods and the building may have this name because it once had large statuaries of Roman deities. Since it has more recently been used as a burial place for artists and Italian royalty, the term pantheon has come to mean a building for internment. The building we see today was rebuilt by the Emperor Hadrian in 126 AD. The only original source of light within the building is the circular hole at the center of the dome, known as the oculus.

Locations of important historic events   Roman buildings from several eras   Unparalleled photo opportunites  

Varied Walking    Limited Wheelchair Accessibility

Photo of the Pantheon by Patrick Clenet

Villa Borghese GardensVilla Borghese and Gardens

Roma Termini Station to Villa Borghese - 3.7 KM, 8 minutes, 25 minute walk
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Villa Borghese is a beautiful Roman mansion that now houses one of Rome's finest collections of art. It is surrounded by scenic gardens in an area that was, during the time of its construction in the early 17th century, on the outskirts of the city,but is now not far from the center. The Gallery limits the number of visitors to 360 every 2 hours. The collection includes classical and Bernini sculptures and the paintings of renaissance masters such as Caravaggio, Titian and Raphael. One of the most famous works is the Mosaic of the Gladiators from the early 4th century. The gardens were redesigned in the English manner. There are several lovely villas within the garden.

Borghese Gallery and other museums   Villas including the Villa Borghese   Borghese Gardens   Wonderful garden settings  

Some Walking    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Photo of Villa Borghese by Jean-Christophe BENOIST

Ruins at Ostia AnticaOstia Antica

Port to Ostia Antica - 71 KM, 1 hour 20 minutes
Rome to Ostia Antica - 25 KM, 40 minutes
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Ostia Antica is a large and impressive ruin of what was once the port for ancient Rome. Similar in scope to Pompeii, excavations continue today uncovering new and exciting remnants of the city's heyday. Located at what was once the mouth of the Tiber River (Ostia, meaning mouth), the attractions include well-preserved frescoes and mosaics in the many buildings. As with many other ancient Roman cities, one of the most important features of the town was its baths. Perhaps the most famous ruin is the Fireman's Barracks. And naturally, there is an amphitheater built to hold 3,500 spectators.

Historic Port Town for Rome during its heyday   Ruins of Roman buildings   Mosaics and Frescoes  

Challenging walking    Does not accommodate wheelchairs

Photo of Ostia Antica by Tranquilinho

Lido di VeneziaTrevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps

Roma Termini Station to Trevi Fountain - 3.1 KM, 9 minutes, 19 minutes
Roma Termini Station to Spanish Steps - 2.2 KM, 6 minutes, 22 minutes
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The Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps are gathering places for locals and tourist alike.

The Trevi Fountain is where several aqueducts end. It is also one of the largest and most famous fountains in the world, completed in 1762 and designed in the Baroque style by Nicola Salvi. And by throwing a coin in the fountain you will guarantee a return to Rome as well as provide food for the homeless.

The Spanish Steps are 138 steps that lead from the Piazza di Spagna to the renaissance Church of Trinita dei Monti near the Borghese Gardens. It is a dramatic setting and a place where people go to be seen. It has been featured in innumerable movies and television programs.

Church above, Fountain below and the stairs   People and the stairs  

Difficult climb    Stairs can be viewed from above or below

Photo Trevi Fountain by David Iliff

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Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

No Walking Easy Walking Normal Walking Difficult Walking Accessible Limited Not Accessible