Getting from Civitavecchia port to Rome will be your major concern if...
Before you get down to planning all the fun stuff you will see and do in Rome, read our article about the port of Civitavecchia and getting from the ship dock to Civitavecchia train station if you are one of those who wish to do it on their own.
Getting into Rome on your own by train certainly is an option. However, as I mentioned in the introductory page, if you want to spare yourself frustration and maximise the mere 12 hours (including the travel) in the ancient city of Rome, book yourself a tour!
Although your travel circumstances may differ (you may travel as a couple or in a party of 6, you want a private tour or you don't mind sharing the bus with other folks, too) I have hand picked a few Civitavecchia to Rome tour options that cover most of the scenarios.
They are all intended specifically for cruise passengers and leave from the Civitavecchia cruise ship terminal.
This tour's price is for up to 3 people and I think it gives you one of the most comprehensive experiences of Rome you could wish for in only 10 hours. Not only will you get transfer from Civitavecchia to Rome, see the Eternal City and have some free time to explore but also have a private licensed tour guide giving you personalised attention and a private walking tour of the Colloseum or both Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine hill and a private walking tour of the Vatican museum, Sistine chapel and St. Peter's basilica (sights' tickets not included). Find out more...
With this tour you get the transportation from Civitavecchia to Rome's most famous attractions, touring around with a driver and tickets to the Coloseum and Vatican included! You can also go with the option of having a private Vatican guide incuded or another option with the local guide joining you for the full 6 hours in Rome and even a lunch included! Find out more about this Rome shore excursion...
This is a great overview tour for a great price! Suitable for first-timers. You will share the minivan with a few other passengers – it is almost like a private tour but for much less! You will not enter the Colosseum, or any other attractions, but will get about 45 min to walk around it and take photos. Find out more about this Rome shore excursion...
This is a highly customisable excursion. Your chauffeur will take you to the sights you wish to see – you will create your own itinerary. Not sure what to see? Your knowledgeable driver will know where to take you to make you happy! If you wish to enter the Colosseum or Vatican museums, don't forget to get the tickets online. In their reviews, previous guests say the drivers were as knowledgeable as history professors from top Universities. I guess history is in your blood when you're Italian! Find out more about this Rome shore excursion...
from Civitavecchia to Rome is easiest with one of the tours that set off from
the Civitavecchia port terminal, so don't think of the port to Rome transportation
as a separate thing from touring Rome.
If you independently book a tour that sets off from Rome center, you are risking not getting back to the ship on time. If visiting Rome for the first time, it may be difficult for you to predict the time it takes from the spot your tour finishes to San Pietro train station to catch the last train back, so make things easier for yourself on that day.
Another advantage you have being on a tour (as opposed to buying a Skip the line tickets on your own online) is: with a tour guide you truly skip the line, while as individual visitors you are directed to the 'skip the line' line in which you can wait for up to an hour trying to get into the Colosseum for instance (speaking from my own experience).
So, go ahead and pick one of the tours, you will be glad you did when you come back to the ship and hear about all the dificulties independent travelers went trough trying to see Rome on their own.
4. Capri ferry
10. Livorno Italy
13. Naples to Capri
16. Messina Sicily
17. Pisa Train
18. Visiting Pompeii
19. Pompeii forum
20. Port of Piraeus
22. Venice vaporetto
23. Venice water bus
24. Livorno map
25. Getting to Zadar
27. Walk Venice
28. Mykonos beach
30. Pomepii homes