Civitavecchia is a gateway to "The Eternal City," otherwise known as Rome. Its history extends over 2,500 years into the past, most known for the empire that arose from the period of Julius Caesar. For over 1,000 years, Rome was the largest, wealthiest and most influential city in the Western world. In the 15th century, it was the seat of the Italian Renaissance. A 90-minute trip from the port will take you into Rome to see the architectural marvels that remain to this day. Stand in the belly of the Colosseum, trek to the Roman Forum, enter the Pantheon or explore plenty of other relics from the glory days of Rome.
Aside from the iconic monuments, other sights include the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Arch of Constantine and Venice Square. More adventurous tourists will go below ground into the Catacombs, where early Christians buried their dead, or to the Roman countryside to tour a medieval town home.
Places to Explore
- St. Peter's Basilica
Walk inside a magnificent 16th-century basilica that is sumptuously decorated in the finest marble. Gaze in awe at the majestic dome designed by Michelangelo-the tallest in the world.
- Vatican Museums
Experience one of the world's greatest collections of Classical and Renaissance art displayed in a complex of equally glorious buildings. Illustrious works have been gathered here during 4 centuries of papal patronage and connoisseurship.
The largest amphitheater in the Roman Empire is truly a staggering sight to behold. Commissioned by Emperor Vespasian in the first century, the Colosseum provided epic entertainment extravaganzas for throngs of spectators.
The religious sanctuary originally known as the "Temple of All the Gods" is bedecked even today with opulence. Completed in 118 AD, the Pantheon is a wonder of Roman engineering, and is Rome's only classical building with its ceiling completely intact.
- Via Condotti
This stylish street is a divine paradise for lovers of fashion and luxury. Stores for designers such as Valentino, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Chanel and Salvatore Ferragamo all occupy spots along the boulevard. Don't miss Caffé Greco (Antico Caffé Greco), a famed café on Via Condotti that was established in 1760 and has drawn such historical figures as Goethe, Byron and Keats to sit for coffee and conversation.
Italian is the official language. All public signs are written in Italian.
The Euro is the main currency. Major credit cards are accepted at many shops, stores and restaurants. Payments under 10 Euros are customarily made with cash.
- How to Get Around
- Motor coach transfers are available to Rome. The trip takes approximately 90 minutes each way.
- Taxis are sparsely available and drivers will generally request a full day's fare for a trip to Rome.
- A train station located just under a mile from the ship offers rail transportation to Rome and the Vatican. Schedules may vary and should be checked before boarding any train.
- An extensive metro light-rail network exists within the city.