civitavecchia, is there anything to do there?

Our cruise is leaving the Civitavecchia port but not until 7pm...I've tried finding out about the area, but am having no luck. We will be arriving in there around lunch so we would have time to tour a little. Can anyone tell me about the city?? Am thinking a taxi to quick see the town then get back on ship. Good idea??

Posted by Susan
Atlanta, Ga, USA
1536 posts

Our cruise ship docked there for Rome/Florence excursions. IMO the town is sort of gritty and has little appeal. Maybe I missed something...

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
12679 posts

No, you didn't miss much. It is a working port city. Typical working Italy city. Depending on how you are arriving, I would be tempted to stay in Rome a couple hours longer and arrive around 3 or 4 pm.

Posted by Dina
Fontainebleau, France
893 posts

You've got a few choices: 1) Use the extra time to unpack, unwind and explore the ship. 2) Walk around the immediate area and have a coffee and some gelato (there's a good gelato shop between the port and the train station on the train station side of the street)
3) Walk to one of the grocery stores to pick up a few items Having been to Civitavecchia twice, I vote for #1. You have to take a shuttle bus from the ship to the end of the port. So either you do your exploring before you check in (with your luggage) or you have to check in, get off the ship, take the shuttle and then do that in reverse when you go back.

Posted by Kris
Garden City, KS, USA
18 posts

Thanks all..sounds like my best bet is to get on ship & hit a lounge chair--which might be the best idea after spending a few days touring Rome.