Rome's reputation precedes it. The Colosseum, the Vatican, the Pantheon and other stunning historic structures serve as a reminder of the amazing story that the city has told over thousands of years, once the nerve centre of the dominant Roman Empire. At the same time, the 21st century is hugely apparent - young professionals flocking to the bars for the aperitivo hour, modern art rubbing shoulders with the classics, cutting-edge dining with just a little traditional Italian flair.
The city is a cobbled maze of things to do and see, an incredible place to spend a few days before departing from the port at Civitavecchia on your cruise out of Rome. Gaze in awe at the amazing ancient architecture, throw a coin in the Trevi fountain, pay a visit to the museums and galleries, and watch humanity go by on the Spanish Steps. Don't forget to allow some time to get a little lost - that's when you tend to uncover the hidden gems, best restaurants and local encounters that make a city break memorable.
Rome cruise lines and destinations
The Mediterranean awaits at Rome's port of Civitavecchia, and there are plenty of cruise lines willing to take you to explore it. Europe-based lines such as Cunard and MSC are well represented, as well as North American lines like Princess, Holland America, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity to offer a wide range of cruising styles. The P&O cruise line and Carnival cruises also come through the area from time to time. There are also a smattering of Rome departures by small luxury cruise lines - Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas and Azamara Club.
All cruises from Rome head out into the Mediterranean Sea of course - but from there they can take many different directions! The eastern Med is a common itinerary, with stops at the Greek Islands, Athens, Istanbul or other Turkish ports, and sometimes even Israel. Others go west to visit ports along the coastlines of the romance-language countries, taking in Sardinia, Barcelona, Valencia, the Cote d'Azur, Marseilles, Monte Carlo and more. The most extensive cruises from Rome head out through the Strait of Gibraltar to visit Northern Europe or even cross the Atlantic.
Rome cruise port
The cruise port where ships depart Rome is at Civitavecchia, a port city around an hour's drive to the northwest. It's a ferry port as well as a cruise port, and thankfully there are plenty of transport options to get there. It's possible to book a port transfer or shuttle, or take a taxi, but there are cheaper possibilities too. A train costs around 5 Euros per person and takes 1-1.5 hours. It's a 10-15 minute walk from the port to the train station, and there are several services departing every hour. Buses are also available.
The three cruise terminal buildings themselves are found within the Civitavecchia Port complex and the ships of various sizes dock at numerous spots along the inside of the outer wall. Passengers can use a shuttle service to and from their ship to the main entrance of the port which is near an ancient fort, the Michelangelo Fortress.