Civitavecchia

Civitavecchia

Lazio, Italy

Civitavecchia is a coastal town that is located 72 km northwest of Rome, in a key position between the capital and the region of Etruria. A historically and culturally rich city, it served as Rome's military port in ancient times. Nowadays, Civitavecchia is an important Mediterranean port that connects central Italy to the Italian islands as well as to Barcelona and Tunis. Ferryhopper helps you find all information on the town of Civitavecchia and its ferry connections with other Mediterranean destinations. 

Ferry departing from the port of Civitavecchia, Rome - routes for the Mediterranean sea

How to get to Civitavecchia?

Τhe port of Civitavecchia is easily accessible from the capital of Italy by car or by train. If you select the train option, you can reach the Civitavecchia station in about 1 hr and the cost of the train ticket is 5 - 15 €. From there, there is a free shuttle bus that goes to the Civitavecchia port. 

Civitavecchia is connected to multiple destinations in Sicily and Sardinia and there are ferry routes to Barcelona and Tunis. Most of the vessels that serve these ferry trips have bed cabins, armchairs and garages in order to transport your vehicle. 

Tip: Since tickets for cabins and parking spaces tend to sell out easily, especially in the summer, it is recommended to book as early as possible, ideally before April. 

  • Civitavecchia - Olbia: There are vessels that serve the ferry route Civitavecchia - Olbia all year long. During the high season (May - September) the number of crossings can reach up to 5. The duration of the ferry trip varies from 5 to 8 hrs depending on the type of vessel that you choose (high-speed or conventional).
  • Civitavecchia - Cagliari: During the summer season and on holidays, ferries depart every day, while in the low season this ferry connection is served with 3 weekly crossings. The ferry ride from Civitavecchia to Cagliari lasts around 13 hrs
  • Civitavecchia - Arbatax: This ferry connection between Italy and Sardinia is available all year long with night sailings. The ferry route from Civitavecchia to Arbatax runs twice a week, on Wednesdays and Fridays, and the ferry journey lasts about 10 hrs.
  • Civitavecchia - Porto Torres: You can travel to the northwest part of Sardinia all year long as the number of crossings can reach up to 5 per week. The ferry trip from Civitavecchia to Porto Torres is mainly operated in the evening and the ferry ride lasts around 7 hr 15 min.
  • Civitavecchia - Palermo: The capital of Sicily is connected to Civitavecchia throughout the whole year. There are night crossings 3 times a week and the duration of the ferry trip from Civitavecchia to Palermo can last up to 13 hr 15 min
  • Civitavecchia - Termini Imerese: This port city is located 38 km from Palermo, on the north coast of Sicily. The Civitavecchia - Termini Imerese ferry route is served by 3 weekly sailings that last almost 14 hr 15 min.
  • Civitavecchia - Barcelona: This ferry route serves the connection between mainland Italy and the Iberic peninsula. There are night crossings from Civitavecchia to Barcelona almost every day and the ferry ride lasts approximately 19 - 20 hrs.
  • Civitavecchia - Tunis: You can explore the north coast of Africa by traveling from Italy to Tunisia. The ferry route from Civitavecchia to Tunis runs all year with 2 night crossings per week.     In addition, the duration of the ferry journey ranges from 21 to 34 hrs so we highly suggest that you book a bed cabin in order to make your trip more pleasant.

Take a look at the Ferryhopper map of ferries that includes all ferry connections from the port of Civitavecchia and start planning your trip immediately!

Marina of Civitavecchia, sailing boats, calm sea, port of Rome, ferry routes to the Mediterranean

What to do in Civitavecchia?

In the center of Etruria, with the UNESCO sites of Tarquinia and Cerveteri, the Terme dei Papi and Viterbo, along with its history, culture and gastronomy, Civitavecchia is certainly a place to spend a few days of vacation. 

Beaches in Civitavecchia

Civitavecchia is one of the most popular seaside resorts in Lazio, and thanks to the beautiful beaches and the mild climate, you can enjoy fun and relaxing summer holidays. Some Ferryhopper suggestions regarding the beaches near Civitavecchia are:

  • Il Pirgo - that stands right in front of the most beautiful buildings in Civitavecchia.
  • La Frasca - Rocky beach with a beautiful pine forest.
  • Sant’Agostino - About 10 km from Civitavecchia, it has about two kilometers of sandy beach and it’s ideal for families.

Sightseeing in Civitavecchia

Its historic center, similar to a medieval village, is perfect for a walk through narrow streets, towers and ancient churches. In Piazza Leandra, with its particular fountain in the center, you can truly breathe the air of the past! So, while in Civitavecchia you should visit: 

  • Fort Michelangelo and the historic port
  • The Taurine Baths
  • The Terme della Ficoncella
  • The Marina
  • The Sanctuary of the Madonna di Pantano
  • Leandra square
  • The San Lorenzo market
  • Cathedral
  • The National Museum

The medieval castle and the impressive nature of Bracciano, close to Rome and the port of Civitavecchia, ferry tickets

What to visit around Civitavecchia?    

Just 1 hr from Civitavecchia stands the village of Bracciano, which combines nature and history. In the Bracciano you can admire the natural beauties and explore the local flora and fauna. During the summer, you can take a dive in the crystal waters of the beautiful volcanic lake, go canoeing or try sailing.

Food in Civitavecchia

The traditional cuisine of Civitavecchia is inevitably linked to the sea. During your stay, there must be typical fish dishes such as: Civitavecchiese soup, Le Fettuccine allo Scoglio, Polpetti Affogati alla Civitavecchiese, sea snails, and stuffed calamari.

Where to book ferry tickets to Civitavecchia?

Do you want to leave central Italy to discover the most beautiful places in the Mediterranean? Take advantage of a weekend in historic Civitavecchia, discover the hidden beauties of Etruria and travel to other Mediterranean destinations! Find on Ferryhopper all ferry connections from Civitavecchia to Sicily, Sardinia Barcelona and Tunis and book online cheap ferry tickets in just 4 clicks!


Civitavecchia has direct ferry connections with 9 ports:

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