Civitavecchia looks today still somehow unprepared to the huge tourist flow that has been constantly increasing in the last ten years, and eventually made its cruise port one of the largest in Mediterranean. However things have been improving much in terms of service quality and hospitality and, on the other hand, incoming travellers still have the chance to experience the true, genuine and kind of lazy atmosphere of an authentic Italian fisher town, despite the almost three million passengers getting off each year on the docks of Civitavecchia. Once there we definitely advise you to go and find yourself a local seafood restaurant, as local recipes are indeed very appreciated and many are willing to travel from out of town to Civitavecchia just for testing its traditional seafood dishes.
The town, besides being one and a half hour from Rome (by train) is also a conveniently located gateway to many other mind-blowing and fairytale-like places, all reachable within the day with some advance planning (as for instance the Tarot Garden in Capalbio; the park of stone monsters in Bomarzo; the mysterious Civita di Bagnoreggio or again all the Etruscan archaeological sites). Civitavecchia also offers very enjoyable landmarks, starting with its downtown clean and well-equipped sand beaches, a very interesting archaeological museum and a charming, old-fashioned hot sulphur thermal station: La Ficoncella. And if you are not able to find the piece of information you need – which by itself is pretty common travelling across Italy – or if you want to read some tips and get local advice on the actual prices of transportation tickets (bus, train, ferry, transfer from Civitavecchia to Fiumicino and Ciampino airport, etc.), guided Rome tours to and the like –you probably know already that everything you purchase aboard usually cost times its fair price- we strongly recommend to visit a local website called Civitavecchia, a cruiser’s guide, ( www.civitavecchia.co.uk) and send them a message in case you don’t find on the website what you were looking for. We did it and they were very helpful, plus we do support their approach in helping travellers not to get scammed. So, if you need some honest tips by locals on any Civitavecchia tourist info, you now know where to look.