15 Best Civitavecchia Tours

Civitavecchia is a suburban commune located approximately 40 miles northwest of the Italian capital, Rome.

With just over 50,000 inhabitants, it’s not as big as many other Italian cities, but it’s famous for its port, harbour and historic lighthouse.

Tourists who decide to spend their time in the city usually find it scenic and laid back. For those uneasy in a small-town setting, there are multiple day trip options from Rome and other nearby attractions.

Here are 15 of the best tours in and around Civitavecchia that rank high on many travelers’ itineraries.

1. Full-Day Tuscan Wine Tour

Tuscan wine

The Tuscan countryside is full of old-world charm, historic sites and family-owned wineries that have been producing some of the country’s most famous wines for generations.

This full-day wine tour includes all three elements and is offered multiple times a day to accommodate those with varying schedules.

Stops include a quaint winery, an archaeological park, and an Etruscan village of less than 10 inhabitants that recall times long ago.

The tour begins and ends in the port of Civitavecchia and includes a guided winery tour, followed by relaxation and drinks before returning to town.

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2. Farnese Palace Renaissance Residence Tour with Lunch

Palazzo Farnese Renaissance Apartments

The Farnese Palace (or Palazzo Farnese) is one of the region’s most important historical attractions and a popular side trip for those interested in exploring the remote areas of Civitavecchia .

It is considered one of the best-preserved examples of Renaissance architecture in the area. On this tour, guests will witness it up close and personal as their guides tell an interesting historical perspective on its past.

Famous for its frescoes and all-around grandeur, the palace also has elements of Christian history and is a popular location for amateur photographers.

Tours may include other options such as an authentic lunch at Caprarola or a visit to the nearby Monster Park.

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3. Odeskalki Castle and Aircraft Museum Combo Tour

Odeskalki Castle

The ancient castle and the 20th century aircraft museum are not usually included in the same tour, but this unique combination allows participants to experience both.

The tour begins with a visit to the Aircraft History Museum, which showcases a variety of civilian and military aircraft that served various roles in the 20th century.

Next, guests will visit Odeskalki Castle, which was built nearly 1500 years ago.

It’s steeped in history and impressive sports buildings, but these days it’s probably better known as the location where Tom Cruise married Katie Holmes.

Guests will enjoy a traditional lunch before returning to town.

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4. Rome Full-Day Tour from Civitavecchia Port


For those who find themselves in Civitavecchia with a full day to spare, there are various tours of Rome, usually lasting 7 to 9 hours.

Some day-trippers prefer a group with a fixed itinerary, while others prefer to see things their way without worrying about anyone else.

This all-day option is great for those who count themselves in the latter group, as it has a customizable schedule and is limited to eight guests.

Highlights include sights such as the Colosseum, Plaza de España and the Circus Maximus. Each guest receives a free guide to help them make the most of their time.

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5. Civitavecchia’s Dying City and Monster Park Tour

Calanche Valley

While their names tend to conjure up creepy images, Dying City and Monster Park aren’t that creepy.

The dying city is so named because it is slowly disappearing, as bits and pieces keep falling into the valley dei Clanachi far below.

Definitely worth a visit before it’s gone forever, and after a short tour, guests head to Monster Park.

Built in the 15th century, the park features an impressive collection of wood and stone figures representing everything from dragons and mythical figures to exotic animals and fairy tale monsters.

Tours last six to eight hours.

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6. Rocca dei Papi Papal Fortress and Museum

Rocca dei Papi Papal Bastion

Apparently, in the 13th and 14th centuries, the world was so dangerous that even churches needed their own fortresses to protect them from foreign invaders.

Thankfully, those days are long gone, but many historic relics of those turbulent years remain, and for Italian history buffs, they are fascinating places.

In addition to impressive fortifications and other important historical and cultural attractions, the tour includes stunning views of Lake Bolsena, a visit to the Young Sangallo Museum, and an award-winning tour in a particularly scenic area Winning winery tours and tastings in the Italian countryside.

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7. Full-Day MUVIS Wine Experience in Civitavecchia


In Italy, there are many museums dedicated to the wonders of wine, and MUVIS is one of the largest and most visited in the country.

Consisting of multiple floors, the facility traces the history of wine – from its origins thousands of years ago to its present state.

Today, the country’s wine market still includes small, family-owned wineries, as well as ultra-modern production facilities producing millions of bottles a year.

More than a culinary staple, wine has always played a central role in Italian culture. For those self-proclaimed grape elixir lovers, there’s no better way to get an overview than this full-day tour.

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8. Private Day Trip to Rome from Civitavecchia

Circus Maximus

After a leisurely day in Rome, visiting these sights is usually an experience most tourists will never forget.

There are more important historical sites per square mile than anywhere else in the world, which is why it is one of the top destinations on the African continent.

On this 9-hour tour, guests will meet their guide in the port of Civitavecchia before starting an exciting day in the Italian capital.

Attractions include St. Paul’s Cathedral, Palatine Hill, and the Circus Maximus, to name a few. Along the way, everyone will benefit from the historical and cultural insights of the host.

Food, tips, and admission are not included, so bring a few extra bucks.

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9. Tarquinia and UNESCO World Heritage Tour from Civitavecchia

Etruscan cemetery

According to historians and archaeologists, the Etruscan necropolis in the city of Tarquinia is over 3,000 years old.

That’s impressive even by Italian standards, but even more surprising is that many of its beautifully decorated tombs are still in relatively good condition.

The city and mausoleum are a favorite for lovers of history and ancient culture. Sign up for this 6 ½ to 7 ½ hour tour from Civitavecchia and it’s easy to experience them in all their glory.

The tour includes a fascinating glimpse into Etruscan life and art, culminating with a relaxing lunch at a traditional family-style restaurant in town.

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10. 8-Hour Outlet Village Shopping Tour from Civitavecchia


While some die-hard travelers might laugh at wasting precious Italian vacation time at the outlet, retail therapy needs to be at the top of many visitors’ itineraries.

This 8-hour outlet village tour begins and ends in the port of Civitavecchia and is a great option for those who have just docked and find themselves in need of new jewelry.

Shops in the village include a variety of international brands such as Guess, Adidas and Diesel, as well as more high-end boutiques offering everything from jewellery and electronics to children’s clothing and homewares.

Many restaurants are also located in the village and are easily accessible.

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11. Full-Day Tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum


Roman-era ruins are one of Rome’s most popular attractions. Those who choose to take this full-day tour will enjoy the services of a local guide, as well as skip-the-line tickets to places that are often inundated with tourists during peak hours.

The tour begins with pickup from the port of Civitavecchia and includes a round-trip to Rome by air-conditioned bus.

Participants will experience the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the original mausoleum where Julius Caesar rested.

Tours are limited in size, which means a more personal and intimate experience than you might find in larger groups.

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12. Odeskalki Castle and Town Half-Day Tour with Lunch

Odeskalki Castle

For many travelers with a DIY attitude, structured full-day tours can be a bit much.

Thankfully, there are plenty of half-day options if you know where to look. This tour of Odescalchi Castle and Bracciano Town is one of the most popular.

Orsini-Odescalchi Castle was built in the 5th century and has been a center of power and prosperity for hundreds of years.

Characterized by impressive stone walls and towering turrets, it successfully protected the royal occupants, as well as offering views of Lake Bracciano and the surrounding countryside.

The tour includes round-trip transportation to and from the port of Civitavecchia and entrance to the castle.

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13. Capalbio and Tarot Garden Tour from Civitavecchia

Capalbio and the Tarot Garden

From the port of Civitavecchia, the drive to the Tuscan town of Capalbio takes about an hour.

The Tuscan countryside is full of awe-inspiring landscapes. Along the way, guests will learn about what they are seeing from commentary by their English-speaking guide.

Once in town, everyone will begin a tour of the city center, which includes the famous Tarot Garden, created by a French artist and featuring colorful sculptures depicting the characters in the tarot cards.

Several other attractions, such as the town’s ancient defensive walls and magenta square, are also included, but the tour is not wheelchair accessible.

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14. Rome hop-on hop-off bus and transfer from Civitavecchia port

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In short, hop-on hop-off tours offer travelers more flexibility than traditional tours.

They are also generally cheaper and allow participants to focus on the things they are interested in and ignore those that are not.

These Rome tours start from the port of Civitavecchia and depart multiple times a day with audio guide commentary in nearly ten languages.

Tours often stop at iconic Roman sights. Since guests can spend as much or as little time at each location, they don’t have to worry about being left behind as a fleet of buses passes through each location every 15 or 20 minutes.

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15. Rome Golf Cart Tour from Civitavecchia

spanish steps

While that might sound a bit mundane and anticlimactic in a country famous for Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Maserati, golf carts are a unique and reliable way to explore a stunning city like Rome.

After departing from the cruise terminal in Civitavecchia in a comfortable executive-class van, guests will drive to nearby Rome.

Highlights include famous sights such as the Villa Borghese, Spanish Steps, Colosseum and Piazza Venezia, as well as lesser-known sights.

Other options might include visiting the Vatican City or heading to Piazza Renaissance for a view and a meal before returning to Civitavecchia.

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