Interesting facts and ideas for your own excursion in the port city and to Rome
- Regular berth: elongated pier, piers 10, 11, 12, 12a, 13 and 13a
- Regular berth: Landside Pier 25
- Port shuttle: available free of charge
- Taxis: usually available at the pier and at the shuttle stop
- Buses: extended bus line network
- Public transport in Rome: very well developed line network (bus, tram, metro)
- Car rental*: Avis, Via 16 Settembre 46 at the Service Center Largo della Pace
- Car rental*: Budget, Via 16 Settembre 46 at the Service Center Largo della Pace
- Car rental*: Europcar, Via Tarquinia, 19 at the Service Center Largo della Pace
- Car rental*: Hertz, Viale della Repubblica, 10A near the station
- Postal service: Via Giordano Bruno, 11, Civitavecchia
- Postal service: Piazza di San Silvestro, 28, Rome and St. Peter's Square
- Tourist Information: at the Service Center Largo della Pace (Shuttle stop)
- Tourist Info Rome: at Termini Central Station and St. Peter's Square (Vatican)
- Banks and ATMs: sparsely distributed in the centre of Civitavecchia
- Banks and ATMs: high density in the centre of Rome
- Berths of the Cruise Liners
The port of Civitavecchia has several berths for cruise ships. Often five or more of them are in the important coastal town at the same time. Most of them moor at the elongated pier at pier 10, 11, 12, 12b, 13a and/or 13b. Opposite the latter berth, pier 25 is also available on the land side for other ships. At berth 12b the construction of a new and modern cruise terminal was started in 2016. The construction work was scheduled to two years and was completed in 2018.
- Port Shuttle and Destination
The port itself is ideally left by one of the free port shuttles. Normally, there are two buses on each route, running every 15 minutes and having as common destination the Service Center Largo della Pace on the Via Turco road. Immediately after the arrival of a ship and after its release by the port authority, often more buses are used to cope with the rush of outflowing cruise passengers. But this does not always work. The area of the former public car park serves as a central meeting point and service centre with information desk for the arriving cruise ship passengers. Taxi drivers and various tour operators also advertise their services and usually start their excursions there. For example, various bus tours to Rome are offered. For the way back from Largo della Pace to the moorings, it is best to use the shuttle bus with the marked and corresponding ship name. The harbour can also be left and re-entered on foot. But the way, especially from and to the rear moorings is very long and dragging.
- Port map
The Cathedral of San Francesco d'Assisi is located in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele and can be reached on foot in 10-15 minutes. Originally there was a Franciscan church at the present location, which over time became too small for the steadily growing population and eventually had to make way for the massive cathedral. The building, which was severely damaged by bombing in 1943, was extensively restored seven years later, in a simple but stylish manner.
- Archeological Museum
An archaeological museum is housed in a historic 17th century building a few streets away in Largo Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour 1. The exhibition of the Museo Nazionale Archeologico extends over three floors and shows finds from the city and the surrounding area. Among them are many interesting sculptures, handicrafts made of various metals and ceramics. It is open daily except Mondays from 08:30-19:30. The entrance is free of charge.
- Fortress at the Harbour
The striking Forte Michelangelo, located at the port, is a 16th-century fortress built to protect its inhabitants in the event of enemy attacks. A park-like environment was created around the castle, which invites you to take a walk. Since the mighty fortress is used today by the port authorities, it is unfortunately not possible to visit the interior. As a further protective measure, a massive wall was built at the harbour, in the middle of which the beautiful fountain Fontana Vanvitelli made of travertine marble was integrated in the 18th century. At the northern end of the wall, a restored gate from 1761 connects the port with the city.
Civitavecchia has a few small stretches of beach that run in a south-easterly direction and connect directly to the port or Forte Micheangelo. Adjacent to it, the promenade lined with palm trees invites to a relaxing walk. There are a few small restaurants and bars. Depending on the sensitivity, it is advisable to wear bathing shoes on the beaches, as they consist mainly of coarser gravel and smaller stones.
- Civitavecchia Railway Station
A popular destination in Civitavecchia is the local railway station, from where you can easily reach Rome with the Italian Trenitalia train. Depending on the chosen train and destination station, you should plan 50 to 75 minutes for each direction to cover the 75 kilometres to Rome. A small time buffer should always be taken into account to be able to cover unforeseeable incidents and to be back on board before departure of the own ship. The Portmobility Service Center Largo della Pace is a little further away from the station than the actual port exit and from there, one needs about 20 to 25 minutes for the 1.5 kilometres walk, depending on the direction. By taxi or bus, it is of course much faster and more comfortable. Some buses of the lines of the local provider Argo srl drive on the street Via XVI Settembre in direction to the station and also stop at the Largo della Pace and/or in its proximity. A direct connection is also available. From 08:10-11:50 this bus leaves every 20 minutes for the railway station, with optional stops at the Cathedral and the Archaeological Museum. After a short ride you will reach the station forecourt. The return journey is also every 20 minutes in the afternoon from 14:20-18:20. When planning your trip, you should consider that these buses can quickly become full. Specially if there are several cruise liners in the harbour at the same time. A single ticket costs 2 euros per person, is available at the infopoint and also in the pizzeria Mastro Tiita that is located close by.
- With the Italian Train to Rome
Those who wish to travel to Rome by train usually get the tickets they want at Largo della Pace, the destination of the port shuttle. But as there are often long queues at the info point, there are alternatively the ticket counters and ticket machines in the station building. The latter can also be purchased in German. The BIRG ticket (Biglietto Integrato Regionale Giornaliero) for 12 euros per person is very popular. This is available near the shuttle stop in the small shop/kiosk under the dominant BAR sign and also at the station. Once validated at the green stamping machines located in the station, the card is valid for round-trip travel on the "slower" regional trains (Reg, RV, FL5) and also entitles the holder to use public transport in Rome for 24 hours. The card slot of the green stamping machines is designed for different card sizes. Smaller cards must be inserted on the left side. The automatic imprint is clearly audible. The regional trains, which run every half hour, take about 75 minutes to reach Roma Termini Central Station. The more expensive express trains (IC, FB) manage this distance in a good 50 minutes, but they do not travel as frequently and may not be used with the BIRG ticket.
During this time, the regional trains also reach the well-situated railway station Roma San Pietro, which is a 10 to 15 minute walk from the Vatican. The dome of St. Peter's Basilica is already clearly visible from there and can therefore also be used as an orientation aid. However, it is not recommended to return to Civitavecchia from this station. The trains usually come from the Roman main station and are then often already so well-filled that if one comes along at all, a seat is not always available. It is better to start the return journey right away from the Roma Termini or an upstream station. Regional trains normally stop at the thirteen stations of Civitavecchia, Santa Marinella, Santa Severa, Marina di Cerveteri, Ladispoli-Cerveteri, Torre in Pietra-Palidoro, Maccarese-Fregene, Roma Aurelia, Roma San Pietro, Roma Trastevere, Roma Ostiense, Roma Tuscolana and Roma Termini. It should also be noted that the platform at the Roman main station is located at the Stazione Per Le Linee Del Lazio with the tracks 25 and 26. For the way back, a good time cushion should be planned. The cruise ships seldom leave later than planned and usually do not wait for every excursionist. If necessary, one can still take an expensive taxi, but it costs 120-150 euros from Rome to Civitavecchia, depending on the distance covered.
- Roman Public Transport
Rome has a very well developed public transport network, which can be used with the BIRG ticket and is operated by the Roman transport company ATAC. Various bus, tram and metro lines are available. For example, the two underground lines A and B cross at Termini central station, making it an important transport hub in the Italian capital with the bus station in front of it. There is also a metro line C, which runs in the eastern part of Rome. The tram network was already put into operation in 1877 and today, after numerous closures, still has 6 lines in operation. A former and extensive catenary bus system has been reduced to one line, which runs northwards from Roma Termini central station as express bus line 90. In sections without overhead lines, the electric vehicles draw their energy from an integrated battery system.
The city buses, which are also numerous, are divided into different categories and often run every 5-10 minutes on their lines in the city centre. This sometimes allows for short waiting times and primarily affects the most common orange buses, which run as the "blue" Linea Urbana (U). There are also the express bus lines known as Linea Espressa (green/X). For these, articulated buses painted green and white are usually used, which only stop at a few stops. There are also the dark red Linea Esatta, which is hardly ever seen, and the black night bus lines. At the stop signs, the lines concerned can be recognized as a list view together with a route plan. The red framed stop marks the own location. So, it is also easy to see where the buses will stop in the further course. In public transport, you should pay special attention to pickpockets, especially when it gets crowded and narrow.
- Bus and Train Tickets in Rome
A single ticket is valid for 100 minutes after validation and costs 1.50 Euro. If a metro station is left, a new ticket must be used when re-entering the station, even if the time has not yet been fully used. For a more intensive use of the local public transport system, the day ticket ROME 24H, which currently costs 7 Euros per person, is a good choice. The tickets are available in tobacconists (Tabacchi) and in the train stations. They have to be validated at the stamping machines in the stations or in the buses immediately after boarding and should be kept in the metro until leaving the station, as controls are also carried out there. Tickets cannot be purchased from the driver on city buses. At a ticket machine, one should pay exact as possible in order not to be annoyed later on by the possibly appearing insufficient remaining money.
- Sightseeing Tours and Taxi
The majority of the historical visitor magnets are located in the centre of Rome. With the red and famous Hop On Hop Off buses of City-Sightseeing you get a good overview and first impression of the city. The audio guides on board are also available in German and provide a lot of interesting information about the sights. The buses start their 100-minute rounds in front of the main station and run daily from 09:00-19:40 and usually every 10 minutes. A ticket valid for 24 hours costs 28 euros each for adults and 14 euros each for children from 5 to 15 years. Other providers are Big Bus Rome and Gray Line I Love Rome, who run a similar program. As an inexpensive alternative, the public bus line 64, which connects the Roma San Pietro station with the Roma Termini main station, is a good alternative. The route runs right through the centre of the city and therefore not far from many sights. In addition, the journey is free of charge for holders of a BIRG ticket, or is included in the train ticket. A round trip by boat on the meandering Tiber River is not necessarily recommended. The river bed is quite deep and you can't really see much of the beautiful historical sights. There are plenty of taxis in Rome. You should take care to use only the official vehicles. They are painted white, have a "taxi" sign on the roof and have an ident number on the outside and inside. The taximeter should also be switched on at the start of the journey.
The area of the Vatican City is surrounded by a mighty wall, only 0.44 square kilometres in size, making it the smallest state in the world. From the railway station Roma San Pietro it takes 10-15 minutes on foot to reach St. Peter's Square with its centrally located 25-meter-high obelisk Vaticano. Ten metres shorter, however, are the 284 columns of the surrounding colonades, which in turn support 140 of the 3.20 metre high statues of saints. Between the fountains and the obelisk there are markings on the floor from which only the front columns of the colonades are still visible, behind which the other rows are hidden. The Vatican post office and public toilets are located on the left and south side of the square respectively. If the pope stays in the Vatican he says the Angelus prayer on Sundays at 12:00 o'clock. Free tickets are required for admission to the General Audience on Wednesday, which begins at 10:00 am. These are available by prior appointment at the German pilgrims' office near the Castel Sant'Angelo. With a little luck you can also get to St. Peter's Square spontaneously and without a ticket at this time. However, this is not the rule and access can be denied.
- St. Peter's Basilica
The flow of visitors to the entrance of the impressive and adjacent St. Peter's Basilica is directed to the right side of the square. There, one has to go through a security check like one knows it from airports and cruise ships. Once one has left this behind, one also stands immediately in the next queue. Here, the maximum allowed number of visitors of the impressive church building is controlled and it is strictly observed to wear appropriate clothes. But not before it is one's turn and one is granted access. If one is dressed too summery and permissive, one can confidently abstain from queuing in advance. At least your shoulders and knees must be covered, otherwise you will be turned away and not allowed to enter.
Below the imposing cathedral there are the Vatican Grottos with some papal tombs. Access to the crypt is free of charge and has been moved outside from the Longinus pillar. It is now located to the right of the entrance, towards the dome entrance. In the mornings masses are held there from time to time, and so access is closed to visitors at these times. Below the crypt is still the Vatican necropolis which houses the tomb of St. Peter. However, this is only accessible by appointment and as part of a guided tour. Access to St. Peter's is possible daily from 07:00-18:00. In the summer months also until 19:00. The entrance to the caves closes one hour earlier. While access to the impressive church is free of charge, the situation is somewhat different with the climbable dome of St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums.
- Dome of St. Peter's Basilica
From the Dome of St. Peter's Basilica there is an excellent view over Rome and the beautiful Vatican gardens. However, these can only be visited by appointment and in the form of a group tour with at least 16 participants. The dome and roof of St. Peter's Basilica, on the other hand, offer a viewing platform at a height of 117 metres, toilets, a small restaurant and can be climbed for a fee. Thus, one pays 6 euros per person if only the stairs with 551 steps are to be used. It is a little more comfortable to use the elevator for 2 euros more, but it only reaches up to the roof. The further ascend to the dome is possible over narrow and partly quite steep stairs. The dome is open daily from 08:00-16:45 and in summer until 18:00. Payment of the access fee is only possible with cash and there are no reduced prices.
- Museums of the Vatican
In the Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) are exhibited important art and cultural treasures. In addition to the papal collections, the Sistine Chapel
can also be visited during a museum tour. A complete tour of the extensive area is about seven kilometres long and takes some time, depending on personal interest. The exhibitions are divided
into 12 sections. There are various galleries, chapels, chambers and halls, the Vatican Courts, a Gregorian-Egyptian Museum, antique collections, painting collections, ceramics and mosaic
collections, a collection of modern religious art, a collection of early Christian art, the Vatican Historical Museum and the museums of the Vatican Library. The north main entrance to the
Vatican Museums is on Viale Vaticano street. It is open Monday to Saturday from 09:00-18:00. The last admission is at 16:00 hrs. On the last Sunday of the month the museum is open from
09:00-14:00 (last admission is at 12:30). On this day the area is open to visitors free of charge. On the other days, adults pay 16 euros each for access to the exhibition. Children and young
people from 6 to 18 years are charged half. Waiting times at the entrance are often very long if you have not booked in advance and have a slightly more expensive ticket without queuing. Please
note the dress code, which does not allow shorts and sleeveless tops.
- Ticket Offers
The time available in Rome is usually very limited for crusaders. One wants to see as much as possible and not spend the time in the mostly long queues. Therefore, its sensible to have a look at the special ticket offers without waiting times. These are available with and without guided tours, surely a little more expensive than the regular tickets, but sometimes save hours of waiting time. On our excursion overview of Civitavecchia/Rome you can find the best providers and offers.
- Castel Sant'Angelo
By following the wide street Via della Conciliazione from the St. Peter's Square, one cannot miss the massive Castel Sant'Angelo. After approximately 800 metres, one stands right in front of the impressive building that was designed by Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum and later, after its completion in the year 139 with some structural adjustments, it was also used as a prison and as a papal accommodation. An underground secret passageway connects the Castel Sant'Angelo with the Vatican, which gave the Popes unhindered access on both sides. Since 1906 the complex has been operated as a museum and offers visitors many interesting impressions of bygone times on five floors. It is open daily from 09:00-19:30 and the waiting times are generally quite humane. Normally, one gets access to the building quite fast, but this does not exclude that sometimes longer queues can form at the entrance. Specially if there are many cruise liners in the harbour of Civitavecchia, there are soon a few thousand cruise liners added to the already many tourists that are already in Rome. As a regular entrance fee for adults, 13 euros per person have to be paid. Young adults between 18 and 25 years pay 6,50 Euro. Those who are younger than 18 years may enter free of charge, as also all visitors on the first Sunday of each month. To the south of the massive building, the impressive Angel's Bridge (Ponte Sant'Angelo) spans the deep riverbed of the Tiber.
- Piazza Navona
At the Piazza Navona, you can stop for a relaxing break in one of the many local cafés and enjoy the view over the spacious square. Thus, at the northern end there is the Fontana del Nettuno (Neptune Fountain) and at the south the Fontana del Moro (Moor Fountain). Centrally located on the square, the construction of the highly visible and detailed Fontana di Fiumi (Four Stream Fountain) with its characteristic obelisk was completed in 1651. In the immediate vicinity is the building of the Catholic Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone.
The Pantheon, which was built between 119 and 125, is considered to be a very well preserved building of the ancient world. The original temple building at this location was completed as early as 25 BC and was then enormously damaged several times. In the course of the reconstruction, the characteristic roof construction that exists today was installed, which was unique worldwide for a long time and inspired architects to create various replicas. Located in the Piazza della Rotonda, the vestibule (pronaos) marks the entrance area to the impressive round domed hall (rotunda). The prominent hole in the centre of the dome measures a good nine metres in diameter and has no cover. So it is quite possible that in worse weather conditions, even larger amounts of precipitation get inside and make the flooring slippery. The drainage holes in the marble floor provide for the removal of the precipitation. In the past the building was partly used as a last resting place for important personalities. For example, the sarcophagus of the famous painter Raphael is located below the statue of the Virgin Madonna del Sasso. A viewing of the interior does not take much time. This is the reason why the waiting times at the Pantheon are normally not very long. The entrance is free of charge. A ramp bridges the steps in the entrance area, making access barrier-free. It is open Monday to Saturday from 09:00-19:30. On Sunday it is already closed at 18:00 hrs.
- The Trevi Fountain
At the biggest and most famous fountain of Rome, at the Piazza di Trevi it is actually always quite crowded. The Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) is a popular destination for the many visitors to Rome. The works for its full integration into the facade of the adjacent Palazzo Poli were carried out in 1732 under the direction of Nicola Salvi. It took 30 years until the meticulously executed building project was finally completed. The result with its 26x50 meters is impressive. In the middle is the god of the sea Oceanus. Originally the Trevi Fountain was fed with fresh water for a long time via the old aqueduct Aqua Vergine. Since 2007, tap water has been circulating in the fountain, which is also replaced at regular intervals. Traditionally one tosses a coin over the right shoulder to be rewarded with luck and return to Rome. If you toss two coins, you should fall in love with an Italian. If you throw three coins, you still get married. Because many tourists perform this ritual, the bottom of the water basin is quickly covered with coins. So that it does not become too much, they are collected in regular intervals by employees of the city. Every year a small seven-figure amount is collected and donated to charity. At Trevi Fountain one should take special care of one's valuables, as pickpockets feel very comfortable in the crowd.
- Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II
The enormous building Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II is dedicated to the first king of Italy. Also called a typewriter by the locals, the works for the construction of the building started in 1885 and lasted until the final completion in 1927. In the meantime, it was inaugurated in 1911, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the unification of Italy. At the Altare della Patria, two soldiers at a time guard the tomb of the unknown soldier with the eternal flame. The 12-metre high statue in front of the 80-metre high building shows Victor Emmanuel II on his horse. Over the many marble steps you can find the local museum and various lookout points.
The best view, however, is from the roof terrace Terrazza delle Quadrighe, which can be reached by a panoramic elevator that costs a fee. Usable daily from 09:30 to 19:30, for 7 euros per adult you get a great view on the roofs of Rome, with a view over the Forum Romanum up to the Colosseum that is not far away. Children up to the age of 10 years only get free access to the viewing platform when accompanied by an adult. From the 10th to the 18th year of age you pay 3,50 Euro. The integrated Museo del Risorgimento deals mainly with the history of the Italian wars of independence and is accessible free of charge. The national monument rises conspicuously at the Piazza Venezia and is, beside numerous bus lines, also accessible with the tram line 8. A barrier-free access has been installed on the side street Via del Teatro di Marcello, through which wheelchair users can reach the middle level and from there also take the glass panoramic lift to the upper roof terrace.
- Church of Santa Maria
Just behind Il Vittoriano is the Church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, consecrated in 1517. Those who do not shy away from the long stairway at the Via del Teatro di Marcello with its 124 steps and get into the interior, are usually surprised by the inconspicuous church building and are often astonished by the gorgeous interior design. The origins go far back to the Middle Ages, when Benedictine monks ran a church building including a monastery at this location, that later was passed on to the Franciscan order. Excavations have even proven the existence of a temple complex dating from 345 BC. Seen from the main entrance, on the left at the other end of the basilica, in the chapel of Santo Bambino, there is a highly venerated and at the same time miraculous Christ Child of the same name. Unless he is on his way to someone seeking help. The 60 centimetre high wooden statue is said to have performed many a miracle and is the destination of many pilgrims. An alternative side entrance to the church building is possible via the Capitol Square designed by Michelangelo. In this plaza, there is also the city hall Palazzo Senatorio, the Palazzo Nuovo and the Palazzo dei Conservatori (Conservatorial Palace). In the two houses opposite, visitors can see exhibits from the Capitoline Museums.
- Forum Romanum
In ancient times, the south-east adjoining Forum Romanum was the hub of the rising Roman Empire and is situated between the three hills Palatine, Capitoline and Esquiline. With the installation of the extensive Cloaca Maxima canal system around 600 BC, the former swamp area could be drained and construction could begin. On the surrounding elevations, the first settlements existed until then, which eventually merged and recognized the rising forum as a common centre. Gradually, various public buildings, basilicas and various temples were built. After about 1200 years of intensive use of the area, it increasingly lost its importance. Only a few buildings continued to be used, but most of them decayed over time and were even further decimated later in the Middle Ages when materials for various new construction projects were removed. At the beginning of the 19th century, the first archaeological excavations began in the area, which is now largely buried. The rediscovered and for interested visitors accessible Forum Romanum at Largo della Salara Vecchia 5/6 opens daily at 08:30 am and closes one hour before sunset. The regular entrance fee for adults is 12 euros each. 18-25 year olds pay a reduced price of 7.50 euros per person. Up to the age of 17, admission is free of charge. The combined tickets are valid for two calendar days and may be used once for the adjacent Palatine and Colosseum in addition to the Forum Romanum. If exhibitions are presented in the Colosseum, a surcharge of 3 Euro per person/ticket is levied. On the first Sunday of each month, admission is free of charge.
- Palatine Hill
Rome, as is well known, was built on seven hills. The first one was the Palatine, from which the metropolis worth seeing spread out. Today the ruins of the ancient imperial palaces and temples can be seen there, in addition to green spaces and gardens. Among them is also the residential house of the first Roman Emperor Augustus, which was part of an extensive complex of buildings and is partly well preserved and restored. The interior walls of the house of Augustus were decorated with elaborate wall paintings, which can also be visited. However, considerable waiting times must be expected as only five visitors at a time are allowed into the open, partly small rooms. In rainy weather no viewing is possible. Beside an access from the Forum Romanum, the area is also accessible from the street Via di San Gregorio and accessible with the combined ticket Forum Romanum-Palatine Colosseum.
From the centre of ancient Rome it is only a stone's throw to the famous Amphitheatre Flavium. The so-called Colosseum (Colosseo) is a famous landmark of the city, was built between 72 and 80 AD and is very popular by tourists from all over the world. After its completion, regular gladiator and animal fights took place there, in which about 500,000 people lost their lives in the course of time. For the inhabitants of Rome, the entrance to the events was always free and in addition, bread was offered free of charge. From the 5th century onwards, however, the Colosseum fell into disrepair, and in the Middle Ages, additional materials were removed for various new construction projects, with which, among other things, the construction of St. Peter's was realized.
Despite the decimation, the sight of the Colosseum today, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is impressive, and gives an idea of how powerful it must have looked during its time of operation. The elliptical structure measures 48 metres in height, is 188 metres long, 156 metres wide and has a circumference of 527 metres. Often the floor of the arena, made of wooden planks, was covered with sand. It was also constructed in the shape of an ellipse and, with an area of 86 x 54 metres, offered enough space for the violent fights. Trapdoors and lifting devices connected the cellar area (hypogeum), which is still clearly visible today, with the arena floor, a small part of which was reconstructed. The 80 entrances installed all around allowed up to 50,000 spectators quick access to the grandstand seats, which were divided into categories. Thus the richest and most important inhabitants of Rome had the best seats in the lower ring, while the poorest were allowed to watch the action from far above.
Today there is only one entrance where the visitors are controlled like at airports. You have to expect some loss of time and also have to consider that liquids are not allowed, as well as glass bottles and pressurized containers. Empty drinking bottles can be refilled with water in the Colosseum or outside at the many Nasoni drinking fountains. One of them is for example located at the nearby subway station Colosseo. Normal backpacks are allowed, but large bags and suitcases are not. For safety reasons, the stay in the historical building is limited to a maximum of 3000 people. This is why there are usually long queues at the entrance, which can take two to three hours in the high season, for example.
This can be avoided with a more expensive but time-saving Fast Entry Ticket*, which can be booked in advance. For the regular entrance, the combi-ticket Forum Romanum-Palatin-Colosseum is sold with which also the neighboured sites can be visited. It is open daily from 08:30 am. The closing times are seasonally at 16:30 at the earliest. In the summer months the opening hours are considerably longer. The Hypogeum is accessible daily at 13:40 or as part of a guided tour. However, places are very limited and advance reservation is recommended. This can be done directly at the Colosseum by calling 39 06 3996 7700. The Colosseum is easily accessible by metro line B and tram 3. Furthermore, several city bus lines have a stop nearby.
- Drinking Water Wells and Decorative Fountains
Nasoni drinking water wells are distributed throughout the city of Rome, providing free drinking water of very good quality 24 hours a day. The small water dispensers are popular with locals and tourists alike, especially in the summer months. The aqueduct il Peschiera transports the well controlled fresh water from the province of Rieti and with a flow rate of 9 cubic metres per second supplies the entire city and thus thousands of households. The historic decorative fountains, however, are not connected to it and this water should not be drunk. The normally affixed notice "Acqua non potabile" (Non-drinkable water) provides information about this.
- Constantine's Arc
The Arch of Constantine standing directly at the Colosseum was consecrated in 315 and bridges the then triumphal road Via Triumphalis. With its 21 metres height, nearly 26 metres width and 7 metres depth, it looks very impressive and is thus the largest of the three remaining triumphal arches of ancient Rome. The Titus' arch from the year 70 AD is a little smaller. In the Forum Romanum it is the oldest preserved arch in the world. By following the street Via di San Gregorio in southern direction, one gets in 10-15 minutes to the Circus Maximus. Here, gladiator fights and the spectacular chariot races took place. There is not much left of the buildings on the 600 metres long and 150 metres wide area, but one already gets a feeling of the impressive dimensions by looking at the huge area.
- Spanish Steps
Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti is the Italian name for the famous Spanish Steps in Rome. It was completed in 1725 and with 138 steps connects the church Santa Trinità dei Monti from 1587, which is located above, with the Spanish square Piazza di Spagna at its foot. The Fontana della Barcaccia fountain was built there in 1629 by order of Pope Urban VIII. The square itself and the adjacent Via dei Condotti street are home to various exclusive fashion and designer shops.
- Borghese Villa
A very extensive park extends above the Spanish Steps. Villa Borghese is owned by the family of the previous owners of the same name, who handed the area over to the state in 1901. Besides very beautiful, well-kept gardens, the very well preserved casino building from 1616 is particularly interesting. It has been used as the national museum Galleria Borghese since 1903. Today's exhibits come almost exclusively from the private collection of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, among which there are also true masterpieces by famous artists. The house is open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00-19:00 and is closed on Mondays. However, the maximum number of people in the building at any one time is strictly limited to 360. The exhibition is usually so popular that it is almost impossible to get a valid ticket on site. Therefore it is necessary to order the temporary valid tickets in advance. The amount of the entrance fees is variable and fluctuates seasonally sometimes quite strongly. For full-paying adults they are around 10 to 15 Euros per person. On the first Sunday of the respective month no entrance fee is required, but there are also very long queues at the entrance to the Galleria Borghese. In the vicinity, the buses of the lines 53, 63, 83, 92, 223, 360 and 910 stop at the bus stop "Pinciana/Museo Borghese".
- Excursion Portals and Excursion Providers
Through the tour and excursion providers GetYourGuide*, Meine Landausflüge* and Viator*, you can book various excursions, activities, tours, tickets and admission tickets, which are often offered at much lower prices than comparable excursions offered by the shipping companies. Thus, a large number of excursions can be realized on your own.
A small preselection of independent excursion offers
for, in and around Civitavecchia,
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- Cruises and Special Offers
If you have not yet booked a cruise, but would like to get to know Civitavecchia, Rome and the Vatican personally and make excursions on your own, you will find great offers from the major cruise operators in the German-speaking world. Aida*, Costa* and Tui Cruises - Mein Schiff* offer attractive routes with their modern cruise ships, together with other interesting destinations. Book your next dream holiday directly with the shipping company at fair conditions.
All ocean and river cruises can also be booked conveniently and inexpensively online with the sea travel specialist Kreuzfahrten-Zentrale Astoria*. This means that you can choose from a wide range of up-to-date offers from various shipping companies. These include AIDA Cruises, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and TUI Cruises. Also attractive are the popular special offers, with which one can travel at a particularly low price and possibly also get a great bargain.
- Opening hours of the post office: Monday to Friday from 08:00-18:00
- Opening hours of the banks: Monday to Friday from 08:00-13:00
- Opening hours of the tourist information office: daily from 06:30-19:30
- Opening hours of the Tourist Information Office Rome: Monday to Friday from 08:15-19:00 and Saturday from 08:15-13:30
- Opening hours of the shops: Monday to Saturday from 09:00-20:00, often lunch break from 13:00-16:00
- Country code: +39
- Taxi Rom: Tel. 06 3570 (Auto Radio Taxi)
- Taxi Rom: Tel. 06 5551 (Samarcanda Radio Taxi)
- Taxi Rom: Tel. 06 4994 (La Capitale)
- General emergency call: Tel. 112
- Police: Tel. 113
- Emergency doctor: Tel. 118
- Fire department: Tel. 115
- Vaccination recommendation: Tropical Institute Italy
- Safety Instructions: Federal Foreign Office Italy
- Public transport in Rome: ATAC
- Public transport in Rome: Line networks
- Bus line network: Argo srl
- Train timetables: Train connections Trenitalia
- City map: Rome Map
- City map: Rome city centre with public transport
- Climatic table: Rome Climate
- Port occupancy: Cruise ships in Civitavecchia
- Port occupancy: Registered cruise ships
- National currency: Euro, 1 Euro = 100 Cent
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