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Some cruise companies dock for longer than others in the port of Civitavecchia giving you plenty of time to go sightseeing in Rome or to book a tour to explore the surrounding territory. However, as time is generally precious we have put together a handful of favourite places in Civitavecchia town so that you don't waste time wandering aimlessly (which, incidentally is what we ended up doing in Cagliari a number of years ago).
The most central and obvious landmark in Civitavecchia is Forte Michelangelo (pictured below). From here you are close to shops, restaurants and the seafront. If you stroll along the seafront you'll pass Tata an Italian shoe shop and further along a cafe/snack bar called Chalet degli Eventi which does nice coffees and in good weather you can sit outside admiring the waves.
Another nice place for coffee is Cioccolart who also make their own chocolates and pastries and they have a couple of tables for those wanting to sit. We had a quick espresso standing at the bar. There are a handful of clothing, jewellery, gifts and sunglasses shops on the same street - Corso Gugliemo Marconi - including Max & Co, Sisley, Luisa Spagnoli, Benetton, Thun, Kazanova. PAM a local supermarket stocks some good foods plus all the usual basics that one might need.
If you're in need of hair products there's Headlab Aveda on via Traino and for further pampering, next door is an herbalist called La Mimosa (in Italian these shops are called "erboristerie" and they're a sort of mix between a health shop: selling essential oils, herbs, supplements, tisanes, and a cosmetics/toiletries shop: selling bath, body, hair and face products). They often have attractive gift sets, especially at Christmas, Easter, St. Valentine's Day, etc..
Largo Plebescito has one or two clothing boutiques worth a peek and further up on Corso Centocelle you'll find La Gardenia (recently rebranded as Douglas) which sells well known perfumes, sun products and make-up brands.
One of the most attractive streets in Civitavecchia is via Gabriele D'Annunzio so it's no surprise to find it dotted with cute wine bars and bistros. Although we've not had chance to dine in all of them yet, we particularly liked 80 Fame - perfect for elegant dining and Quantum - with relaxed outdoor seating (both located on Piazza Aurelio Saffi/via Gabriele D'Annunzio); Pane Amore & Fantasia - for seafood, on via Carlo Calisse; MyLord restaurant & lounge bar - on via Luigi Cadorna, which looks especially inviting for a cocktail; Bar Danilo - on Corso Guglielmo Marconi is great for a quick coffee pick-me-up and also had cakes and gelato; and finally the Black Lodge Irish Pub - on via Giosuè Carducci, open from 6.30pm.
Right the other end of Civitavecchia, beyond the train station along the promenade are a bunch of eateries including: Pizza a Volontà - an eat-as-much-as-you-can pizza restaurant (also take-away) with sea views overlooking ancient port ruins at the end of Lungomare Ammiraglio Thaon de Revel, then gradually making your way back towards the port onto via Duca D'Aosta you'll find La Pecora Nera bistrot, pub & tattoo studio; and Mastro Titta "Oltremare" - a pizza restaurant serving classic pizza with plenty of old world charm (Mastro Titta is a mini chain of 4 establishments of the same name all in Civitavecchia - Mastro Titta was the official executioner for the Papal States from 1796 to 1864).
To give you an idea of timings, it takes about 20 minutes to walk from Pizza a Volontà near Piazza Giuseppe Verdi to Forte Michelangelo walking at a fairly relaxed pace.
If your cruise starts at Civitavecchia and you don't want to stay in Rome you might like to try La Casa sul Mare or the Alibrandi Palace guest house.
A short drive away in Santa Marinella we like Hotel Villa delle Palme. It has a private beach and a garden and brings to mind the 1920's Art Deco era with its whitewashed walls and palm trees. Another we like is the Villino Emanuele in a slightly more Pre-Raphaelite-Liberty style. For those wanting a unique experience you might like to consider Ostello Del Castello Di Santa Severa located a little further towards Rome in Santa Severa.
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We hope to see you in Rome soon!