Located 80km north of Rome, the port of Civitavecchia is along the coast and a good starting point for a self-guided tour of Rome since it is connected by train. Getting to Rome from the cruise port is easy. Head to the train station and refer to the Trenitalia app for the trains heading to Termini central station but stopping at St. Peter’s station.
You can head to the train station by foot but there is also the option of taking the Argo bus, which departs from Largo Della Pace from 8:10am. The last bus departs at 6:20pm and from 11:50am to 2:20pm there is no service. The train station is around 1km from the port, 600 metres from Fote Michelangelo and 1.5km from Largo Della Pace, which means your travel time will be 10 – 20 minutes.
Once you’re at the train station there are direct connections that will get you to Roma Termini in 45 minutes for €15. There are also regional connections that take you to Roma Termini in 1 hour, 20 minutes for €5. Trains run every 20 - 30 minutes to Roma Termini.
Roma San Pietro Station is the starting point for visiting the Basilica of St. Peter and Castel Sant’Angelo.
You can get there from the Port of Civitavecchia in about 1 hour by taking the train for Termini and getting off at St. Peter’s station. It’s important to note that not all trains heading to Termini stop there so it is best to check the Trenitalia website or app for the correct train before departing. Stop at the green bar in Via Della Stazione di S. Pietro, 15 if you’re looking for a great breakfast.
If you’re heading to the Vatican museums, it’s best to buy “Skip the Line” tickets in advance, which cost € 16.00 + 4.00. After visiting the Vatican museums, walk to the subway’s Metro A station “Ottaviano”, purchase tickets and take the subway to “Anagnina”, getting off at “Spagna”. After seeing the Spanish Steps, take a walk to via del Tritone to see the biggest shopping centre in Rome, La Rinascente.
From there, take a bus to Termini central station or walk to the subway stop “Barberini”. If you have time and are hungry, you will have the chance to try all sorts of delicious food next to the subway entrance. Take the train back to Civitavecchia and walk from the station back to the port.
You can also read this excellent post on seeing Rome in a day for more ideas.