|Walls of the port and Duomo|
|Duomo of Civitavecchia|
The port of Civitavecchia is continuing to grow exponentially with more than 2 million passengers disembarking here annually.
Thanks to the free shuttle bus that criss crosses the port continually, passengers are safely transported to the port's main exit dominated by the magnificent 16th century fortress designed for Pope Julius II by Michelangelo .
|Michelangeo fortress -where shuttle buses stop|
|looking down from the bus stop to the Info kiosk and shuttle bus stop|
Its been about 2 years now that the information kiosk has been set up here to dispense brochures and travel information.
It is run by the Lazio Region with multi lingual hostesses who give out free information, sell tickets for the train, bus and tours.
|ask the girls for information...they speak English !!|
After dodging a few persistent taxi drivers offering outrageously expensive transfers to Rome, a short walk along the palm-lined boardwalk brings to the train station (15 minutes along the sea) or around the corner (5 minutes walk) to the white facade of the city's main church and the local bus stop.
You can also purchase bus tickets at the tobacconist shop or newspaper kiosk nearby.
|bus stop in Civitavecchia to Siena, Aquila, Viterbo.etc.|
From here for a few euro (I paid 1.50 for a one-way ticket home) one can travel independently to the lovely nearby towns of Tarquinia, Tolfa,Tuscania, Viterbo and Vetralla using the inexpensive blue buses of the Cotral transport system.
Don't expect air conditioned luxury for these fast buses are used mostly by students and non-drivers commuting to school or work.
Check the timetables carefully beforehand online -rarely are they posted at the bus stops- and remember to allow ample time to return to the dock. Our usual bus home to Vetralla leaves at 9:00 am but we are always a bit early.
Beware of the terrible word "sciopero" which means the buses are on strike.
Find out when the bus will return and learn to say the name Civita - vecchia- not just "port" which may be misunderstood as "airport".
|At the bus stop...overlooking the cruise docks|