The port of Civitavecchia, founded by the Roman Emperor Trajan as the port of Rome, was for many centuries the hub of trade and contact between the peoples of the 'Mare Nostrum' (Mediterranean). Even today, Civitavecchia retains this prominent position, at the epicentre of a modern and efficient railway system, road and airport network linking the capital and central Italy with the rest of the world. The port of Civitavecchia also provides access to some of the most popular Italian and Mediterranean tourist attractions. Refurbishment work undertaken in the last three decades to create dedicated cruise berths and upgrade facilities resulted in a rapid increase in cruise ship calls and passengers.

Last year Civitavecchia welcomed approximately 2.5m cruise passengers as it aims to become the largest cruise port in the Mediterranean. One hour by road from Civitavecchia is Rome, the Eternal City and an open-air museum, where works of art, Roman ruins and monuments are in every street and around every corner. Visiting Rome is a fascinating journey into the history of humanity, which can be seen by walking through the city centre or viewed through a network of museums, among the most extensive in the world. But Rome is also music, dance, gardens and parks, including the Villa Borghese or the archaeological complex Antic. Rome offers a thousand calm and warm colours: from the Baroque age of yellow ocher, raw white travertine marble of countless churches and facades, its sky blue and silver of its fountains.

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