The Port of Rome 

  The city of Rome lies about 12 miles (20 Kms) from the sea and its port is at Fiumicino, close to the main airport of Rome, Leonardo da Vinci, also known as Fiumicino, where the Tiber river flows into the sea.

  Fiumicino, which in fact means "little river", provides good mooring for yachts, right within the township, whereas many other berths and shipyards are available in "Fiumara Grande", the "big river", where the Tiber divides into two streams before flowing into the sea. Porto Romano, a new marina just completed provides modern berthing facilities.

  Apart from some good fish restaurants, Fiumicino is not particularly attractive, but does give you easy access to the airport and opportunity for visiting the city of Rome. The best way of reaching the city is to take a taxi to the airport and then the train right into the main station of Termini, in the city centre.

  A local tourist attraction in the area, very much worth visiting, is Ostia Antica, the ancient port of ancient Rome, now silted in and about 1 km from the present shore-line. The ruins are spread over a very large area and are quite intact. Another attraction is the ancient port of Claudius, 42 AD, also silted in, with its naval museum of the Roman ships, right within the airport area.

  A note of caution before sailing into Fiumicino, one must check the formation of sand banks at the river entrance before entering with a boat and you must give particular attention when the sea is heavy, with a Libeccio wind.

A significant land-mark is the old light-house, built in 1946 on the ruins of the one bombed during the war. Its position is latitude 4144'36 and longitude 1213'30 and is 32 metres high. However it is no longer functioning and the smaller lights are to be used at the river entrance.  

  There is an oil-tanker platform offshore, so beware of the traffic.

Useful Links:

Capitaneria di Porto di Roma

Map of the Commune of Fiumicino

All roads lead to Rome




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