Perched on the Tyrrhenian Sea, Civitavecchia, often dubbed "The Port of Rome," serves as a gateway to Italy's eternal capital. This ancient port town marries maritime history with a hint of modern allure. Read more

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Civitavecchia is not merely a port; it's a town steeped in centuries of maritime tradition and historical intrigue. Established by Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century, Civitavecchia has long served as a crucial naval base and trade port for the Roman Empire and later for the Papal States. Its ancient fortifications and thermal baths offer a glimpse into its storied past, while its promenade, restaurants, and markets provide a taste of contemporary coastal Italian life. Though many travelers pass through on their way to Rome, those who linger are rewarded with a less-touristed, authentic Italian experience.
Civitavecchia, with its strategic location and rich history, acts as a maritime prologue to the treasures of Rome. It's a place where travelers can relish the maritime vibes of Italy while standing on layers of history that paved the way for the great Roman civilization.

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What to do in Civitavecchia

Fort Michelangelo

Commissioned by Pope Julius II and completed under Michelangelo's supervision, this fortress guards the port and offers panoramic sea views.

Terme Taurine

Dive into history by exploring these ancient Roman thermal baths, with ruins that tell tales of luxurious spa days of yore.

Cathedral of San Francis of Assisi

A tranquil sanctuary reflecting various architectural styles, bearing witness to the city's evolving religious history.

National Archaeological Museum

Nestled inside an 18th-century building, it showcases a rich collection of artifacts from the region.

Pirgo Beach

A stone's throw away from the port, this beach offers a relaxing escape with its tranquil waters and golden sands.

Livorno Aqueduct

An impressive example of 18th-century engineering, this aqueduct is a testament to Civitavecchia's infrastructural progress.

Civitavecchia Market

A bustling market where locals shop, offering a plethora of fresh produce, cheeses, meats, and authentic Italian goods.

Ghetto of Civitavecchia

A historic district that once housed the city's Jewish community, with narrow streets echoing tales of the past.

Via Aurelia

An ancient Roman road that connected Rome to France, parts of which can still be explored today.

Port of Civitavecchia

Beyond being a transportation hub, the port area is brimming with eateries, shops, and offers a glimpse into the town's maritime life.

What else to visit
In and around Civitavecchia

Capalbio (50.46 km)

Perched high on a hill in southern Tuscany, Capalbio is a medieval gem, often referred to as the 'Little Athens' of the Maremma region. With its well-preserved walls and panoramic views, it's a journey back in time to Italy's romantic past.

Leonardo da Vinci Airport (51.65 km)

Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, serving as the gateway to Rome and Italy, combines historical charm with modern efficiency. As Italy's busiest airport, it offers a welcoming first glimpse into the country's rich heritage and contemporary culture.

Sacro Bosco (57.91 km)

Venture into the enigmatic heart of Italy's Sacred Grove, Sacro Bosco. Known as "Parco dei Mostri" (Park of the Monsters), this bewitching garden mingles Renaissance artistry with cryptic symbolism, beckoning explorers to unravel its mysteries.

Rome (61.57 km)

Rome, the eternal city with a thousand years of history. This city will captivate you with its unique atmosphere, its combination of ancient ruins, Renaissance palaces and lively Italian lifestyle.

Civita di Bagnoregio (65 km)

Discover the surreal beauty of Civita di Bagnoregio, often dubbed the "Dying Town." Teetering atop a plateau overlooking the stunning Valle dei Calanchi, this ancient gem is a testament to Italy's rich history and the unyielding power of nature.

Orvieto (74.35 km)

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