Civitavecchia

Civitavecchia is located in the province of Rome and is especially known as Rome’s port. It is  here that the Mediterranean cruise ships land and depart.

Civitavecchia travel guide

Civitavecchia does not give a favorable impression at first sight, since the city was virtually destroyed during World War II, and the new constructions are not on a par with what was lost. Still, there are several sights worth visiting for tourists.

The port of Civitavecchia more or less follows the lay-out of the ancient port during the times of Emperor Trajan. It is but a short walk from the railway station. There are regular trains from Roma Termini.

Civitavecchia tourist attractions

  • Fortezza Michelangelo: Commissioned by Pope Julius II Della Rovere in the 16th century, this fort knew many architects. It was begun by Bramante and completed by Michelangelo himself; in-between Sangallio the Younger and Giuliano Leno also contributed. Inside the fortress the remains of a Roman villa have been excavated, as well as the crypt of Santa Fermina.
  • The old city walls, built during the reign of Pope Urban VIII.
  • The Terme Taurine are remains of spas that used to be part of a Roman Villa in  Imperial times.
  • Vanvitelli‘s fountain.
  • Porta Livorno
  • The ruins of the Horrea, which were the warehouses in the times of the Romans.
  • Piazza Leandra: A square in the medieval part of town.
  • Chiesa della Stella: On the Piazza Leandra. In this church the Sacred Mysteries are kept, that are carried in the procession on Good Friday.
  • The Archetto: Literally, a “little archway” leading to the old town.
  • Church of Orazione e Morte: Baroque church, of the Brotherhood of the same name.
  • The Cathedral of San Francisco d’Assisi
  • The house where Stendhal used to live, when he wrote La Chartreuse de Parme.
  • National Archaelogical Museum: Housed in a former papal garrison and exhibiting finds in the old harbor and in the area around Civitavecchia.
  • Church of the Holy Japanese Martyrs: This church is dedicated to 26 Franciscans who were martyred in Nagasaki in the year 1597. The mosaics and frescoes that can be admired in the church were created by Lucas Hasegawa.
  • The avenue along the sea is embellished with several works of art.
  • Torre del Lazzaretto

Civitavecchia special events:

  • Civitavecchia’s patron saint is Saint Fermina (feast day April 28)

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