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Civitavecchia is a city in the province of

Rome

, region of Lazio, in central Italy.

The name Civitavecchia means "ancient town". The town was built over an Etruscan settlement. The harbor was built at the beginning of the 2nd century AD. Today it is a major port for cruise ships and ferries and is known as the main port for Rome, some 80 Km (50 miles) to the south.

Main sights

The massive Forte Michelangelo was first commissioned from Donato Bramante by Pope Julius II, to defend the port of Rome. The upper part of the "maschio" tower, however, was designed by Michelangelo, whose name is generally applied to the fortress. North of the city at Ficoncella are the Terme Taurine baths frequented by Romans and still popular with the Civitavecchiesi. The modern... Read more

Civitavecchia, Italy

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Civitavecchia is a city in the province of

Rome

, region of Lazio, in central Italy.

The name Civitavecchia means "ancient town". The town was built over an Etruscan settlement. The harbor was built at the beginning of the 2nd century AD. Today it is a major port for cruise ships and ferries and is known as the main port for Rome, some 80 Km (50 miles) to the south.

Main sights

The massive Forte Michelangelo was first commissioned from Donato Bramante by Pope Julius II, to defend the port of Rome. The upper part of the "maschio" tower, however, was designed by Michelangelo, whose name is generally applied to the fortress. North of the city at Ficoncella are the Terme Taurine baths frequented by Romans and still popular with the Civitavecchiesi. The modern name stems from the common fig plants among the various pools. And also next to the town is the location of the cruise ship docks. All major cruise lines start and end their cruises at this location, and others stop for shore excursion days that allow guests to see Rome and Vatican sights, which are ninety minutes away.

Climate

Civitavecchia experiences a Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csa).

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Civitavecchia, Italy: Port Information


A seaport on the Tyrrhenian Sea, it is located 37 miles west-north-west of the center of Rome. The harbor is formed by two piers and a breakwater, on which stands a lighthouse.
Cruise passengers have use of a free shuttle to the port entrance, within easy walking distance of stores and a train station for economical travel to Rome (about a 10-minute walk along the seashore).

As the primary seaport for Rome, Civitavecchia has trains that frequently take commuters and cruisers into the city. Commuter trains take about 80–90 minutes to reach the main station in Roma...the Termini...and to return from there. With fairly-early departures, the service makes effective day-trips possible...though rush-hour times find them rather full.

Get around Civitavecchia, Italy


Civitavecchia, the port of Rome, is the point of arrival and departure of hundreds of ships, cruises, ferries traveling all around the Mediterranean. A good transportation system links the port to the Eternal City.

What to see in Civitavecchia, Italy


  • National Archeological Museum. Preserves exciting finds from the Roman port and Taurine spas (just outside Civitavecchia), and the 845 inscription that celebrates the city's reconstruction after being destroyed by the Saracen.
  • Michelangelo stronghold. The impressive fortress built in the sixteenth century with the assistance of the great Michelangelo Buonarroti.
  • Terme Taurine. The thermal complex built by the Roman Emperor Trajan is still nowadays well preserved. The rests of the Terme Taurine are situated north, around 1 hour walking from the harbor. Civitavecchia Pro Loco provides free buses from the harbor. For information +39 3382707567, +39 0766 20299
  • Ficoncella Thermal Bath. North of the city close to the Terme Taurine there is the Ficoncella bath frequented by Romans and still popular with the Civitavecchiesi. The modern name stems from the fig plants among the various pools.
  • La Cattedrale. The cathedral of San Francesco d'Assisi was built by the Franciscans over a pre-existing small church built from 1610. The current edifice, with Baroque-Neoclassical lines, was erected in the eighteenth century. It's situated between the historical center of the city and Viale Garibaldi.

What to do in Civitavecchia, Italy


Civitavecchia is a seaport for Rome. Explore the Eternal City.
If you want to spend time in ​Civitavecchia, enjoy sightseeing, attend cooking classes, relax in cozy restaurants.

What to eat and drink in Civitavecchia, Italy


The main street between the train station and the harbor has a lot of restaurants, pizzarias, bars, etc. for some good food that can be found relatively cheap. Many people hang out here at night and sit around and have a bite to eat and some vino. Great place to people watch in this small town.
  • Pizzeria al Ghetto. Only open at night and worth the wait! Locals love this place. Outside tables fill up fast so get there early. Only two kinds of pizza, margarita or anchovy. Get it with a cold beer and enjoy the food and atmosphere.
  • Ristorante Stuzzichino, Via Pietro Manzi, 30, ☎ +39 0766 32945. Open at night and at lunch, it's situated in the historical city center of Civitavecchia. You can taste the local seafood cuisine, in a cozy atmosphere. The restaurant is not very big, so it's recommended to make a reservation.

Shopping in Civitavecchia, Italy


Civitavecchia has many shops, boutiques, souvenir stores, etc.
There is a shopping center, farmers' market, shopping areas where you can buy clothes, accessories, shoes, arts, jewelry, cosmetics and perfumery, gifts and souvenirs, and more.

Safety in Civitavecchia, Italy


Take care with your belongings...few needed for a day-trip. Commuter train cars are designed with a platform-level center section for boarding, with seating accessed by narrow stairs that induce many people to leave packages and luggage on the center. Thieves can grab such items and jump off the train just as the doors close at any en route stop.

Language spoken in Civitavecchia, Italy


Italian is the official language. English is widely understood in tourist places.

LOCAL TIME

3:39 pm
October 18, 2019
Europe/Rome

CURRENT WEATHER

21.25 °C / 70.25 °F
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21.27 °C/70 °F
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21.26 °C/70 °F
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Tue

21.75 °C/71 °F
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