Civitavecchia city guide

Civitavecchia is located in the province of Rome and is especially known as Rome‘s ferry port. It is also here that the Mediterranean cruise ships land and depart. Main sights are the Fortezza Michelangelo and the Cathedral.

Civitavecchia travel guide

Useful information

Cathedral Civitavecchia
San Francesco d’Assisi Cathedral

Tourist info: I.A.T. Ufficio Informazioni e di Accoglienza Turistica – Viale Garibaldi, 42. Phone: +39 076625348

Public transportation: Civitavecchia has its own railway station, close to the cruise ship harbor. There is a direct train from Roma Termini. Note, however, that this train usually does not leave from the main part of the station, but from the part known as Laziali. To reach this part, you need to walk all the way along platform 24.

From Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci Airport) to Civitavecchia: Take the FR1 train to Stazione Trastevere. From there you can take a direct train to Civitavecchia. Alternatively, take the Leonardo express to Roma Termini, and then a train to Civitavecchia. The second option involves a long walk inside Termini station, though (see above). The official rate of a taxi between the airport and Civitavecchia is 125 Euros.

Civitavecchia tourist attractions

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.

  • 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 contains a apinting by Domenichino’s workshop.
  • 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 statue on the church square depicts St. Francis.
  • The avenue along the sea is embellished with several works of art.
  • Torre del Lazzaretto
  • The port of Civitavecchia more or less follows the lay-out of the ancient port during the times of Emperor Trajan.

Civitavecchia special events:

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

Civitavecchia, province of Rome

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