Civitavecchia [ˌtʃivitaˈvɛkkja] is a town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Rome in the central Italian region of Lazio. A sea port on the Tyrrhenian Sea, it is located 80 kilometres (50 miles) west-north-west of center of Rome, across the Mignone river. The harbour is formed by two piers and a breakwater, on which is a lighthouse. The name Civitavecchia means "ancient town". Population was around 53,000 as of 2015.
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About 3 miles far from the port and connected with it by means of public transport (bus line B), the Traiano Ancient Roman Baths are a very well preserved archaeological area immersed in Mediterranean Vegetation and located on top of a low hill from where you can enjoy a wonderful Panorama of the whole city, its port and the Tyrrhenian Sea.
In the summer season, the Traiano Baths are a green place in the shade of old pine trees where you can admire the ancient roman SPA, its pools, sauna, library, Porches, furnaces and beautiful mosaics!!!
I advice those landing in Civitavecchia to visit this little enchanted oasis
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Completed in 1537 to protect the port from pirate attacks, Michelangelo Fortress cannot be overlooked. Massive in size, with four round towers and one rectangular, the walls are almost 20 feet thick. Michelangelo is credited with having designed the highest middle tower (the maschio) and hence the fortress bears his name. Sadly you can’t enter the buildings, but I read that sometime the inner square is open on the weekends (but not when we were there).
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Be more than just another traveler in Rome when you Cruising at Civitavecchia Port. Civitavecchia taxis authorized to arrive under your cruise ship: whatever your cruise ship is: Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, MSC, Costa,…ALL. If your cruise ship is stopping in Civitavecchia Port for a day, you could reserve a full day shore excursion to make the most out of your short holiday in Rome.
Got off the Costa cruise and planned to catch a train to Rome for sightseeing for the day. At the port's exit gate, many day tour companies touted for business. At 20 euro per person charged by Priamo Scarf for the return trip by a coach for about 20 people,including visiting Vatican, coliseum and the Spanish steps...etc., it seemed to be a good deal. Another group offered a Mercedes van for 8 people at 25 euro each. I chose the former but in hindsight, we should have paid 25 euro for more comfort and perhaps better service. The driver could speak little English only. He dropped us off at the Vatican church, then picked us up later and drove us to the Coliseum. The final stop (which was not explained to me and I only realised that when the coach left Rome for the cruise port) was at a car park. He struggled to tell us where the car park was located (actually near Castle Saint Angelo) and wasn't able to tell me clearly in English where the other sightseeing spots were. Fortunately we had a small map and managed to find our way to Piazza Navona and Pantheon. We assumed he'd pick us up again and then drove us to Trevi Fountain and Spanish steps. When we got back to the coach, he simply drove us back to Civitavecchia. So we missed seeing the most important 2 places in Rome.
I'd have given 4 stars instead of 2 to this company Priamo Scarl should he have been able to explain to me or give me a map to show how we could have gone to all these places ourselves. So if you know how to find your way around in Rome by yourself, 20 euro was still a good deal as a more convenient way of getting you to Rome and back to your cruise on time.
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This ancient town (direct translation) is worthwhile exploring. The harbour was constructed at the beginning of the second century. Indeed an ancient town.
We visited this beautiful Baroque Cathedral on the main piazza. It was restored after the town being bombed during WW II. This bombing explains the more modern buildings. The nearby wall of remembrance (behind the cathedral) lists casualties.
The Cathedral is rather minimalistic, compared to other cathedrals, but is quiet and peaceful.
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If you are already walking around the town, why wouldn't you stop by this free museum to see the statues and artwork? It just solidifies the fact that you are in Italy and beautiful art is truly everywhere. Plus, even with just the two rooms of artifacts, you are sure to make a connection between a piece you see here and some other place you are planning to go or have been.
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It was in 1995 that a phenomena took place that could be said to be 'paranormal'; it was a miracle which left public opinion literally astounded and which set off debates within the Italian and foreign catholic church. On 2 February of that year, at the occasion of the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the Purification of May, a small statue of the Madonna, started to cry tears of blood. From that day until the 15th of March, the statue of the Madonna cried 14 times in the presence of many people who gave sworn testimony in front of a Theological Commission. The statue was scientifically examined finding no tricks or internal hidden devices and the tears were found to be of human blood. The statue eventually was put in a display case for worship by the faithful. From that day on many have come to worship the statue who everyone now calls "The Madonna of Civitavecchia". While there were no tears when we were there it is worth a visit.
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Our driver wanted us to see this lovely Fountain on our way to our ship. I'm glad he did. It's a reminder that this town is no ordinary departure port like Fort Lauderdale. It has a significant history dating back to the Etruscans
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This old town square in the historic centre of town, is the oldest piazza in the town and a beautiful place to pause next to the medieval Fountain and admire the Church of the Star - one of the oldest churches. It boasts beautiful artworks. The town of Civitavecchia all partakes in a procession on Good Friday and collects a statue of Christ on the cross from this church. Access the piazza from Piazza Aurelio Saffi (where thetre is free wifi) through the Archetto passage. This gate of old walls also leads to the Church of Death – the oldest in the town.
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