"..so I left Roma, my home town, for Civitavecchia!" Civitavecchia by abraxa

Civitavecchia Travel Guide: 63 reviews and 165 photos

Civitavecchia: the ancient CENTUM CELLE...

Most travellers, including the italian summer turist passing through this little harbour city have considered it little more than the main gateway to Sardinia for many years, but there is much more to this place and if you are likely to pass by it is worthed some homework and a few hours to spare, may be a break from Roma or from a cruse.

(more turist info:<www.comunecivitavecchia.it/citta/citta.asp>)

A city of sailor, artists, patriots,.and samurai !

The place, etruscan then roman, important harbour and defence in Gotic wars, with monuments designed by Michelangelo and Vanvitelli,visited in the XVI century by samurai traveller from Osaka. Later was so heavly destrojed by bombing during II WW to be the only city actually abandoned by its inhabitants for many months. For decades after the war reconstruction lagged, railway running across the centre and a power station towering just south of town. Then...

(for more pictures and much more details visit: <www.storiacv.etruria.net/> it is interesting!

Roman thermal baths, sea food cooking, great cakes

..finally, a flow of reconstruction € and goodwill hit the town and in a few years Civitavecchia changed its face: a well restored old centre, displaced power station and railway, modern services and cleaned up monuments. Now they are working on a new harbour south of the town, and projects like the largest aquarium of Italy and many important facilities and sites. But the monuments, museums, thermal baths, woods, beaches are there now for you with an eccellent location near Roma and Viterbo, close to Tolfa, well served by transport and on the edge of Tuscany Maremma, the land of the italian cowboys that challanged BuffaloBill Circus, and actually won!

(...drop a line for more info on local monuments, spots and of course...foods.)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:easy, strategic location, vist in one day, sunset at the therms, seafood
  • Cons:little information, crowded by locals from july to septmber
  • In a nutshell:worthed a day at the sea from Roma, or a stop off your cruise
  • Intro Updated Oct 18, 2005
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  • Jun 4, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    I read that someone wrote about luggage storage in Civitavecchia .There's about 3 luggage storage in civitavecchia ,I think that the service it's offered from the same company both storage . We left here about 4 times in all in the latest cruises that we did .
    The services it's quite good and cheap about 3/5 € each luggage , for one day .
    we didn't book it just the last holidays where we found the website www.cruisingrome.com

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    Feb 18, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    A late entry of quality: CREMERIA AURELIA, small gelateria with incredible quality and refined flavours. two example: a two flavour gorgonzola and figs or a ginger and rose cone! (Via Aurelia 398, next to Piazza Irnerio)

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    Jan 18, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    Ciao Angelo! è vero quello che ha detto sopra Haiti, grazie, avevo bisogno del animo. Espero ver Civitavecchia un giorno ma primo, San Crispino in Rome! Tanti auguri!

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    Sep 30, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Thanks for the info.

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2008 at 8:25 AM

    Your zuppa di pesce is "Cioppino" in Los Angeles; but when I look for Cioppino in Roma, it is not to be found! So, where did Cioppino come from?

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    May 17, 2007 at 8:45 PM

    oh an interesting page

  • Hexepatty's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2005 at 6:35 PM

    I hope you will visit Florida some day. It would be a pleasure to show you my home town as well! Peace...

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