Don't think you drew the short straw if you end up with an opportunity to spend the day in Civitavecchia. The departure and arrival city for most cruises leaving from Rome, Civitavecchia is a bustling port city. While the center of Rome is easily accessible from here, if you're on limited time or haven't explored the local area before, there is enough to keep you occupied for the day or longer. Attractions here in Civitavecchia start on arrival into the port where you can't miss the Fort Michelangelo built by Renaissance artist Bramante to protect the city and then the nearby Viale Garibaldi along the seafront, dotted with shops, bars and restaurants, is great for a leisurely walk. The historical center is quite compact and can be explored by foot. It features some historically important churches like the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi and an archealogical museum. Just north of the city lie the ancient ruins, the Taurine (or Trajan) Baths, which now host the nearby La Ficoncella Thermal Springs where you can bathe like the Romans once did, enjoying the healing powers of the hot springs. The nearby beaches of Il Pirgo and Sant'Agostino and are only a few miles away and are easily reached by taxi or local bus. There really is something for everyone in this pretty seaside town.
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