Pre or Post Cruise: Don't Miss these Civitavecchia Attractions

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.  

Once you leave the port area and cross one of the main streets, Corso Marconi you will reach the medieval center of Civitavecchia. The pretty cobblestoned Piazza Leandra is the centrepiece of this old town area and features an attractive...  Read More

Just a short walk from the historical center and Port area lies the "Pirgo". This beach area features an ornate pier and a beach club with umbrellas and sunbeds. The backdrop of the pretty beach area are the colored buildings of Civitavecchia...  Read More

Perfect for families to kickstart a cruise vacation, Aquafelix is a massive waterpark with wave and traditional pools, navigable man-made rivers, four restaurants, one mile of waterslides and plenty of parking. There's showers and changing...  Read More

This site existed as a small church from 1610 (that had been built under the direction of Pope Paul V) but 1769 was when the cathedral came to be. Built by the Franciscans in Baroque-Neoclassical style, it remains the biggest and most beautiful...  Read More

Since 1995, pilgrims from around the world have flocked to St Agostino in Pantano, a suburb of Civitavecchia seeking a miracle or to simply view the famed Weeping Madonna. While speculation remains to this day, this white plaster statue which...  Read More

What is now the main museum of the Civitavecchia area was once the headquarters or the papal garrison in the 18th century building that belonged to Pope Clement XIII. You can view many archeological findings from Centumcellae, (the ancient name...  Read More

The pedestrianized seafront promenade of Civitavecchia is a bustling port and city hotspot. Featuring shops and bars, it's a short walk from where cruise ships dock or the train station. A great place for a stroll along the sea and dotted with...  Read More

Lying about 4km north of Civitacechia is a thermal spring facility that will have you relaxing and bathing like the Etruscans of old. The name is derived from the Italian word for fig, fico because of a wild fig tree that lies on the hill....  Read More

Not far from the Ficoncella Thermal Springs are the Taurine Baths also know as the Trajan Baths. Dating back to Etruscans and originally known as the Aquae Taurae, they remain a well preserved archeological roman site. The site features remains...  Read More

In order to defend the Port of Rome, Pope Julius II commissioned Renaissance architect Bramante to build the massive Forte Michelangelo. Giuliano Leno eventually completed the job in 1535 and Michelangelo also worked on the project, designing...  Read More


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