Civitavecchia City Guide
Sightseeing and Museums in Civitavecchia
What to see
Civitavecchia's city center is compact, and you easily get around on foot.
Sightseeing in Civitavecchia begins in the Port, where you can
get a good view of the cruise-ship and ferry basins from just inside the main or
south entrance. The , a
fortress that was commissioned by Pope Giulio II in the early 1500s, is next to
the port gate. (The building was badly damaged by World War II bombing and
restored in the 1950s. Today, it's used for exhibitions and cultural events.)
and above the port, a
Behind and above the port, aforms one side of the , an elevated pedestrian walkway next to modern apartment buildings.
Steps lead down to the port from several points along the walkway: One staircase will take you to the, where fish are unloaded in the morning and nets dry under the arcades later in the day.
As you walk around or behind the port, look for two small medieval buildings:(top photo), a hospital for communicable diseases in the Middle Ages, and the tiny fortress of La Rocca on the site of the , or Roman Dock, where the port of Civitavecchia (then called "Centumcellae") was founded.
Back in the city center, theis a pedestrianized shopping street that heads inland for several blocks. The tourist office's free map identifies places worth seeing, including the in the former Jewish Ghetto.
If you have time, walk along the(where anglers fish from the shore) and follow the curving waterfront of the , which has been turned into an attractive seaside promenade with benches, flower beds, a playground, and other amenities for residents and visitors.
At the eastern end of the promenade, where the tiny peninsula called thejuts into the sea, private beach clubs offer sunbathing and other activities in warm weather.
We also suggest a walk along the(the row of hotels, apartment buildings, restaurants, and shops facing the watefront promenade), where you'll find a gelateria near the port. Prices for a cone or cup of gelato are reasonable, with an optional dollop of whipped cream at no extra charge.
For more sightseeing pictures with captions, see our Civitavecchia Photo Gallery.
Museums and excursions
The National Archeological Museum is just to the right of McDonald's as you approach the Port of Civitavecchia's south or downtown gate. The Roman sculptures, historical exhibitions, and other displays on the main floor mostly have labels in both Italian and English; upstairs, you'll find hundreds of Roman and Etruscan objects that were excavated in and around Civitavecchia, with labels in Italian only. Admission is free.
Outside the city, Baths of Traiano) are open to the public. You can explore the baths on your own or take a guided tour. Nearby, the offers an opportunity to to soak away your aches and pains with Civitavecchians. (Ask the tourist office for up-to-date hours, prices, and transportation advice.)(a.k.a. the Taurine Baths or
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