Photo by Marco Meniero
Our holiday home is located in the center of the city, precisely in Piazza Calamatta, known as the parade ground. "Civitavecchia, a beautiful city of charm" as our city anthem sings, boasts ancient origins and for this reason a culturally rich territory.
Developed from an Etruscan settlement, the city has increasingly assumed a strategic role in Roman times thanks to its proximity to Rome and the emperor Trajan, founder of the city. Subsequently, in the Middle Ages, the various Pontiffs that succeeded each other contributed greatly to the city by commissioning the construction of monuments and historic buildings that can still be admired.
Today, the ancient Centumcellae, is a very important center of the Lazio coast, from whose port more than 5 million people pass through the port every year, including cruise passengers, ferry operators, crew members and other visitors.
In the thirties the journalist of Corriere della Sera, Antonio Baldini, described it this way
“Civitavecchia deals with a width that has very little provincial. Many points of the city then give the perfect impression of being in a suburb of Rome. Papal coats of arms and barracks of barracks have more than the sails and the scream of the sirens. But then there is the sea, which is never a province. Even if, by seaside city, Civitavecchia is very little seafaring. The sea can be seen and not heard ... And yet, compared to the more inland countries, and compared to Rome itself, Civitavecchia has a color and a flavor of such accentuated southernity that it could not be explained otherwise than with the sea ... perhaps he would wander, but Rome has a hand on her shoulder .... never seen, and never thought possible, such a spectacular percentage of beautiful girls. Too much grace! Nothing to throw away. "
Maybe something of that style has been lost but the charm has remained to envelop the city in a magical and multifaceted atmosphere made of historical beauties from different eras that coexist in a modern city in transformation.
We begin the tour simply by looking out the window of our holiday home in Civitavecchia:
- As well as being one of the symbols of Civitavecchia, Forte Michelangelo is one of the most important architectural structures on the Lazio coast. Located inside the historic port, it is an absolute must both for the visitor who has just landed at the port and for those who intend to take a pleasant walk in one of the areas of greatest historical and cultural interest. Seat of the Harbor Master's Office, Forte Michelangelo was recently the center of an important redevelopment project. Inside the historic port of Civitavecchia there are monuments of outstanding importance such as the Vanvitelli Fountain, Porta Livorno, the ancient fortress and the Lazzaretto pier. Our holiday home offers a splendid view of the aforementioned wonders.
- The Terme Taurine of Civitavecchia, also known as Terme di Traiano, are an archaeological site of great historical importance located in the northernmost area of the city. Among the ruins there are tubs, massage rooms and various rooms, all adorned with friezes, mosaics and marbles with which you will be able to relive the times of ancient Rome.
The Taurine Baths are open all year round from 9.30 to 13.30.
- Le Terme or bagni della ficoncella
If you are looking for a day of relaxation and well-being, the Terme della Ficoncella is the right place for you! After immersing yourself for a few minutes in these miraculous waters, you will never want to leave! The structure is very old and was already known and appreciated in antiquity, often frequented as an alternative to the famous Taurine Baths already in Roman times. The water that still flows from the source is the same one in which the emperor Trajan bathed many centuries ago and is known for its innumerable therapeutic properties.
- The Marina of Civitavecchia includes all that stretch of waterfront which, starting from Forte Michelangelo, passing through Viale Garibaldi and the Pirgo factory, reaches further south to Borgo Odescalchi.
The Marina has become a real hub for the city capable of hosting events, concerts and shows. The core of all activities is the large area of Piazza della Vita in front of Forte Michelangelo where in summer it is easy to find displays of local and artisanal products, stalls, rides and games for children, bars, street food, kiosks and local all 'open.
- About 7 kilometers north of Civitavecchia stands the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Pantano, where the small plaster statue of the Virgin of Medjugorie which on 2 February 1995 allegedly teared blood is kept in an armored display case. Since then the sanctuary has become a place of worship and prayer for thousands of faithful who come from all over Italy.
- HISTORIC CENTER
The historic center of Civitavecchia develops from Piazza Leandra, (compared to our holiday home we are simply going to the left side instead of towards the sea) in the heart of the ancient medieval village where the small Chiesa della Stella stands and passing through the Porta dell'Archetto until you reach Piazza Saffi, where you can still see the remains of the ancient city walls built by Antonio da Sangallo at the behest of Pope Leone X.
- THE PINAS OF THE FRASCA
The Frasca is a location about 9 kilometers from the Port of Civitavecchia. This stretch of coast is undoubtedly one of the most suggestive and interesting from a naturalistic point of view. The continuous erosion of the sea has produced a jagged beach made up of small bays and inlets, ideal for snorkelers thanks to a beautiful rocky seabed, natural habitat for numerous species of fish, crustaceans and molluscs. Bike rides are a must for mountain bikers ... and stop at the kiosk on the beach for a nice cool beer sunset view for the most romantic.
- Civitavecchia market, known as San Lorenzo market is located in the heart of the historic center, a few steps from our holiday home, around Piazza Regina Margherita. It is here that citizens go every morning to buy fresh food products such as fruit and vegetables as well as for the renowned fish market, which has always been the pride of the city and a destination much appreciated by foreign tourists for its folklore and warmth.
Visiting the market area is a pleasant and fun experience.
- The Cathedral of Civitavecchia, dedicated to San Francesco d'Assisi, is the main church in the city. But not the oldest. Destroyed during the Second World War, the church was rebuilt in 1950 by the architect Plinio Marconi.
Outside it has a solid and elegant structure, embellished with 2 large statues on the tympanum representing St. Francis of Assisi and St. Anthony of Padua, while inside the single nave, you can admire valuable works including the Nativity attributed to Domenico Zampieri known as Domenichino.
The oldest church is the church of Santa Maria dell’orazione (Church of death) which also houses the homonymous and ancient brotherhood of the good death, located near Piazza Aurelio Saffi, a few minutes from our holiday home. This structure was built in 1685 but already established in the 16th century, to give rise to the burial of the bodies found on the seashore or outside the city walls. It deserves to be visited for its architectural beauty. it has a Greek cross construction with a typical structure of the baroque churches of the second half of the seventeenth century.
If you look up at the entrance of the church, you can admire the organ having protection obtained from the stern of the flagship of the Papal States.
This boat was used during the battle of Lepanto.
Inside the church of death we can observe the magnificent dome frescoed by the painter Giuseppe Errante, the baroque bell tower and the two wooden statues of "Jesus Crucified" and "Risen Jesus".
The structure was completely restored in 1702 and did not report any damage during the bombing of the Second World War.
- Seafood restaurants
This tenth wonder could not be missing ... the tradition of the fish market goes without saying that it brings among the specialties of our city excellent and unique dishes! Start with an aperitif before lunch and before dinner and continue your food and wine holiday that will not disappoint you.
So what are you waiting for? Come and visit us at Le Case di Giuly, we are in Civitavecchia, Tolfa and Tarquinia lido. The houses are in three different municipalities not far apart. Of course, by car it is much easier to connect the three houses, but there are also buses and trains to consider, as well as agencies such as Vloggin tour that can help you organize comfortable transfers and private and small group guided tours. We travel to Italy!