~Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy~

Your gateway to the Eternal City, Civitavecchia has served as Rome’s seaport since the 13th century. The port has a long and venerable history. The emperor Trajan built a pleasure villa near the modern city, while Bernini and Michelangelo designed the harbor fortifications.

Only a short drive from the center of Rome, you will feel like you are stepping back in time to the historic world of Ancient Rome.

Yet the Eternal City eternally beckons. The ancient capital of the Western World and the center of Christianity for nearly 2,000 years, Rome provides an inexhaustible feast. Visit the ruins of the Forum, view the splendors of the Sistine Chapel, or climb the Spanish Steps, once the heart of Rome’s Bohemian Quarter.

Rome has been a magnet luring the world’s greatest artists, architects, and philosophers since the days of the Caesars.

The main attraction of the Civitavecchia, this port is the gateway to this incredible town and the Tyrrhenian Sea. The harbor was built in 100 AD after the Etruscans were taken over by the Romans. Emperor Trajan commissioned the poor, naming it Centum Cellar. Nowadays, there are an array of cruises, ferry lines, and personal boats that all use the port as their base point. For a breath of sea air, take a morning cruise to see the ocean sights.

Terme Taurine Civitavecchia

  • Located 5km away from the city center, this preserved bathing complex dates back to ancient Roman times. Hidden by the large crowds of tourists, the baths sit on top of a hill to overlook out to the surrounding area. The name of the ‘Taurine Baths’ comes from the Latin word for ‘bull’ (Taurus) and the story of the name is based on legend.
  • Ficoncella Thermal Baths Another ancient area of baths, but this one is fully operational! Despite their age, the Ficoncella Thermal Baths are fully excisable to modern-day visitors, letting you relax and soak in the plunging pools. The water that flows from the spring today is the same in which emperor Trajan bathed centuries ago! The waters of La Ficoncella have been credited with several therapeutic qualities. Dermatitis, arthritis, and respiratory problems are all said to improve after a dip in the waters. Inhale the steam from the waters to improve a sore throat and bathe a wound to help it heal. The water can reach between 50-60 degrees and bathe here can offer the ultimate relaxation.
  • Fontana del Vanvitelli is An old Civitavecchia fountain that is made of the same material as the Colosseum. This charming fountain stands out within the neighborhood for both its detail and historic past. The fountain was first put in to defend the city against enemy attacks. See the structure‘s incredible fountainhead of a half-human, half-goat creature.
  • Old Town Centre in Civitavecchia This is Civitavecchia’s oldest center and is the heart of the old Medieval district. See the aged church, buildings, and decorations as you stroll through the cobblestone streets. In the middle of the town is Piazza Leandra, the oldest square in the city. In its center is a medieval fountain that was reactivated in 2012 and watching over it is the Church of the Star which was built in 1688.
  • Fort Michelangelo Dominating the skyline of the Port di Civitavecchia is the 16th-century building of Fort Michelangelo. Pope Julius II commissioned this great structure from the Italian architect, Donato Bramante, to guard against the pirate invasions that threatened the security of the city. The construction was completed by Michelangelo in 1557 and the name of the building was dedicated to him. Fort Michelangelo is one of the most important architectural structures on the Lazio coastline.

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