11 Best Things To Do In Civitavecchia, Italy - Updated 2024

things to do in Civitavecchia
Annette
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Civitavecchia is a pretty town, just across the Mignone River from Rome. Known as Rome’s ancient port, its history goes all the way back to Etruscan times. If you’re seeking a tranquil holiday in Rome without all of its hustle and bustle, this place is your best bet. You’ll be amazed by the cleanliness in this little township, as well as the variety of open cafes and shopping in Civitavecchia! There are plenty of places to stay in Civitavecchia. But for the most homelike experience, choose one of its comfy Airbnb vacation rentals. And, as always, when visiting a new place, you’ll want to know about what is there to do while you’re here. With our list, you’ll discover some pretty fancy, one-of-a-kind nooks you can visit while you’re in Civitavecchia, Italy. Continue reading to learn more about the best things to do in Civitavecchia, Italy.

1. Discover the remains of La Rocca

Civitavecchia Port
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La Rocca is a captivating testament to the city’s rich history. This imposing fortress, dating back to the 15th century, stands proudly on the waterfront, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. Visiting La Rocca is like stepping back in time, as its well-preserved walls and architecture offer a glimpse into the city’s maritime heritage. Originally built to protect against pirate attacks, it later served as a Papal stronghold and played a crucial role in shaping the region’s history.

The structure was almost completely destroyed during World War II, but whatever still remains is a testament to the region’s intriguing past.

La Rocca

Address: Calata della Rocca, 33, 00053 Civitavecchia RM

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2. Head to the seaside town of Santa Marinella

Bumba beach, Santa Marinella, Rome, Lazio, Italy - panoramio
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Santa Marinella is one of the best places to visit near Civitavecchia. A charming coastal town along the Tyrrhenian Sea, Santa Marinella offers a worthwhile pursuit for travelers seeking sun, sand, and exceptional seafood. Its pristine beaches, such as Bumba Beach its with golden sands and clear waters, are a paradise for beachgoers. Its coast is 22 kilometres (13.67 miles) long, so you’ll find a spot to enjoy by yourself if you wish.

Beyond the sun and surf, Santa Marinella is renowned for its delectable seafood cuisine. With its bustling fishing industry, the town boasts an array of seaside restaurants serving the freshest catches, from succulent fish and calamari to delectable shellfish dishes. One of its most popular offerings is spaghetti with clams. Wash that down with sambuca, an Italian beverage thought to have originated in Civitavecchia.

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3. Fontana del Vanvitelli

Fontana del Vanvitelli Civitavecchia
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The Fontana del Vanvitelli is an enchanting fountain that is well preserved by the community and truly stands out, with its shades of white. It is made entirely out of travertine, a form of limestone. Located in close proximity to the harbor, Fontana del Vanvitelli was inserted into the walls as a means of defending the city against enemy attacks. The main detail of the fountain is its head, with its figure of a faun (half human and half goat).

Fontana del Vanvitelli

Address: Calata della Rocca, 00053 Civitavecchia RM, Italy

Website: Fontana del Vanvitelli (in Italian)

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4. Civitavecchia Port

Civitavecchia harbour 02
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This deepwater port of Italy was founded more than a millennium ago, under the watchful eyes of the Roman Emperor, Trajan. Today, it is home to a myriad of cruises, with many ferry lines operating from its base in Sicily, Sardinia and other parts of the Mediterranean.

There are shuttle buses (some complimentary, others with a fee) that will bring you to your ship or the Civitavecchia Railroad Station. It’s a great place to be if you want a few hours of salty air and later, a cruise trip to show you the sights of the ocean!

Civitavecchia Port

Address: Piazza Vittorio Emanuele 19 00053 Civitavecchia, RM

Website: Civitavecchia Port

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5. Aquafelix

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Aquafelix is a water park that’s got waterslides for everyone to use, irrespective of your thrill level or age! Shows go on during the day, with tons of music being played all around. As far as meals go, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the menus at the pizzeria, bar and restaurant. There are huge solariums throughout Aquafelix and it’s also on the Top 10 list of the most beautiful water parks in the country.

Aquafelix

Address: Via Terme di Traiano, 00053 Località Casale Altavilla, Civitavecchia RM, Italy

Website: Aquafelix

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6. Museo Archeologico Nazionale - Civitavecchia

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It might seem tiny to some, but this national museum is power-packed. Each display has its own multi-language signage and, as far as moving about goes, the museum’s passages are wide and definitely intoxicating. It’s a well-lit, airy museum, that provides its visitors with interesting exhibits on Italy’s rich historical eras. There are two levels dedicated to pottery items, headstones and artifacts, too. And, the last we checked, there was no entry fee!

Museo Archeologico Nazionale - Civitavecchia

Address: Largo Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour 1, 00053, Civitavecchia, Italy

Website: Museo Archeologico Nazionale - Civitavecchia

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7. Terme Taurine

Terme Taurine Tepidarium
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This is a bathing complex that dates back to the Roman times. It’s nestled atop a hill and is surprisingly not packed with tourists. The great thing about this place is that you’ll be able to walk around and touch the remains of the complex. There is also a decent amount of information available in English for international visitors. Entrance for non-guided entry is 5.94 USD.

Terme Taurine

Address: Via Terme di Traiano, 00053 Civitavecchia RM, Italy

Website: Terme Taurine (in Italian)

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8. Cattedrale Di San Francesco

Cattedrale di San Francesco
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This cathedral is the largest church in Civitavecchia and it is dedicated to St Francis of Assisi. It was constructed on the remains of what used to be a Franciscan church, that was erected in 1610. The church became a cathedral in 1805. It suffered some serious damage during bomb attacks back in 1943 and was finally restored under the guidance of Plinio Marconi, in 1950. The church has a singular nave with a baroque-themed double-ionic facade.

Cattedrale Di San Francesco

Address: Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, 00053 Civitavecchia RM, Italy

Website: Cattedrale Di San Francesco (in Italian)

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9. Santuario Madonnina delle Lacrime

Santuario della Madonna delle Lacrime
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This is a landmark that should truly be on your checklist, while you’re in Civitavecchia. The story goes that in February 1995, a small statue of the Virgin Mary was seen to be weeping blood, in a family garden in St. Augustine’s parish, Civitavecchia. It continued to weep blood into March that year for a total of 14 times.

Allegedly, the tears underwent scientific examination and were determined to be indeed made of human blood. In 1995, the Madonna was moved to the to St. Augustine’s Parish where it has been a site of pilgrimage, ever since. This is an intriguing display that mustn’t be missed!

Santuario Madonnina delle Lacrime

Address: Via Fontanatetta, s.n.c | Borgo Pantano, 00053 Aurelia, Civitavecchia, Italy

Website: Santuario Madonnina delle Lacrime

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10. Michelangelo Fortress

Forte Michelangelo
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The Michaelangelo Fortress dominates the water, with its imposing design, said to be done by the famed artist, himself. While the interior is closed to the public, you will still be able to view the exterior architecture. Great for photos, there are open, public places along its foreshore. When you’re done, you’ll be able to rest at the cafes and restaurants that dot the place, all around.

Forte Michelangelo

Address: Calata Cesare Laurenti, 00053 Civitavecchia RM, Italy

Website: Forte Michelangelo

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11. Wine tours and tasting (from USD 159.0)

A trip to Italy is incomplete without sampling the fruit of the grapevines. In Civitavecchia, there aren’t really any wineries, but all you have to do is head on to Montefiascone and Tarquinia, for some good sips of red and white wines.

Antica Cantina Leonardi

Address: Via del Pino, 12, 01027 Montefiascone VT, Italy

Website: Antica Cantina Leonardi

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Private Cooking Class with Wine Tasting in a Local Home in Civitavecchia

Duration: 3 hours

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Viva la Italia

Civitavecchia Port
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Italy has many interesting nooks and corners for you to delve into. Make it happen and explore the countryside and port of Civitavecchia, while you can.

Should you also decide to venture out further into the neighbouring areas, there are comfy Airbnb vacation rentals in Santa Marinella for your accommodation needs. Many great places to stay in Viterbo also can be found and the place is only about an hour’s drive away.

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Frequently asked questions about things to do in Civitavecchia

1. What are the top attractions to visit in Civitavecchia?

If you would like to explore some of the most beloved tourist attractions in Civitavecchia, you can head to Fontana del Vanvitelli, Museo Archeologico Nazionale - Civitavecchia, or Cattedrale Di San Francesco.

2. Which sites in Civitavecchia are a must-visit for history buffs?

Civitavecchia has a lot to offer to those interested in a glimpse of the past. During a day of sightseeing in Civitavecchia, you can discover the remains of La Rocca, once a proud stronghold.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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