Holiday House Michelangelo in Civitavecchia

Civitavecchia downtown

Staying at a holiday apartment in Civitavecchia is an excellent opportunity to discover the historical and artistic heritage of the city and to taste some great local food.
Civitavecchia offers to its visitors history and art from different eras; the town was born as an Etruscan settlement, later became the Roman Empire port, went under the control of the Byzantine Empire and finally passed under the Papal government. With a 10 minutes walk from our B & B you can reach the market area, the heart of downtown, and start a pleasant walk through art, history, local folklore, shopping and great food.


The local market (1) takes place around Piazza Regina Margherita; here you can buy fresh products like fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats and local specialties, but of course it is right to visit the famous fish market. Throughout the area there are also many stalls with clothing and gift items. The market is the heart of the city, but to fully enjoy it you need to visit it in the morning, before 13.

Walking through the narrow streets of the old town you can reach the characteristic Piazza Aurelio Saffi (2). Continuing northward you will arrive in 2 minutes at the Church of Death, the oldest of Civitavecchia, built in 1685 to give worthy ceremony to the corpses left outside the walls or lost at sea.

Now go back to Piazza Saffi and go through the passage of the bow (photo by Marco Quartieri), the door of the ancient walls leading to the historic square Leandra (3), in the heart of the medieval village. In this square you can admire a medieval fountain and the small Church of the Star (1688), in which you will see the wooden cross used every Good Friday for the procession of the dead Christ.

From Piazza Leandra you can walk for 2 minutes towards the harbor; you will end up in Guglielmo Marconi avenue (4), famous for shopping because of many shops under the porch beside the road . Continuing southward you get to Piazza Vittorio Emanuele (5), where the cathedral of Civitavecchia, dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi. The square is also the bus terminal.

Continuing south you arrive in Largo Plebiscito; now if you turn right (direction harbor) you will find yourself in front of the Archaeological Museum of Civitavecchia (6), rich in Etruscan and Roman remains found in the area over the centuries. Admission is free and is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30 to 19:30 (closed Monday).

If you turn left you will reach the pedestrian area of Corso Centocelle (7), full of shops and bars; here you can go shopping or enjoy a drink, or watch the shows that often take place in the Traiano theater. From the pedestrian zone you will have easy access to the Ghetto zone, which is set around Fratti square.

The Ghetto (8) is one of the liveliest areas of the city, both night and day, thanks to the presence of many pubs, pizzerias, ice cream parlors, shops and wine bars.
Historical note: the village of Ghetto was built to be intended to Jewish families; in fact the Jews were never in the Ghetto, and the buildings were inhabited by fishermen from the Kingdom of Naples.

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From the ghetto area you can reach the fortress gate and visit the historic port of Rome, or reach Viale Garibaldi for a nice walk along the waterfront of Civitavecchia.

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