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10.23.2015

5 Things to Do in Civittavecchia

5 Things to Do in Civitavecchia

5 Things to Do in Civitavecchia

A few weeks ago I had an assignment that asked for some information about the cruise ship terminal in Civitavecchia. It had been a long time since I had been there so Mark and I decided to take advantage of a sunny Autumn Saturday and see what there was to see. 


First it is super easy to get there and back from Rome. It takes about an hour. I booked an intercity train ticket online (€11 for a two for one Saturday special fare. Regional trains are (€ 5.00) and there were working automatic ticket machines at the Civittavecchia train station. 

Go Shopping

From the train station we walked towards the center of town up the wide Corso Centocelle and found a large outdoor produce market. There were melons from nearby Taraquina and the first of the fall pears from Cesena. We strolled through stands of just harvested bitter greens, grapes and tomatoes down to the covered shopping boulevard Centro Commerciale I Portici along the via Aurelia. You will find optical shops with chic Italian sunglasses, stores for all of your nautical and fishing needs and traditional cafes for a coffee and gelato break. 

See Some Ruins

Running next to the via Aurelia is a small section of wall that was originally built in the year 1000 BC when Civitavecchia was a powerful port under the emperor Trajan known as Centumcellae. In the 1400's the structure was added to and a fortress called La Rocca was constructed. What you see is all that remains after extensive bombing during World War II. Around the corner near the water there was a small exhibit that had working models that showed how ancient Roman ships operated. 

Have a Cocktail

It was sunny, It was Saturday. We had taken a long walk, seen some historic things. It was time for a cocktail. We took the long way around the Forte Michelangelo to the Fruit Bar in the Piazza della Vita. We sat under grass covered umbrellas while samba music played and had Campari Spritzes by the sea. 

Have Lunch

Pyrgo Cafe
Via Duca d'Aosta, 8

For lunch we debated between the casual and creative dishes we spied at the casual Pyrgo Cafe and the much for classic Caprasecca al Mare. I just had to have the gnocchi with cima di rape and vongole that I saw coming out of the kitchen so we opted for Pyrgo Cafe. It was an excellent choice. My pasta lived up to my expectations of it and Mark had an equally delicious spaghetti with cozze (mussels)and vongole (clams). We drank cold white Pecorino until the sun started to drop. 

Walk Along the Lungomare

The beach chairs and umbrellas had all been packed away fro the season so we took a walk near the water and also along the very lovely Pyrgo promenade. From the well created placards along the way, I learned the name comes from a group of people who lived on the Lazio coast long before the Romans and the history of a day by the seaside popularized in the late 1800's. 


5 Things to Do in Civitavecchia

5 Things to Do in Civitavecchia

5 Things to Do in Civitavecchia

5 Things to Do in Civitavecchia

5 Things to Do in Civitavecchia

5 Things to Do in Civitavecchia

5 Things to Do in Civitavecchia



3 comments :

  1. Gillian this is great! I will link to this page from my page about getting from Civitavecchia to Rome, for anyone who'd rather spend the cruise stop there! Super tips!

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  2. Gillian, this is very helpful since so many people arrive in Civitavecchia by cruise ship. You handled your assignment of 'what to do in Civitavecchia' very well.
    I had to laugh, however, at the paragraph on where to "Have Lunch."
    I'm assuming that "coma" di rape is "cime" di rape, I have no idea what "cozy" and vongole is and, hopefully, the cold, white "Pecorino" that you drank is really 'Prosecco."
    I guess that was an attack of rampant autocorrect! :)



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    1. Mortifying! That's what happens when you hit publish in a hurry :) (The Pecorino was indeed a Pecorino form Abruzzo and not Prosecco)

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