If you are planning to come by Civitavecchia while onboarding or offboarding your cruise trip there are plenty of things to do and see but we want to give you one (well, five actually!) reasons to stop and visit our beautiful city for a tour. Don’t take our words for granted: there are many inspiring reviews about having a tour in Civitavecchia. During a tour in Civitavecchia you will be able to live a hidden gem of Italy as well as to enjoy a very important part of the Italian history and culture: Civitavecchia has been far more than just the historical port of Rome.
Here there are some secrets about Civitavecchia that you will want to learn more about during your next tour!
5 Secrets of Civitavecchia to unveil during a Tour
Did you know that….
#1. Terme Taurine and bulls are related?
The name “Terme Taurine” derives from the Latin word for “bull”, that is “Taurus”. According to local legends, the hot spring that the baths were fed by was created when a god disguised as a bull stamped his hoof on the ground, causing volcanic hot water to spring forth.It is definitely worth noting that this archaeological site is just 10 minute-drive from Civitavecchia Port and it’s easy very easy to reach during a day tour.
#2. There are more (hidden!) towers in Civitavecchia?
In the historical centre of the city of Civitavecchia, among two modern buildings you will find a very old tower but it’s not the only one: if you are going for a tour in Civitavecchia old town you will be amazed to see the remaining of the old city walls that are placed among modern more modern buildings. What’s their story? What were they used for? You might want to know more on a tour of Civitavecchia.
#3. Forte Michelangelo holds a secret passage?
This fortress located in Civitavecchia Port was designed during the Renaissance by the world-known artist Michelangelo – hence, the name. You may have guessed that – but what you still don’t know is that the San Sebastiano bastion has an underground secret tunnel which served as an escape route. If you have some spare time before departure from Civitavecchia, this part of the port is definitely worth a tour.
#4. Piazza Leandra comes from a man called Leandro?
According to the legend, a sea man called Leandro managed to convince the people of its village to vote to build again the city of CentumCellae after a long time of decay: this is why the main plaza in the city centre of Civitavecchia is today called by his name. Believe it or not, Civitavecchia is full of legends that will amaze you during a tour in the city and that explain a lot of the Italian culture.
#5. You can admire the port from the terrace of La Rocca?
Located in the port of Civitavecchia, near the Roman Warehouses you can still admire the construction of the Ancient Fortress named “La Rocca”. We have evidence of its existence since around the year 1000 as a castrum built in defence of the Trajan dock. What is more interesting about it is that from its terrace you can get a suggestive view of the port and the other remains of the fortress – the same view that was used to protect the city years ago. You should definitely join a tour of Civitavecchia to gain more insight on its history.
Yeap, Civitavecchia is worth at least a tour!
Here are just a few secrets about Civitavecchia that will lure you into wanting to know more about the city’s present and past. There are many amazing Tours in Civitavecchia that will help you unveil the secrets of this destination and that are worth the time. That’s especially true for those of you who are onboarding or offboarding from/to Civitavecchia and have few spare hours to use.
You might think that staying in Rome a couple of hours more it would be definitely better but let us disagree with you: Rome’s great attractions will not offer you the travel experience you want if you are looking for a more relaxed paced, local and deep cultural insight of the Italian culture – reason why we talked about this in our latest article about Civitavecchia vs Rome.
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