Rome audio tour: Stories and Secrets of Civitavecchia

Stories and Secrets of Civitavecchia

Walking Tour

35 mins

About the Tour

Take a relaxing walk through the hidden corners of Civitavecchia, far from big city confusion. Explore the narrow streets and squares of the historic center, amongst the diverse layers of architecture: Roman, Renaissance and modern. Visit the fish and farmers' markets and stroll along the seaside promenades to enjoy the pace and peace of Italian lifestyle. The historic center hides many artistic treasures in churches and private homes.

Tour Producer


Mary Jane Cryan

American-Irish writer and historian Mary Jane Cryan has been living in Italy since 1965 working in the fields of international education, journalism and tourism. When she is not busy writing about central Italy in her palazzo between Rome and Civitavecchia, she can be found aboard luxury cruise ships sailing the Mediterranean as a guest lecturer.
Check her blog for hundreds of insider tips and her award-winning website

Major Landmarks

  • Forte Michelangelo

  • Civitavecchia national archaeological museum

  • Teatro Traiano

Directions to Starting Point

Cruise passengers will arrive at the starting point-Largo della Pace information area- with the free port shuttle buses. After the tour, you can take one of the free shuttle buses to return to your Cruise embarkation terminals and cruise ships.

For those wishing to take the 1.5 hour voyage to Rome by train, our advice is to buy the BIRG Ticket €12, which gives access to public transport for the day. The BIRG can be purchased directly at the station.

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Places to stop along the way

Raphael house (open 3-5 pm or by appointment ), Archeology Museum, historic churches, Corso Centocelle and Corso Marconi shopping areas, public markets. For best pizza-Mastro Titta, best gelato-Chalet del PIncio. My favorite restaurants are Da Baffone, Corso Garibaldi for al fresco dining , and Bistro at Hotel San Giorgio in the evening. Locals favorites include Trinity Pub on Via Trieste , Holo's vegan cafe, Via Istria. For beaches -Locals go to rocky San Agostino, a short taxi ride away, or Santa Severa, a 10 minute train ride south towards Rome, with sandy beaches and a castle .

Best time of day

Mornings are best for shops, museums, churches and markets are open. In summer, avoid the hottest midday hours and don't miss the spectacular sunset on the sea.


Civitavecchia is very safe with lots of pedestrian areas. Watch out for motorscooters and buses when crossing streets.


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