There’s no compelling reason to come to Civitavecchia other than to take a ferry to Sardinia. It’s not an unpleasant place; there’s simply not much to do. Established by Emperor Trajan in AD 106, it was later conquered by the Saracens, but regained importance as a papal stronghold in the 16th century. The medieval town was almost completely destroyed by bombing during WWII.
The port is about a 400m walk from the train station. As you leave the station, turn right into Viale Garibaldi and follow the road along the seafront. Near the Michelangelo fortress at the western end of the seafront there’s a helpful tourist information point (0766 2 53 48; Viale Garibaldi; 8.30am-1pm Mon-Sat, 3-6pm Tue & Fri in summer).
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009