Thursday, October 22, 2015

Civitavecchia, Italy

Civitavecchia in 1795, etching by William Marlow.

I am in a comune right now but don’t worry I haven’t joined it yet. I am almost eighty years old and here I am still learning new things.

Civitavecchia in 2015

In my search to learn more about this seaport that serves as the  “Gateway to the Eternal City” of Rome and whose name, Civitavecchia, translates to mean “ancient town” I discovered that in 1696 this became a free port under Pope Innocent XII.

Today the port serves as a beginning and ending point for the many cruise ships that come to its harbor. The city of Rome is just ninety minutes away, a popular destination for the many cruisers that make this a full day stop.

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