On the Acropolis in Athens.
Brandon and Kathy
At the library in Ephesus.
2004 Cruise Ports of Call
Civitavecchia and Tarquinia
For tours of Rome, the ship stops in the port city of Civitavecchia. We decided not to go into Rome as it is a one and one half hour bus ride each way. rWe had both been to Rome before and did not want a long, tiring day of sightseeing. (We got married the day before and wanted to relax.)
Instead, we chose to explore Civitavecchia and Tarquinia (the nearby Etruscan town) with Don and Lois.
Emporer Trajan built Civitavecchi as a new port for Rome when the original port became unusable due to silt and sediment. The harbor is guarded by a renaissance fort completed by Michelangelo in 1557. The fort sustained some damage during World War II but is basically still intact and quite impressive.
We explored the fort and the area around the port.
We then walked into town and checked out the local vegetable and fish markets. There were no tourists to be seen, only locals doing their shopping.
After exploring Civitavecchia, we took a bus to the town of Tarquinia. There
are still some Etruscan ruins in the town and there are quite a number of
medieval structures including parts of the wall that surrounds the town.
However, the main reason for coming to Tarquinia was to see the Etruscan tombs. We walked past the wall and out into the countryside where we found signs that pointed out each of the tombs that have been preserved. A sign next to each one described the tomb, when it was discovered and when it was created. The wall paintings in the tombs reminded me very much of the Egyptian tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
|C. Brandon Jones
email: Brandon "at" cbjones.info
|updated June 23, 2005|