In the framework of the event organised by the Lazio Region “Discovering the Lazio. A trip around the towns participating at the contest “City of Culture 2019”, the project “Santa Marinella landing place” is born, with the aim to promote local cultural, tourist and wine and food excellence.

This project includes a series of free events from the 5th through the 7th of April, which you can join only with prior reservation (for contact information refer to the box at the bottom of the page). The meeting point is in front of the ticket office of the Castle of Santa Severa. 

The events will be held at the Castle of Santa Severa, space owned by the Lazio Region and managed by LAZIOcrea in collaboration with the City Hall of Santa Marinella, MiBAC and Coopculture.

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The Castle of Santa Severa

The Castle of Santa Severa

Antiquarium of Pyrgi and Sacred Area - Friday 5th April

Guided visit at 4pm for a group of 30 people max, prior reservation. 

An archeological visit to get to know the life in the Mediterranean sea of Phenicians, Carthagineans, Etruscans and Romans and rebuild the history of the ancient port of Pyrgi and the neighboring sacred area, where the precious Terra cotta ceramic vases preserved in the Antiquarium and the famous golden layers that allowed to know the mysterious Etruscan language.

Antiquarium of Pyrgi - Source:

Antiquarium of Pyrgi - Source:

Saracen Tower of the Castle of Santa Severa - Saturday 6th April

Free guided visit from 11am to 1 pm for groups of 8 people max, prior reservation.

Visit to the high cylindrical turret built in the early Middle Ages, perhaps already in the 9th century, with the function of sighting and control of the underlying port channel. The tower, which was called Saracen in modern times, appears today in its final form, assumed in the 16th century after interventions of restoration and embellishment by the tutor Bernardino Cirillo, when the access was secured only by a wooden bridge linking it to the fortress and by a small door corresponding to the current one that could be reached from the bottom only with a wooden staircase. Inside, there are three overlapped circular rooms connected by a modern spiral staircase. From the top you can enjoy a wonderful panorama that sweeps along the coast from Fiumicino to Santa Marinella and inland over the castle up to Monti della Tolfa and Cerveteri. Many news on its past and its armament are preserved in the "Museum of the Castle of Santa Severa" inside the fortress.

Further free meeting at 4 pm for a group of maximum 20 people, prior reservation. Organised by the restorers of the Castle of Santa Severa. An appointment aimed to get to know the new laboratory of first intervention of conservation and restoration, set on the second floor of the Castle Museum, the new museum that exposes a rich collection of archaeological finds from the excavations carried out in the last decade in the fortified village, which tells its history.

Saracen Tower of the Castle of Santa Severa

Saracen Tower of the Castle of Santa Severa

The Burg and the Castle of Santa Severa - Sunday 7th April

Free guided visit at 11.20am for a group of maximum 30 people, prior reservation. 

An interesting route to discover the monumental complex of the Castle of Santa Severa which constitutes an example of continuity of life and history with its museums, the village, the Fortress and the Innovation Lab.

The lords of the Sea

Free ludic and educational workshop for a maximum of 25 participants at 11am (children from 6 to 10 years old). Prior booking required.

An activity designed for young children, aimed to understand the meaning of the Museum of the Sea as a place of collective memory and participatory education, familiarize yourself with the territory and understand its wealth.

Good Flavours

Food tasting of local products from 11 am to 1 pm. Organised by local producers (there's no limit of participants, until exhaustion of products). Metting point in the sqaure of the Fontanile of the Castle of Santa Severa.

A beautiful panoramic photography from the sky of the Castle of Santa Severa

A beautiful panoramic photography from the sky of the Castle of Santa Severa

Useful information

Bookings: +39.06.39967999
Official webpage:


- By car: to get to Santa Severa district, drive along the SS1 Aurelia until Km. 52.500 then, following directions, turn towards the sea, driving along Via del Castello until your destination.

- By train: with TRENITALIA the closest stop to the district is Santa Severa Nord. From the train stop, to get to the castle, you need to walk for about 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can get off at the stop Santa Marinella and from there take the public transports to get to the City Museum.

- By bus from Rome: by transport COTRAL from Cornelia station stopping at Santa Marinella.

- By bus from the Port of Civitavecchia: you can get the COTRAL line from Porta Tarquinia and get off at S.Severa Station. The Castle is a 10-minute walk away.


Free admission with prior reservation.

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