|having lunch in Civitavecchia|
Founded by Emperor Trajan, it was continuously attacked by Saracen pirates during the Middle Ages. This caused the inhabitants to flee the coast in favor of a safer site further inland where Pope Leo had a new town built. But by the 1500s it was beset by malaria and plague and the remaining inhabitants returned to their old city on the sea - "Civita Vecchia" -which literally means "old city".
|Civitavecchia today- Da Baffone|
Heavily bombed during WWII, the city is now undergoing a boom as the top port of the Mediterranean with over 2 million visitors arriving during the cruise season of April to November.
The Visitors' Center and system of transportation within the port and the town are presently being updated to become more "user friendly" just in time for the cruise season of 2018 .
It was the right time for an audio guide to help cruisers and crews enjoy their day ashore in Civitavecchia.
When the voicemap.me team contacted me from Capetown, South Africa suggesting I write and produce an audio guide to use with Smartphone and Google technology, I hesitated since I am not a techie .
Thanks to the technical help from my South African team and a group of local friends who want to promote their city, the audio guide "Stories and Secrets of Civitavecchia" it is now a reality.
|Some of the local fellows who helped with the audio guide|
The voicemap.me app for Civitavecchia will be a boon to those who dock in town for the day and want to explore the city on their own.
This is especially important during the hot summer days when many older cruisers find it exhausting to take the bus or train all the way in to Rome.
Now they can stay local and enjoy a leisurely guided walk close to their cruise dock.
|visiting the fish market|
Following the voicemap.me instructions and map visitors now have a new way to explore the city, on their own .
|Raphael paintings discovered in a private home. Piazza Leandra|
We will walk through the quaint historic center, see sites and hear stories of Japanese samurai, the artists and architects (Raphael, Michelangelo,Bramante) who built its Renaissance treasures, the wars and troubles, as well as the best place for a gelato.
|With archeologist Francesca Pontani (right) , inside the Raphael room.|
"Stories and Secrets of Civitavecchia" with Mary Jane Cryan
Try it now, listen to the first locations, and bookmark to download when you are on your cruise
Also available "Stories and Secrets of Viterbo"