The vanguard of an old city
Etruscans and Latins called it Civitas Vetula. It overlooks the sea, welcomes people from around the world, is one of the most important ports in Italy and, of course, in Lazio. Civitavecchia has been and is the hub of cultures, peoples, crafts, languages; it’s an ancient city and so attached to its sea that even the bombing - that caused it to land during World War II - has failed to destroy it. From its rubble it was rebuilt and today its port is one of the most active at national and international level. Its intercultural spirit has the typical salty flavour, creeps into its alleys and translates every moment of life.
The city offers many cues for a visitor, from the home of the legendary Mastro Titta, to the newly refurbished seafront, without forgetting the good cuisine of its restaurants. But there is also a special route: by following the sea, cross the streets of Civitavecchia and follow the “waves of Waves”. This is the name of the project promoted by the Youth Department - Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the National Association of Italian Municipalities - which, in June 2011, involved young people from some of the city's institutes together with celebrated international writers engaged in retraining public spaces.
In murals the identity of a city
We leave from the center, from the Cathedral of Civitavecchia, from where we go up to enter Via Piave and be struck by the mural Il Pescatore, signed by Agostino Iacurci. The old bearded man stands on Via Trieste, casting his attentive look at the port and confirming what is the strongest and most significant identity of the city: fishing in one of the oldest and still intact neighborhoods of the historic village. Instead, the boys from the IIS institute of Viale Adige decorated the walls surrounding the Tribunal. Balance, False, Moral, these are some of the words that you can read between painted waves and that students have chosen to nourish and reinforce the concept of justice and lawfulness.
In the outskirts the animal charm
Not far from the city chaos there is the prehistoric dog of Aryz, a Spanish writer, who on a popular palace at the intersection of Via Lazio with Via Veneto designed a dinosaur - with all the features of a modern dog - jumping jolly perhaps to grab a tasty bone. Finally we move to Campo dell'Oro, in the outskirts, to get to know the mysterious surreal character painted by the Italian artist DEM, on the facade of Secondary School Ennio Galice, in via Toscana. The bat woman is the encounter of two female faces through the wings of a bat, an impact and multicolor image that for the richness of details and pigments will remind you of a large painted canvas.