Castello di Santa Severa
Castello di Santa Severa
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Santa Severa’s Castle is one of the most evocative places of the Lazio region, located along the Tyrrhenian coast in the north of Rome, is a heritage of inestimable value both historical and cultural. The Castle owes its current name to the young Christian martyr Severa, who was killed – traditionally – on June 5, 298 AD in this place, together with his brothers Calendino and Marco, under the empire of Diocletian. The Early Christian Church was dedicated to her, dating back to the second half of the V century or the early decades of the VI century, found in the modern era and currently visible, in part, in the Piazza della Rocca.
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Curry fan
Southampton, UK7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Nice castle, reasonable parking and free beach, so worth a visit if you don't mind dodgy music from the beach bar and quite a lot of seaweed
Written 9 June 2024
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dapper777
Monaco63,905 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The castle stands on the site of Pyrgi, the port city connected to the ancient Caere, current Cerveteri, founded between the end of the 7th and the beginning of the 6th century BC.
The Etruscan city of Pyrgi was built all around the port, and had an extension of approximately 10 hectares, which included, in addition to the area occupied today by the village and the castle, also the area of the sanctuary located at the southern end, which has been the subject of studies and excavations by the University of Rome for more than fifty years now. 'years.
During the course of the 3rd century BC. with the romanization of the coast, the Roman castrum of Pyrgi was founded in part of the inhabited Etruscan area, surrounded by mighty polygonal walls. That area was probably inhabited without interruption until the 4th-5th century. AD.
Thanks to the continuity of life on the remains of the castrum Pyrgi, the village known as Castellum Sanctae Severae was formed in medieval times.
The castle itself was built in the 14th century and the village was formed gradually with various phases of construction during the 15th-16th century.
Over the centuries the ownership of the Castle passed through various owners until 1482 when it came under the ownership of the Order of the Holy Spirit and remained there for five hundred years until 1980.
Between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries it was also a place of stay or even just rest and rest for many popes: among these Gregory XIII, Sixtus V and Urban VIII. After a period of maximum splendor reached in the seventeenth century, the Castle experienced a long and slow decline.
In 1943 it was used by the Germans as a strategic military post.
Today the monumental complex is owned by the Lazio Region. After the recent restoration works financed by the Province of Rome and the Lazio Region, the Santa Severa Castle is on its way to becoming one of the most important cultural centers on the coast north of Rome.
It's worth stopping and going inside if you're around there.
Written 1 October 2023
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Leah E
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
If you are prepared to go away from the standard tourist areas this small beach town with old castle on the beach is super unique italy stay, with fantastic views.
The rooms are standard but comfortable I recommend get one with the balcony so you can really take time to soak in the oceanviews. Strolling around the castle & beach were lovely.

Otherwise there's information in the castle about the history, with artifacts found on site.
A church. A small souvenir shop. Cafe for drinks/icecream/cake.

Tips:
Getting there, it's easy to get there from rome; 1hr train ride from roma Termini , then about 15 minutes walk to the castle from Santa Severa train station (there is no taxi or bus, you will need to walk , it is alittle exhausting with luggage as there aren't side walks).

You will need to either bring food (there is a communical kitchen on grounds you can use to cook) or do what i did & google the local restaurants & their open hours.

Generally the locals did not have great English & things are mostly written in italian (we personally didn't mind), just be aware & be patient or have google translator handy.

Reason for not 5 *
We gave it a lower rating due to the castle staff were not that friendly (maybe because we did not speak italian ?).
Hostel / accommodation staff however were friendlier & tried to be helpful.
Written 28 May 2023
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Mic L
Hampshire, UK565 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Tranquility and beautiful peace and within a very large internal area. It was a sunny day so very busy but with space and the view out over the sea - a picture. We found an inner courtyard complete with mock mill stone on edge and the most enormous pottery urns taken from the sea bed. Not to be outdone we were graced with the presence of as black and white cat.
Written 12 March 2023
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Lauren
Worksop, UK411 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Beautiful peaceful place. We visited from Rome - Termini as the heat and the city albeit; a beautiful place, got a bit much after day 5 and my feet and soul needed a rest.
We got the train for approx £4/€5 pp and it took 40 minutes on a very clean double decker train to Santa severa and a 15 minute walk down to the beach and castle.

I’d recommend for anyone who wishes to see a calmer side to Italy or just needs a simple break. My favourite part of my trip.
Written 18 September 2022
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Mandiocas
31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
Due to the Covid-19, the Saracen Tower and part of the Museum are closed, and there are no guided tours. However, the entrance still costs €8. Quite expensive, for what is currently possible to visit and see.

Visiting the castle and the museum in the summer with a mask on the face, all windows closed and no air conditioning, was a real pain.

A few areas of the Castle are used as a hotel, improperly called "Ostello" (Hostel), and therefore are accessible only to its clients. This is quite annoying.

The "borgo" (the tiny medieval village inside the castle walls) is nice and very interesting for whoever is willing to understand what is a "human-centered" urbanisation; the castle beautiful; the museum shows the amazing techniques and endeavours ancient sailors pursued more than 2000 years ago (and probably had visited lands and territories that were "re-discovered" starting from the end of the XV century onwards).

The Etruscan-Roman Pyrgi ruins outside the Castle seem abandoned.

All things considered, although being expensive, it is an interesting place, but it is definitely not the right period to pay a visit to the Santa Severa Castle.

PS: it is quite easy to get there by train.
Written 27 September 2020
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enzo d
Anzio, Italy149 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
To spend a couple of hours before to go back home..with my wife se decided ti visit the Castle. Today It Easy a Christmas Village all around the Castle site and the missorganisation was touch le....
Written 6 January 2020
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Lindsay L
Saint Louis, MO26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
We traveled here from Santa Marinella. You can take the train and then it's a fairly short walk to the castle (close to a mile)
The castle had tons of history and we were able to walk freely about in most areas. There was no guided tour, but everything was nicely labeled and they had signage everywhere. They had an awesome exhibit showing a discovered tomb shown through a glass floor.
We did the virtual reality movie, but it was all in Italian. It was still pretty cool. We enjoyed a snack and birra after our time there at the small cafe on the grounds.
Written 4 September 2019
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jillbuck05
Berkeley, CA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
I have enjoyed the beach at Santa Severa a few times, but now that the castle is open, it makes for a truly memorable day trip.

You can walk around inside a limited portion of the castle for free, but a ticket lets you into the exhibits about castle history, archaeology, and nautical history, plus additional, rotating exhibits. When I was there recently (August 2019) there was a special costume exhibit. Most of the signage is in English as well as Italian. Children under 18 are free.

The ticket also lets you into the museum bathroom, which is great for changing in and out of your swimsuit (so you don’t have to use the port-a-johns.)

On the grounds outside the castle, there is some interesting information about the Etruscan history of the area.

Also right outside the museum entrance is a nice snack bar that also serves lunch and dinner for a reasonable price. (Note - cash only.)

And, for a decadent luxury, you can spend the night at the hostel inside the castle.

This is one of our favorite day trips whenever I am in Italy, and for my teenagers, the combination of the castle and the beach was the highlight of our most recent family vacation.
Written 11 August 2019
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923luke
Greater London, UK108 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Nice sea views which is a positive. However not much else. To be fair it was being set up for a concert at the time so it was difficult to see it at its best. Not sure I would rush to see this.
Written 28 July 2019
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