The first traces of humans in the Fiumicino area date back to the Trajan period. The ancient Foce Micina, the Roman Empire’s main port, was already welcoming fishermen in the 1st century AD. After the medieval era, the Papal fishing fleets found a safe berth here. Starting from the end of the 16th century, with the excavation works ordered by Popes Gregory XIII and Paul V, the area once again took up its privileged role connecting the Eternal City with the Tyrrhenian sea. It acted as a garrison checkpoint against pirates and provided merchants and sailors with access to the River Tiber.
The city of Fiumicino’s long, well established relationship with the sea makes it a favourite spot for tourists, especially food and wine fans. Almost all the fish eaten in the Capital passes through the city’s port, a sign that the millennial history of local fishing has been turned into a modern production industry. The best fish dishes can be tasted in the city’s charming restaurants before taking a relaxing walk around Fiumicino’s new tourist port.