Santa Severa is a seaside village in the municipality of Santa Marinella: it stands where once stood Pyrgi, one of the ports of the Etruscan Cerveteri. It’s renowned for the beach that overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea and the mighty coastal fortress. The free sandy beach is long and wide: few bathing facilities are on the sidelines. The sea is good for surfing and kite-surfing, and during summer is the location of the Italia Surf Expo, the biggest italian surf event.
The castle was built in the 14th c.: the village was formed in several stages during the 15th-16th c. The castle is home to the Museum of the Sea and the Ancient Navigation, which offers an exhibition that introduces visitors to underwater archeology and ancient navigation. In front of the castle there’s a small Antiquarium, which contains a large graphic and photographic documentation of the excavation of the archaeological site of Pyrgi and many of the materials found during the excavations, in which the archaeologists have uncovered a Tuscan temple with three cells, abundant fragments of pottery and a relief representing a gigantomachia. To see the inside of the castle you must book your visit.