The first Japanese diplomatic mission made Civitavecchia the gate between East and West, when in 1615, samurai Hasekura Tsnegaga before meeting Pope Paul V spent 15 days here, where you probably have already been, or you’re about to.
Walking along Corso Marconi, right next to Porta Livorno and near the harbour, you can admire Hasekura statue, which Civitavecchia made in his honour. I know you are eager to learn more about this connection, so I egg you on strolling through Viale Garibaldi.
Viale Garibaldi will have you staring at a colourful sunset. Beyond Pirgo (an old beach resort, now almost vanished away), you should turn on the left and you will find the Church of the Holy Japanese Martyrs.
Inside the Church, built 150 years ago and survived two world wars, you will be able to look at Luca Hasegawa’s frescos. In the apse, there’s the so called Madonna and Child with kimono.
Finally, the sun rises at East and, thank God, sets West.