Why Book Rome Private Tours from Cruise Port

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Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for Rome Private Tours from Cruise Port, Day Tours from Rome, and Shore Excursions from Italy’s top cruise ports.

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Hundreds of thousands of cruisers dock at the Cruise Port of Civitavecchia each year for the wonderful opportunity to explore Rome for a day.

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Cruisers have options to visit Rome from Civitavecchia:
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Bus tours organized by the cruise line or local bus tour companies 

Trains and public transportation

Private Tours by Car with personal drivers

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In this travel blog, we would like to share with you why booking private tours from Cruise Port of Civitavecchia will enhance your shore excursion experience, give you more time to visit more sites, while providing efficiency, comfort and convenience at affordable prices.
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Why Book Rome Private Tours from Cruise Port

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You will SEE and DO MORE of Rome in 1 DAY on private tours from the Cruise Port 

than on buses or public transportation

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ROME IN A DAY TOUR from Civitavecchia - RomeCabs

ROME IN A DAY TOUR from Civitavecchia – RomeCabs

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It’s a fact that when you book  Rome private tours from the Cruise port to Rome, you will see a whole lot more by car than by bus or public transportation.

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By car you reach Rome quicker and more efficiently, private driver service vehicles are specially licensed to access the historic center to get you to see and visit more MORE amazing places in Rome in LESS TIME!

As tour buses are restricted from accessing the historic center, cruisers on bus tours are limited to the number of sites they can see and visit… usually less than half than on private tours by car!  

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LEARN MORE:  Rome bans tourist buses from city centre

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Why Book Rome Private Tours from Cruise Port – Tour Buses BANISHED from Rome City Center

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Because taking trains and public transportation is so time consuming  (usually around 2.5 – 3 hours to take shuttle bus from the cruise ships to the main cruise port, then bus or walk to the train station in Civitavecchia, wait for the train which takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to Termini Station, then take additional buses or metros to your final destination attraction),  you are greatly limited in terms of how much of Rome you can really see DIY. 

PLUS, unfortunately you also take the risk of missing your ship if you miss your train or get lost (which has happened!).
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Also unfortunate is to find a public transportation strike on the same day your ship docks at the port, and find yourself stuck on your ship for the day because the few Civitavecchia Taxis available are gone.

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How the train ruined the Cruise for thousands of Civitavecchia Cruisers

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No Planning Required 

– private tours offer fun-filled itineraries to choose from that fit into your shore excursion

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When you book Rome private tours from Cruise Port, you simply choose your preferred tour based on the offered itinerary, and that’s it!  It’s that simple!

 There is NO need to plan your trip, NO need to research the must see places, and NO need to figure out how to get from site to site on your own.   

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Our tour pages include detailed information, description, photos and videos of the sites in our tour itineraries so you have the opportunity to learn about these amazing places before booking your preferred tour.

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Easy, convenient pick up and drop off Pier-side next to your Cruise Ship

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Why Book Rome Private Tours from Cruise Port

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On Rome private tours you are conveniently picked up and dropped off right on the pier next to your ship for easy door to door service you can count on.  

This makes your tour incredibly predictable knowing in advance when your tour will start and end, and not have to worry about buses and trains.

You simply meet your personal English speaking Driver who will be waiting for you on the pier next to your ship holding a sign with your name, and off you go to Rome!

From Rome, your driver will ensure you will depart from Rome at the required time to arrive back to your ship in time for your voyage to continue.

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Private can even COST LESS than cruise ship bus tours

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Don’t be fooled into thinking that private tours are too expensive or too extravagant!  
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Private Rome Tours are, in fact, often LESS EXPENSIVE than bus tours and generic shared group tours, and sometimes even not much more expensive per person than using trains, buses, metros and taxis (on a DIY visit to Rome). 

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THOUSANDS of our cruising clients have made their shore excursions more affordable by sharing the costs and the fun with like minded fellow cruisers by  creating their own Privately Shared Tours.

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It’s EASY!  Simply place an ad on Cruise Critic Roll Call with a LINK to your preferred tour, and invite other fellow cruisers to join your tour. 

You are in charge of how big your group size should be (maximum 8 passengers), and who you invite to join your tour.  

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ALSO READ: Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia – by RomeCabs

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Touring with like minded tour mates you get to know in advance is far more enjoyable than being stuck in a van full of strangers that you may not have anything in common with and not enjoy your tour.

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Your driver will stop next to most attractions reduces excessive walking

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Private tours can get you in where tour buses cannot access, and much quicker and efficient than relying on public transportation.

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Because private driver vehicles have special license that permits them access into the restricted city center (buses are RESTRICTED from accessing the center, they can only stop around the outer parameters… quite far from most attractions) your driver can take you directly to the attraction you are visiting and drop you off as close as lawfully possible.

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Private Tours are ideal for families with kids

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Why Book Rome Private Tours from Cruise Port

Why Book Rome Private Tours from Cruise Port

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International travel and cruising can be quite challenging for families with children…. So why not make your Rome tour the easiest and most carefree day of your cruise by booking a private tour that suits your family’s interests and needs, and have your personal English speaking Driver taking great care of you so you and your family will enjoy a fun filled day in Rome safely and comfortably.

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On our tours, children have the opportunity to experience the wonders of Rome that they would only otherwise read about in history books or study in class. 

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If you are traveling with children younger than 8 years old, we can also provide you with complimentary age appropriate safety seats for your private vehicle.

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ALSO READ:  Is it Worth Paying More for a Private Tour from Rome Sea Port?

 

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Touring by car is much less exhausting for children as excessive walking is minimized, and you are comfortably driven in a deluxe air conditioned vehicle from site to site.

Touring by car is ideal on very hot summer days when the temperature could reach 90’s, or inclement weather in spring, fall and winter when it can be cold and rainy.  

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Private tours are most suitable for cruisers who are elderly, have mobility issues, and wheelchair users  

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Rome private tours are also most suitable for cruisers who experience mobility issues or use wheelchairs to get around easier.

Because our tours are private, you may customize them to best accommodate abilities (such as skipping some sites that may be too challenging to visit, and substitute them with sites that are more suitable).

Because you are taken as close as lawfully possible to each location, you minimize excessive walking so you can enjoy more of Rome comfortably and effortlessly. 

Unlike bus tours that require members to keep up with the group, or rushing on public transportation,  on a private tour you enjoy Rome at YOUR own pace without being rushed or over exerted. 

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Private tours are flexible and customizable

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Bus tours and shared shuttle tours have a fixed unchangeable itinerary with no possibility to change as you are obliged to follow a group. 

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ALSO READ:  Day Trips from Civitavecchia l Rome, Countryside

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Rome private tours from the Cruise Port offer you the unique flexibility to customize YOUR private tour to suit your interests, your pace, and your physical level. 

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Whether you wish to avoid certain crowded locations, or your heart is set on visiting certain churches or museums, or you prefer a more relaxed pace that is more comfortable for you, private tours offers you that customized flexibility you need.

Thank you for reading our travel blog Why Book Rome Private Tours from Cruise Port

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For more information about our Tours, as well as shore excursions from Italy’s top cruise ports, to many of Italy’s top destinations, please visit our website

Thank you very much and we look forward to showing you beautiful  places in Italy!!

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter – RomeCabs

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for Rome Tours and Transfer Services.

It’s no secret that the busiest travel season in Rome is between May and October when Rome sees most of its visitors by land and by cruise (via Civitavecchia Cruise Port).

The slowest travel months in Rome is mid November through mid March when Rome is also the coldest.  

But don’t let the Mediterranean winters of Rome dissuade you from taking advantage of this travel season that has plenty of Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter.

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter 

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1.   Lower priced airfares, with less crowded planes and risks of flight delays

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter – RomeCabs

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From our 20+ years experience providing transfers and tours from the Airport, some of the challenges of summer airline travel are passengers bumped from oversold flights, flight delays when some airports get backed up, delays in customs, and even issues with luggage getting lost or delayed.

Traveling to Italy during the slow season also makes for a more comfortable and easy flight to and from Italy.

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2 .   Lower priced hotels means you save money, extend your visit, or upgrade to better hotel options.

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Since hotel prices vary depending on the season and holidays, you can find great bargains at hotels that can be quite pricey during the peak travel season.

With lower hotel prices, you can upgrade to a better hotel for a more luxurious stay in Rome, or use the savings to extend your trip or splurge on food, shopping or tours.

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3.  Less crowded, means a more enjoyable and relaxing experience visiting popular sites

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter - RomeCabs

15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter – RomeCabs

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During the summer months the historic center of Rome where most of the attractions are is pretty crowded. 

In the winter, monuments, museums and squares like Vatican Museums, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, and St Peter’s Basilica see FEWER tourists, making them far more enjoyable to visit in the winter.

Sometimes you even feel like you have Rome to yourself in the winter!

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3.   With fewer tourists, you can enjoy a more flexible sightseeing schedule 

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter - RomeCabs

15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter – RomeCabs

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 With significantly fewer tourists, you can keep your itinerary flexible without the need to buy in advance Admission Tickets at specific time slots to avoid the otherwise hours’ long ticket lines.

Therefore, you may even be able to get into the Vatican Museums and Colosseum without advance purchase tickets with much shorter ticket lines and fewer wait times.
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4.  Enjoy Christmas and New Year in Rome

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If you visit Rome mid December through early January, you will have the opportunity to experience the Christmas and New Year holidays in the Eternal City.

In Rome, you will see Christmas lights, Christmas Trees displayed in places like St Peter’s Square and Piazza Navona.  Many churches put on display beautifully crafted Christmas Nativities as per the Italian traditions. 

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Italian Christmas Traditions to Enjoy in Italy

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6.  Day Trips from Rome to explore Christmas Markets and Traditions

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During the Christmas holiday you can take day trips by train to cities and towns such as Florence or Assisi to enjoy Christmas Markets and different Christmas Decorations.

Many medieval towns in the countryside of Rome hold annual Living Nativities where sections of historic centers or ghost towns are transformed into biblical times complete with amazing re-enactments,  food, drinks, entertainment, and a live Nativity with people and animals.

Some towns, such as Canale Monterano, create a Medieval theme Living Nativity inside the Ghost Town of Monterano that is extremely popular and exciting to see.

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7.   Crisp sunny winter days makes for wonderful photos in Rome

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Trajan's Forum in Rome

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Summers in Rome are humid and hazy when taking photos and videos, however on cold crisp sunny winter days the light is magnificent for those who love to take beautiful photos and videos.

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Rome in A Day – Top Must See Places in Rome

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8.  Take advantage of Winter SALES!

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After Holidays Sales being around the 7th of January  and can last for at least a couple of months.

You can shop till you drop in early January when SALES start after Epiphany. Head over to Via del Corso and the streets that branch from it that are lined with shops from the mall variety to designer labels.

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9.  Valentine’s Day ROME-ance

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February is a wonderful time to visit Rome for a Romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day in February.

Enjoy romantic dinners at cozy restaurants, stroll through quiet charming streets, spend time admiring beautiful art at museums without being rushed.

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TOP 7 ROME AND ITALY TRAVEL TIPS

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You may even use this very romantic getaway to propose to your sweetheart!

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10.  Winter makes visiting churches with dress codes easier!

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 You never have to worry about dressing properly for church visits that require modesty dress codes such as covering shoulders and knees which is often problematic during the hot summer months when many travelers wear sleeveless shirts and shorts.

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11.   Last minute availability for tours and transfers

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter – RomeCabs

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In the winter it is easier to find last minute availability on TOURS and TRANSFERS that are often booked weeks in advance during the peak season when Rome is visited not only by travelers, but also by Cruisers in Civitavecchia.

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12.  Enjoy sipping hot chocolate inside cozy cafes

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Hot chocolate (cioccolata calda) in Italy is thick and creamy, like melted chocolate. It’s meant to be sipped slowly and enjoyed without being rushed… which is perfect on a winter day in Rome!

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13.   Feast on winter foods and Christmas treats

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In the winter, you can feast on seasonal delights like artichokes, hot stews, hearty soups such as ribollita and polenta.  

Around Christmas you will find sweet panettone and other delicious Christmas breads and treats like torrone (traditional Italian nougat)

For snacks around Rome, hot roasted chestnuts sold by vendors around Rome are always a winter treat!  

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter - RomeCabs

15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter – RomeCabs

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Thank you for reading our travel blog 15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter

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For more information about our Rome ToursCivitavecchia Shore Excursions, as well as Day Tours from Rome to many of Italy’s top destinations, please visit our website below..

Thank you very much and we look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

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The RomeCabs Team

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Rome Tours & Shore Excursions – Itineraries, Photos, Videos

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for Rome Tours, Shore Excursions and Airport, Cruise Port Transfers.
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Rome is one of the most visited cities in Italy by land travelers and cruisers who come here to explore the Eternal City that is filled with intriguing, ancient history, culture, architecture, churches, museums, beauty, and good old Italian Old World charm.
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We included TOP 10 Rome Tours & Shore Excursions – Itineraries, Photos, Videos –  that you can enjoy as a Day Tour from your Rome Hotel  or local accommodation, and as a Shore Excursion from your Cruise Ship in the port of Civitavecchia (about 90 minutes from Rome).
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ROME TOURS STARTING FROM YOUR HOTEL IN ROME:

If your Rome tour will start from a Rome hotel or accommodation, your personal English speaking Driver will meet you either at your hotel lobby or your accommodation address in a comfortable deluxe vehicle, and will take you back at the completion of the tour.
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ROME SHORE EXCURSION FROM CIVITAVECCHIA CRUISE PORT:

If you will be cruising into Civitavecchia, your RomeCabs personal English speaking Driver will pick you up right on the pier next to your ship in the morning for optimal convenience, take on on a driven tour to  Rome in a comfortable air conditioned deluxe vehicle  to enjoy many of the Eternal City’s highlights. At the appointed time in the afternoon, your driver will take you back to Civitavecchia conveniently next to your ship.
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Some of the Rome Shore Excursions included are offered by our sister company Stefano Rome Tours that specializes in tours and Italy shore excursions.
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Be sure to CLICK on the TOUR TITLES of the tours that interest you most to arrive at the TOUR PAGES  that are filled with detailed information about each tour, price lists, and the option to easily book your preferred Rome Day Tour or Rome Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia directly online
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Rome Tours & Shore Excursions – Itineraries, Photos, Videos

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ROME IN A DAY – Rome Tours, Shore Excursions
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Our most popular day tour and shore excursion from Civitavecchia is ROME IN A DAY as it highlights the most important and must see monuments, squares, museums and churches in Rome.  It gives you a tast of the best of Rome in just one day!
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  • Colosseum

  • Circus Maximus

  • View of Roman Forum

  • Drive by Piazza Venezia

  • Pantheon

  • Trevi Fountain

  • Spanish Steps

  • Vatican Museums

  • Sistine Chapel

  • Saint Peter’s Basilica

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ROME IN 2 DAYS – Rome Tours

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If one day in Rome is not enough for your interests, Rome in 2 Days tour from Rome offers you the complete itinerary of ROME IN A DAY, with an additional fun filled day visiting the following amazing places in Rome.
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If you are docking in Civitavecchia, you may book the ROME IN A DAY as a POST CRUISE TOUR OPTION with pick up at your cruise ship and drop off at your hotel in Rome, and then continue on with DAY 2 of your ROME IN 2 DAYS tour. 

Inquire within for prices and info on how to arrange your Rome in 2 Days Tour as a Post Cruise Tour and Day Tour from your hotel in Rome.

 

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Rome Tours & Shore Excursions – Itineraries, Photos, Videos  – ROME IN 2 DAYS TOUR – RomeCabs

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ROME IN 3 DAYS – Rome Tours


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If you are staying in Rome for at least 3 full days, you can make the MOST of your time in Rome and explore as much of Rome as possible in our unforgettable ROME IN 3 DAYS TOUR that includes the itinerary of ROME IN 2 DAYS TOUR with an additional day in Rome to enjoy more of the most exciting museums, monuments, churches, and squares in the Eternal City.

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  • Rome in 2 Days Itinerary

  • Ancient Baths of Caracalla

  • Capitoline Museums

  • St John in Lateran Basilica

  • Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere

  • Santa Maria in Trastevere Church

  • Janiculum Hill with View of Rome

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SEVEN WONDERS OF ANCIENT ROME – Rome Tours, Shore Excursions

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Our Seven Wonders of Ancient Rome day tour from Rome and shore excursion from Civitavecchia was crafted for lovers of ancient Roman Architecture and History, and inspired by a fantastic documentary

This tour takes you to visit the incredible wonders of Ancient Rome that are testament of the advance architectural and engineering prowess of this ancient yet advanced civilization.

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  • Colosseum

  • Circus Maximus

  • Baths of Caracalla

  • Via Appia

  • Park of the Aqueducts

  • Pantheon

  • Trajan’s Forum

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PANORAMIC ROME TOUR – Rome Tours, Shore Excursions

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Rome Tours & Shore Excursions – Itineraries, Photos, Videos PANORAMIC ROME  –  RomeCabs

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This Panoramic Rome day tour from Rome and shore excursion from Civitavecchia was created as a result of increasing requests from travelers and cruisers seeking to enjoy Rome at a more leisurely pace, avoid super crowded places like the Colosseum and Vatican, and have flexibility of time that does not require them to purchase advance tickets for specific time slots.   

While you can enjoy seeing the Colosseum and St Peter’s Basilica from the outside, you skip the crowds and have extra time to enjoy more leisurely squares, churches, and places of ancient wonder.

 

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  • Pantheon, Piazza della Rotonda

  • Trevi Fountain

  • Spanish Steps

  • Piazza Navona

  • St Peter’s Square

  • Capitoline Hill with view of Roman Forum

  • Colosseum Square

  • Basilica of San Clement and Underground Visit

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ROME AT NIGHT – Rome Tours

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Rome Tours & Shore Excursions – Itineraries, Photos, Videos – ROME AT NIGHT – RomeCabs

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Rome at Night is best enjoyed in the comfort of a deluxe vehicle driven by your personal English speaking Driver so you have the unique opportuniy to experience Rome at Night when the atmosphere changes once the Eternal City is blanketed by stars and its monuments and squares glow from soft lights. 

Rome at Night Tour is a very romantic tour for couples, and ideal for travelers who have already toured Rome during the day, and wish to see it at night comfortably without exerting themselves on foot.   You will have ample opportunities to stop and take photos at places of interest during the 2 hour tour.

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  • Colosseum

  • Piazza Venezia

  • Via dei Fori Imperiali (and Trajan Forum)

  • Trevi Fountain

  • Spanish Steps

  • St Peter’s Basilica and Square

  • Gianiculum Hill

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ANGELS AND DEMONS – Rome Tours, Shore Excursions

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Rome Tours & Shore Excursions – Itineraries, Photos, Videos – ANGELS AND DEMONS

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Whether you are  fan of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons novel and film, or love the places in Rome that were featured in this hit novel and film, you will enjoy the Angels and Demons day tour from Rome and Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia offered by our sister company Stefano Rome Tours.

The tour follows the exciting locations pertaining to the 4 Elements featured in the story:  EARTH, FIRE, WATER and AIR, as well as some additional places suchas the Pantheon and Castle Sant’Angelo that are not part of the elements.

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  • Castel Sant’Angelo

  • St. Maria del Popolo Church

  • St. Peter’s Square

  • St. Maria della Vittoria Church

  • Pantheon

  • Piazza Navona

  • Vatican Museum

  • Sistine Chapel

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Rome Tours & Shore Excursions – Itineraries, Photos, Videos – ANGELS AND DEMONS

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CHRISTIAN ROME – Rome Tours, Shore Excurisons

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TOP 10 Rome Tours, Shore Excursions (with Photos, Videos) - CHRISTIAN ROME

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If the ancient Roman and Christian history of Rome interests you, you will find this Christian Rome day tour from Rome and shore excursion from Civitavecchia offered by Stefano Rome Tours quite fascinating.
This tour takes you some of the most significant places in Rome for early Christians, as you follow in the footsteps of the saints and historical figures.

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  • Circus Maximus

  • St. Paul Outside the Wall

  • Appian Way

  • Catacombs

  • San Pietro in Vincoli

  • Vittorio Emanuele Monument

  • Piazza Venezia

  • Vatican Museum

  • Sistine Chapel

  • St Peter’s Basilica

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VACANZE ROMANE / ROMAN HOLIDAY– Rome Tours, Shore Excurisons

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This fun-tastic Vacanze Romane / Roman Holiday day tour from Rome and Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia offered by our sister company Stefano Rome Tours takes you to see and visit movie locations where scenes from the famous classic featuring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck were filmed (including the street, Via Margutta, where Gregory Peck’s character lived!).

 

You will be also amazed at how much, or how little locations in the film have changed over the decades!  Book the tour, enjoy the charms of Rome, and experience the Romance!

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  • Colosseum

  • Piazza Venezia

  • Capitoline Hill

  • Teatro di Marcello

  • Mouth of Truth

  • Palazzo Barberini

  • Castel Sant’Angelo

  • Trevi Fountain

  • Spanish Steps

  • Via Margutta

  • Pantheon

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Rome Tours & Shore Excursions - Itineraries, Photos, Videos - VACANZE ROMANE

Rome Tours & Shore Excursions – Itineraries, Photos, Videos – VACANZE ROMANE

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OSTIA ANTICA – Rome Tours

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Not exactly IN Rome, but in Ostia Antica, we included the Ostia Antica tour as it uses to be an actual ancient Roman city by the sea.   Here, you will have the amazing opportunity to walk in the foosteps of real Romans from 2,000 years ago!

 

Unlike Pompeii that’s super crowded, enormous, and hot in the summer, Ostia Antica is smaller, incredibly well preserved (while Pompeii was entombed in volcanic ash, Ostia Antica was abandoned), and located in a park-like setting with  sea pine trees characterisitc of Rome offering shade.  If you want to experience Ancient Rome and how it was built, book this tour and enjoy exploring the ruins inside this archaeological park.

 


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  • Domus, the houses of the upper class

  • Store buildings

  • Wall-paintings

  • Mosaics, Sculpture, Graffiti

  • Workshops

  • Apartments buildings

  • Hotels, brothels, bars and hundreds of shops

  • Baths and communal latrines

  • The seats of guilds

  • Temples and little shrines

  • Public buildings

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For more information about our Rome Tours and Shore Excursions, as well as Day Tours starting from Rome to many of Italy’s top destinations such as  the Roman Countryside, Tuscany, Umbria, and Naples region, please visit our website below.
Also don’t forget to also visit our sister company STEFANO ROME TOURS for exciting shore excursions from Italy’s main cruise ports, and day tours from Rome, Tuscany and Naples!

Thank you very much and we look forward to showing you Rome!

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How NOT to MISS YOUR SHIP in Civitavecchia

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for Civitavecchia  Cruise Port Transfers and Cruise Port Tours.

Over the 15+ plus years we’ve witnessed many cruisers miss their ship from Civitavecchia for reasons beyond their control and they had NO options or alternatives.

 

Sure, cruisers are at risk of missing their ship if they rely completely on Public Transportation which can sometimes by not so reliable due to transportation strikes, slow schedule such as on Sundays or holidays, or simply missing the train going to Civitavecchia.  

 

However if they are in Rome, they still have options: taxis and private drivers can still help them get to the cruise ship quickly if they miss their train or there’s a public transportation strike they did not know about.
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However, this is NOT a 100% guaranteed Plan B option because on days of public transportation strikes taxis and private drivers are in such high demand that it can be extremely difficult to find one available!

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How NOT to MISS YOUR SHIP in Civitavecchia

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The most frequent reason cruisers miss their ship is because they booked their international flights arriving in Italy (Fiumicino Airport) on the SAME DAY as their cruise departure from Civitavecchia and had the misfortune of arriving in Italy too late to make it to their ship on time.

 

The most common reasons many cruisers miss their ship are:

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Missed connection flights

Flight delays for various reasons including weather and airplane malfunction

Lost luggage

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In case of lost luggage, many cruisers chose to depart on their cruise anyway without their luggage, and just purchase items on the ship or when their ship docked at different ports.  For some folks this was not possible as they had in their lost luggage important items such as medicine or personal items they could not do without on their cruise.

 

The costs of missing the cruise ship departure can include:

 

  • Taking the train –  if there is a train going to the next port of call your ship will dock at

  • Book a private driver to drive you to your next port of call if there are no trains going to that location

  • Book a same day flight to your ship’s next port of call if your ship departs from the Italian mainland and will dock on the island of Sicily or another country.

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Even if the risk is just that less than 1% of cruisers who plan their international flight to arrive on the same day as their ship departs MISS their ship….
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…do YOU want to be part of that  small 1% who missed their ship in Civitavecchia?

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How NOT to MISS YOUR SHIP in Civitavecchia – RomeCabs

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The simple solution to AVOID these costly and stressful problems that can occur on flights arriving in Italy on the same day of the cruise departure is:

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Book a flight to arrive at least the day before your ship departs from Civitavecchia.

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How NOT to MISS YOUR SHIP in Civitavecchia – ARRIVE ONE DAY EARLY

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By arriving in Italy at least the day before your cruise starts, you are not at risk of missing your ship departure  if you miss your flight or your flight is delayed. 

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And if your luggage is lost you still have some time for your luggage to reach you in Rome. It is much easier and less expensive to purchase necessities in Rome than on the ship or at other ports of call that may not have good shopping options. 

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If you have no choice but to fly into Italy on the SAME day as your Cruise Ship Departure, here are some helpful tips:

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  • Book an early morning flight arrival to allow you some extra leeway in case you experience flight delays into Rome’s airport

  • Book a flight with as few layovers as possible to reduce risks of missed connections and lost luggage

  • Book your flight with a reputable airline with high on time arrival rates.

  • Customize your luggage to make it easy for you to identify them, prevents other passengers from accidentally  picking up your luggage in error.

  • Make sure your airline tags your luggage for the correct destination, and keep the stub from your checked luggage with you.

  • Prepare for the possibility of luggage by carrying with you in your carryon case your important essentials such as medicine, extra set of undergarments and clothing items so you can continue your cruise if your luggage is lost or delayed past your ship departure time.

     

  • Book a PRIVATE TRANSFER from the Airport to Civitavecchia so you will be met by your private driver  who can wait for you if you experience delays at the airport for a much swifter, reliable, and safe transportation from the airport directly to your ship inside the cruise port.  When you don’t have a minute to lose,  a Private Transfer is the best option to consider.

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Civitavecchia Port Transfers with RomeCabs

PRIVATE CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS – with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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TIPS FOR FLIGHT DEPARTURES FROM CIVITAVECCHIA:

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PRIVATE CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS - with Stefano's RomeCabs

PRIVATE CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS – with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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If you are flying out of Italy on the same day your ship arrives back at Civitavecchia Port at the completion of your cruise, do not book your flight too early in the morning as you may risk missing your flight if you encounter any of the following unforeseen delays:

 

  • If your ship docks late

  • If disembarkation is slow

  • If you encounter traffic or other unforeseen delays on the way to the airport.

 

To be safe, always allow PLENTY of extra time to accommodate any unforeseen delays on the way to the airport.  

 

Usually flights booked to depart at earliest 11 AM or later,  are safe if you book a private driver service to take you to the airport.

 

If you are on a tight schedule to catch your ship or catch your flight,  the most secure way is to book a private driver / Private Transfer Service to make your transfer as smooth as possible, make the most of your time, and have an experienced local to assist you if you experience any difficulties.

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7 Reasons to Book Private Civitavecchia Transfers

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By car with a professional and experienced driver, travel time between FCO/ Fiumicino Airport and Civitavecchia Port is only about 1 hour with pier-side pick up  and drop off for optimal time saving convenience.

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CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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By train and public transport, it can take hours and duration of time can be unpredictable …If you are short on time or experience any unforeseen delays with your flight or cruise ship, you may risk arriving too late to your final destination.

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How the train ruined the Cruise for thousands of Civitavecchia Cruisers

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 Thank you very much for reading our travel blog How NOT to MISS YOUR SHIP in Civitavecchia

 

We invite you to please visit our website below for more information about our Civitavecchia Transfers, Pre Cruise Tours, Post Cruise Tours, and Shore Excursions.

 

We look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

 

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What to Wear when visiting the Vatican?

 Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for Day Tours from Rome and Shore Excursions from Italy’s top cruise ports.
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We offer many Day Tours and Shore Excursions to Rome that include a visit to the Vatican (Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica).

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Many of travelers in Rome are not aware that the Vatican enforces a modesty dress code when visiting St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel – both significant and sacred places.

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 NOTE:  The Vatican Museums do NOT have a dress code.

However, if you plan to ALSO visit the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica while you are also visiting the Museums, please be sure to arrive prepared.

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So this leaves many travelers asking:  What to wear when visiting the Vatican?

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St Peter’s Square – What to Wear when visiting the Vatican? – RomeCabs

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We included some important to know information below, as well as some helpful tips to visit churches in Italy that require a modesty dress code – this is especially  helpful during the summer months when travelers wear clothing that are not permissible.

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What to wear when visiting the Vatican?

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The basic rule to follow for men, women and children when visiting the Vatican is: 

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Cover your shoulders

Cover your knees

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What is NOT permissible to wear at St Peter’s Basilica and Sistine Chapel:

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Tank Tops

Shorts

Miniskirts

Mini dresses

Beachwear that expose shoulders and knees

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What to wear at Vatican? NO SHORTS NO TANK TOPS

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What IS Permissible to wear at St Peter’s Basilica and Sistine Chapel:

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Shirts and blouses that cover the shoulders

Longer shorts that cover the knees

Capris pants

Shirts and Dresses that cover the knees

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What to Wear at the Vatican – COVER SHOULDERS, KNEES

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What happens if you are wearing clothing that is NOT permissible?

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If you are wearing clothing that is NOT permissible because your shoulders and knees are exposed, the guards at the entrance (especially at St Peter’s Basilica after your clear security and arrive at the basilica entrance) may NOT allow you to enter and you will need to leave. 

You may return once you attire complies with the dress code.

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What to wear at the Vatican – NO TANK TOPS, SHORTS, MINI DRESSES – Romecabs

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Traveling to Italy this summer? Don’t forget to bring THESE with you

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 TOO HOT to dress for church all day in the summer?

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Do you find it too hot to dress all day just for visiting a few churches while sightseeing in Italy?

You can prepare in advance and bring a few extra items with you in case your sightseeing takes you to a beautiful church that requires a modesty dress code

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MEN and BOYS:

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Convertible pants that with a simple zipper can turn long pants into shorts. Simply zip back the bottom leg to your shorts to visit churches.

If you are planning to wear a Tank Top, bring a light T-shirt with you in your day bag that you can quickly put on over your Tank Top to visit churches.

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WOMEN and GIRLS

Bring with you in your day bag  some light summer scarves that can double as a shawl to cover your shoulders, and a sarong to cover your legs.

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Summer evenings can be chilly in Italy, so having an extra T-Shirt and scarves to cover your shoulders can also keep you a bit warm so you can enjoy your day into the evening exploring the cities in Italy, and enjoy a nice dinner at an outside table (a MUST in Italy during the summer!)

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Thank you very much for reading our Travel Blog What to Wear when visiting the Vatican?

For more information about our Rome day tours and shore excursions from Civitavecchia, please visit our  Website below where you will find many exciting Rome tours with variety of itineraries to please different interests. 

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We look forward to showing you Rome!

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7 Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs Travel Blog.

For more than 15 years we’ve taken tens of thousands of travelers vacationing in Rome on fun filled day trips and excursions to the amazing Roman countryside and beyond.

The Roman countryside area extends from Rome and beyond into the Lazio region that is filled with charming areas unique in their own ways culturally, historically and architecturally.

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In this blog we listed the 7 Must See countryside destinations near Rome that are also most frequently requested and booked by our clients.

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7 Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome

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Cerveteri –  Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis

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Before there were Romans and the Roman Empire, there was another ancient civilization that preceded them:  the Etruscans – an advanced pre-Roman civilization that dominated the central Italian peninsula that was called Etruria from around 9th century BC to 3rd Century BC when they were conquered by the growing Roman Republic.

Most of what we know about the Etruscans are what has been gathered from their cities of the dead: the Etruscan Necropoli.

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Tomb of Reliefs – Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis (with RomeCabs)

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Cerveteri was once a large important Etruscan city state, however, what remains today is their huge 1,000 acre necropolis that spans across the entire Etruscan civilization from around 9th century BC to 3rd century BC with thousands of burial sites.

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Cerveteri Etruscan Necropolis - Countryside Destinations near Rome

Cerveteri Etruscan Necropolis – Countryside Destinations near Rome with RomeCabs

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* BOOK A TOUR WITH A VISIT TO  CERVETERI:   The Banditaccia Necropolis in Cerveteri is part of our Countryside Splendor Tour, and also part of the Ostia Antica and Cerveteri Tour offered by our sister company Stefano Rome Tours.
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Tarquinia  – Monterozzi Etruscan Necropolis

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Tarquinia used to be another ancient Etruscan city state that carries the name of the famous Etruscan king Tarquinius Superbus.  

Today Tarquinia is a phenomenal Medieval city with large historic buildings, and enough Medieval towers to earn it the nickname: The San Gimignano of Lazio (due to the many towers that resemble the famous San Gimignano in Tuscany).

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TARQUINIA TOWERS - Countryside Destinations near Rome

TARQUINIA TOWERS – Countryside Destinations near Rome

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The National Museum in Tarquinia is dedicated to Etruscan artifacts discovered inside the tombs of the nearby necropolis that is completely unlike the necropolis in Cerveteri.

Just outside the city is the Monterozzi Necropolis that boasts the most unique ancient underground tombs in the world!

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Tomba delle Leonese  - Monterozzi Etruscan Necropolis, Tarquinia (with RomeCabs)

Tomba delle Leonese – Monterozzi Etruscan Necropolis, Tarquinia (with RomeCabs)

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What makes these 6th century BC tombs spectacular is that many of them are painted with incredibly vibrant and detailed frescoes that depict various aspects of the lives of these enigmatic Etruscan as they celebrate, feast, dance, play musical instruments, hunt, fish, play sports, and more.  

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Monterozzi Etruscan Necropolis in Tarquinia - with RomeCabs

Tomb of the Jugglers- Monterozzi Etruscan Necropolis in Tarquinia – with RomeCabs

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The tombs rotate to about a dozen or so open to visitors, with a flight of stairs that take you underground to a metal door with a glass window for viewing.  Press the button next to the door to turn on the light inside the tomb. Due to the fragility of the ancient frescoes, the tombs are sealed off and climate controlled so they can be preserved for as long as possible.

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Tomb of the Leopards - Monterozzi Etruscan Necropolis

Tomb of the Leopards – Monterozzi Etruscan Necropolis (with RomeCabs)

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* BOOK A TOUR WITH A VISIT TO TARQUINIA:  Tarquinia and Monterozzi Etruscan Necropolis are featured in the ETRUSCAN MYSTERY TOUR offered by Stefano Rome Tours.

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Tuscania

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Tuscania (not to be confused with Tuscany) is a delightful ancient walled city whose origins dates back prior to the Etruscan civilization,  and evolved and grown over the centuries into the Medieval and Renaissance era that blessed it with the architectural charm we can admire today.

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Quiet street in Tuscania - Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome

Quiet street in Tuscania – Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome

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A terraced park will reward you with splendid panoramic of a majestic valley with soft rolling hills dotted with ruins of Medieval fortress walls and  two massive Medieval churches: San Pietro that rests on top where the ancient acropolis used to be, and Santa Maria Maggiore just below.

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San Pietro Church in Tuscania

San Pietro Church in Tuscania

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This could very well have been the enchanting view that inspired poets like D.H. Lawrence to write: “the most beautiful valley in all Italy, the Etruscan valley of Tuscania”.

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Tuscania's beautiful Etruscan Valley

Tuscania’s beautiful Etruscan Valley

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This quiet town with stunning historical architecture, medieval towers, delicious local cuisine, and breathtaking views is a hidden gem that merits to be discovered by appreciative travelers.

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* BOOK A TOUR WITH A VISIT TO TUSCANIA:  Tuscania is featured in the ETRUSCAN MYSTERY TOUR offered by Stefano Rome Tours.
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Sutri

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Sutri is another remarkable Medieval village that rests peacefully on a picturesque tuffa cliff.

Like Tuscania, Sutri’s roots also reach as far back as the Etruscan civilization when it was known as Sutrium.  The name derives from an ancient legend that has it Sutri was founded by the pagan god Saturn – whose name the Etruscans pronounced “Sutrinas”, adding interest to this otherwise curious ancient legend.

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Ancient Roman Amphetheater in Sutri

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Reminders of Sutri’s ancient is evident when you visit the Roman era elliptical amphitheater carved right into the Savorelli hill. Estimated to have been built between 2ne-1st Century BC,  the amphitheater could seat over 9,000 spectators.

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Etruscan rupestrian Necropolis in Sutri

Etruscan rupestrian Necropolis in Sutri

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Nearby is a rupestrian Etruscan necropolis with numerous surviving tombs carved into the vertical tuffa cliff that resemble large niches.

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Mithraeum converted into Church of Madonna del Parto

Pagan Mithraeum converted into Church of Madonna del Parto

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Also remarkable is a cave that was once pagan Mithraeum later converted into the Church of Madonna del Parto.

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* BOOK A TOUR WITH A VISIT TO  SUTRI:   Sutri is featured in the VITERBO, SUTRI AND CALCATA TOUR offered by Stefano Rome Tours.

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Calcata

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Calcata is a delightful tiny hilltop medieval countryside village that overlooks a steep river valley and is surrounded by dense forests.

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Calcata - Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome

Calcata – Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome

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Following an earthquake in early 1900’s the village was abandoned in the 1930’s when the cliff upon which the village stands was considered unstable and at risk of collapsing. However, by the 1960’s the village began to be repopulated by hippies and artists who sought to escape the negative aspects of city life, and squatted the empty stone buildings to create a simpler and creative life for themselves.

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Calcata - Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome

Calcata – Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome

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Eventually additional geological surveys confirmed the solidity of the cliff rendering the village safe for human occupancy, and thus many of the squatters purchased their homes. Soon a small community of artists began to thrive into an eclectic village that New York Times referred to as “ the grooviest village in Italy, home to a wacky community of about 100 artists, bohemians, aging hippies and New Age types”.

Here you can expect to find local artisan shops, cozy cafes, small vegan restaurants, pubs, and bakeries.

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* BOOK A TOUR WITH A VISIT TO  CALCATA: Calcata is featured in the VITERBO, SUTRI AND CALCATA TOUR offered by Stefano Rome Tours.

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Fumone

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Fumone is a haunting medieval village strategically situated on top of a conical hill overlooking the rustic region of Ciociaria.  The town’s unique vantage point has given it the important function of overseeing the territory in case of invasions and enemy attacks during the medieval ages.  Smoke signals were sent to warn neighboring establishments of pending attacks. Rightfully, the name Fumone means “big smoke”. An ancient saying went: “When Fumone smokes, the region trembles”.

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Fumone - Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome

Fumone – Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome

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The tiny village of Fumone is dominated by Castello Fumone –  a castle that is considered by locals to be haunted by ghostly presences due to its brutal history.  This could possibly be one of the creepiest castles you can visit in Italy!

In 1295 Pope Boniface VIII imprisoned the previous Pope Celestine V who abdicated his papal throne out of fear that Celestine might reconsider and reclaim his papal position.   Celestine was kept prisoner in a tiny cell inside the castle where he later died. When visiting the castle you can also see this very cell where one pope imprisoned another.

In the late 17th century the castle became property of the Longhi marquises whose descendants are still the current owners of the castle.  The castle is also said to be haunted by a dark event that took place in the Longhi family in the 1800’s when the sole son died under mysterious circumstances when he was a small boy.  The grieving mother had the boy embalmed and kept him in a glass coffin which you can see upon visiting the castle.

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The haunting village of Fumone

The haunting village of Fumone

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If you’re also looking for Halloween theme tour from Rome, keep Fumone in mind…. Better yet, book an overnight stay inside the haunted castle!

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* BOOK A TOUR WITH A VISIT TO FUMONE:  Fumone is featured in the LEGENDS AND CASTLES TOUR  offered by Stefano Rome Tours

Castello fumone

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Bomarzo Monster Park

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Near the town of Bomarzo tucked away in the heart of the Sacred Wood is a magnificent park filled with riveting yet sometimes grotesque sculptures that appear to blend into the woodsy surroundings, waiting to surprise you at each turn.
This unique Manieristic park was commissioned by Pier Francesco “Vicino” Orsini who was a great military leader and patron of the arts of the 16th century.  

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Bomarzo Monster Park - Secret Italian Destinations with RomeCabs

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This goal of this shocking creation was not to represent the good in the world, but perhaps a result of his life’s unfortunate tragedies.  Orsini was a brave general who fought in a horrible war during which his close friend was killed, and as soon as he returned home after years of being held as a war prisoner in Germany, his beloved wife passed away.

As you stroll through this mythical Monster Park you will come across many surprising moss covered stone creatures including an enormous monstrous head with its mouth wide open in a scream – large enough to enter and sit at the table placed inside the monster’s head –  true to the inscription: all reason departs.

Not to be missed is the leaning house with tilted floors that will leave you feeling a bit off balance and perhaps even a little queasy –  definitely not a house one could live in!

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Bomarzo Park - Secret Italian Destinations with RomeCabs

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* BOOK A TOUR WITH A VISIT TO BOMARZO PARK:  Bomarzo Park is part of the MONSTERS AND MYTHS TOUR offered by Stefano Rome Tours.
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Alatri

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Alatri is quite a unique mountain town also in the heart of rural Ciociaria region. Alatri flourished during the Medieval period, and it’s still a perfectly maintained medieval village that will impress you with with its beautiful architecture that line quiet streets that invite you for a stroll.

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ALATRI - Secret Italian Destinations with RomeCabs

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The town itself that has been in existence since 2nd millennium BC as an ancient Italic tribe of the Hernici and known as Aletrium. Notice how the modern names of so many Italian towns resemble their ancient names from more than 2,500 years ago!

Alatri is particularly fascinating for its jaw dropping megalithic fortification walls made up of large polygonal blocks of limestone perfectly jointed without use of cement or any binding materials. You can’t even pass a sheet of paper through the joints.

Centuries ago, it was believed that Cyclops built those walls as the daunting task was thought only giants could achieve.

You can see these well preserved megalithic polygonal walls, as well as two ancient entry doors (Porta Maggiore and Porta Minore) on top of the town which was originally the acropolis.

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Alatri Polygonal Walls

Alatri Polygonal Walls

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The current cathedral was built on top of ancient pagan temples.

From the acropolis you can catch stunning views of the faraway Ernici mountains and the picturesque fertile valleys below.

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* BOOK A TOUR WITH A VISIT TO ALATRI:  Alatri is featured the LEGENDS AND CASTLES TOUR  offered by Stefano Rome Tours

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We hope you enjoyed this journey to the 7 Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome.  

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If you wish to book any tours that include these wonderful places and experience them for yourself, please visit our website  as well as our sister company Stefano Rome Tours for complete tour information and itineraries.

Some of the destinations are also possible to achieve as Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia if you will be cruising to Italy.

Thank you very much and we look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

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Top Destination Tours with Stefano's RomeCabs

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Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle – Photo and Video Tour

 

Buon giorno, and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs travel blog.

Bracciano Castle (its official name is Orsini-Odescalchi Castle, named after the previous two main owners of the castle) is located in the historic town of Bracciano.

The castle looms over the pristine Lake Bracciano, which is one of the most popular destinations in the Roman countryside for visitors, cruisers, and locals alike.

Bracciano Castle is also offered on our Countryside Splendor Day Tour from Rome and Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia, as well as our popular Pre Cruise Countryside tour.

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Have you considered visiting Bracciano Castle during your stay in Rome, or on your shore excursion from Civitavecchia?

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We included a photo and video tour of Bracciano Castle to offer you a taste of this majestic castle.

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Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle – Photo and Video Tour

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Bracciano Castle is a forbidding example of medieval  and Renaissance era military residential castle, and it’s also one of the best preserved feudal castles in Europe!

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Bracciano Castle - with RomeCabs

Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle – with RomeCabs

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Bracciano Castle overlooks pristine volcano created Lake Bracciano, the second largest lake in the region, and one of Italy’s most important lakes.

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Bracciano Lake view from Orsini-Odescalchi Bracciano Castle

Bracciano Lake view from Orsini-Odescalchi Bracciano Castle

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When you visit, you can see for yourself how a Medieval – Renaissance castle was built, how the rooms were divided, and how they kept these grandiose staterooms warm and lit.

For example, there are no corridors or doors that separate each room.  Each room leads into the next room, as if you are walking through train cars.

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Bracciano Castle - with RomeCabs

“Busts of the Twelve Caesars” Roome – Bracciano Castle – with RomeCabs

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Large windows allows in daylight, the main source of natural light inside castles.

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“SCIENCE HALL” – Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle – with RomeCabs

 

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Each room has its own large fireplace, as this was the sole method of indoor heating.

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“UMBERTO HALL” – Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle – with RomeCabs

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Beds were built with canopies. Thick drapes pulled shut would offer both warmth at night, and privacy (due to lack of doors separating each room).

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“ISABELLA ROOM” – Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle – with RomeCabs

 

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There were no indoor bathrooms in the Medieval and Renaissance castles as there are in modern day homes.   

Usually a chamber pot, or a latrine throne  (as the far left wooden structure in the photo below in the Gothic Hall) was used at night and in the morning. The chamber pots and latrines were later cleaned by the chambermaids.

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“GOTHIC HALL” – Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle – with RomeCabs

 

There is also a hall specially designated to armament of the era of Knights fighting in heavy armor defended by shields, and using swords and lances as weapons against enemies in battle. 

It is quite fascinating to compare the armory of the Medieval times as opposed to contemporary war weaponry.

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ARMORY HALL - Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle - with RomeCabs

“ARMORY HALL” – Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle – with RomeCabs

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.Currently the castle is open for visits as well as weddings, cultural events, conferences, and more.  Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were married here in Bracciano Castle.

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Hall where Cruise-Holmes wedding is said to have taken place

 

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A visit to Bracciano Castle is perfect for families and children who dream of castles, princesses and noble knights.  

Unlike Cinderella’s castle, Odescalchi Castle (Bracciano Castle) is the REAL thing. AND a real princess (princess Maria Pace) currently manages her family’s castle.

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Bracciano Castle view from the rampart - RomeCabs

Bracciano Castle view from the rampart – RomeCabs

 

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Two floors of Renaissance era rooms with original furniture, wall frescoes, paintings, weapons, and more making you feel like you’ve stepped back in time several hundred years.

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Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle - with RomeCabs

“TRIPTYCH HALL” –  Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle – with RomeCabs

 

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Medieval Kitchen… large enough to feed an army (or at least the castle occupants, staff, workers and guests).

It’s important to notice that the kitchen is located away from the main castle to keep it safe from potential kitchen fires (and avoid kitchen smells and smoke).

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Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle - with RomeCabs

Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle MEDIEVAL KITCHEN – with RomeCabs

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As with all Medieval castles,  Orsini-Odescalchi Castle was fortified with ramparts on top of its thick and massive defensive walls. Soldiers and guardsmen patrolled the walls as part of the castle’s security and defense system against enemy attacks.

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Orsini-Odescalchi Castle had ramparts on its fortified defense walls for soliders

Orsini-Odescalchi Castle had ramparts on its fortified defense walls for soliders

 

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Walk along the rampants on top of the defensive walls for stunning views of the countryside and lake.

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Bracciano Castle Rampart with Bracciano Lake view

 

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Don’t miss a stroll through the castle’s open air courts and admire the imposing architecture around you.

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Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle atrium - with RomeCabs

Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi  – with RomeCabs

 

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For more information on Day Tours, Shore Excursions, and Pre Cruise Tours that include a visit to Bracciano Castle (Orsini-Odescalchi Castle), please visit our website below.

We look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

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