La Befana – Italy’s Good Witch of Christmas Time

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

Christmas is that magical time when children from all around the world excitedly anticipate that arrival of Santa Claus and the special gifts they hope he will deliver on Christmas Eve.
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Everywhere…except in Italy.

In Italy Santa Claus is known as Babbo Natale, but he’s not as famous as our traditional Santa Claus….in Italy it’s the old witch named La Befana who flies on her broom and brings toys and treats to little children on Epiphany (January 5).  La Befana has also been around far longer than St Nick has!

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La Befana Cottage, Italian Christmas Traditions - RomeCabs

La Befana Cottage, Italian Christmas Traditions – RomeCabs

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In fact, the story of Befana goes back to the birth of Christ, when she was a poor old woman living in a cottage near a main road.  

One day she saw three exotic travelers she’s never seen before, wealthy kings bearing gifts and spoke in languages Befana did not understand.  

Upon meeting them, one of the affluent travelers pointed to a bright star in the sky, and spoke: “Bethlehem – over there a great King is born, the Child Christ”, and gestured for the old woman to join them.  Being a poor and humble woman, Befana refused the generous gesture from these seemingly important men….she had nothing to bring as a gift to the Christ Child. The three men departed on the camels towards the brightly shining star.

After some time, Befana noticed the star was growing bigger and brighter, and so her regret of not joining the three travelers grew.  

As she swept her cottage with her broom she thought: if those strangers can find this Christ Child by simply following the star, so can she!

She searched her simple cottage for something to bring to the child….some biscuits she baked earlier, and an old doll. She wrapped them up all nicely, and with her broom in hand she rushed outside to being her journey.

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La Befana house

La Befana house – Urbania Befana Festival

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But to her astonishment, the bright star was gone! She waited too long and the star that led to Bethlehem was gone.

She was not discouraged, she was determined to find the Christ Child on her own and started to run towards the direction she saw the three men go.  She ran so fast that her broom magically lifted her up in the air.

Since that night, for more than 2,000 years, on Eve of Epiphany, La Befana – the kind witch, sets out searching for the Christ Child. She flies her broom and climbs down chimneys of houses where children are sleeping and leaves a small gift behind for them… just in case any one of them may be the Christ Child she’s been searching for.

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La Befana - Eve of Epiphany

La Befana – Eve of Epiphany

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Every year the town of Urbania in the Italian region of Le Marche hosts a very popular La Befana Festival that draws thousands of Befana enthusiasts from all over the world.
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Also be sure to read our very popular Christmas blog and watch the accompanying video showing you the best Italian Christmas Traditions that YOU can enjoy in Italy:
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Italian Christmas Traditions to Enjoy in Italy

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How far is the Civitavecchia cruise port from Rome?

Buon giorno and welcome to RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for private Transfers, Day Tours, and Shore Excursions in Italy.
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One of the most frequently asked question by our client is:
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How far is the Civitavecchia cruise port from Rome?

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If you book a private transfer with us from a hotel in Rome to Civitavecchia, the driving time is about 1.5 hours (90 minutes) – pending local traffic and road conditions.

As such, the recommended departure time from Rome for most cruises is 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM to arrive in time for embarkation process.

It is NOT recommended to book a transfer or leave Rome too early in the morning (such as before 10 AM), as you may arrive at your ship before it completed the disembarkation process and is ready to embark the newly arriving passengers starting their cruise.

It is NOT recommended to book a transfer or leave Rome too late in the afternoon (such as after 1:30 PM) without sufficient safety leeway in case you encounter any traffic or unforeseen delays on the way to the cruise ship arrive too late to the port.

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PRIVATE CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS and PRIVATELY SHARED CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS

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One of the many benefits of booking a private transfer is having control of your scheduled Pick Up Time and knowing in advance your estimated arrival time at your ship  – so you can plan accordingly.

When booking generic shared shuttle transfers, you will not know your exact pick up time or your estimated arrival time as it would depend on how many other passengers there will be in the vehicle and how many times (and where!) the vehicle will have to stop to pick up other passengers. This can be unnerving for some anxious travelers.

If the predictability of service is important to you but you also wish to also save money,  cruisers have the unique opportunity to create your own Privately Shared Civitavecchia Port Transfers by inviting other fellow cruisers from your ship and staying in the same area of Rome as you to join your transfer.  

This way YOU are in control of the total number of passengers in the vehicle, the number of additional stops, and will know the overall duration of the service so you have a good idea when to expect to arrive at the Cruise Port (or vice versa if you are booking a reverse transfer from Civitavecchia to Rome hotel, or from Civitavecchia to Fiumicino Airport).

If you book a Privately Shared Civitavecchia Transfer with us, we will recommend a suitable pick up time from Rome for you and your group based on your hotel / accommodation locations and the number of persons in your group.

Creating your own privately shared transfer is easy: just place an ad on Cruise Critic Roll Call and invite other fellow cruisers staying in the same area as you to share your transfers.
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Learn MORE about Privately Shared Civitavecchia Port Transfers in our travel article below:

Civitavecchia Shared Transfers: The way YOU want them!

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Interested in seeing more of Rome or visit interesting places outside of Rome before embarking on your cruise?

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We offer fun filled Pre Cruise Tours of Rome and the Roman Countryside to maximize your sightseeing opportunities.

Our Rome Pre Cruise Tour and Countryside Pre Cruise Tour are tailored to fit with the cruise ships’ schedule so you have enough time to enjoy visiting beautiful places and arrive to your cruise ship just in time to embark on your cruise.

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When you book your morning tour with us, you don’t have to worry about what time to head to the cruise port. We pick you up at your hotel in the morning, take you for a morning tour, and then at the designated time take you directly to your ship. There is nothing for you to do but enjoy yourself!
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Visit our website’s Civitavecchia Shore Excursions Tours and see our Pre Cruise Tour options.
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Pre Cruise Tours and Civitavecchia Shore Excursions with RomeCabs

Pre Cruise Tours and Civitavecchia Shore Excursions with RomeCabs

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Are you ready to book your Civitavecchia Port Transfer?

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Here’s a How To Video:

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Thank you for visiting our Travel Blog. For detailed information about our Civitavecchia Transfers, Day Tours from Rome, and Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia, Livorno and Naples, please visit our website below.

We look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

The RomeCabs Team

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Top Destination Tours with Stefano's RomeCabs

Top Destination Tours with Stefano’s RomeCabs.

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5 BEST Rome Tours and Shore Excursions with RomeCabs

Buon giorno and welcome Stefano’s RomeCabs Travel blog.

We are often asked which are the best rome tours and shore excursions that we offer from Rome hotels (Day Tour) or from Civitavecchia Cruise Port (shore excursions)?

We compiled a list of the 5 BEST Rome Tours and Shore Excursions by car based on what our clients have requested the most.  We also included 2 top tours offered by our sister company Stefano Rome Tours that have frequently been booked and enjoyed by travelers in Rome and cruisers alike.

Our tours by car are provided with English speaking Driver at your service for the duration of the tour, who will take you to all the fascinating places in your own private deluxe vehicle.

The Tours by Car we offer maximize your sightseeing opportunities so you see MORE of Rome in LESS time, and minimize time consuming and exhausting walking as in DYI or walking tours. Your personal driver will take you as close as lawfully possible to each location you visit, and will wait for you with the vehicle to whisk you away to your next location.

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See MORE in LESS time, comfortably and in style on our Rome tours and shore excursions with Stefano’s RomeCabs.

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5 BEST Rome Tours and Shore Excursions with RomeCabs

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ROME IN A DAY

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Rome in  A Day Tour from Rome hotel and Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia is by far the most popular day tour and shore excursion of Rome as it touches on the main highlights of Rome including visits inside the Colosseum and Vatican (Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St Peter’s Basilica), along with stops to 2 of Rome’s most popular squares: Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, and a visit inside the Pantheon – ancient Roman pagan temple converted into a church and in continuous use for nearly 2,000 years.

  • 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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10 Unique Facts about the Pantheon you probably didn’t know

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PANORAMIC ROME Tour for Crusiers

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As the name suggest, this tour takes you on a panorama of Rome. Panoramic Rome Tour for Cruisers (also offered as a Day Tour from Rome hotel)  touches on Rome’s highlights while offering flexibility and avoiding visits inside very crowded sites such as the Colosseum and Vatican that also require advance purchased non-refundable tickets for specific time slots that do not allow for flexibility in the tour.

This tour includes visit inside the Pantheon, and the 12th century Basilica of San Clemente for an unforgettable underground journey through 2 layers of ancient Rome to explore a 4th century AD primitive church upon which the current one was built, and a 3rd century AD Roman apartment complex that also contained a pre-Christian Mithraic Temple where secret rituals took place in honor of the pagan deity Mithras.

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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 Clementd and Underground Visit

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SEVEN WONDERS OF ANCIENT ROME

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If you love Ancient Roman history and Roman architecture, you’d love our Seven Wonders of Ancient Rome tour that will take you to the 7 world famous monuments, archaeological sites, roads, and ruins that are testament to ancient Rome’s advanced engineering and architectural feats, and that still continued to inspire the world.

  • Colosseum
  • Circus Maximus
  • Baths of Caracalla
  • Via Appia
  • Park of the Aqueducts
  • Pantheon
  • Trajan’s Forum

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VACANZE ROMANE / ROMAN HOLIDAY

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Vacanze Romane / Roman Holiday Rome Tour with Stefano Rome Tours

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This highly popular (and recommended by Travel + Leisure) tour created by our sister company Stefano Rome Tours, takes you on a “behind the scenes” tour to the iconic locations in Rome featured in this unforgettable classic movie starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

This tour includes visit inside the Colosseum and Pantheon, as well as drive by or stop to see other places of interest such as Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Via Margutta, and the Mouth of Truth.

  • 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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Vacanze Romane / Roman Holiday Rome Tour - with Stefano Rome Tours

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CHRISTIAN ROME

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St Peter's Basilica (Vatican)

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Rome has been one of the most visited cities by Christians for centuries, however, you don’t have to be a devout to enjoy a day visiting some of Rome’s most sacred and incredible sites, and walk in the footsteps of Roman emperors and saints alike.

The Christian Rome Day Tour was crafted by our sister company Stefano Rome Tours offers guests the opportunity to visit the ancient underground Christian Catacombs, the Ancient Appian Way, St Paul Outside the Wall Church (the second largest basilica in Rome after Saint Peter’s Basilica inside the Vatican), San Pietro in Vincoli / Saint Peter in Chains Church (don’t miss Michelangelo’s sculpture of Moses), and the Vatican.

 

  • 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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Here are some additional HELPFUL TRAVEL BLOGS from RomeCabs to enhance your visit to Italy:

 

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

  5 Romantic villages near Rome you should visit

Don’t Do These 7 Things when Booking a Fiumicino or Civitavecchia Transfer

Make the Most of your Pre-Cruise Civitavecchia Transfer

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Whichever Rome tour and shore excursion you wish to book based on the suggested itineraries, you will have a wonderful day exploring Rome and enjoying the best the Eternal City has to offer.

Thank you for reading our 5 BEST Rome Tours and Shore Excursions with RomeCabs blog post.

For more information on these Rome Tours and Shore Excursions, and more, please visit our website, as well as our sister company Stefano Rome Tours.

We look forward to seeing you soon in Italy!

The RomeCabs Team

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5 Romantic villages near Rome you should visit – RomeCabs

 

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for private Airport Transfers, Civitavecchia Transfers, Day Tours from Rome, and Shore Excursions from Italy’s main cruise ports.

Italy is considered among the most romantic countries in the world, putting Roma /Rome in Romance. However, big Italian cities are not the only romantic places in Italy, many smaller and lesser known towns and villages are delightfully romantic and charming.

We’d like to include 5 of the most Romantic villages near Rome that you can visit on a day trip from the Eternally Romantic City.

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5 Romantic villages near Rome you should visit

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TIVOLI

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Tivoli is famous for its two diverse yet magnificent Ancient Roman Hadrian’s Villa (named after the ancient Roman emperor Hadrian) and the Renaissance Villa d’Este (named after Cardinal Ippolito d’Este) who commissioned these sprawling wonders of human imagination, ingenuity, and engineering.

Villa d’Este not only has a splendid Renaissance villa with wall to ceiling rich frescoes and opulent decorations fit for royalty, but a Renaissance Italian Garden that is a landscape masterpiece of sloped gardens with terraces upon terraces, manicured hedges and flowerpots, sweeping stairways, imposing architectural structures, and a symphony of fountains.

For a romantic stroll through this regal landscape reminiscent of the mythical Hanging Gardens of Babylon, don’t miss a visit to Villa d’Este in Tivoli.

 

A Day Tour to TIVOLI VILLAS is possible as a Day Tour from Rome that includes both Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este.

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NEMI

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Nemi - RomeCabs

Nemi – RomeCabs

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Nemi is as small and cute as its name. Overlooking the volcanic Lake Nemi from its clifftop position, (where ancient Roman Emperor Nero floated his Imperial fleet of pleasure boats), is the tiny village of Nemi, famous for its romantic charm and wild strawberries (fragoline) that are grown locally by the lake.

Nemi is so famous for its tiny succulent sweet wild strawberries that you find them everywhere from creamy tarts, locally produced jams and preserves, strawberry liqueur and strawberry bubbly.  Various family owned shops line the narrow streets with a delightful array of fragoline treats that add to the enchantment of this tiny village.

Many wedding ceremonies take place in Nem in the summer, and it’s one of the most popular weekend destination for locals.  Bring your sweetheart and enjoy a sweet fragoline tart while sipping fragoline bubbly at a sidewalk table overlooking the volcanic lake below.

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CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIO

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Civita di Bagnoregio is an ancient medieval hamlet has graced postcards all over Italy with its absolutely stunning and unique location: suspended on a plateau of volcanic tuff and surrounded by vast ravines.

Isolated like an island in a sea of badlands, Civita di Bagnoregio is connected to the world by a tall footbridge – too narrow for normal vehicle to pass through.  Once inside, the delightful village still retains its medieval splendor with ancient weathered buildings that have housed a thousand years of generations. Currently only about a dozen people live in Civita di Bagnoregio year round, with about 100 in the summer.

Civita di Bagnoregio’s inviting and evocative atmosphere, and charming Medieval interior makes it one of the most romantic hamlets in Italy.
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CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIO AND ORVIETO is a popular day tour from Rome or Shore Excursion Civitavecchia with Stefano Rome Tours.

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BRACCIANO

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Bracciano is a town that fairytales are made of:  Medieval Town overlooking a pristine volcanic lake crowned by an imposing Renaissance Castle.

Dating back to Medieval times, Bracciano grew into a flourishing town under various popular families who built upon the existing fortress to create what we enjoy now as the Orsini- Odescalchi Castle named after its previous owner the Orsini family, and its current owner, the Odescalchi family who bought it in 1696 and are STILL still the castle’s rightful owners today.  It’s more commonly known as Bracciano Castle, and it was made even more famous when Tom Cruise was married here.

While you don’t need to get married inside Bracciano Castle (although, you can if you wish!), there’s no denying the romance of this magnificent castle with 2 levels of endless  of opulent rooms where queens, kings, lords, ladies and popes once lived and slept. Each room is adorned with its original centuries’ old furniture, oil paintings, and rich wall frescoes. From the top of the castle, you enjoy a breathtaking views of Lake Bracciano – an actual volcanic crater that became a pristine lake that is also the home of many beautiful swans that regally glide along the shoreline.

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If strolling through the Renaissance castle reminiscent of fairyles of long gone is not your thing,  the shores of Bracciano are lined in the summer with bikini clad couples enjoying the refreshing lake, the black volcanic sand, and the warm Mediterranean sun.
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Bracciano is part of the Stefano Rome Tours signature tour CASTLES AND LAKES that also includes the medieval borgo of Ceri and the Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri.

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TREVIGNANO

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If taking long strolls along the shore sounds romantic to you, you will enjoy the long promenade of Trevignano, one of the 3 towns that dot the shoreline of Lake Bracciano.

Along spacious promenade that extends for a couple miles you will find outdoor tables to enjoy outdoor lunch or drinks, restaurants, cafes and shops.  Every other Sunday for most of the year is a large market with dozens of vendors that sell everything from antiques, local food stuff, clothing, jewelry, and arts and crafts.  

Tucked away from the modern outside world is the sleepy Medieval borgo of Trevignano.  Almost as if suddenly stepping back in time, you are transported a thousand years back as you find yourself strolling along narrow lanes lined with historic buildings and charming entrances lined with flowers. It’s one of the most enchanting little hamlets in Italy that you can’t believe it’s real!

In Trevignano, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: the modern world by the lake, and the Medieval atmosphere tucked away from sight.

Trevignano is part of the very popular CHARMING LAKESIDE VILLAGES Pre Cruise tour with Stefano Rome Tours.

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Thank you for reading 5 Romantic villages near Rome you should visit.

For more information on transfers and tours please visit our website at the link below.

We look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

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10 Simple Tips for Visiting Rome in the Summer – RomeCabs

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Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for private Day Tours, Shore Excursions and Transfers.

Summer is the most popular time to visit Rome, and also the hottest and the most crowded.

We offer you 10 simple tips for visiting Rome in the summer to help make your summer vacation easy, comfortable, enjoyable, and stress free.

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10 Simple Tips for Visiting Rome in the Summer

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1  Book your Transfers and Tours in advance.

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Civitavecchia Port Transfers – Stefano’s RomeCabs

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Summer months are peak travel and cruise season in Rome with limited availability, especially for last minute reservations.

Don’t wait until the last minute to book your transfers, tours (and hotels) as you may not find availability on your preferred dates.  You may end up having to stay at less desirable hotels or book your transfers and tours with companies that are not your top choice.

2  Bring comfortable sandals or light walking shoes.

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Travel Tips by Stefano's RomeCabs

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Flipflops, high heels, ill fitting sandals platform shoes are NOT recommended in Rome.  

Rome’s streets are largely cobble stone, pavements can be uneven, and archaeological sites such as Roman Forum and Palatine Hill have uneven terrain making it easy to trip and/ or otherwise injure unprotected feet.

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3  Bring portable water bottles with you.  

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Travel Tips from Stefano's RomeCabs

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Many water fountains in Rome have refreshing drinking water you can refill your water bottles with. Street vendors that sell water can charge 2 Euros for a small bottle of water.

It’s very important to keep hydrated in the summer months while touring Rome under the hot sun and often in intense summer heat.

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4 Book Air Conditioned Hotels

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Summer Travel Tips by Stefano's RomeCabs

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If you prefer cold air conditioned rooms with temperatures you can control in the summer, make sure you book hotels, B&B’s or rental apartments with adequate Air Conditioning systems for your needs.

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5 Protect yourself from intense summer sun

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Summer Travel Tips by Stefano's RomeCabs

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Bring sunscreen, hats, sunglasses with you to protect you from the strong Mediterranean sun in the summer months.

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6  Dress appropriately if planning to visit churches or sacred sites in Rome.

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If wearing shorts and tank-tops, keep in mind that many (if not most) churches in Rome do not allow visitors who do not have their shoulders and knees covered. This is especially enforced at the Vatican.

While the Vatican Museums do not have a modesty dress code, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica do. Under dressed visitors are turned away.

Either prepare in advance on the days you wish to visit sacred sites by wearing pants, dresses, or skirts that cover the knees, and if wearing tank tops bring a shawl or an extra shirt to wear that covers your shoulders.

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7  Many Buses and Metros are not air conditioned, are very hot and crowded in the summer.  

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Rome Summer Travel Tips by Stefano's RomeCabs

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If possible, avoid public transportation as much as possible. Most buses and metros are not air conditioned, or don’t have adequate air conditioning making them extremely hot and uncomfortable.

Bus stops are also usually in the sun, so if you have to wait 10-20 minutes for a bus in the sun it can be quite draining.

In August, public transportation is also scarce as it’s the month when many Italians go on holiday and with reduced commuter travelers, the bus and metros schedule is reduced in frequency.

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8  Book private transfers and tours for more comfortable and enjoyable tours of Rome

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Private Tours of Rome – by Stefano’s RomeCabs

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If planning to travel in hot summer months or in August and need to cover a large area of Rome on a limited time, Stefano’s RomeCabs offers Day Tours of Rome by car so you can enjoy more of Rome in less time….and most importantly in the comfort of your private deluxe air conditioned vehicle and personal English speaking driver at your disposal.

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9 Book your No Line Admission tickets in advance.

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Book your Vatican Museum Tickets in advance online

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Book your tickets to the Colosseum and Vatican Museums in advance to avoid the very long ticket lines – on hot summer days it’s not pleasant to stand in line for hours. It’s exhausting and draining.
When booking Rome tours with us, we provide our clients with links to book their Advance No Line tickets to the Colosseum and Vatican Museums.

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10  Schedule your monument and museum visits to avoid the hot sun, crowds, long security lines.

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Security lines at the Colosseum

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Visit sites that tend to be hot and crowded during the day and sites with security checkpoints that can cause hours’ long wait lines first thing in the morning when they open. This way you are among the first to enter, avoid the massive crowds, and avoid the hot sun and heat.

Sites best visited first thing in the morning include: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and  St Peter’s Basilica.

Vatican Museums are also hot and crowded in the afternoon as they are not well air conditioned inside.  With floor to ceiling masterpieces it’s not possible to knock down walls to install proper air conditioning systems.

However, if you plan to visit the Museums after lunch when the morning rush of early visitors, large group tours, bus tours, and school groups have already left, you may experience potentially less crowds in the afternoon.  This is also an option when planning to visit the Colosseum in the morning to avoid the potentially long security lines.

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OTHER HELPFUL TRAVEL BLOG POSTS:
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5 TIPS for Visiting Rome in Spring

Travel Tips: Writing inquiry Emails to Tour and Transfer companies

The BEST and WORST Time to Book your Civitavecchia Transfers

10 TIPS on Tour Sharing – your best Italy Shore Excursions

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We hope these travel tips help make your summer visit to Rome more comfortable and enjoyable.

For more information on Transfers and Tours with Stefano’s RomeCabs, visit our website below:

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Thank you very much for  reading our 10 Simple Tips for Visiting Rome in the Summer blog and choosing Stefano’s RomeCabs for your Transfers and Tours in Italy. We look forward to welcome you to Rome!

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Top 10 Civitavecchia Transfer FQA / Questions Answered – RomeCabs

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for private Civitavecchia Port Transfer to and from Rome hotel and Fiumicino Airport.

We have been providing Civitavecchia Transfers (as well as Day Tours from Rome and Shore Excursions from Italy’s main cruise ports) for more than 15 years to hundreds of thousands of happy cruisers.

Below are 10 of the most frequently asked Questions about Civitavecchia Transfers, and we hope you will find the answer you may be looking for and helpful information to book your perfect Civitavecchia Transfers.

You may also learn more about our Civitavecchia Transfers, Prices, and the type of service we provide by visiting our CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFER page on our website.

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Top 10 Civitavecchia Transfer FQA / Questions Answered – RomeCabs

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1  How do I book a Civitavecchia Transfer from Fiumicino FCO Airport?

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Reserving your Civitavecchia Transfer is easy. Just go to our Civitavecchia Transfer page on our tab, and follow the links to go to the OFFICIAL WEBSITE for prices, information, and online booking forms.
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CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS

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You may book the following options:
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  • Airport to Civitavecchia Port Transfer

  • Rome Hotel to Civitavecchia Port Transfer

  • Civitavecchia to Rome Hotel Transfer

  • Civitavecchia to Airport Transfer

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By booking online, your reservation will be secured in our booking system, and you will have all the details of the reservation emailed to you, as well as a valid Reservation Number to refer to should you require to make any adjustments to your existing reservation.

We don’t recommend booking by phone, through a 3rd party, or text as these are not secure methods.  Information taken by phone or through a 3rd party can be misunderstood and service provided incorrectly.   

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2 How far in advance should I book my Civitavecchia Transfer?

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As a general rule, it’s recommended to book all your transfers as soon as you finalized your trip details such as:

  • you booked your cruise and have your transfer dates determined in advance

  • you booked your hotel

  • you booked your flight arrival or departure

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It’s important to book as far in advance as possible to secure availability on your Date and Time as last minute reservation requests may not be possible during the busy travel season with thousands of cruisers arriving and departing from Civitavecchia.

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3  How long is the drive to Civitavecchia from Rome Hotel and from Fiumicino FCO Airport?

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To be safe, we suggest allowing plenty of time for travel to and from the Cruise Port in case of unforeseen traffic delays that are notorious in and around Rome during rush hour or accidents on the road that block traffic.
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  •  Between Rome hotel and Civitavecchia, allow up to 1.5 hours for transfer (pending local traffic conditions)

     
  • Between Fiumicino Airport / FCO and Civitavecchia Port allow up to 1 hour for transfer (pending local traffic conditions)

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4 What is the recommended pick up time from Rome hotel to Civitavecchia Port?

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If your ship departs Civitavecchia at or around 5 PM as most ships do, the recommended pick up time from Rome between 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

By scheduling your pick up too early in the morning (before 10 AM the earliest) you may arrive at the Port before your ship is ready to embark, you may have to wait on the pier, and the pier is not a comfortable place to wait.

By scheduling your pick up too late (after 1:30 PM), you risk arriving too late to your ship if you encounter any unforeseen delays and miss your cruise.

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5  What is the recommended Pick Up Time from Civitavecchia to Rome hotel?

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Most of our cruising clients going to a hotel in Rome at the end of their cruise are disembarked between 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM.

Cruisers with early disembarkation pass, or late disembarkation pass can schedule their pick up accordingly.

If you are not sure when your disembarkation time is, contact your cruise ship for information as many cruise ships differ in their disembarkation process.

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6  Can your driver enter the port and provide pier-side pick up and drop off?

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Yes! Our Stefano’s RomeCabs drivers and vehicles have all the necessary licensing and security clearance to enter the port of Civitavecchia and provide convenient pier-side pick up and drop off right by your ship.

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7   How do we meet our driver at Civitavecchia Port?

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Your Stefano’s RomeCabs Driver will meet you right on the Pier next to your Ship holding a sign with your name. Look for the area where all the drivers are waiting for their clients.

It’s also important that you do NOT take any bus shuttles to exit the port as the bus will take you outside the port entrance and you will not find your driver there.

If the pier is crowded and you don’t spot your driver call us and we will be happy to assist so you and your driver will meet each other swiftly.

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8  Can we combine a Civitavecchia Transfer with a Tour to / from our ship?

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Certainly!  Stefano’s RomeCabs offer a wide variety of Pre Cruise and Post Cruise Tours so you can make the most of your free time in the morning before your cruise, and your full day at the end of your cruise.

Pre Cruise Tour options include a Rome Pre Cruise Tour that includes a visit to the Colosseum, the Pantheon and Spanish Steps, followed by a transfer to your ship in Civitavecchia.
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ROME PRE CRUISE TOUR to CIVITAVECCHIA – RomeCabs

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Our Pre Cruise Countryside Tour takes you to the medieval town of Bracciano to visit the imposing Renaissance Bracciano Castle that overlooks the pristine volcanic Lake Bracciano, followed by lunch in Ceri – the tiny clifftop medieval hamlet well known in the region for the excellent local cuisine served at the few family owned restaurants inside the tiny hamlet.
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Our sister company Stefano Rome Tours also offers a popular Charming Lakeside Villages Pre Cruise Tour that takes you to visit the delightful historic villages that dot Lake Bracciano:  Bracciano (with option to also visit Bracciano Castle), Trevignano and Anguillara.

At the end of your cruise you have the opportunity to enjoy just about any Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia modified as a Post Cruise Tour with pick up at your ship in Civitavecchia and drop off at your hotel in Rome.

The most popular tours are already offered as a post cruise option:  Rome in A Day Post Cruise Tour, and Post Cruise Castles and Lakes Countryside Tour from Stefano Rome Tours.

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9  Can we share our Civitavecchia Transfers with other cruisers?

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Certainly! Although our transfers and tours are private, many cruisers have created their own privately shared group transfers.

It’s very easy to do!  Simply post an ad on Cruise Critic Roll Call and invite other fellow cruisers from your ship who would be requiring same transfers as you and you can join together to share the price.
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The best options for shared Civitavecchia Transfers are:
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  • From Rome Hotels to Civitavecchia Port

  • From Civitavecchia Port to Rome Hotels

  • From Civitavecchia Port to Fiumicino Airport / FCO

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We don’t recommend sharing transfers from the airport due to many issues with flights and luggage being delayed, connections missed, and other unforeseen travel issues that could create extensive delays for the rest of the group.

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For more information on Privately Shared Civitavecchia Transfers, please read our blog below that goes into further details:
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Civitavecchia Shared Transfers: The way YOU want them!

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If you are also interested in Privately Shared Shore Excursions, we also provide a lot of information on  sharing your shore excursions in Italy with other cruisers.

 

TOUR SHARING

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Make New Friends and Save Money  on your PRIVATELY SHARED TOURS!

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10 Can we book a Transfer from Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to a Hotel in Civitavecchia?

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If you are staying overnight at a hotel in Civitavecchia prior to your cruise, you can book the same type of transfer “from Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Civitavecchia”, and in the Special Request Box of your booking form include your Hotel Name and Address in Civitavecchia.  The price is the same as a transfer from Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to the Cruise Port in Civitavecchia.

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For more information on booking a Transfer from Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to a Hotel in Civitavecchia CLICK HERE

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OTHER HELPFUL CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFER BLOGS

 

7 Ways to book Perfect Civitavecchia Transfers

10 Reasons to book Stefano’s Rome Cabs for your Civitavecchia Transfers

The BEST and WORST Time to Book your Civitavecchia Transfers

How to get from Fiumicino to Civitavecchia in 3 easy steps

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Thank you for visiting our Travel Blog and for choosing Stefano’s RomeCabs for your Transfers and Tours in Italy.

To book your own Civitavecchia Transfers (and More!), please visit our website below.

See you soon in Italy!
Stefano’s RomeCabs Team

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Costly Mistakes Cruisers Make with Civitavecchia Transfers – RomeCabs

 

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

 

We’ve always taken great care to provide as many details and helpful advice on our website for our clients to be well informed prior to their transfers with us.  Afterall, a well informed traveler is a more confident and less stressed traveler.

 

As we can’t fit all the information we’d like offer our clients on our website, we’d like to provide some additional helpful information to you in this blog post.

 

From years of experience with tens of thousands of cruisers, we’ve encountered some common costly mistakes and below are the most common.  So please keep these in mind when planning your cruise related transfers.

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COSTLY MISTAKES CRUISERS MAKE WITH CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS

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BOOKING YOUR TRANSFER ON THE WRONG DATE

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Double check your Travel Date – Stefano’s RomeCabs

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One of the most common costly transfer mistake is booking your transfer on the wrong date.

Whether the transfer starts from the Airport, from Rome hotel, or from Civitavecchia, this is still one of the most common booking errors that are also costly.

 

If you book your transfer a day earlier than the correct date, you risk incurring extra costs associated with a driver being provided for you and vehicle blocked for the duration of your reservation service.  It means paying for 2 transfers instead of 1.

 

If you book your transfer a day later than the correct date, you’ll find yourself without a driver coming to meet you.

 

If availability is not possible for in the moment, you are at risk having to make last minute arrangements on your own or risk arriving too late to the airport or cruise ship.

 

It can also mean having to settle for a far more pricier option than the service you originally booked on the wrong date.

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BOOKING ARRIVAL FLIGHT TOO LATE IN THE DAY, AND MISS THE SHIP

Don't book your arrival flight too late in the day! - RomeCabs

Don’t book your arrival flight too late in the day! – RomeCabs

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We have seen many cruisers miss their ship as a result of arriving too late at Fiumicino Airport after their flight experienced some delays.

Because they didn’t allow sufficient leeway to accommodate any unexpected delays, they increased their risks of arriving too late to board their ship. Other times cruisers had to choose between waiting for their delayed or missing luggage to arrive…. or miss their ship.

 

On occasions, even morning arrivals caused cruisers to arrive too late to embark on their cruise as a result of missed connections and being re-booked on flights that arrived in Italy too late.

 

To be safe in case of missed connections, flight delays, or missing luggage, most of our clients arrive in Rome at least 1 or more days prior to their cruise departure.

 

This extra time afforded them time to rest after a long flight, become accustomed to the new time zone, enjoy the Eternal City, and have enough time to sort out any lost or missing luggage issues.  

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BOOKING DEPARTURE FLIGHT TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING – MISS THE FLIGHT

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Still on the topic of flights, booking your departure flight from Rome’s airport too early in the morning on the date your ship returns to Civitavecchia at the end of your cruise is also risky.

 

On occasions ships docked later than scheduled…. Disembarkation process can sometimes be slow and take much longer than planned…. Unexpected traffic can also cause highway delays.

 

By not allowing yourself sufficient time to cover any unexpected ship or traffic delays, you risk arriving too late to the airport for your departure flight.  

 

Most of our clients book flights after 11:00 AM (if their ship is scheduled to dock at 5 AM) to give themselves plenty of time to disembark and travel to the airport.

 

FORGET TO CHECK PASSPORTS FOR EXPIRATION DATE

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It’s very important to check the expiration date on your passport.  

Not only different countries have different requirements for the total of months permitted to travel prior to expiration date, but cruise lines may be under different regulations.

 

We’ve had several clients over the years who had to reschedule their arrival in Rome last minute as a member of their party was denied boarding back home because their passport was expiring too soon.

 

We also had a client who arrived in Italy with his passport, but was denied boarding on the ship in Civitavecchia due to expiration reasons.  Instead of embarking on their anticipated cruise, they had to return to Rome.

 

BRING EXTRA LUGGAGE WITHOUT INFORMING THE TRANSFER COMPANY

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On our reservation forms we ask our clients to provide us their total luggage count (check in suitcases and carry ons together) so they will be provided a suitable size vehicle.

 

We also specify on our website the maximum luggage capacity a vehicle has so our clients know in advance and plan accordingly – especially if they are traveling together as a party of 6-8.
Also for parties of 1-3 where a sedan is normally provided, we request luggage information in order to determine if a sedan is suitable or an upgrade to a larger vehicle is necessary.

 

If travelers decide to bring extra luggage without informing their transfer provider, the vehicle that arrives may be suitable for just the luggage indicated in the reservation.  

 

When the luggage amount exceeds capacity, either a minivan is required instead of a sedan, or 2 vehicles if the luggage exceeds what a minivan can accommodate.
This can result in delays as a new vehicle is made available (and on busy days last minute vehicles cannot be guaranteed), unforeseen additional costs of vehicle upgrades or additional vehicles, and overall stress.

 

Also important for the same reason is to inform your transfer provider if additional passengers will join your transfers.  It’s very important to secure in advance your proper size vehicle to safely and comfortably accommodate all passengers and their luggage, And in case an additional vehicle is required to accommodate the extra luggage you will have that secured in advance as well for a seamless and predictable service.

 

FORGETTING DOCUMENTS, MEDICINE, LUGGAGE AT THE HOTEL

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Another very common mistakes travelers and cruises alike make is leaving behind important personal items at their hotel when leaving for the airport or cruise port.

 On the average, the most frequently forgotten items are medicine, documents (including passports), and pieces of luggage.

 

If realizing upon arriving at the Airport or Civitavecchia port that they’ve forgotten their items, they may or may not have enough time to return to Rome to retrieve them. They risk either leaving without them, or missing their flight or cruise ship.

 

In case of passports and documents left behind, they had no option but return to retrieve them.  

 

Also sometimes luggage is left behind at the port. In a hurry to disembark and with so many people and so much luggage around, it’s easy to forget an important piece of luggage.  

 

So we ask that you PLEASE check and recheck your hotel room to make sure you packed all your belongings and left nothing behind in the Safe Box, in the Icebox, etc…  and count your luggage carefully to make sure you have all of them together.

 

LEAVING VALUABLES BEHIND IN THE VEHICLE

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Don't forget your valuables in the vehicle! - RomeCabs

Don’t forget your valuables in the vehicle! – RomeCabs

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Possibly the most common mistake is leaving personal valuables behind in the vehicle.

 

While as long as the items are left behind in our vehicles, they will be returned as soon as possible.

 

Unfortunately this too can cause delays if the driver is already on his next service, or too far away to be able to return soon.   Many highways such as the highway that connects Rome and Civitavecchia do not have U-turns or exit to turn around.

 

Always carefully check your seats, under your seats, and the seat pockets in front of you for any items placed or dropped there.  Cameras, Phones, sunglasses, wallets, passports, Electronic devices, backpacks, briefcases, articles of clothing, and children’s toys  are among the items most commonly left behind in our vehicles.

 

So please don’t risk making such preventable mistakes, check, double check, and triple check your hotel, cruise port and vehicle upon departure.

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MORE TRAVEL TIPS from ROMECABS:

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Travel Tips: Writing inquiry Emails to Tour and Transfer companies

9 Helpful Blogs Posts on TIPS on Rome Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers

Visiting Rome in the Summer? What to expect

Rome Airport and Port Transfers: 7 Differences between CHEAP and GREAT Service

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Thank you for reading our Costly Mistakes Cruisers Make with Civitavecchia Transfers blog.

 

We hope this information helps when planning your next Cruise that starts or ends in Civitavecchia.

If you have any helpful ideas to share do let us know. We always love to hear from our clients and their experiences.

For more information about our Civitavecchia Transfers, Airport Transfers, Shore Excursions and Day Tours, please visit our website below.

Thank you very much and we look forward to welcome you to Italy!

Warmest regards,

Stefano’s RomeCabs Team

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