Civitavecchia Shared Transfers: The way YOU want them!

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Buon giorno and thank you very much for visiting Stefano’s RomeCabs Travel blog.

Over the many years we have been in the transfer and tour business in Italy, we have provided private transfers between Civitavecchia Cruise Port and Rome (and Rome’s Airports) to tens of thousands of happy cruisers. Our clients have relied on us to provide them with dependable,  timely, and flexible service they expect when reserving private transfer services.

However, once in a while our clients have expressed interest in sharing their Civitavecchia Transfers, but they don’t want to deal with the usual problems of general public shuttle services they’ve experienced before, such as:

~ No fixed pick up time of your choice

~ Not prior knowledge of the total number of people in the van

~ No idea how many stops the driver will make when picking up and dropping off the other ~ passengers making it impossible to predict the length of the journey

~ Anxiety of not knowing if the driver will wait for you if you are experiencing unforeseen delays

~ Not knowing if you will have waste time waiting for other passengers to arrive

~ Being packed with complete strangers inside a vehicle can be discomforting for some

~ Inflexibility if needing to adjust scheduled pickup times to your choosing.

With so many unknowns, many people are not willing to sacrifice convenience, flexibility, predictability, reliability, and efficiency to save some money.

 

What would a PERFECT Shared Transfer be like for you?

Civitavecchia Shared Transfers: The way YOU want them!

 

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Stefano’s RomeCabs will Pick up up and Drop you off on the Pier next to your ship


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Did you ever think:   Wouldn’t it be great if I could book a shared transfer and:
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* I can select the time to be picked up at?

* I can choose how many other people I want to share my van with?

* I can decide how many different pick ups or drop offs I’m comfortable with?

* I know in advance about how long the journey will be so I can book accordingly?

* I am in charge of making changes to my shared transfer?

 

The great news is that this is not only possible, but thousands of our clients have organized their own private shared Civitavecchia Transfers for an enjoyable, customizable, money saving, efficient, predictable and reliable experience with fellow cruise mates they got to know in advance.

 

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They created their own private shared transfers where they were in complete control of their reservation, chose the pick up time of the first party, decided who would join their transfer, the total number of passengers for comfort and luggage space inside the vehicle and number of different hotel stops to minimize extensive time in transit.   

This made their transfer predictable, affordable, and flexible.
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It’s easy: Join Cruise Critic.

Many cruisers have joined Cruise Critic for helpful cruising information and advice from fellow cruisers. But you can also use this fabulous site to create your own private shared transfers (and even shore excursions if you wish!)

 

Place an Ad on Cruise Critic Roll Call

Invited other ship mates to share their transfers if they also require similar services.

Here is the link to Cruise Critic Roll Call:  https://www.cruisecritic.com/rollcalls/

 

The best shared transfers are:

*  Rome Accommodation to Civitavecchia Cruise Port

*  Civitavecchia Cruise Port to Rome Accommodation

*  Civitavecchia Cruise Port to Fiumicino Airport

 

We DO NOT recommend organizing shared transfers starting from the airport as there can be so many unpredictable and unexpected issues such as various airline delays, some members of the group may miss their flights, some may lose their luggage, and any of these situations occurring would make such a transfer very difficult to share.

 

We also recommend up to 6 passengers for space and comfort.

Vehicles can accommodate up to 8 passengers, and up to 8 suitcases and up to 8 carry ons. By maxing out the passengers, you limit the luggage flexibility in case members in your group bring extra luggage, and sacrifice personal space inside the vehicle.

For hotel pick ups and/or drop offs, it’s important for all members in the group to stay at hotels in the same city (such as Fiumicino) or historic center (such as in Rome) to avoid extra driving time and increased costs associated with multiple pickups at greater distances apart.

If not sure, contact us and we will be happy to provide additional information on hotel stays for shared transfers.

After obtaining a final price quote for your group and required number of hotel stops, book your transfer(s) online via our website and include the other members’ Lead Name and E-Mail Address so everyone in your party can be reached with important transfer information along with their respective Hotel Name and Address in your reservation.

 

THAT’S IT!!!  SO EASY, and your private shared Civitavecchia Port Transfer will be convenient, comfortable, and cost effective – with YOU in control!

 

Wish to also book a SHARED TOUR from Civitavecchia, Livorno, or Naples?

Find out how:
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TOUR SHARING:

http://www.romecabs.com/tours/tour-sharing-3/

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Our readers have also enjoyed the following articles
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*  6 Most Common MISTAKES when booking Civitavecchia Port Transfers

*  Should I book my transfers and tours in advance? 6 Reasons why you should

*  CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS MADE EASY, EFFICIENT, ENJOYABLE

 

Thank you very much and let us know how we can be of further assistance.  Visit our website for our transfer and tour offerings, and send us an email with your requests.

We look forward to seeing you soon in Italy!

Kind Regards,

Stefano’s RomeCabs Team

“Civitavecchia Shared Transfers: The way YOU want them!”

 

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Should I book my transfers and tours in advance? 6 Reasons why you should

 

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for private transfers and tours in Rome and beyond.

Many clients and potential clients ask us the following question, and we’re taking the opportunity to present to you here 6 reasons why you should.
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Should I book my transfers and tours in advance? 6 Reasons why you should

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1  AVAILABILITY IS LIMITED DURING PEAK TRAVEL PERIOD

While in many wide spacious countries like US, Canada and Australia travelers expect to rent a car upon arriving and drive the car to their hotel, in Italy’s main cities like Rome it’s not possible.  Rome for example (especially the historic center) has traffic restrictions that prohibit rented cars from entering, hotels lack parking lots, and parking itself is expensive and hard to come by.

As such, travelers must rely on either the trains, taxis, buses, or car service to take them between to and from the airport or the cruise port in Civitavecchia.
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For the sake of convenience, ease, and comfort many travelers book car service for their transfers.
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During the peak travel months between spring through fall millions of visitors come to Rome on land trips or cruisers, placing a huge demand on transfer providers.  It’s not uncommon for certain highly periods or days to get booked weeks or months in advance (especially when large cruise ships, or multiple cruise ships dock in Civitavecchia at once).

One of the biggest mistakes travelers make is book 1 arrival transfer in advance to see if they like the company, and if they do they’ll book their subsequent transfers last minute as needed  –  only to find out that the company has gotten fully booked.

The same applies for tours… many travelers wait until they arrive at their destination city and then decide if they want to book a tour. Unfortunately they also find out many of their choice companies have gotten fully booked.

By reserving your transfers and tours in advance, you secure availability which is never otherwise guaranteed.
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Civitavecchia Port Transfers with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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2  MOST REPUTABLE COMPANIES GET BOOKED UP FIRST

Just like the best restaurants and hotels get booked up if you don’t have advance reservations, so can transfer and tour companies.

Reputable companies that compete on quality and reliability are the among the first to be sought and booked, making availability with them limited.  

Companies that compete on cheap prices usually farm out transfers and tours to whoever they can in order to book as many services possible, however reliability and quality of service can be touch and go.

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3  YOU ARE BETTER INFORMED, PREPARED WHEN BOOKING IN ADVANCE

When reserving your transfers and tours in advance you have more time to carefully prepare and be well informed.  Transfer and Tour providers offer detailed information about their services that is pertinent to the services you book and you might be at a disadvantage if not reading the information beforehand.
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Rome in A Day Tour with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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Transfer companies may operate differently according to local city, airport, or port regulations.

While many airports allow the public (and drivers) to access the baggage claims area so clients are met right by their luggage carousel, many other airports (like Fiumicino Airport that serves Rome) regard baggage area a security restricted area and travelers have to meet their drivers elsewhere.  If booking a transfer in a hurry assuming pick up at the airport is the same everywhere, you will miss out on very important information and find yourself unable to locate your driver.

Tour companies offer different types of tours and itineraries that can take some time to read through and select the best for you. 

Also, not all companies worldwide operate the same way. A tour you book in Greece may not be provided the same way in Italy, local laws regulate the way tour operators, drivers and guides can conduct business. Monuments and Museums may require advance ticket reservations to avoid long wait times or missing out on visiting specific sites all together. Some companies include tickets in their tours, others do not.

Being well prepared and informed in advance prevents disappointments during your travel.

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4  YOUR TRIP IS TAKEN CARE OF IN ADVANCE, NO WORRIES DURING YOUR TRIP

Don’t be one of the many travelers who desperately try to book a transfer the night before only to find their top choices are fully booked, or it’s after office hours and too late to place a reservation. Being left at the mercy of whoever is available and wonder if they will show up to pick you up is not very reassuring.  

It’s a very stressful way to spend your last vacation night.

You should be spending your last few days of your vacation having fun and celebrating, not worrying about how you’re going to get back to the airport or cruise port.

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5  MANY TOURS REQUIRE ADVANCE TICKET RESERVATIONS THAT SELL OUT

Booking an organized tour takes out the pre-trip research, studying and planning an otherwise DIY trip.  Tour companies have already created and organized different tour itineraries to suit various interests. All you have to do is read the tour and service details on their website so you are well informed about what you are booking, and place your reservation.

Depending on the tours that you book, some (or many) may include highly popular monuments and museums that require advance ticket reservations in order to avoid long wait times in lines that can be hours long.
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By waiting until last minute to book tour with popular sites to visit, the tours of your choice can get booked up and tickets themselves can sell out.

If you book group tours your admission tickets may already be included in your tour price as companies that specialize in group tours usually obtain certain pricey contracts to buy tickets in bulk. Because there are a specific number of persons in a group tour the tickets and spots are finite.

If you book private tours you may be required to reserve your tickets in advance as private tours are flexible and itineraries (or tour dates)  can be adjusted to suit clients’ needs.  

One of the many benefits of a private tour is if it includes a certain monument or museum in its itinerary you don’t want to visit, you can substitute it with something else of interest – group or shared tours don’t offer those luxuries and you will be charged for tickets for sites you may not want to visit. By not including admission tickets in the tour fee clients have the option to visit or skip those sites. It’s also less expensive to book one’s own tickets online (such as for the Colosseum and Vatican Museums in Rome,  and Uffizi or Accademia Galleries in Florence) than for the companies to provide them at an upcharge.

It’s important to note that once booked these tickets are Non refundable, so be sure you will keep the tour because the tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged.

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6. YOU CAN BETTER PLAN YOUR TRIP BUDGET AND COSTS IN ADVANCE

When planning for your international vacation, you can better budget your trip in advance and organize your expenses so you are covered for all your travel needs and wants.

When your transfers and tours are booked in advance, you know what they will cost and can calculate your expenses local currency so you are well prepared.  By waiting until last minute, it’s much more difficult to properly track your expenses or be properly prepared to cover them as needed.
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For example… many cruisers docking in Civitavecchia wait until the very last minute to book a port transfer. On busy port days that place a huge demand on transfer services, availability may not be possible. As a result, their choices are limited to very pricey hotel chauffeur services,  local Civitavecchia taxis that often charge double what a standard transfer company charges, or take ship provided transfer services at even  greater fees.  This can place a huge unexpected dent on their travel budgets.
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By booking all your transfers and tours in advance you better budget your travel expenses for a more predictable travel with little or no unpleasant surprises.

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We hope you enjoyed reading “Should I book my transfers and tours in advance? 6 Reasons why you should!”  If you found it helpful, please share with others who might benefit from this information.

Thank you very much for reading our travel blog. If we can assist you with Airport Transfers in Rome, Civitavecchia Port Transfers, Day Tours from Rome or Florence, or Shore Excursions from Italy’s main cruise ports please browse our website for transfer and tour information, or send us an email (contact information is included in our website).

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Thank you for choosing Stefano’s RomeCabs for your Transfers and Tours in Rome and beyond.

Stefano’s RomeCabs Team

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CIVITAVECCHIA PORT to ROME: Easiest and Quickest way to get there

 

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for transfers and tours from Rome and Civitavecchia.  

While there are numerous ways to get from Civitavecchia to Rome (train, taxi, shuttle, or private transfer), this travel article addresses one very common question among cruisers: What is the easiest and quickest way to get between Civitavecchia and Rome?
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Civitavecchia Port to Rome: Easiest and Quickest way to get there

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The easiest, quickest, most reliable, hassle free, and worry free way to travel between Civitavecchia and Rome is to book a private transfer.   

Booking a private transfer takes the time consuming work of trying to sort out the different transportation methods, figure out how to get to your destination with heavy luggage, worrying about arriving on time or losing precious time.
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Once you reserve your Civitavecchia Transfer online and your reservation is confirmed, you are all set.

There is nothing further you have to do in regards to your Civitavecchia Transfer. You can then continue with your other travel plans.

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READ: Tips on Booking your Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers with RomeCabs

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On a private transfer with RomeCabs, your driver will have all your transfer information ahead of time.

There is no need for you to explain where you need to go.  Your driver will already know where to go based on your reservation that you submitted to us.
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You don’t have to worry about carrying your luggage on a private transfer.

your RomeCabs driver will assist you with loading and unloading your luggage in our deluxe vehicles.  You don’t have to lift a finger!

One of the most challenging things about travel is getting around with heavy luggage.  And when you are on a 2 week cruise, it’s natural to bring additional luggage since once you’re on your ship you don’t have to pack, unpack, and transport your luggage to multiple locations… your “hotel room” travels with you.
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Civitavecchia TRAIN STATION – Traveling by Train with luggage

 

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READ:   MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR PRE-CRUISE CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFER
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We provide door to door service on our private Civitavecchia Transfers for optimal convenience.

This means predictable pick up times (of your choosing), no wait times for shared shuttles to pick up other passengers, and quick delivery to your destination without any undue stops in between.  

This makes for a predictable pickup and arrival times so you can best plan and organize your schedule.
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READ:  10 Important Things to Remember when booking Rome Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers

 

Do your travel plans change? You can easily change your reservation without any problems.  

On a private transfer with us, you are in charge of your transfer.  Just let us know in advance and your reservation will be updated to reflect your new request. This type of personal customizable service offers our clients the freedom and flexibility their trip demands.

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Our prices are always published and agreed upon in advance. NO hidden costs.

Our Civitavecchia Transfer  price lists are prominently published on our website so you know in advance what the cost is of the service you wish to book.  

Our transfer rates are all inclusive, there are no additional costs such as taxes, tolls, parking, or luggage fees.  This way you can best plan your travel expenses in advance and budget accordingly.  You also have the option to prepay so you have no worries during your travels.

While there are many transportation options available to cruisers that vary in ease, efficiency, reliability, time, and costs, if you are looking for the most convenient, efficient, reliable, predictable, and quickest way to travel between Civitavecchia and Rome, we are at your service.

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For information on our Civitavecchia Transfers, as well as Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia and other main ports of Italy, please visit our website below.

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Thank you very much for choosing Stefano’s RomeCabs for your Civitavecchia Transfer needs. We look forward to welcome you to Italy!

The RomeCabs Team
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6 Most Common MISTAKES when booking Civitavecchia Port Transfers

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Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for private Civitavecchia Transfers and Shore Excursions from the ports of Italy.  

Reserving your Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers on our official RomeCabs website is easy, efficient and secure. Our booking form will request from you all the necessary information we need to provide you with accurate service.

It is also very important to pay attention to certain details regarding your transportation needs in order to avoid these most common mistakes cruisers have made when booking transfers to and/or from Civitavecchia

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6 MOST COMMON MISTAKES WHEN BOOKING CIVITAVECCHIA PORT TRANSFERS
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1 Booking the Incorrect date (verify date of service)
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Booking a transfer from the airport with the incorrect date is a common airport transfer mistake as some travelers book their arrival at Rome’s airport with the date of their departure from their place of origin without checking their airline tickets.

For example, flights departing from Canada, United States, or South America, arrive in Italy the day after, not on the same date. This is very important for transfers from the Airport to your cruise ship in Civitavecchia.

Also important is to double check the date your ship will dock in Civitavecchia. When docking in multiple ports, the dates can sometimes become confusing resulting on booking a transfer to or from Civitavecchia on the wrong date.

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2  Provide Incorrect ship name
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With so many ship names sounding very similar (think “Emerald Princess” , “Royal Princess”…) it sometimes easy to place a reservation with the incorrect ship name, or placing a reservation with only the cruise line name such as “Princess Cruise” instead of the actual ship name.

With cruise lines somethings docking more than 1 of their ships at a time, it’s important to book the correct ship name and not only the cruise line you are sailing with.

While such error can be corrected on transfers TO your ship in Civitavecchia by simply communicating this to your driver, the problem is for transfers FROM Civitavecchia. Without the correct ship name, your driver will not know which pier to meet you at. Often there are multiple ships docking together at a time at different piers far apart.

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3  Not reporting the correct total number of luggage

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Depending on the duration of the cruise, some cruisers may require additional luggage.

When booking private transportation, it’s important to make sure that if you are bringing extra luggage with you to inform the company when placing your reservation.

Why?

You may need a vehicle upgrade to accommodate the extra luggage, or if you are a large group or family with a lot of luggage you may require more than one vehicle if total amount of luggage exceeds the luggage capacity of the vehicle.

Not informing the company of excess luggage that would require a large vehicle, or a 2nd vehicle if traveling in a large group may cause you delays while a suitable vehicle (or additional vehicle) is made available, you may incur costs you were not prepared for in advance.

Rule of thumb: if you are party of 1 to 3, or a party of  6 – 8 bringing more than 1 suitcase and 1 carry on per person inform the car service company in advance so your party and your luggage can be safely accommodated together inside the vehicle.

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4 Booking your Post Cruise Departure Flight too early in the morning
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Booking your Post Cruise departure flight too early in the morning without taking into consideration disembarkation time, potential docking delays, or morning traffic can place you at risk of missing your flight.

From Civitavecchia to Fiumicino Airport, allow at least 1 hour and 15 minutes for travel time. More than that if you are traveling to Ciampino Airport.

When booking your departure flight on the same day your ship docks in Civitavecchia, give yourself plenty of leeway time to cover unforeseen delays such as ship docking late, disembarkation delays, and traffic.

Safe flight departure times are 11:00 AM and later.

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ALSO READ:

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR PRE-CRUISE CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFER

THE BEST AND WORST TIME TO BOOK YOUR CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS

HOW THE TRAIN RUINED THE CRUISE FOR THOUSANDS OF CIVITAVECCHIA CRUISERS

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5  Booking your Pre Cruise Arrival Flight too late on the same day your ship sails
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Booking your arrival flight on the same day your cruise departs comes with certain risks: missed connections, lost luggage, flight delays… all of which can impact the start of your cruise. 

However, booking your flight arrival flight too close to your ship departure time is highly risky and many cruisers have missed their ship as a result. You are one missed connection, one flight delay, one lost piece of luggage  from missing our ship.

If your luggage is delayed our missing you may have to choose between waiting for your missing luggage , or missing your ship. This is not the best way to begin your cruise holiday.

If you can, plan to arrive in Italy at least the day before your cruise departs. This will cover any unforeseen travel delays and potentially lost luggage that you can still recuperate before you embark on your cruise.

By arriving a day early you can either make the most of your short time in Rome enjoying the Eternal City, or you can go directly to a hotel in Civitavecchia and be close to the cruise port.

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6 Not bringing a copy of your transfer reservation
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Not bringing a copy of confirmation email with important information such as where to meet your driver, emergency contact, or details of your reservation.
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Your transfer reservation and confirmation email includes important details about your transfer –  some of which you may need during your travels such as the company emergency contact number, your complete final destination details (in case you need to recall your hotel name and address), where to meet your driver, the price of the service you booked, and other helpful information.  It’s best to have it handy and not need it, than to need it and not have it with you.

We hope these tips will help with your cruise and travel plans.

For more information on our Civitavecchia Transfers, Shore Excursions from the Cruise Port, Day Tours from Rome, or Airport Transfers, please visit our website below:
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Thank you very much for reading our travel blog. If you have any travel tips to share, please let us know in the comment box. If you know of others who may benefit from this information please share.

For more information about our company, our Civitavecchia Transfers, and Shore Excursions in Italy, please visit our website below. We’d be happy to assist you with your transfers and tours in Italy!

The RomeCabs Team
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7 Awesome Reasons to visit Rome in the Fall

 

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

Rome is one of the most fascinating cities to visit any time of the year, however the fall months have their own benefits and charms and you should not miss a visit to Rome during the autumn months.

In this post we present you with :

7 Awesome Reasons to visit Rome in the Fall

 

1  Less crowds after the busy summer season
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It’s not a surprise that the summer months are the most crowded in Rome with travelers and cruisers who take advantage of the long summer days and their much anticipated annual summer vacations.

Rome is particularly crowded in the summer, especially at or near the main attractions such as the Colosseum and the Vatican. Ticket lines and security checkpoints can man hours of standing in lines (often under the scorching summer sun).

With kids back in school and summer vacations over, In the fall the tourism declines just enough to make visiting Rome more enjoyable without the massive crowds. You can expect shorter security lines at monuments, less crowded museums and squares, and even shorter lines at gelato shops and wait times at restaurants.
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2 Better airline and hotel rates
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With less traveler demand comes lower prices on airline tickets and hotels, sweetening your fall trip to Rome. 

Fall is considered “shoulder season” with rates not as high as the summer months, and not as low as during the winter which is considered low season.  You can enjoy the benefits that fall has to offer in Rome at better rates.
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3 Cooler temperatures during the day for more enjoyable sightseeing
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One of the challenges of visiting Rome in the summer aside from crowds, is enduring the hot summer temperatures that can rise upward 90’s in July making sightseeing on foot more of a challenge.

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What is Ferragosto – the Italian August 15 Holiday

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

In this post, we introduce you to a popular Italian holiday:

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What is Ferragosto – the Italian August 15 Holiday

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

August may be considered a slow travel month in many parts of the world who normally take their summer vacations in June or July, but in Italy, August is the month to take a much anticipated annual vacation… anywhere from 2 – 4 weeks.

Many small local businesses shut down while Italians pack their bags and head to the coastline beaches or to the mountains.  You’ll find cities like Rome to be almost void of locals and the usual heavy traffic.  However, most  businesses that tourists depend on still stay open

It’s really pleasant to visit Rome in August if you don’t mind the hot summer heat:  hotel prices dip (while the beachside resorts peak), fewer crowds, less traffic, quieter atmosphere.

One of the most celebrated holidays in Italy is Ferragosto which falls on August 15.  As with many things Italian, this holiday too originated over 2,000 thousand years ago in Ancient Rome and evolved over time.

How many holidays do you have in your home country that started 2,000 years ago and still continue?

Here is a bit of history about this famous Italian holiday.
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ANCIENT ROME

Ferragosto  – or Feriae Augusti (Festivals of the Emperor Augustus) – was introduced by Emperor  Gaius Octavius Augustus himself in 18 BC, supposedly after his victory over Mark Antony at the Battle of Actium in 31 BC.

This festival was added to previous existing festivals that celebrated the end of a long laborious period of harvest, and the numerous festivals together offered workers a longer period of much needed rest called Augustali.
During these festivals, horse races took place across the Roman Empire, and beasts of burden that worked the fields such as mules and oxen, were unfettered and honored with flowers.
Some festivals still take place in Italy during Ferragosto such as  the Palio dell’Assunta in Siena and other historic festivals that are set during Italy’s Medieval or Renaissance eras.

During the Ferragosto festival, one of the traditions was that workers greeted their masters who gave them a small monetary reward. This custom has become so entrenched in the local culture that it became obligatory in Papal States by the Renaissance era.

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CATHOLIC

The Assumption of Mary falls on Ferragosto holiday, August 15 and it is a Catholic holiday (therefore the Vatican Museums are also closed in observation).

This holiday is important to Catholics and Orthodox Christians as the the day Virgin Mary’s sinless soul and incorrupt body was received into Heaven. The Assumption of Mary is symbolized by the  Lilly Flower (fleur-de-lis)

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In the late 1290’s during Italy’s fascist regime, leisure-time pursuits during the Ferragosto arose with the regime organizing hundreds of trips promoting mass leisure activities.  

The commonly known “People’s Trains of Ferragosto” were available to the populace at steep discounts to give the less well of class access to regions of Italy they otherwise would not afford on their own.  Options included shorter Single Day Trips within 50-100 kilometer radius, or a 3 day trip within a radius of 100-200 kilometers

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TODAY

Nowadays Italians anticipate their (usually) month long Ferragosto vacation with trips to the seaside, the mountains, or to visit family either by car, train or plane.
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You can expect popular seaside destinations (such as Amalfi Coast, Sicily, Sardinia, to name a few towns and regions) to be packed with Italian and European tourists. These popular tourist destinations are best avoided in August.

To enjoy Italy in August, it’s best to avoid the popular beachside destinations in Italy, and enjoy the larger cities like Rome and Florence from where the locals depart from for a more quieter and serene visit.

For more information on visiting Rome in August, click on the following articles:
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10 Things you need to know when visiting Rome in AUGUST!

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

3 Common Mistakes that Ruin Your Summer Trip to Rome

Visiting Rome in the Summer? What to expect

Essential Travel Tips for Visting Rome in August

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10 Things you need to know when visiting Rome in AUGUST!

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

Our goal is to make your trip to Italy one of the most memorable experiences of your life – even in the hot month of August!

August sees a dip in tourism in Italy from travelers outside of Europe… ironically, it is also when local tourist peaks since Italians and Europeans in general take their annual month long holiday in August.

Depending on where in Italy you plan to go, you will either find a zoo (where the local tourists flock to – usually the beaches or the mountains)…. or a ghost town (usually the large cities the locals are fleeing from).

However, if you plan to visit Rome during the month of August, this blog post can help you.

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10 Things you need to know when visiting Rome in AUGUST!

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1  It is very hot out in August!

Be prepared for hot sunny days where you can feel baking under the broiling sun.  

Be sure to bring with you a sun hat, sun umbrella, sun glasses, sunblock, wear light colored natural fiber clothes that breathe, and stay hydrated!  

Leave the flip flops home and wear sturdy sandals or footwear because the cobblestones and uneven pavement can wreak havoc on your feet.
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Refreshing Fountain in Rome

Refreshing Fountain in Rome – by RomeCabs

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2  Plan your touring activities to avoid intense heat.

Organize your sightseeing to visit the HOTTEST places first thing in the morning when the temperature is still cool.

Here are some useful tips on touring Rome on hot summer days that also apply to August!
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5 WAYS TO STAY COOL TOURING IN ROME THIS SUMMER

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3  Many Romans go on a month long holiday in August.  

The summer holiday also coincides with Ferragosto (from Roman term “Feriae Augusti” – Festivals of Emperor Augustus) , a public holiday in August 15 that also coincides with the Catholic feast of the Assumption of Mary.  The Feriae Augusti were introduced by Emperor Augustus in 18 BC as an additional previous Roman festivals that occurred in the same month that celebrated the end of a long and laborious harvest. The festivals in August provided a longer period of rest following  the summer of hard agricultural labor.

This tradition continued into modern times, making August the traditional month when Italians (and Europeans usually), take their summer vacations.

Although the historic center is still busy with tourists and locals who still have to work in the tourism sector (hotels, restaurants, cafes, markets, shops, pharmacies, etc…) you will notice less traffic and locals than usual.

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4  Not EVERYTHING shuts down in Rome in August.

One of the common misconceptions is that everything shuts down in Rome in August and you’ll have nowhere to eat or stay. Couldn’t be farther from the truth.
While restaurants, shops, pharmacies, cafes, and other businesses may take a month long holiday, or even 2 weeks, the vast majority of business in the historic center will still be open for business.

Most of the businesses that close in August are those located in residential areas and neighborhoods. Since many of the locals that the businesses rely on are away on holiday, it doesn’t make sense for them to stay open with very few patrons. (Another reason to stay in the historic center in August)

 

5  Public transportation slows down in August as well.

With many Romans on their usual month long holiday, the demand for public transportation largely used for commuters slows down. You will find that buses and metros run fewer in between.

Many (if not most) buses and metros are not  air conditioned…which is not very comfortable in the hot summer months.

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RELATED BLOG POST: VISITING ROME IN THE SUMMER? WHAT TO EXPECT

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6  In August, it is best to book accommodations in the center.  

Stay close to the sites you wish to spend most of the time at to avoid relying on public transportation or too much walking (afterall, it’s HOT out!).   By booking a B&B or a rental apartment too far from the historic center or in local neighborhoods, you also risk having the usual neighborhood businesses closed for holiday making you feel like you’re in a ghost town.

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7  You can still catch the last of the Summer Sales!

If you visit Rome in early August, you can still find some good deals from the summer sales that start the first week of July.  There may be less choices available after a month long sale, but you will find steeper discounts as the % OFF gets bigger.
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 SUMMER SALES IN ITALY

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Summer Sale in Rome

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8 Plan your transportation wisely.

If you need transfers between Rome and the Airport, or between Rome and Civitavecchia Cruise Port, plan ahead and simplify your travels by booking a private car service for a swift, convenient and air conditioned transportation wherever you need to go.   

With slow and unpredictable public transportation, taxis that are not always reliable, and very hot weather,  trying to make your way to/from Fiumicino Airport or Civtavecchia Port on trains, metros and buses can be a very unpleasant and challenging experience that can make or break your vacation.

Stefano’s RomeCabs provided both Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers for a safe, comfortable, convenient, and affordable transfer option.
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 9  Hot summer days are great to enjoy cool refreshing treats.

Find out here how to treat your taste buds and stay cool at the same time!
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5 DELICIOUS WAYS TO STAY COOL IN THE HOT SUMMERS OF ROME

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Delicious ways to stay COOL in August in Rome

Delicious ways to stay COOL in August in Rome

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10 Visit some cool places in the hot August days.

When not touring the hot Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Vatican, try THESE amazing places that are both amazingly cool AND temperature cool!

Rome has nearly 1,000 churches, with hundreds continuously open. With thick stone walls and floors, and dim lighting, these magnificent churches are also nice and cool inside making them a perfect respite from the hot outdoors.

Some churches also have amazing underground sites that you can explore for a fascinating trip through the distant eras of Rome.
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SAN CLEMENTE BASILICA and ROME UNDERGROUND
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San Clemente Collage

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CASE ROMANE DEL CELIO (ROMAN HOUSES IN CELIO)

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SS GIOVANNI PAOLO CASE ROMANE COLLAGE

San Giovanni e Paolo Basilica and Roman Houses of Celio

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