Why Book Rome Private Tours from Cruise Port

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

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

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

Trains and public transportation

Private Tours by Car with personal drivers

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

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

than on buses or public transportation

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ROME IN A DAY TOUR from Civitavecchia - RomeCabs

ROME IN A DAY TOUR from Civitavecchia – RomeCabs

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

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

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

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LEARN MORE:  Rome bans tourist buses from city centre

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

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

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

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How the train ruined the Cruise for thousands of Civitavecchia Cruisers

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No Planning Required 

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

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

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

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Why Book Rome Private Tours from Cruise Port – NO NEED TO P LAN or use MAPS!- RomeCabs

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

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

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Why Book Rome Private Tours from Cruise Port

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

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

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

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

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Private can even COST LESS than cruise ship bus tours

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

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10 TIPS on Tour Sharing – your best Italy Shore Excursions!

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

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

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

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ALSO READ: Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia – by RomeCabs

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

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Your driver will stop next to most attractions reduces excessive walking

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

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

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Private Tours are ideal for families with kids

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Why Book Rome Private Tours from Cruise Port

Why Book Rome Private Tours from Cruise Port

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter - RomeCabs

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

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

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

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

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Private tours are flexible and customizable

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

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ALSO READ:  Day Trips from Civitavecchia l Rome, Countryside

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

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

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

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

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

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter – RomeCabs

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

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

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

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

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter 

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

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter – RomeCabs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter - RomeCabs

15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter – RomeCabs

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

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

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

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

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter - RomeCabs

15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter – RomeCabs

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

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

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter – RomeCabs

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

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

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Italian Christmas Traditions to Enjoy in Italy

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

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Christmas Market

15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter – RomeCabs

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

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

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

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

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Trajan's Forum in Rome

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

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Rome in A Day – Top Must See Places in Rome

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8.  Take advantage of Winter SALES!

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

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

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9.  Valentine’s Day ROME-ance

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter – RomeCabs

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

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

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TOP 7 ROME AND ITALY TRAVEL TIPS

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

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10.  Winter makes visiting churches with dress codes easier!

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

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11.   Last minute availability for tours and transfers

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter – RomeCabs

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

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Rome Day Tours - www.RomeCabs.com

Rome Day Tours – http://www.RomeCabs.com

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12.  Enjoy sipping hot chocolate inside cozy cafes

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter – RomeCabs

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

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13.   Feast on winter foods and Christmas treats

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

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

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

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter - RomeCabs

15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter – RomeCabs

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

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

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

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The RomeCabs Team

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Rome Tours & Shore Excursions – Itineraries, Photos, Videos

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

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

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

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ROME IN A DAY – Rome Tours, Shore Excursions
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Rome Tours & Shore Excursions – Itineraries, Photos, Videos ROME IN A DAY  – RomeCabs

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

  • Circus Maximus

  • View of Roman Forum

  • Drive by Piazza Venezia

  • Pantheon

  • Trevi Fountain

  • Spanish Steps

  • Vatican Museums

  • Sistine Chapel

  • Saint Peter’s Basilica

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ROME IN 2 DAYS – Rome Tours

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

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

 

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ROME IN 2 DAYS TOUR - Day 1 Itinerary with RomeCabs

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

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ROME IN 3 DAYS – Rome Tours


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

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  • Rome in 2 Days Itinerary

  • Ancient Baths of Caracalla

  • Capitoline Museums

  • St John in Lateran Basilica

  • Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere

  • Santa Maria in Trastevere Church

  • Janiculum Hill with View of Rome

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SEVEN WONDERS OF ANCIENT ROME – Rome Tours, Shore Excursions

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

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

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  • Colosseum

  • Circus Maximus

  • Baths of Caracalla

  • Via Appia

  • Park of the Aqueducts

  • Pantheon

  • Trajan’s Forum

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PANORAMIC ROME TOUR – Rome Tours, Shore Excursions

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

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

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

 

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  • Pantheon, Piazza della Rotonda

  • Trevi Fountain

  • Spanish Steps

  • Piazza Navona

  • St Peter’s Square

  • Capitoline Hill with view of Roman Forum

  • Colosseum Square

  • Basilica of San Clement and Underground Visit

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ROME AT NIGHT – Rome Tours

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

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

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

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  • Colosseum

  • Piazza Venezia

  • Via dei Fori Imperiali (and Trajan Forum)

  • Trevi Fountain

  • Spanish Steps

  • St Peter’s Basilica and Square

  • Gianiculum Hill

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ANGELS AND DEMONS – Rome Tours, Shore Excursions

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

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

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

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  • Castel Sant’Angelo

  • St. Maria del Popolo Church

  • St. Peter’s Square

  • St. Maria della Vittoria Church

  • Pantheon

  • Piazza Navona

  • Vatican Museum

  • Sistine Chapel

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

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CHRISTIAN ROME – Rome Tours, Shore Excurisons

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

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

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

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  • Circus Maximus

  • St. Paul Outside the Wall

  • Appian Way

  • Catacombs

  • San Pietro in Vincoli

  • Vittorio Emanuele Monument

  • Piazza Venezia

  • Vatican Museum

  • Sistine Chapel

  • St Peter’s Basilica

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VACANZE ROMANE / ROMAN HOLIDAY– Rome Tours, Shore Excurisons

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

 

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

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  • Colosseum

  • Piazza Venezia

  • Capitoline Hill

  • Teatro di Marcello

  • Mouth of Truth

  • Palazzo Barberini

  • Castel Sant’Angelo

  • Trevi Fountain

  • Spanish Steps

  • Via Margutta

  • Pantheon

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

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

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OSTIA ANTICA – Rome Tours

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

 

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

 


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  • Domus, the houses of the upper class

  • Store buildings

  • Wall-paintings

  • Mosaics, Sculpture, Graffiti

  • Workshops

  • Apartments buildings

  • Hotels, brothels, bars and hundreds of shops

  • Baths and communal latrines

  • The seats of guilds

  • Temples and little shrines

  • Public buildings

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

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

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How NOT to MISS YOUR SHIP in Civitavecchia

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

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

 

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

 

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

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How NOT to MISS YOUR SHIP in Civitavecchia

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

 

The most common reasons many cruisers miss their ship are:

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Missed connection flights

Flight delays for various reasons including weather and airplane malfunction

Lost luggage

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

 

The costs of missing the cruise ship departure can include:

 

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

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

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

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

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How NOT to MISS YOUR SHIP in Civitavecchia – RomeCabs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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Civitavecchia Port Transfers with RomeCabs

PRIVATE CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS – with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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TIPS FOR FLIGHT DEPARTURES FROM CIVITAVECCHIA:

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PRIVATE CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS - with Stefano's RomeCabs

PRIVATE CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS – with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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

 

  • If your ship docks late

  • If disembarkation is slow

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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7 Reasons to Book Private Civitavecchia Transfers

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

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CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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

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How the train ruined the Cruise for thousands of Civitavecchia Cruisers

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

 

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

 

We look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

 

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What to Wear when visiting the Vatican?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What to wear when visiting the Vatican?

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

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Cover your shoulders

Cover your knees

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

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Tank Tops

Shorts

Miniskirts

Mini dresses

Beachwear that expose shoulders and knees

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What to wear at Vatican? NO SHORTS NO TANK TOPS

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

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Shirts and blouses that cover the shoulders

Longer shorts that cover the knees

Capris pants

Shirts and Dresses that cover the knees

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What to Wear at the Vatican – COVER SHOULDERS, KNEES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MEN and BOYS:

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

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

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WOMEN and GIRLS

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

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

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

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

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We look forward to showing you Rome!

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7 Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome

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

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

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

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

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7 Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome

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Cerveteri –  Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis

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

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

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Tomb of Reliefs – Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis (with RomeCabs)

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

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Cerveteri Etruscan Necropolis - Countryside Destinations near Rome

Cerveteri Etruscan Necropolis – Countryside Destinations near Rome with RomeCabs

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

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

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

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TARQUINIA TOWERS - Countryside Destinations near Rome

TARQUINIA TOWERS – Countryside Destinations near Rome

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

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

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

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

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

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Monterozzi Etruscan Necropolis in Tarquinia - with RomeCabs

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

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

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Tomb of the Leopards - Monterozzi Etruscan Necropolis

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

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

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Tuscania

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

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Quiet street in Tuscania - Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome

Quiet street in Tuscania – Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome

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

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San Pietro Church in Tuscania

San Pietro Church in Tuscania

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

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Tuscania's beautiful Etruscan Valley

Tuscania’s beautiful Etruscan Valley

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

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

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

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

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Ancient Roman Amphetheater in Sutri

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

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Etruscan rupestrian Necropolis in Sutri

Etruscan rupestrian Necropolis in Sutri

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

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Mithraeum converted into Church of Madonna del Parto

Pagan Mithraeum converted into Church of Madonna del Parto

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

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

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Calcata

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

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Calcata - Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome

Calcata – Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome

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

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Calcata - Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome

Calcata – Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome

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

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

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

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Fumone

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

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Fumone - Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome

Fumone – Secret Italian Countryside Destinations near Rome

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

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

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

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The haunting village of Fumone

The haunting village of Fumone

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

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

Castello fumone

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Bomarzo Monster Park

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

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Bomarzo Monster Park - Secret Italian Destinations with RomeCabs

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

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

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

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Bomarzo Park - Secret Italian Destinations with RomeCabs

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

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

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ALATRI - Secret Italian Destinations with RomeCabs

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

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

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

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

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Alatri Polygonal Walls

Alatri Polygonal Walls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Top Destination Tours with Stefano's RomeCabs

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Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle – Photo and Video Tour

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle – Photo and Video Tour

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

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Bracciano Castle - with RomeCabs

Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle – with RomeCabs

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

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Bracciano Lake view from Orsini-Odescalchi Bracciano Castle

Bracciano Lake view from Orsini-Odescalchi Bracciano Castle

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

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

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Bracciano Castle - with RomeCabs

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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ARMORY HALL - Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle - with RomeCabs

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Bracciano Castle view from the rampart - RomeCabs

Bracciano Castle view from the rampart – RomeCabs

 

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

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Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle - with RomeCabs

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

 

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

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

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Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle MEDIEVAL KITCHEN – with RomeCabs

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

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

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

 

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

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Bracciano Castle Rampart with Bracciano Lake view

 

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

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Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle atrium - with RomeCabs

Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi  – with RomeCabs

 

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

We look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

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Best Places to enjoy Rome at Night

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.

Among our various Rome Tours, we offer a Rome at Night Tour that takes you on a fun filled 2 hour night time tour in the comfort of your private deluxe vehicle driven by your personal English speaking Driver to enjoy some of Rome’s popular sites  that are most breathtaking at night.

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ROME AT NIGHT TOUR

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If you are visiting Rome on your own and happen to be strolling at night in the historic center, be sure to stop at as many as you can. Otherwise, if you wish to see ALL of them, you can on our Rome by Night Tours.

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BEST PLACES TO ENJOY ROME AT NIGHT

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COLOSSEUM

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At night, you can enjoy the evocative atmosphere in Colosseum Square surrounded by ancient monuments without going inside the Colosseum

The iconic Colosseum is formidable during the day, but at night it stands majestic against the star studded sky, with soft strategic lights accentuating the 2,000 year old monument for an even more dramatic appearance.

Nearby is the Arch of Constantine.

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ROMAN FORUM

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Rome at Night Tour – ROMAN FORUM (RomeCabs Rome Tours)

 

Although the Roman Forum is closed at night, you can enjoy a splendid view of this famous Roman forum from a terrace on top of Capitoline Hill.   To the right you can catch a glimpse of Palatine Hill, and the Colosseum in the background.

This picture perfect view of the Roman Forum has graced countless postcards and photo books.

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TRAJAN’S FORUM AND MARKET

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Trajan’s Forum and Market are worth a visit even during the day as you make your way along Via dei Fori Imperiali.  

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Trajan’s Forum includes ruins from the once monumental complex of opulent buildings and libraries of marble that inspired awe from all who visited Rome.

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Rome at Night Tour – TRAJAN’S COLUMN (RomeCabs Rome Tours)

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Another must see during your Rome at Night tour is the famous Trajan’s triumphal Column that commemorates the Roman Emperor Trajan’s victory over the Dacians (modern day Romanians) in 2nd century AD.

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Possibly the world’s oldest shopping mall, Trajan’s Market was built against Quirinal Hill with multi levels that housed shops as well as administrative offices for the emperor.

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PIAZZA VENEZIA MONUMENT

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Even if you just simply drive by or walk by, be sure to stop to admire the striking white marble monument dedicated to Italy’s King Vittorio Emanuele II that overlooks Piazza Venezia (which is a roundabout for traffic as opposed to an actual square that you may visit).

Many observers have compared this eclectic monument with stairways, Corinthians columns, and bronze statues to a “wedding cake” do to it’s extraordinary shape..

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PANTHEON

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Rome at Night Tour – PANTHEON (RomeCabs Rome Tours)

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Piazza Rotonda that is dominated by the ancient Pantheon is quite lively at night with locals, tourists, and street performers entertaining the crowds.

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Rome at Night Tour – SAINT PETER’S SQUARE (RomeCabs Rome Tours)

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Of course, what attracts the crowds is the Pantheon – the ancient Roman pagan temple dedicated to all gods that was later transformed into a church in the middle ages.

Learn more about the Pantheon on our sister travel blog:
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10 Unique Facts about the Pantheon you probably didn’t know

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If you are visiting Rome in the winter when the days are short and “night time” starts before the Pantheon closes,  be sure to enter to catch a glimpse of the oculus on the top of the coffered dome.
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Rome at Night Tour – PANTHEON (RomeCabs Rome Tours)

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TREVI FOUNTAIN

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Another popular square that attracts crowds day and night is the Trevi Fountain – its symphony of water bushing beckons you from all corners of the neighborhood.

The Trevi Fountain is a must on any Rome at Night Tour – we’ll just let our photos and VIDEO show you why!

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ST PETER’S BASILICA / ST PETER’S SQUARE

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Rome at Night Tour – SAINT PETER’S SQUARE (RomeCabs Rome Tours)

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Even though the Vatican and St Peter’s Basilica are closed at night, it doesn’t mean you should not consider a stop here on your Rome at night tour.

St Peter’s square will welcome you day and night in it’s graceful embrace created by Bernini’s curved colonnades,  the fountain water glittering in the night light, and spotlights creating a theatrical experience to uplift one’s senses and spirits.

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Thank you very much for reading our travel blog Best places to enjoy Rome at Night

If you wish to enjoy Rome at Night on our tour, please visit our website and look for ROME AT NIGHT TOUR in our Rome Tour section.

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5 Top Rome Sea Port Tours from Civitavecchia – with RomeCabs

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s premier company for private Civitavecchia Port Transfers and Shore Excursions.

Civitavecchia is one of the most important cruise ports in Italy that also servers Rome. Each year, hundreds of thousands of cruisers begin and/or end their cruise in Civitavecchia, or stop for the day on a shore excursion during their cruise.

Rome and the Roman countryside in the region of Lazio are the closest and most geographically compatible with Civitavecchia, and they offer cruisers and all travelers alike fantastic opportunities to see and explore some of Italy’s most incredible historical, architectural, archaeological and artistic treasures and masterpieces.

From incredible museums to fairytale castles, from Caesars to Popes, from Etruscan to Baroque, this region will overwhelm you with an abundance of unforgettable experiences.

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5 Top Rome Sea Port Tours from Civitavecchia – with RomeCabs

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ROME IN A DAY

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ROME IN A DAY TOUR from Civitavecchia – RomeCabs

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Rome was not built in a day, but you can enjoy the main highlights of the Eternal City in a day with Stefano’s RomeCabs.

Rome in A Day Tour from Civitavecchia is THE most popular and most frequently booked Rome tour by both cruisers touring from Civitavecchia as well as travelers staying in Rome.

On this full day tour your morning begins with Ancient Rome as you visit to the glorious Colosseum (the world’s most famous ancient Roman amphitheater!) followed by a postcard perfect view of the Roman Forum from a perfectly positioned terrace on top of Capitoline Hill.

You will continue with a visit to the Pantheon the 1st century AD ancient Roman pagan temple that was converted into a church in year 609 AD and features an enormous coffered dome with an oculus that opens to the sky.

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

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Have a taste of La Dolce Vita with stops at Rome’s most famous squares such as the Spanish Steps with its majestic unfurling stairway,  and the stunning Baroque Trevi Fountain (don’t forget to toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain as tradition holds it would ensure a future return visit to Italy).

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Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps - Rome in A Day Tour with RomeCabs

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After a relaxing lunch at a local restaurant or eatery of your choice, you will visit the smallest country in the world, Vatican City.  

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Video Postcard from RomeCabs: Vatican Museums

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Here you will explore the vast Vatican Museums brimming with treasures and masterpieces, the Sistine Chapel that features the glorious frescoes of Michelangelo, and St Peter’s Basilica – the largest and most important church in Christendom.

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Vatican Museums Rome in A Day Tour with Stefano's RomeCabs

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Following the Vatican visit you will journey back to your cruise ship in Civitavecchia.

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PANORAMIC ROME FOR CRUISERS

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PANORAMIC ROME TOUR  from Civitavecchia Cruise Port - with RomeCabs

PANORAMIC ROME TOUR from Civitavecchia Cruise Port – with RomeCabs

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If you are looking for a more relaxing tour that touches on Rome’s highlights and avoids super crowded places like the Colosseum and Vatican that also require advance purchased admission tickets, the Panoramic Rome for Cruisers Tour may be just what you are looking for.

On this tour you will enjoy a visit inside the Pantheon, and enjoy the massive picture perfect Colosseum  from the outside in Colosseum Square, as well as admire St Peter’s Basilica from the outside in St Peter’s Square. If the security lines at St Peter’s Basilica are not long, you may sneak in for a peek.

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Other exciting stops include Rome’s most renown squares:  Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain, and the Basilica of San Clemente with an Underground visit to remains of the 4th century basilica upon which the current 12 century basilica was built upon, and further below a 3rd century Roman apartment complex with a Mithraic Temple dedicated to the ancient cult of Mithras.  An underground journey that takes you far into Rome’s ancient past is a fascinating and exciting way to end your Panoramic Rome for Cruisers tour.

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Basilica of San Clemente Underground Visit - RomeCabs

Basilica of San Clemente Underground Visit – RomeCabs

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COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR

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The Countryside Splendor is the most popular Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia outside of Rome.  Whether you’ve already visited Rome, prefer a more relaxing day without the city chaos, or the idea of visiting castles and ancient cities of the dead fascinates, you, this tour may be the one for you!

Your Countryside Splendor tour begins with your arrival in Bracciano, the medieval village overlooking the pristine volcanic lake by the same name (Bracciano Lake).  The village is crowned by the imposing Renaissance era Orsini-Odescalchi Castle (commonly known as Bracciano Castle).

Bracciano Castle is one of the few castles in Italy that is perfectly preserved and open to the public for visits to explore the 2 levels of exquisite rooms that once belonged to kings, queens, popes, lords and ladies.

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Bracciano Castle Interior - Countryside Tour with RomeCabs

Bracciano Castle Interior – Countryside Tour with RomeCabs

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Lavishly adorned with original Renaissance era furniture, paintings, frescoes and woodwork, you can allow your mind to imagine the glorious lives of Italy’s illustrious that once occupied these rooms.  

A walk along the ramparts will reward you with a breathtaking view of the lush countryside and Lake Bracciano that’s actually a million years’ old volcanic crater that’s also one of Italy’s most pristine lakes.

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“Swan Lake” and the Enchanting Lake Bracciano

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A traditional Italian lunch at a family owned restaurant in the Medieval clifftop borgo of Ceri is not to be missed.  Perched on top of a cliff rests an ancient fortress that seems to rise right out of the tuffa rock upon which it was built.   It’s narrow medieval street that connects the main square with the world below is so narrow that only 1 vehicle can squeeze through at a time, their passage directed by stop lights placed at  each end of the street.


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Following lunch, you will begin your adventure exploring the ancient Etruscan city of the dead at the Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri.

Your visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site will take you on a journy through its acres of  hundreds of actual tombs that date from 9th century BC to 3rd century BC (the duration of the pre-Roman Etruscan civilization before they were conquered by the Romans and absorbed into the Roman culture).  

From early circular huts that resemble mounds to complex “modern” square tombs organized like city blocks with roads for procession, you have the unique opportunity to enter many of these fascinating tombs as they were uniquely carved into the living rock to resemble the actual homes of the deceased.

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Tomb of Reliefs - Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis

Tomb of Reliefs – Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis  – with RomeCabs

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You may not be Indiana Jones, but it sure will sure feel the excitement of exploring ancient tombs and getting a glimpse into the ancient and mysterious Etruscan civilization.

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ETRUSCAN MYSTERY

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If exploring the ancient Tombs of Banditaccia Etruscan necropolis sound exciting, you might also enjoy this popular signature tour from our sister company Stefano Rome Tours: ETRUSCAN MYSTERY

The Etruscan Mysteries take you to the beautiful countryside region where the ancient Etruscans once flourished with important city states that dominated the region as well as the sea.

This shore excursion from Civitavecchia will take you on a journey to Tarquinia – a city that takes the ancient name of the Etruscan King, Tarquinius.
Here you will have the very unique opportunity to visit underground tombs unlike any other in the world because the tombs at the Monterozzi Necropolis are actually painted.

These colorful vivid ancient 4th century BC frescoes offer visitors an incredible look into the vibrant life of the Etruscans: how they looked, how they dressed, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they hunted and the music they played. Nowhere else in the world would you come face to face with the smiling faces of the ancient Etruscans so beautifully depicted in their painted tombs.

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Tomb of the Leopards - Monterozzi Etruscan Necropolis

Tomb of the Leopards – Monterozzi Etruscan Necropolis

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A visit to the Etruscan Museum in Tarquinia also merits a visit as it houses the unspeakable treasures retrieved from the painted tombs. They will amaze with the level of sophistication and advancement for such an ancient civilization that existed for centuries before the Rome was even a remote village on a hill.

From Tarquinia, a drive through the land of the the ancient Etruria will take you to  the sleepy historic town of Tuscania (not to be confused with Tuscany).

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San Pietro Church in Tuscania, on Etruscan Mystery Tour with Stefano Rome tours

Church of San Pietro in Tuscania

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Tuscania was also an ancient Etruscan city state, however, today it boasts Medieval glories that can be seen in its imposing city walls, medieval towers, and Romanesque Churches of San Pietro, and Maria Maggiore that boast finely decorated facades with elaborate carvings, complex iconography and rose windows.

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Tuscania's beautiful Etruscan Valley

Tuscania’s beautiful Etruscan Valley

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Before leaving, a must is a visit to the terrace garden that will reward you with a spectacular view of the valley with the churches and fortress ruins in the distance that poets referred to as the most beautiful valley in all of Italy, the Etruscan valley of Tuscania.

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OSTIA ANTICA AND CERVETERI

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For history buffs, Ostia Antica and Cerveteri Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia combines the best of Italy’s most significant ancient civilizations:  the Etruscans and the Romans.

This tour will take you to the ancient Roman city of Ostia Antica, lunch in the Medieval hamlet of Ceri, and will conclude with an exploration of the ancient Etruscan necropolis of Cervereri (for Ceri and Cerveteri see the Countryside Splendor tour above).

Ostia Antica is a perfect example of what an Ancient Roman city was like. Unlike Pompeii that is extremely crowded and not actually Rome, Ostia Antica is much less crowded for a more enjoyable visit and you have an authentic experience of exploring an actual ancient Roman city.

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Ostia Antica from Civitavecchia – RomeCabs

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From Roman roads, to a perfectly preserved theater, Roman apartments, public latrine, temples, baths, to elaborate mosaics that cover floors of Roman bath houses and local businesses, Ostia Antica will simply amaze your senses.

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For all these tours and more, please visit our website where you will find a wide variety of Day Tours, Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia, Livorno and Naples, Sightseeing Transfers, and local airport and Civitavecchia Transfers.

For additional Shore Excursions and Day Tours,  please also visit our sister company Stefano Rome Tours.

Thank you very much for reading our 5 Top Rome Sea Port Tours from Civitavecchia – with RomeCabs blog post.  We look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

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7 Things to know before booking Rome Airport Transfers

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

We have provided transfers from Rome’s main airports for more than 15 years and counting, serving tens of thousands of travelers and cruisers arriving in Rome on their holiday.

We compiled a list of 7 things to know before booking Rome airport transfers based on our extended experience, and questions we’ve received from thousands of clients over the years.

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7 Things to know before booking Rome Airport Transfers

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1 Vehicles have eight passenger maximum.

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The maximum size vehicles that can access Rome’s historic center is 8 passenger vans.  

Vehicles larger than 8 passengers fall into the bus category and are not granted access into the heart of Rome where most of travelers book their accommodation during their stay in Rome.

This is also the largest size vehicle permitted to access Civitavecchia Cruise Port (for cruisers who book transfers from Airport to their cruise ship in Civitavecchia).

If you are traveling in a group larger than 8 persons, you would require 2 vehicles together.
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Most vehicles for transfers in the Rome range from sedans, SUVs, and most common minivans of up to 8 passengers.

If you are a party of 1 to 3 passengers with extra luggage make sure you inform the company so you will not be provided a sedan priced for 1, 2 or 3 passengers.

If you are a bigger group of up to 8 Persons with extra luggage also inform the transfer company to make sure all your luggage can fit in a van as you may require 2 vehicles for extra luggage.

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READ:  Best time to book your Fiumicino Airport Transfers


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2 FCO Airport Meeting Point to meet your Driver

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FCO Airport has a meeting point area where all drivers are required to wait in main waiting hall after passenger clear customs and exit the baggage claims area.

Drivers are not permitted to greet their clients in customs or by the carousels in baggage claims as those are security restricted areas and only ticket holders and individuals with special airport security clearance may enter.

The Meeting Point area is easy to find, it’s an area in the main waiting hall of Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 marked by multiple large columns.

You will see MANY drivers there holding signs with their clients names… it may make finding yours a bit difficult when there are dozens of drivers side by side and one behind the other, so look carefully or call the company providing the transfer to assist you in locating your driver.

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3 Designated Parking Area for Car Service Vehicles

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Designated parking for a car service vehicles is a few minutes walk from FCO airport terminal.

The area where drivers are permitted to park is NOT a choice, but mandated by the Airport Security.  Vehicles are not permitted to park elsewhere or pick up passengers curbside.

ALL travelers who book private driver services are obliged to walk to the designated parking area… there are no other options due to security measures.

For travelers with mobility issues, FCO Airport offers Complimentary Wheelchair Assistance that travelers may book in advance via their Airline Company.  When wheelchair assistance is booked in advance, an airport staff member will meet the passengers at their plane, and accompany them with the wheelchair all the way to the parked vehicle.

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Walking to Parking Area for Driver Service Vehicles at FCO Airport
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4  Door to Door Service – be aware of small traffic restricted streets and alleys in Rome

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Many small streets and alleys in the historic center of Rome may be restricted to traffic.

If you require door to door service (be dropped off at the entrance of your hotel or alternate accommodation), be sure to select a hotel or accommodation on a street that allows traffic and vehicles to stop and unload passengers at their door.

Otherwise, drivers will park as close as lawfully possible, and meet the clients on foot at their hotel or accommodation and accompany them with their luggage to the parked vehicle.

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5 Driving Time between Rome and FCO Airport

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Driving time between FCO airport and central Rome is up to 40 to 60 minutes pending local traffic conditions.

It’s best to allow plenty of time to arrive at the airport in case you may encounter any unforeseen delays on the way to the airport.

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READ:  Tips on Booking Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers with RomeCabs
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6  Traveling with young children?

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Children 8 years and younger are required by law to be secured in their own age appropriate safety seats inside moving vehicles.

Children cannot be seated in other passengers laps.

If you are traveling with young children and do not plan to bring your own child seats with you, be sure to request age appropriate child seats or booster seats from the company you book your transfers with.

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7  You can book tours starting from the airport

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  • Arriving at the airport early in the morning but can’t check into your hotel or apartment until afternoon?

  • In Rome for a limited time and wish to make the most of it?

  • Wish to maximize your sightseeing opportunities in Rome?

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You may book a tour of Rome straight from the airport.

Your English speaking tour driver will meet you at the airport for your arrival, and then whisk you off on a fun fill day exploring Rome. Your tour will end with your hotel drop off.

You may book a short 1 Hour or 2 Hour tour by car from the airport, or a longer 4 Hour or even a full day tour of Rome starting from the airport.
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Visit our website for more information, or contact us for a customized extended tour of Rome from the airport.
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Thank you very much and we look forward to welcome you to Rome!

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Rome in 2 Days – Best of Rome Itinerary – RomeCabs

 

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

 

The beauty of Rome is that you will not run out of amazing things to see and do. No matter how often you visit the Eternal City, you will discover more incredible churches, museums, squares, monuments, streets, and hidden places.
As many travelers have limited time in Rome and wish to see as much as possible in as little time as possible, we created an itinerary for a Rome in 2 Days tour by car that will take you to many of Rome’s most breathtaking and must-see places.

 

Since on our tours by car you are driven from location to location in your private deluxe vehicle driven by your personal English speaking driver, you will save so much time and energy that you can use to enjoy MORE of Rome in LESS time, effortlessly and comfortably.

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Rome in 2 Days –  Best of Rome Itinerary

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Suggested Itinerary of Main Rome Highlights for Rome in 2 Days

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  • Colosseum

  • The Roman Forum

  • Ancient Appian Way

  • Christian Catacombs

  • Spanish Steps

  • Piazza Navona

  • Trevi Fountain

  • Pantheon

  • Campo dei Fiori

  • Aventine Hill, Orange Garden

  • The Secret Keyhole

  • St Paul Outside the Walls Basilica

  • Castel Sant’Angelo

  • The Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica

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DAY 1 of Rome in 2 Days Tour  – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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ROME IN 2 DAYS TOUR Day 1 Itinerary with RomeCabs

ROME IN 2 DAYS TOUR Day 1 Itinerary with RomeCabs

 

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Your first day will begin in Ancient Rome with a visit to the Colosseum – the world’s most famous elliptical amphitheater that has inspired architects and engineers for millenia.

Just across from the Colosseum is the Roman Forum – from where the Roman empire was ruled.  Located in a previously marshy valley between the Capitoline Hill and Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum served as the nucleus for political, religious, judicial and commercial affairs of the Roman Empire.

 

A drive to the outskirts of Rome will take you to a special ancient Roman road: The Ancient Appian Way / Via Appia, an early 4th century Roman road that was nicknamed “the queen of the long roads”, connecting Rome to other distant parts of the Italian peninsula.

Nearby you will stop to visit the Christian Catacombs.  Catacombs are labyrinth of underground receptacles of the dead dating back to 2nd and 3rd century when Christianity was illegal.  Intricate tunnels were hewn out of the local soft tuffa stone (like the ancient Etruscans did when they carved their own burial tombs in shapes of huts).   Admission tickets purchased on site also includes a group guided tour in various languages.

 

After lunch in Rome at a local restaurant or trattoria of your choice,  you will have a taste of La Dolce Vita with visits to the lively and most popular squares in Rome:  The Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and the Trevi Fountain.

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Video Postcard from RomeCabs: ROMAN FORUM

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The Spanish Steps is an elegant 18th century spacious outdoor stairway that unfurls to connect the square below to the French church of Trinita dei Monti and the Egyptian obelisk that once belonged to Pharaoh Ramses II.

 

Piazza Navona outlines the perimeters of the 1st century AD Roman sports stadium built by Emperor Diomitian called “Circus Agonalis” (competition arena). The ancient name evolved over time from Agone (games) to Navona.

Today the large oblong square well recognized by Bernini’s famous Fountain of the Four Rivers that’s topped with a tall obelisk. Two other fabulous fountains at each end of the square: Fountain of the Moor, and Fountain of Neptune.  The square is lined with shops, restaurants and cafes with outdoor seatings, and entertainment is always to be found in the square.

 

Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome with a symphony of large marble sculptures of Oceanus on his triumphal chariot pulled by two seahorses jockeid by two Tritons immersed in gushing pools of water.  Trevi Fountain also has a peculiar tradition made famous in movies: if you throw a coin in the fountain you will be assured of a return visit to Rome.

 

Your Day 1 of Rome in 2 Days will complete with a visit to one of the most well recognized ancient Roman monuments in the world: the Pantheon.  

 

The Pantheon was a once a pagan temple dedicated to all gods, and after the fall of the Roman empire it was converted into a church in year 609 AD. Be sure to look up at the center of the immense coffered dome – you will see the “oculus” (“eye” in Latin) that serves as the only opening to illuminate the monument as its only natural source of light.

 

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

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the Pantheon - Rome Tour with RomeCabs

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DAY 2 of Rome in 2 Days Tour   – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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ROME IN 2 DAYS TOUR  - Day 1 Itinerary with RomeCabs

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Your  Day 2 of your Rome in 2 Days Tour will start with a visit to Campo dei Fiori where every morning it’s transformed into a bustling market for a fun outdoor market experience where you can find anything from local fruits and vegetables to clothes and kitchen wares to tempt your palate and eyes.

 

A short drive in your private deluxe vehicle will take you to Aventine Hill, one of the Seven Hills upon which ancient Rome was built upon. Today Aventine Hill is a quiet charming upscale neighborhood away from the chaos of big city life.  

Here you will enjoy an off the beaten path stroll through Giardino degli Aranci (The Orange Garden) that’s a lovely small grove of orange trees with a spectacular terrace with lovely view of Rome.

 

Nearby is the Piazza of the Knights of Malta with a very special door that you’re bound to notice often a line of folks waiting to peer through the keyhole like “peeping toms”. Get in line, because it’s worth the surprise you’ll find on the other end of the keyhole:  an enchanting view of St Peter’s Basilica perfectly framed by manicured evergreens in the garden beyond the special door.

 

Your next destination will be St Paul Outside the Walls – the second largest basilica in Rome. Originally built in 4th century AD, it was destroyed by fire in late 1800’s and with thanks to generous donors the church was able to re rebuilt to its original glory.

 

Approaching the Vatican area, your next visit will be Castel Sant’Angelo – originally a 2nd century AD mausoleum built by Roman Emperor Hadrian that was later converted into a fortress for papal protections during dangerous times of war and sieges in Rome, and later a prison. The Sant’Angelo  was named after Archangel Michael appeared above the mausoleum in 590 AD signaling the end of a terrible plague, and a statue dedicated to Saint Archangel Michael tops the castle.

 

After lunch, you will visit the world’s smallest country: Vatican City. Here you will have a couple of hours to enjoy the treasures displayed inside the vast Vatican Museums, gaze at the masterpieces by Michelangelo inside the sacred Sistine Chapel, and visit St Peter’s Basilica – the largest and most significant church in Christendom.

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Vatican City – Rome in 2 Days Tour

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This marks the completion of your Rome in 2 Days Tour – a fabulous adventure through Rome’s historical locations to explore ancient places, discover hidden treasures, admire unique masterpieces, and contemplate the magnificence of a once powerful empire that has left behind so many of their archaeological and engineering accomplishments that have inspired and amazed the world for centuries.

 

For more information on Rome in 2 Days tour, please visit our website and see our Rome Tours page where you will find this and many other tours we offer – as well as Rome in A Day and Rome in 3 Days options.

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Thank you very much for visiting our travel blog, we look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

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10 Things to Know before booking Civitavecchia Transfers

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

We provide Civitavecchia Transfers to thousands of happy cruisers each year for more than 15 years and counting, and we’ve answered thousands of questions from cruisers unfamiliar with booking Civitavecchia Transfers, or repeat cruisers seeking additional information.

We compiled 10 things to know before booking Civitavecchia Transfers whether you are first time cruisers departing or arriving in Civitavecchia, or return cruisers with different needs.  

If you have any questions about any Civitavecchia transfers related matters that we have not included in this article, please don’t hesitate to contact us and ask. We are happy to assist with any questions you may have.

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10  Things to Know before booking Civitavecchia Transfers

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1  Vehicle Size

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Vehicles for Civitavecchia Transfers have a maximum of 8 passenger capacity.

This is the maximum size vehicle permitted to enter the Cruise Port and Rome’s Historic Center.

If you are traveling in a group larger than 8 passengers, you would require 2 vehicles.

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Civitavecchia Port Transfers RomeCabs

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2 Vehicle Luggage Capacity

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With the benefit of cruising and not having to carry your luggage from place to place, as well as various functions on the cruise ships, many cruisers travel with more luggage than they normally would on a land trip.

If you are traveling with extra luggage for an extensive cruise, inform your transfer company of all your large and small luggage so you will be provided a proper size vehicle (or 2 vehicles for larger groups with extra luggage).

If you are a party of 1-3 persons for a transfer priced for a car type vehicle, if you are traveling with luggage that would exceed the capacity of a car trunk,  be sure to inform your transfer provider as you may need to be upgraded to a larger vehicle such as a minivan.

Each van can also accommodate up to 7-8 check-in suitcases and up to 7-8 small carry-on cases.  

If your group expects to bring more luggage than the vehicle can accommodate, be sure to inform the company in case you may require 2 vehicles for all of the passengers and their luggage to travel comfortably and safely. 

If you do not inform the company in advance of your extra luggage, it may result in extensive delays while a suitable sized vehicle or 2nd vehicle is made available for you and higher prices than you prepared for.

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Luggage Travel Tips – RomeCabs

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3  Travel Time to/from Civitavecchia by Car

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Travel time from Rome to Civitavecchia is about 1.5 hours

Travel time from Fiumicino Airport/ Hotel to Civitavecchia is about 1 hour

These are the estimated travel time by car, actual times may vary depending on local traffic and road conditions.

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4   Pier /  Shipside Pick up and Drop Off

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Private Drivers can pick up and drop off passengers right on the pier next to their ship as they have security clearance to access all cruise ship piers.

This makes for a very convenient door to door service, especially when traveling with a lot of luggage or with children.

For pick ups from Civitavecchia Cruise Port, please proceed to the area on the pier where all other drivers are waiting for their clients to disembark, and  look for your driver holding a sign with your name in the reservation.

Do NOT take any buses or shuttles away from the pier or leave the port.

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Civitavecchia Transfers with RomeCabs

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5   Traveling with young children?

If you are traveling with young children that are 8 years or younger, be sure to request a child seat or booster seat as they are required by law in Italy.

Children are required to be secured in their age appropriate child seats inside moving vehicles.  You may either bring your own child seats, or request child seats to be provided by your transfer provider.

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6  Recommended Pick up Times

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Recommended pick up time from Rome hotel accommodation to Civitavecchia is 11 AM – 1 PM

Recommended pick up time from Civitavecchia to Rome hotel is  8:00 -9:00 AM (when most cruisers are disembarked by).

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7   Flying on the same day your cruise ends?

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If you are flying out on the same day as your ship docks at the end of your cruise, don’t book your departure time too early in the morning.

Usually 11 AM is the earliest recommended time to book a flight in order to allow time in case your ship docks late, or you experience traffic delays on the way to the airport.

 

Airport Transfers - Stefano's RomeCabs

Airport Transfers – Stefano’s RomeCabs

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Top 10 Civitavecchia Transfer FQA / Questions Answered – RomeCabs

 

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8  Flying into Rome’s airports on the same day your cruise departs?

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If you are flying into the Airport on the same day your cruise ship departs, it is recommended to book a flight that arrived in Italy in the morning to allow you plenty of extra time to accommodate for any unforeseen flight delays, or missing or delayed luggage upon arrival.

It is not recommended to book a flight arriving at Rome’s airport too close to your ships’ departure time as it would be risky in case of any unforeseen delays.

A private transfer is the best option to get to your ship as quickly as possible and to have your driver monitor your flight for delays and wait for you if you have delays with luggage.

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

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9  Privately Shared Civitavecchia Transfers – the best of both worlds!

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Private Transfers are preferred as it provides cruisers complete control of their scheduled pick up, and allows for a predictable travel time and and arrival time at your final destination.

Booking generic shuttle transfers  are more economical, but leaves you without an exact pick up time, and unknown duration of travel and arrival time due to unknown number of additional stops the driver has to make to pick up other passengers.

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Privately shared Civitavecchia Transfers offers you the best of both worlds: the convenience and benefits of a private transfer, but with the added savings of a shared transfer.

 

Why Private Shared Port Transfers are better than Shuttle Services


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You can create your own private group of fellow cruisers willing to share a transfer together, and you will be in charge of your pick up time, how many persons will share your transfer and the number of additional stops along the time. This will make your transfer more predictable and you are still in complete control of everyone in the group sharing the transfer together.

Thousands of cruisers have created their own privately shared Civitavecchia Transfers easily and enjoyed the benefits of a Private Transfer with the cost savings of a shared transfer.

It’s easy: just place an Ad on Cruise Critic Roll Call and invite fellow cruisers to share your Civitavecchia Transfers.
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Cruise Critic Roll Call

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Privately Shared Civitavecchia Transfers are most recommended for:
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* Rome Hotels (all centrally located to minimize travel time and costs of additional stops) to Civitavecchia.

* Civitavecchia to Rome Hotels (all centrally located to minimize travel time and costs of additional stops).

*  Civitavecchia to Fiumicino (FCO Airport and/or Hotels in Fiumicino)

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Privately shared Civitavecchia Transfers are NOT recommended for:
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*  Airport to Civitavecchia (due to unpredictability of airport arrivals that)

Pick up and Drop off Hotels that too far apart or in different cities as it would increase travel time and costs associated with additional stops far apart.

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Find out more about booking your own privately shared Civitavecchia Transfers:
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How to Be in Control of your SHARED CIVITAVECCHIA Transfers

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10  Enhance your Civitavecchia Transfers with sightseeing opportunities.

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Many cruisers don’t know that they can turn their direct nonstop Civitavecchia Transfers and turn their transfers into actual tours and experience more of Italy in a short time.

You can upgrade your Civitavecchia Transfers with Pre Cruise Tours and Post Cruise Tours.

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PRE CRUISE TOURS

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If you are staying in Rome prior to your cruise, pre cruise tours offer you the wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Rome Pre Cruise Tour or a Countryside Pre Cruise Tour.

On your half day tour of Rome with a transfer to Civitavecchia, you can enjoy a visit to the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the popular Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.

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ROME PRE CRUISE TOUR with Stefano's RomeCabs

ROME PRE CRUISE TOUR with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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On a half day tour of the countryside with transfer to Civitavecchia, you enjoy a visit to the fairy-tale Renaissance Castle in Bracciano that overlooks a pristine volcanic lake, and have a delicious traditional Italian lunch in the Medieval clifftop hamlet of Ceri.

Our sister company Stefano Rome Tours also offers the fabulous Charming Lakeside Villages Pre Cruise Tour that you would be sure to love.

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POST CRUISE TOURS

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Due to high demand of cruisers looking to maximize their day upon completing their cruise in Civitavecchia, we created the very popular Rome in A Day Post Cruise Tour and the Countryside Post Cruise Tours.

What is wonderful about touring post cruise is that ANY shore excursion from Civitavecchia can be converted into a Post Cruise Tour at the same price of a shore excursion.

Your tour begins with your pick up by your ship, and concludes with your drop off at your hotel in Rome.

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ROME IN A DAY POST CRUISE TOUR with Stefano's RomeCabs

ROME IN A DAY POST CRUISE TOUR with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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Staying in Fiumicino? Have an evening flight out of FCO Airport?  No problem! We can even take you to your hotel in Fiumicino or the Airport at the end of you tour.

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We hope you’ve found this travel blog helpful when planning your next transfer to or from Civitavecchia Cruise Port.

For the complete services that we offer including tours and transfers,  please visit our website.
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Thank very much and we look forward to welcome you to Italy!

The RomeCabs Team

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Stefano's RomeCabs Transfers and Tours

Stefano’s RomeCabs Transfers and Tours in Italy

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See ROME IN A DAY from Civitavecchia – Rome Cabs

 

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

Rome was not built in a day, but if you are short on time (such as a shore excursion from Civitavecchia) you can certainly see the highlights and enjoy the best that Rome has to offer in a day.

We created a time tested itinerary for our most popular tour: Rome in A Day that includes, among others, the following famous monuments, museums, and squares.  

If you are looking for inspiration for some of Rome’s top sites that you can enjoy in a day,  keep this list handy.

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See ROME IN A DAY from Civitavecchia

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ROME IN A DAY TOUR with Stefano's RomeCabs

ROME IN A DAY TOUR with Stefano’s RomeCabs

 

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COLOSSEUM

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Colosseum

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The COLOSSEUM is the iconic symbol of Rome and the once formidable Roman Empire. Originally named the Flavian Amphitheater after the family name of Emperor Vespasian who commissioned the elliptical amphitheater to be built in 72 AD, the Colosseum was primarily used for gladiatorial games, beast hunts, mock sea battles, theatrical displays, and unfortunate public executions.

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HELPFUL TIPS TO VISITING THE COLOSSEUM:  

  • Purchase your Admission Tickets in advance to avoid long ticket lines.
  • The Colosseum is best visited first thing in the morning to avoid the potential long security lines due to security checkpoints, and avoid the hot summer sun in the afternoon that makes you feel like you are baking inside the Colosseum)

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CIRCUS MAXIMUS

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Circus Maximus

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One of the wonders of Ancient Rome, Circus Maximus was Rome’s premier chariot racing stadium right below the palatial Palatine Hill where ancient Rome’s emperors and upper crust built their enormous villas – the Beverly Hills of Ancient Rome).

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10 Reasons to book your Transfers and Tours with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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THE PANTHEON

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The Pantheon - Rome in A Day Tour with RomeCabs

The Pantheon – Rome in A Day Tour with RomeCabs

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The Pantheon is Rome’s ancient temple originally dedicated to all Roman gods (from which its name derives), and it was converted into a Christian Church in 609 AD. Having been converted into a church helped preserve this ancient monument from being stripped and quarried for building materials like other ancient monuments during the Medieval and Renaissance eras.

The most formidable feature of the Pantheon is its imposing coffered dome with a hole in its center. This “oculus” (Latin for “eye”) was always open to nature’s elements allowing in sunshine, rain, and sometimes snow.
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READ:  10 UNIQUE FACTS ABOUT PANTHEON YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW

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TREVI FOUNTAIN

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THE TREVI FOUNTAIN – ROME IN A DAY with RomeCabs

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The Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome with an amazing facade of Oceanus and his amazing seahorses jockeid by two Tritons.

The Trevi Fountain was featured in the movie classics Three Coins in A Fountain and Federico Fellini’s famous “La Dolce Vita”.

Legend has it that if you throw a coin into the fountain over your shoulder, it will ensure a return visit to Rome!  It’s worth a try – and it’s for a good cause. The coins are collected each morning and donated to charity to help the poor.

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5 TOP “Cruisers’ Choice” Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia

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SPANISH STEPS

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Spanish Steps - Rome in A Day Tour with RomeCabs

Spanish Steps – Rome in A Day Tour with RomeCabs

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The 18th century elegant Spanish Steps unfurls to connect the Church of Trinita dei Monti and the Obelisk Sallustiano above, to the square below.  

At the base of this impressive stairway is a 1600’s Baroque fountain of a boat (Fontana della Barcaccio – “the Fountain of the Old Boat”) created by Pietro Bernini, the father of the famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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7 Can’t Be Missed Tours to and from Civitavecchia

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VATICAN CITY
(Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter Basilica)

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Vatican Museums - Rome in A Day Tour with RomeCabs

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For being the smallest country in the world, the Vatican holds the greatest collection of artistic and architectural treasures that are among the most famous in the world.  The Vatican Museums boast masterpieces by Michaelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Giotto, Titian, and more.

Inside the Vatican you have the opportunity to visit the Vatican Museums that’s vast labyrinth of opulent wall to ceiling artwork, galleries of paintings and countless classical to Renaissance era sculptures.

At the far end you will be rewarded with arriving at the Sistine Chapel adorned with Michelangelo’s most famous frescoes on the ceiling, and the Last Judgment.
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Vatican Museums - Rome in A Day Tour with RomeCabs

Vatican Museums (School of Athens by Raphael) – Rome in A Day Tour with RomeCabs

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Saint Peter’s Basilica is the largest church in Christendom and where the site of Saint Peter’s tomb is believed to be.  

Larger than life, inside the Renaissance Saint Peter’s Basilica you will awestruck by Michelangelo’s famous sculpture the “Pieta”, Bernini’s imposing bronze canopy above the alter, the splendid Cathedra Petri (the Throne of St Peter) and the ornate Chapel of the Sacrament.
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Saint Peter's Basilica - Rome Day Tour with Rome Cabs

Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican

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Thank you for visiting our travel blog and reading our See ROME IN A DAY from Civitavecchia article.
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For more information on our Rome in a Day Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia (or Rome in A Day Post Cruise Tour), please visit our website or  our Shore Excursion page

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

the RomeCabs Team

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How much is Transfer from Rome to Civitavecchia? – RomeCabs

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Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for private airport and Civitavecchia Transfers, as well as Day Tours and Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia, Livorno, La Spezia and Naples Cruise Ports.

At Stefano’s RomeCabs we strive to keep our Civitavecchia Transfer prices as low and as competitive as possible, while providing the highest quality of service that our clients have come to rely on for more than 15 years and counting!

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How much is Transfer from Rome to Civitavecchia?

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Our website is very informative, with up to date service information, current PRICE LIST, and easy to use online Booking Form.

It’s important to always check our website for any newly updated information and prices.

Click below to arrive on our Civitavecchia Transfer page on our RomeCabs website.

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CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS

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Civitavecchia Transfers with RomeCabs: Prices and Information

Civitavecchia Transfers with RomeCabs: Prices and Information

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HELPFUL READ:   A how-to guide to book your Rome Cabs Transfer (to/from Rome Airport)

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Traveling to Civitavecchia from FCO Airport?

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If you are going to Civitavecchia from FCO Airport, we also provided a helpful video showing you where to meet your driver at FCO Airport.

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How to get from Fiumicino to Civitavecchia in 3 easy steps
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9 Helpful Blogs Posts on TIPS on Rome Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers

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Airport Transfers with Stefano's RomeCabs

RomeCabs offers private Transfers from FCO /Fiumicino Airport to Civitavecchia Cruise Port

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PRIVATELY SHARED CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS

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All our transfers are private, however many cruisers have created their own privately shared Civitavecchia Transfers from Rome to their cruise ship with fellow cruisers staying in the same area of Rome to minimize excess driving and distance related extra costs.

Our helpful blog below shows you the benefits of privately shared Civitavecchia Transfers as opposed to generic shuttle transfers, and HOW you can book your perfect privately shared Civitavecchia Transfers with fellow cruisers from your own cruise.

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Civitavecchia Shared Transfers: The way YOU want them!

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RomeCabs Civitavecchia Transfer

RomeCabs will Pick up Up and Drop you Off right by your ship in Civitavecchia

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MAXIMIZE YOUR SIGHTSEEING OPPORTUNITIES WITH OUR PRE CRUISE TOURS

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Are you staying in Rome and wish to wish to maximize your sightseeing opportunities prior to embarking on your cruise?
We also offer exciting Pre Cruise Tours of Rome and the Countryside that include a 4 hour tour with a transfer directly to your ship for an easy, convenient, fun filled morning to get your cruise started.

In Rome, enjoy a visit to the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, the Pantheon and Janiculum Hill.

In the countryside, enjoy an enchanting visit to the magnificent Renaissance Bracciano Castle, and have a delicious traditional lunch in the Medieval clifftop hamlet of Ceri that will transport you back in time!

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Pre Cruise Tours and Civitavecchia Shore Excursions with RomeCabs

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WATCH:  PRE CRUISE COUNTRYSIDE TOUR WITH ROMECABS

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READ WHAT SOME OF OUR CRUISING CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT US ON CRUISE CRITIC

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Testimonials from Cruisers about RomeCabs

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Thank you for visiting our travel blog.  For more information on our Transfer Services, Day Tours, and Shore Excursions from Italy’s main cruise ports, please visit our website.

We look forward to seeing you 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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Must See Countryside Wonders on your way to Civitavecchia Cruise Port

 

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs Transfer and Tour blog. We are at your service to turn your Italy cruise and trip into a vacation of a lifetime with our private tours and transfers.

Civitavecchia is one of the most significant cruise ports in Italy and it serves Rome and its environs.  Most of the cruises start and end in Civitavecchia.

Since most cruisers who arrive in Civitavecchia Pre Cruise either come from Rome hotel or airport pre-cruise, they have the opportunity to turn their Civitavecchia Transfer into a Sightseeing Tour by including a half day journey into the charming Roman countryside which is also conveniently located near Civitavecchia. At the end of your tour you and your luggage will be delivered conveniently on the pier next to your ship so you can quickly embark on your cruise.

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From Rome Accommodation:  

If you will be staying in Rome prior to your cruise, you will be picked up  in the morning by Stefano’s Rome Cabs English speaking Driver and enjoy a relaxing drive out of Rome and into the quiet countryside.

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From Fiumicino Airport:

If your flight arrives early in the morning before 9 AM, you too can make the most of your pre cruise time in Italy to enjoy the Countryside.  

Just about 1 hour from Fiumicino Airport on the highway, the Roman countryside is an ideal pre cruise tour as you will be traveling in the direction of Civitavecchia making the most of your limited time.

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Enjoy the Photo and Video Gallery below of what to expect to see and do on your Countryside Pre Cruise Tour with Stefano’s RomeCabs.

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Must See Countryside Wonders on your way to Civitavecchia Cruise Port

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BRACCIANO

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LAKE BRACCIANO

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Lake Bracciano is an ancient volcanic crater that is now of the most pristine lakes in Italy.  Favored by Italians seeking to escape the chaotic city life of Rome, Lake Bracciano is one of the top countryside destinations for Italians.

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BRACCIANO CASTLE

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The 15th century imposing Renaissance Castle is commonly known as Bracciano Castle (named after the town of Bracciano where it’s located). Its official name is Odescalchi-Orsini Castle, and for centuries it is still owned by the same Odeschalchi family and it’s one of the best preserved castles in Italy.  

You will have the wonderful opportunity to visit Bracciano Castle and explore elegant rooms still with their original Renaissance era furnishings, wall paintings, frescoes, tapestries, friezes, weaponry, and more, turning it into an actual museum.

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Bracciano Castle Interior - Countryside Tour with RomeCabs

Bracciano Castle Interior – Countryside Tour with RomeCabs

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Many of Italy’s kings, queens, lords, ladies, knights and Popes and some of the most powerful families (think the Borgias!)  have once lived and slept here.

Depending on when you visit Bracciano Castle, you might feel as though you have the castle to yourself as you explore the grounds and the “Court of Honor” with arches, ramparts and pathways.

Located on the southern shore of Lake Bracciano, it offers visitors a spectacular panoramic view of the lake and the surrounding countryside.

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Bracciano Castle Rampart with Bracciano Lake view

Bracciano Castle Rampart with Bracciano Lake view

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THE HAMLET OF CERI

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Your encounter with Ceri will be unexpected.

Through the rustic countryside roads it will suddenly appear in front of you,  the remains of its ancient fortified walls rising out of the tuffa cliff. A narrow street will wind its way up through the arched village gate to the top of the hamlet’s only square. A stop light at the bottom and top of the hamlet allows traffic to pass one direction at a time as the narrow medieval passageway is only wide enough for one vehicle to drive through at a time.

Historic buildings with aged sun kissed facades and a church surround the tiny square. If not for all the vehicles parked there, you’d swear you’ve traveled back in time and found yourself in a Medieval borgo.

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Medieval hamlet of Ceri - Countryside Tour with RomeCabs

Medieval hamlet of Ceri – Countryside Tour with RomeCabs

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From as far back as the Etruscans, then the Romans, followed by the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Era, these ancient and distant civilizations have left their presence behind in this tiny little village.

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SANCTUARY OF MARY OF CERI

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Sanctuary of Mary of Ceri frescoes - Countryside tour with RomeCabs

Sanctuary of Mary of Ceri frescoes – Countryside tour with RomeCabs

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The  Romanesque Sanctuary of Mary (the church in Ceri), is quite fantastic.  Through simple on the outside, inside it’s an artistic masterpiece. Originally built on top of an ancient pagan temple dedicated to goddess Vesta, the Sanctuary of Mary will amaze you with an impressive 11th century cycle of frescoes from the Old Testament. These frescoes that cover an entire wall were discovered during a renovation in 1980.

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Capella della Grazie Ricevute in Ceri - with RomeCabs

Capella della Grazie Ricevute in Ceri – with RomeCabs

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Not to miss in inside the Sanctuary of Mary is the side Chapel of Gratitude.

 

If you’d like to visit the amazing places covered on this travel blog, please visit our website tour page for complete information and option to book your own Pre Cruise Countryside Tour, CLICK BELOW and experience the wonders of the Roman countryside on your way to Civitavecchia.

 

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Thank you very much for reading our Must See Countryside Wonders on your way to Civitavecchia Cruise Port blog post.  We look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

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Rome Sea Port – Helpful Tips, Info for Civitavecchia Transfers, Tours

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for private transfers and tours to and from the Rome Sea Port of Civitavecchia.

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We have been providing Rome Sea Port Transfers and Tours (to and from Civitavecchia Cruise Port) for 15+ years, always focused on providing the most efficient, reliable, affordable and enjoyable transfers and tours to the millions of cruisers who stop at the Rome sea port in Civitavecchia.

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We have also written dozens of helpful travel blogs and articles that offer tips and advice to our clients and travelers in general.  In this travel blog, we compiled our top travel articles that contain useful information to help cruisers plan their Civitavecchia Port Transfers and Tours.

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CLICK ON THE TITLES BELOW to go to each informative travel blog page.

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CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS MADE EASY, EFFICIENT, ENJOYABLE

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Civitavecchia Rome Sea Port Transfers - RomeCabs

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This blog offers  information on baking your Rome Sea Port Civitavecchia Transfers Easy (easy hassle free pick up and drop off),  Efficient (predictable and timely travel time) and Enjoyable (there’s nothing like traveling in your comfortable private deluxe vehicle driven by your personal driver).  

Find out how to book and how to plan your transfers to and from the Rome Sea Port of Civitavecchia.

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Top 10 Civitavecchia Transfer FQA / Questions Answered – RomeCabs

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This very helpful article, answers frequently asked questions such as:

 

  • How do I book a Civitavecchia Transfer from Fiumicino FCO Airport?
  • How far in advance should I book my Civitavecchia Transfer?
  • Can your driver enter the port and provide pier-side pick up and drop off?
  • Can we combine a Civitavecchia Transfer with a Tour to / from our ship?
  • Can we share our Civitavecchia Transfers with other cruisers?

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AND MORE…..

Each question is answered thoroughly to help you plan your Civitavecchia Transfers, know what to expect, book correctly, and how to enhance your travel experience to and from the Rome Sea Port of Civitavecchia.

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5 TOP “Cruisers’ Choice” Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia

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TOP Cruisers Choice Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia RomeCabs

 

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Is your Cruise Ship docking in Civitavecchia and you can’t decide on which Rome shore excursion to book, or are looking for ideas and inspirations for your day in Rome?

This blog lists the top 5 “Cruisers’ Choice” Rome shore excursions from Civitavecchia along with suggested itineraries,  descriptions, and even videos.

All the tours are offered on our website in the Civitavecchia Shore Excursions category.

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10 TIPS on Tour Sharing – your best Italy Shore Excursions!

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Are you looking to share your shore excursions but don’t want to be cramped in a van full of complete strangers who may or may not have the same interests as you, or may cause you to not enjoy your tour at all?

We have the PERFECT solution for you: Your Own Privately Shared Shore Excursion.

Find out why thousands of cruisers choose to be in charge of creating their own small group tours with fellow like minded cruisers for a far superior tour experience where you save money and make new friends!

This travel article offers you 10 TIPS on Tour sharing for your best Italy shore excursions!

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The BEST and WORST Time to Book your Civitavecchia Transfers

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Double check your Travel Date - Stefano's RomeCabs.

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This travel article addresses situations such as:
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  • how far in advance to book your Civitavecchia Transfers?
  • is it recommended to book last minute?
  • Is it recommended to book your transfers while on your cruise?

 

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Small but important details make the difference between having a stress free Civitavecchia transfer or a stressful experience.

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How to get from Fiumicino to Civitavecchia in 3 easy steps:

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You think it’s difficult to book your transfer from Fiumicino Airport to Civitavecchia?

We make it very easy for you to book with us!

In this travel article we show you 3 easy steps for convenient, hassle free, and enjoyable travel from the airport to your cruise ship.

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CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS – HOW TO MAKE YOURS EVEN BETTER!       .

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ROME PRE CRUISE TOUR with Stefano's RomeCabs

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If you staying in Rome prior to your cruise and wish to make the most of your limited time, in this travel article we show you how to enhance your transfer from Rome to Civitavecchia with sightseeing opportunities along the way.

You can enjoy seeing and visiting places in Rome you haven’t seen yet, or venture into the countryside to visit magnificent castles and medieval villages on your way to Civitavecchia.

We offer you all the various pre cruise tour options with photos, videos and descriptions to help you choose the option that best suits your interests.  All the pre cruise tour options discussed in the travel blog are also available to book directly on our website.

 

Thank you for reading our Rome Sea Port – Helpful Tips, Info for Civitavecchia Transfers, Tours travel post.

 

For more information on Rome Sea Port Transfers and Tours from Civitavecchia, please visit our website in the banner below.  Our dedicated team is always happy to help!
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We look forward to seeing you in Italy!

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What is the Fastest and Easiest way to get from FCO Airport to Civitavecchia Cruise Port?

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

Due to time restrictions and various personal reasons, many cruisers fly into Rome’s Fiumicino Airport (FCO) on the same day as their ship departs from Civitavecchia.

When it comes to going to your cruise ship straight from the airport, many cruisers ask: What is the fastest and easiest way to get from FCO Airport to Civitavecchia Cruise Port?  

Afterall…. when you’ve invested so much in your cruise of a lifetime, you don’t want to take risks of complicating your last journey to the Port after a long flight and feeling jet lagged and tired, or arriving too late to the Port and missing your ship.

We offer the perfect solution, and have provided it to tens of thousands of happy cruisers for more than 15 years and counting.

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What is the Fastest and Easiest way to get from FCO Airport to Civitavecchia Cruise Port?

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ANSWER: PRIVATE CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS

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Private Transfers are the fastest and easiest way to get from FCO to Civitavecchia Cruise Port because:

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  • It takes only about 1 hour from FCO to Civitavecchia by Car on a Private Transfer.
  • Private Transfers do NOT make any additional stops to pick up or drop off other passengers loaded in the same vehicle, delaying your transfer and making your arrival time at your ship unpredictable.
  • Private Transfer Drivers will wait for you if your flight is late or your luggage delayed at the airport.

 

When you arrive at FCO Airport on the same day your cruise ship departs, it’s very important that everything goes smoothly: flight arriving at FCO Airport on time, your luggage not delayed or lost, and an easy, efficient, and fast transport from the Airport to your cruise ship so you don’t risk arriving too late and miss your cruise!

Unfortunately too often connection flights are missed, flights arrive late, luggage is lost or missing creating nerve wracking delays that can put you at risk of arriving too late to catch your ship departing from Civitavecchia.

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When you book a private Transfer with RomeCabs:

 

Your driver will monitor your flight for delays, and we will work to accommodate your late arrival so you make it to your ship as quickly as possible.

 

When you book a private transfer with RomeCabs you don’t have to worry about waiting for other passengers on shuttle transfers, or have the shuttle leave without you because you arrived too late, and you have to wait for the next shuttle to come around to pick you up (IF it will even arrive on time for you to make it to your ship for embarkation!)

 

Our drivers have the security clearance and our vehicles are licensed to access Civitavecchia Cruise Port for pier side drop off (and pick up if you require a return transfer from Civitavecchia to FCO Airport or to a hotel in Rome)

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

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Staying at a hotel in Civitavecchia pre cruise?

No problem, we take you there at the same price as a transfer to the cruise port.

Below is a link for helpful information showing you how to book a transfer from Airport to a Civitavecchia Hotel.

 

READ: How to book a Transfer from Airport to Hotel in Civitavecchia

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Civitavecchia Transfers wtih RomeCabs

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PRE CRUISE TOURS FROM FCO TO CIVITAVECCHIA

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Arriving at FCO Airport early in the morning and plenty of time before your cruise ship embarkation?

From FCO Airport, many cruisers enjoy a morning in Rome on a Rome Pre-Cruise Tour (pending available time from FCO Airport), or the Pre Cruise Countryside Tour as it’s in the general direction of Civitavecchia and it’s a wonderful way to spend your first morning in Italy.

For information and options, send us an email with your Flight Arrival Time and your Ship’s Embarkation Time, and our tour experts will be happy to offer you options based on your schedule.
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Our CONTACT  INFORMATION is on this blog and also on our website (see image below) where you will find all our services, detailed information, prices, and more helpful information.

 

READ:  5 Romantic villages near Rome you should visit


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ROME PRE CRUISE TOUR with Stefano's RomeCabs

ROME PRE CRUISE TOUR with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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The BEST and WORST Time to Book your Civitavecchia Transfers

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Thank you for visiting us and for reading our blog post. We look forward to welcome you to Italy!

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Best ways to get from Rome to Civitavecchia Cruise Port

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for quality and reliable Transfers to and from Civitavecchia Cruise Port, as we well as Day Tours from Rome and Shore Excursions from Italy’s main cruise ports.

We are often asked by our clients what are the best ways to get from Rome to Civitavecchia Cruise Port.

In this article we are happy to present to you the best ways to get from Rome to Civitavecchia cruise port in terms of convenience, quality, reliability, value and entertainment.

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Best ways to get from Rome to Civitavecchia Cruise Port

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PRIVATE TRANSFER From Rome to Civitavecchia

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On our private transfer from Rome to Civitavecchia you enjoy a direct non-stop transfer from your hotel accommodation directly to your cruise ship.

You select your preferred pick up time from your hotel in Rome based on when you wish to arrive to your ship.  Recommended departure time from Rome for most cruises is 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Your personal driver will take you directly to the pier next to your ship for optimal ease, convenience, and efficiency. You will enjoy a comfortable drive in your private deluxe vehicle from Rome to Civitavecchia.

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Civitavecchia Port Transfers with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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PRIVATELY SHARED TRANSFERS  from Rome to Civitavecchia

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Do you prefer the benefits of a private transfer but wish to also save money on your Civitavecchia Transfers?

Thousands of cruisers have created their own Privately Shared Civitavecchia Transfers  between Rome and Civitavecchia, sharing their transfers with fellow cruisers who are also staying in the same area of Rome to minimize excessive driving and keep fares for additional stops as low as possible.

It’s very easy to do, you simply place an ad on Cruise Critic Roll Call, and invite other cruisers to share your transfers.

Privately Shared Civitavecchia transfers are most recommended for transfers between Rome hotels and Civitavecchia, and from Civitavecchia to FCO Airport / Fiumicino Hotels.

Privately Shared Transfers are NOT recommended for transfers FROM the Airport to Civitavecchia due to high instances of flights arriving late, luggage lost, and airport delays that would delay the other parties going to the Cruise port, creating uncertainties and stress.

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Our article below has all the necessary information to create your Privately Shared Civitavecchia Transfers.

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Civitavecchia Shared Transfers: The way YOU want them!

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PRE CRUISE TOURS from Rome to Civitavecchia

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Turn your direct nonstop transfers from Rome to Civitavecchia into sightseeing opportunities on our Pre Cruise Tours from Rome to Civitavecchia that include pick up from your hotel accommodation in Rome,  4 hour tour of Rome or the Countryside, and transfer to your ship just in time for your embarkation.

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Pre Cruise Tours and Civitavecchia Shore Excursions with RomeCabs

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ROME PRE-CRUISE TOUR

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On our Rome Pre Cruise Tour you enjoy a visit to the Colosseum – the monumental ancient Roman amphitheater, followed by a visit to the Pantheon that was originally a Roman pagan temple later converted into a church in early 600’s AD, enjoy the lively squares of Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, and say a farewell to Rome with a spectacular panoramic view of the Eternal City from top of Janiculum Hill.  

Your private driver will then take you on a scenic drive to your ship at Civitavecchia port.
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ROME PRE CRUISE TOUR with Stefano's RomeCabs

ROME PRE CRUISE TOUR with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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PRE-CRUISE COUNTRYSIDE TOUR

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If you’ve already seen Rome and wish to further explore Italy on the way to your ship, you would love our Pre Cruise Countryside Tour that will take you to visit the imposing Renaissance era Bracciano Castle that overlooks the pristine volcanic Lake Bracciano, and enjoy a traditional lunch in Ceri – a Medieval clifftop hamlet that will transport you back in time a thousand years and delight your palate with the delicious homemade traditional cuisine prepared at local family owned restaurants that are famous throughout the region.  

After lunch, you will continue a short drive to Civitavecchia.

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CHARMING LAKESIDE VILLAGES PRE CRUISE TOUR
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This lovely countryside pre cruise tour offered by our sister company Stefano Rome Tours takes you to the same region of Lake Bracciano to visit the 3 charming lakeside villages of Bracciano (with an option to also visit the Castle), Trevignano and Anguillara.

Lake Bracciano is a top destination for locals who wish to escape the chaos of Rome, and the historic villages of Bracciano, Trevignano and Anguillara will sure delight you with their beauty and charm.

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Trevignano Charming Lakeside Villages Pre Cruise Tour with Stefano Rome Tours
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PRIVATELY SHARED PRE CRUISE TOURS

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If you wish to SHARE your Pre Cruise Tours with other cruisers to share the fun and costs, you may also create your Privately Shared Pre Cruise Tour in the same way you may create your privately shared Civitavecchia Transfers. Place an ad on Cruise Critic Roll Call and invite other fellow cruisers who are in the same area of Rome as you pre cruise to join your preferred tour.

For detailed information on Tour Sharing,  click on TOUR SHARING below to arrive at the website page.
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TOUR SHARING

 

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Thank you for reading our travel blog.  Please visit our website and browse through our Transfers and Tours options, and let us know how we can assist you in planning the best way to get from Rome to Civitavecchia Cruise Port.

See you soon in Italy!

The RomeCabs Team

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3 Famous Towns in Italy to visit during Summer Historic Festivals

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

When planning your summertime trip to Italy, you can make it even more enjoyable if your stay also coincides with not-to-be missed festivals that can enrich your experience in Italy.

We introduce you to three of Italy’s most fascinating cities to visit, and the festivals that will turn your simple Italy getaway into a journey through its rich and extensive history that will make you feel as though you’ve been magically transported to the Middle Ages, Renaissance Era, or even earlier civilizations like Romans, Etruscans and Celts.

These fabulous cities and festivals are perfect for families to enjoy together, and children have the wondrous opportunity to experience eras and cultures they would only read about in history books: gladiatorial games, Etruscan ceremonies, Roman battles, Medieval Jousting and sword fighting, medieval music, Renaissance court dancing, merchants creating objects reminiscent of ancient eras, historical re-enactments, chivalry games, archery, and authentic period costumes that add to the feel of being back in time to a distant eras that fairytales and movies are made of.

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AREZZO, Tuscany

AREZZO: BACK IN TIME

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Located in southeast region of Tuscany, is a wealthy ancient town that has origins as far as the Paleolithic era and founded by the Etruscan as “Aritim” in 9th century BC. By the time of the Roman Empire, the town name evolved to “Arretium”, and became a military station. With its strategic location along the main Roman road of Via Cassia (still exists today!), Arezzo became one of the most important Tuscan cities.
Today, Arezzo is an elegant city reminiscent of its Medieval and Renaissance history, with many monuments, churches and museums to enjoy.  

Not to be missed are the Church of San Francesco, Santa Maria della Pieve, the Cathedral of Arezzo, the Communal Palace, the ruins of the Roman Amphitheater, and the graceful medieval Piazza Grande built on a sloped square paved in red brick and limestone geometrical lines.

Excellent restaurants, cafes, and shopping makes Arezzo an ideal place to spend a couple of days.

A great time to be in Arezzo and experience its extensive history live, is to visit during its annual “Arezzo Back in Time” festival that takes place at the end of July.

In 3 different locations (Piazza Grande, Medici Fortress, and Roman Amphitheater) you can experience 3 different historical eras with complete historic costumes, weapons, tools, and theme food. Lectures are offered as well to teach visitors ancient techniques such as Etruscan writing on wax boards, handling  swords and drawing a bow, and learn about history from  re-enactors.
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Roman – Etruscan Era

You can expect to see Roman, Etruscan and Gaul military camps, gladiatorial fights, mock battles, ancient Roman games, ceremonies, dances, as well as demonstrations for children.

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Medieval Era.

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Next to the Medici Fortress,  you will find a Medieval village, sword tournaments, jousting, mock battles, flag wavers (sbandieratori), musicians, dancers, entertainers and more.

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Renaissance Era

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The more elegant of the times is the Renaissance era where you expect to enjoy historical and artisan markets, armory, jesters, musicians, flag wavers (sbandieratori),  sword fighting, Renaissance court dancing, and more taking place in the spacious Piazza Grande.

Admission is Free, and you can enjoy the different eras on display from approximately 5 PM into late night.

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VOLTERRA, Tuscany

VOLTERRA AD 1398

 

Located in the province of Pisa not far from Florence and Siena, Voltera was another important ancient Etruscan settlement previously known as “Velathri” – and one of the twelve Etruscan confederation. By the Roman times, it became known as Volaterrae.

Surrounded by long fortified walls,  Volterra is a fascinating town to visit and spend a few days in. Among the main sights to enjoy are the ruins of the impressive Roman Theater, Piazza and Palazzo dei Priori, Pinacoteca (Art Gallery) inside Palazzo Minucci-Solaini, and the ancient Etruscan city walls.

Volterra is also famous worldwide for its timeless exquisite handmade alabaster objects that you would find in many shops and boutiques.

On the 3rd and 4th Sundays each August, it’s once again year 1398 in Volterra, and visitors are transported back in time and experience the mysterious Medieval Era of Volterra through this popular historical re-enactment.

The old historic town center bursts to life as if its medieval past has never faded as visitors have the opportunity to relive history with medieval music, live performances, merchants, artisans, jesters,  games, knights, noblemen, pageants, tournaments, falconers, flag throwers, and town folk dressed in period clothing for an authentic experience.

Events take place in the town historic center from morning to night.

Tickets required to attend the festival.

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URBINO, Le Marche

FESTA DELLA DUCA (Festival of the Duke)

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Urbino – Festival of the Duke

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Urbino is a walled city nestled on a sloped hill in the eastern region in Italy known as Le Marche.  This magnificent town retains much of its Medieval architecture and Renaissance elegance.

During the Roman times, this was a modest town known as Urbinum Mataurense (the little city on the river Matarus), that grew in size and power over the centuries.

A city rich in art and architectural masterpieces, Urbino is also the birthplace of the famous artist Raphael.

Started in 1982 on to celebrate the centennial of the death of the Duke of Urbino, the city hosts its  Festival of the Duke for 3 days in August, bringing back to life the splendor of of the city during the lordship of the Duke ( Federico da Montefeltro).

The setting is the Renaissance era with gorgeous historic costumes, pageants, tests of skill, Renaissance games, archery, competitions, music, and reenactments that showcase this glorious era of mid 15th century.

The lively market introduces visitors to ancient trades such as the goldsmith,  blacksmith, leather working, textile making, and more. Merchants selling handmade crafts create a fun shopping experience.

Tickets at nominal prices are required to attend the festival.

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Thank you for visiting our blog. 

Our sister company Stefano Rome Tours also offers Day Tours from Rome or Livorno Cruise port that include visits to Arezzo or Volterra:

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UNDER THE TUSCAN FUN

VOLTERRA AND SAN GIMIGNANO

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For more information about Stefano’s RomeCabs and our Transfers and Tours, please visit our website below.

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7 Can’t Be Missed Tours to and from Civitavecchia

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

Civitavecchia is one of Italy’s primary cruise ports that serves Rome and the Roman countryside in the region of Lazio. It’s also the main port from where cruises being and finish and where many cruisers embark and disembark from their cruise, and may find themselves in Rome pre cruise and/or post cruise.

Below are 7 can’t be missed tours to and from Civitavecchia offered by RomeCabs and Stefano Rome Tours based on their popularity with cruisers.

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7 Can’t Be Missed Tours to and from Civitavecchia

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ROME IN A DAY

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ROME IN A DAY TOUR with Stefano's RomeCabs

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Rome in A Day Tour from Civitavecchia is the most requested shore excursion by cruisers as it offers a fun packed day of opportunities to see as much of Rome’s main highlights as possible.

Rome in A Day also includes visit inside the Colosseum, Pantheon and Vatican, as well as visit two of Rome’s most popular squares: Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.

Below is the suggested itinerary that you will also find on the tour page on our website along with in depth information and prices.

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SUGGESTED ITINERARY FOR ROME IN A DAY TOUR

  • Colosseum
  • Circus Maximus
  • View Roman Forum
  • Drive by Piazza Venezia
  • Pantheon
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Spanish Steps
  • Vatican Museum
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Saint Peter Basilica

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Panoramic Rome for Cruisers is an increasingly popular tour requested by cruisers who are interested in a more relaxing tour with flexible itinerary that does not require time sensitive advance purchased tickets, and avoid super crowded attractions like the Colosseum and Vatican.

Our Panoramic Rome for Cruisers tour touches of many of Rome’s highlights, with a wonderful opportunity to explore the ancient Roman underground layers of history beneath the Basilica of San Clemente.

This tour is also recommended for cruisers who are visiting Rome on the 1st Sunday of the Month when it’s not possible to visit the Colosseum (Free Entry on First Sunday of every month results in extremely long lines and wait times) and Vatican Museums (as they are closed on Sundays, and on the last Sunday of the Month when it has Free Entry the lines to enter can be extremely long).

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SUGGESTED ITINERARY FOR PANORAMIC ROME FOR CRUISERS TOUR

  • 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 Clemente and Underground Visit

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PRE CRUISE ROME TOUR

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For cruisers staying in Rome pre cruise, we offer the perfect way to spend your morning prior to embarking on your cruise from Civitavecchia.

On our Pre Cruise Rome Tour, you spend 4 wonderful hours visiting some of Rome’s squares and monuments before transported directly to your ship at the cruise port.

You may follow our suggested itinerary below, or choose different sites you wish to visit during your morning in Rome.
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SUGGESTED ITINERARY FOR ROME PRE-CRUISE TOUR

  • Colosseo
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Spanish Steps
  • Pantheon
  • Janiculum Hill

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Alternatively, if you’ve already seen as much of Rome as you’d like to see, you may beook a Pre Cruise Countryside Tour instead.  Visit our website for more tour options!

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CHARMING LAKESIDE VILLAGES PRE CRUISE TOUR

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This highly popular countryside pre cruise tour offered by our sister company Stefano Rome Tours takes you on a relaxing morning tour of charming historic villages that dot the shores of the pristine Lake Bracciano:  the town of Bracciano, Anguillara and Trevignano.

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SUGGESTED ITINERARY FOR CHARMING LAKESIDE VILLAGES PRE CRUISE TOUR

  • Bracciano Lake
  • Bracciano
  • Anguillara
  • Trevignano

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While in Bracciano, you also have the opportunity to extend your tour to include a visit to the imposing Renaissance Bracciano Castle for an unforgettable fairy-tale experience.

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POST CRUISE ROME IN A DAY FROM CIVITAVECCHIA

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The Post Cruise Rome in A Day Tour from Civitavecchia has the same itinerary as Rome in A Day and is created especially for cruisers who are disembarking from their cruise in Civitavecchia and have a full day free to tour Rome.
Your English speaking driver will pick you up at your ship, and at the completion of your tour you will be taken to your hotel.

The wonderful thing about our shore excursions from Civitavecchia is that ALL of them can be converted into a Post Cruise Tour to start from Civitavecchia and end at your hotel in Rome (or Fiumicino if you will be staying near the airport overnight).

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COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR

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There’s more see and do from Civitavecchia than just Rome.  If you’ve already been to Rome, wish to enjoy a relaxing shore excursion without the long drive, crowds, and chaos of Rome, or dream of romantic castles and ancient places, you would love the Countryside Splendor Shore Excursion.

The Countryside Splendor tour is the most popular shore excursion outside of Rome and takes you to enchanting and amazing places in the Roman Countryside.
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SUGGESTED ITINERARY FOR COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR TOUR FROM CIVITAVECCHIA

  • Bracciano Castle
  • Medieval Hamlet of Ceri
  • Cerveteri Etruscan Necropolis

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The historic town of Bracciano boasts the magnificent Renaissance era Bracciano Castle (officially named Orsini-Odescalchi Castle after the families who owned it over the centuries) where you can visit this rare jewel that will evoke childhood fairytales of castles, lords, ladies, knights of bygone eras.  The castle overlooks Lake Bracciano that is actually a volcanic crater with some of Italy’s most pristine water.

Going a bit back in time to the Medieval era, you will stop in the the clifftop hamlet of Ceri for an authentic homemade Italian lunch at a local family owned restaurant in this tiny village that transports you back in time a thousand years.

Continuing further back in time to the pre-Roman era of the Etruscans, you will have the incredible opportunity to explore the ancient Etruscan Banditaccia Necropolis in Cerveteri.  

Acres and acres of various types of tombs, many of which you may explore inside, span across the entire Etruscan civilization from around 9th century BC to around 3rd century BC when the Etruscans were conquered by the Romans and absorbed into the ever expanding Roman empire.

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ETRUSCAN MYSTERIES

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History buffs and connoisseurs have frequently booked the Etruscan Mysteries signature tour from our sister company Stefano Rome Tours that takes you on a journey through the countryside that once belonged to the ancient mysterious Etruscan civilization, known as Etruria.

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SUGGESTED ITINERARY FOR ETRUSCAN MYSTERY TOUR FROM CIVITAVECCHIA
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  • Etruscan Necropolis
  • The National Museum
  • Medieval Borgo Tuscania

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Your journey through the ancient Etruria (currently the region of Lazio), will take you to Tarquinia – the once important Etruscan city that takes the name after the Etruscan King, Tarquinius.

Here at at the Monterozzi Etruscan Necropolis you will discover the most unusual underground tombs.  Unlike Cerveteri that resembles a quiet natural park with tuffa carved tombs that resemble stone houses that you can stroll through, these tombs are painted!

There are on the average about a dozen underground tombs open at a time, and as you descend about a flight of stairs below ground, you can view through a glass entrance the vibrantly painted tombs that depict the lives of these ancient enigmatic people as they dine, play sports, hunt, celebrate, and enjoy life.
These ancient but beautifully preserved frescoes show you what Etruscans looked like, how they dressed, what they ate, how they feasted, how they hunted, what instruments and sports they played.  These snapshots into the lives of the Etruscans help bring this mysterious civilization to life.

Nearby inside the town of Tarquinia inside a grand palace is the Tarquinia National Museum that displays incredible treasures and artifacts discovered in the tombs you just visited. You’ll be amazed at how advanced this ancient pre-Roman civilization was.

Your journey continues to Tuscania – a quiet yet amazing historic town with strong Etruscan roots dating back 3,000 years.

Strategically situated hilltop, it offers an unforgettable view of the valley that inspired poets like D.H. lawrence to write: “The most beautiful valley in all of Italy: the Etruscan valley of Tuscania”.

The Must Sees in Tuscania are the architecturally significant churches of San Pietro and Santa Maria Maggiore on the outskirts of the town.

 

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For more exciting tours and shore excursions in Rome, Umbria, Tuscany and Naples region, please visit our website.   Also be sure to visit our sister company Stefano Rome Tours for additional tours that will enhance your trip to Italy and create wonderful memories.

We look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

The RomeCabs Team

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