CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFER WITH A COUNTRYSIDE TOUR

 

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 Fiumicino 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 their tour ,they and their luggage are delivered conveniently on the pier next to their ship so they can quickly embark on your cruise.

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CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFER WITH A COUNTRYSIDE TOUR 
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Here are some suggestions to make the most of your Pre Cruise time in Italy.

 

To Civitavecchia 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.

 

To Civitavecchia From Fiumicino Airport:

If your flight arrives early in the morning before 9:0 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.

 

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

 

CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFER WITH A COUNTRYSIDE TOUR

 

BRACCIANO

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Bracciano RomeCabs Countryside Pre Cruise Tour Civitavecchia

Town of Bracciano with Bracciano Castle

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LAKE BRACCIANO

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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Rome Cabs Pre Cruise Tour toCivitavecchia Bracciano

Bracciano Lake – RomeCabs

 

BRACCIANO CASTLE

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Bracciano Castle – RomeCabs

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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. 
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RomeCabs Bracciano Pre Cruise Tour to Civitavecchia

Bracciano Castle Renaissance Era rooms

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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.

 

RomeCabs Bracciano Pre Cruise Tour to Civitavecchia

Bracciano Castle

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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.

 

Rome Cabs Bracciano Castle Tour to Civitavecchia Transfer

Bracciano Castle Grounds – Rome Cabs

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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.

 

Bracciano Castle RomeCabs Pre Cruise Tour to Civitavecchia

Bracciano Castle Grounds – with RomeCabs

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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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Lake Bracciano RomeCabs Pre Cruise Tour Civitavecchia Transfer

View of Lake Bracciano from Bracciano Castle – RomeCabs

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NOTE: Bracciano Castle is closed on Mondays

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CERI

Ceri is a tiny medieval fortified hamlet that seems to rise of out of the tufa cliff upon which it was built.  

Frozen in history, this early 13th century village has retained his original look over the many centuries giving the visitors the feeling you’ve just traveled back in time 800 years!

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RomeCabs Countryside Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia

Medieval Hamlet of Ceri – RomeCabs

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The village can be reached by a narrow street wide enough for just 1 vehicle to pass at a time. Therefore the stoplight directs vehicles entering, and then vehicles exiting.

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SANCTUARY OF MARY
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The Sanctuary of Mary was built on top of an ancient Etruscan and Roman site  dedicated to pagan goddess Vesta.

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Sanctuary of Mary of Ceri RomeCabs Countryside Cruise Tour

Sanctuary of Mary of Ceri – RomeCabs

 

Stunningly beautiful 12 century frescoes depicting scenes from the Old Testament adorn the walls inside the church.

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Sanctuary of Ceri Frescoes RomeCabs Countryside Tour Civitavecchia

Sanctuary of Ceri Frescoes – RomeCabs

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There is a small chapel that is usually overlooked by those not in the known.  The walls of this tiny chapel “Cappella delle Grazie Ricevute” are adorned with hearts and plaques of gratitude.

For decades Italians who have come to pray to Mary to intercede and answer their prayers. Many have even included a small photo of their loved ones to be prayed for.

When their prayers were answered, they dedicated a plaque of gratitude to Mary, and hung it on the walls.

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Sanctuary of Mary of Ceri - RomeCabs Pre Cruise Tour to Civitavecchia

Cappella delle Grazie Ricevute – RomeCabs

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LUNCH

Ceri is well renowned in the region for its delicious homemade cuisine served at the local family owned restaurants.  

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Ceri Pre Cruise Countryside tour RomeCabs

Ceri Restaurants – RomeCabs

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Weekends are often crowded with Italians coming to Ceri to enjoy a nice relaxing lunch.  Many of our clients have requested return trips to Ceri from Rome or on the way to Civitavecchia just to have lunch here again!

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Homemade Ravioli with Sage

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We hope this will inspire you to turn your civitavecchia Transfer into a Countryside sightseeing adventure into 2 of Italy’s most fascinating eras: The rustic Medieval Era represented by Ceri, and the elegant Renaissance Era represented by Bracciano Castle.

WATCH the Full Day Tour version “COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR” possible as Day Tour from Rome, Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia, and Post Cruise Tour from Civitavecchia:

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Thank you very much for booking with Stefano’s RomeCabs. We look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

The Stefano RomeCabs Team
http://www.RomeCabs.com

 

 

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