Must See Countryside Wonders on your way to Civitavecchia Cruise Port

 

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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.

 

PRE CRUISE COUNTRYSIDE TOUR

 

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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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