La Befana – Italy’s Good Witch of Christmas Time

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

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

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

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La Befana Cottage, Italian Christmas Traditions - RomeCabs

La Befana Cottage, Italian Christmas Traditions – RomeCabs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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La Befana house

La Befana house – Urbania Befana Festival

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

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

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

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La Befana - Eve of Epiphany

La Befana – Eve of Epiphany

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

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How far is the Civitavecchia cruise port from Rome?

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

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

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

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

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

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PRIVATE CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS and PRIVATELY SHARED CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Civitavecchia Shared Transfers: The way YOU want them!

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

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

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

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

Pre Cruise Tours and Civitavecchia Shore Excursions with RomeCabs

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Are you ready to book your Civitavecchia Port Transfer?

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Here’s a How To Video:

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

We look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

The RomeCabs Team

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Top Destination Tours with Stefano's RomeCabs

Top Destination Tours with Stefano’s RomeCabs.

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5 BEST Rome Tours and Shore Excursions with RomeCabs

Buon giorno and welcome Stefano’s RomeCabs Travel blog.

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

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

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

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

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

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5 BEST Rome Tours and Shore Excursions with RomeCabs

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ROME IN A DAY

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

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

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

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PANORAMIC ROME Tour for Crusiers

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

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

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  • Pantheon, Piazza della Rotonda
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Spanish Steps
  • Piazza Navona
  • St Peter’s Square
  • Capitoline Hill with view of Roman Forum
  • Colosseum Square
  • Basilica of San Clementd and Underground Visit

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SEVEN WONDERS OF ANCIENT ROME

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

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

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VACANZE ROMANE / ROMAN HOLIDAY

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Vacanze Romane / Roman Holiday Rome Tour with Stefano Rome Tours

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

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

  • Colosseum
  • Piazza Venezia
  • Capitoline Hill
  • Teatro di Marcello
  • Mouth of Truth
  • Palazzo Barberini
  • Castel Sant’Angelo
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Spanish Steps
  • Via Margutta
  • Pantheon

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

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CHRISTIAN ROME

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St Peter's Basilica (Vatican)

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

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

 

  • Circus Maximus
  • St. Paul Outside the Wall
  • Appian Way
  • Catacombs
  • San Pietro in Vincoli
  • Vittorio Emanuele Monument
  • Piazza Venezia
  • Vatican Museum
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St Peter’s Basilica

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

 

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

  5 Romantic villages near Rome you should visit

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

Make the Most of your Pre-Cruise Civitavecchia Transfer

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

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

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

We look forward to seeing you soon in Italy!

The RomeCabs Team

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5 Romantic villages near Rome you should visit – RomeCabs

 

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

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

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

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5 Romantic villages near Rome you should visit

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TIVOLI

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

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

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

 

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

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NEMI

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Nemi - RomeCabs

Nemi – RomeCabs

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

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

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

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CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIO

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

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

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

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BRACCIANO

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

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

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

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

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TREVIGNANO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

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10 Simple Tips for Visiting Rome in the Summer – RomeCabs

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

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

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

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10 Simple Tips for Visiting Rome in the Summer

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1  Book your Transfers and Tours in advance.

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Civitavecchia Port Transfers – Stefano’s RomeCabs

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

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

2  Bring comfortable sandals or light walking shoes.

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Travel Tips by Stefano's RomeCabs

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

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

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3  Bring portable water bottles with you.  

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Travel Tips from Stefano's RomeCabs

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

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

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4 Book Air Conditioned Hotels

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Summer Travel Tips by Stefano's RomeCabs

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

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5 Protect yourself from intense summer sun

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Summer Travel Tips by Stefano's RomeCabs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rome Summer Travel Tips by Stefano's RomeCabs

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

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

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

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

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Private Tours of Rome – by Stefano’s RomeCabs

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

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9 Book your No Line Admission tickets in advance.

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Book your Vatican Museum Tickets in advance online

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

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

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Security lines at the Colosseum

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

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

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

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

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

Travel Tips: Writing inquiry Emails to Tour and Transfer companies

The BEST and WORST Time to Book your Civitavecchia Transfers

10 TIPS on Tour Sharing – your best Italy Shore Excursions

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

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

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

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Top 10 Civitavecchia Transfer FQA / Questions Answered – RomeCabs

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

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

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

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

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Top 10 Civitavecchia Transfer FQA / Questions Answered – RomeCabs

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

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

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

  • Rome Hotel to Civitavecchia Port Transfer

  • Civitavecchia to Rome Hotel Transfer

  • Civitavecchia to Airport Transfer

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

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

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

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

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

  • you booked your hotel

  • you booked your flight arrival or departure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7   How do we meet our driver at Civitavecchia Port?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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9  Can we share our Civitavecchia Transfers with other cruisers?

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

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

  • From Civitavecchia Port to Rome Hotels

  • From Civitavecchia Port to Fiumicino Airport / FCO

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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OTHER HELPFUL CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFER BLOGS

 

7 Ways to book Perfect Civitavecchia Transfers

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

The BEST and WORST Time to Book your Civitavecchia Transfers

How to get from Fiumicino to Civitavecchia in 3 easy steps

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

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

See you soon in Italy!
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Costly Mistakes Cruisers Make with Civitavecchia Transfers – RomeCabs

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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COSTLY MISTAKES CRUISERS MAKE WITH CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS

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BOOKING YOUR TRANSFER ON THE WRONG DATE

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Double check your Travel Date – Stefano’s RomeCabs

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

FORGET TO CHECK PASSPORTS FOR EXPIRATION DATE

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

BRING EXTRA LUGGAGE WITHOUT INFORMING THE TRANSFER COMPANY

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

FORGETTING DOCUMENTS, MEDICINE, LUGGAGE AT THE HOTEL

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

LEAVING VALUABLES BEHIND IN THE VEHICLE

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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MORE TRAVEL TIPS from ROMECABS:

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Travel Tips: Writing inquiry Emails to Tour and Transfer companies

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

Visiting Rome in the Summer? What to expect

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Warmest regards,

Stefano’s RomeCabs Team

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5 TIPS for Visiting Rome in Spring – Stefano’s RomeCabs

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

Spring is a wonderful time of the year to visit Italy, and spend time enjoying Rome.

Best reasons to visit Rome in spring are many: warmer weather, shoulder season for better airline and hotel rates, fewer crowds, not as hot as summer, flowers are in bloom and exciting spring time festivals and events.

If you plan to visit Rome in the spring, here are:

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5 TIPS for Visiting Rome in Spring

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1 BE PREPARED FOR SPRING WEATHER

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Spring is the transformation from wet and chilly winter months to hot and sweltering summer.  This transition makes for ideal weather that is not too cold and not too hot which can make sightseeing uncomfortable for many visitors.

It’s important to note that mornings and evenings can still be chilly with warmer temperatures midday and afternoons.  

Therefore, plan to dress in layers so you can remove portable sweaters and light jackets when it’s warm out, and put them back on again when it’s chilly.  Scarfs are also highly recommended for ladies.. They keep you warm, are fashionable to wear around your shoulder like a shawl, and light and easy to pack away when not being worn.

The most practical sweaters and jackets are those that you can wrap around your waist or stow in a small day bag or purse.  

Large backpacks may possibly hinder your access into certain monuments and museums that prohibit large backpacks for security reasons, or may require them to be placed in a locker. To avoid these potential inconveniences and to ease your sightseeing without carrying cumbersome heavy backpacks, plan to go light:  bring jackets and sweaters you can wrap around your waist or fit in a small bag, leave big and heavy guide books behind, and plan to shop for souvenirs at the end of the day so you have less to carry around.

Spring showers can catch you by surprise, so plan to bring a light travel size umbrella with you.

Umbrellas are handy in case of showers, or to provide you with shade on bright sunny days.

If you are caught in a shower, don’t worry. There are many places to duck into to stay dry and to enjoy yourself.  There are many cafes in Rome to enjoy a local coffee, a pastry, gelato, or a glass of wine. During lunch or dinner time, you will also find an abundance of restaurants.  With nearly 1,000 churches in Rome, you will likely not be too far from a church you probably never visited before.

Most churches in Rome are centuries old, boasting magnificent interiors from simple gothic architecture to ornate Baroque styles, masterpiece paintings, frescoes, and mosaics.  

If you find yourself near the Pantheon during rain or shower, don’t miss the opportunity to watch rain fall through the oculus on top of the dome onto the marble floor. The oculus on top is open to allow sun and rain to come through.

After the rain, you can snap some amazing photos of buildings or monuments reflecting on the wet ground.

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2  STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES… AND THE WISTERIA TOO!

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Spring has always been associated with flowers, and in Rome you come to expect it.

In mid April, wisteria blooms and fills the air with their delightful fragrance.  Look for hanging wisteria on Via Margutta (near the Spanish Steps), near Vittorio Emanuele Monument next to Capitoline Hill, Roman Forum, and in other quaint neighborhood areas in Rome.

When the azalea flowers are in bloom around late April to early May, you will find the Spanish Steps transformed into a colorful bouquet of red and pink flowers placed on the steps in thousands of pots that last for weeks.

A well kept secret is the Rose Garden situated at the foot of Aventine Hill just across from Circus Maximus.

When roses bloom between  late April and June, the garden is open to visitors to enjoy the tranquil park and its 1,000+ variety of colorful and fragrant roses. The Rose Garden (Roseto Comunale) usually open from April 21 to June 21, from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM (open dates and times may vary).

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CHERRY BLOSSOMS

If you’ve never been to the EUR district of Rome, the cherry blossom season is the perfect time to come!

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For a short time from mid March through first week of April (blooming season varies based on the weather), the Sakura (Japanese cherry trees)  blossom along the artificial lake in EUR, a delightful tribute to to the Japanese tradition of Hanami, a festival that celebrates the arrival of Spring.

Elsewhere in Rome, bright and colorful Flowers in bloom can also be seen throughout many of Rome’s neighborhoods such as Trastevere, and parks such as Borghese gardens.

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3  CELEBRATE ROME’S BIRTHDAY

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Everyone celebrates their birthday, but Rome has been celebrating it the longest!

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Rome’s birthday is officially celebrated on April 21 according to ancient mythical traditions that Rome was founded on this date in 753 BC by Romulus (the twin brother of slain Remus).  This is a perfect time to catch a glimpse of Rome’s ancient past, and enjoy historical re-enactments performed by historical groups.

On the Sunday nearest to April 21, hundreds (if not thousands) of historical re-enactors wearing authentic costumes of different eras of Ancient Rome including the Etruscans, gather to parade from Circus Maximus around Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum, and back to Circus Maximus.  

The annual parade starts at approximately 10 AM and ends at approximately 4 PM with more events taking place in Circus Maximus.

Fireworks and lumiere light shows that vary from year to year, as well as historic events and re-enactments held in Circus Maximus, makes this the most anticipated birthday celebration in Rome, reminding everyone of Rome’s unbreakable ties of its distant past whose ancient monuments and roads are still a fabric of the Eternal city.

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4  MAKE EASTER SPECIAL IN ROME

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Easter time is an exciting time in Rome, and if your travel plans coincide with Easter, you can make your stay in Rome even more special by attending various Easter events lead by the Pope, and enjoying Easter treats that are only available during this time.

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Easter is a very busy time in Rome and at the Vatican.

If you happen to be in Rome during Easter time, you can catch a glimpse of the Pope leading the Way of the Cross inside the Colosseum on Good Friday, and Easter Mass held in Saint Peter’s Square.

Tickets (free of charge) are required for most events and expect huge crowds (therefore order your tickets months in advance as they are difficult to obtain!)  If you can’t obtain a ticket don’t worry, you can still be present outside the perimeter of St Peter’s Square as all the masses held there are screened live in the square in front of the Basilica that you can watch from the perimeters.

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Ash Wednesday (first day of Lent, 46 days before Easter Sunday.) The Pope will hold Mass in the Saint Peter’s Basilica at 5pm.

Palm Sunday – Blessing of the Palms, Procession and Holy Mass (one week before Easter.)  in St Peter’s Square at 9:30 (tickets required)

Holy Thursday (Thursday before Easter Sunday.)  Chrism Mass, in St Peter’s Basilica. at 9:30 (tickets required)

Good Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday.) – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, in St Peter’s Basilica at 17:00 (tickets required)

Way of the Cross, in the Coliseum at 21:15 (no tickets required, expect huge crowds)

Holy Saturday (one day before Easter.) Easter Vigil Mass, in St Peter’s Basilica at 20:30 (tickets required)

If you can’t obtain a ticket for mass in St Peter’s Square don’t worry, you can still be present outside the perimeter of St Peter’s Square as all the masses held there are screened live in the square.

Easter Sunday – Easter Sunday Mass, in St Peter’s Square at 10:15 (tickets required)
– “Urbi et Orbi” Blessing at 12 noon in St Peter’s Square. (no tickets required).

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5  ENJOY IN SEASON FOOD

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In-season fruits and vegetables are highlights on Italian menus – Italians even host festivals celebrating certain seasonal foods!

Some of the most popular in season vegetables are artichokes. You can enjoy Jewish Artichokes (Carciofi alla giudia), a specialty in Rome’s Jewish Quarter. The whole artichoke is deep fried to a crisp golden brown, with the outer leaves crunchy like potato chips and the heart tender and delicious.  

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The Roman artichokes (carciofi alla romana) is a highly popular local appetizer that many local restaurants serve on their menu. The artichokes are simmered with olive oil, green herbs and garlic and are absolutely delightful and healthy.

Another local unique spring specialty is the “puntarelle”. A variant of chicory, the young tender puntarelle shoots have a mild bitter taste, and are served with a light dressing of just the right combination of anchovy, garlic, vinegar and salt.

One particular Italian speciality that heralds spring are young tender fava beans eaten  fresh right out of the pod together with aged pecorino cheese (cheese made from sheep’s milk) –  enjoyed the old fashioned way with nothing fancy. They’re perfect to take on picnics as there’s virtually nothing in particular to prepare. You can find fava beans in their pods sold at outdoor markets and supermarkets along with aged pecorino cheese.

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Around Easter time, you can also enjoy popular sweets such as Easter chocolate eggs that range from small and simple to big and ornate, and “colombo”, which is the Easter version of the panettone shaped in a cross. You can find these at local pastry shops and supermarkets.

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Not a spring specialty because gelato is special year round, but Gelato is particularly enjoyed in spring to celebrate the warmth that draws us to these delicious frozen treats with the promise of sunny summer days to come.

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Other Helpful Travel Blogs from Stefano’s RomeCabs:

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10 Easy Ways to Survive Rome in the Summer

5 Ways to Stay Cool Touring in Rome this Summer

3 Common Mistakes that Ruin Your Summer Trip to Rome

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For information on our Transfers and Day Tours in Rome and beyond, please visit our website at www.RomeCabs.com.

We also invite you to visit our sister company Stefano Rome Tours that also specializes in Day Tours and Shore Excursions.

Thank you for reading our 5 TIPS for Visiting Rome in Spring travel blog.  We look forward to welcoming you to Italy!

Best Wishes from Rome,

Stefano’s RomeCabs Team
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The most BEAUTIFUL reason to visit Rome in spring – RomeCabs

 

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Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s premiere company for private Airport transfers, CIvitavecchia Port Transfers, Day Tours and Shore Excursions in Rome and beyond.

Rome is beautiful indeed which is why so many visitors come flocking to the Eternal City each year, but it’s particularly beautiful in spring. If you could choose just ONE season to experience Rome, Spring should be on top of your list.

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The most BEAUTIFUL reason to visit Rome in spring

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Spring is the much anticipated season of rebirth, warm and sunny days after cold and rainy winter months, and nature is in bloom!

With spring comes spring flowers, and in spring Rome itself blooms into a stunning colorful display of flowers and fragrances that adds vibrancy and life to the Eternal city.
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FRAGRANT WISTERIA

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Spring in Rome on Via Margutta with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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Starting mid April, wisteria starts to bloom into fragrant violet bunches that hang like grapes from vines above inviting streets and from historic structures, enticing you to come close for a sniff of their sweet perfume that permeates the air around you.

You can find wisteria along Via Margutta (a charming oasis of historic beauty near Spanish Steps), next to the Vittorio Emanuele Monument in Piazza Venezia along the steps that lead up to Capitoline Hill, around the Roman Forum, and tucked away in various neighborhoods in Rome.

Via Margutta, 51 wast the famous (and actual) address in the movie classic Roman Holiday / Vacanze Romane starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.  A visit to Via Margutta is featured in Stefano Rome Tours VACANZE ROMANE TOUR

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ORANGE BLOSSOMS

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Orange Garden in Rome with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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Orange blossoms with their distinctive delightful fragrance invites you for a visit to the Orange Garden (Giardino degli Aranci) on Aventine Hill in the spring.

Panoramic views of Rome from the park terrace, shady benches beneath umbrella pines, the tranquility of the park, and fragrant blossom flowers from the orange trees makes this a perfect respite from the busy city below.

Nearby in Piazza of the Knights of Malta is the “Secret Keyhole” that surprises many visitors who did not know what to expect when urged to take a peek through a very special keyhole.  Don’t worry if you can’t find the special key hole… just look for the line of people who are already peeking through it.  

You can find out more about the Secret Keyhole here, or surprise yourself!

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For a brief period from mid March through first week of April (depending on the weather), you can enjoy the blossoming of Sakura, the Japanese cherry trees that blossom along the lake in the EUR district of Rome. This cherry blossoms that line the artificial lake of EUR is a tribute to to the Japanese tradition of Hanami, a festival that celebrates the arrival of Spring.

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SPRING FESTIVAL (Festa di Primavera, Mostra delle Azalee)  

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Spanish Steps in Spring with Azalea Flowers – Stefano’s RomeCabs

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Spring is celebrated throughout Italy with festivals that often last for days.

In Rome, the arrival of Spring is celebrated by turning the elegant Spanish Steps into a blaze of color with thousands  pots containing shrubs of of bright red and vibrant pink azalea placed on the steps in late April – and lasting until early May (coinciding with the blooming period of the flowers).  The exact dates vary every year depending on weather and when the azaleas begin to bloom.

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THE ROSE GARDEN

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One of Rome’s best kept spring secrets is the Rose Garden (Roseto Comunale) located at the foot of Aventine Hill across the street from Circus Maximus.  

During the warm spring months from late April to mid June, a profusion of more than 1,000 rose varieties bloom in abundance of colors and fragrances, turning this little known parks one of the most romantic, tranquil and delightful places to visit in the spring.

The Rose Garden usually opens between April 21 and June 19 during the flowering period, on the average from 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM with free entry.

http://www.turismoroma.it/cosa-fare/roseto-comunale?lang=en

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All over Rome you will be greeted with colorful flowers either in window flower pots, or growing on vines or branches.   If you come to Rome this spring, take a moment to smell the roses, the wisteria, or just capture the beauty around you in a keepsake photograph.

With all the vibrant colors, delicate flowers, and sweet fragrances, no wonder spring is the most beautiful reason to visit Rome.

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For more information on day tours in Rome or shore excursions to Rome from Civitavecchia, please visit our website at www.RomeCabs.com

For more tour itineraries and inspiration for your Italy trip, we invite you to also visit our sister company Stefano Rome Tours at http://www.StefanoRomeTours.com

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Stefano's RomeCabs Transfers and Tours

Stefano’s RomeCabs Transfers and Tours in Italy

 

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

Buon giorno and thank you for choosing Stefano’s RomeCabs for your Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers in Rome.

We compiled the most helpful RomeCabs Blog Posts with information to help make your Rome Airport Transfers and Civitavecchia Port Transfers easy, efficient, and enjoyable.

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

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

This blog post focuses on 10 reasons why you should make Stefano’s RomeCabs YOUR company for Civitavecchia Port Transfers in Italy.  

For more than 15 years, Stefano’s RomeCabs has for provided tens of thousands of Civitavecchia Transfers, Shore Excursions, Pre Cruise Tours, and Post Cruise Tour to satisfied cruisers.

The reasons WHY many of our clients book with us and are faithful repeat clients are the reasons why anyone would choose a company: reliability, professional English speaking office staff, easy booking process, experienced drivers and more.  If these 10 reasons resonate with you, you’ve found your Transfer company in Rome!
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5 Ways to book the Perfect Airport Transfer in Rome

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TIP:  Prior to your Airport Transfer, watch the video HOW TO MEET YOUR DRIVER AT FCO AIRPORT

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Booking Airport Transfers sounds like a very easy thing to do, and it is! However, from many years experience with tens of thousands of travelers, we’ve narrowed down to 5 helpful tips to help you book your Airport Transfers accurately and efficiently for a worry free vacation.  Most of these helpful tips can be applied to any transfer services you book during your travels.

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7 Ways to book Perfect Civitavecchia Transfers

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Civitavecchia Port Transfers with Stefano's RomeCabs

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Of course, we couldn’t leave out 7 ways to book your perfect Civitavecchia Port transfers! From suggestions of when to book to recommended pick up times, this blog will help you book your Port Transfers for a no-stress experience.
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Don’t Do These 7 Things when Booking a Fiumicino or Civitavecchia Transfer

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Airport Transfers with Stefano's RomeCabs

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This blog post is very helpful as it helps you prevent some of the worst mistakes when booking your Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers that can ruin your trip!   

From booking last minute to ensuring all your luggage can be accommodate inside assigned vehicle , these simple tips can help you prevent booking mishaps that can ruin your trip!

Be sure to read this blog before booking your next transfer.


The BEST and WORST Time to Book your Civitavecchia Transfers

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Believe it not, there is a GOOD time and a BAD time to book your Civitavecchia Transfers.

Find out the details and book your transfers at the BEST time,  and avoid the WORST times for a stress-free trip.

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

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With so many people planning their trips last minute and booking on the go, there are some important reasons (6 of them to start!) why it’s a good idea to book your transfers and tours in advance as last minute planning may not always go as planned.

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Civitavecchia Port to Rome: Easiest and Quickest way to get there

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IF you don’t have time to waste, if you don’t want to be stuck in transit anymore than you have to,  if you want an easy booking process, if convenience is important to you, and if you don’t want to carry your heavy luggage, this blog posts is for you!

Make your Civitavecchia Transfer easy, fun, and convenient, and avoid the mishaps that can ruin your cruise!

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AVOID THESE HASSLES!  Book a Transfer for a hassle free comfortable door to door transfer

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* Why Private Shared Port Transfers are better than Shuttle Services

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* Civitavecchia Shared Transfers: The way YOU want them!

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Have you considered you can book a Shared Civitavecchia Port Transfer but wished you could:

  • select the time YOU to be picked up at?
  • choose the number of passengers YOU want to share your van with to avoid the sardine can feel?
  • decide the number of stops you want so you don’t spend hours in transit?
  • know in advance the duration of the journey will be so you can book your transfer accordingly?
  • Be in charge of making changes to YOUR privately shared transfer?
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These 2  blog posts will show why privately shared transfers are better than generic shuttle services, and how you can create your own privately shared transfers between Rome hotel and Civitavecchia, or from Civitavecchia to FCO Airport and enjoy the perks of a private transfer with the benefits of a shared transfer.

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Did you know you can combine your Port Transfer with a Countryside tour on your way to your ship in Civitavecchia?

This blog post will show you how you can pair your Civitaecchia Transfer with a relaxing countryside pre cruise tour to make the most of your limited pre cruise time.

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The Roman countryside is geographically compatible with Civitavecchia, and is rich in natural beauty and historical wonders: Imposing Renaissance Castle, Medieval clifftop Hamlet, volcanic lake, and charming Medieval lakeside villages.

  • Bracciano Castle overlooking the pristine volcanic Lake Bracciano is a Renaissance fairy tale masterpiece that you just can’t miss!
  • Ceri is a Medieval clifftop hamlet with only 1 narrow street that allows just 1 vehicle at a time to make its way from the bottom of the village to the top. Ceri’s family owned restaurants serve up some of the most delicious regional cuisine in Italy! A visit will sure transport you back in time a thousand years!
  • Lake Bracciano is one of Italy’s famous pristine volcanic lakes – an actual volcanic crater formed millions of years ago!
  • Anguillara nestles on a small cape and boasts one of the loveliest lakeside promenades giving visitors the breathtaking view of the medieval village reflecting on the lake.
  • Trevignano is another lakeside village that on the outside is a lively lakeside town with promenades lined with cafes and restaurants, palm trees and narrow beaches, but on the inside tucked way in the Medieval Borgo you’ll discover some of the most charming historic houses and narrow lanes that will surely enchant you.

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Pre Cruise Countryside Tour with RomeCabs - Bracciano Castle

Pre Cruise Countryside Tour with RomeCabs – Bracciano Castle

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Thank you for reading our 9 Helpful Blogs Posts on TIPS on Rome Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers and for choosing Stefano’s RomeCabs for your Transfers and Tours in Italy.  We look forward to welcoming you!

Stefano’s RomeCabs Team

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Top Destination Tours with Stefano's RomeCabs

Stefano’s RomeCabs – Rome’s leading choice for Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers

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Civitavecchia Shared Transfers: The way YOU want them!

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

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

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

~ No fixed pick up time of your choice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What would a PERFECT Shared Transfer be like for you?

Civitavecchia Shared Transfers: The way YOU want them!

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

HOW?

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

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

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

 

Place an Ad on Cruise Critic Roll Call

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

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

 

The best shared transfers are:

*  Rome Accommodation to Civitavecchia Cruise Port

*  Civitavecchia Cruise Port to Rome Accommodation

*  Civitavecchia Cruise Port to Fiumicino Airport

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Find out how:
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TOUR SHARING:

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

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Share your Shore Excursions in Italy with friends and SAVE!

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

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

*  CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS MADE EASY, EFFICIENT, ENJOYABLE

 

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

We look forward to seeing you soon in Italy!

Kind Regards,

Stefano’s RomeCabs Team

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

 

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

 

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

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

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1  AVAILABILITY IS LIMITED DURING PEAK TRAVEL PERIOD

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

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

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

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

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

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2  MOST REPUTABLE COMPANIES GET BOOKED UP FIRST

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

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

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

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3  YOU ARE BETTER INFORMED, PREPARED WHEN BOOKING IN ADVANCE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5  MANY TOURS REQUIRE ADVANCE TICKET RESERVATIONS THAT SELL OUT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stefano’s RomeCabs Team

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One of the most challenging things about travel is getting around with heavy luggage.  And when you are on a 2 week cruise, it’s natural to bring additional luggage since once you’re on your ship you don’t have to pack, unpack, and transport your luggage to multiple locations… your “hotel room” travels with you.
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READ:   MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR PRE-CRUISE CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFER
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We provide door to door service on our private Civitavecchia Transfers for optimal convenience.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3  Not reporting the correct total number of luggage

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

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

Why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ALSO READ:

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR PRE-CRUISE CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFER

THE BEST AND WORST TIME TO BOOK YOUR CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS

HOW THE TRAIN RUINED THE CRUISE FOR THOUSANDS OF CIVITAVECCHIA CRUISERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7 Awesome Reasons to visit Rome in the Fall

 

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

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

In this post we present you with :

7 Awesome Reasons to visit Rome in the Fall

 

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

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

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

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

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What is Ferragosto – the Italian August 15 Holiday

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

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

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What is Ferragosto – the Italian August 15 Holiday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CATHOLIC

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

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

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FASCIST

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

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

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TODAY

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

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

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

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

3 Common Mistakes that Ruin Your Summer Trip to Rome

Visiting Rome in the Summer? What to expect

Essential Travel Tips for Visting Rome in August

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1  It is very hot out in August!

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

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

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

Refreshing Fountain in Rome – by RomeCabs

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2  Plan your touring activities to avoid intense heat.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4  Not EVERYTHING shuts down in Rome in August.

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

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

 

5  Public transportation slows down in August as well.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Summer Sale in Rome

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8 Plan your transportation wisely.

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

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

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

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

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Delicious ways to stay COOL in August in Rome

Delicious ways to stay COOL in August in Rome

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10 Visit some cool places in the hot August days.

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

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

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

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CASE ROMANE DEL CELIO (ROMAN HOUSES IN CELIO)

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SS GIOVANNI PAOLO CASE ROMANE COLLAGE

San Giovanni e Paolo Basilica and Roman Houses of Celio

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Instead Of the Colosseum…go HERE

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The Colosseum is the grandest ancient Roman monument and the icon of Rome. It’s also one of the top most visited sites in Rome drawing huge crowds thus creating long lines for tickets and/or to clear security.
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Even though the number of persons visiting the Colosseum at a time are capped at 3,000 (much less than the 50,000 spectators that the Colosseum was able to accommodate during ancient times), you would find it to be quite crowded.

If when visiting the Colosseum you find the lines too long or the monument too crowded and you’d like to see something different nearby, we have a few options for you with No crowds, No security lines, No advance tickets required:
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BATHS OF CARACALLA

 

Within walking distance from the Colosseum and Circus Maximus and seemingly secluded from the main road are the Baths of Caracalla: an extensive ancient Roman bath complex that is often overlooked by tourists who flock to its more famous neighbors: Colosseum and Circus Maximus.

With significantly fewer visitors you almost feel as though you have this imperial bath complex to yourself as you imagine what it must have been like in 3rd century AD when it was built with tall walls and ceilings  luxuriously adorned with  statues, marble, mosaics, and more.

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Baths of Caracalla with RomeCabs.

Even though Emperor Caracalla ruled for only 6 years between 211 – 217 AD, he initiated the construction of what would have become one of the ancient world’s most impressive Roman public baths. As with many other ruthless Roman emperors, Caracalla was also assassinated and never saw the completion of his dream imperial baths.

It is estimated that about 13,000 prisoners of war, 6,000 tradesmen, 21 million bricks, and about 6,300 cubic meters of marble was required to complete  Rome’s 2nd largest bath complex.

When it was complete, the imperial baths of Caracalla included a park (you can still enjoy a shaded rest on a bench as you take in the immense structures around you), swimming pools, public libraries in both Greek and Latin, gymnasium, frigidarium (cold rooms), tepidarium (warm rooms), and caldarium (hot rooms).  The bath complex was not just for bathing, but it was a social gathering place for leisure, study, or business meetings.

The Baths of Caracalla were open to everyone at no charge (upper and lower class had free access to public baths), and was able to accommodate up to 1,600 bathers at a time. The buildings were heated by a hypocaust – and underground heating system where burning wood or coal heated water provided by a dedicated aqueduct.

The baths were in continuous use for 400 years until it was destroyed in the 6th century by the Ostrogoths during the Gothic War.

Although nowadays  it stands largely in ruins due to damages caused by man and nature, the Baths of Caracalla have inspired architects and visitors worldwide for centuries.

For more information on our SEVEN WONDERS OF ANCIENT ROME tour that includes a visit to the Baths of Caracalla, please visit our website.

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ROMAN FORUM

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Just across the Colosseum is the Roman Forum, one of the most well recognized ancient Roman ruins in Rome.

You can use your Colosseum tickets to visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.  Here you won’t find extensive lines as you would at the Colosseum, and with such a wide open spaces it will never feel crowded.

Rested in a shallow valley between Capitoline Hill and Palatine Hill, the Roman forum has been the most famous meeting place throughout history.

For centuries the Roman Forum stood as the center of public life for the Romans. It was their political, religious, judicial and commercial (and sometimes even entertainment)  hub. People still gather today as visitors – about 4.5 million visitors each year.

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Roman Forum, Rome (Rome in A Day Tour)

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Scattered ruins of pagan temples and buildings offers visitors a glimpse of what the Roman Forum was like doing the glory days of the Roman empire.

The Roman forum developed over time as it grew in importance and in architecture filling the form with large public buildings and temples the dramatically reduced the open area where people can gather.

You can enjoy the remains of the once impressive Temples of Castor and Pollux, Vesta, Romulus , Saturn, Caesar, Antonius and Fausta, and more.

Triumphal arches in the Roman Forum are the Arch of Titus and Arch of Septimus Severus.

Basilicas of Ancient Rome include Maxentius and Constantine, Julia and Aemilia.

Basilicas of Ancient Rome should  to be confused with the Christian basilicas of today. In Ancient Rome basilicas were the Town Halls.  The current basilicas got their names from the architectural plans of the Roman basilicas which they adopted.

 

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CASE ROMANE

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Just beyond the Colosseum on the quiet Celio Hill, is a rather obscure church with a amazing Ancient Roman underground complex waiting for you to explore it.

Located beneath the Basilica of Saints John and Paul (Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo) laid buried layers amazing ancient Roman architecture and history that were not discovered until late 19th century.  

Paul and John were 2 Roman Christian brothers and soldiers who were martyred during the reign of Emperor Julian the Apostate in late 4th century AD during. It is said they were buried in their house on Celian hill (instead of burial tombs outside the city walls as it was the norm).  

The Basilica we see today was built at the start of 5th century AD by Senator Pammachius – an affluent Roman and prominent Christian, and possibly the last owner of the residential complex upon which the church was built.

You can enter the Case Romane from Clivus Scauri – one of the most significant ancient Roman streets on Celian Hill. The entrance was once the portico of shops that were once located along this street.

By 2nd century AD, this area was occupied by a “domus” –  luxurious 2 level residential building  that was built parallel to Clivus Scauri.

By 3rd century, an “insula– an  apartment building,  was erected with shops on the ground floor and apartments on the upper floors.

At the beginning of 4th century, a prominent individual purchased the domus and insula complex and integrated them into a large luxury residence.  If you fast forward time several decades, you’ll arrive at the time when the 2 brothers John and Paul lived here before they were martyred.

It was on top of this residence that the basilica was erected at the behest of Senator Pammachius – perhaps also the last owner of the residence.  Most of the structures on the property were abandoned so the foundation of the church could be built on top, however, some areas were still accessible over the centuries as indicated by a medieval oratory discovered there.

Upon visiting the Case Romane, don’t miss these important rooms:

ROOM OF THE GENIUSES

Case Romane del Celio Room of the Geniuses

Case Romane del Celio Room of the Geniuses

 

Upon entering the Roman Houses you will step into the Room of the Geniuses (or “geni” – Roman mythological spirits believed to present in every living being and objects).

 The upper walls are painted with two bands of stunning paintings  of youthful winged nude figures (possibly the geniuses), garlands of  flowers and fruit. Above this scenery, grape vines meander among cupids and exotic birds.

 

ROOM OF THE FAUX MARBLE

Case Romane del Celio - Room of the Faux Marble

Case Romane del Celio – Room of the Faux Marble

Marble was precious and pricey in the ancient times as it is today, and decorative marble inlaid into walls to create patterns of images (opus sectile) was sometimes imitated with paint in a cost saving attempt.  

 

ROOM OF THE ORANT

Case Romane del Celio Room of the Geniuses

Case Romane del Celio Room of the Geniuses

The most ornate room is the vaulted Room of the Orant (Worshipper), named after the subject painted on the wall. Painted during the 4th century, the frescoes depict Roman figures of philosophers, mask of Slienius, a female theater mask, fantastical monsters, sheep,

Acanthus leaves and faux alabaster opus sectile that decorate the lower part of the walls.

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THE ORATORY

Case Romane del Celio - The Oratory

Case Romane del Celio – The Oratory

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By mid 4th century, a small chapel (a confessio) within a niche was constructed where so visiting pilgrims would able pray before the painted Christian scenes that are still very well preserved.

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THE NYMPHAEUM OF PROSERPINA

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Originally, the nymphaeum was an interior roofless courtyard that separated the residential and commercial buildings from one another. Niches, fountains, frescoes and mosaics are well preserved and quite remarkable to view.  

The large late 3rd century AD fresco on the upper part of the wall depicts mythological scenes taking place at sea. If you look down you will notice the original floor made of multi colored marble pieces.  

In an adjacent alcove, you can admire the black and white tile floor with geometrical and floral motifs.
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ANTIQUARIUM

  Case Romane Antiquarium

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Last but not least is the Antiquarium – the museum where the ancient Roman and medieval artifacts excavated on this site are on display for you to better understand the local lives of Romans and what they used in their daily lives,

Located right below the Chapel of Saint Paul of the Cross, the museum is in the shape of a Greek cross. Here you will find a variety of ancient Roman and Medieval objects excavated between 1887  and 1936.

Don’t miss the opportunity to also visit the Basilica of Saints John and Paul. It has a magnificent interior reminiscent of a early 20th century ballroom with delicate hanging chandeliers. No wonder it’s a popular church for wedding ceremonies.

For more information on our POSTCARD ROME TOUR FOR CRUISERS that includes a visit to the Roman Houses, please CLICK HERE.

 

CIRCUS OF MAXENTIUS – Rome’s “OTHER” Ancient Roman Chariot Racetrack

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CASE ROMANE VISITOR INFORMATION:

VISITING HOURS:
10 AM – 1:00 PM then 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays

TICKETS:

Adult price: 8 Euros
Children 12-18 years old: 6 Euros per person
Children up to 12 years old accompanied by adult: FREE

 

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Roman Houses / Case Romane del Celio

 

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

Our sister company Stefano Rome Tours has launched a special tour:  POSTCARD ROME TOUR FOR CRUISERS that features a magnificent yet relatively unknown site in Rome that you are sure to enjoy:
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 Roman Houses  / Case Romane del Celio
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The complete description of this ancient site is available on the Stefano Rome Tours Travel Blog, but in this photo blog we will focus on the visual aspects of this magnificent ancient place so you can see WHY Case Romane should be on your Must See List of places in Rome

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ROOM OF THE GENIUSES

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Case Romane del Celio – Room of the Geniuses

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As you enter the Roman Houses from the ticket office you will step into the Room of the Geniuses. “Geni” are Roman mythological spiritual guides that are believed to be present in every living being and objects).

The upper walls are beautifully decorated with two bands of frescoes of youthful winged nude figures that more than likely represent geniuses, garlands made of summertime flowers and fruit. Above, undulating grape vines circle around cupids and exotic birds.

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ROOM OF THE FAUX MARBLE

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Case Romane del Celio – Room of the Faux Marble

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The Room of the Faux Marble is remarkable as well as it shows human creativity in reproducing fine marble by hand when the real marble is not possible.

Marble – especially intricate patterns and images (opus sectile) has been imitated since the Roman times and even in modern times.  

Inlaid marble opus sectile has always been very laborious and expensive, so the painted version has been used whenever possible instead.

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ROOM OF THE ORANT

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Case Romane del Celio – Room of the Orant

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Possibly the most ornate room is the vaulted Room of the Orant. An orant is a Worshipper, and the name of the room is based on the subject painted on the wall.

On the upper part of the wall, 4th century frescoes depict figures of philosophers, theatrical  mask, fantastical monsters, and common sheep and goats.

On the lower part of the wall, acanthus leaves and faux alabaster opus sectile have also been beautifully preserved.

 

THE ORATORY

Case Romane del Celio - The Oratory

Case Romane del Celio – The Oratory

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A small chapel (a confessio) was built in the 4th century within a niche  where visiting pilgrims were able to come and pray before the painted Christian scenes.

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THE NYMPHAEUM OF PROSERPINA

Case Romane del Celio / Roman Houses

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The Nymphaeum of Proserpina was originally an interior open air courtyard that separated the commercial buildings from the residential homes. Fountains, niches, frescoes and mosaics have been well preserved and are quite striking!

The large late 3rd century AD fresco painted on the upper part of the wall represents a mythological scenes at sea.  The original floor was made of multi colored marble pieces.  

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ANTIQUARIUM

Case Romane Antiquarium

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Your visit will conclude with a stop in the Antiquarium. Located right below the Chapel of Saint Paul of the Cross, it takes the shape of a Greek cross.

Here you will find a myriad of ancient Roman and Medieval objects excavated between 1887  and 1936.

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Before you leave, be sure to also visit the Basilica of Saints John and Paul above. It has an elegant interior reminiscent of a early 20th century ballroom with low hanging glass chandeliers. It’s a popular church for weddings.

 

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Basilica of Saints John and Paul

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For more information on Stefano Rome Tours’ POSTCARD ROME TOUR FOR CRUISERS that includes a visit to the Roman Houses, please CLICK HERE.

 

Visitor Information on Case Romane:

VISITING DAYS and HOURS:

10 AM – 1:00 PM then 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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TICKETS:

Adult ticket price: 8 Euros per person

Children 12-18 years old: 6 Euros per person

Children up to 12 years old accompanied by adult: Free

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Additional Blog Post that you might be interested in:
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Santa Maria Antiqua Church: Medieval Sistine Chapel

Baths of Caracalla: Video Postcard

 

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Stefano’s RomeCabs Team

 

Summer Festival in Rome: Along Tiber River – RomeCabs

 

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

In this blog post we will introduce you to a fun and entertaining Roman tradition that you should not miss if you are in Rome in the summer.

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Summer Festival in Rome: Along Tiber River – Lungo il Tevere VIDEO
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Each year between June and September, the banks of the Tiber River between Ponte Sublicio and Ponte Sisto come to life each evening  starting at 7 PM with fun, music, food, culture, shopping and more.

This summer long festival is not just for the Romans. Millions of visitors make their way along the Tiber River to enjoy a festive evening in Rome.

Riverside tables invite visitors to sit and enjoy a variety of local and international food and wine, as well as a variety of other beverages.

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Clusters of stalls selling everything from crafts, souvenirs, clothing, accessories, works of art, music, toys, and knick knacks add a sparkle with unique shopping opportunities.

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Summer Festival in Rome: Along Tiber River - Lungo il Tevere - RomeCabs

Summer Festival in Rome: Along Tiber River – Lungo il Tevere

 

Open air wine shops, bars, and lounges under the stars and along the rushing water of the Tuber sure beats their indoor counterparts.

Jazz music, films, performances, photo galleries and artistic exhibitions enhance your cultural experience.

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Summer Festival in Rome: Along Tiber River – Lungo il Tevere – RomeCabs

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A wide variety of eateries have set up cozy tables along the river. Most of the eateries are not restaurant style cuisine as they do not have fully equipped restaurant style kitchens. Most of the food is prepared and served quickly.

If you prefer a normal sit town dinner, perhaps you can enjoy an aperitif before dinner, or an after dinner drink with a stroll enjoying the night time festivities taking place.

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Nearby on Isola Tiberina (Tiber Island), there is also the annual summer cinema festival “Isola del Cinema”. Foreign and Italian films are shown in open air cinemas.

As with along the river, Tiber Island is also lined with restaurants, bars, cafes, and shopping stalls.

For more information on Lungo il Tevere Roma

http://www.lungoiltevereroma.it/

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For more information on L’Isola del Cinema

http://isoladelcinema.com/

 

Next time you are in Rome between June and September, make your way to Tiber Island and enjoy the Roman Summertime Festival along the Tiber River for an entertaining evening outdoors.

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