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

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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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).

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

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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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See the Pope in Rome and at the Vatican

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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.

http://www.vatican.va/various/prefettura/en/udienze_en.html

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Easter Papal Masses

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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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Jewish Artichokes

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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

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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Aventine Hill Key Hole Piazza of Knights of Malta

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CHERRY BLOSSOMS

 


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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.

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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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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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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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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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* 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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Civitavecchia Transfer with a Countryside Tour

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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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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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Views from Vittorio Emanuele II Monument

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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RomeCabs Civitavecchia Transfers

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The RomeCabs Team
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