Must See Countryside Wonders on your way to Civitavecchia Cruise Port

 

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

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

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From Rome Accommodation:  

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

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From Fiumicino Airport:

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

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

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

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Must See Countryside Wonders on your way to Civitavecchia Cruise Port

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BRACCIANO

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LAKE BRACCIANO

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

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BRACCIANO CASTLE

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

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

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Bracciano Castle Interior - Countryside Tour with RomeCabs

Bracciano Castle Interior – Countryside Tour with RomeCabs

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

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

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

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Bracciano Castle Rampart with Bracciano Lake view

Bracciano Castle Rampart with Bracciano Lake view

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THE HAMLET OF CERI

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Your encounter with Ceri will be unexpected.

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

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

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Medieval hamlet of Ceri - Countryside Tour with RomeCabs

Medieval hamlet of Ceri – Countryside Tour with RomeCabs

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

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SANCTUARY OF MARY OF CERI

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Sanctuary of Mary of Ceri frescoes - Countryside tour with RomeCabs

Sanctuary of Mary of Ceri frescoes – Countryside tour with RomeCabs

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

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Capella della Grazie Ricevute in Ceri - with RomeCabs

Capella della Grazie Ricevute in Ceri – with RomeCabs

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

 

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

 

PRE CRUISE COUNTRYSIDE TOUR

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS MADE EASY, EFFICIENT, ENJOYABLE

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Civitavecchia Rome Sea Port Transfers - RomeCabs

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

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

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Top 10 Civitavecchia Transfer FQA / Questions Answered – RomeCabs

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

 

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

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AND MORE…..

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

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

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TOP Cruisers Choice Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia - with RomeCabs

TOP Cruisers Choice Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia RomeCabs

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The BEST and WORST Time to Book your Civitavecchia Transfers

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Double check your Travel Date - Stefano's RomeCabs.

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

 

AND MORE…

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

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

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

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

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

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CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS – HOW TO MAKE YOURS EVEN BETTER!       .

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ROME PRE CRUISE TOUR with Stefano's RomeCabs

ROME PRE CRUISE TOUR with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ANSWER: PRIVATE CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS

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

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

 

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

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

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When you book a private Transfer with RomeCabs:

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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Staying at a hotel in Civitavecchia pre cruise?

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

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

 

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

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Civitavecchia Transfers wtih RomeCabs

Civitavecchia Transfers wtih RomeCabs

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PRE CRUISE TOURS FROM FCO TO CIVITAVECCHIA

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

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

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

 

READ:  5 Romantic villages near Rome you should visit


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ROME PRE CRUISE TOUR with Stefano's RomeCabs

ROME PRE CRUISE TOUR with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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The BEST and WORST Time to Book your Civitavecchia Transfers

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

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Best ways to get from Rome to Civitavecchia Cruise Port

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

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

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

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Best ways to get from Rome to Civitavecchia Cruise Port

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PRIVATE TRANSFER From Rome to Civitavecchia

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

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

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

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Civitavecchia Port Transfers with Stefano's RomeCabs

Civitavecchia Port Transfers with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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PRIVATELY SHARED TRANSFERS  from Rome to Civitavecchia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Civitavecchia Shared Transfers: The way YOU want them!

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Civitavecchia Port Transfers RomeCabs

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PRE CRUISE TOURS from Rome to Civitavecchia

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

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CIVITAVECCHIA SHORE EXCURSIONS AND PRE CRUISE TOURS

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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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ROME PRE-CRUISE TOUR

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

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

ROME PRE CRUISE TOUR with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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PRE-CRUISE COUNTRYSIDE TOUR

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

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

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Pre Cruise Countryside Tour with RomeCabs

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

See you soon in Italy!

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Civitavecchia, Port of Rome (Italy)

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3 Famous Towns in Italy to visit during Summer Historic Festivals

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

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

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

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

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AREZZO, Tuscany

AREZZO: BACK IN TIME

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Arezzo: Bback in Time Festival - Celtic Camp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Medieval Era.

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

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Renaissance Era

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Arezzo: Back in Time Festival - Renaissance Era

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

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

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VOLTERRA, Tuscany

VOLTERRA AD 1398

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets required to attend the festival.

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URBINO, Le Marche

FESTA DELLA DUCA (Festival of the Duke)

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Urbino - Festival of the Duke

Urbino – Festival of the Duke

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets at nominal prices are required to attend the festival.

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Thank you for visiting our blog. 

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

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UNDER THE TUSCAN FUN

VOLTERRA AND SAN GIMIGNANO

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

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7 Can’t Be Missed Tours to and from Civitavecchia

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

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

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

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7 Can’t Be Missed Tours to and from Civitavecchia

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ROME IN A DAY

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ROME IN A DAY TOUR with Stefano's RomeCabs

ROME IN A DAY TOUR with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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

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

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

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SUGGESTED ITINERARY FOR ROME IN A DAY TOUR

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

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PANORAMIC ROME FOR CRUISERS

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

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

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

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SUGGESTED ITINERARY FOR PANORAMIC ROME FOR CRUISERS TOUR

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

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PRE CRUISE ROME TOUR

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ROME PRE CRUISE TOUR  with Stefano's RomeCabs

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

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

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

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

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

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CHARMING LAKESIDE VILLAGES PRE CRUISE TOUR

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

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SUGGESTED ITINERARY FOR CHARMING LAKESIDE VILLAGES PRE CRUISE TOUR

  • Bracciano Lake
  • Bracciano
  • Anguillara
  • Trevignano

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

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POST CRUISE ROME IN A DAY FROM CIVITAVECCHIA

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

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

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COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ETRUSCAN MYSTERIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

We look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

The RomeCabs Team

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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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