Instead Of the Colosseum…go HERE

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ROMAN FORUM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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CASE ROMANE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROOM OF THE GENIUSES

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Case Romane del Celio Room of the Geniuses

 

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

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

 

ROOM OF THE FAUX MARBLE

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Case Romane del Celio – Room of the Faux Marble

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

 

ROOM OF THE ORANT

Case Romane del Celio Room of the Geniuses

Case Romane del Celio Room of the Geniuses

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

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

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THE ORATORY

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Case Romane del Celio – The Oratory

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

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THE NYMPHAEUM OF PROSERPINA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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CASE ROMANE VISITOR INFORMATION:

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

TICKETS:

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

 

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Roman Houses / Case Romane del Celio

 

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

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

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ROOM OF THE GENIUSES

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Case Romane del Celio – Room of the Geniuses

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

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

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ROOM OF THE FAUX MARBLE

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Case Romane del Celio – Room of the Faux Marble

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

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

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

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ROOM OF THE ORANT

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Case Romane del Celio – Room of the Orant

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

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

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

 

THE ORATORY

Case Romane del Celio - The Oratory

Case Romane del Celio – The Oratory

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

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THE NYMPHAEUM OF PROSERPINA

Case Romane del Celio / Roman Houses

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

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

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ANTIQUARIUM

Case Romane Antiquarium

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

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

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

 

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Basilica of Saints John and Paul

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

 

Visitor Information on Case Romane:

VISITING DAYS and HOURS:

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

Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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TICKETS:

Adult ticket price: 8 Euros per person

Children 12-18 years old: 6 Euros per person

Children up to 12 years old accompanied by adult: Free

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Santa Maria Antiqua Church: Medieval Sistine Chapel

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Summer Festival in Rome: Along Tiber River – RomeCabs

 

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

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

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Each year between June and September, the banks of the Tiber River between Ponte Sublicio and Ponte Sisto come to life each evening  starting at 7 PM with fun, music, food, culture, shopping and more.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on Lungo il Tevere Roma

http://www.lungoiltevereroma.it/

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

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CIRCUS OF MAXENTIUS – by RomeCabs

 

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

Just about everyone who visited Rome is familiar with Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo) not far from the Colosseum at the foot of Palatine Hill.

Not many people are familiar with another ancient race track:  Circus of Maxentius (Circo di Massenzio).

 

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Circus of Maxentius / Circo Massenzio

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Situated along Via Appia (Appian Way), Circus of Maxentius is smaller than Circus Maximus at 513 meters long and 91 meters wide, and accommodating only about 10,000 spectators.

The central spine (spina) of the stadium was adorned with Egyptian obelisk that now stands in Piazza Navona (topping the Fountain of the Four Rivers).

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Circus of Maxentius / Circo Massenzio central spine

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In spite of its lesser size and fame, Circus Maxentius is by far the best preserved ancient Roman stadium of its kind.

During his brief reign, Emperor Maxentius initiated many building projects including such as the Basilica of Maxentius inside the Roman Forum, and the imperial complex that includes the Circus of Maxentius.

This stadium was not used as often as Circus Maximus in Rome, and perhaps why it’s better preserved.  Archaeology also discovered that the tracks within the stadium were covered with sand even during the ancient times.

The only games recorded in history were its inaugural games. Quite possibly, they could have been funerary games to honor Emperor Maxentius deceased son Valerius Romulus who died at a very young age in 309 AD.

 

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The site also includes a palace and a mausoleum known as the Tomb of Romulus where his son is believed to have been interred. This was the first imperial residence that combined a palaces with a stadium.

In 312 AD, Emperor Maxentius was defeated and killed by Emperor Constantine during the famous Battle at the Milvian Bridge.  

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Battle of the Milvian Bridge

Battle of the Milvian Bridge

 

After this major defeat, Emperor Constantine (also regarded as the father of Christianity as he legalized Christianity in Rome whereas before it was illegal) possibly donated the imperial complex of Maxentius to the Church of Rome.

 Since the 6th century, this complex was part of the Patrimonium Appiae (estate owned by the Catholic Church along Via Appia)

Currently, Circus Maxentius is under the care of  Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma, and it is open to the public for visits.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CIRCUS OF MAXENTIUS AND VISITATION:

http://en.villadimassenzio.it/

Via Appia Antica 153 – 00179 Roma
Opening hours Tuesday-Sunday 9.00-13.30 (the ticket office closes an half hour in advance)
Closed Monday, 1st January, 1st May and 25th December

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Circus of Maxentius / Circo Massenzio, Rome

 

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5 Ways to Stay Cool Touring in Rome this Summer – by RomeCabs

 

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

Summer time is the best time to visit Rome. Long sunny days to enjoy more sites, cool evenings to enjoy the night time scenery,  and the perfect time to sample as many gelato shops in Rome!

Rome can also get very hot in the summer, and for some making sightseeing a challenge when dealing with high temperatures. However, if you plan your days and sites in advance, you can enjoy Rome more comfortably.

 

5 Ways to Stay Cool Touring in Rome this Summer

 

1  BOOK MUSEUM AND MONUMENT TICKETS IN ADVANCE

 

Avoid long ticket lines that can cause you to wait hours in the heat or in the sun by booking your tickets for the Vatican Museums and Colosseum in Advance.

If you book your tickets in advance you can skip the unnecessary wait time in ticket lines – the time you save by avoiding ticket lines you will have to enjoy the museums and monuments!

Book your tickets below:

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2 AVOID LONG SECURITY LINES UNDER THE SUN

Some sites like the Colosseum and St Peter’s Basilica have security checkpoints installed that require all visitors to first clear security prior to entering.

At the Colosseum, even ticket holders must clear security which can mean unpredictably long wait times in the security lines.

At Saint Peter’s Basilica the security checkpoints create lines that extend around St Peter’s Square.

Security lines at both the Colosseum and St Peter’s Basilica require standing under the hot sun and wait times can be anywhere from 10 minutes to more than 1 hour.

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The best time to avoid long security lines at the Colosseum is to arrive just before the Colosseum opens in the morning.

 Although you would find a small gathering of early risers in line to enter the Colosseum when it opens, the wait time is significantly  shorter than if you wait until later morning or later in the day to visit.
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Likewise, the best time to visit St Peter’s Basilica is also when it first opens in the morning.

Otherwise, if you are touring the Vatican Museum with a licensed tour guide, the guide can guarantee you shortcut access to St Peter’s Basilica through the guided tour designated entrance.
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Be aware that if you book a Vatican Museum guided tour through the Vatican, it most  likely their guide is not authorized to also guide visitors into St Peter’s Basilica and you will be left just before you enter the Sistine Chapel to proceed on your own.

Without a licensed guide you may or may not be permitted to access this backway entrance.  As such, you will have to exit the Vatican Museums, travel around the Vatican to St Peter’s Square,  and try to enter the basilica from St Peter’s Square with the potentially long security lines.

Rome licensed tour guides, such as the private guides from My Rome Guides are fully licensed to tour the Vatican Museums as well as St Peter’s Basilica and the rest of Rome.

 

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3   VISIT “COOL” SITES

Some “cool” sites to visit that are both cool in temperature and magnificence are Churches and Rome underground.

With nearly 1,000 churches to choose from in Rome, there is no shortage of opportunities to enjoy the cool temperature and the artistic interiors of most churches that are most often Renaissance, Baroque, or Gothic in architecture and style.  The thick stone walls and dim lights keep the interior of churches cool during the otherwise hot summer months.

Some other cool sites to visit will take you on a journey underground to distant eras from as far back as Ancient Rome
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BASILICA OF SAN CLEMENTE

The Basilica of San Clemente is currently an early 12th century Roman Catholic minor basilica dedicated to Pope Clement I.  

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San Clemente Collage

Basilica of San Clemente and Underground Excavations

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What makes it fascinating is that it was built on top of a lower 4th century AD basilica, which was an early church converted from a Roman nobleman’s house. In turn, this early church was built on top of an early 1st Century AD Roman structure that included a sacred sanctuary dedicated to the roman god Mithras.

You can see this pagan Mithraeum  within the ancient Roman structures deep underground.
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Ancient passageways and chambers, spectacular mosaics and frescoes, pagan temples and early christian churches make visiting San Clemente a fascinating journey into the ancient world of Rome!

Excavations below are open as follows:
Monday – Saturday 9 AM- 12:30 PM, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
On Sundays and State Holidays: 12:15 – 6:00 PM

Admission tickets to the Excavations below:
Adults tickets are 10 Euros per person
Students up to 26 years of age with valid Student ID are 5 Euros per person
Children under 16 years of age accompanied by their parents visit free
Children under 16 not accompanied by parents are 5 Euros per person

 

BASILICA DI SANTI GIOVANNI E PAOLO

The Basilica of Saints John and Paul (Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo), is another historic church located on Celian hill near the Colosseum that is famous for its underground Roman Houses (Case Romane del Celio).

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Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo and Case Romane

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Saints John and Paul were two Roman soldiers and brothers who were martyred in 262 AD and this church was erected in their honor on top of ancient Roman houses presumed to have been their family residence and burial site.

The Roman Houses beneath the church were excavated starting in late 19th century and a vast number of underground chambers were unearthed that contained stunning ancient frescoes that you can admire today.  A small museum houses ancient artifacts discovered during the excavations of the site.
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Fresco inside Case Romane del Celio / Roman House of Celio

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Roman Houses of Celio are open from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The site is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Tickets are 8 Euros per person
Tickets for Children 12-18 years old are 6 Euros per person
Children up to 12 years visit Free.

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4  VISIT HOT SITES FIRST THING IN THE MORNING

Mornings are cooler in Rome and less crowded.

If you are a morning person, early mornings are great to explore Rome and enjoy the quiet streets and attractions.

Plan to arrive just before a site opens to be among the first to enter. Not only you will benefit from the cooler temperatures, but you will enjoy the sites  before the crowds start pouring in.
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Trevi Fountain in the morning

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5   BOOK A PRIVATE TRANSFER AND TOUR AND ENJOY ROME COMFORTABLY

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If wandering through the hot cobble stoned streets of Rome from site to site under the baking summer sun, or depending on stuffy and crowded buses and metros to get around is not your cup of iced tea, then you can book a private day tour by car and enjoy Rome in the comfort of your private deluxe air conditioned vehicle with your personal English speaking driver who will whisk you on a wonderful day in Rome so you can see more in one day that you would in 2-3 days on your own.  

Not only will your tour Rome comfortably and in style, not only will you see more of Rome in a single day, but at the end of your tour will you arrive at your hotel refreshed and rested, and ready for your evening out!

To enjoy Rome by car, please visit our website for a variety of tour options:
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Summer in Rome for Shopping Sprees!

 

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs Transfer and Tour Travel Blog.  Our goal is to make your holiday to Rome as enjoyable and fun filled as possible!

 

Do you love to shop? Do you love summer in Italy? Do you love Rome?

Summer in Rome for Shopping Sprees!

Plan a summer trip to Italy and Rome this summer and bring enough space in your luggage for your newly acquired treasures.

Throughout Italy, starting the second week of July the annual summer sales begin. Large cities like Milan, Florence and Rome, are among the most exciting cities for shoppers who enjoy finely made Italian clothes, shoes and accessories.

In Rome, shopping opportunities are everywhere for all budgets and styles.

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For the duration of the summer you can enjoy a wide variety of shopping opportunities at reduced prices, but as the summer goes by you will find less merchandise available. The best month for most variety of merchandise at great prices is July.

Here is where you can shop in Rome during your stay.

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VIA DEL CORSO

Summer Sale in Rome

Summer Sale in Rome

Along via del Corso, you will find wide variety of shops that sell clothes, shoes, and accessories for the entire family. Many of the stores are well recognized chains like the Gap, Guess, Zara, Benetton, Disney,  Desigual, Foot locker,  Nike, Timberland, and more. You will also find cosmetic shops like Sephora and Lush, as well as Kiki for more budget  priced Cosmetics.

Some great local shops for women’s clothing are twin set, Stefanel, Sisley, Chopin, Miss Sixty, Class, and Luisa Spagnoli.

Many shoe, accessory, handbags, men’s clothing, tie shops, and lingerie shops also line Via del Corso.

 

VIA DEI CONDOTTI

Via dei Condotti is one of the most elegant streets in Rome for shopping  that springs from Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps).

Along this street you will find luxury shops and the finest in Italian fashion houses  like Dior, Gucci, Armani, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo, Prada, Max Mara, Luis Vuitton, Tod’s, Bulgari, Trussardi, and more.

 

GALLERIA ALBERTO SORDI

For some indoor shopping, visit Galleria Alberto Sordi, an early 1900’s Art Nouveau style shopping arcade with sit down cafes, and shops like Calvin Klein Jeans, Furla, la Rinascente, Marina Militare, Pinko, Trussardi, La Feltrinelli (one of the best book store chains in Rome, also for books in English)

 

VIA DEL BABUINO

 

Via del Babuino runs parallel to Via del Corso from Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps) to Piazza del Popolo where multiple streets convene.   The street got its name from the statue placed on the street of an unattractive ancient classical deity that resembles a monkey.

In spite of the unattractive name and statue, the street itself is pedestrian friendly and lined with more luxury shops like Diesel, Prada, Armani, Chanel, Sandro Ferrone.

 

OUTLET MALL SHOPPING

If you prefer to also do some outlet shopping with up to 70% off regular prices, outside of Rome is McArthur Glen Designer Outlet in Castle Romano that include shops from brands like Buberry for men, women and children, Class, Coach, Calvin Kelin, Desigual, David Sandler, Diesel, Furla, Gap, Guess, Gap, Hugo Boss, Liu-Jo, Moschino, Michael Kors, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Swarovsky, Tommy Hillffiger, Valentino, Versace, Benetton and more.

We hope this information helps with your shopping spree in Rome during the Summer Sale.

Thank you very much for visiting our travel blog. For more information on tours and transfers please visit our website. Thank you very much and we look forward to welcome you to Rome.

Santa Maria Antiqua Church: Medieval Sistine Chapel

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs Transfer and Tour blog.

The Roman Forum has just gotten more interesting in year 2016 from March 17 to September 11 with the opening of the much anticipated Santa Maria Antiqua Church (Ancient Church of Saint Mary).  

For a limited time, you can visit this amazingly unique 6th century church that is one of the earliest surviving ancient Byzantine churches in Rome.
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Santa Maria Antiqua Church: Medieval Sistine Chapel

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Just behind the Temple of Castor and Pollux at the foothill of Palatine Hill you will discover what appears to be ancient ruins of imposing Roman structures. Inside one of these structures is the ancient church as it was built within an Roman structure.

This makes this church even more amazing: it was a Christian sanctuary converted from a 1st century Roman structure built by Emperor Domitian.

This ancient structure, still partially intact, was an imperial ramp that connected the palaces on Palatine hill with the Roman Forum below. Eventually a guard house was built to guard the entrance of the ramp. Shortly after, the guard house was converted into a church in in 565 AD that became Santa Maria Antiqua

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Santa Maria Antiqua Church

Santa Maria Antiqua Church

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For nearly 3 centuries the church was decorated with Byzantine frescoes and mosaics several layers deep.

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Santa Maria Antiqua Chapel of Theodotus

Santa Maria Antiqua Chapel of Theodotus

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Disaster struck in the 9th century when an earthquake caused a portion of the Palatine Hill to crumble and bury the church in rubble, sealing it for 1,000 years.

The disaster was also a blessing since it preserved the church’s original style and works of art during the time of the Iconoclasm when a large number of Christian iconography were destroyed. Because the church was buried, it kept it unchanged until it was rediscovered in early 1900.

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Byzantine Mosaics inside Santa Maria Antiqua Church

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Although heavily damaged by the earthquake and time, decades of painstaking repairs produced a remarkably restored sanctuary with stunning and vibrant ancient biblical frescoes depicting the Virgin Mary, infant Jesus, saints and martyrs.

The remarkable works of art that covered the walls of the chapels have contributed to Santa Maria Antiqua to be referred to as the Medieval Sistine Chapel.

For complete article and information on Santa Maria Antiqua church, and how to visit this impressive sanctuary, please continue on to our main company Blog and click on the title below:
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SANTA MARIA ANTIQUA CHURCH

 

If you are interested in visiting Santa Maria Antiqua on any of our day tours in Rome, please visit our website at www.RomeCabs.com where you will find a wide variety of Day Tours Around Italy and Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia

Thank you for choosing Stefano’s RomeCabs. We look forward to showing you Rome!

The RomeCabs Team

 

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Rome Airport Transfers with RomeCabs

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

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RomeCabs has been providing quality, reliable, and affordable Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers in Rome for more than 12 years and to tens of thousands of visitors traveling to Rome by plane or cruise ship.
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Why book your Rome Airport Transfers with RomeCabs?

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RomeCabs is a Long Term Trusted Company for Transfers and Tours

Stefano’s RomeCabs has long standing reputation as a trusted company for continued quality and reliable service.  

Many repeat clients comment that while some companies waver from their initial good performance, RomeCabs have continuously kept our “Customer First” policy strong and enduring.

 

RomeCabs is Hghly Recommended by Trusted Sources and Previous Clients

Stefano’s RomeCabs has been recommended on many reputable travel forums where travelers and cruisers go for helpful advice, as well as on travel blogs world wide.

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Read more:  ROME CABS MENTIONED IN THE MEDIA

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Honesty is the best policy at RomeCabs

RomeCabs does not make promises we cannot keep – honesty is the best policy.

Many companies make lofty promises to lure business and then under deliver on those promises.

 Our website at www.RomeCabs.com  is rich in information outlining everything our clients can come to expect when booking their Airport Transfers or Civitavecchia Transfers with us. We do not make promises we cannot keep, we do not engage in false advertising.

When booking with Stefano’s RomeCabs, you know in advance what we can and cannot provide because honesty is the best policy.

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We help our clients be informed and prepared for their Airport Transfers

Stefano’s RomeCabs strives to inform and prepare our clients in advance prior to their transfers to relieve worries about where to meet their drivers at the Airport, Cruise Port, or hotels.  

Our informative video HOW TO MEET YOUR ROMECABS DRIVER AT FCO AIRPORT has been praised by our clients for helping them prepare visually in advance of their trip and know what to expect when arriving at Fiumicino Airport to meet their RomeCabs driver.

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HOW TO MEET YOUR ROMECABS DRIVER AT FCO AIRPORT

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English Speaking Office Staff makes Contacting RomeCabs Easy and Efficient

Stefano’s RomeCabs has a team of English speaking office staff to clearly understand our clients’ requests, and reply in a professional clear manner.  

When communicating with us, you don’t have to know Italian, or worry about difficulty communicating your transfer needs via phone or email.

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Stefano’s RomeCabs has an Easy to Use and Informative Website

Stefano’s RomeCabs’ official website www.RomeCabs.com is rich in information, and placing your reservation online is easy and secure.  

Unlike other companies that just jot down reservations by phone or in their notes and then lose or misplace the reservations (or misunderstand the information and provide incorrect service), we don’t take risks like that with your important reservations so your online bookings are safe and secure in our system and you have actual records of your reservations so you can review for accuracy and make changes if your travel plans change unexpectedly

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RomeCabs Offers Additional Services to Improve your Transfers from the Airport

Stefano’s RomeCabs also offer a special feature to our Airport Transfers: VIP TRANSFER SERVICE.

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Our VIP Transfer Service was the perfect answer to high demand from clients wishing to make stops along the way from the airport to their hotel to either make some needed purchases, have a mini tour of Rome by car to orient themselves prior to their stay, or had some extra time before they were able to check into their hotel, B&B, or rental apartments, or wanted an English speaking driver guaranteed.

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We offer the options of Airport Transfer with 1 hour tour by car of Rome (which our clients can use this time in Rome as they wish), and Airport Transfer with 2 Hour Tour of Rome with stops at some of Rome’s highlights to take photos.  

You can also use this time to also visit places that are best accessible by car, or to get ideas of the places they would like to return to and see again during their stay in Rome.

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With RomeCabs you can turn your Fiumicino to Civitavecchia Transfer into a Pre Cruise Tour

If your Airport Transfer ends in Civitavecchia prior to your Cruise, if you have a few hours extra before being required to arrive at the cruise ship,  Stefano’s RomeCabs also offers Pre Cruise Tour and Transfer options.

Because the Roman Countryside can be reached directly from Fiumicino Airport and it is in the vicinity of Civitavecchia, it is the perfect place to spend a few hours pre cruise.  This option is best suitable for early morning flight arrivals at Fiumicino Airport (between 7 AM – 9 AM).

The most popular Pre Cruise Countryside destination is Bracciano Lake and the lovely villages that surround it.

Depending on how much time you have after your flight arrival, you can visit the lovely historic village of Bracciano that boasts the imposing Renaissance Bracciano Castle that overlooks the pristine volcanic Lake Bracciano, and have a nice lunch at a local restaurant in the Medieval Hamlet of Ceri.

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PRE CRUISE COUNTRYSIDE TOUR AND TRANSFER TO CIVITAVECCHIA

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Countryside Pre Cruise Tour with RomeCabs

Pre Cruise Countryside Tour with RomeCabs

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Thank you very much for choosing Stefano’s RomeCabs for your Airport Transfers, Civitavecchia Port Transfers, Day Tours and Shore Excursions in Italy.

 

We look forward to welcome you to Italy!

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

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7 Ways to book Perfect Civitavecchia Transfers – RomeCabs

 

Buongiorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, your trusted company for Transfers, Day Tours, and Shore Excursions in Italy.  Our passion is helping you turn your trip or cruise to Italy into the vacation of a lifetime!

If your cruise trip will start or end in Italy, chances are you will be leaving from or arriving at Civitavecchia cruise port. Civitavecchia is about 1.5 hours away from Rome and is considered the “Port of Rome”. Millions of cruisers travel through Civitavecchia each year.

Your Civitavecchia Transfers are the bookmarks that start and end your special cruise, so it’s important to make them the best possible experiences.

 

 7 Ways to book your Perfect Civitavecchia Transfers

 

1  Book your Civitavecchia transfer in advance

If you will be cruising between April and November, it’s important to book all your Civitavecchia Transfers and Shore Excursions in advance as this is the peak cruise period in Italy.

By booking early you secure availability for a stress free journey between Fiumicino and Civitavecchia, or between your Rome hotel and Civitavecchia.  

This also applies to Shore Excursions as well, book early, and have nothing to worry about before your cruise!

Stefano’s RomeCabs makes it easy to book your Civitavecchia Transfer online via our website www.RomeCabs.com
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2  Don’t fly into Rome too late on the same day your ship departs.

It’s important to allow a few hours leeway in case you encounter flight or luggage delays. You don’t want to start off your cruise holiday by missing your ship!

We speak from experience, cruisers have missed their ships due to flight delays, missed connections or delayed luggage.

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3  If staying in Rome, book your transfer between 11 AM – 1 PM

The best time frame to book your transfer from Rome to Civitavecchia is between 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Leaving Rome prior to 11:00 AM, you may arrive so early to the ship that they have not yet finished disembarking yet, and you may be left waiting on the pier until the appropriate embarkation time.

Leaving Rome after 1:00 PM places you at risk of arriving too late to your ship for your embarkation.

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4  If your Departure Flight from Rome is on the same day your ship docks in Civitavecchia, don’t book your flight too early in the morning

By booking your flight too early in the morning, you may risk missing your flight if your ship docks later than scheduled (it can happen due to rough seas or other unforeseen reasons), or if you encounter traffic on the way to the airport.  

A safe flight time is 11 AM (or later). This allows you time to disembark without being rushed and not be stressed about arriving to the airport on time.

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5  If going to your Rome hotel post cruise, don’t schedule your transfer pick after 9 AM

Most cruisers are disembarked by approximately 9 AM. If you schedule your transfer too late you may have to wait on the pier for your scheduled pick up.

Most of our clients schedule their transfer at 9:00 AM from the cruise ship when they travel to their Rome accommodation post cruise.
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6  Traveling with extra luggage?

Be sure to inform your transfer provider in case you may need a vehicle upgrade or multiple vehicles if you are a large party of 7-8 traveling with extra luggage.
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7  Turn your Civitavecchia Transfer into a fun filled tour

If you are staying in Rome pre cruise and have your morning free, if your flight arrives at Fiumicino Airport early in the morning (before 8 AM), or if you have afternoon flight from Fiumicino Airport on the same day your cruise ends at Civitavecchia and would like to make the most of this free time, you can enhance your Civitavecchia Transfer by adding a mini tour into the lovely Roman Countryside.

If you are staying in Rome pre cruise, you can book the standard Countryside Pre Cruise Tour that includes a visit to the lakeside village of Bracciano that boasts the impressive Renaissance Bracciano Castle  with the opportunity to visit the enchanting estate, and enjoy a relaxing lunch in the medieval hilltop hamlet of Ceri.
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Countryside Pre Cruise Tour with RomeCabs

Pre Cruise Countryside Tour with Stefanos’ RomeCabs

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For our guests who don’t have sufficient time from the airport pre cruise or on the way to the airport post cruise to enjoy the complete Countryside Pre Cruise Tour, you may still have enough time to enjoy the town of Bracciano and a visit to Bracciano Castle.

There’s no better way to start or end your cruise holiday in Italy than a visit to a fairy tale-like castle.

If you have a full day ahead, you can book the full Post Cruise Tour by selecting one of the following tours:

 

ROME IN A DAY POST CRUISE TOUR

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For more information on our Civitavecchia Transfers, click below to go to our website where you will find complete information with the option to book your transfer directly online.

 

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Civitavecchia Port Transfers with RomeCabs

 

Will your ship also dock in Livorno and Naples?

We can assist you with exciting Shore Excursions from these ports as well. Just click on the ports below for complete tour selections:

 

LIVORNO CRUISE PORT

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NAPLES CRUISE PORT

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Thank you very much for choosing Stefano’s RomeCabs for your Transfers, Day Tours and Shore Excursions in Italy. We look forward to welcome you to Rome and to show you beautiful places in Italy!

Stefano’s RomeCabs Team
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RomeCabs Transfers and Tours

 

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10 Must See Places in Rome in A Day

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Buon giorno and welcome to Stefanos’ Rome Cabs, Rome’s leading company for Day Tours, Shore Excursions and Transfers.

Rome was not built in a day, but you can certainly enjoy the best Rome has to offer in a single day with our Rome in A Day Tour and Shore Excursion.

Below are the 10 Must See Places in Rome in A Day.

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You can also WATCH these 10 Must See Places in Rome in A Day by clicking to play the VIDEO below:

 

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COLOSSEUM

The Colosseum is the enduring iconic symbol of the Eternal City of Rome and a vestige of its ancient imperial splendor and glory.

The elliptical stadium’s official name is Flavian Amphitheater, built in 72 AD by Emperor Vespasian who was a member of the Flavian dynasty.    

The name Colosseum is merely a more recent “nickname” given possibly during the middle ages in reference to the colossal bronze statue of Emperor Nero as the pagan god Apollo.

Don’t miss the nearby Arch of Constantine, the triumphal arch of Roman Emperor Constantine, the father of Christianity remembered for legalizing Christianity at a time when Christians were persecuted for their religious beliefs.

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CIRCUS MAXIMUS

Not far from the Colosseum is Circus Maximus, the once enormous stadium where chariot races took place (as in Ben Hur) for the pleasure of Roman populace and the nobility who also had the privilege of living on the imperial Palatine Hill overlooking the Circus Maximus.  

Although now all that remains is the outline of the ancient stadium, it is quite an impressive view with the Palatine Hill forming a majestic backdrop.

 

VIEW OF ROMAN FORUM FROM CAPITOLINE HILL

 

Roman Forum - Rome in A Day Tour with Rome Cabs

Roman Forum – Rome in A Day Tour with Rome Cabs

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You can enjoy a panoramic sweeping view of the Roman Forum from a terrace tucked away behind Capitoline Hill.

If you don’t have the time to visit BOTH the Colosseum and Roman Forum but would like to get a good look at the amazing place from where the Roman Empire was ruled for centuries, this spot will do it!    

To your right you will see the Palatine Hill ruins, and also the Colosseum peeking through on the other side of the Roman Forum

No wonder this is one of the most photographed view in Rome!  So don’t forget your cameras when you arrive here.

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THE PANTHEON

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The Pantheon – Rome in A Day Tour with RomeCabs

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One of the Must See monuments in Rome is the Pantheon, the ancient Roman pagan temple turned Christian church has inspired artists,  mystified historians, and educated architects around the world throughout its 2,000 year old existence.

For some fascinating insider look into the Pantheon, we invite you to read:

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

 

PIAZZA DELLA ROTONDA

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Piazza della Rotonda – Rome in A Day Tour with Rome Cabs

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If only the Pantheon could speak, the stories it would tell about the evolution of Piazza della Rotonda, the small rectangular square that faces the monument.  The square takes its name from the informal name of the Pantheon that was converted into the Church of Saint Mary and the Martyrs:  Santa Maria Rotonda (as in rotund, the shape of the monument)

For centuries this small square has been suffocated with a labyrinth of sheds and small shops that sprouted around the monument until Pope Eugenius IV’s demolished all the makeshift market in 1430’s. However, the square continued to serve as a market well into the late 1800’s.

Today, Piazza della Rotonda is enjoyed by locals and visitors who visit the Pantheon, sit on the steps of the central fountain to enjoy the atmosphere, or enjoy lunch or dinner at the various restaurants in the square with outdoor tables.

The central fountain (Fontana del Pantheon) was created in 1575 and the ancient Egyptian  originally made by Pharaoh Ramses II for the Temple of Ra in Heliopolis (currently known as Obelisco Macuteo) was surmounted later in 1711.

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THE TREVI FOUNTAIN

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The Trevi Fountain does not need an introduction, it’s the most famous fountain in the world and among the most well recognized icons of Rome.  

The 85 foot tall fountain is comprised of a facade made of travertine, impressive statues carved out of white carrara marble,  and a reef with a pool of crystal blue water below.   

An imposing ensemble of a tall statue of pagan god Oceanus carried on a chariot led by two sea horses jockeyed by 2 Tritons dominates the fountain.  

The backdrop facade is architecturally adorned with a triumphal arch in front of which Oceanus is standing, and two large statues of Abundance and Health.

Tradition holds that if you toss a coin over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain, it will ensure a return visit to the Eternal City.  Our return clients who have tossed their coins in the fountain agree that the tradition holds true 🙂

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THE SPANISH STEPS

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Spanish Steps (Rome in A Day Tour)

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The Spanish Steps taking its name from the nearby Spanish Embassy, is an elegant yet monumental early Baroque stairway that unfurls to connect Piazza di Spagna below with the Church of Trinita dei Monti above.   

The stairway was built in mid 1720’s to link the Bourbon Spanish Embassy and the Trinita dei Monti Church above, to the Holy See in Palazzo Monaldeschi below.

Today, this beautiful stairway is enjoyed by visitors and locals alike who not only use it to reach the upper and lower areas that the stairway connects, but to have a sit on its welcoming steps for a rest or to enjoy the scenery.

The fountain at the foot of the Spanish Steps is Fontana della Barcaccia (The Fountain of the old Boat), built by Pietro Bernini – the father of the world famous sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

On the right corner of the square in one of the soft colored buildings is the house where English poet John Keats lived and died in 1821. Currently it is a museum dedicated to his memory and it houses memorabilia of his generation.

 

THE VATICAN MUSEUMS

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The Vatican Museums is one of the most incredible museums in the world with masterpieces of paintings, frescoes, sculptures, and archaeological findings from ancient and early classical eras to more contemporary times.

Among the most Must See galleries and rooms in the Vatican on a short time are Octagonal Courtyard, The Round Room, The Raphael Rooms, the Gallery of the Tapestries, the Gallery of the Maps as they are rich with the most awe inspiring works of art by the world’s greatest Masters.

 

THE SISTINE CHAPEL

The Sistine Chapel is named after the pope who commissioned it in late 1400’s,  Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere, who wanted to have a large space built where the Cappella Magna (a medieval fortified fall that the Papal court used to gather at).

The Sistine Chapel is also where cardinals gather to elect a new pope (the conclave) in secret.

 The Sistine Chapel is most famous for Michelangelo’s breathtaking frescoes that adorn the ceiling and the wall.  

Michelangelo first painted the ceiling between 1508 – 1512 under the papacy of Julius II depicting the biblical history of mankind before the birth of Christ. Between 1536-1541, he painted the Last Judgement under the papacy of Paul III depicting mankind’s inevitable fate and God as the absolute judge of man’s destiny in the afterlife.

Various Florentine painters such as Botticelli, Ghirlandalo, Signorelli and Umbrian artists Perugino and Pinturicchio contributed paintings of biblical stories on the side walls divided horizontally in 3 sections.  The lower part of the walls below these series of paintings were frescoed into realistic Damask type draperies with the pope’s coat of arms.



ST PETER’S BASILICA

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St Peter's Basilica (Vatican)

 

Saint Peter’s Basilica is the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican, the most important and largest church in Christendom.  

The current Saint Peter’s Basilica was commissioned in 1506 at the command of Pope Julius II to replace the earlier 4th century basilica that was built by Emperor Constantine on top of the burial site of Saint Peter, one of Christ’s Apostles.

Construction lasted 120 years by the time it was completed in 1626 (if you can imagine, generations of people lived without seeing the Basilica incomplete).

Important architects like Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini lent their talents and hard working in creating this monumental Renaissance style basilica.

Saint Peter’s Basilica is breathtaking inside, and vast and lavishly decorated with stunning sculptures, architectural elements, and mosaic paintings.  The most noteworthy are Michelangelo’s Pieta, Bernini’s bronze baldacchino (the altar canopy), and the sanctuary containing the symbolic Chair of Saint Peter.

The American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson described Saint Peter’s Basilica as: “an ornament of the earth … the sublime of the beautiful.”

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To visit ALL these sites in a single day, we recommend our popular Rome tour that will take you to all the sites in comfort and style as you enjoy Rome in the comfort of your private deluxe vehicle driven by your personal English speaking Driver at your disposal to ensure your day in Rome will be your most memorable day in Italy!

For more information available on our website www.RomeCabs.com, please, click to select each tour:

 

ROME IN A DAY TOUR

 

ROME IN A DAY SHORE EXCURSION FROM CIVITAVECCHIA

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Thank you very much for choosing Stefano’s RomeCabs.

We look forward to showing you Rome!

The RomeCabs Team
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What to see from Civitavecchia other than Rome?

 

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

Our goal is to help you make the most of your holiday or cruise in Italy and turn your trip into the vacation of a lifetime!

Civitavecchia is considered the “Port of Rome“, and it has been since the Ancient Roman times when it was built by Emperor Trajan as a harbor.  Even today, 2000 years later, a stop in Civitavecchia  is synonymous to a shore excursion to Rome.  

But what if you’ve already been to Rome before?

Many cruisers who cruise the Mediterranean and have been to Rome either on previous cruises or on a holiday stay in Italy ask us:

 

What to see from Civitavecchia other than Rome?

If your cruise ship will be docking in Civitavecchia Cruise Port on our cruise, and if you’re among the many who have already been to Rome and would like to experience something different, we have some wonderful suggestions for shore excursions from Civitavecchia to places other than Rome.

For tour destinations closest to Civitavecchia for less driving time and more sightseeing time, we suggest the following 2  tours offered by RomeCabs or by our sister company Stefano Rome Tours.

 

COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR Shore Excursion

 

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The rustic Roman countryside a historically and aesthetically distinctive region in central Italy with history that dates back to the pre-Roman civilization known as the Etruscans.

In fact, this entire region was once known as “Etruria”, the land of one of the world’s most advanced and mysterious ancient civilizations that you will learn more about on your countryside tours.

The Countryside Splendor Shore Excursion with Stefano’s RomeCabs will take to Bracciano, one of the medieval villages that dot the shores of the large pristine volcanic Lake Bracciano.  

Bracciano is quite popular for its famous 15th century Renaissance Bracciano Castle (formally named Castello Orsini-Odescalchi) that overlooks the lake. Be sure not to miss the breathtaking vista that can be enjoyed from the top of the castle on your visit through the magnificent estate’s opulent rooms with original Renaissance era furnishings, paintings, and frescoes, and the castle grounds.

A stop in the Medieval clifftop hamlet of Ceri for lunch in one of the local family owned restaurants has been a delightful surprise for many of our clients because they felt they’ve just stepped back in time 1,000 years!
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Counryside Splendor Shore Excursion with Stefano's RomeCabs

Medieval Hamlet of Ceri – Countryside Splendor tour with RomeCabs

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After a delicious relaxing lunch, adventure waits in Cerveteri when you arrive at the Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis for a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore ancient tombs that date as far back as 9th century BC to 3rd century BC when the Etruscans were conquered by the Romans.  

The most characteristic tombs are shaped in circular hut-like mounds carved from the living tuffa rock, and also “dice” shaped tombs lined up like modern city neighborhoods with streets for processions, and squares for funeral gatherings.  

 So get in touch with your inner Indiana Jones as you explore (not raid) the ancient Etruscan tombs in Cerveteri.

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ETRUSCAN MYSTERY Shore Excursion

 

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The Etruscans, their history, their advance skills in engineering and goldsmithery, and the mystery that surrounds them have captivated so many people who just can’t get enough of the Etruscans!

Many of our clients who enjoyed their visit to Cerveteri Etruscan Necropolis have also requested the very popular Etruscan Mystery Tour offered by our sister company Stefano Rome Tours.

This time your Etruscan adventure will take you to Tarquinia and underground as you visit the roughly dozen or so tombs that are open at a time (they tombs are rotated for visits to preserve them) to witness one of the most beautiful works of art in human history:  the Etruscan frescoes inside the walls of the underground tombs of the Monterozzi Necropolis.

These vibrant and beautifully crafted frescoes that are more than 2,000 years old portray the everyday life of the Etruscans as they celebrated life and death.  

There are no other tombs like this in the world, and both Cerveteri and Tarquinia Necropolis are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The nearby medieval town of Tuscania (not to be confused with Tuscany, the region in the north of here) also boasts a distant history of about 3,000 years as a former Etruscan establishment and one of the most significant crossroads of Etruria.
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Tuscania, Etruscan Mystery Tour with Stefano Rome Tours

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Tuscania’s and its picturesque surrounding was also regarded as “The most beautiful view in Italy: the Etruscan valley of Tuscania” by English poet D.H. Lawrence.

Just outside the town walls are 2 amazing 12th century imposing churches built upon previous Etruscan temples: San Pietro and Santa Maria Maggiore that are shrouded in legends, pagan mythologies, and mysteries.

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San Pietro Church in Tuscania, on Etruscan Mystery Tour with Stefano Rome tours

San Pietro Church in Tuscania – Etruscan Mystery Tour with Stefano Rome Tours

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We hope this 2 shore excursions from Civitavecchia to the Roman countryside pique your curiosity and interest in the beauty and history of this fascinating region.

Thank you very much for choosing Rome Cabs and Stefano Rome Tours for your Day Tours and Shore Excursions in Italy.

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For more exciting Day Tours and Shore Excursions, visit Stefano Rome Tours at www.StefanoRomeTours.com

For Day Tours, Shore Excursions as well as Airport  Transfers and Civitavecchia Transfers with RomeCabs, please visit us at www.RomeCabs.com

We look forward to showing you Italy!

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

 

10 Tips on Booking Civitavecchia Transfers – RomeCabs

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

Our mission is to help you make your Italy transfers and tours easy, enjoyable, and affordable.
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Here are 10 Tips on Booking  Civitavecchia Transfers – RomeCabs
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TIPS For Transfers from Fiumicino Airport to Civitavecchia

1  Plan your flight arrival at Fiumicino Airport as early in the morning as possible to allow you plenty of extra leeway time in case you experience any flight delays, missed connections, or delayed luggage.  

Travel time from Fiumicino to Civitavecchia is about 1 hour (give or take depending on traffic conditions).

2  Play it safe with your arrival and fly into Fiumicino the day before and either stay overnight at a Fiumicino Hotel or a hotel in Civitavecchia to rest up before your cruise.
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Arriving at Fiumicino Airport - RomeCabs

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If you plan to arrive early and stay in Rome, see below:

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TIPS For transfers from Rome to Civitavecchia

3  Ideal pick up time from Rome hotel to Civitavecchia is 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Travel time from Rome to Civitavecchia is about 1.5  hours (give or take depending on traffic conditions).

4  If you wish to see more of Rome or the Roman Countryside, you can upgrade your Civitavecchia Transfer into a Rome Pre Cruise Tour with transfer to Civitavecchia,  or Countryside Pre Cruise Tour with Transfer to Civitavecchia.

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Countryside Pre Cruise Tour with RomeCabs
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TIPS For transfers from Civitavecchia to Fiumicino Airport
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5  If you have an early morning flight out of Fiumicino Airport on the same day your ship docks in Civitavecchia, be sure to secure an early disembarkation pass from your cruise ship to ensure you will disembark as quickly as possible.  

Check with your cruise line or cruise ship for details and information on early disembarkation

The safest early morning flights from Fiumicino Airport is approximately 11 AM (the earliest).  This allows you flexibility should you encounter any delays with the ship docking, disembarkation, or traffic.

When you have an international flight to catch, it’s potentially risky to cut it so close that that any slight unforeseen delay can cause you to miss your flight.
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6  When you book your Civitavecchia Transfer with Stefano’s RomeCabs, don’t forget to include your Ship Name (not Cruise Line) in your reservation so your driver will know which ship to pick you up at. There are often many ships docking in Civitavecchia, and sometimes one cruise line company can have more than one ships docked together on a single day.

For example, the ship name would be:  Crown Princess (Princess Cruises)
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Civitavecchia Port Transfers with RomeCabs

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TIPS For Transfers from Civitavecchia to Rome
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7  Most cruises who are going to Rome or local hotel post cruise disembark at approximately 9 AM.

Many cruisers who have early morning flights to catch from Fiumicino Airport disembark early such as between 7 – 8 AM.

It is not recommended to schedule your pick up from Civitavecchia later than 9:00 AM if you are going to Rome accommodation unless you have a late disembarkation pass as most cruisers are disembarked by 9 AM.

If, for example, you book a transfer with 10 AM pick up and you are disembarked by 9 AM, that would mean 1 hour unnecessary wait for your scheduled pick up.

As Civitavecchia Transfer providers, Stefano’s RomeCabs are not privy to the internal workings of cruise ships and their disembarkation process as ships vary in their procedures. We can only offer suggestions based on statistical averages and observations over time.
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8  Do you have limited time post cruise and wish to make the most of your full day ahead of you?  Turn your Civitavecchia Transfer into a Post Cruise Tour.

Stefano’s RomeCabs offers 2 popular Rome in A Day Post Cruise Tour, and Countryside Splendor Post Cruise Tour with pick up from Civitavecchia and drop off at your hotel accommodation in Rome.
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RomeCabs Rome Pre Cruise Tour to Civitavecchia.
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9 Check your belongings so you don’t leave anything behind in Hotels, Vehicle, Port

It’s not uncommon for cruises to leave their documents behind at the hotel.

Please don’t forget to check the safe box to make sure you’ve collected all your valuables as well as your passport from Front Desk.

Cruisers have also left luggage behind at Civitavecchia.

Please count your total luggage after you’ve collected it to make sure not only you haven’t left any items behind, but also that you haven’t grabbed the wrong piece of luggage.

Check behind you after you exit our vehicles when you are dropped off at your final destination.

 It’s easy to leave bags, cameras, phones, tablets, glasses, medicine, and other items in the back seats, under the seats, or inside the pockets.  

It’s important to check carefully that you’ve collected ALL your belongings and left NOTHING behind in the vehicle because once your driver leaves Civitavecchia or Fiumicino Airport, it is very difficult to detour back from the highway as detours are few and far in between and drivers usually have other scheduled services following yours and may not be able to return in time to deliver your forgotten items.
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10  Inform the company of your total luggage count: Check in suitcases and carry ons together.

This is important to ensure you will be issued a large enough vehicle, and depending on your party size and the total number of luggages you may be required to upgrade to a larger vehicle (such as from a car for up to 3 passengers to a minivan), or if you are a party of 7-8 with extra luggage you may need 2 vehicles if your total luggage exceeds the maximum luggage capacity of a minivan (up to 8 suitcases and up to 8 carry ons together).

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Thank you very much for booking your transfers with Stefano’s RomeCabs. 

For more information on our Transfers to and from Civitavecchia, as well as  Pre Cruise Tours, please click the options below:

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CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS

ROME PRE CRUISE TOUR

COUNTRYSIDE PRE CRUISE TOUR

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See you soon in Italy!

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

 

 

 

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Best time to book your Fiumicino Airport Transfers

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Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs Travel Blog providing visitors of Rome with useful and helpful travel information.

We strive to provide visitors of Rome with quality and reliable Airport Transfers, Civitavecchia Transfers, Day Tours and Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia, Livorno and Naples.

This article is dedicated to offering helpful advice and answer many common questions our clients have, such as:
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When is the best time to book your Fiumicino Airport Transfers to/from Rome?

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This is one of the most frequently asked questions and it’s a very important because securing your  transportation to and from Fiumicino Airport can make or break the start and end of your vacation in Italy.

Here are some guidelines to follow when booking your Airport Transfers with Stefano’s RomeCabs, or with any other company during your travels in Europe or elsewhere abroad:

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1  Book your Airport Transfers as soon as you’ve secured your flights and hotels as these are required information to have when booking airport transfers.

 

Rome Cabs Transfers Booking Page

RomeCabs Official Airport Transfer Booking Page on http://www.RomeCabs.com

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2. Do not book your Airport Transfers before you’ve secured your flight and hotels.  

 

Sometimes eager travelers want to book their transfers as quickly as possible but have not yet secured their hotels or flights and leave this option open as “To Be Determined”.  

Often times, travelers forget to contact the transfer company to update their reservation and the drivers are not able to provide accurate service with incomplete information.

Last minute contact many not be possible while you are traveling and unable to reply to emails or answer your phone, so it’s best not to leave this important information out of your transfer reservation.

 

3  Book ALL your transfers together before your trip in order to secure all your transfer needs in advance.  

Savvy and cautions travelers book all their transfers in advance not only to have the peace of mind of not worrying about making these important arrangements during their vacation, but also to secure all their services together because they understand that availability is not always possible or guaranteed last minute.

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4 Do not wait until last minute to book your Airport Transfers

Some travelers either because they enjoy short term planning, prefer to decide what to do as they go, or they want to try out the company first before committing to additional transfers, wait until relatively last minute to book their return transfers and find themselves unable to secure the needed service due to lack of availability.

By booking last minute you may also not be able to secure a driver at the time you need the service, or a suitable size vehicle for your party size.

The most reliable transfer companies in Rome such as Stefano’s RomeCabs also accepts only advance reservations for obvious reasons:  providing reliable service takes time to confirm for accuracy, properly schedule the transfers for timely service, and allow the drivers advance planning of their transfer routes.

Rome is also very busy especially on days when cruise ships dock at Civitavecchia, when there are special events that require large volume of car services, on certain holidays that bring additional visitors to Rome, and of course the usual unpredictable influx of tourists.  If your last minute departure transfer falls on days that are heavily booked with cruisers and local events, you may not find availability on your date and time.

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5  Book your transfers only through the company website or email the company for information on how to book online.  

Booking online through a company’s booking system is the best means to secure your reservation and ensure it doesn’t “get lost” if emails on either end can accidentally go to spam or unintentionally deleted.

Do NOT book important transfers by phone.

When booking by phone you do not have any physical records of your reservations to refer to and information can sometimes be misunderstood over the phone – especially with less than clear international phone lines and different languages and dialects being spoken that can cause simple words to be misunderstood and service provided inaccurately.  

By booking online with Stefano’s RomeCabs you will be provided all the important information necessary to prepare you for your transfer and to feel confident you will be taken care of, such as the helpful  video:
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HOW TO MEET YOUR ROMECABS DRIVER AT FIUMICINO AIRPORT

 

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7  Double check the details of your Airport Transfer reservations for accuracy

 

Some of the most common mistakes when booking an airport transfer to watch out for are:

Book the correct Date of Arrival at the airport in Rome.

Some travelers incorrectly book their airport pick up on the date they are leaving their country. Check and recheck your airline tickets for your date and time arriving at your FINAL destination.

If you are leaving from the American continent (United States, Canada, or South America), you would arrive in Rome the following day.

Book your correct Flight Number arriving in Rome

Check your airline tickets for the Flight Number you will arrive on in Rome,. It very important to double check, especially when making multiple connections on your way to Rome and the different flights can become confusing.

For Departure Transfers To Fiumicino Airport, include your flight’s departure Terminal Number as many airlines depart from multiple terminals.

You can check your Departure Terminals here: www.adr.it  or www.flightstats.com
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Be specific if your flight arrives in the AM or PM.

If your flight arrives at Noon time, it’s 12:00 PM

If your flight arrives at Midnight, it’s 12:00 AM
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Include a Telephone Number to contact you either at home or on your international phone.

Contacting our clients by phone is important when our emails bounce back or our email correspondence is not answered, or if we need to reach you with urgent information when email may not be the quickest option to reach you.

Savvy travelers bring with them an international cell phone which is extremely helpful when traveling abroad.

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 7. Inform the transfer company of any changes in your arrival flight or time

If your flight arrival or Flight Number changes, be sure to inform the company as soon as possible so they can make arrangements for you as needed.

It is very important that you driver has your correct flight arrival information in Rome in order to track your flight for Terminal Number Arrivals, and for any potential delays.

Without your accurate Flight Number arriving at Fiumicino Airport, your driver will not know which terminal to meet you at, and the exact time of your arrival.

 

8. Keep your Reservation Number, Reservation Details, and Company Contact Number with you when you are traveling.

You can either print a copy of your reservation confirmation email that contains all the important information about  your transfers, or save the information on your smart device to have handy.

This is very important so you are able to contact the company in case of flight changes during your travels, delays at the airport, or unable to spot your driver.

 

9. Contact the company if you experience any delays at the airport.

Delays in customs or baggage claims can happen, so it’s very important to contact the company if you experience any delays at the airport so they can assist you.

By failing to contact the company they would not be able to assist you and ensure you will have a driver to meet you at a time later than you booked.  Wait time varies from company to company, and if clients fail to contact the company to inform them of delays, the driver may eventually be released from duty due to Client No Show.

If you do not have a working cell phone in Italy, you can use public pay phones available throughout the airport, or ask for assistance at the help desks (especially for luggage lost or delayed).

Failure to contact your transfer company can result in not having a driver to meet you when you eventually exit into the main waiting hall.

 

10.  Be sure you leave with the correct driver – your official Stefano’s RomeCabs Driver!

You’ve made it this far,  so be sure to follow one last important step: make sure you are leaving with the correct driver!

With tens of thousands of travelers arriving at the airport each day, it is possible to have more than 1 passenger with the same or similar names have drivers waiting for them.  Don’t just assume that when you see your name or similar name to yours that he or she is your driver, please double check that they KNOW and HAVE your transfer details.

Our Stefano’s RomeCabs Driver have all their clients reservation information with them.  If you meet a driver or are approached by someone claiming to be your driver and they do NOT have the details of your reservations, they are NOT your driver.

There are also many imposter copycat “companies” that copy the names of legitimate companies to confuse travelers.

Don’t just go to a driver who is holding a sign with the company name you booked with, or a similar name to it…it may be a scam.

Don’t accept transfers from tours that approach travelers as asking them if they need a driver…. They may be illegal and you would place your safety at risk leaving with an unknown person.

Go to the designated meeting point explained in your Confirmation Email, and when you see a driver holding a sign with your name confirm the driver has your complete transfer information and they already have your drop off destination and price in advance.

Your Stefan’s RomeCabs driver does NOT need to be told where to go, he or she already knows by your confirmed reservation.

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RomeCabs Fiumicino Airport Meeting Points at Terminals1 and 3

Fiumicino Airport Meeting Points at Terminals1 and 3 – RomeCabs

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To book your transfers with Stefano’s RomeCabs, select from the following and click to arrive to the designated transfer page for complete information, price list, and option to book online.

You can also visit our official website at http://www.RomeCabs.com

 

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

VIP TRANSFERS

CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS

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NEED ASSISTANCE WITH BOOKING TRANSFERS?

Click to READ: How To Book Your Rome Cabs Transfer

Click to WATCH VideoHow To Book Your RomeCabs Transfer

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We’d like to invite you to also visit our sister company Stefano Rome Tours for more exciting Tours and Shore Excursions in and around Rome: www.StefanoRomeTours.com.

 

Thank you very much for booking with Stefano’s Rome Cabs, we look forward to welcome you to Rome!

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

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RomeCabs Transfers and Tours

RomeCabs Transfers and Tours

CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFER WITH A COUNTRYSIDE TOUR

 

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs Transfer and Tour blog. We are at your service to turn your Italy cruise and trip into a vacation of a lifetime with our private tours and transfers.

 

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

 

Since most cruisers who arrive in Civitavecchia Pre Cruise either come from Rome hotel or Fiumicino Airport pre-cruise, they have the opportunity to turn their Civitavecchia Transfer into a Sightseeing Tour by including a half day journey into the charming Roman countryside which is also conveniently located near Civitavecchia.

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

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

 

To Civitavecchia From Rome Accommodation:  

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

 

To Civitavecchia From Fiumicino Airport:

If your flight arrives early in the morning before 9:0 AM, you too can make the most of your pre cruise time in Italy to enjoy the Countryside.  Just about 1 hour from Fiumicino Airport on the highway, the Roman countryside is an ideal pre cruise tour as you will be traveling in the direction of Civitavecchia making the most of your limited time.

 

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

 

CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFER WITH A COUNTRYSIDE TOUR

 

BRACCIANO

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Bracciano RomeCabs Countryside Pre Cruise Tour Civitavecchia

Town of Bracciano with Bracciano Castle

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LAKE BRACCIANO

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

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Bracciano Lake – RomeCabs

 

BRACCIANO CASTLE

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Bracciano Castle – RomeCabs

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

Bracciano Castle Renaissance Era rooms

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

 

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Bracciano Castle

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

 

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Bracciano Castle Grounds – Rome Cabs

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

 

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Bracciano Castle Grounds – with RomeCabs

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

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View of Lake Bracciano from Bracciano Castle – RomeCabs

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NOTE: Bracciano Castle is closed on Mondays

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CERI

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

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

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Medieval Hamlet of Ceri – RomeCabs

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

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

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Sanctuary of Mary of Ceri – RomeCabs

 

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

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Sanctuary of Ceri Frescoes – RomeCabs

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

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

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

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Cappella delle Grazie Ricevute – RomeCabs

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LUNCH

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

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Ceri Restaurants – RomeCabs

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

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Homemade Ravioli with Sage

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

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

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

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

 

 

Make the Most of your Pre-Cruise Civitavecchia Transfer

 

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading private transfer and tour company at your service to make your trip or cruise to Italy your most treasured holiday!

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This article offers 2 popular options how How to Make the Most of your Pre-Cruise Civitavecchia Transfer


Since most cruise ships sail in late afternoon or early evening, you have at least a half day to see, do, and enjoy more of Italy before you sail on your cruise.   

If you are planning to stay in Rome prior to your cruise, Stefano’s RomeCabs offers our guests the options to enjoy Rome or the lovely Roman Countryside Pre Cruise including a Transfer to your ship in Civitavecchia at the end of your tour.

You can choose between these 2 popular Pre Cruise Tour options:

 

ROME PRE CRUISE TOUR

Countryside Pre Cruise Tour with RomeCabs

Stefano’s RomeCabs will pick you up in the morning from your hotel accommodation and take you on a half day tour to see some of Rome’s highlights before leaving for Civitavecchia.

This half day tour and transfer option is ideal for cruisers who have limited time in Rome and wish to see as much as possible in the little time available to them.  

We offer a suggested itinerary of Rome’s highlights that are most enjoyed by our guests, or if you wish to substitute some of the places in the itinerary with sites you’d much rather see we are happy to customize your tour.

One of the great benefits of having a private tour! It’s YOUR tour, and you have the possibility to choose what you’d like to see and do.  

  • Fancy a visit to the Colosseum that you haven’t been able to do yet?  

  • Enjoy some of Rome’s famous squares?

  • Would you like to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain and wish for a return to the Eternal City?  

  • Admire Rome’s ancient monuments of the Roman Empire?


At the end of your tour, you will enjoy a relaxing drive out of Rome and into the countryside on your way to Civitavecchia where your Rome Cabs driver will deliver you right on the pier next to your ship for optimal convenience.

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COUNTRYSIDE PRE CRUISE TOUR

RomeCabs Rome Pre Cruise Tour to Civitavecchia

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If you have already visited your favorite places in Rome and wish to experience something different, our popular Countryside Pre Cruise Tour will take you out of the hustle and bustle of Rome and into the quiet and relaxing countryside to Lake Bracciano.
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BRACCIANO LAKE AND ODESCALCHI CASTLE

Lake Bracciano is one of the top destinations for local Italians when they wish to escape Rome city life.  The pristine volcanic crater lake is dotted with villages for a marvelous countryside getaway.

The village of Bracciano is dominated by the Renaissance Odescalchi-Orsini Castle (popularly known as Bracciano Castle). Still owned by the same family from the Renaissance era, you can visit this imposing castle and it’s opulent rooms where Italy’s most powerful and illustrious figures have lived and slept: Kings, Queens, Lords, Knights, Popes, and Fair Ladies whose names have graced history books (and a few HBO docu-series!).

 

MEDIEVAL HAMLET OF CERI

By now it’s lunch time, so your Countryside Pre Cruise Tour with Stefano’s RomeCabs continues to the Medieval hamlet of Ceri that looks as though it rose out of the rough tuffa cliff upon which it has rested for a millennium.

Ceri is also popular with Italians for its excellent local family owned restaurants that serve some of the most delicious local cuisines in the region!  On a weekend you might even stumble upon an Italian wedding at the village Sanctuary of Mary of Ceri.

The Sanctuary of Mary of Ceri was built on top of a pagan temple (as it’s often the case with historic churches in Italy from the middle ages), and its interior walls are masterpieces of Medieval frescoes aged and damaged by centuries of existence but still amazingly well preserved and vibrant.

After lunch and your visit in Ceri, you will continue on your way to Civitavecchia where your RomeCabs driver will deliver you on the pier next to your ship so you quickly embark and begin your cruise adventure!

For more information on our Pre Cruise Civitavecchia Tours and Transfers, as well as Shore Excursions and Day Tours, please visit our website at http://www.RomeCabs.com

We’d like to invite you to also visit our sister company Stefano Rome Tours for more exciting Tours and Shore Excursions in and around Rome: www.StefanoRomeTours.com.

Thank you very much for booking with Stefano’s RomeCabs and we look forward to showing you Rome!

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

 

 

CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS: SAVE TIME, MONEY, HASSLES

 

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

Planning your international cruise in Italy takes a lot of careful work and organizing, so Stefano’s RomeCabs would like to make your Civitavecchia Transfers simple, affordable and convenient.
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Here is how you save time money & hassles!

 

SAVE TIME ON YOUR CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFER

If you are short on time, an anxious traveler, want to simplify your travels and not worry about keeping track of multiple mass transit sources, then Stefano’s RomeCabs private Civitavecchia Transfer is for you.

  • For private transfers between Civitavecchia and Fiumicino Airport, it takes about 60 minutes with private transfer.
  • By public transportation, it can take up to 4 hours between switching bus shuttles and trains in Civitavecchia to Rome and then to Fiumicino (including waiting times for buses and trains).
  • For private transfers between Civitavecchia and Rome, driving time takes about 1.5 hours.
  • By public transportation it can take up to 3 hours between buses, trains, metros or taxis (including waiting times for the buses, trains and metros).

** On Sundays public transportation and trains run fewer times a day, and public transportation is also subject to occasional transportation strikes.

 

SAVE MONEY ON YOUR CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFER

If public transportation is not suitable for you, many cruisers find cruise buses pricey at about $100 per person from Civitavecchia to Rome or Fiumicino Airport, and on limited schedule. If you are running behind schedule and miss your bus…you’d be in a difficult and frightening predicament (and possibly lost the money you paid for your bus seats that you missed!)

If you are traveling with family and friends of 8, a private transfer from either Rome or Fiumicino Airport to Civitavecchia with Stefano’s RomeCabs is 25 Euros per person (200 Euros in total) – with travel time estimated at 60 minutes

This is quite comparable with the price of taking public transportation from Fiumicino to Civitavecchia at approximately 21 Euros per person – with travel time estimated up to 4 hours.
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Private Transfer Sharing

Cruisers who are in Rome pre cruise or post cruise, have the unique option to create their own Shared Transfer Groups from Rome accommodations to Civitavecchia…. and/or from Civitavecchia to Rome accommodations.

Share the fun and the expense by placing your ad on Cruise Critic Roll Call:
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=34

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It’s very easy, and thousands of our clients have successfully created their private shared transfers simply by placing an ad on Cruise Critic Roll Call and inviting other cruisers from their ship who will be staying at nearby hotels to share their transfers.

The benefit of organizing your own private shared transfer with RomeCabs is that you are in charge of the number of persons in your group (if you plan to bring a lot of luggage, you may want to keep your group to a safe number of up to 6 so everyone’s luggage can fit in the luggage compartment).  

By organizing your transfer with cruisers who will also be staying at hotels near you, you will cut down on excess driving time between hotels… and will have an idea ahead of time of when everyone will be picked up.
The advantage of private shared transfers over generic “port shuttle services” is that with those types of generic shuttle services you don’t know in advance how many persons share your vehicle, how far from your hotel they are also staying and how long the overall transfer would then take. In other words, you have no control.

By organizing your own private shared transfers, you are in control of the process, the number of passengers, will have an idea in advance how long the transfer will take, and you will make new friends in the process!
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SAVE HASSLES ON YOUR CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFER

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Direct nonstop Civitavecchia Transfer with Stefano’s Rome Cabs is convenient and comfortable private transfer in deluxe air conditioned vehicle, as opposed to carrying heavy luggage on hot trains and buses for hours in transit.

Your RomeCabs driver will pick you up at your hotel and drop you off right on the pier next to your ship so you can begin your embarkation swiftly.

You will NOT have to carry your luggage on multiple trains and buses, climb up and down multiple flights of stairs (such as at Civitavecchia Train Station as there are no lifts or escalators), or  walk potentially long distances with heavy luggage.
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Traveling by Train from Fiumicino to Civitavecchia

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With Stefano’s RomeCabs you simply:

  1. Book your Transfer online and Confirm it

  2. Meet your Driver for your scheduled pick up

  3. Enjoy a relaxing drive to your final destination
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With us, you won’t have to endure the hassles of figuring ways to arrive at the train station, figure out train schedules, where to purchase tickets, where to change trains and buses, and carry heavy luggage.

All we’d like for you to do is enjoy your transfer with us!
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RomeCabs Fiumicino to Civitavecchia Transfer

Convenient drop off right on the pier next to your ship

For more information on our Civitavecchia Port Transfers available on our website, please click below:

CIVITAVECCHIA PORT TRANSFERS

If you would like to upgrade your Civitavecchia Transfer to a Pre Cruise or Post Cruise Tour, click on the options below

ROME PRE CRUISE TOUR

(Half day Tour of Rome with Transfer to Civitavecchia)
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COUNTRYSIDE PRE CRUISE TOUR

(countryside tour to the famous Renaissance Bracciano Castle, lunch in Medieval hamlet of Ceri, transfer to Civitavecchia)

 

ROME POST CRUISE TOUR

(Full day Rome Tour with pick up at Civitavecchia and drop off at hotel accommodation in Rome)
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COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR POST CRUISE TOUR

(Full day countryside tour with pick up at Civitavecchia and drop off at hotel accommodation in Rome)
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Rome Cabs Civitavecchia Shore Excursion and Transfer

Countryside Splendor Shore Excursion

Thank you very much for booking your transfers with Stefano’s RomeCabs. We look forward to be of service to you in Italy!

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

 

COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR TOUR

Stefano RomeCabs’ new countryside Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia is COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR.

 Click Play to Watch the COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR TOUR VIDEO

 

On this relaxing Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia, Stefano’s RomeCabs will take you on an unforgettable journey through Rome’s rustic countryside that is rich in history, architecture, nature, and charm

What our clients most enjoy is a visit into the Renaissance Bracciano Castle.  You might recall it as the fairy tale castle where Tom Cruise (and many other international celebrities) were married.

 

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Bracciano Castle

Overlooking the pristine volcanic Bracciano Lake, this imposing centuries old castle boasts luxurious state rooms where kings, popes, lords, ladies, dukes and knights have lived and slept. Original furnishings, paintings, frescoes and day to day objects turns this castle into a museum in itself.

The view of the lake from the top of the castle will surely take your breath away!

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Bracciano Lake

The nearby medieval hamlet of Ceri sits perched on top of a steep cliff and it’s reachable only by 1 narrow street on which vehicles take turn driving as there’s not enough space for 2 vehicles to pass side by side.  A traffic light on top of the village and a traffic light at the bottom of the village directs the traffic going up and down.

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Medieval Hamlet of Ceri

Ceri is well known for its Madonna of Ceri sanctuary with walls adorned with worn out medieval frescoes of Christian biblical stories.

Ceri also draws a large number of visitors for the local family owned restaurants that are well regarded for their delicious local cuisine!  Italians come for miles and miles away to have Sunday lunch in Ceri.

For those with an adventurous heart  or those who once aspired to be the next Indiana Jones, the Cerveteri Etruscan Necropolis will be quite an adventure as you have the opportunity to explore the many tombs that date back to  more than 2,000 years ago!

 

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Cerveteri Etruscan Necropolis

Several centuries of the Etruscan Civilization can be explored in Cerveteri with hundreds of tombs shaped like mounds. Cube shaped tombs make up square city blocks with streets and squares for processions and religious ceremonies reflect the more modern Etruscan architectural skills.

After an unforgettable journey through Italy’s ancient Etruscan, Medieval, and Renaissance eras, Stefano’s RomeCabs will take you back to your ship in time for your cruise to continue on.

For more information on our COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR TOUR, you can follow the link below:

http://www.romecabs.com/tours/countryside-splendor/

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

 

 

Top 10 Must See Places in Rome Photo Gallery

Buon giorno, and welcome to our RomeCabs Photo blog.
Rome is rich in thousands of years worth of history, architecture, beauty and charm that a lifetime does not seem long enough to discover all of Rome’s ancient secrets and hidden treasures.
 
The Eternal City has accumulated a LOT of things to see and do in its 2,700 years of history. And of course, with so little time to see and do everything on a visit to Rome, it’s important that you don’t miss out some of the exciting things makes Rome one of the world’s most visited cities and top tourist destination!
 
Go here to Read the Full Blog post Top 10 Must See places in Rome, and enjoy the Photo Gallery below with brief descriptions.
 
Click on the video below to WATCHTop 10 Must See Places in RomeVideo by Rome Cabs.

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Top 10 Must See Places in Rome Photo Gallery

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1. THE COLOSSEUM

The Colosseum was originally named the Flavian Amphitheater, and it’s the largest elliptical amphitheater in the world, and one of the Seven Wonders of Ancient Rome.

It was initially built by Emperor Vespasian in 70 AD, and it was completed in 80 AD by his successor Emperor Titus.

The name “Colosseum” is a nickname given to this massive monument after the colossal golden statue of Nero as the pagan god Apollo that once stood next to the Flavian Amphitheater.  The statue was eventually taken down and its bronze reused, but the name has survived to this day.

The iconic image of the Colosseum is also found on the Italian 5 cent Euro coin.

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Colosseum on April 21, 2012 - Rome's Birthday

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2. THE ROMAN FORUM

The Roman Forum (Foro Romano in Italian) is an large rectangular open forum that was Ancient Rome’s religious, political, judicial, and commercial center.  The Roman Empire was ruled from this public space.
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Roman Forum from Above

Roman Forum from Above

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3. THE VATICAN MUSEUMS

One of the most fascinating museums in the world, the Vatican Museums features 54 spectacular galleries with precious paintings and frescoes by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian and other great masters of the Renaissance.

Ancient classical sculptures known world wide such as the Laocoon, Apollo of Belvedere, and the Belvedere torso have fascinated artists and historians for centuries.

The Vatican Museums leads to very much anticipated Sistine Chapel where Michleangelo painted is famous ceiling and the Last Judgment frescoes.
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Vatican Museums Hall of Maps

Vatican Museums Hall of Maps

4. SAINT PETER’S BASILICA

The largest church in Christendom, Saint Peter’s Basilica stands on the assumed burial grounds of Saint Peter.

Rebuilt in the 1500’s under the direction of Pope Julius II to replace the ancient 4th century Constantinian basilica, Saint Peter’s features remarkable works of art by Bernini (the Baldacchino that towers over the papal altar) and Michelangelo ( the Dome of Saint Peter, and of course his famous Pieta that he sculpted at only 24 years of age)

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Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican

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5. THE PANTHEON

The Pantheon is the oldest ancient structure in Rome that has been in continuous use since it’s ancient Roman origins.

Rebuilt as we see it today in 126 AD by Emperor Hadrian as a pagan temple, the Pantheon owes its intact survival to having been converted into a Christian church in 609 AD and consecrated to Saint Mary and the Martyrs.

This ancient temple is currently also a tomb for Italy’s kings and queen, and the famous painter Raphael.

*** Don’t miss this informative blog post: 10 Unique Facts about the Pantheon you probably didn’t know

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The Pantheon

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6. CASTLE SANT’ANGELO

This imposing Mausoleum along the banks of the Tiber River once belonged to Ancient Roman Emperor Hadrian (who also built the Pantheon).

Due to its formidable structure, the mausoleum was converted into a military fortress during Rome’s chaotic middle ages when sieges were common.

The Passetto di Borgo (the covered corridor) connected Saint Peter’s Basilica to Castle Sant’Angelo so Popes could take quick refuge whenever Rome was under assault by its enemies.

The Mausoleum that was turned into a military fortress, then became a prison, and today is a museum, got its name from Archangel Michael – a large bronze statue of which stands on top of the monument. Legend tells that Archangel Michael appeared on top of the mausoleum sheathing his sword, heralding the end of a terrible plague.

Don’t miss the beautiful Ponte Sant’Angelo bridge that spans the Tiber River lined with large beautiful sculptures of angels holding the Passions of Christ.

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CASTLE SANT ANGELO

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7. PIAZZA DI SPAGNA / SPANISH STEPS

Named after the nearby Spanish Embassy, the Spanish Steps connects the French Trinita dei Monti church above, to the Renaissance Fontana della Barcaccia below (the water fountain in shape of an old sinking boat) created by Pietro Bernini, the father of the famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Just to the right of the steps is the Keats-Shelley Memorial House, a museum commemorating the famous poets John Keats and Percy Shelley.

The large sweeping stairway has become a gathering place for locals and tourists who enjoy passing the time and watching the world go by.

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Spanish Steps - Piazza di Spagna

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8. THE TREVI FOUNTAIN

No visit to Rome is complete without a visit to the Trevi Fountain to continue the long lasting tradition of tossing a coin to ensure a future visit to the Eternal City.

Featured in many classic films such as La Dolce Vita and 3 Coins in A Fountain, the Trevi Fountain is one of the most well recognized and beloved fountains in Italy!

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Trevi Fountain

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9. PIAZZA NAVONA

Piazza Navona is one of Rome’s liveliest squares, lined with charming outdoor cafes and restaurants, and filled with locals, tourists, artists, vendors, musicians and just about everything you can think of!

The square takes its elongated shape from the outline of the 1st century AD Roman stadium built by Emperor Domitian upon which the square was built. Beneath the square is a labyrinth of remains from the ancient stadium itself!

The focus point of Piazza Navona is Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s spectacular Fountain of the Four Rivers topped with an ancient Egyptian obelisk.

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Piazza Navona

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10. TRASTEVERE

Trastevere (translated to “beyond the Tiber”) is one of the most delightful Roman neighborhoods with all the old world charm that you can imagine.

Cobble stone streets and elegant buildings of another era with aged earthy facades and hanging ivy give Trastevere its unrivaled appeal that attracts so many visitors and locals alike.

The main square, Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere is the hub of the neighborhoods, and where you will find one of the oldest churches of Rome, Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere.

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Trastevere

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Thank you for visiting our Photo Blog. We hope you enjoyed our photo journey of Rome!

Below are more TRAVEL TIPS from Stefano’s RomeCabs:
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10 Reasons to book Stefano’s Rome Cabs for your Civitavecchia Transfers

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

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

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For transfer services in Rome, please click the options below:

~ Airport Transfers in Rome

~ Civitavecchia Port Transfers

~ VIP Transfers from Airport to Rome

~ Sightseeing Transfers in Italy

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The Following Day Tours and Shore Excursions include the sites features in the Top 10 Must See Places in Rome:

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~ Rome in A Day tour and shore excursion

~ Rome in 3 Days

~ Seven Wonders of Ancient Rome Tour

~ Christian Rome with Stefano Rome Tours

~ Vacanze Romane / Roman Holiday Tour with Stefano Rome Tours

~ Angels and Demons Tour  with Stefano Rome tours

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Thank you very much and if we can be of service to you in Rome, please visit our website at http://www.RomeCabs.com.

We look forward to show you Italy!
~ The RomeCabs Team

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Trevi Fountain Under Restoration: FAQ and PHOTOS

Trevi Fountain Under Restoration: FAQ and PHOTOS What to expect to see in Rome

Most visitors who come to Rome look forward to admiring the  historic Trevi Fountain and partake in the coin-tossing tradition.  However, for almost 2 years this famous Baroque fountain will be under restoration and it will affect how you see and visit the fountain.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the Trevi Fountain Restoration.

 

HOW LONG WILL THE RESTORATION OF TREVI FOUNTAIN TAKE?

Between July 2014 and Fall 2015 the Trevi Fountain is undergoing restoration that includes cleaning of the travertine stones and marble sculptures, water proofing the basic, and other repairs and touch ups that ensures future generations will be able to enjoy this precious monument.

WHO PAID FOR THE TREVI FOUNTAIN RESTORATION?

The restoration project may not have been able to take place if not for the generous sponsorship by Italian fashion house FENDI, who donated nearly 3 Million Euros in its “Fendi for Fountains” initiative that helps restore Italy’s cultural heritage.

 

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Fendi For Fountains Initiative

 

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE DURING THE RESTORATION PROCESS?

During the restoration process the fountain will be sealed off surrounded by a see through wall so visitors can see the restoration process taking place.

The fountain basin was emptied and no water is running during the restoration.

The back of the fountain against the side of the building is currently covered with scaffolding (and reported that the scaffolding would be covered by a shield printed with an image of the fountain to cover the scaffolding eye sore).

Two TV Screens placed on top of the see through screen (as seen in the photo below) play videos of the fountain restoration process as well as historic footage.

 

Trevi Fountain Under Restoration

Trevi Fountain Under Restoration

 

DO PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS BEYOND THE SEE THROUGH SCREEN?

Generally the fountain is sealed off  during the restoration works.  However, a suspended walkway was installed across the now empty basin so visitors can see the statues up close (before not possible due to the water basin).

In the afternoon an otherwise closed off entry door is opened so people can, in single file, enter inside and walk on the suspended bridge to get a close up view of the works and the statues.

 

Trevi Fountain Walkway Bridge

Trevi Fountain Walkway Bridge

Trevi Fountain Suspended Walkway

Trevi Fountain Suspended Walkway

 

WHERE AND HOW DO YOU TOSS THE COINS IN THE TREVI FOUNTAIN?

Tradition has it that if you toss a coin over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain, it will ensure a return to the Eternal City.  But with the Trevi Fountain drained and sealed off, how can people continue the coin tossing tradition?

In the front center of the fountain, there is an installation with a small basin of water and a backdrop of Oceanus so visitors can have the pleasure to toss their coin and the backdrop image makes for a more pleasing photo.

 

Trevi Fountain: Where to Toss A Coin

Trevi Fountain: Where to Toss A Coin

 

We hope this information helps answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the restoration of the fountain.

Follow this blog for updates on the Trevi Fountain Restoration as well as photos of the progress.

If  YOU have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask in the comment box below.

 

To visit the Rome Cabs official website please log on www.RomeCabs.com, the one and only website for Rome Cabs Limousine Company.

Click for For Private Day Tours of Rome with Rome Cabs.

Click for Private Shore Excursions of Rome from the cruise port of Civitavecchia.

Click for Private Tours in Italy with Rome Cabs.

 

Thank you very much and please come back and visit our photo blog soon!

The Rome Cabs Team

How To Book Your Rome Cabs Transfer

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Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs. We have been providing hundreds of thousands of travelers and cruisers for more than 12 years with continuous reliable and quality transfer services.

Booking your Rome Cabs Transfer is easy: Log on to www.RomeCabs.com.

Or you click below to arrive at your chosen Transfer Page:

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ROME CABS AIRPORT TRANSFER

ROME CABS CIVITAVECCHIA PORT TRANSFER

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Please note that this is the ONLY website for the REAL Rome Cabs.

Any other variation other than http://www.RomeCabs.com is NOT the real Rome Cabs Website and you may have landed on a fake imposter website.

Click on the Thumbnail image for either Airport Transfers or Port Transfers.

 

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The first step of the booking process is an Instant Quote. Fill out the fields and click Get Quote and Book.

After you receive your Instant Quote proceed to Book your transfer.

Please be sure to complete all the fields in the booking form, and double check to make sure you have the correct Arrival Date and Time INTO Rome’s airport.

 

Tips on Booking your Airport Transfers with Rome Cabs

 

The correct Airline Carrier and Flight Number is imperative in order to provide accurate service.

We will need to know your Hotel Name and Address. If you are staying at a rental apartment, please provide the full address.

Last but not least….to avoid disappointments during your travels, please be sure to first read and accept our Terms of Service prior to booking any services via Rome Cabs Website.

Once you submit your reservation request, please allow up to 24 hours to receive an email correspondence from our office.

Be sure to watch our very helpful video:

HOW TO MEET YOUR ROMECABS DRIVER AT FIUMICINO AIRPORT
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Thank you very much and we look forward to welcome you to Rome!

~ The Rome Cabs Team

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