Types of Civitavecchia Cruise Port Transfers you may Need

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

In this travel blog, we cover the types of Civitavecchia Cruise Port Transfers you may need if you will be in Rome pre cruise or post cruise, including helpful tips and advice.

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Types of Civitavecchia Cruise Port Transfers you may Need

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If you are traveling to Rome for your  Cruise that starts and /or ends at Civitavecchia Cruise Port, you may be in need of the following types of Port Transfers:


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Fiumicino Airport to Civitavecchia Cruise Port

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AIRPORT TO CRUISE PORT – Types of Civitavecchia Cruise Port Transfers you may Need

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If you plan to arrive in Italy on the the same day your cruise ship departs from Civitavecchia, you would require a transfer from Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Civitavecchia.

If  you arriving a day early prior to your ship departure and are planning to stay in the town of Civitavecchia near the port overnight, you may book the same type of transfer and just select to be taken to your hotel in Civitavecchia instead of the Cruise Port.

By car is the most direct, fast, and hassle free way to reach Civitavecchia from FCO Airport.

Your RomeCabs Driver will meet you at the Designated Meeting Point, accompany you to your waiting vehicle, and in about 1 hour or so you will arrive at your ship. With pier-side service, you will be taken directly to your ship, no need to take cumbersome port shuttle buses.

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Tips on Booking your Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers with RomeCabs

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TIPS:

If flying into Italy on the same day your ship departs, plan a morning flight arrival so you have plenty of extra time in case you miss your connection flight, experience flight delays, or encounter delays in customs or baggage claims issues.

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Rome hotel to Civitavecchia Cruise Port

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ROME HOTEL TO CRUISE PORT – Types of Civitavecchia Cruise Port Transfers you may Need

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If you are in Rome prior to your cruise, you may book a transfer from your Rome accommodation to your ship in Civitavecchia.

Direct travel time by car is about 90 minutes from Rome to Civitavecchia.

Your RomeCabs driver will meet you in the lobby of your hotel or at your apartment address, and take you directly to your ship for convenient and easy door to door service.

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CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS – HOW TO MAKE YOURS EVEN BETTER!

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Book your transfer at any time between 11:00 AM (the earliest) to 1:00 PM (the latest) as this is the most common time range for port transfers from Rome.
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Wish to save money on your Civitavecchia Port Transfer?

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Find out about Privately Shared Port Transfers and create your own privately shared transfer with fellow cruisers also staying in central Rome pre cruise and going to the same ship as you.

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Civitavecchia Cruise Port to Fiumicino Airport

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Types of Civitavecchia Cruise Port Transfers you may Need RomeCabs

Types of Civitavecchia Cruise Port Transfers you may Need

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If your flight departs on the same day your ship arrives at the end of your cruise, you will require a transfer from your cruise ship to the airport.

Your RomeCabs Driver will meet you right on the pier next to your ship holding a sign with your name, and within about 1 hour you will arrive at the airport.

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TIPS:

To be safe, do not book your flight too early in the morning.  The earliest recommended is usually 11 AM – 12:00 PM so you have plenty of time in case you experience any delays with the ship docking late, or delayed disembarkation.
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Wish to save money on your Civitavecchia Port Transfer?

Find out about Privately Shared Port Transfers, and create your own privately shared transfer with fellow cruisers from your cruise ship who are also going to Fiumicino Airport or a Fiumicino Hotel.
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Civitavecchia Shared Transfers: The way YOU want them!

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Civitavecchia Cruise Port  to Rome hotel accommodation

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RomeCabs Civitavecchia Transfers

PORT TO ROME HOTEL – Types of Civitavecchia Cruise Port Transfers you may Need – RomeCabs

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If you plan to stay in Rome post cruise, you may book a transfer from your cruise ship in Civitavecchia to your hotel accommodation in Rome.

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The most common pick up time from the cruise ship going to Rome hotel is 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM as this is the time frame most cruisers are disembarked by.

If you have a late disembarkation pass from your cruise ship, you may schedule your pick up later in the morning past 9 AM.  Otherwise if you schedule your pick up too late in the morning such as 10 AM or later, you may risk being disembarked much earlier and having to wait on the pier for your scheduled pick up time if last minute change in pick up time is not available.
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Wish to save money on your Civitavecchia Port Transfer?

Find out about Privately Shared Port Transfers, and create your own privately shared transfer with fellow cruisers from your cruise ship also going to central Rome hotels.

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PRE CRUISE AND POST CRUISE TOURS

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Are you in Rome for just a short time Pre Cruise and Post Cruise and wish to make the MOST of your limited availability to enjoy more of Italy before and/or after your cruise?

Find out more about our Pre Cruise and Post Cruise Tour options and maximize your sightseeing opportunities.

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PRE CRUISE TOURS TO CIVITAVECCHIA

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Enjoy a fun filled morning touring Rome or the charming Roman Countryside with pick up from your hotel and drop off right at your ship in time for embarkation.

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ROME PRE CRUISE TOUR

ROME COUNTRYSIDE PRE CRUISE TOUR

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POST CRUISE TOURS FROM CIVITAVECCHIA

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Enjoy a Full day Tour of Rome or the Roman Countryside starting from your cruise ship in Civitavecchia and ending at your hotel in Rome in the afternoon.

Any shore excursion from Civitavecchia can be converted into a post cruise tour option.

Post Cruise Tours are also ideal if you have an late afternoon or evening flight from Rome’s Airport in Fiumicino, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a full day of touring the best of Rome or the countryside before your trip home.

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POST-CRUISE ROME IN A DAY TOUR FROM CIVITAVECCHIA

POST CRUISE CASTLES AND LAKES COUNTRYSIDE TOUR

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SHORE EXCURSIONS FROM ITALY’S CRUISE PORTS

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If your cruise ship also docks in Livorno, La Spezia or Naples cruise ports we offer full day shore excursions from these main cruise ports to many of Italy’s top destinations.  Visit our website, or our sister company Stefano Rome Tours for a wide variety of exciting shore excursions from Italy’s cruise port.

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Thank you very much for reading our travel blog Types of Civitavecchia Cruise Port Transfers you may Need .  

We invite you to please visit our website below for more information about our Civitavecchia Transfers, Pre Cruise Tours, Post Cruise Tours, and Shore Excursions.

We look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

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Medieval Hamlet of Ceri – Postcard from RomeCabs

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

The Medieval hamlet of Ceri is one of the most delightful tiny villages in central Italy and featured on our popular day tour from Rome and shore excursion from Civitavecchia: COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR.  

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Medieval Hamlet of Ceri – Postcard from RomeCabs

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Located in the Roman countryside about 1 hour from Rome and about 45 minutes from Civitavecchia Cruise Port, Ceri is a very popular destination for visitors, cruisers and locals for many reasons!

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When you arrive in Ceri through the rustic countryside, you will come face to face with a steep tuffa cliff with the remains of a medieval era fortress (fortified defense walls) that gives the incredible impression that the village rises right out of the cliff!

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Ceri - Countryside Splendor Tour with RomeCabs

Ceri – Countryside Splendor Tour with RomeCabs

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The unique rock formation of the cliff offered a natural defense from enemy attacks, and local ancients have settled here since the pre-Roman Etruscan era around 7th century BC.  Following the Roman conquest of the Etruscans, the Romans settled here as well – as discovered in numerous Etruscan and Roman nearby tombs.

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Ceri - Countryside Splendor Tour with RomeCabs

Ceri – Countryside Splendor Tour with RomeCabs

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Accessible only via the original medieval single lane wide street that enters through the main arched gateway, and continues upward flanked by tall stone buildings from the bottom of the cliff to the top of the village square, you find yourself feeling you’ve just traveled back in time a thousand years!    

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Ceri, Italy

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Traffic is controlled through a stop light at the top and the bottom, and vehicles take turn driving up and down as 2 vehicles cannot fit on the street meant for medieval horse pulled wagons, not modern day vehicles.

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Must See Countryside Wonders on your way to Civitavecchia Cruise Port

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The village that we see today was founded in year 1236 when nearby locals abandoned their town of Caere for the better protected clifftop location, and named it Caere Novum (New Caere), to differentiate it from the previous Caere Vetus which nowadays is known as Cerveteri.

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Ceri - Countryside Splendor Tour with RomeCabs

Ceri – Countryside Splendor Tour with RomeCabs

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Once you arrive on the top, you’ve reached the town square that’s surrounded by historic buildings and the 12th century Church of the Madonna di Ceri.

The church merits a visit, even if on the outside it appears austere. This Romanesque church was built on top of an ancient site (possibly a temple) where the ancient Etruscans and Romans who occupied this site venerated the goddess Vesta.    

Inside, you will be amazed at the recently discovered original Medieval frescoes that graced the church walls depicting scenes from the Old Testament.

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Church of the Madonna di Ceri - with RomeCabs

Church of the Madonna di Ceri – with RomeCabs

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Since the 14th century Ceri changed hands as it became the property of some of Italy’s most illustrious and famous families like Anguillara, Cesi, Borromeo, Odescalchi, and Torlonia.

Ceri is also well regarded in Italy for its family owned restaurants that serve some of the region’s most delicious traditional cuisine using fresh and in season local ingredients and secret recipes passed down from generation to generation.
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You may visit Ceri on our COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR Full Day Countryside tour from Rome and from the Cruise Port of Civitavecchia, and our PRE CRUISE COUNTRYSIDE TOUR from Rome to Civitavecchia.

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Thank you very much for reading our Medieval Hamlet of Ceri – Postcard from RomeCabs travel blog.  Please visit our website for more tours and transfers in Rome and around Italy.

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Is it Worth Paying More for a Private Tour from Rome Sea Port? – RomeCabs

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for Rome Sea Port Transfer and Tours.

Travelers sometimes ask if it’s worth paying more for a private tour from Rome Sea Port of Civitavecchia, when other options such as bus tours, taxis, and public transportation can be less expensive?

Sometimes costs can be measured not just in terms of money, but also cost of time, effort, convenience and risks of not making it back to your ship on time.

In this article we included the different options available to access Rome from Rome Sea Port of Civitavecchia so you may decide for yourself which option best suits you and your family.

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BUS TOURS

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Bus tours can be pricey per person if you are a family or group of 5-8 (at average 100 euros per person, if you are family of 8 a tour by bus can cost you 800 Euros, when a private tour costs only about 600 Euros), and unlike private tour vehicles that can access the historic center to take you right next to each site you visit, buses can’t access the historic center where all the must see attractions are.

Since 2019 tour buses are even further restricted from accessing Rome thus further reducing the number of buses that can operate. This means you visit less important sites because buses have to park outside the perimeter of the historic center leaving you having to walk up to several blocks to visit the few attractions that are possible to access by bus.
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Bus tours are also not flexible or personalized. Cruisers are obliged to keep up with large groups following around a designated guide that speaks into headsets the passengers wear.

It’s not an ideal experience to walk in file for blocks on end to access a single site, ears filled with the tour guide’s voice cancelling out the unique experience of hearing the local sounds of the city you visit, and no opportunities to stop and photograph or enjoy specific sites so you don’t break away from the group and get lost.

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TAXIS

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Taxis in Italy are white marked vehicles that run by meters.

They can be found at designated Taxi Ranks around the city, as it is not common to flag a taxi on the street like in New York.  Italy has ancient and historic cities, often with narrow streets and lanes with little or no space to “pull over” without stopping traffic completely. Therefore taxis are stationed at designated places where folks can go and take the first taxi in line.

From Civitavecchia Port, the official Civitavecchia Taxis can access the piers inside the port. Rome city taxis generally can only drop off passengers outside the port gates, from where passengers will have to use the shuttle bus to access the ships.

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Civitavecchia Taxis on Pier

Civitavecchia Taxis at the Pier

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Inconsistent (and pricey) taxi rates – from CIV to Rome / FCO Civi taxis can charge upward 200+ Euros for a simple transfer to Rome as they don’t have fixed rates.  

Rome taxis charge about 120 EUROS for a transfer in a small car for up to 4 passengers from Rome to Civitavecchia, but they are not known to stick to that price and often they charge higher rates to unsuspecting tourists.

On busy days such as during transportation strikes, bad weather, and peak tourism period taxis may not be so easy to find when needed.  Unnecessary taxi delays can be stressful, cause cruisers to miss out on precious sightseeing opportunities, or arrive back to their ship too late.
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TAKING THE TRAIN

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There are commuter trains that run between Termini Station and Civitavecchia with multiple stops along the way. Average travel time between Termini Station and Civitavecchia is about 1 hour 20 minutes.

However long or short the train ride may be to Rome, the train station is  NOT inside the cruise port or near the port gate, it’s in town about 30 minute walk from the cruise port gate.

Cruisers needing to go to the Train Station would need to first take a port shuttle bus to the main gate, and then a local city bus to the train station (and vice versa!).

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civitavecchia train station Cruisers waiting for the Bus

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This long process can easily near double the overall time it takes you from the moment you leave the pier  until you arrive in Rome.
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If you are traveling with luggage pre cruise or post cruise, this can be a challenge, especially since the train station has underground passageways to access the different tracks which means travelers have to climb down and up a flight of stairs each time – difficult with luggage to say the least!

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Taking the Train to and from Civitavecchia

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Train strikes can make you miss out on visiting the places you wanted to and you are left stranded at the port all day.  

On transportation strike days we get inundated with calls from desperate cruisers trying to get from Civitavecchia to Rome, or vice versa. Unfortunately it is difficult and usually impossible to organize a transfer in the moment on already busy port days when availability is already limited, especially considering how far Rome is from Civitavecchia.

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READ: HOW THE TRAIN RUINED OUR CRUISE

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Train delays and missing your train can place you at risk of missing your ship on departure.

On Sundays, in August, and on certain holidays public transportation and commuter trains are few and far between. The commuter trains are in place to serve the commuting population who work in Rome but live elsewhere, it is not in place to serve the cruise port.

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Civitavecchia Station - Cruisers waiting for Train

Civitavecchia Station – Cruisers waiting for the Train

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LOCAL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

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Local public transportation such as buses and metros in Rome tend to be slow, crowded (unfortunately rife with pickpockets), sometimes malfunction, and subject to Transportation Strikes that often occurs several times a year – most frequently between spring and fall season which unfortunately also coincides with peak tourism seasons.

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Relying on buses and metros require advance planning and organizing the correct bus or metro route with the attraction you wish to visit, and then continue to organize and plan your next leg and so on in order to arrive back to Termini Station in time to catch your train to Civitavecchia in time so you don’t miss your ship.

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CAR RENTALS

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Car rentals free up cruisers to plan their own shore excursion, however rental cars can’t access most city and town ZTL zones (zones that are legally only accessible by registered local residents, public service vehicles taxis, and professional drivers like ours).

Entering a ZTL zone in central Rome or parking incorrectly can amount to hundreds of Euros in fines that the car rental company will seek to obtain from the renter.   

For example you would not be able to drive into Rome’s historic center that is a ZTL zone with a rented car. Parking is limited and hard to come by (and expensive!), and not conveniently located to the main attractions since you can’t access the historic center.

Renting a car also requires careful advance planning and distance/driving time calculations. Sometimes the calculations are not correct in the countryside on rural roads (Italians can attest to this when they rely on GPS to get them around country roads) if you access roads that are slow to drive on, or if you encounter traffic. Without being a local expert driver, you would not know the correct back roads and shortcuts to get you out of a traffic jam.

There is also a risk of getting lost as even the best GPS devices that lead drivers astray and into unknown areas. Some roads may be temporarily closed but not indicated on the GPS System. Italian drivers are unique… sharing the road with regular Italian drivers is not for the faint hearted and the uninitiated.   

While many cruisers have rented cars successfully, there is a certain level of risk and responsibility that the cruiser has to consider and properly prepare for because many cruisers have also had negative experiences self touring on a car rented for the day (we have some interesting and unfortunate stories shared by our past clients!)

Car rental is best suited for land trips with extended stays in wide and open spaces like Umbria and Tuscany,  with no ships to catch should you snag delays with traffic, a wrong turn, or a flat tire.  Car rental is not suited for Rome or similar large cities.

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PRIVATE SHORE EXCURSIONS BY CAR

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It is a fact that you see more by car on a private tour than by bus, train, car rental or taxi transfers because you have more options and access to important sites when touring by car.

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When booking a tour with us, you select the tour with an itinerary that interests you the most.

There is NO need for you to plan in advance, research attractions, organize the order you will visit them, etc…  This can save you days of pre-trip research and planning.

Our RomeCabs website is highly informative supplemented by photos and videos so you see and learn about the sites on our itineraries.  Best of all, you know what to expect to see and visit in advance.
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Your private shore excursions with Stefano’s RomeCabs are flexible.

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You can substitute some sites with others that matter to you more, you can choose to spend more time at some favorite sites and less at others, and tour at your own pace – which is ideal for families with small children or elderly with mobility issues and need more time and tour at a slower pace.
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Touring by car is relaxing and worry free.
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There is no extensive walking, no worries about how you will get from site to site. Your English speaking Driver will drop you off as close as possible to each site and explain what you are seeing and where you will be visiting.
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Our private tours relieve the stress of worrying how to get around on public transportation

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Getting on the correct train, metro and bus, not missing the bus, metro or train back to the ship….it’s a lot of worry and planning that can overwhelm your day.
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Touring by car is ideal during rainy weather and on hot summer days.

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Summers in Rome can be very hot with some summers hitting the 100 degree mark. Being all day in Rome in such intense heat (and the crowded public transportation is not usually air conditioned) can be physically exhausting.  

Not having to walk extensively in the rain during the often wet fall season or spring showers is always a special treat. Touring Rome while soaked and fighting your way through a sea of umbrellas on narrow sidewalks can be a challenge for many folks.

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WISH TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR PRIVATE TOURS?

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Wish to have a group shared tour but with the benefit of a private tour?

You can create your own Privately Shared TourGroups with other like minded fellow cruisers to save the cost. It’s a great way to make new friends and save money!  You can be in charge of your tour, decide who can join your tour and the size of your group, and enjoy knowing your tour mates in advance as opposed to being placed in a van full of complete strangers that you may or may not have anything in common with.

You can plan the costs of your shared tours ahead of time since our  tour prices are agreed upon in advance, and everyone pays their equal share of the overall tour fee.
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Creating your own private shared tours is easy!
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Find out how:  PRIVATELY SHARED TOURS – WHY and HOW TO
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ALSO10 TIPS on Tour Sharing – your best Italy Shore Excursions!

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For more information on our Shore Excursions, as well as Civitavecchia Port Transfers, please visit our website below, as well as our sister company Stefano Rome Tours for a wider variety of tour itineraries.

Thank you very much and we look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

We look forward to seeing you in Italy!

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Video Postcard from RomeCabs: Ponte Vecchio (Florence)

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

This blog post features our latest Video Postcard video:

Video Postcard from RomeCabs: Ponte Vecchio (Florence)

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Ponte Vecchio (The Old Bridge) is one of the most famous Medieval bridges in Italy. 

Believed to have been originally built by the Romans when the Roman Via Cassia road traversed the Arno River, it was destroyed and and rebuilt a number of times.  

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Ponte Vecchio with RomeCabs in Florence

Ponte Vecchio with RomeCabs in Florence

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It was last rebuilt in 1345. In 1966 the bridge was severely damaged in the Great Flood of Florence of 1966.

Arching across the Arno River in the heart of Florence, Ponte Vecchio is a closed stone bridge lined with shops and topped with the 16th century Vasari’s Corridor that connects Palazzo Vecchio (Florence town hall in Piazza della Signoria) to Palazzo Pitti commissioned by the powerful Medici family.

This corridor was used by the Medici family and their associates to safely access their residential palace and Palazzo Vecchio.

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The bridge hosted merchants ever since the Medieval times, although monopolized by butchers who made the bridge less inviting with offensive odor. The Medici forced the removal of the butchers and were soon replaced by goldsmiths – a tradition you see even today as the shops that line Ponte Vecchio are primarily jewelry shops. 

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When the jewelry shops close, their wooden panels are drawn down to give them the resemblance of charming ancient wooden jewelry boxes.

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Ponte Vecchio Jewelry Shops Closed

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Ponte Vecchio also honors Florence’s celebrated sculptor and goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini with a large bronze bust.

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Benvenuto Cellini Bronze Bust on Ponte Vecchio, Florence

Benvenuto Cellini Bronze Bust on Ponte Vecchio, Florence

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A stroll along Ponte Vecchio is a must when visiting Florence.

 You would have the opportunity to do so on our Florence in A Day Tour from Rome  or our shore excursions from Livorno and La Spezia to Florence and Pisa.

For more information about our Day Tours, Shore Excursions and Transfers, please visit our website at http://www.RomeCabs.com
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Video PostCard from RomeCabs: ASSISI

Buon giorno and thank you for visiting Stefano’s RomeCabs Transfers and Tours Travel Blog.

In this Postcard from RomeCabs series, we feature the Umbrian town of Assisi that rests peacefully high up on the slope of Mount Subasio.

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Video PostCard from RomeCabs: ASSISI

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Most often recognized as the birthplace of Saint Francis and Saint Claire, Asisis is a magical hilltop town is one of the most beautiful medieval settlements in Italy.

Retaining its original stone style of medieval architecture built of pale grey and pink stone quarried nearby, Assisi is so well preserved that it still looks brand new – not a town that’s at least 1,000 years old.

Both RomeCabs and Stefano Rome Tours offer day tours to Assisi that also includes a visit to Santa Maria degli Angeli – the famous cathedral in the town by the same name located at the foot of Assisi.

Santa Maria degli Angeli church houses the famous Porziuncola ( a tiny stone church where the Franciscan movement started), and is respected at the place where Saint Francis passed away on October 3, 1226.

Must See Churches in Assisi on a Day Tour:

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Saint Francis Basilica

 

Assisi in A Day with RomeCabs

Saint Francis Basilica – Assisi in A Day with RomeCabs

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The Saint Francis Basilica consists of a Lower Level and Upper Level and it includes spectacular vibrant frescoes by the masters of that time, Giotto and Cimabue.

The construction of the basilica started immediately after the canonization of Saint Francis in 1228 on a plot of donated land on the west hillside of Assisi known as “Colle d’inferno” (Hill of Hell) as criminals were previously executed there.

After the construction of the Basilica, it became known as the “Hill of Paradise”, blessed by the presence of the Saint’s body that is buried in a tomb beneath the basilica.

 

Saint Claire Basilica

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Basilica of Saint Claire / Santa Chiara in Assisi

Basilica of Saint Claire / Santa Chiara in Assisi

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The simple basilica of Saint Claire houses the remains of Saint Clare beneath the high altar.  

Also notable, is the large cross that originally hung in the once decrepit San Damiano monastery that is believed to have spoken to Francis and helped in his conversion from a life of debauchery to monastic.  

Also featured in the basilica are preserved personal articles that once belonged to Saints Francis and Claire.

 

San Damiano Convent

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San Damiano Convent – Assisi Day tour with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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San Damiano Convent is significant for the Franciscans as this is where young Francis first received his calling when, as tradition recalls, a large crucifix hanging inside the church (now found inside the Basilica of Saint Claire) spoke to Francis and called on him to rebuild His church.
Taking the command literally, young Francis began to rebuild it stone by stone. It wasn’t until later that the meaning could have been interpreted as rebuilding the spiritual aspect of the church which was considered corrupt in those days.

This rebuilt church was later expanded to become the convent of Saint Claire, the first female follower of Saint Francis and the founder of the Order of the Poor Clares. Saint Claire lived and died here at the San Damiano convent.

 

Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

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Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Church - Assisi Day Tour with Stefano's RomeCabs

Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Church – Assisi Day Tour with Stefano’s RomeCabs

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The Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, located in the town’s main square, Piazza del Commune, is quite fascinating as it was built inside a 1st century BC Roman pagan temple dedicated to goddess Minerva.

The church was built in 1539, but it was renovated in a highly ornate Baroque style in the 17th century that gives the small church the appearance of a jewelry box of gold and powder blue.

Whether you visit Assisi by on an extend stay, or if you take a Day Trip, it is one of the most impressive, peaceful, and spiritual Medieval towns in Italy.

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Thank you for visiting our Travel Blog. If we can assist with your upcoming trip to Italy with private Airport Transfers, Civitavecchia Transfers, Day Tours or Shore Excursions, please visit our website below:

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Video Postcard from RomeCabs: Medieval Village (Arezzo Back in Time Festival)

 

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs Tour and Transfer Travel Blog

In this week’s Video Postcard, we feature another era from the fabulous annual festival in Arezzo: Back in Time:

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Video Postcard from RomeCabs: Medieval Village (Arezzo Back in Time Festival)

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Each year the fabulous Tuscan town of Arezzo hosts a 3 day festival called “Back in Time” (yes, in English! Although about 90% of the visitors who came to attend and enjoy the festival were Italian speaking)

The festival features multiple eras that are part of the region’s historic fabric: Etruscan Era, Roman Era, Medieval Era, and Renaissance Era. Each historical time is situated in different locations in the town created to fit the theme.

The park near the Cathedral and the Medici Fortress showcased the Medieval Era with Medieval games, chivalry competitions, sword fighting, jousting, music, and a Medieval Village where many groups set up their own camps under large white fabric tents and canopies.  

The Medieval Village was particularly interesting since sometimes visitors just observe authentically costumed participants interacting in their own camps as they might have in the Medieval times: start a cooking fire, sharpen their tools, eat at the communal picnic-like tables, or make things by hand.

At other other times, visitors were invited to step into the camps to mingle with the re-enactors and learn about the Medieval life, the tools used, and crafts they made.  

Unlike the opulent Renaissance era with rich vibrant fabric clothing, large feathered hats, and expensive looking boots and accessories, the Medieval era was very simple and monochrome.  The clothing were simple and earth toned (fabrics likely dyed with plants), and with metals very expensive for the average person, items like swords and mallets were a commodity.  

While a Renaissance era dweller may have sported a sword at his hip for self defense, his medieval counterpart may have used a scythe as a defense weapon.

By 14th century wealth began to flow into Italy as Europe began to experience economic growth due to new trade routes on land and sea that linked Italy’s ports to other networks in Europe.  Cultural and architectural achievements throughout Europe opened the opportunity for the Renaissance (re birth) to flourish in Tuscany.  The dark Medieval architecture of wood was rebuilt into large palaces with marble facades.  The stark Medieval life of survival and ignorance was transformed into a life of plenty and enlightenment.

It is quite interesting to see these 2 consecutive eras beautifully juxtaposed just a short distance from each other in Arezzo.

For more information on this amazing festival, click below:
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AREZZO: BACK IN TIME FESTIVAL

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Arezzo is also part of Stefano Rome Tours UNDER THE TUSCAN FUN tour that takes you on a fun filled journey through Tuscany to visit Arezzo and Cortona.

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Arezzo (Tuscany, Italy)

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Postcard from RomeCabs: Arezzo – Renaissance Court Dance

 

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

In this week’s Video Postcard from RomeCabs, we are featuring the first of a few spectacular vignettes from one of Italy’s greatest historical festivals that revisits 4 incredible eras in Italy’s history: Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance.

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Video Postcard from RomeCabs: Arezzo – Renaissance Court Dance

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Each year, Arezzo (one of the most prominent cities in Tuscany that is rich in history and culture), hosts the 3 day event called: AREZZO: BACK IN TIME

It does just that! It takes the visitors back in time to all of these incredible eras as hundreds of talented re-enactors and professionals recreate pieces of history for us to enjoy.

This Video Postcard features a Renaissance Court dance performed outdoors by a group of talented and well costumed dancers show us the moves their ancestors have mastered centuries ago.  

The Renaissance era was a time where wealth propelled advances in art, music, science, philosophy, medicine, and technology.  This period changed the face of humanity and still inspires it today. You can easily recognize this age of opulence in the flamboyant fashions where fine colorful fabrics and bulked clothing adorned the well off.

 

COURT DANCERS

Court dancers were primarily upper class nobility such as Kings, Queens, Dukes, Duchesses, Lords, and Ladies.  On festive occasions and banquets, the courtiers danced in couples or groups, displaying grace and dancing abilities in their finest costumes.

Dancing schools were created where the dance masters taught dance classes at court to those who aspired to a higher social status and impress their peers.  Many small steps created patterns, some steps included jumping on the right foot and kicking the left foot to the front, slide the feet, tapping, stomping, circling about and more.

By the 16th century, more instruments such as the violin were added to the the small orchestra that provided music to the dances. 

As time passed through the Renaissance into the Baroque eras, both the dances and instruments became more complex.

It is said that the love and passion for court dancing didn’t disappear…. It was replaced by ballroom dancing.

Thank you very much for visiting our blog, and stay tuned for more Video Postcards and vignettes from Italy and it’s fascinating places and events.
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For more information on AREZZO:  BACK IN TIME, visit their official website.

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Arezzo is also part of the “UNDER THE TUSCAN FUN” tour provided by our sister company Stefano Rome Tours.
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