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Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia – by RomeCabs

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for private reliable shore excursions from Civitavecchia, Livorno (La Spezia) and Naples ports.

Rome is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, thanks to the Eternal City’s immense treasure trove of archaeological wonders, artistic treasures inside museums and churches, charming old world cobblestone neighborhoods, historical buildings, impressive monuments, and not to mention Vatican City.  Rome welcome between 7-10 million visitors a year.

Civitavecchia Port alone handles about 2 million passengers a year on cruise ships and ferries, ranking it the 3rd busiest port in the Mediterranean region. Located about 1.5 hours away from Rome, Civitavecchia is considered Rome’s port since the ancient Roman times.

It’s no coincidence that it is also the most popular shore excursion destination from Civitavecchia Cruise Port.

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CIVITAVECCHIA CRUISE PORT – Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia – by RomeCabs

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In this article we’d like to introduce you to some of the most popular Rome shore excursions from Civitavecchia enjoyed by tens of thousands of our happy clients for more than 15 years.

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Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia

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ROME IN A DAY TOUR

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ROME IN A DAY – Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia – by RomeCabs

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Rome was not built in a day, but if you are short on time (such as a shore excursion) you can certainly see the highlights and enjoy the best that Rome has to offer in a day.

The itinerary in Rome in A Day includes, among others, these famous monuments, museums, and squares:

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COLOSSEUM

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COLOSSEUM – Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia – by RomeCabs

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The Colosseum is the iconic symbol of Rome and the once formidable Roman Empire. Originally named the Flavian Amphitheater after the family name of Emperor Vespasian who commissioned the elliptical amphitheater to be built in 72 AD, the Colosseum was primarily used for gladiatorial games, beast hunts, mock sea battles, theatrical displays, and unfortunate public executions.

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CIRCUS MAXIMUS

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CIRCUS MAXIMUS – Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia – by RomeCabs

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(one of the wonders of Ancient Rome, Circus Maximus was Rome’s premier chariot racing stadium right below the palatial Palatine Hill where ancient Rome’s emperors and upper crust built their enormous villas – the Beverly Hills of Ancient Rome)
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THE PANTHEON

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PANTHEON – Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia – by RomeCabs

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The Pantheon is Rome’s ancient temple originally dedicated to all Roman gods (from which its name derives), and it was converted into a Christian Church in 609 AD. Having been converted into a church helped preserve this ancient monument from being stripped and quarried for building materials like other ancient monuments during the Medieval and Renaissance eras.

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

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TREVI FOUNTAIN

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TREVI FOUNTAIN – Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia – by RomeCabs

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The Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome with an amazing facade of Oceanus and his amazing seahorses jockeid by two tritons. The Trevi Fountain was featured in the movie classics Three Coins in A Fountain and Federico Fellini’s famous “La Dolce Vita”. Be sure to follow the long tradition and toss a coin into the fountain to ensure a return to The Eternal City!

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SPANISH STEPS

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SPANISH STEPS – TREVI FOUNTAIN – Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia – by RomeCabs

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The 18th century elegant Spanish Steps unfurls to connect the Church of Trinita dei Monti and the Obelisk Sallustiano above, to the square below.  At the base of this impressive stairway is a 1600’s Baroque fountain of a boat (Fontana della Barcaccio – “the Fountain of the Old Boat”) created by Pietro Bernini, the father of the famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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VATICAN

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VATICAN MUSEUMS –  Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia – RomeCabs

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For being the smallest country in the world, the Vatican holds the greatest collection of artistic and architectural treasures that are among the most famous in the world.  Inside the Vatican Museums, the Sistine chapel and St Peter’s Basilica you will be awed by a cornucopia of masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Giotto, Titian, and more.

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PANORAMIC ROME TOUR

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Panoramic Rome Tours offers you, well, a panoramic view of Rome without entering major monuments and museums, allowing you to see more of Rome without crowded monuments and museums like the Colosseum and Vatican. With that extra time, you can see these amazing places from the outside, and have more time to enjoy more of Rome. It’s a flexible tour without obligations of purchasing advance tickets for specific site in order to avoid long ticket lines.
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The Panoramic Rome tour includes a visit inside the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, St Peter’s Square (without entering the Vatican),  Capitoline Hill with a sweeping view of the Roman Forum with the Palatine Hill and Colosseum in the distance, Colosseum Square to view the magnificent ancient amphitheater from the outside, Piazza Navona, and Basilica of San Clemente and underground visit.
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PIAZZA NAVONA

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PIAZZA NAVONA – Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia – RomeCabs

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This lively oblong square is situated on top  and outlines the 1st century AD Roman Stadium of Emperor Domitian that was known as “circus agonalis” (competition arena), used primarily for athletic contests. By 15th century, the name “agone” evolved to Navona and grew into one of the most famous Baroque squares in Rome featuring the Fountain of the Four Rivers by Gian Lorenzo Bernini topped with the Obelisk of Domintian.   At each side of the square are tow more fountains: Fontana del Moro and Fountain of Neptune. The square is lined with beautiful earth toned historical buildings and the Church of Saint Agnes in Angone (Sant’Agnese in Agone).

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SAN CLEMENTE BASILICA

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SAN CLEMENTE  – Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia – RomeCabs

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When you visit the Basilica of San Clemente tucked away a few blocks behind the Colosseum, you come face to face with 2,000 years of history as you admire the amazing frescoes and mosaics inside the Church above, and after you descend to ancient Rome and explore the underground remains of the former 4th century basilica, and further down yet a 1st century AD pagan temple!

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VACANZE ROMANE

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Vacanze Romane / Roman Holiday is a very popular Rome Day Tour and Shore Excursion offered by our sister company Stefano Rome Tours. Its itinerary was inspired by the famous classic movie, and soon after it was featured on Travel + Leisure magazine.

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The tour itinerary includes the following:

COLOSSEUM

ROMAN FORUM VIEW FROM CAPITOLINE HILL

TREVI FOUNTAIN

SPANISH STEPS

PANTHEON

MOUTH OF TRUTH

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Known in Italian as “Bocca della Verita”, the Mouth of Truth is a marble mask against the wall inside the portico of Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Weighing a ton at 1,300 kg, historians are not quite certain of the original purpose of this marble disc that looks like a drain cover.

Legend has it, if you put your hand inside the open mouth of the disc and tell a lie, you lose your hand.  The Mouth of Truth was also featured in Vacanze Romane when Gregory Peck’s character pretends his hand was bit off by the mask when he told an untruth startling Audrey Hepburn in real life!

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VIA MARGUTTA

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VIA MARGUTTA – Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia – RomeCabs

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Via Margutta, 51 was the famous address of Gregory Peck’s character in the famous movie. The address is real, and you can see it for yourself!  The large doors of the address lead to a courtyard that is often closed to the public, and in addition to a few artist studies, are apartment buildings stacked just like in the movie.

An oasis from the chaotic city life, Via Margutta is an exclusive, quiet and charming street flanked by old world buildings and lined with art galleries and boutiques.   Famous Italians like Federico Fellini (director of Vacanze Romane) lived on Via Margutta.

A few times a year Via Margutta becomes and open air art gallery where “100 Painters of Via Margutta” art festival takes place with thousands of works of art are exhibited by established and unknown artists.
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CASTEL SANT’ANGELO

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Castel Sant’Angelo – Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia – RomeCabs

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The imposing cylindrical Castel San’t Angelo is also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, the 1st century AD ancient Roman Emperor and served as his tomb. By 14th century, popes converted the mausoleum into a fortress and connected it to St Peter’s Basilica via the Passetto di Borgo, and took refuge inside the the great structure when Rome was sieged and attacked by enemies. Today, it serves as a museum with many papal rooms richly decorated with breathtaking frescoes.

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ANGELS AND DEMONS

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Angels and Demons tour by Stefano Rome Tours was inspired by Dan Brown’s famous novel and movie “Angels and Demons”.  This has been one of the most popular Rome day tours and shore excursions from Cvitavecchia not only due to the famous movie, but the amazing filming locations that are among the most exciting must see places in Rome!

The Angels and Demons Tour follows the four primal elements cited by Galileo:  Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.
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READ MORE ABOUT THE LOCATION on the Angels and Demons Tour Page:

ANGELS AND DEMONS TOUR INFO

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EARTH:  SANTA MARIA DEL POPOLO

AIR: VATICAN

FIRE: SANTA MARIA DELLA VITTORIA BASILICA

WATER: PIAZZA NAVONA – FOUNTAIN OF FOUR RIVERS

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Additional sites:

PANTHEON

CASTEL SANT’ANGELO (from outside)

ST MARIA DEL POPOLO CHURCH

ST MARIA DELLA VITTORIA CHURCH

 

Thank you very much for reading our travel blog Rome Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia – by RomeCabs.  For Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia and other cruise ports in Italy, please visit our website below for tour information.

 

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We look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

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THE VATICAN - Rome in A Day - Top Must See Places in Rome - RomeCabs

Rome in A Day – Top Must See Places in Rome

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

Rome was not built in a day, but you can enjoy the top must see places in a single day!
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This photo travel blog takes you on a visual journey  of the top Must See Places in our Rome in A Day Tour that tens of thousands of travelers and cruisers have enjoyed for more than 15 years.

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Rome in A Day – Top Must See Places in Rome

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THE COLOSSEUM

 

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Rome in A Day – Top Must See Places in Rome – RomeCabs

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The Colosseum (actual name is the Flavian Amphitheater after the family Emperor Vespasian who initiated the construction process in 72 AD) is an enduring iconic symbol of Rome and ancient Rome’s engineering and architectural magnificence.   Built to accommodate up to 50,000 spectators on multiple levels, the Colosseum area held gladiatorial games, theatrical plays, beast hunts, mock sea battles, and public executions.

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CIRCUS MAXIMUS

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Circus Maximus – Rome in A Day – Top Must See Places in Rome – RomeCabs

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Although not much remains of this once formidable ancient Roman stadium, you can simply imagine the many dangerous chariot races that took place here (like in the movie Ben Hur) for the entertainment of tens of thousands of spectators.

Circus Maximus also has a magnificent backdrop of the ruins of once opulent villas of Palatine Hill.

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CAPITOLINE HILL VIEW OF ROMAN FORUM

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ROMAN FORUM – Rome in A Day – Top Must See Places in Rome – RomeCabs

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Not to miss in Rome is this picture perfect view of the Roman Forum with Palatine Hill next to it, and the Colosseum in the far back. It’s by for one of the most spectacular views in Rome, and you can see it from a terrace behind Capitoline Hill.  We always take our clients to see this wondrous view and take photos.

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PIAZZA VENEZIA

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PIAZZA VENEZIA – Rome in A Day – Top Must See Places in Rome – RomeCabs

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Although a traffic circle and not a square for pedestrians, Piazza Venezia is a must see for the imposing white marble monument dedicated to Vittorio Emanuele II – the first king of unified Italy.

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PANTHEON

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THE PANTHEON – – Rome in A Day – Top Must See Places in Rome – RomeCabs

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One of the top must see places in Rome is also the Pantheon, the rotund ancient Roman temple dedicated to all Roman gods that in 6th century became a church and the burial site for some of Italy’s most illustrious figures: King Vittorio Emanuele II, King Umberto I, Queen Margherita, and the famous Renaissance artist Raphael.

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READ MORE about the PANTHEON on our travel blog:

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

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TREVI FOUNTAIN

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TREVI FOUNTAIN – Rome in A Day – Top Must See Places in Rome – RomeCabs

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A highlight of our Rome in a Day tour is the Trevi Fountain, the largest Baroque fountain in Rome and possibly the most famous fountain in the world!

Tradition has it if you throw a coin in the fountain it will ensure a return to the Eternal City of Rome.  This tradition was also made famous in the classic movie Three Coins in a Fountain, and the fountain was also featured in the memorable scene inFederico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.

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SPANISH STEPS

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SPANISH STEPS – Rome in A Day – Top Must See Places in Rome – RomeCabs

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Next on your Rome in A Day – Top Must See Places in Rome is the Spanish Steps.  Also known in Italian as Piazza di Spagna, this elegant 1700’s spacious stairway unfurls to connect the French church and Obelisk above to Pietro Bernini’s baroque “Fountain of the Old Boat” below in the square.

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VATICAN

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THE VATICAN – Rome in A Day – Top Must See Places in Rome – RomeCabs

 

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Saving the best of the last of our Rome in A Day – Top Must See Places in Rome is the Vatican – the smallest country in the world and one of the top destinations in Italy as millions of visitors flock to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St Peter’s Basilica.

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If you wish to visit Rome on your own, you may use the top must see places in Rome list as a guideline of the top locations to visit on your next trip to Rome.
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If you wish to enjoy ALL the sites in one day in the comfort of your own private deluxe Mercedes vehicle, driven by your personal English speaking driver and minimize your walking  on a private tour by car you may book our Rome in A Day Tour from Rome or Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia Cruise Port. By car you will see MORE of Rome in LESS time, comfortably and with as little walking as possible to each location.

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Thank you very much for reading our Rome in A Day – Top Must See Places in Rome blog article, we look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

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RomeCabs Italy Summer Travel Tips

10 Common Mistakes that Ruin your Summer Trip to Italy – RomeCabs

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

Summer is the most popular time of the year to visit Italy as this is when most people take their vacations – especially families with kids on their summer break.

Summertime is a wonderful time to be in Italy, but it’s also important to take care and not make some of the common mistakes we discuss below that can ruin your summer trip to Italy (or at least make it less than enjoyable)

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10 COMMON MISTAKES THAT RUIN YOUR SUMMER TRIP TO ITALY

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1  Not booking your tours, transfers and hotels in advance

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10 COMMON MISTAKES THAT RUIN YOUR SUMMER TRIP TO ITALY – RomeCabs

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Summertime is peak travel season in Italy, and cities like Rome are not only one of Italy’s top visitor destination, but also for cruisers who leave and arrive at the cruise port of Civitavecchia, but also dock on a shore excursion.

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Plan Ahead to Avoid Last Minute Travel Headaches

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By waiting close to summer to book your Airport Transfers, Civitavecchia Port Transfers, Day Tours and Shore Excursions, you may find limited availability and many companies of choice already booked up as many travelers plan their trip up to 1 year in advance and book accordingly.  Don’t wait until last minute, book everything you need in Italy in advance and you’ll have nothing to worry about prior to your trip.

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2   Wearing flimsy and inappropriate footwear or flip-flops that can not only cause foot injury but risks of falling.

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RomeCabs Summer Travel to Italy TIPS

RomeCabs Summer Travel to Italy TIPS

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Streets in Italy can be made of cobblestones or pavement that may not be entirely smooth – making it easy to trip if not wearing proper shoes.  High heels and platforms are not recommended as safe footwear for women.

Archaeological sites like Pompeii, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and Ostia Antica have uneven earthy terrain with loose stones that can make it dangerous if not wearing comfortable shoes that also protect your feet.

Street rubbish or sharp objects tossed by unscrupulous people who don’t properly dispose of their refuse in appropriate trash bins can seriously cut or damage your feet if not protected by proper footwear.

We’ve seen many visitors with painful foot blisters, cracked and damaged heels, sprained ankles and other bodily injuries sustained by tripping or falling due in part to not wearing proper footwear. Flipflops and flimsy sandals are best saved for the beach.

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3   Not bringing or wearing sun block, sunglasses or sun hat.

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RomeCabs Summer Travel to Italy TIPS - Wear Sunblock

RomeCabs Summer Travel to Italy TIPS – Wear Sunblock

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The sun in the summer is very strong, and by the looks of many lobster red tourists, it’s clear many have not considered bringing or wearing sunblock.  Pharmacies in Italy sell a wide variety of sunblock made by popular brands, so if you forget to bring yours you can purchase what you need in Italy.

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4   Not wearing appropriate attire to visit churches.

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RomeCabs Summer Travel Tips - Church Dress Code

RomeCabs Summer Travel Tips – Church Dress Code

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Summer vacation attire for many folks is made primarily of tank tops and shorts – afterall, you can also fit most of them in a carry on and limit the number of checked in suitcases on your vacation.

However, many churches in Italy (and the most important ones) impose a modesty dress code for both men and women (and older children) that includes covering up shoulders and knees.  This means NO tank tops or sleeveless tops, and not shorts, skirts, or dresses that show the knee. We’ve seen folks stand in line for up to 1 hour to clear security to enter Saint Peter’s Basilica only to be turned away at the entrance because they were not properly covered up.

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

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If you plan to visit churches are part of your travel itinerary, either plan your wardrobe on the day you will be visiting churches, or bring additional articles of clothing in your daybag that would cover your knees and shoulders should you wish to visit churches spontaneously (also a great idea in hot summer months as the churches are dark and cool inside).
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How to Dress when Visiting Churches in Rome, Italy

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5   Not planning your activities in advance and over relying on public transportation to get around different areas of Rome.

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10 COMMON MISTAKES THAT RUIN YOUR SUMMER TRIP TO ITALY – RomeCabs

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In the summer buses and metros are crowded and hot in the summer as they are NOT air conditioned! In August you can expect long wait times for buses and metros as the run on a slower schedule since August is the month many Italians take their annual vacation and with fewer commuters, the public transportation also slows down.

It’s best to plan your itinerary in geographically compatible areas to minimize your reliance on public transportation. From what we’ve heard from travelers, local white taxis don’t keep their cars air conditioned, so you can’t rely on them for a guaranteed cool transport from site to site.

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5 Things to do on a Hot Summer Sunday in Rome

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If you are short on time and long in the list of things to see and do in Rome, you can book a Rome day tour by car with us and we will take you on a full day tour of Rome in comfort and style so you can enjoy more of Rome in your private air conditioned deluxe vehicle driven by your personal English speaking Driver to ensure you see as much of Rome as possible in as short time as possible with ease and comfort.

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6   Not making sure your accommodation has adequate air conditioning

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10 COMMON MISTAKES THAT RUIN YOUR SUMMER TRIP TO ITALY – RomeCabs

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Most hotels in Italy have air conditioning and allows individual room controls so you can adjust your temperature as you wish.  However, to ensure that your hotel, B&B, or rental apartment also has air conditioning system installed that you can control, check prior to booking.

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7   Not expecting museums and monuments to be crowded, hot, stuffy, and some with long security lines.

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10 COMMON MISTAKES THAT RUIN YOUR SUMMER TRIP TO ITALY – RomeCabs

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Museums like the Vatican Museums are not air conditioned (a difficult to impossible task considering the floor to ceiling precious artworks) and are super crowded.

Some sites like St Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum have security checkpoints that can result in long wait times in the hot sun.

If hot crowded places are not appealing to you, you can opt to visit these sites first thing in the morning when the sites actually open to benefit from cooler temperature and fewer crowds.

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8   Not buying advance tickets to popular museums and monuments

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The Vatican Museums and Colosseum in Rome, The Uffizi and Accademia Galleries in Florence and other famous sites in Italy have long ticket lines that can mean hours long wait times…and in the case of the Colosseum, in the direct sun.

You can avoid potentially long security lines by booking your museums and monuments tickets in advance wherever possible and skip the ticket lines.

In the case of the Colosseum, keep in mind that there is also a security checkpoint through which ALL visitors must pass, including ticket holders.  Although you don’t have to wait in the line to buy your tickets, you will have to wait in line to clear security. To avoid the long security lines, plant to visit the Colosseum first thing in the morning when it opens at 8:30 AM.

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9  Not staying hydrated – a dangerous thing to do.  

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RomeCabs Summer Travel to Italy TIPS - Stay Hydrated

RomeCabs Summer Travel to Italy TIPS – Stay Hydrated

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Always have a small bottle of water with you to stay hydrated. Bring a portable water bottle to refill at public water fountains. In Rome there are many fountains with cool refreshing drinkable water. Cafes and markets also sell refrigerated small bottles of water at about 1 Euro each.

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

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Avoid the street vendors as they often charge 2 Euros or more (“or more” usually for tourists 🙂

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10  Going to popular beach and seaside locations for your summer vacation.

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10 COMMON MISTAKES THAT RUIN YOUR SUMMER TRIP TO ITALY – RomeCabs

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In Italy, beaches and seaside towns are crowded with Italians and Europeans –  even more so in August when many take their annual month long vacation and seek the seaside in droves.

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3 Famous Towns in Italy to visit during Summer Historic Festivals

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The beaches and towns are super crowded with local summer vacationers and not a very enjoyable experience if you have to literally fight crowds everywhere you go.

We hope these tips help make your Italy trip better and more enjoyable.

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

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

When searching for a transfer online, you will find many sites and Google ads advertising cheapest prices, budget rates, lowest prices in town… usually accompanied by stock photos of new shiny Mercedes sedans and vans and well suited chauffeurs for a glamorous appearance of luxury at rock bottom prices.

Multiple websites offering unbeatable prices pop up left and right. They draw in budget minded travelers hoping to snag a good service on the cheap.

However, when further researching these companies’ reputation online you soon discover that their performance is not as stellar as their webpage presentation.  They often fail to deliver on their promises. And in the end you do get what you pay for.

This is often the case in Rome and elsewhere in Italy.  Competition for lower rates does not mean competition for the best quality of service.

To cut down prices to the bare minimum means cutting down quality of service, vehicles, drivers, reliability, and safety to meet bare minimum standards.

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Quality comes at a price. Quality cannot be had on the cheap.

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Newer and deluxe model vehicles cost more, regular vehicle maintenance done at industry standards service centers are pricey,  top of the line insurance policy to cover passengers is very expensive, the best possible drivers and office staff require fair wages. All these quality components add to the overall overhead expenses.  Quality and reliable service can be offered at good prices, not cheap.

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Companies that compete on quality and reliability of services are usually rated more favorably by their customers and have fewer complaints.

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In what ways do companies that provide GOOD vs CHEAP service differ and how does it affect their clients?

Here are some of the most common examples from years of experience in the transfer and tour industry in Italy.

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

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1  QUALITY OF VEHICLES

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Higher quality vehicles  – GOOD!!  🙂

Companies that compete on quality usually have newer models of comfortable Mercedes or Opel European deluxe model vehicles in their fleet. These vehicles are more comfortable and more reliable. They are less likely to break down and wear out.  They also cost a pretty penny and also expensive to properly and regularly maintain at car service centers that specialize in Mercedes or Opel vehicles.  You also feel special traveling in a deluxe vehicle making your trip more special as well.

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Lower quality of vehicles are used when cutting corners — BAD!  😦

Companies that compete on prices usually use older vehicles, or inexpensive models like Renault, Fiat or Ford.  These vehicles are generally not as reliable as their newer deluxe counterparts, and cheaper to fix at local  mechanic shops. Rarely you find new shiny Mercedes sedans pictured on their website.

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2  VEHICLE MAINTENANCE AND BODY WORK

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Never compromise quality on vehicle maintenance and body work  – GOOD!  🙂

Properly and routinely maintaining the vehicles is not just a matter of vehicle reliability but safety as well.  When vehicles are taken to industry standard service centers for proper maintenance and repairs there is a higher level of reassurance that the vehicle is properly taken care of.

Not cutting corners on car parts, tires, maintenance and repairs cost more, however reliability and safety are priceless.

Properly maintaining the vehicle body and fixing common scratches and dents also adds to overall costs. Keeping a vehicle beautiful is not cheap.
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Cutting down on quality maintenance and body work  — BAD!  😦

Because vehicle maintenance and body work is expensive, to keep prices cheap maintenance is not always done regularly, the tires are not always the best, and vehicles are maintained at local inexpensive mechanics that don’t always guarantee their work like a reputable car service center would. This results in vehicles not fixed properly, breaking down more often, and not being entirely safe.

Body repairs to fix dents and scratches are often overlooked in order to cut on expenses.

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3  QUALITY OF DRIVERS

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Stefano's RomeCabs Transfers and Tours in Rome

Stefano’s RomeCabs Transfers and Tours in Rome

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Quality of drivers also comes at a price. – GOOD!!  🙂

Companies that compete on quality look for and hire the best, most experienced, safe, reliable, professional, dedicated and customer oriented drivers available.   As in any industry, the greater the experience and quality of performance,  the higher the salary compensation  – which is fair.

It takes more than just obtaining a chauffeur license to be a good driver worthy of a company that competes on quality. The higher calibre of chauffeurs also demand a higher pay for their experience, efforts and dedication to quality of service.

As a traveler and passenger you expect a driver to be on time, presentable, helpful, have a pleasant personality, and most of all be a careful and safe driver.

Unfortunately these are qualities not shared among all professionally licensed drivers, therefore careful selection of drivers is very important when competing on quality of service.
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Lower quality of drivers — BAD!!  😦

Anyone can be a professional driver if they obtain a special license. But the license alone doesn’t guarantee great drivers that meet all the high demands of a company focused on quality.

One of the many ways companies that offer cheap prices cut corners is hiring inexperienced drivers, or any drivers willing to work for little pay.  Afterall, if they charge little for services, they also pay their drivers very little.

To earn a livable wage, these drivers have to work very long hours of continuous back to back services that render them too exhausted to safely perform their duties. Exhausted drivers are also not safe or reliable drivers. In the end the clients pay the price of having underperforming and tired drivers.  In the long run these drivers’ performance drops because as in any profession if someone feels is being underpaid and over worked, they compensate by underperforming. Driver turnover is also high in these companies.

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4  RELIABLE OFFICE STAFF

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Professional, knowledgeable and reliable office staff  – GOOD!!   🙂

Before clients meet their drivers, their first encounter is with the office staff either via email or booking a service.

The office staff are also the first impression potential clients have  about a company: are their emails responded professionally and requested information provided, are their bookings confirmed accurately and in a timely manner, are their services dispatched correctly? Cusotmer service is very important when competing on quality.

Finding professional and reliable office staff is as huge a challenge as finding equally professional and reliable drivers.  Careless oversights, failure to pay attention to details, unprofessional responses can lead to customer dissatisfaction and failure to provide the services required.

Training office staff is also a long term expense and investment for a company dedicated to quality customer service.  Reliable and dedicated office staff also requires a fair wage and compensation for their efforts of providing clients with quality customer care.
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Less professional or reliable office staff – BAD!!  😦

Another way to cut corners when offering cheap prices is to hire office staff willing to work for less.

Underpaid office staff are not nearly as enthusiastic or diligent in their duties as their equivalent who are paid a fair wage for their important office duties.  Their morale and level of dedication are low.

As a result, emails are not answered in time, little effort is put into customer service, and bookings get lost or not dispatched correctly. Consequently clients are left frustrated and waiting for email replies or left stranded altogether.

Absenteeism, turnover rates and employee disloyalty is high among these cheap priced companies which in the end harm their clients and reputation.

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5  PROPERLY SCHEDULING SERVICES

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Properly scheduled services, no mass overbooking – GOOD!! 🙂

Scheduling transfers with ample time in between each service to accommodate potential traffic and airport delays is very important when a company is focused on quality and timely service.

Unforeseen delays can happen at any time and to anyone.  By scheduling transfers with enough time in between each one ensures drivers are not obliged to rush from one place to another (often with clients in the car), arrive late for pre-scheduled pick ups, or not show up at all.

This also means booking less transfers in a day so each client and each individual service is well taken care of – which runs counter to those who are more focused on mass transfers and routinely schedule too many services to make up for charging cheap prices.

Companies focused on quality understand that overbooking results in disappointments when services are not provided on time, drivers are rushed and stressed, or services not provided at all due to delays compounded over the course of the day.
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Overbooking transfers to compensate for cheap prices — BAD! 😦

In order to be able to survive offering cheap prices companies need to make money by providing as many transfers in as little time as possible. It becomes a mass transfer service.

Transfers are scheduled with minimal time in between and and often overbooked to squeeze in  as many in a day as possible with little regard to risks involved.

The problem with that is that delays happen. Flights are late. Luggage delivery is delayed. Clients’ baggage is lost and they need more time to file paperwork.  Traffic in large cities like Rome is an ever present problem.  By over scheduling transfers with insufficient time between each service to accommodate common delays, many services end up provided late or not at all when drivers are so far behind they miss services altogether.

This leaves their clients late catching their flight or cruise ship, or left stranded altogether and desperately trying to find a last minute alternative transportation.

The one thing all the desperate travelers and cruisers who called us needing urgent help with transfers after they were left stranded and no one answered their calls had in common is they booked with budget websites offering cheap prices.  Many if not most of these travelers overlooked the spotty reputation of these companies hoping that what happened to others won’t happen to them. That’s a costly risk not worth taking when in a foreign country and you have a cruise or a flight to catch.
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6  LIABILITY INSURANCE

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Not skimping on liability insurance means passengers are well covered – GOOD! 🙂

Companies dedicated to quality service understand the value of buying the best and the top of the line insurance policies that will best cover their passengers in case of emergency.

Insurance in Italy is quite expensive, however, this should not be considered a luxury or something to cut corners on.  A company that cares about its clients, passengers, and drivers don’t skimp on liability insurance.
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Bare minimum liability insurance.  – BAD! 😦

Because liability insurance is expensive, in order to cut corner, companies that offer cheap prices have little choice but to buy minimal insurance that barely covers damages to passengers.

With skeletal insurance policies, passengers are not covered should an emergency occur causing them huge personal losses that will not be properly covered by insurance and never recuperate from the company itself.

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7  PUTTING THE CLIENT FIRST

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Quality driven companies put the CARE in Customer Care. – GOOD! 🙂

A strong and continuous focus on CARE in Customer Care and putting the client first is a key element at all companies that compete on quality.

This means that the clients’ needs and satisfaction are always top priority. It means going the extra mile even if not necessary. It means following up with the clients to ensure their service was provided satisfactorily. It means doing right by the clients when things go wrong.

It means doing all of the things mentioned above carefully in order to make their clients’ experience and service superior.

It means CARING about the clients and always making them Top Priority.

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Price oriented companies are more bottom line driven and profit at all cost. – BAD! 😦

All companies need to make money to survive.

Just because a company charges cheap prices doesn’t mean they make LESS money.

It means they cut corners as much as possible, and squeeze in as many services as possible in order to make reasonable profit.

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And just because a company charges more it doesn’t mean they make MORE money.

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As outlined above, providing continuous quality service comes at a price because quality costs more.

When quantity matters more than quality,  the level of customer care is compromised.  It’s not possible to put clients first when creating an environment where customer service is not prioritized and often compromised.

It’s not possible to go the extra mile and accommodate clients whose flight is late or luggage is delayed when overbooked in order to pack in as many services in a day to draw a reasonable profit.

It’s not possible to promise on time service when scheduling transfers so close that sooner or later on time service is no longer attainable.

It’s not possible to provide clients with the best drivers when the low pay only attracts those who would not make the cut at companies that focus on quality.

Overall, it’s not possible to provide continuous quality service and putting clients first while cutting corners at every turn.

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Quality comes with a price, and in the end you often you do get what you pay for.  Further, you can’t put a price on the peace of mind knowing you’re in the good hands of a reputable company dedicated to your satisfaction.

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When you have a flight or ship to catch,, is it worth saving a few Dollars or Euros and take a chance with a company that has cheap prices but a spotty reputation?  If things don’t go as planned it’s far more expensive missing your flight or ship.

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ADDITIONAL TRAVEL TIPS and ADVICE from our sister blogs:

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

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Best wishes from Rome,

Stefano’s RomeCabs Team

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