3 Common Mistakes that Ruin Your Summer Trip to Rome – by RomeCabs

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

There’s nothing like summer in Rome: long days to enjoy more monuments, squares and museums, warm evenings for romantic dinner at an outdoor restaurant, and lots and lots of gelato!

Summer is also the most popular season for travelers, who come to Rome on their summer vacations. If you are among the millions making your way to Rome in the summer, this blog can help you avoid the 3 worst mistakes that can ruin your trip to Rome.
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3 COMMON MISTAKES THAT RUIN YOUR SUMMER TRIP TO ROME

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1 Not Reserving your Hotels, Transfers, and Tours in Advance

Rome is not only one of Italy’s top destinations for travelers, but also for cruisers who leave and arrive at the cruise port of Civitavecchia, and also dock for the day at the port on their cruise.

By waiting too close to your trip to book your Hotel, Airport Transfers, Civitavecchia Port Transfers, Day Tours and Shore Excursions, you may discover limited availability or no availability at all. Many travelers, especially cruisers, plan their trip up to 1 year in advance and book accordingly.

Summer is not the time to travel off the cuff and book what you need as you go along. Spontaneous travel is best in the off season months of November to March.

So don’t wait until last minute, book everything you need for your Rome trip in advance and you’ll have nothing to worry about.

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2 Not booking your Advance Tickets to Popular Monuments and Museums

The  Colosseum and Vatican Museums have terribly  long ticket lines that can mean long wait times that last hours and possible missed opportunities to visit these amazing places.  

If you are short on time, the long ticket lines can also cause you to miss out these sites altogether – and if this was your only chance to visit them, it would be a huge disappointment during your trip.

In the case of the Colosseum, these wait times are right under the hot summer sun. Because the Colosseum also has a security checkpoint installed, your ticket line can be further impacted by added security lines.

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The Colosseum is best visited first thing in the morning when the lines are shortest.

You can avoid the other security lines at Saint Peter’s Square when entering Saint Peter’s Basilica by accessing the Basilica through the Vatican Museums.

Guaranteed access can only be possible when touring the Vatican Museums with a licensed tour guide in order to enter the Tour Guide reserved entrance that will take you quickly to the Basilica through the backway.

You can book a private Tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica through My Rome Guides.  If you book our Rome in A Day Tour, we can arrange for a licensed tour guide for your Vatican visit.

You can avoid potentially long ticket lines, the stress and frustration by booking your museums and monuments tickets in advance wherever possible and skip the ticket lines.
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3 Not Bringing Suitable Attire

Summer attire for many travelers consists of tank tops, short sleeved or sleeveless tops, shorts or mini skirts, and flipflops.   However, in Rome this can pose a problem.

Many churches in Rome that are on visitors’ Must See List have a strict modesty dress code that require shoulders and knees to be covered (men, women, and older children). Visitors who do not observe the modesty dress code can be turned away.

At St Peter’s Basilica they are most definitely turned away.
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What not to wear when visiting Rome Churches - RomeCabs

Visitors turned away from St Peter’s Basilica

 

We have seen numerous visitors wait up to 1 hour in St Peter’s Square to clear security to visit the Basilica, only to be turned away at the door because they were under dressed. For many, that was their ONLY chance to visit the Basilica as shopping for proper clothes and then  return in line again was not an option as they were on a time limited shore excursion and had to return to the ship soon after.

If you are planning to visit specific significant churches in Rome, either dress accordingly on those days, or  bring something to cover your shoulders and knees for spontaneous church visits.

Many streets and sidewalks in Rome are either cobble stoned, or are not entirely smooth (expect a few holes and uneven pavement) on these old streets.  Archaeological sites like Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Ostia Antica and others have rugged dirt terrain with loose rocks, stones and pebbles.

It is imperative that you wear comfortable sandals and walking shoes in Rome to avoid damage to your feet. Leave the flip flops for the beach. When in Rome, wear footwear to keep your feet safe and comfortable. And break them in before your trip…blisters are painful to have when walking on your feet all day.  

We have seen far too many cracked, cut, bandaged, crippled feet and sprained ankles in Rome as a result of inadequate footwear. Don’t let your shoes ruin your vacation.

While there are MORE mistakes travelers make that ruin their summer trip to Rome and Italy that we will explore later, however these are the most common ones.

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Thank you very much for choosing Stefano’s RomeCabs for your Transfers and Tours in Rome and Italy.  We look forward to welcome you to Rome!
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How NOT to Become a Victim of Airport Transfer Scams and Impostor Websites in Rome

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Don’t Become a Victim of Airport Transfer Scams and  taken for a ride by Fake and Impostor websites in Rome that copy legitimate companies’ names to dupe and mislead tourists.
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Copycat websites are not new in the World Wide Web we’ve come to depend on for so much. It’s even more devious when it hits international tourists who don’t know the difference between honest and shady companies abroad. Human nature tends to be trusting, after all, if a someone creates a website, provides a service for a fee, and there is no scandal that surrounds them online, it means they are genuinely operating a sound business. That’s not always the case.
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Many companies have invested so much over the years to establish themselves as reliable, recommended and trusted in the industry. Like us, many have cemented a name for themselves based on their sound reputation for operating an honest and dependable business travelers have come to trust and rely on. That’s when fly-by-night unknowns appear on the scene with names and websites very similar to existing companies, and this often confuse travelers in booking with them. How do they do this?
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They use website names suspiciously similar to the established company they’re targeting.  One example of such practice is,  for instance, when you google Rome Cabs, in addition to the official and ONLY Rome Cabs website: www.RomeCabs.com, you will find websites that use variations and added words like transfer or booking after RomeCabs.
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Or they employed SEO techinques so their website headliner may read Rome Cab or RomeCabs, but their website address is something completely different! Always compare the website address to the headliner.
Other scam artists spend money on Google adwords and use our company name in the header to mislead clients thinking we are them!
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Some also create email addresses bearing the same name or suspiciously similar as the company they target….with a @hotmail, @gmail, @yahoo, or any other variations at the end. People who don’t know the difference can be easily mislead and confused.
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 When the name of the company,  their website address and content do not match, be aware.
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HOW DO YOU PROTECT YOURSELVES FROM ONLINE IMPOSTORS and UNRELIABLE COMPANIES?

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There are ways to protect yourself from becoming a victim of unscrupulous online companies.
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* ALWAYS book your service with established companies that come highly recommended by sources you trust. When it comes to your and your loved ones’ safety, you should not leave anything to chance.

* NEVER blindly google or search the company name online to obtain their website. This is what copycat websites are counting on because here is where people become confused. The title tag above the website can be influenced by key words, and it may not represent the actual company name.

* ALWAYS make sure you have the correct company website address. When you ask for recommendations, make sure you also receive the website address along with the company name.

* ALWAYS contact the company by typing in their official website on your browser, never based on a search engine search.

* If you accidentally click on the wrong website, pay attention to anything that seems off. If you notice:

  • the company name on the website is different
  • the prices are different, the services are different,
  • the website does not look professional
  • or they have non-Italian phone numbers
  • these usually signs that you may be on the wrong website and if you may unintentionally book with the wrong company.

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* NEVER book your car service based on cheap and deeply discounted prices. The way most fly-by-night and impostor websites get clients is by offering very low prices compared to most established companies who invest in quality and safe service. .

Please know that when it comes to private car service you really do get what you pay for. A responsible car service company in Rome cannot survive offering cheap and deeply discounted prices below market value without cutting dangerous corners on vehicle safety and proper maintenance, insurance, quality of service, or even breaking laws.

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When you are booking car service online from unknown companies and websites offering cheap prices, you can get taken for a ride in more ways than one, and worse: you can potentially put your personal safety at risk!

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We have received untold number of calls from desperate travelers stranded at the airport or the cruise port (many of them elderly) because their drivers never showed up. In all these cases, they booked service via cheap copy-cat websites thinking they booked with the REAL Rome Cabs.
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Fly-by-night and copycat websites typically have nothing to lose since they do not depend on their reputation and word of mouth for their business. They often operate on multiple websites, so if they garner enough bad reputation online via one website, they simply shut it down and open another.
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Don’t become a victim of online impostors and unscrupulous companies no matter what type of service you are seeking, protect yourselves and your loved ones on your trips abroad. After all, safety first! There are many honest, established and reputable companies to chose from, so which ever company you select to book with, do so only after careful consideration based on reliable information, and with diligence in making sure you are booking with the intended company.
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For more information on Rome Cabs Transfer to the Airport and Civitavecchia, Tours, and Shore Excursions from Italy’s top Ports of Call, please visit us at www.RomeCabs.com.
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You may also visit our sister company, Stefano Rome Tours, for more exciting Tours and Shore Excursions in Rome and beyond: www.StefanoRomeTours.com
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Do you have any tips to share that helps travelers abroad? We’d love to hear from you in the comments box below.

Sharing is fun: If you found this article helpful, please pass it along to anyone who might benefit from it.

We thank you for visiting our blog, and we look forward to being of service to you in the future. See you soon in Italy!

~The RomeCabs Team.

How Not to Miss Your Ship and Get Your Cruise Off to a Great Start!

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

In this travel article we address a common question: how not to Miss Your Ship and Get Your Cruise off to a Great Start!


Arriving late and missing your ship can and does happen, and it potentially ruins your vacation because trying to catch up with your ship at the next port of call is never easy.  Usually this misfortune happens when you book your arrival flight on the same day as your ship’s departure.
It takes approximately one hour (pending traffic conditions) from Fiumicino Airport to the Port of Civitavecchia, but even if you have a few hours in between and think you have plenty of time, in all reality any slight flight delay can result in missing your ship.
Even if your flight arrives on time, other things can go wrong. If your luggage is delayed and due to arrive on a different flight after your ship’s departure, it probably won’t find you during your cruise.
And if your luggage gets lost not only you may not have enough time to file the appropriate paperwork for missing luggage, but you won’t have time for any last minute shopping for important items, leaving you having to rely on what’s aboard the ship and make do without your personal belongings.

Ok, so your flight and luggage arrived on time. Great!!! Still, you’ll be arriving in Rome jetlagged and exhausted after a long transcontinental flight. Instead of celebrating your first evening on your cruise, you’ll be spending it in your cabin recuperating from your journey and missing out on enjoyable activities.

With Rome being a top travel destination in Europe with so many incredible things to offer, why not spend a couple of days pre-cruise in the Eternal City to rest, taken in the sights, have lunch at an outdoor cafe, and get get your vacation off to a relaxed and fantastic start. And if you and your luggage arrive in Rome late, you have nothing to lose.

Our advise is: Arrive in Rome at least one day before your cruise departs.

* It relieves the stress of flight and luggage delays.
* Eliminates the risk of missing your ship.
* You have the opportunity to enjoy Rome.
* You will begin your cruise relaxed and refreshed.

For Airport and Port Transfers, Day Trips from Rome, and Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia, Naples and Livorno, please visit us at 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.

We are more than happy to assist you with your tour and transfer needs and help make your visit to Italy the vacation of a lifetime!

Do you have any practical travel tips and ideas you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you in the comments box below.

Sharing is fun: If you found this article helpful, please pass it along to anyone who might benefit from it.

Thank you for stopping by and reading our blog. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon in Italy!!

~The Rome Cabs Team

Plan Ahead to Avoid Last Minute Travel Headaches

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Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs travel blog!  Our mission is to help and advise visitors and cruisers to Rome make the best of their holiday in Italy!
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Below are some practical tips to Plan Ahead to Avoid Last Minute Travel Headaches

When you go out to a popular restaurant on a Tuesday night, usually you don’t need to make reservations. However, if you plan to dine at the same popular restaurant on Friday evening, without advance reservation you may not get the table of your choice, you may encounter a long wait, or not be able to get a table at all. 
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The same applies to booking private companies for transfers and tours, and it can make the difference between a relaxing and hassle free experience, and a stressful and difficult one.
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During the off season months, usually November to March, last minute bookings are usually accommodated in many cases. But during the peak season months, especially May through October, the most reliable and well recommended transfer and tour companies are the first to get fully booked.
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As a result you may find yourself fumbling online looking for different car service companies, using airtime minutes to call around if they don’t respond to your email request in time, and then only to find yourself at the mercy of lesser known, unknown, less reputable, or questionable companies that would not have been your first choice at all. And this can make the difference between a carefree, safe, and enjoyable transfer and tour experience, and a frustrating, uncomfortable, and potentially unsafe one.
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Waiting until last minute and finding out the most recommended companies are fully booked comes with some unpleasant circumstances.

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For one, it leaves many who require transfer services having to rely on taxis and their availability at the airport. This means if you are a party of more than 3 persons, have extra luggage, need a child seat, are wheelchair bound, or need extra service you’re at the mercy of what’s available at the taxi ranks.

You might even require more than 1 taxi if one vehicle cannot accommodate your group or your luggage. All of a sudden, the price of transportation just doubled! And unlike reputable companies that charge clients only the quoted price so you know in advance what you’ll pay, the same cannot be said about all taxis or fly-by-night companies.
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Bad Weather

Rainy Day in Rome with Traffic

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During rainy weather taxis are in demand and you may have to wait a long time at the taxi rank for cabs to arrive at the airport. Even worse is if you require a taxi to take you to the airport. If you need to make your flight on time, this is a risk not worth taking. With a private car service reserved in advance, these are someone else’s headaches, not yours.
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Public Transportation Strikes

Taxis are also difficult to find at the airport when there is a public transportation strike because they are much in demand in Rome itself. When taxis are busy locally, they will not travel to the airport unless they are dropping off clients they picked up in Rome. When all the train takers need a taxi to get into Rome, the demand for taxis just increased a thousand fold. And once again, if you are in a hurry to get to the airport and there are no taxis readily available, it spells trouble for your trip home.
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Taxi Strikes

Hopefully you don’t need a transfer during a taxi strike (which has happened on a few occasions in Rome in January 2012) and be forced to take public transportation when you are among those who find it difficult to do so.
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Public Transportation

Public Transportation is a great mode of transportation for many travelers, but may not be a pleasant experience if you’re traveling with a lot of luggage or heavy luggage, children, are elderly, disabled, wheelchair bound, and extremely jetlagged and exhausted.
Taking the Train to Civitavecchia with Luggage

Taking the Train to Civitavecchia with Luggage

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Leonardo Express stops at one of the farthest tracks at Termini Station that requires quite a bit of walking to get to the metro, bus and taxi area. Once you’re there, your choices are once again: metros, buses, or taxis.
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Passengers waiting at FCO Airport for Leonardo Express Train

Passengers waiting at FCO Airport for Leonardo Express Train

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If you plan to take the bus, you’ll need to know well in advance which bus number to take (there are dozens of buses at the stop, it might take some time walking back and forth to find the right one…only to have to wait for it if it hasn’t arrived yet), which bus stop to get off at, and where exactly is your accommodation from there.
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Bus Ride in Rome on A Rainy Day
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If you are taking the Metro, you will need to know if it’s the A line or the B line, and which direction you need to go….in some cases, you might even have to take an extra bus if the metro stop is not near your accommodation (as it’s often the case with off the beaten path B&B’s, rental apartments, and other types of accommodations).
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Taking the Metro in Rome
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If by the time you arrive at Termini station you decide to take a taxi, you’ll have to put your trust in the taxi driver that he will be honest with the fare and the short drive to your hotel won’t cost as much as the transfer from the airport itself.
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Taxi Rank at Termini Station
 
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Tours 

 

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Tours also get booked early during the peak season. This is further impacted when numerous ships arrive in Civitavechiaat once, and thousands of people have booked shore excursions in and around Rome.
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With limited number of professional and experienced English speaking driver guides in Rome, tours get booked up rather fast. This leaves you with very few alternative options.
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Public transportation such as trains and buses are not always convenient, are time consuming, and not very reliable for day trips in many areas outside of Rome – especially in less touristy yet very attractive areas. During the hot summer months it proves to be uncomfortable as well.

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There are very few options available, and probably not where you wanted to go. If you are on a shore excursion from Civitavecchia, and there is a public transportation strike, your options of getting to Rome on short notice are very limited (and very expensive if you opt for a taxi).

Renting a car for the day works for some people, but may not be a practical option for many either because it can be an expensive or a time consuming process. If you are on a shore excursion and renting a car, you must be sure not to get lost or delayed in any way that may cause you to miss your ship.

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Here are a few tips to consider when planning your vacation.

* Book your airport and port transfers when you book your airline tickets.

* Book your shore excursions once you book your cruise and know the places you’d like to visit.   

* Book your day trips after you booked your hotels and once you decide on the places you’d like to visit.

With a little planning in advance and booking early, you will have the peace of mind knowing that you won’t have any last minute hassles booking the services you need with the companies you trust.

For more information on Tours, Shore Excursions and Transfers, please visit us at http://www.RomeCabs.com  or click on the OPTIONS below:

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AIRPORT TRANSFERS WITH ROMECABS

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SHORE EXCURSIONS WITH ROME CABS

 

You may also visit our sister company Stefano Rome Tours at www.StefanoRomeTours.com.

We’d love to hear from you and help you make your visit to Italy a most memorable experience.

Do you have any practical travel tips and ideas you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you in the comments box below.

Sharing is fun: If you found this article helpful, please pass it along to anyone who might benefit from it.

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Thank you for stopping by and reading our blog. We wish you Happy Travel and hope to see you in Italy soon!
 
~ The Rome Cabs Team
http://www.RomeCabs.com
 
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P.S. This blog was inspired by stories and experiences shared with us by other travelers. We thought we’d share them with others in order to help them avoid the hassles these folks experienced.
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