5 Great reasons to book private tours in Italy

5 Great reasons to book private tours in Italy
*** 5 Great reasons to book private tours in Italy *** (as opposed to bus or group tours)

Buongiorno and welcome to the travel blog of Stefano’s RomeCabs, Italy’s premier company for Tours in Italy, Italy Shore Excursions, and Transfers in Italy.  We’ve been in business for more than 18 years providing safe and reliable private tours from Rome and Shore Excursions from Italy’s top cruise ports.  All our tours are private, and for good reasons.

If you’ve never been on private tours in Italy, don’t know what they entail, or don’t know if private tours in Italy are the best choice for you and your family, then this travel blog will shed some light on this subject and hopefully will help you make informed decisions for your next trip to Italy.

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What Are Private Tours in Italy?

For decades bus tours through Europe have been a staple for international travel. After all, when you booked a bus tour through a tour operator they took care of all the details on their organized trip itinerary. Before the internet, folks relied heavily on travel agencies and tour operators like Perillo for their trips to Italy.  

Renting a car has also been an option for some brave international travelers, however, with Italy’s traffic restrictions in most city centers, traffic, confusing traffic signs, worries of getting lost, and notorious “Italian drivers” who share the same road, renting a car in Italy is not an option for most travelers.  

5 Great reasons to book private tours in Italy (as opposed to bus or group tours)

However, the internet has opened a world of knowledge and possibilities, opening doors to new and innovative ways to experience vacationing in Italy.

Since most international travelers are not courageous enough to rent cars in Italy, nor stay in more remote regions where renting a car is more feasible, and trains only go to limited cities and towns in Italy,  private tours offer the unique opportunity to enjoy Italy comfortably and effortlessly.

On private tours, you will journey in your private deluxe vehicle driven by your personal English-speaking driver who is an expert limousine driver and knowledgeable about the regions in Italy you are touring in. You will have nothing to worry about, no trains to catch, no fears of getting lost by car.  Just sit back and relax.

What inspired us to create Private Tours in Italy?

While bus tours have been a staple in touring Italy for decades, they are also quite restrictive. For starters, bus tours are only available at certain times of the year, so your vacation time would have to coincide with the period certain bus tours are offered.  

Bus tours are also limited to their own itinerary that’s largely created to accommodate large buses.  Such tours also pre-select hotels and restaurants, leaving travelers without a say on their accommodation and meals. 

While bus tours and group tours made traveling to Italy “easy, they didn’t make it exciting, flexible, customizable, and accommodating

As our clients often told us for years, they didn’t enjoy touring in large groups, walking extensively because buses had to park so far away,  following a guide with an umbrella stick without an option to stop and take a photo, and not being able to stay longer to enjoy a particular site because they had to catch up with the group.

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Stefano Costantini, the owner of Stefano’s RomeCabs and Stefano Rome Tours, listened to the gripes of many tourists when he first started working as a limo driver, and it inspired him to offer private tours to travelers staying in Rome who wish to see places in Italy that are not offered on bus tours. He pioneered private Italy tours when bus tours were the most common way to tour through Italy. 

With just an email address and a primitive website (in the early 2000s), Stefano Costantini crafted customized tour itineraries for Rome Tours by car, as well as day tours from Rome and shore excursions from Civitavecchia. And so RomeCabs and Stefano Rome Tours were born, from the simple idea to offer travelers more touring options, and private options than bus tours were able to provide.

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Where can you go on private tours of Italy from Rome?

If you are staying in Rome as your base in Italy, you can enjoy day tours from Rome to the Countryside, Rome tours to Tuscany, Umbria, and Amalfi Coast.  If you are staying in Florence (or elsewhere in central Italy), we can also provide customized private tours in Italy for you.

If you are arriving at the port of Rome in Civitavecchia, you can also enjoy Shore Excursions to Rome, and to the Roman Countryside. If you are cruising to Livorno, La Spezia, or Naples cruise ports, we offer private shore excursions from those popular cruise ports as well. Simply visit our website for our collections of private shore excursions in Italy.

And here are our 7 great reasons to book private tours in Italy
(as opposed to bus or group tours)

1. Plan your tours around your vacation time, not the other way around

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Plan your perfect Private Italy Vacation – RomeCabs

The days of planning your vacation time around organized bus tour itineraries are over!  

Private tours are flexible, meaning that you can book your private tours in Italy when you want to travel, not when the tour operators scheduled the package tours.  This means you can choose where to go and what to see (no unwanted cameo or leather factories).

2. Private Tours offer privacy for your family and travel companies

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Touring Italy with your family or friends in the privacy of your own vehicle is much more enjoyable than sharing your space with 50 (or so) strangers. In fact, you don’t share your private space with anyone else.  Private Tours offer a level of intimacy that large bus tours and group tours don’t.

3. Private Tours are customizable and flexible

You no longer have to settle for touring sites that you don’t want to simply because that’s what is included in a pre-packaged bus tour.

Private tours offer a wide variety of itineraries you can choose from to suit different tastes and interests.  With our private tours by car, you can see MORE of Italy than on a bus tour.

You can even customize your private tours in Italy based on your interests. You are no longer limited by pre-set organized tours that limit choices. Our website offers a wealth of information and detailed descriptions of amazing places in Italy to help inspire and inform you.

READ: Rome Tours & Shore Excursions – Itineraries, Photos, Videos

4. You can see and do more in Italy on private tours than on bus tours.

Although more expensive, private tours in Italy save you money as you can see 2-3 times more in 1 day on a private tour than on bus tours or DIY saving you on extra hotel expenses for a longer trip. If you only have 1 week of vacation time but your  “must-see” can take 2 weeks on bus tours, you are essentially wasting your valuable vacation time.   

Buses are restricted from city centers and unable to access many towns and villages.  For example, bus tours in Rome can only achieve about 3 sites as the rest (and most worthwhile) are inside the historic center that is inaccessible to bus tours.  On average, on a private Rome tour can visit at least twice as many sites doubling your sightseeing opportunities in just one day!

The few locations that buses can stop at requiring extensive walking (sometimes even 15-20 minutes or so on foot from the bus and back), which not only can be exhausting during hot summer months but also a waste of precious time.

As buses travel slower, and group tours take longer, a valuable part of the day that could be enjoyed sightseeing is also lost. 

Private tours in smaller vehicles such as minivans can access all historic centers and can stop near most attractions to maximize sightseeing and minimize walking distances. Without a group to follow or to slow you down, you tour at your own pace and make the most of your day sightseeing.

READ: Top 10 Must-See Places in Rome – Travel Video

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5. Private Tours are safer (healthwise) than crowded bus group tours

The Covid pandemic has taught us new ways to keep ourselves protected from catching contagious illnesses. By limiting your exposure to large numbers of strangers in close quarters, you help keep yourself and your family safe.  

Not everyone can travel in the summer. Many travelers even avoid summer travel due to the strong summer heat, huge crowds, and peak airline and hotel rates.  Off-season (winter) is enjoyable in Italy, and shoulder season (spring and fall) is even preferred to summer by many travelers.  Unfortunately traveling during shoulder-season and off-season coincides with most cold and flu seasons. Even without pandemic travel, catching a nasty cold or flu can put a hamper your vacation.

READ: Why Book Pre Cruise, Post Cruise Tours to and from Rome Port

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6. Private Tours are ideal for families with small children

Private tours are particularly beneficial to families with small children who may not take well to extended bus rides,  long walks following a guide, and keeping up with the group.

Private tours also allow families to choose itineraries that would be most enjoyable for their children and also customize their tours to include places that their children would enjoy more. By not having to keep up with groups, families with children can tour at their own pace and at their leisure.

READ: 10 Common Mistakes that Ruin your Summer Trip to Italy

Italy Private Tours are perfect for families with children

 7. Private Tours are perfect for senior travelers and travelers with mobility issues

Many senior travelers and those with mobility concerns book private tours that make it much easier for them to enjoy touring Italy.  It’s much easier to get in and out of a sedan or a small minivan than to climb in and out of a coach bus. 

Private Tours are ideal for senior travelers, travelers with mobility concerns

Private tours in Italy can also be customized to include sites that are more accessible to guests with mobility issues, avoid sites that may require extensive walking and standing (for example, Vatican or Pompeii), and tour at a slower pace more comfortable for them.

Private tours are also more wheelchair accessible for travelers who use a foldable wheelchair and can easily get in and out of the vehicle with assistance from their travel companions.  Private tours can also be customized to include areas that are more wheelchair accessible, and avoid attractions that are not.

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We these 7 Good reasons to book private tours in Italy (as opposed to bus or group tours)  travel blog helped you determine if private tours through Italy are the right choice for you and your family or travel companions on your next trip to Italy.

We invite you to browse through our extensive collection of tours in Italy for ideas and inspiration for your next Italy vacation. If you find private tours in Italy that you wish to book, you may simply book online. If you don’t see what you are looking for, just contact us via email and our tour experts will be happy to assist you with planning your perfect Italy tours!

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

We have provided transfers from Rome’s cruise port in Civitavecchia for more than 18 years and counting, serving tens of thousands of cruisers arriving in Italy either pre-cruise, post-cruise, or just docking for the day enjoying a shore excursion.

We compiled 5 Civitavecchia Transfers tips, suggestions, and advice based on our extensive experience providing port transfers, and from questions, we’ve received from our cruising clients over the years. These are just simple tips and ideas to make your Rome seaport transfer easier, less stressful, and more fun.  

There are different types of Civitavecchia Transfers you can book:

  1. Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Civitavecchia
  2. Rome Hotel Accommodation to Civitavecchia
  3. Civitavecchia to Rome Hotel Accommodation
  4. Civitavecchia  to Fiumicino Airport (FCO)

5 CIVITAVECCHIA TRANSFERS Tips, Suggestions, Advice


Flying into Italy on the same day of your Cruise Ship departure?

EXPERT TIP : Book your flight arriving at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in the morning. It grants you extra leeway time in case of flight delays, missed connections, or luggage delays.

By booking a flight that arrives midday with just barely enough time to get to the cruise port, you risk running out of time if you experience any delays en route to Italy.

There have been cruisers who missed their cruise due to travel delays on their way to Italy.

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EXPERT TIP: Arrive in Italy the day before your cruise departure from Civitavecchia.  It will give you peace of mind in case of travel or luggage delays. You can book a transfer from Rome to Civitavecchia the next day and begin your cruise relaxed and well-rested.

Many cruisers fly into Italy the morning before their cruise and spend the night in Rome or in Civitavecchia. This allows for stress-free travel in case of unforeseen flight or luggage delays and also affords additional time to enjoy some sightseeing before their cruise the next day.

We offer options to maximize your limited time in Rome and squeeze in as much sightseeing as possible!

For your flight arrival in Rome, you may book our 2 or 4 Hour VIP Transfer or the popular Rome’s highlights from Fiumicino Airport your hotel in Rome.  Upon special request, we will be happy to also offer longer duration tours of Rome depending on your flight arrival time.

ALSO READ: 10 Things to Know before booking Civitavecchia Transfers

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Our Rome private tours by car are enjoyable, comfortable, and hassle-free.  

By car, you can see more of Rome in less time in the comfort and safety of your private deluxe vehicle and personal English-speaking driver.  You will have time to stop to enjoy various squares, view spectacular monuments, take photos, or enjoy a cappuccino. As our tours are private, you also have the flexibility to enjoy your sightseeing time as you wish.

After a restful evening and a good night’s sleep, the next morning you may enjoy a Pre Cruise Countryside Tour on your way to your Cruise ship.   The most popular pre-cruise countryside tour takes you to Bracciano to visit the splendid medieval Orsini-Odescalchi Castle (Bracciano Castle for short), and a visit with time for lunch in the charming clifftop hamlet of Ceri (formerly a medieval fortress).

READ: How the train ruined the Cruise for thousands of Civitavecchia Cruisers

Our sister company Stefano Rome Tours also offers the delightful Charming Lakeside Villages Countryside Tour to Bracciano, Anguillara, and Trevignano – the 3 wonderful historical villages situated on the shores of the pristine Lake Bracciano.

After your preferred pre-cruise tour, your personal English-speaking Driver will deliver you (and your luggage) right on the pier next to your Cruise Ship.  There’s no better way to start your voyage than a fun-filled morning of sightseeing in Italy.

READ: 10 Important Things to Remember when booking Rome Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers


If you are flying into Italy the afternoon or evening before your Cruise, you may book a hotel in the town of Civitavecchia near the cruise port and relax before your voyage. 

Your hotel concierge or accommodation host can arrange for a local Civitavecchia Taxi to take you to your ship inside the cruise port for an easy stress-free door-to-door service.  

Civitavecchia is a port town, boasting a lovely seaside promenade and the imposing Michelangelo Fortress.  What to see and do in Civitavecchia? With ample cafes, restaurants, shops, pharmacies, and boutiques within walking distance, Civitavecchia is an ideal town for a layover stay close to your cruise ship before you embark on your voyage.

Staying in Civitavecchia before your cruise

Many cruisers are not sure of the best times to schedule their various Rome – Civitavecchia Port Transfers.  Here are some of the most recommended pick-up times for the following types of Port Transfers.

Rome to Civitavecchia Transfer

If you require a nonstop transfer from your hotel in Rome to Civitavecchia Port, recommended pick-up time is 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The SAFE arrival time to your ship for most cruise departures is no later than 2:30 PM

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If you depart too early from Rome, you may arrive at your ship too soon before your embarkation time and may have to wait on the pier. The Pier in Civitavecchia is not equipped for an enjoyable wait time. 

If you depart too late from Rome past 1:00 PM, you risk arriving too late to your ship if you encounter any unforeseen traffic delays. 

Civitavecchia to Rome Transfer

For a nonstop transfer from your Cruise Ship in Civitavecchia to Rome hotel, the recommended pick-up time is 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. This is the time range when most cruisers going to Rome post-cruise disembark.

Cruisers who have early flights tend to be disembarked earlier before 8 AM.  Usually by 9 AM most cruisers are already disembarked from the cruise ship, unless they hold a late disembarkation pass. 

Scheduling your pick up from your ship after 9:00 AM may cause you to have to wait on the pier for your Driver to arrive for your scheduled pick-up time if your ship disembarks earlier than anticipated.  As Rome is about 1.5 hours away, it will not be possible for the Driver to hurry up and arrive sooner, and Drivers usually have other morning services making last-minute changes to accommodate earlier than anticipated disembarkation difficult or impossible. 

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Still not sure when to book your pick-up time from Civitavecchia to Rome?

Check with your cruise ship for your estimated disembarkation time, or schedule your pickup during the most common disembarkation times between 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

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Rome to CIvitavecchia transfers / Civitavecchia to Rome Transfers


Many cruisers are short on time and must catch a flight home on the same day their cruise ends in Civitavecchia.

Here are a few tips for flying out of Italy on the same day your cruise ends in Civitavecchia under normal travel conditions.

To be safe, book a departure flight between 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Travel time for transfers from Civitavecchia to FCO Airport is about 1 hour pending local traffic and road conditions.

Booking a very early morning flight could potentially place you at risk of arriving too late to the airport if your ship docks late, or if there are any unforeseen delays in disembarkation.  While cruisers with morning flights can disembark as early as 7 AM for a 10 AM flight, any unforeseen delay with the ship or at the cruise port can place you at risk of arriving late to the airport. 

As most cruisers without a late disembarkation pass are disembarked by 9:00 AM if you book a flight later than 1:00 PM you might find yourself with too many hours to wait at the airport where it may not be convenient or suitable to arrive excessively early.

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Civitavecchia to Rome / Fiumicino Airport

If an afternoon flight departure is your only option, we can suggest some sightseeing tours on the way to the airport depending on your flight departure time.  You can enjoy some fun-filled sightseeing opportunities for your final day in Italy, and arrive at the airport hassle-free at the right time for your flight.  

Please contact us for information and suggestions for tours from Civitavecchia to Rome Airport, and if you wish to book a customized service that is currently not offered on our RomeCabs website.  Our website includes our Contact Information where you may send us an email with your Civitavecchia transfer and/or tour needs.

Additional Information for cruisers going to Rome Post Cruise:

If you will be returning back to Rome on your disembarkation day from Civitavecchia, you may also enjoy a Full Day Post Cruise Tour from Civitavecchia to Rome. Don’t miss this wonderful day full of sightseeing opportunities to tour Rome or the Roman Countryside.

Post-Cruise Rome in a Day with Vatican Guided Tour from Civitavecchia

Thank you for choosing Stefano’s RomeCabs for your Rome Civitavecchia Port Transfers and Italy Shore Excursions.  We look forward to seeing you in Italy!

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

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Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for private Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia, as well as Port Transfers and Day Tours through Italy.

We have been providing reliable quality shore excursions from Civitavecchia for more than 15 years, and we’d like to share with you our TOP 5 Cruisers’ Choice Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia with RomeCabs that our cruising clients have requested and booked the most.

Below are the tours, along with descriptions, photos and videos to help you choose the tour best suited for you and your family.

On all our shore excursions, your personal English speaking Driver will meet you on the Pier next to your ship in the morning, and following your tour by car will conveniently drop you off right back on the pier next to your ship again.

ALL the tours below are also offered as a Day Tour from Rome hotel for cruisers who are staying in Rome pre cruise or post cruise, as a Shore Excursion for cruisers docking in Civitavecchia just for the day, and a Post Cruise Tour option with pick up from Civitavecchia and drop off hotels in Rome or Fiumicino.


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




Rome in A Day is by far THE most popular shore excursion from Civitavecchia as well as day tour from Rome for cruisers spending time in Rome pre cruise or post cruise.

Cruisers who book this tour wish to visit and experience the “must sees” and we make it possible on our Rome in a Day tour!

The suggested itinerary for the ROME IN A DAY tour is:

Visit inside the Colosseum, world’s most famous ancient Roman amphitheater

View of the Roman Forum from top of Capitoline Hill

See Circus Maximus with the imposing backdrop of Palatine Hill

Visit the Pantheon – the incredible ancient Roman pagan temple converted into a Christian church

The Trevi Fountain – the most renown fountain in the world (don’t forget to continue tradition by tossing a coin into the fountain to ensure another visit to the Eternal City)

The Spanish Steps with its elegant staircase that unfurls to connect the square below to the church and obelisk on top

The Vatican – prepare to be amazed by the treasure trove of art inside the vast Vatican Museums, Michelangelo’s masterpieces inside the Sistine Chapel, and the wonders of St Peter’s Basilica.


ROME IN A DAY TOUR from Civitavecchia with Stefano's RomeCabs

ROME IN A DAY TOUR from Civitavecchia with Stefano’s RomeCabs




Panoramic Rome for Cruisers offers a panorama of the Eternal City with a taste of Rome’s highlights and a few surprises.

This popular tour was created in response to increasing demand from cruisers requesting a more relaxing tour, avoid highly crowded places such as the Vatican Museums and Colosseum, and have flexibility without advance  purchased non-refundable tickets with strict time slots (again, such as the Vatican Museums and Colosseum).

This tour is also an excellent option on the 1st Sunday of the Month when it’s not possible to visit the Vatican Museums as they are closed and the Colosseum has free entrance which results in hours’ long wait in long lines.

Our Panoramic tour offers the following fun filled suggested itinerary:

Piazza della Rotonda with the monumental breathtaking Pantheon.

Enjoy a taste of La Dolce Vita with visits to Rome’s most popular and lively squares: Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and Piazza Navona.

Venture to Ancient Rome and enjoy a sweeping view of the Roman Forum from top of Capitoline Hill

From Colosseum Square, you can take in the massive awe inspiring Colosseum before you.  If you walk a bit further, you can also see close up the giant Arch of Constantine (one of the 3  triumphal arches closely located – the other 2 are inside the Roman Forum and you can see them from top of Capitoline Hill)

A visit to the 12th century Basilica of San Clemente will surprise you with an underground journey back in time to Ancient Rome as you peel off the layers of Rome’s 2,000 year old history.  On this amazing underground journey you will explore an early 4th century church upon which the current one was built, and further below the remains of a 3rd century ancient Roman apartment complex with a Mythraic temple dedicated to Mithras – an ancient Roman pre-Christianity cult.





Vacanze Romane / Roman Holiday Tour evokes nostalgic sentiments of the old classic movies that still live in our hearts.  Roman Holiday is one of the many unforgettable classics filmed in Rome (another that has captured our hearts is La Dolce Vita).
Our sister company Stefano Rome Tours has created a FUNtastic Rome tour that takes you many of the famous locations in the 1953 movie Vacanze Romane / Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

Vacanze Romane/ Roman Holiday Tour suggests the following itinerary of Rome’s most classic locations:

A visit to the Colosseum to explore the colossal ancient Roman amphitheater.

A drive through Piazza Venezia will take you to Capitoline Hill for a picture perfect view of the Roman Forum.

You will continue your drive past Teatro Marcello to the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin to see the Mouth of Truth (Bocca della Verita). If you don’t mind the line, you can have your own pictures taken infamously putting your hand inside the mouth of truth and hope it won’t bite you should you telling a lie!

A stop for a stroll along the beautiful Ponte Sant’Angelo bridge that’s next to Castel Sant’Angelo – the mausoleum of ancient Roman emperor Hadrian that was later converted into a medieval fortress, a prison and then a castle with ornate quarters.

Trevi Fountain has been featured in so many classic movies that it most definitely merits a visit, along with the elegant Spanish Steps.

No movie buff would miss the opportunity to stroll along Via Margutta – the street made famous as the actual address of Gregory Peck’s character: Via Margutta 51. It’s a quiet, pristine, charming oasis in the middle of a chaotic city.

Last and not least, a visit to the fabulous Pantheon will complete your Vacanze Romane / Roman Holiday tour.


Vacanze Romane Tour was recommended by Travel and Leisure

Vacanze Romane Tour was recommended by Travel and Leisure Magazine




Ancient Rome history buffs  frequently choose our Seven Wonders of Ancient Rome Tour for the wonderful experience of exploring ancient Rome’s most fascinating engineering feats we can see in their monuments, roads, buildings, aqueducts, and ruins.

Your Rome tour through the Seven Wonders of Ancient Rome will first take you to the Colosseum – one of the world’s greatest examples of Roman architectural and engineering achievements.

Nearby, you will see what remains of Circus Maximus, the largest chariot racing and sports arena of Ancient Rome.

The Imperial Baths of Caracalla will leave you in awe as you walk through the giant structures that are all that remains from Emperor Caracalla’s massive complex that included Olympic size swimming pool, cold and hot baths, gymnasiums, Greek and Latin libraries, conference rooms, and more.




You will next drive to the 4th century Ancient Appian Way – known as “Regina Longarum Viarum,” or “Queen of the Long Roads”, and one of the most important strategic roads of the Roman Republic. Segments of this ancient road are impressively well preserved so you can have an overall idea of what an ancient Roman road was like.

The Park of the Aqueducts is not a regular park, but jaw dropping display of remnants of some of the seven major aqueducts of Rome that were Rome’s lifeblood, carrying water uphill and downhill for long distances.

The Pantheon is always a favorite… regardless of the theme or subject of a tour.  And it’s also one of the Seven Wonders of Ancient Rome, followed by Trajan’s Forum which will complete your tour.

Just across the Roman Forum, Trajan’s Forum is a testament of Ancient Rome’s golden age of architectural wonders commissioned by ambitious Emperors, and overwhelmed visitors for ages. What is most visible still is Trajan’s Column (a victory column that details Trajan’s successful campaign against the Dacians – modern day Romania), and Trajan’s Market – possibly the world’s first shopping mall!

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Many years ago fans of the book and movie Angels and Demons, inspired our sister company Stefano Rome Tours to create this tour and offer Cruisers the opportunity to come face to face with many of the amazing locations in Rome featured in the the novel and movie.  Long after the movie and book lost popularity, cruisers and travelers alike still book this tour to enjoy the locations in Rome that are wonderful to visit whether or not you are a fan of the book and movie.

The Angels and Demons tour take you to the primary locations that represent the 4 elements featured in the book: Earth, Fire, Water and Air, as well as other must see locations in Rome related to the novel and movie:

  • Castel Sant’Angelo
  • St. Maria del Popolo Church  (EARTH)don’t miss Raphael’s Chigi Chapel and the Caravaggio paintings in the Cesaris Chapel
  • St. Peter’s Square (AIR)
  • St. Maria della Vittoria Church (FIRE) – don’t miss Bernini’s sculpture of Ecstasy of Saint Teresa.
  • Pantheon
  • Piazza Navona (WATER)
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel


Thank you for visiting our travel blog and reading our 5 TOP “Cruisers’ Choice” Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia – with RomeCabs article.

To browse through our day tours, shore excursions from other cruise ports in Italy, and transfers,  please visit our website.

We look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

The Rome Cabs Team

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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.



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.



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.

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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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!

Stefano’s RomeCabs

10 Important Things to Remember when booking Rome Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers

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

Arranging your airport or Civitavecchia port transfers is an important aspect of your travel plans. You’ll need to know how to get to your hotel in Rome from the airport and then back again, or how to get to and from your ship in Civitavecchia for your cruise.

Stefano’s RomeCabs makes this process easy and seamless by providing both Airport and Civitavecchia Port Transfers so all your transfer needs are taken care of.

When booking your transfers, there are some important things to keep in mind to avoid disappointments during your travels. Below we discuss the most important ones.


10 Important Things to Remember when booking Rome Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers


1  Use the Correct Arrival Date in Rome.

Some travelers departing from the American continent (Canada, US, South America) incorrectly book a transfer for the date of their own departure from home, not on the day “after” when they arrive in Rome.

Please check your plane tickets carefully for the Arrival Date, Time and Flight Number arriving at FCO Airport or Ciampino Airport

2  Check for Correct Flight Number for Arrivals.

 If you have multiple flight connections enroute, make sure that the Flight Number and Arrival Time you book your transfer from the airport is the correct ones arriving at your final destination in Rome.

By double checking your flight itinerary for accuracy,  you from don’t accidentally include the flight number from a previous leg in a different city or country.

3  Include the Complete details Drop Off Location

Be sure to provide your Hotel Name and Address with complete street number.

There are many hotels in Rome, for example, that are similar by name. Having the complete address of the hotel is very important, especially for pick ups when you want your driver to arrive at the correct location to pick you up.

If staying at a B&B or apartment, please provide the complete address with the exact building number. Many streets are long, and surrounded by convoluted one way systems. Knowing the street number not only helps the driver plan the route to your drop off location, but it’s vital for pick ups – without your building number it would not be possible to know your exact location.

4   For a Hotel Pick Up, use the Same Name in your Transfer Reservation as the Name registered at the Hotel

Drivers often arrive at your hotel and present themselves at the front desk as the Driver for “Name in the Transfer Reservation”.  If you book your transfer and hotel under different names, your hotel concierge will not know to inform you that your driver has arrived.

This is also important if the company needs to reach you by phone at your hotel with important information.

5  For Civitavecchia Transfers, be sure to include the actual Ship Name, not the Cruise Line Company.

On many days there can be multiple ships docking in Civtavecchia by the same cruise line, and they dock on different piers making impossible to guess which is your ship if you only provide your cruise line instead of the actual ship name.

For example: Crown Princess (not just Princess Cruises).

6  Schedule your Civitavecchia Transfers at the Right Times.

If your Transfer starts from Rome and ends at your ship in Civitavecchia, recommended pick up time from your hotel is 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

If your Transfer starts from your ship in Civitavecchia and ends at your hotel in Rome, the most common pick up time most cruisers book is 9:00 AM as that is when most cruisers are disembarked by.  

If you schedule your pick up from your ship later than 9:00 AM, you risk disembarking earlier and have to wait on the pier for your driver to arrive for your scheduled transfer.

Civitavecchia is about 1.5 hours away from Rome, if you disembark 30 – 40  minutes early, it would be possible to send the driver right earlier on the same morning  as he or she is likely still enroute to Civitavecchia.

From Civitavecchia to Fiumicino Airport, travel time is about 1 hour, so keep that in mind when booking your transfer from Civitavecchia to Fiumicino Airport.


Civitavecchia harbor

7  Schedule your Transfer from Rome to the Airport at the Right Time.

Travel time between Rome and Fiumicino Airport or Ciampino Airport is about 40 – 60 minutes pending traffic conditions.

If you need to arrive at the airport 2 hours prior to your flight departure time, schedule your pick up at least 3 hours prior to your flight departure time to allow for travel from Rome to the airport.

For transfers to Fiumicino Airport also be sure to include in your reservation or inform your driver of the Terminal Number your flight departs from. At FCO Airport airlines share multiple terminals for departure depending on various factors such as first destination city, code sharing, etc. Terminals can also change last minute. It’s important to know which terminal your flight will depart from in advance.


8 Include the Total  Number of your Suitcases and Carry-ons in your Reservation.

To ensure that you and your luggage will safely fit together inside the vehicle, it is important to include the total number of Large pies of luggage (checked in suitcases), and Small pieces of luggage (carry on cases).  

If you exceed the luggage capacity for the vehicle suitable or priced for the number of persons in your party, you may need a vehicle size upgrade, or a 2nd vehicle if you are a party of 7-8 traveling with more luggage than the minivan can accommodate.


9  Read the Information in the Website and Confirmation Email to Inform yourself about the Services you Book.

Different companies in different countries operate by certain set of laws, regulations, and culture norms.  

Read the Terms of Service prior to placing your reservation so you know in advance what is included and what is not included in your transfer, payment and cancellation policies, and other important information. Assuming all companies in all countries operate the same only leads to disappointment during your travels.

Also read the information available on the website prior to booking your transfers, and the confirmation email as well so you fully understand the type service you book and what to expect, know where to meet your drivers, emergency contact information, and the price of the service.



10  If any Information Changes in your Reservation, Please Contact Us to Update Your Reservation

If you experience changes in the number of passengers, arrival flight number or arrival time, your Hotel, or amount of luggage, please contact us so we can update your reservation with new information. Failure to provide the company with updated information may result in service not provided accurately.


We hope this information helps you book your perfect Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers for stress free and seamless transfers.

If you’d like to book your Airport Transfer or Civitavechia Transfers with Stefano’s RomeCabs, please visit our website at www.RomeCabs.com , or click on the Transfers of your choice below:




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Thank you very much for choosing Stefano’s RomeCabs for your Transfers and Tours in Italy. We look forward to welcome you to Rome!

Stefano’s RomeCabs Team


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

Our goal is to provide our clients with easy, affordable, reliable and comfortable private transfers to and from Civitavecchia Cruise Port.

Whether you are traveling between Fiumicino Airport and Civitavecchia, or between Rome and Civitavecchia, our private transfers with door to door service will deliver you and your luggage swiftly and efficiently to your final destination.

As if having your private driver at your disposal, driving in the comfort of your private deluxe vehicle, never lifting  your luggage, and travel relaxed and comfortable is not perfect enough…. we’d like to make your Civitavecchia Transfers even better by enhancing your transfer with sightseeing opportunities along the way.





For Rome lovers and cruisers who are only in Rome for short time (such as arriving in Rome the day before they sail on their cruise), we offer the very popular ROME PRE CRUISE TOUR that takes you on a half day tour of some of Rome’s top highlights, and then transfer to Civitavecchia.

Touring Rome by car is relaxing, you maximize your sightseeing possibilities by being able to see more, enjoy sites of your choice that are best accessible by car (our private Pre Cruise tours can be customized to suit your preferences), and have your luggage with you so you don’t have to worry about returning to your hotel at the end of your tour.




On your Rome Pre Cruise Tour you can enjoy either the Colosseum or the Roman Forum (the same tickets are valid for either site),  the ancient Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and give Rome a proper “arrivederci” with a visit to Janiculum hill for an unforgettable sweeping view of Rome from a special terrace on the top of the hil..






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If you’ve already seen Rome’s highlights and prefer to start off  your cruise with a relaxing countryside tour, Stefano RomeCabs offers a fabulous countryside tour that takes you one of Rome’s most pristine lake, visit the formidable Renaissance Bracciano Castle, and enjoy a traditional lunch in the Medieval hilltop village of Ceri for a fairy tale countryside escape.

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Odescalchi- Orsini Castle (commonly referred to as Bracciano Castle) is an imposing 15th century fortress that was later converted into a residential castle. For centuries, the castle is still owned by the Odescalchi family.  


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Bracciano Castle – RomeCabs


The Castle is open to visitors to explore the opulent Renaissance rooms where Kings, Queens, Lords, Ladies and Popes have lived and slept, and explore the castle grounds.

Not to be missed is the breathtaking panoramic view of the pristine Bracciano Lake that is actually a volcanic crater!


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Bracciano Lake view from Bracciano Castle – Rome Cab


Nearby in the midst of the rustic countryside is the medieval clifftop hamlet of Ceri, a 13th century fortified fortress that is now a charming tiny village with a remarkable church: Sanctuary of Mary of Ceri that boasts an incredible wall with medieval era frescoes depicting biblical scenes.


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Sanctuary of Mary of Ceri – RomeCabs


Ceri is also best regarded for the local family owned restaurants that draws patrons from all across central Italy, including many of our international clients who request a visit to Ceri just to have lunch there!


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Ceri is famous for its delicious local restaurants! – Rome Cabs


If you thought just having a private transfer to Civitavecchia was great…. Now you have 2 new options to transform your transfer into Pre Cruise Tour and get your cruise off to a fabulous start!

Thank you very much for choosing Stefano’s RomeCabs for your private Civitavecchia Transfers, Day Tours and Shore Excursions in Italy.  We are at your service to make your holiday in Italy your best ever!


The RomeCabs Team

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Tips on Booking your Airport Transfers with Rome Cabs


Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for Transfers and Tours.  Our goal is to make your arrival and departure in Rome as pleasant and seamless as possible.

Booking your Airport Transfer in Rome is an important travel plan that will help make your arrival in Rome pleasant and stress free, and your departure from your Rome hotel to the Airport (FCO/ Fiumicino Airport or Ciampino) a well timed transfer arriving in time for your flight departure.

Here are some helpful tips when Booking your Airport Transfer with Stefano’s RomeCabs



Make sure that you book your transfer in Rome based on your Arrival Date in Rome – not your departure date if you are traveling from, for example US /Canada, where your trip starts the day before your arrival in Rome.



If you will be changing flights along the way, be sure to include the Flight Number of your arrival at the airport in Rome.

It is very important to have your correctly Flight Number arriving at Rome’s airports so we can track your flight for late arrivals, and terminal numbers to pick you up at. Without the correct flight arrival at Rome’s airport it’s virtually impossible to provide accurate service.



Why is it important to include your telephone number in your reservation? 

Emails are not always successfully received, may bounce back due to non-delivery, or may end up in the spam folder.  Without a telephone number to contact you, there is no other means to reach you with important or urgent information regarding your service.

In Italy, if you bring a working cell phone, it helps stay in touch with you with important or urgent information about your service as phones are a much faster means to connect than via email for time sensitive matters.  With no means to contact you other than email, it would not be possible to assist you with urgent matters surrounding your service.



By not including the correct AM or PM time after your hour and minute arrival, it may result in inability to provide accurate price and service.

If your flight arrives at NOON hour, please include 12: _ _ PM

If your flight arrives at Midnight hour, please include 12: _ _ AM



Travel time between Rome and Airport is approximately 40-60 minutes

If you need to arrive at the airport 2 hours prior to your flight departure time, schedule your pick up in Rome at least 3 Hours Prior to your Flight Departure Time.



In order to be provided the proper size vehicle for your needs, please be sure to include in your reservation booking form the total number of Large Suitcases (check in suitcases) and Carry Ons.

For example, a party of 1-3 is priced for a car service. If you plan to bring luggage in excess of what a car can accommodate, you may require a minivan upgrade.

If you are a party of 6-8 that will be bringing in excess of 8 suit cases and 8 carry ons, you might require an additional vehicle if your luggage exceeds the luggage capacity of a vehicle.

When providing the luggage count, we can advise of the proper size vehicle for your needs.



In our confirmation email, you will receive all the necessary information to prepare you for your arrival in Rome.

It is imperative that you read the information carefully and watch our video HOW TO MEET OUR DRIVER AT FCO AIRPORT so you will know what to expect when arriving at the airport and where to meet your driver.




It’s important to keep a copy of your confirmation email as it also includes our emergency contact number, should you need to reach us with an emergency.

Emergencies that you can encounter during travels that we can assist with are:

Missing your flight and arriving in Rome on a different flight, your flight is delayed, your flight number has changed, your arrival time has changed, you are delayed in customs, your luggage are delayed, your luggage is lost and you need to report it, you are unable to find the Meeting Point and your driver.



Many travelers prefer to travel making plans last minute as they go.  They may book an incoming transfer before they depart for their trip… and then just before they need to return to the airport they book another transfer. When traveling abroad in a foreign country it’s best to secure all your transfers needs in advance to avoid costly mistakes.

However, to ensure all your transfers are taken care of and secured in advance it is RECOMMENDED to book ALL your transfers together before your trip when you are not rushed. Availability for last minute transfers may not be possible, especially during peak travel months.

Booking last minute and in a hurry can also result in providing the company with incorrect information which will result in service not being provided correctly.


We hope this information helps with your travel plans to Rome and booking your Airport Transfers with Stefano’s RomeCabs.

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