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

What not to wear when visiting Rome Churches - RomeCabs


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.

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!

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


10 Reasons to book Stefano’s Rome Cabs for your Civitavecchia Transfers

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Stefano’s RomeCabs is one of Rome’s leading companies for private Transfers and Tours. We take pride in our dedication to provide reliable, safe, convenient and affordable Civitavecchia Transfers to cruisers in Italy.




Why should you book your Civitavecchia Transfer with Stefano’s Rome Cabs?

Here are some excellent reasons to start and finish your Cruise holiday in the best possible way…


Continuous reliable Civitavecchia Transfer service

With more than 12 years of continuous reliable, professional and quality service, Stefano’s RomeCabs is one of the most recommended companies in Rome for port transfers by cruisers world wide.

Rome Cabs provides Private Transfers for personalized service

We provide private transfers offering guests flexibility and customized service to serve your unique transfer needs.

We don’t shuttle our guests in crowded vans packed with maximum seating capacity to increase profit while compromising comfort and quality of personalized service.


Easy to book your Civitavecchia Transfers on http://www.RomeCabs.com

Easy to book website and confirmation process for secured transfer reservations.

Our website is rich with useful and important information to prepare you in advance.


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http://www.RomeCabs.com Civitavecchia Transfer Page


English speaking office staff

English speaking office staff are on duty 7 days a week to take care of your reservations and transfer needs, and answer your email inquiries. We are also reachable by phone for any urgent matters regarding your reservation.


Travel in comfort and style in our air conditioned deluxe vehicles.



Private Civitavecchia Transfer with Stefano’s Rome Cabs



Professional Rome Cabs Drivers

Stefanos’ RomeCabs Drivers are professionally licensed and have the necessary security clearance to access Civitavecchia port and the cruise ship piers to pick you up and drop you off right on the pier next to your ship for optimal convenience.


No worries about your transfer details

Your Stefano’s Rome Cabs driver will have all your transfer information before hand, so you don’t have to negotiate your transfer needs at the time of the service.

Everything is organized in advance, there is nothing for you to do other than enjoy your relaxing journey to and from Civitavecchia Port.


Competitive and fair prices

Competitive prices among our peers who provide same level of quality service between Civitavecchia and Rome / Fiumicino Airport. Quality and reliable service at fair prices has always been our philosophy and business model.  

Our prices include all applicable taxes, highway tolls, parking fees, and all road expenses required to provide the service.

While quality  does come at a price, the price should also be fair and competitive so our clients receive the best possible value.


Convenient and easy Payment Options

RomeCabs’ clients have the option to to pay in advance or on the same day without requiring credit card number or deposit.

You are not required to give out your credit card number when booking, or required to leave a deposit. We trust you!

 If you wish to prepay in advance, you may do so safely and easily online via PayPal – keeping your credit card information safe.


Upgrade Transfer options with RomeCabs’ Pre Cruise or Post Cruise Tours

You have the opportunity to upgrade your Civitavecchia Transfer to a Pre Cruise Tour or Post Cruise Tour to maximize your sightseeing opportunities in Rome or the countryside before and/or after your cruise.




Rome Pre Cruise Tour with Stefano’s RomeCabs




Counryside Pre Cruise Tour with Stefano’s RomeCabs






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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