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Day Trips from Civitavecchia l Rome, Countryside – RomeCabs

11 Sep Day Trips from Civitavecchia l Rome, Countryside

 

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for Day trips from Civitavecchia and Italy’s top cruise ports,, as well as Day Tours from Rome.

On this travel blog we share with you the various exciting Day Trips from Civitavecchia that you can enjoy to Rome or the countryside. 

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Day Trips from Civitavecchia / Rome, Countryside

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  • Do you wish to pack in as much of Rome in a day as possible for your first cruise to Italy?
  • Are you are a movie buff and wish to explore places related to popular and classic films?  
  • Are you a history aficionado and wish to explore ancient Roman wonders?
  • Or do you prefer the more relaxing Roman countryside with incredible Etruscan, Medieval and Renaissance places, or if you are a returning visitor and wish to enjoy something off the beaten path?
  • Your Day Trips from Civitavechia can be exciting and fun filled no matter where you go!

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DAY TRIPS FROM CIVITAVECCHIA TO ROME

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For first time visitors in Rome who wish to see as much as possible of the Eterna City, we recommend the most popular Rome shore excursion: 

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ROME IN A DAY TOUR

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On this day trip from Civitavecchia to Rome you will enjoy visiting the most important highlights:

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  • Visit the Colosseum
  • See the Roman Forum from top of Capitoline Hill
  • Stop to see the ancient ruins of Circus Maximus with the Palatine Hill in the background
  • Visit the Pantheon
  • Stop at Rome’s most popular squares: Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain
  • Enjoy a nice Italian lunch at the restaurant or trattoria of you choice
  • Spend the afternoon exploring the Vatican: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica
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TIPS for ROME IN A DAY TOUR:
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Be sure to purchase your Colosseum and Vatican Museum Tickets in advance to secure availability in order to avoid extremely long ticket lines!

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When you book the Rome in A Day tour with us, we will provide you with all the necessary information to purchase your tickets (non-refundable) online via the official Colosseum and Vatican Museums website to get the best prices.

Do not bring with you any sharp objects like pocket knives and scissors, large bags or backpacks when visiting the Colosseum and Vatican as you will need to clear security and pass through metal detector just like at the airport. 

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Highly recommended for your Vatican Museums visit is a private tour guide for a 2 hour informative private tour of the highlights of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica.  ONLY visitors with tour guides can access the Basilica through the shortcut entrance from the Sistine Chapel. Otherwise, DIY visitors will need to exit the museums, and access the Basilica through the St Peter’s Square – unfortunately there may also be a long security line depending on how many visitors wish to visit the Basilica at the same time as you.

Be sure to dress appropriately when visiting the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s basilica due to modesty dress code (shoulders and knees always covered) being enforced.  Be sure to read the article below to avoid being turned away if you are not dressed appropriately.
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PANORAMIC ROME FOR CRUISERS
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For cruisers who wish to experience a more relaxed day in Rome without a fixed itinerary with advance purchased tickets at specific time slots, and avoid super crowded sites like the Colosseum and Vatican, we offer an increasingly popular tour PANORAMIC ROME FOR CRUISERS.

 

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On this fun panoramic tour that touches on Rome’s most exciting places, you enjoy visiting the most popular square:  Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, Piazza della Rotonda with a visit to the Pantheon, Colosseum Square to see the outside of the Colosseum and the surrounding ancient monuments, and St Peter’s Square to see the St Peter’s Basilica from the outside,  see the Roman Forum from a picturesque terrace on top of Capitoline Hill.

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Day Trips from Civitavecchia I Rome, Countryside - PANORAMIC ROME TOUR - SAN CLEMNTE BASILICA - RomeCabs

Day Trips from Civitavecchia I Rome, Countryside – PANORAMIC ROME TOUR – SAN CLEMNTE BASILICA – RomeCabs

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In the afternoon you will enjoy an underground exploration below the Basilica of San Clemente with a 4th century AD church on top of which the current 12th century AD Basilica was built, and further below a 1st century AD ancient Roman apartment complex with a Mithraic temple from the early Roman cult of Mithras.

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SEVEN WONDERS OF ANCIENT ROME TOUR

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Day Trips from Civitavecchia I Rome, Countryside - SEVEN WONDERS OF ANCIENT ROME TOUR - RomeCabs

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For history lovers, we offer the SEVEN WONDERS OF ANCIENT ROME that takes you to seven ancient Roman architectural and engineering marvels that have inspired the world for centuries!
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  • Colosseum
  • Circus Maximus
  • Baths of Caracalla
  • Via Appia
  • Park of the Aqueducts
  • Pantheon
  • Trajan’s Forum

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DAY TRIPS FROM CIVITAVECCHIA FOR MOVIE BUFFS

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Over the decades, many classic films and action movies were filmed in Rome.

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Tours from Civitavecchia - Vacanze Romane / Roman Holiday Tour

Tours from Civitavecchia – Vacanze Romane / Roman Holiday Tour

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Our sister company Stefano Rome Tours offers two fun filled tours that take you to visit the locations in the 1950’s classic Vacanze Romane / Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, and Angels and Demons novel by Dan Brown that also became a hit movie drawing many fans to see the locations in the story.

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VACANZE ROMANE / ROMAN HOLIDAY

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Tours from Civitavecchia - VACANZE ROMANE / ROMAN HOLIDAY TOUR

Tours from Civitavecchia – VACANZE ROMANE / ROMAN HOLIDAY TOUR

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The suggested itinerary of the Roman Holiday tour that take you to the top locations in the film include the following:
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  • A visit inside the Colosseum
  • Drive by Piazza Venezia
  • Stop on top of Capitoline Hill to enjoy a picturesque view of the Roman Forum
  • Drive by Teatro di Marcello
  • Stop at the Mouth of Truth
  • Drive by Palazzo Barberini
  • Visit Castel Sant’Angelo
  • Stop to enjoy the Trevi Fountain
  • Stop at the Spanish Steps
  • Stroll along Via Margutta where Gregory Peck’s character lived
  • Visit the Pantheon

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ANGELS AND DEMONS TOUR

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Day Trips from Civitavecchia I Rome, Countryside - ANGELS AND DEMONS TOUR - Stefano Rome Tours

Day Trips from Civitavecchia I Rome, Countryside – ANGELS AND DEMONS TOUR – Stefano Rome Tours

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The Angels and Demons tour takes you on a whirlwind adventure in Rome to visit the locations that represent the Four Elements, and well as the Pantheon and Castel Sant’Angelo.
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EARTH: 

Santa Maria del Poplo Church that features the Chigi Chapel, and also exquisite Caravaggio paintings:  Conversion of St Paul and Crucifixion of St Peter.
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FIRE:

Santa Maria della Vittoria Church that features the remarkable sculpture of Ecstasy of Saint Teresa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
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WATER:

Piazza Navona famous for its central fountain also by Bernini: Fountain of the Four Rivers that represent the rivers that flow through the four known continents of the 1600’s:  Nile, Danube, Rio and Plate. The fountain is topped with a tall obelisk with the family symbol of Pope Innocent X who commissioned the project.
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The Vatican. Inside Vatican City, you will enjoy an afternoon exploring the artistic treasures inside the Vatican Museums, Michelangelo’s masterpiece frescoes inside the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica – the largest and most important church in Christendom.

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DAY TRIPS FROM CIVITAVECCHIA TO THE COUNTRYSIDE

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If you have already visited Rome, or prefer a more relaxing day in the countryside exploring ancient Etruscan, Medieval and Renaissance places.

Below are two of the most popular countryside tours from Civitavecchia.

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COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR TOUR

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Day Trips from Civitavecchia I Rome, Countryside - COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR TOUR - RomeCabs

Day Trips from Civitavecchia I Rome, Countryside – COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR TOUR – RomeCabs

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On this popular countryside tour, your morning will begin with a journey to Bracciano Lake that will take you to the medieval lakeside town by the same name: Bracciano.

Bracciano is dominated by the imposing Renaissance era Orsini-Odescalchi Castle (most commonly known as Bracciano Castle).

You have the opportunity to visit the castle on your own, and see the many splendid rooms that are furnished and decorated with the original Renaissance era furniture, paintings, wall frescoes, and ornate ceilings.  You will walk through private apartment rooms that centuries ago were occupied by kings, queens, lords, ladies, and knights… transporting you to far away times of folklore and fairy tales.  

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After visiting the outdoor atrium and Medieval style castle kitchen, be sure to climb up the castle walls and walk along the ramparts for a glorious view of the pristine lake and the rustic countryside around you.

Lunch in the medieval clifftop village of Ceri is not to be missed!  This former Medieval fortress with just one narrow street to reach the top of the village appears as though time stood still. 

Although tiny, this village is huge popular for the excellent local cuisine prepared by the local family owned restaurants that use fresh local and in season ingredients, and secret recipes passed down from generation to generation. Grandma still overlooks the kitchen to make sure that all is prepared with perfection and tradition.

After lunch you will journey further back in time to the ancient Etruscan civilization with a visit to the Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis in Cerveteri to explore dozens of the hundreds of stone carved mound and cube tombs from that date as far back as around 700-300 BC.
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7 Amazing Places to visit on your Etruscan Tours

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The more ancient burial sites consisted of stone urns. Over time as the Etruscan civilization evolved, so has their skill at creating more complex tombs that resembled the actual homes of the deceased.   These are the only sources of information we have as to what ancient Etruscan tombs looked like.  

Although you will not find any tomb treasures on your tomb adventures, you will feel a bit like Indiana Jones.
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ETRUSCAN MYSTERY TOUR

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This unique Day Trip from Civitavecchia is offered by our sister company Stefano Rome Tours  takes you on a fantastic journey through the ancient lands of Etruria to places where the Etruscans once thrived and created amazingly beautiful things  – such as the vibrant tomb frescoes inside the Monterozzi Etruscan Necropolis in Tarquinia.

Tarquinia was once one of the most prominent ancient Etruscan city states and it gets its name from its ancient Etruscan name of Tarquinii.

There is absolutely nothing else like this in the world. Dozens of tombs dating back to around 5th-4th centuries BC were discovered to contain amazingly beautiful frescoes on the interior walls of the tombs. 

 Here, you will feel like you’ve come face to face with these ancient mysterious people as you admire tombs of Etruscans feasting and celebrating, dancing, playing music, hunting, playing sports, and more.  We have a special opportunity to see how they dressed, how they styled their hair, the furniture and tools they used, and how they went about their daily lives.

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Day Trips from Civitavecchia I Rome, Countryside - TARQUINIA ETRUSCAN TOMBS - RomeCabs

Day Trips from Civitavecchia I Rome, Countryside – TARQUINIA ETRUSCAN TOMBS – RomeCabs

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Unlike Cerveteri where the tombs were on the surface like little huts and houses to explore, the tombs in Tarquinia are all underground.   About a dozen tombs are open for visits at a time in efforts to preserve the delicate ancient frescoes.

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Day Trips from Civitavecchia I Rome, Countryside - TARQUINIA ETRUSCAN TOMBS - RomeCabs

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The tombs themselves are sealed off and kept in temperature and humidity controlled environment so we have the unique opportunity to admire these ancient masterpieces for a long time.  A push button turns on the light on a timer, you may turn on the light repeatedly to enjoy viewing the tombs as long as you wish.

Aside from the frescoes, the tombs are bare. All the sarcophagi and treasures are housed in the town of Tarquinia nearby inside the Tarquinia National Museum

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Day Trips from Civitavecchia I Rome, Countryside - TARQUINIA MUSEUM - RomeCabs

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From Tarquinia, you will enjoy a scenic drive to Tuscania

Not to be confused with Tuscany, Tuscania was also formerly an important Etruscan city with many legends contributing to the origins of its name: one being it was named after Tusco, son of mythological Hercules and Araxes

Another legend has it Tuscania was founded by Aeneas’ son Ascanius who found 12 puppies there and named the place Tus-Cana – deriving from the word cana which is similar to the Roman word for dog, canis (cane in Italian).

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Day Trips from Civitavecchia I Rome, Countryside - TUSCANIA VALLEY - RomeCabs

Day Trips from Civitavecchia I Rome, Countryside – TUSCANIA VALLEY

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The FREE National Archaeological Museum of Tuscania displays an amazing collection of Etruscan artifacts unearthed in the vicinity.

From the Etruscan maritime trade center, Tuscania later came under the Roman orbit as Rome expanded and conquered the Etruscan city states one by one. During the Middle Ages, Tuscania became one of the first bishopric sees in Italy.

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Day Trips from Civitavecchia I Rome, Countryside - Tuscania San Pietro Church - RomeCabs

Day Trips from Civitavecchia I Rome, Countryside – Tuscania San Pietro Church – RomeCabs

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Must see in Tuscania are the remarkable Romanesque Church of Santa Maria Maggiore,  and the 8th century Church of San Pietro built in Lombard-Romanesque style that dominates the town from the top of the sacred Saint Peter Hill.

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Day Trips from Civitavecchia I Rome, Countryside - Tuscania Santa Maria Maggiore

Day Trips from Civitavecchia I Rome, Countryside – Tuscania Santa Maria Maggiore

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Thank you for reading our travel blog Day Trips from Civitavecchia l Rome, Countryside.

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For more information about our Day Trips from Civitavecchia and from other top Italy cruise ports, as well as Day Tours from Rome to many of Italy’s top destinations, please visit our website below.
Also be sure to visit our sister company STEFANO ROME TOURS for day tours from Rome, Tuscany and Naples!

 

Thank you very much and we look forward to showing you Rome!

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