Rome City and Countryside Tour

Day Tour of Rome's top squares and countryside medieval villages and castle

Payment method:Cash, Paypal, Credit card

starting time:9:00 AM from Rome Hotel 7:30 AM from Cruise Port

highlights

  • Relish a taste of both worlds: Rome and the Countryside
  • See Rome’s most famous squares and monuments
  • Enjoy traditional Italian lunch in a charming Medieval clifftop hamlet
  • Visit one of Italy's most famous Medieval / Renaissance Castles
  • For Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia, Convenient Pierside Pick up and Drop Off
  • For tours starting from Rome, easy Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Tour comfortably in your private deluxe vehicle and personal English-speaking Driver
  • Your personal Driver will take you as close to each site as possible minimizing walking distances

itinerary

  • Colosseum Square
  • Piazza Navona
  • Spanish Steps
  • Pantheon ( * Weekend visits require booking Time Slot Entrance Tickets)
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Medieval hamlet of Ceri
  • Historic town of Bracciano
  • Odescalchi Castle / Bracciano Castle
  • ** The order of the sites in the tour may change

included

  • Private Deluxe Vehicle
  • Personal English-speaking Driver
  • All applicable Taxes
  • Highway tolls, parking fees, road expenses

not included

  • Admission Tickets
  • Licensed Tour Guide / Walking Tours
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

description

Buongiorno and welcome to Stefano Rome Tours!  If you are staying in Rome or docking at Civitavecchia on a shore excursion and can’t choose between Rome and the Countryside on a day tour, why not visit both? 

Our Rome City and Countryside Tour offers travelers and cruisers a unique taste of Rome’s most amazing squares and ancient Roman monuments, and a taste of the countryside’s magnificent medieval glories. Enjoy the best of both worlds on a day tour from Rome or a shore excursion from Civitavecchia.

 

ROME CITY AND COUNTRYSIDE TOUR


TOUR FROM ROME HOTEL

For up to 2 Persons from Rome Hotel:  400 EUROS
For up to 4 Persons from Rome Hotel:  420 EUROS
For up to 6 Persons from Rome Hotel:  450 EUROS
For up to 8 Persons from Rome Hotel:  500 EUROS
 

SHORE EXCURSION FROM CIVITAVECCHIA PORT

For up to 2 Persons from Civitavecchia Port:  450 EUROS
For up to 4 Persons from Civitavecchia Port:  500 EUROS
For up to 6 Persons from Civitavecchia Port:  550 EUROS
For up to 8 Persons from Civitavecchia Port:  600 EUROS

* DATES on the Booking Form Calendar that are NOT Selectable, are NOT AVAILABLE.

Rome City and Countryside Tour from Civitavecchia Shore Excursions 

If you are staying in Rome or docking at Civitavecchia for the day on a shore excursion and can’t choose between Rome and the Roman Countryside on a day tour, why not visit both? 

Our Rome City and Countryside Tour offers travelers and cruisers a unique taste of Rome’s most amazing squares and ancient Roman monuments, and a taste of the countryside’s magnificent medieval glories. Enjoy the best of both worlds on a day tour from Rome or a shore excursion from Civitavecchia.

 

ROME CITY HIGHLIGHTS TOUR


SEE ANCIENT ROME WONDERS


Your Rome City and Country tour will begin with stops at many of Rome’s most famous squares with opportunities to view some of Ancient Rome’s magnificent monuments.

Enjoy a stroll in Colosseum Square dominated by the formidable Colosseum, Rome’s iconic amphitheater built between 78-80 AD by Emperors Vespasian and Titus.  Built as the largest amphitheater built of its time, it accommodated more than 50,000 spectators who, for centuries, gathered around its oval arena where gladiatorial fights, reenactments of famous battles, mock sea battles, animal hunts, and theatrical dramas, among other spectacles, were held.

 

Colosseum Rome City and Countryside Tour



Near the Colosseum is the towering Arch of Constantine, a tall 4th-century AD triumphal arch built to commemorate Emperor Constantine’s victory in the famous Battle of Milvian Bridge against Emperor Maxentius.

Another magnificent ancient Roman monument not to be missed is the Pantheon, the 1st century rotund AD pagan temple dedicated to all gods that in the 7th century was converted into a Christian Church dedicated to Saint Mary and the Martyrs. Inside the imposing Pantheon are tombs of Italy’s illustrious kings and Renaissance artists like Raphael. 

 

Pantheon Rome City and Countryside Tours from cruise port



Gazing up, you will notice the oculus in the center of the large coffered dome which is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. Completely open to the elements, the oculus is the only source of light inside the monument.  Drainage systems below the floor carry the fallen rainwater away when it rains.

Almost 2,000 years after it was built, the Pantheon remains one of the best-preserved ancient Roman buildings and one that has been in continuous use throughout its long history.

  • VISITING DURING THE WEEKEND? If you will be touring on weekends, the Pantheon required Time Slot Tickets to be booked in advance.
 

ROME’S MOST FAMOUS SQUARES


Not to miss on your morning of Rome City and Countryside tour is visiting Rome’s vibrant fountains: Trevi Fountains, Spanish Steps, and Piazza Navona.

The Trevi Fountain will beckon you with its unmistakable melody of water gushing from various stone sculptures into its large pool of water.  Trevi Fountain is located at a junction of three roads (tre vie), and is the terminal of Acqua Vergine, the revived Aqua Virgo, one of the ancient Roman aqueducts that supplied ancient Rome with spring water since 19 BC. Throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain is a decades-long tradition said to ensure a future return to the Eternal City!

 

Trevi Fountain Rome Countryside Tours


The Spanish Steps will welcome you with its elegant stairway that connects the French Church of Trinita dei Monti and the obelisk above to the square below where the Baroque-style fountain “Fontana della Barcaccio” - “The Fountain of the Long Boat” - that appears flooded and half sunk with water overflowing into a shallow pool of water. This unusual travertine masterpiece is credited to Pietro Bernini, the father of the world-famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

The lively Piazza Navona is an oblong-shaped piazza ringed by beautiful palazzi and bestowed with three magnificent fountains.  The unique shape outlines the ancient 1st century AD Roman Stadium built by Emperor Domitian for athletic competitions. The square’s current name Navona evolved from the ancient word for “games”, ‘agones’.

 

Piazza Navona Private Rome and Countryside Tours from Civitavecchia



Of the squares threw fountains, its centerpiece fountain is the most elaborate: the Fountain of Four Rivers (Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi)  designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1651.  This masterpiece of stone and water represents the four main rivers of the major continents known in that era: Danube (Europe), Nile (Africa), Rio de la Plata (America) and Ganges (Asia).  The fountain is surmounted by an ancient Egyptian obelisk erected by Pope Innocent X.


 

 VISIT THE ROMAN COUNTRYSIDE

 

VISIT THE MEDIEVAL VILLAGE OF CERI


Your Rome City and Countryside Tour continues from Rome through the bucolic countryside to the 13th-century medieval hamlet of Ceri.  Dramatically located on a fortified plateau of tuff with reinforced walls gives the village the appearance of a medieval fortress isolated on top of a steep cliff.

 

Ceri Rome Countryside Tours from Civitavecchia private excursions



The village’s ancient past dominating the present reveals itself as soon as you arrive at the bottom of the cliff. The village is accessed by a single winding road carved into the rock, wide enough for only a single vehicle to pass through at a time.

This unusual traffic problem was resolved with the installation of two traffic lights: one at the bottom of the hill, and one in the main square above where the road ends. The charming town square is surrounded by ochre and sienna-colored medieval buildings aged by the passage of time.  

 

Ceri Rome Countryside Tours private shore excursions from Civitavecchia



You may visit the beautiful Sanctuary of the Madonna di Ceri, a Romanesque church with an unassuming facade built on top of an ancient temple where ancient Etruscans and Romans venerated the pagan goddess Vesta. The remarkable beauty of the church is found inside the Sanctuary with stunning ancient and medieval frescoes adorning the walls.  The Virgin Mary for whom this Sanctuary is named is known for her intercession and for helping people who are experiencing difficulties.

After a delicious traditional Italian lunch at a local family-owned restaurant Ceri, your journey continues through the Roman countryside to the historical town of Bracciano dominated by the imposing 16th-century Castello Orsini - Odescalchi (Bracciano Castle).

 

 VISIT THE FAIRYTALE CASTLE OF BRACCIANO


Bracciano Castle is in remarkable condition and still owned by the Odescalchi family for 400 years. Although privately owned, the multi-level castle serves as a museum enjoyed by countless visitors.  You will have the opportunity to visit the castle for up to 1 hour, exploring the sumptuous rooms, atrium, the large castle kitchen, and the ramparts on top of the castle’s crenelated defensive walls.

 

Bracciano Castle Rome Countryside Tour from Civitavecchia cruise tours

The castle boasts original furniture from the Renaissance era, priceless paintings, ornate ceilings, and exquisite frescoes. As you make your way from room to glorious room you can’t help but feel as if you’ve been transported through time to bygone eras of Kings, Lords, and Knights that fairytales are made of. A medieval stone spiral stairway takes you to the upper level of the castle to further explore the castle's magnificent halls and suites.

Walking up to the ramparts on top of the castle walls will reward you with a splendid view of Lake Bracciano surrounded by the lush countryside. An actual ancient volcanic crater, Lake Bracciano is one of the most pristine lakes in Italy.

 

Bracciano Castle Rome City Countryside Tours from Civitavecchia shore excursions



From here you will join your driver for a relaxing journey back to your hotel in Rome, or cruise ship in Civitavecchia reminiscing about the resplendent places you visited on your Rome City and Countryside tour and the wonderful memories you created that will last a lifetime.

Thank you for booking our Rome City and Countryside Tour, and for choosing Stefano Rome Tours for your private Italy Tours and Shore Excursions. We look forward to meeting you in Italy!

Important Information


Please READ the important information below as well as Read & Accept our TERMS OF SERVICE  and Privacy Policy prior to placing your reservation request(s).

PAYMENT OPTIONS:

Payment for this Rome City and Countryside Tour can be made in Euro funds at the end of your journey directly to your driver, or you may prepay in advance via PayPal or Credit Card online when you Confirm your Tour.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

We kindly ask that cancellations be made at least 7 days in advance so we can rebook your service and your reserved driver does not lose work for that day. We thank you for your cooperation and consideration. 

 ** PREPAID SERVICES can only be Refunded the Net Rate we receive from your prepayment.  Net Rate is the actual service price minus the fees retained by PayPal/Credit Card that are not reimbursed to us in case of refunds. We can only refund the portion we receive from the PayPal/CC company.

  • EMAIL INQUIRIES / BOOKING REQUESTS

Please allow up to 24 hours for email correspondence in response to email inquiries and tour reservation requests.

We reply to ALL emails and booking requests we receive. If you don't receive correspondence from us within 24-48 hours please CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER, or send us an email from a different E-mail account

 

BRACCIANO CASTLE TICKETS and PRIVATE TOURS

BRACCIANO CASTLE TICKETS are currently 10 Euros per person to be purchased on-site upon arrival (ticket prices are subject to change without notice).

PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR OF THE CASTLE: Odescalchi Castle offers private guided tours with an English-speaking Tour Guide with advanced Non-Refundable Reservations at just 180 Euros INCLUDING entry tickets. Advance non-refundable prepayment is required as the Castle does not issue refunds for cancellations.

Please inform us upon booking this tour if you wish to have a private guide so we can book a guide on your behalf. Otherwise, you will SELF TOUR the castle on your own.

 

MEETING POINTS TO MEET YOUR DRIVER

For Day Tours from Rome:

For Day Tours from Rome hotel, your driver will meet you inside your hotel lobby, or area permitted by your hotel.

From Apartments or B&Bs without a lobby, your driver will meet you at your address outside the main entrance.

* If your hotel / accommodation is situated on a street or in an area restricted to vehicle traffic, your driver will park the vehicle as close as lawfully possible and will meet you on foot at your Address. From there, your driver will accompany you to your parked vehicle. Door to Door service may not be possible on streets or areas restricted to traffic or stops.

For Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia:

For Rome Cruise Port Tours, our driver will meet you on the Pier next to your Cruise Ship at your Tour pick up time holding a sign with the NAME in your reservation.

Please do NOT leave the ship area, and do NOT take a shuttle bus outside the Cruise port.

Look for the driver in the same area as ALL the private drivers who will be waiting for their clients to be disembarked. 

 

LUNCH IN CERI

Lunch is available only in the town of Ceri, all restaurants are priced at approximately 20 Euros per person depending on what you order.

There are no panini or pizza places available in the region of this tour, only local restaurants that are famous for their excellent cuisine. To participate in this tour, you are in agreement to lunch in Ceri at any of the available restaurants there. Restaurant choices in this region are limited, and we have no control over the menu options or service provided inside any establishment you lunch at.

 

YOUR STEFANO ROME TOURS DRIVER

This Rome City and Countryside Tour provides an English-speaking Driver who is NOT a licensed tour guide.

Italy laws permit only licensed tour guides to accompany guests to sightsee on foot away from the vehicle. To be compliant with Italy laws, your driver cannot lawfully guide you into the sites and will be obliged to remain with the vehicle while you SELF-TOUR away from the vehicle.