Payment method:Cash, Paypal, Credit card
starting time:8:00 AM at Civitavecchia
For up to 3 people from Civitavecchia: 500 EUROS
For up to 4 people from Civitavecchia: 550 EUROS
For up to 6 people from Civitavecchia: 600 EUROS
For up to 8 people from Civitavecchia: 680 EUROS
* This tour is NOT offered on Mondays and Tuesdays as the Banditaccia Necropolis is NOT open on these days.
Rome’s countryside is dotted with remarkable historic towns, enchanting hamlets, medieval fortresses, lakeside castles, and archaeological sites dating from the Etruscan era, and are part of Italy’s rich and fascinating heritage.
This popular Civitavecchia Post Cruise Tour is the answer to the often asked question: what is there to do Post Cruise outside of Rome?
On this Post Cruise Enchanting Roman Countryside Tour with Rome Chauffeur, you will have the opportunity to experience three of Italy’s most fascinating historical eras: Visit the renowned Medieval / Renaissance Odescalchi Castle (Castello Orsini-Odescalchi in Italian, Bracciano Castle for short) that overlooks the volcanic Lake Bracciano, enjoy an authentic Italian lunch inside the Medieval hilltop village of Ceri, and have an adventurous afternoon exploring ancient Etruscan tombs inside the unique Banditaccia Necropolis in Cerveteri.
Your Post Cruise Rome’s Enchanting Countryside Tour will begin at 8:00 AM when you meet your English speaking Rome Chauffeur on the pier next to your cruise ship in Civitavecchia, and your tour will complete with your arrival at your hotel accommodation in Rome at approximately 5:00 PM. No luggage worries as your luggage will be stowed safely inside the vehicle's luggage compartment during your tour.
Your Post Cruise Rome’s Enchanting Countryside Tour begins a relaxing drive through the rustic Roman countryside to the small town of Bracciano, famous for its volcanic lake and formidable castle.
Overlooking the pristine Lake Bracciano is the imposing castle Bracciano Castle.
A glimpse of this massive Renaissance military fortress will transport you to distant eras of feudal lords, noble families, Kings, princes, and dukes.
Bracciano Castle has remained the private property of Prince Livio Odescalchi, and the interior of the castle has become a historical museum open to the public to visit.
You have the opportunity to tour the splendid rooms throughout the castle fit for Kings and Popes, with the 6 centuries worth of artwork, furnishings, weapons, books and manuscripts, providing an authentic glimpse into the private quarters and lives of some of Italy’s most powerful historical figures and the lives they lived in the past.
From Bracciano your countryside journey continues until you reach a hidden gem that seems to appear out of nowhere: the medieval hamlet of Ceri (Borgo di Ceri in Italian) rising out of a steep rock formation.
Due to the defensive protection provided by this small fortified plateau, Ceri has been inhabited since the time of the ancient Etruscans and Romans who once ruled these lands. Its original name “Caere Novum” was shortened to Ceri.
Frozen in time to when Ceri was founded in early 1200’s, this authentic medieval fortress invites you to experience its old fashioned charm and enchant you with an atmosphere that evokes eras of fairy tales.
While in Ceri, you can visit the small Romanesque Church of the Madonna of Ceri that was built above an Etruscan temple dedicated to the pagan goddess Vesta. The church’s interior walls are decorated with faded but stunning frescoes from the 1100’s.
The family owned restaurants in Ceri are among the most sought after by local Italians who flock here for its delicious cuisine made with fresh local and in season ingredients that create some of the tastiest dishes in this region.
After lunch and visit in Ceri, your tour continues your next adventure where you will explore of of Italy’s most fascinating ancient sites: the Banditaccia Necropolis in Cerveteri where across the span of several centuries, the ancient Etruscans expanded their extraordinary necropolis (city of the dead).
At its height during 600 BC, Cerverteri was one of the most powerful citystate of the Etruscan League by the name of Caere Vetus. Today, Cerveteri is well known for its large necropolis that has earned its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Of the near 1,000 acres that the necropolis covers, about 25 acres have been excavated with about 1,000 tombs open to visitors, making it the largest necropolis in the Mediterranean region.
Spanning 6 centuries of the Etruscan civilization, the Banditaccia necropolis offers the unique opportunity to personally witness the advancement of this ancient civilization through the evolution of its tombs starting from 9th century BC simple stone pits or potholes where the ashes were housed, to elaborate 3rd century BC round and cube shaped tombs with intricate interiors, built like city blocks with roads used for processions.
One of the must see tombs is the Tomb of the Reliefs (Tomba dei Relievi), that dates to 3rd century BC. You will have to climb a flight of stairs to see the interior of this amazing tomb.
Exploring these ancient tombs that thousands of years ago were hand carved into the living tufa rock, and experiencing this remarkable site sacred to one of Italy’s most significant ancient civilizations is undeniably a profound experience that will leave you yearning to learn more about the mysterious people whom these tombs and land once belonged to.
After a wonderful day exploring Italy’s important historic eras, you will enjoy a relaxing drive to your hotel accommodation in Rome.
Thank you very much for booking our Post Cruise Rome's Enchanting Countryside Tour. We look forward to seeing you soon in Italy!
The listed price of the tour is per vehicle, not per person. Rome Chauffeur accepts online prepayment via PayPal or Credit Card at the time you confirm your Post Cruise Tour, or you may pay on the Date of Service in Euro funds at the end of the tour made directly to your Chauffeur. If at any time you need extra funds on the day of your tour, your chauffeur will be happy to help you locate an ATM machine.
Cancellations must be made at least 7 days prior to your Date of Service. Prepaid services canceled last minute less than 7 days or are No Show on the Date of Service are NOT Refundable.
Cancellations must be made in writing via E-Mail followed by an official cancellation confirmation E-Mail from our office in order for your cancellation to be valid. Cancellations are NOT accepted by Phone, Text, or through 3rd Party individuals such as hotel clerks, friends, or concierge services.
* CANCELLATION FOR PREPAID SERVICES: Only NET RATE will be issued on prepaid services. Net Rate is what we receive from your prepayment after PayPal / CC takes out their fees which they don't reimburse us in case of refunds. Therefore, we are only able to refund what we receive from you after PayPal/ CC takes out their fees.
Sedans can accommodate up to 2 suitcases and up to 2 small carryons. If you will travel with more luggage than indicated, please request a minivan upgrade at an additional rate.
Vans can accommodate a maximum of 6 suitcases and 6 small carryons. If you will travel with more luggage than indicated, you may either require an upgrade to an even larger vehicle, or 2nd vehicle at additional costs.
Your Rome's Enchanting Countryside Shore Excursion will start at 8:00 AM when you meet your English-speaking Rome Chauffeur on the pier next to your ship, and your tour will complete when you arrive back in Civitavecchia at approximately 5:00 PM
Tickets to Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano are currently 10 Euros per person (Ticket Prices can change without advance notice)
* Private Tours of the Castle: Odescalchi Castle offers private tours in English with advance booking at 180 Euros INCLUDING entry tickets. Availability of English-speaking tour guides is limited, please inform us in advance so we can secure this tour. Advance NON-Refundable Prepayment is required to reserve the guided tour. The Castle does NOT issue refunds in case of cancellation.
Entry tickets to Cerveteri Banditaccia Necropolis are currently 10 Euros per person.
You have the option to self-tour the necropolis or book a local licensed tour guide for an informative guided tour of the necropolis. If interested in a private tour guide, please inquire within for rates and availability.
Tour Chauffeurs are not licensed tour guides, therefore they are forbidden by law to accompany or guide guests to sightsee during the tour. In order to comply with local laws, drivers are required to stay with the vehicle while our guests sightsee.
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Reviews from our Customers
Fantastic tour, the best I have experienced. Thanks so much for making our last day in Rome memorable
Our driver Vincenso was absolutely fantastic. We booked a day tour of Rome from civitavecchia port. Vincenso brought us to all the included sights in Rome and so much more!! He showed us historic sites that we did not know about, including stopping at St. Paul's, and he was very informative and was an excellent guide and shared so much of his knowledge about Rome. He also brought us very close to all the sights so we did not have to walk far, as it was very hot! We asked him to bring us somewhere for lunch that was away from the main tourist areas and that was good value. He brought us to a ...