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Countryside Splendor

Introduction

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Buon giorno and welcome to RomeCabs, your trusted company for Day Tours, Shore Excursions, and Transfers.

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The Roman countryside is one of the most historically and aesthetically diverse regions in Italy, and this Countryside Splendor day tour from Rome and Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia will take you on a relaxing journey through Rome’s rustic countryside to experience the unforgettable legacies of Italy’s most magnificent civilizations and eras.
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On this tour you will have the unique opportunity to visit the famous Renaissance Bracciano Odescalchi Castle  that overlooks the pristine volcanic Bracciano Lake, enjoy an authentic Italian lunch at a local restaurant in the Medieval hilltop hamlet of Ceri, and continue to Cerveteri to explore the Etruscan Necropolis of Banditaccia that boasts a thousand phenomenal ancient tombs that span across several centuries dating back to 900 BC!

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* For Day Tour from Rome, your RomeCabs professional English speaking driver will pick you up at your hotel at 9:00 AM, and you will arrive back to your hotel at approximately 5:00 PM.
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* For Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia, your RomeCabs professional English speaking driver will pick you up on the pier at 9:00 AM and you will return to your ship at approximately 5:00 PM. 

 

This tour is NOT offered on Mondays as the Etruscan Necropolis is closed on Mondays.

Description

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COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR TOUR

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BRACCIANO CASTLE
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Bracciano Castle Countryside Splendor Tour
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Originally a volcanic crater, Lake Bracciano is one of the most pristine lakes in Italy and one of the most popular destinations for Italians when they are seeking to escape the chaos of Rome city life.

The peaceful lake is surrounded by numerous villages including the town of Bracciano that is dominated by the imposing 15h century Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle built by the powerful Orsini family. Commonly known as Bracciano Castle, in 1696 it was sold to the Odeschalchi family which still continue to retain the castle today.
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Part residential castle, part military fortress, the  Bracciano Castle is open to visitors for a fabulous opportunity to   tour the castle’s central court and elegant rooms. The many rooms situated on 2 floors, are beautifully furnished with original Renaissance era opulent furnishings and wall paintings.  Once upon a time, Italy’s most illustrious figures such as kings, popes, lords, dukes, and ladies have slept and lived here.
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For more historical information and visiting Odescalchi Castle please click to read: Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano: Tour Tips.

 

MEDIEVAL HAMLET OF CERI
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Medieval Ceri Countryside Splendor Tour

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From Bracciano you will continue your journey to Ceri, a fortified 13th century medieval hamlet isolated on top of a steep tuffa cliff where time seems to have stood still.  

The narrow single lane street will take you up through village gate and its defensive walls and upward to the main square of this tiny village. The square is surrounded by historic buildings and the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Ceri, a remarkable church that merits a visit.

The 11th century Sanctuary was built on top of a sacred site where the pagan goddess Vesta was venerated by the ancient Etruscans and Romans. Notable is the ancient cycle of frescoes depicting scenes from the Old Testament. This Sanctuary is a special place for locals in the region. The Virgin Mary, for whom this sanctuary is dedicated to, is well regarded for her intercession and helping people who are experiencing difficulties. When their prayers are answered,  they dedicate heart shaped plaques that are hung on the wall in a side chapel.

Ceri is also popular for its delicious homemade style cuisine served at the local family owned restaurants.

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CERVETERI ETRUSCAN NECROPOLIS
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Cerveteri Necropolis Countryside Splendor Tour
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Your countryside journey continues to Cerveteri, one of the ancient Etruscan city states where you will visit the famous Banditaccia Necropolis  - the largest ancient necropolis in the  Mediterranean area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Some 3,000 years ago, Cerveteri was one of the city states of the Etruscan League known as Cisra Caere, and it reached the height of its power at around 600 BC as one of the main trading centers.
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In 3rd century BC Cisra Caere was defeated during the Roman expansion and by 1st century BC it ceased to exist.  The word “ceremony” comes from the Latin word “caeremonium’ - meaning “pertaining to Caere”, and it is believed refer to the ancient rites performed by Etruscan priests at “Caere”.
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Your visit to Cerveteri’s ancient necropolis will take you on a journey through its 25 acre archaeological site that contains around 1,000 tombs that date from 9th century BC to 3rd century BC.  The tombs differ in size and style depending on the period of time, family status, and various other criteria.

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As you  make your way through the necropolis, you will observe the progression of early 9th Century BC Villanovan rock-cut trenches containing urns, the development of circular shaped mounds that resemble huts, and the advanced and complex 3rd century BC city-like planning of tombs with small squares, neighborhoods, and roads for processions.
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You would find two such "roads", the Via dei Monti Ceriti and the Via dei Monti della Tolfa that date back to circa 6th century BC. In some areas of the roads, you can still see the deep grooves made by carriages that for centuries have made their way through here leaving behind their mark.

The interiors of the tombs are carved from the living tuffa rock and represents a reconstruction of the house of the deceased, including a corridor, central hall, several rooms, gabled roofs, stone carved furnishings, and other decorative architectural details. Considered the permanent homes of the dead, many of the tombs inside the necropolis are exceptionally significant because they are among the very few examples of Etruscan residential architecture that have survived since the ancient times.
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Tomb of Reliefs Cerveteri Necropolis Tour

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One of the most famous tombs not to be missed is the Tomb of the Reliefs that boasts exceptional bas reliefs, frescoes and sculptures depicting tools and items used in everyday life of ancient Etruria. The treasures and sarcophagi that were once sealed inside these tombs have made their way to museums in Cerveteri, Rome and Vatican.
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Banditaccia Necropolis in Cerveteri is one of the most unique sites Italy that tells a special story of the lives in an ancient advanced civilization that once thrived in central Italy and although it disappeared after being conquered absorbed by the ancient Romans, the Etruscans have never ceased to inspire awe and fuel our imagination.

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This concludes your day tour that has taken you on a magnificent countryside journey through the distant eras of the rustic Middle Ages, elegant Renaissance, and ancient Etruscans. From here, you will enjoy a relaxing drive to your hotel in Rome or cruise ship in Civitavecchia.

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We thank you for choosing RomeCabs as your trusted company for tours and transfers in Italy. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Tour Itinerary

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PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE BOOKING THIS COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR TOUR

 

IMPORTANT: PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER if you do not receive email correspondences from us within 24-48 hours, especially if you use HOTMAIL, AOL, or MSN or Earthlink email accounts

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This Countryside Splendor Tour is NOT offered on Mondays as Banditaccia Necropolis in Cerveteri  is closed on Mondays.

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* If you are booking a SHORE EXCURSION from the CRUISE PORT, please book the tour option  from CIVITAVECCHIA.
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* The price of this Countryside Splendor Tour includes Private Deluxe Vehicle, English speaking Driver, Italy VAT Tax, Fuel Cost, Toll Fees, Parking, insurance, and all road expenses necessary to provide this service.
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* The price of this Countryside Splendor Tour does not include entrance fees, lunch, gratuities, licensed tour guides for private tours, or other personal customer expenses.
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* The total price for the tour is per vehicle. Individuals traveling together have the option split the cost of the tour among themselves.
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* Please allow up to 24 hours for email responses and tour request confirmations.

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ENTRY TICKETS

* Entry admission to Bracciano Odescalchi Castle is currently 8.50 Euros per person. Tickets can be purchased upon arriving at the site.

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PRIVATE TOUR OF THE CASTLE:
Odescalchi Castle offers private tours in English with advance reservations at 120 Euros including tickets. Please inform us in advance if you wish for us to reserve a private guide for your visit to the castle. . You may also self tour the castle on your own.

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* Entry admission to Cerveteri Baditaccia Etruscan Necropolis is currently 10 Euros per person. You have the option to visit the necropolis on your own, or reserve a locally licensed tour guide for a private tour of the necropolis.

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PRIVATE TOUR OF THE ETRUSCAN NECROPOLIS:

 You can reserve a private licensed tour guide for an informative walking tour inside the necropolis. Please inquire within for more information and tour guide fees. Tour guides are always paid separately at the end of their tour service as they don't work for us.
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* Entry ticket prices to any sites in Italy are subject to change without notice and are not guaranteed to stay the same as indicated on our website. Ticket Prices are determined by the sites themselves and they may change between the date you book this tour and your tour date.

* Any special attractions and features inside the sites are not guaranteed. They can change without advance notice and are beyond our control.

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LUNCH IN CERI
Lunch is available only in the town of Ceri at a local restaurant (your driver can offer suggestions). Ceri is famous for local home cooked style cuisine at reasonable prices that draws Italians and visitors from all over the region. There are no sandwich or  sliced pizza places inside the hamlet or its environs.  To partake, you agree to lunch at one of the local restaurants in Ceri.

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TOUR SHARING

Share the fun and costs on this Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia by sharing your tour with up to 8 other cruisers per minivan!  

It’s very easy: just place an ad on the Cruise Critic roll call and invite other like minded cruisers to join you:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=34

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YOUR DRIVER

This tour includes an English speaking Driver who is not a Licensed Tour Guide. Italy's laws prohibit Drivers from guiding or accompanying guests away from the vehicle to sightsee on foot. Your Driver will be obliged to remain with the vehicle while you visit sites. For this reason we recommend private licensed tour guides inside sites, monuments and museums if you require in-depth information.

* If you are pleased with the service you receive from your driver, a minimum 10% gratuity is customary in Italy and greatly appreciated.

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PAYMENT OPTIONS

Payment for the tour will be made in Euro currency at the end of your journey to your driver, or you may prepay in advance via PayPal.

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CANCELLATION POLICY

We do not ask for your personal credit card information or require advance deposits. We operate on the Honor System, so we kindly request that cancellations be made at least 7 days in advance.

Cancellations must be made in writing via E-Mail and confirmed by our office as assurance that we received it.  We do not accept cancellations by telephone, text message, or 3rd party.

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For more answers to your questions please visit our FAQ PAGE.

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Please READ and ACCEPT our TERMS OF SERVICE prior to placing your reservation.

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Tips

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SAVE ON YOUR SHORE EXCURSIONS!

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Create your own private tour sharing group through Cruise Critic Roll Call for your shore excursions from Civitavecchia, Livorno, La Spezia and Naples, and if you book 3 tours together, you will also benefit with additional Multiple Tour Savings

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Below are the top shore excursions from Livorno (or La Spezia upon request), and Naples.

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PISA AND FLORENCE Shore Excursion

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 POMPEII, SORRENTO, AMALFI COAST
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TIPS FOR COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR TOUR
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* This countryside tour is created for the experienced traveler and cruiser with keen interest in culture, history, nature, architecture, and Italian cuisine (slow food). This tour may not be suitable for those seeking tourist attractions, fast paced activities, or fast food eateries.
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* Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing on this tour.
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* You will be walking on uneven terrain inside the necropolis and climb stairs inside the Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano. This tour may not be suitable for visitors with mobility issues.
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* There are many opportunities to take photographs and videos on this tour, so be sure to bring your cameras, and plenty of batteries and memory cards with you!
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* During the hot and sunny summer months, sunscreen, sunglasses and a summer hat to keep your head cool are recommended.

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Click to Read more about Cerveteri Banditaccia Necropolis.

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