What to See and Do in Rome Pre-Cruise


Buongiorno, and welcome to Rome Cabs Travel Blog.  We specialize in Pre-Cruise Tours of Rome to Civitavecchia, as well as Italian Countryside Pre Cruise Tours with Civitavecchia Transfers. 

Many cruisers often ask:

What is there to do on a pre-cruise stay in Rome?

Most cruisers booked for a cruise from Civitavecchia arrive in Rome a day or so early to take in the sights of the Eternal City before they embark on their cruise.

Usually, check-in for cruise embarkation takes place around 2:30 - 3 PM (always check with your cruise line for check-in time, as some cruise lines vary).

What can you do in the morning in Rome before heading to Civitavecchia?


Below we offer you 2 options to make the most out of your morning in Rome pre-cruise:





Rome Pre Cruise Tours with Transfer to Civitavecchia Cruise Port


You can do some sightseeing on your own depending on where in Rome you are staying.

 If you are staying near the Colosseum, you can visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Most visitors who don’t have all day to devote to sightseeing only need about an hour to visit each site.

If you are staying near the famous squares, you can take a stroll to Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain or the Spanish Steps.

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 If you are staying near the Vatican, you can visit the  Vatican on your own in the morning. Usually, you can touch on the highlights of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St Peter’s Basilica in 2-3 hours.


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Having a private Vatican tour guide on this tour really helps enhance your experience….not only are the Vatican Museums a vast labyrinth of halls and galleries, but you don’t want to miss the most important works of art while wandering around where there is the least to see.  

A private tour guide will also take you through the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica so your Vatican experience is complete.

Always be sure to purchase your tickets to the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum online in advance to avoid long ticket lines.


~ If you are staying near the famous squares, you can take a stroll to Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain or the Spanish Steps.


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If you also book a convenient Private Civitavecchia Transfer to your cruise ship for a hassle-free way to reach the cruise port, be sure to schedule your pick up from your Rome hotel no later than 1 PM as it takes about 90 minutes to reach Civitavecchia from Rome by car.

A private Civitavecchia Transfer is the ideal way to get from your hotel in Rome to Civitavecchia Cruise Port as our drivers will take you directly to your cruise ship for the most convenient door-to-door service.



Enjoy a preview of our Pre Cruise Rome Tour with Civitavecchia Transfer VIDEO:


However, if you wish to make the most out of your morning in Rome before heading to your cruise ship, we offer a Rome Pre-Cruise Tour with Civitavecchia Transfer combination so you have all your sightseeing and transfer needs to be taken care of together.

It’s very simple and convenient with morning pick up from your hotel, 4 hours of sightseeing in Rome, and then off you go on your private Civitavecchia Transfer to begin your cruise! As you will be traveling with your luggage, you don’t have to waste time returning to your hotel to pick up your belongings. 

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The most popular sites in Rome in the Pre-Cruise tour are the Colosseum Square for an outside view of the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain (don’t forget to throw in your coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure a return visit to Rome) and Piazza Navona.


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In case you’ve already seen some of these sites already, don’t worry…with so much to see and do in Rome you’ll run out of time before running out of exciting things to see.

Even if your time in Rome before your cruise is brief, with Rome Cabs’ Pre-Cruise Tour with Transfer you will have the opportunity to squeeze in as much fun in Rome as time allows, all in the comfort of your own private deluxe vehicle and personal English speaking tour driver at your disposal.



Prefer a Post Cruise tour instead starting from Civitavecchia and ending at your Rome Hotel?

Enjoy a preview of our Post Cruise Rome in A Day Tour VIDEO:


Learn more about Rome Cabs’ Post-Cruise Rome Tour, with pick up right by your ship in Civitavecchia and drop off at your hotel in Rome (or train station or airport if you have a train or flight to catch in the evening).

Wish to book a Port Transfer? Click below:

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See you soon in Rome!

The Rome Cabs Team


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