Post Cruise Countryside Splendor Tour

Enjoy our popular Civitavecchia Post Cruise tour by car to the Roman countryside

duration:Full Day

Payment method:Cash, Paypal, Credit card

starting time:9:00 AM

highlights

  • Turn your disembarkation day into an exciting Post Cruise Tour experience to the splendid Roman countryside
  • Tour the magnificent Medieval / Renaissance era Bracciano Castle that overlooks a pristine volcanic crater lake
  • Delight in free time for lunch and a stroll in the charming clifftop Medieval hamlet of Ceri
  • Explore evocative ancient sacred tombs at the Etruscan Necropolis of Cerveteri (a UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Convenient pick up on the Pier next to your ship in Civitavecchia and drop off at your Rome hotel
  • Tour in comfort and style in your private deluxe vehicle and personal English speaking Driver
  • Enjoy a higher level of personal attention and flexibility on our private tours by car

itinerary

  • Pick up at your ship at Civitavecchia Cruise Port
  • Drive by Bracciano Lake
  • Visit Bracciano Castle
  • Medieval Hamlet of Ceri, free time for lunch and stroll
  • Explore Cerveteri Etruscan Necropolis
  • Drop off at your Hotel accommodation in Rome

included

  • Pick up at your ship in Civitavecchia
  • Drop off at your hotel in Rome
  • English speaking Driver
  • Private Deluxe Vehicle
  • All TAXES
  • Highway Tolls, Road Expenses, Parking Fees

not included

  • Admission Tickets
  • Tour Guides / Walking Tour
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

description

Make the most of your post cruise day on our Post Cruise Countryside Splendor Tour enjoying the charming Roman countryside dotted with historic castles, medieval villages, and ancient Etruscan places.

On this tour from the Cruise Port of Civitavecchia, you will have a wonderful opportunity to tour the renowned Renaissance Bracciano Odescalchi Castle that overlooks the pristine volcanic Lake Bracciano, delight your taste buds with an authentic Italian lunch at a local family owned restaurant in the Medieval hilltop hamlet of Ceri, and visit the Etruscan Necropolis of Banditaccia in Cerveteri where you may explore some of the many beautifully preserved ancient Etruscan tombs that span across several centuries dating back to 900 BC!

 

POST CRUISE COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR TOUR PRICE LIST

  • For up to 3 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

 

** You may also do a QUICK PRICE CHECK using the Price Check & Booking form on the Right Side of this page.  Once you receive the PRICE QUOTE based on the information you input, you may proceed to SUBMIT your Tour Request.

 

WATCH: Enjoy a preview of the splendid places in our Post Cruise Countryside Splendor Tour VIDEO

 

   

Visit BRACCIANO CASTLE - in the historic town of Bracciano

 

The peaceful Lake Bracciano is surrounded by numerous medieval villages including the town of Bracciano that is crowned by the imposing 15h century Bracciano Orsini-Odescalchi Castle built by the powerful Italian Orsini family and in late 1690’s sold to the noble Odeschalchi family which still continue to retain the castle today.

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Part part military fortress and part residential castle, Bracciano Castle is open to visitors for a unique opportunity to visit the castle’s elegant rooms on 2 floors, and the central court.

The castle's private apartments are remarkably decorated with their original Renaissance era opulent furnishings and wall paintings.  Once upon a time long ago, many Italy’s most illustrious figures including kings, queens, popes, lords, and ladies have lived or spent time here.

 

CERI - the charming Medieval clifftop hamlet

From Bracciano your driver will take you to the nearby Ceri, a fortified 13th century medieval hamlet almost hidden on top of a tuffaceous cliff where time seems to have stood still.  

The narrow lane flanked by tall medieval buildings and wide enough for just 1 vehicle to drive through at a time, will take you up through village gate and its defensive walls to the main village square. The small square is surrounded by historic buildings and the 11th century Sanctuary of the Madonna of Ceri, an extraordinary church that merits a visit.

 

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Built on top of an ancient sacred site where the pagan goddess Vesta was venerated by the ancient Etruscans and Romans, this church is well regarded for the amazing ancient cycle of frescoes depicting scenes from the Old Testament

This Sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary is also a very special place for locals in this region as Mary is well regarded for her intercession and helping people who are experiencing difficulties. When their prayers are answered, they dedicate heart shaped plaques with gratitudes that are hung on the wall in a tiny side chapel.

Ceri is also very popular for the delicious homemade style cuisine served at local family owned restaurants where you will enjoy a delicious Italian lunch

 

CERVETERI ETRUSCAN NECROPOLIS - explore ancient tombs of a long-gone civilization

Your Post Cruise Countryside Splendor tour continues to the ancient Etruscan city known as Cerveteri to explore the famous Banditaccia Necropolis  - the largest ancient necropolis in the Mediterranean area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Approximately 3,000 years ago, Cerveteri was a prominent city state of the Etruscan League known as Cisra Caere, reaching the height of its power as a main trading centers around 600 BC.

 
WATCH the VIDEO preview of 10 Most Amazing Etruscan Tombs at Banditaccia Necropolis in Cerveteri:

 

In 3rd century BC Cisra Caere  was defeated during the Roman Empire expansion, and by 1st century BC it ceased to exist having been absorbed into the Roman state and culture. 

Your adventure through Cerveteri’s ancient necropolis will take you through the 25 acre archaeological site that contains around 1,000 tombs beginning with early 9th Century BC Villanovan rock-cut trenches containing urns, the later development of circular shaped mounds carved out of the living rock to resemble huts, and the more advanced and complex 3rd century BC city-like planning of tombs with small squares, neighborhoods, and roads for funerary processions.

 

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Considered the permanent homes of the deceased, many of the tombs are exceptionally significant because they are among the very few examples of Etruscan residential architecture that have survived since the ancient times. 

You will be surprised to see that the tombs include a corridor, central hall, various rooms, gabled roofs, stone carved furniture, and other decorative architectural details representing actual homes that tell a special story about these amazing ancient people.

One of the most famous tombs not to be missed is the Tomb of the Reliefs with remarkable bas reliefs, frescoes, and sculptures depicting tools and household items used by the ancient Etruscans. 

 
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The treasures and sarcophagi that were once sealed inside these tombs have made their way to museums in Cerveteri, Rome and Vatican.

This concludes your Post Cruise Countryside Splendor journey through the magnificent countryside that gives you a glimpse of its rustic Middle Ages, elegant Renaissance era, and the ancient Etruscans who once thrived in this region.  From here, you will enjoy a relaxing drive to your hotel in Rome.

Thank you for booking our Post Cruise Countryside Splendor Tour and for choosing Stefano's RomeCabs for your Italy private excursions. We look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

Important Information


PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW AND ACCEPT THE   TERMS OF SERVICE  AND PRIVACY POLICY BEFORE BOOKING.


TOURING ON A MONDAY? 

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

 

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Payment can be made in EUROS directly to your driver on the Date of Tour, or prepaid in advance via PayPal or Credit Card online when you confirm your Tour.

If you wish to PREPAY you may do so online when CONFIRMING your BOOKING by SELECTING your preferred option of payment.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

We kindly request that cancellations be made at least 7 days in advance of Date of Service.

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

 

ADMISSION TICKETS:

* Bracciano Castle - currently approximately 8.50 Euros per person. Tickets can be purchased upon arriving at the site.

* Cerveteri Banditaccia Etruscan Necropolis  - currently approximately 10 Euros per person. Tickets can be purchased upon arriving at the site.

* Admission Ticket prices are subject to change without advance notice.

 

PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR OPTIONS

* PRIVATE TOUR OF BRACCIANO CASTLE:

Odescalchi Castle offers private tours in English with advance reservations at 120 Euros including tickets. Please inform us in advance if you wish to reserve a private guide for your visit to the castle.  

* 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 do not work for us.

Otherwise, without a licensed tour guide, you will SELF TOUR the castle and the necropolis on your own. 

 

YOUR PRIVATE TOUR DRIVER

This tour includes an English speaking Private Driver who is not a Licensed Tour Guide.

Italy's strict laws prohibit Drivers from guiding or accompanying guests away from the vehicle. Your driver will be obliged to remain with the vehicle while you visit sites on your own.  

For your enjoyment of significant sites such as Bracciano Castle and Cerveteri Etruscan Necropolis,  we recommend reserving private licensed Tour Guides for informative private guided tours.  

 

DRIVER MEETING POINT AT CIVITAVECCHIA CRUISE PORT

For tours from Civitavecchia Port, your private driver will meet you on the Pier next to your Ship at your scheduled 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 port.

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

 

TIPS FOR COUNTRYSIDE SPLENDOR TOUR

  • This countryside tour is created for the connoisseur travelers with keen interest in Italian culture, ancient history, nature, architecture, and Italian cuisine (slow food). This tour may not be suitable for travelers seeking tourist attractions, fast paced activities, or fast food eateries.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes on this tour.
  • You will be walking on uneven terrain inside the necropolis and will be required to climb stairs inside the Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano in order to access upper levels. 
  • Many tombs inside the Etruscan Necropolis require climbing stairs in order to access the interior of the tombs.
    This tour may NOT be suitable for some visitors with mobility issues. Guests who are unable to climb stairs or walk extensively can enjoy the lower levels of the Castle, and see tombs in the necropolis that are closer to the entrance on a more even terrain.
  • There are many opportunities to take photographs and videos on this tour, so be sure to bring your cameras with you!
  • During the hot and sunny months please use sunscreen, sunglasses and a summer hat.
  • Lunch will be in Ceri at a local family owned restaurant (your driver can offer suggestions). Ceri is renowned for delicious home cooked cuisine at reasonable prices that draws Italians and visitors from all over the region. There are no sandwiches or sliced ​​pizza anywhere in this hamlet or its environs.

 

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