You will absolutely love your single day Rome vacation… the only worry you will have when thinking of your cruise Rome visit to the Italian capital is the fact that your ship isn’t staying there overnight!
Is Rome one of the cities on your Mediterranean cruise itinerary? You must be so excited! We know we were, as we dreamt of visiting this city since the times we learnt about it from the history books back in school.
The fact that during our one-day mini Rome vacation we could visit the city that once ruled the world, and that Rome sightseeing entailed seeing all those monuments that were built over 2000 years ago and are still standing… mind-blowing!
You will absolutely love your day in the Eternal City… the only worry you will have when thinking of your cruise to Rome and visit to the Italian capital is the fact that your ship isn’t staying there overnight!
Even just a modest knowledge of Rome attractions will confirm what they say: Rome wasn’t built in a day. So how do you fit everything into a 12-hour Rome vacation? This Rome travel guide will help you with that.
On the day your ship calls to Rome, you will be docked in the small seaside town of Civitavecchia Italy. The port of Civitavecchia is just over an hour away if you decide to take the Civitavecchia Rome train. Or you can think of some other ways of travel from Civitavecchia to Rome, private Rome Italy tours being one of the most rewarding ones. If you do decide to take care of your own transportation, our Street Map of Rome Italy Port of Civitavecchia will help you with that.
Rome is a city with so many faces and you simply cannot see them all in your daylong Rome holiday.
First of all there is Rome of the Roman emperors, once the capital of a mighty Roman Empire; Rome of the Roman Forum, the center of the public life of this city for many centuries; Rome of the gladiators and the Colosseum.
Then there is the Rome that is the center of the Roman Catholic church; Rome of the early Christian catacombs, popes, St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Sistine chapel.
The Baroque Rome of the Trevi Fountain and the rivalry between Bernini and Boromini and their stunning piazzas and churches.
There is Rome of Fellini’s movies and the one that Audrey Hepburn experienced in the “Roman Holiday”, Rome of the Vespas and Fiat Cinquecento.
And then there is the vibrating Rome of today, which unites all of its faces of the past while adding its modern identity: a combination of the sophisticated Rome full of high-end brand boutiques. On the other side there is a working class Rome of seedy passageways, laundry hanging out in the open air, and gas fumes.
Rome sightseeing can be exhilarating, so make sure you read our travel tips to Rome to make sure your day away from the cruise ship goes as smoothly as possible.
With so much to see during your time-limited Rome vacation, we suggest you focus on a few Rome attractions and leave some time to enjoy a gelato and some real Italian espresso as well as ogling the stylishly dressed citizens of this city. That’s what the locals love to do anyway and you know what they say: “ When in Rome…”