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Extraordinary architecture, millennia of turbulent history, magnificent basilicas concealing unimaginable riches, and ornate fountains splashing at the heart of sun-drenched piazzas are just some of the many reasons to visit Rome. Art greets you on every corner, from elaborate statues to delicate frescoes. Stroll the ancient center and history comes to life as you explore the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Roman Forum. Enjoy Italian café culture in Trastevere, where you can wander the narrow streets and soak up a sense of la dolce vita, or throw a coin into the baroque Trevi Fountain to guarantee your return to this vibrant, intoxicating city.
On a cruise from Rome, you can set sail to the awe-inspiring Italian Riviera, where rugged cliffs give way to sparkling turquoise waters, with charming villages and cities at each stop. Discover the elegant Mediterranean lifestyle of coastal France. Head to the Greek Islands and uncover thousands of years of history in the many whitewashed towns and archeological sites. Explore the Adriatic port of Kotor, Montenegro, an ancient city hemmed in by ramparts that snake up the steep hillside. Experience some of the most coveted destinations in Europe on a luxury Rome cruise with Celebrity Cruises.
Let Celebrity transport you to the most fascinating cities in Italy. In Naples, immerse yourself in local history by visiting a magnificent royal castle built in 1279 or exploring Pompeii, in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius. Admire the ornate architecture and Europe’s largest and most active volcano, Mt. Etna, on a call to the port of Catania in Sicily. Stroll through the museums in Florence that hold legendary works of art such as Michelangelo’s “David”. Italy is rich with lovely old towns and cities for those who enjoy ancient history, modern Mediterranean culture, and the deep flavors of traditional Italian food.
Journey to the Greek Isles, where the sheer beauty of Mykonos will dazzle you—whitewashed buildings set against impossibly blue waters and shocking pink bougainvillea. In Rhodes, check out the ancient landmarks of Old Town and then indulge in a blissful, restorative soak in the Kallithea Springs. Enjoy authentic Greek cuisine and cross the longest stone bridge over the sea in the world when you visit Argostoli; the views you’ll see from here are beyond breathtaking. Athens, Nafplio, and Katakolon are also ports of call on various cruises that sail from Rome, each city the gateway to incredible antiquities.
Cruise to the French Riviera, where you can bask on Nice’s sublime beaches or stroll the four-mile promenade that runs alongside the sparkling waterfront. Of course, a town that celebrates film and visual treasures is a must-visit, and that place is Cannes. Stroll the traffic-free Old Town here to marvel at pretty courtyards, artsy staircases, and chic cafés. Culture is key in Provence and Marseille is another port that has many excellent, well-designed museums focused on art and history. In Corsica, visit the Calvi Citadel, a masterpiece built by the Genoese, its winding alleys lined with cool boutiques and gelato shops.
Celebrity offers the highest standards of comfort and luxury as you sail the Mediterranean, exploring whitewashed villages in Greece, and sunbathing on the famous shores of the Italian Riviera. On a luxury cruise from Rome, you’ll find abundant dining options with menus crafted by our Michelin-starred chef, and accommodation rivaling any top hotel.
Celebrity embodies the best of contemporary luxury living with The Retreat®, offering all-suite staterooms, private lounge access, and exclusive amenities. Soak it all up on board before taking a wine tour in Florence, exploring the walled city of Kotor, or visiting the ancient Parthenon in Athens.
Experience a unique perspective as you relax high over the ocean on The Magic Carpet®, a platform cantilevered over the side of the ship that serves as a cool bar, lounge, and alfresco restaurant on Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Apex, and Celebrity Beyond. Surround yourself with lush vegetation and sunlight as you dine outdoors at the Rooftop Garden on the Edge-class ships. Bring the family and inspire your kids’ curiosity with the Camp at Sea program, offering over 500 different activities. Enjoy the sensation of lying on real grass at The Lawn Club on Celebrity Reflection, and sample the specialty restaurants on Celebrity Constellation as you explore Europe with the ultimate in style and luxury.
Civitavecchia cruise port is located about an hour’s drive from Rome. Shore excursions are an easy way to get to the city center if you prefer not to negotiate public transportation. Civitavecchia also has a combined bus and train station that is about a 15-minute walk from the port entrance. Shuttle buses are available from the pier to the entrance of the port. From there, you can start the walk or take a local bus to the train station. The Civitavecchia cruise port terminal also has information desks to help give you ideas for what to do and where to go in the surrounding area and nearby Rome.
The Colosseum is considered by many to be Rome’s greatest attraction, and if you haven’t been to Rome before, you’d be remiss not to see it. Even if you find its gruesome gladiator past unsettling, it’s still hard not to be wowed by the grandeur of its construction and the fact that this ancient amphitheater is so well preserved, some 2,000 years later. A shore excursion with a guided tour of the Colosseum is an excellent way to see the site as you’ll get to hear detailed stories of its history and the spectacles that were once held in the ring of the vast amphitheater. The Colosseum is also one of the new Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
The Trevi Fountain is the largest fountain in Rome and is also often considered to be the most beautiful. It gets its name from Tre Vie, which stands for “three ways”, since it was built at the meeting point of three streets. The fountain is constructed in the Baroque style and features Oceanus riding a chariot pulled by two sea horses being led by Tritons. If you want to increase your chances of visiting Rome again, legend has it that if you throw a coin in the water with your right hand over your left shoulder you’ll return to Rome someday.
The State of Vatican City is the smallest state in Europe in terms of both population and size. It is completely surrounded by the city of Rome on all sides, but has been independent of Italy since 1929. Vatican City is ruled by the Pope and serves as the center of authority for the Roman Catholic Church. The Vatican’s best-known sites are St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel—home respectively to Michelangelo’s Pieta and his famous painted ceiling—along with heralded Renaissance and Roman masterpieces by Bernini and Raphael.
This is a popular neighborhood in Rome to wander around and take in its pretty streets. Located right by the River Tiber, it is home to lively squares, an assortment of shops and artisan boutiques, authentic trattorias, and lively bars.
The catacombs were used as burial grounds for Christian and pagan citizens from the second century through the fifth century AD. The underground catacombs were created to find more burial space and consist of atmospheric subterranean passageways which you can explore on a guided tour.
If you’ve seen all the sights of Rome before, consider using your day in port or time before your cruise from Rome departs to visit Bracciano, which is a picturesque town located atop a hill overlooking Lake Bracciano. It makes for a great day trip to wander around the pretty streets and visit its main attraction, Castello Odescalchi, a formidable castle built in the Renaissance military style.
Rome is famous for its coffee culture, whether you opt for espresso and or a frothy cappuccino. To drink like a local, only order a cappuccino before 11 am. Later in the day, order a un caffè (a shot of espresso) or un caffè macchiato (a shot of espresso with a dollop of steamed milk). If you’re in port in the early evening don’t miss out on enjoying aperitivi, drinks and snacks as Italians prepare for the evening ahead. Most bars offer an array of snacks during this time that are included in the cost of your drink. For a traditional Italian aperitif, order an Aperol Spritz or a sweet Fragolino sparkling wine.
Cuisine around Italy differs depending on the region you’re in. If you want to try traditional Roman dishes, try bucatini all’amatriciana or spaghetti alla carbonara. Roman cuisine is often simple, but delicious, using just a few ingredients that are fresh and prepared using traditional methods. Gelato is everywhere, and it’s not hard to find a scoop no matter what neighborhood you’re exploring. To experience a traditional gelateria, visit Giolitti, a family-run gelato shop that is located a short distance from the Pantheon. This gelato shop is over 120 years old and offers dozens of flavors.
The appeal of Rome never wanes. The city entices people with its beauty and culture, but mostly for the history you can find around every corner. Cruises from Rome will give you the opportunity to absorb the wonderful architecture and culture, and the special vibe of this iconic place.
Rome is Italy’s capital, but the land on which the city lies has served many other purposes over the past 2,700 years. Settlers were here as far back as the Ice Age, followed by Etruscans and later, the Romans, who presided over an era in which many of the incredible structures were built that are still marveled at today. Eventually, the Roman Empire fell and the papacy of the Catholic Church moved to Avignon. Rome sat mostly in squalor for several centuries before the papacy returned to Rome and the dawn of the Renaissance was on the horizon. Rome then became famous for the arts and the works of Michelangelo and Raphael, among many others.
If you find yourself back in Civitavecchia after your time in Rome and need some more souvenirs, you’re in luck. There is plenty of shopping located near the cruise port. Just cross Via Garibaldi, which runs parallel to the sea promenade, and you’ll find several shops to browse.
Head a little bit further into town and you’ll come to Corso Centocelle, which has even more stores and is a pleasant area to shop since it is a pedestrian-only zone. If you have even more time to spare and don’t mind a longer walk or short taxi drive, you can find over two dozen specialty shops at La Scaglia, a shopping center located about a 25-minute walk from the port.
You have plenty of options. Rome’s metro system is reliable and easy to use since it only has three lines that intersect at Rome’s main rail terminal: Termini. You can get single journey tickets or day passes. More than 300 bus routes will get you close to most of the attractions, but you may still have to walk, particularly near the historic center as buses don’t travel down its narrow streets.
Official taxis in Rome are yellow and have a taxi sign atop the roof. Note that taxis often charge extra for baggage and rates may increase on holidays, Sundays, and late at night. If you call for a taxi, the fare may begin from the telephone request, not from the point of origin, so double check before reserving. Rome has two international airports: Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, also referred to as Fiumicino, located 18 miles southwest of Rome; and Ciampino International Airport, located nine miles southeast of Rome.
Italy’s currency is the Euro. For cruises from Rome, travelers should have a supply of cash. Most places in Rome take credit cards, though cash may be preferred in markets or small, mom-and-pop style restaurants. It’s especially important to double-check if a card is accepted if you’re not planning on paying with cash.
To exchange cash for Euros, look for cash exchange offices or simply use the many ATMs around the city, although you may incur bank charges for exchanging cash in these. An ATM is called a bancomat in Rome.
Tipping in Italy often isn’t necessary. A service charge is usually already included in the bill, so double-check if that’s the case; feel free to tip more for stellar service, though know it’s not expected. It’s also recommended to tip in cash as opposed to on a credit card if you want to make sure it’s the server who gets the tip.