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Visiting Rome

Rome greets visitors with many faces: the ancient walls of the Colosseum; Renaissance Rome's sun-dappled piazzas; the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica; the Trevi Fountain and other scenes borrowed by Roman Holiday. Art is everywhere, often tucked into tiny churches, and evening brings enotecas and other nightlife alive. Just don’t forget your Prada: Romans know style as well as history.

And they know food. At restaurants in Rome, try tuna fish on pizza and drink after-meal espresso with class; cafés around the Pantheon are especially good places to observe the ancient yet thriving City of Seven Hills. Once you’ve experienced a day in the life of a Romani, you’ll definitely need a place to farsi un sonno ristoratore (get your beauty sleep). Hotel rooms in Rome are abundant, if small; find a great boutique hotel—perhaps one in lovely Monti—and experience living in one of the city’s most... Read More
Rome greets visitors with many faces: the ancient walls of the Colosseum; Renaissance Rome's sun-dappled piazzas; the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica; the Trevi Fountain and other scenes borrowed by Roman Holiday. Art is everywhere, often tucked into tiny churches, and evening brings enotecas and other nightlife alive. Just don’t forget your Prada: Romans know style as well as history.

And they know food. At restaurants in Rome, try tuna fish on pizza and drink after-meal espresso with class; cafés around the Pantheon are especially good places to observe the ancient yet thriving City of Seven Hills. Once you’ve experienced a day in the life of a Romani, you’ll definitely need a place to farsi un sonno ristoratore (get your beauty sleep). Hotel rooms in Rome are abundant, if small; find a great boutique hotel—perhaps one in lovely Monti—and experience living in one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods.

Whether you’re doing Rome on a budget (and could use some money-saving tips) or plan on staying in luxury hotels and living it up Roma-style, check out these stunning photos from our travelers before you go. Then find a flight; pack your walking shoes and big, black sunglasses; and go!    Close

Stories and Tips Rome

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Activities in Rome

Written by lovethecaribbean on 26 Jun, 2011

I had been to Rome a few times before, but my husband had never been. We spent most of our time visiting the most popular, must see tourist sites. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, because I realized how much…Read More


1st of 4 Sea Days and also Formal Night

Written by Mark Gokingco on 25 Oct, 2010

Remember that the cruise itinerary is a 13-Day Holy Land Cruise which includes 4 Sea Days. This is the first of four of them and it is also the first formal night. The cruise was uneventful. We simply relaxed on-board to get…Read More


Day 2: AT SEA (Formal Night)

Written by Mark Gokingco on 25 Oct, 2010

The cruise was uneventful. We simply relaxed on-board to get prepared for the sites that we are about to see the next couple of weeks. DRINK PACKAGES – I normally purchase a standard soda package since my wife and I like diet sodas…Read More


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Boarding the Celebrity Equinox at Civitavecchia

Written by Mark Gokingco on 25 Oct, 2010

Again, the port city name of where the ship will depart is Civitavecchia (pronounced Chi-tah-ve-kia) just in case you can't pronounce it and you get lost, you'll know how to pronounce it in Italian.After our panoramic tour of Rome, my wife and I were taken…Read More


Transfer From Rome Leonardo Da Vinci Airport to Civitavecchia

Written by Mark Gokingco on 25 Oct, 2010

The port which the ship leaves in is called Civitavecchia (pronounced Chi-tah-ve-kia) just in case you can't pronounce it and you get lost, you'll know how to pronounce it in Italian. We decided to purchase the Celebrity transfer because we didn’t want to get…Read More


Option 3 - Arrange a Private Tour

Written by Mark Gokingco on 25 Oct, 2010

You may have to do some research and Googling but PRIVATE TOURS – My opinion is that it is the BEST way to go. You combine the flexibility of independent traveling with a guaranteed itinerary with the comfort of personal service. Private tours…Read More


Option 2 - Shore Excursion Company NOT with the Cruise

Written by Mark Gokingco on 25 Oct, 2010

PORT PROMOTIONS – The online travel agency I work for offers shore excursions which is sponsored by a company called Port Promotions. Basically, the company offers pickup and return to the ship for each destination and guarantees your return to the ship on-time or…Read More


Option 1 - SHORE EXCURSION DESK ON-BOARD

Written by Mark Gokingco on 25 Oct, 2010

– Booking it is very easy. If you want to book it ahead of time prior to boarding, you can do so online or over the phone if you prefer. Online is easier… simply go through the cruise company website, pay the full…Read More


Options on Touring From the Cruise Ship in General

Written by Mark Gokingco on 25 Oct, 2010

ORGANIZED TOURS OR ESCORTED TOURS IN GENERAL - Now I’m one of those people that like organized tours for several reasons but the main reason is because one of the positions I held in Travelocity was to work with Escorted Tour operators like Trafalgar, Collette,…Read More


A note on how I decided to travel

Written by Mark Gokingco on 25 Oct, 2010

For my 13-Night Holy Land Cruise on Celebrity Equinox (Oct. 5 Sailing), you're not just going to hang around the ship or just grab cabs from the port. Going to harder to reach places like Israel and Egypt tends to be a bit scary…Read More


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