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Rome in a day: 5 sights to make your day trip perfect

Don't expect to see all of Rome in a day. All the same, whether you're on a cruise stop or just passing through on a tour of Italy, here's a varied sampling platter of Rome's highlights!

Borghese Park

Borghese Park

Sunny day? Be sure to meander around the Galleria Borghese's picturesque park and gardens. If you've got time, pop inside the gorgeous villa for a who's who of Renaissance art.

Roman Forum

Roman Forum

This world-renowned archeological site is the closest you'll come to a glimpse at city life in Ancient Rome. Even better, it's right by the Colosseum and Palatine Hill too!

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

A day tour won't allow enough time to savor life at all Rome's piazzas, but make the most of it by seeing this cultural emblem - celebrated in numerous films - at Trevi Square.

Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel

Seeing Michelangelo's Renaissance-defining ceiling might be a bit of stretch at peak season. Be sure to fit it in by pre-booking skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican museums!

Campo de' Fiori
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Campo de' Fiori

If you're early enough, mingle with the locals at Campo de' Fiori, one of Rome's favorite markets. If the stalls are already packed up, fret not! Stick around to enjoy the vibrant café culture.

Planning Your Visit

How to get there from Civitavecchia cruise port?

Civitavecchia is the main cruise port for excursions to Rome. The easiest way to reach the city center is by pre-booking a private or shared transfer, or by taking a taxi. However, there are also two or three trains per hour to Roma Termini (Rome's main station). It costs about €5 each way, but you could save money with the BIRG ticket (day pass), which will get you there and back, as well as covering buses, trams, and the metro for the entire day.

How to get around Rome?

Since you're not there for long, you'll probably want to rely on taxis. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done in Rome, where hailing down a cab in the tourist-heavy areas is nearly impossible. Utilize the metro wherever possible, as buses and trams can also be slowed by traffic. There are two metro lines: Line A (orange) runs between the northwest and southeast, and Line B (blue) runs north to south, with a third line due to open in 2016.

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What people are saying about Rome

A wonderful guided tour that hit all the right notes.

The minivan was comfortable and spotless: the guides knowledgeable and the February sunshine set the scene for Pisa and florence, two fantastic sites that were busy, but did not overwhelm with tourist hoardes.

Pompei was fascinating ans our guides were informative and personable

Sandra and Andrea were veey informative on our way to Pompei. Our guide at pompei was also super. We had a short stop in Naples and the restaurant we ate at was forgettable. However, our goal was to see Pompei and the tour guides providing lots of historical and cultural information in a personable way made it a great excursion nonetheless.

Even if you're not a gardener, Ninfa is magic. If you are, it's a must

We were so lucky. The morning we were driven 50 miles south by minibus from Rome to Ninfa, it was pouring down with rain, so that everyone but us had cancelled the tour. But by the time our lovely knowledgeable guide, Patrizia, could show us around the charming walled hill town of Sermoneta and have lunch, it was beginning to clear. When we actually arrived at Ninfa and another equally charming guide, the lovely Ilaria, showed us around, the weather was glorious - with the garden, set among medieval ruins, easily earning its reputation as the most romantic in the world, with the sound of water (a fountain, a river, springs) everywhere you go. By the time we left, the three of us knew we had been given a day we would not forget. Nor have we.

Full-Day Ninfa Garden & Sermoneta Tour Reviewed by Mary, 12/17/2018

Outstanding personal service with a reasonable price!

We could not have asked for a better tour of Pompeii and Sorrento. We were connected to a very knowledgeable guide in Pompeii who provided us with an in-depth small group tour of the ruins. I had been there before with a large group but this was so much better!! We stopped at a local pizza restaurant in route to Sorrento. Inexpensive and good! Sorrento was beautiful with the Christmas decorations. We had plenty of time to walk the streets and shop. And the best part - we had a private car with driver who skillfully got us from place to place without that “bus” experience. What a pleasant experience! I would book with this company again.

VIP Day Trip to Pompeii & Sorrento Reviewed by Jennifer, 12/12/2018

Great service , great driver and guides pity about the mini bus

The mini bus vehicle was not suitable for a long drive as half the passenges had to sit with back to direction of travel which meant they could not see what the guide was talking about and also not good for car sickness

From Rome: Amalfi Coast and Pompeii Tour Reviewed by Alan, 11/06/2018