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Rome City Guide – 10 Activities for Cruise Travelers

Welcome Aboard, Cruise-Goer!

Before you set sail on your oceanic adventure from the Cruise Port of Rome, one of the world’s busiest cruise ports, take some time to explore the wonders of the city of Rome, itself. This vibrant city is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered.

Piazza Navona

Top 10 Things to Do and See in Rome Before Embarking on Your Cruise Vacation

Rome, the Eternal City, offers a wealth of history, culture, and cuisine that can easily overwhelm any traveler with its grandeur. If you’re planning to embark on a cruise vacation from Rome, make sure to set aside some time to explore the city. From ancient ruins to modern luxuries, Rome has something for everyone. Here are the top 10 things you must do and see in Rome before setting sail on your next adventure.

1. The Colosseum Jamie and Fam at Colosseum

Begin your Roman adventure with a visit to the Colosseum, an iconic symbol of Roman history. Take a guided tour to learn about the gladiators, emperors, and events that took place in this amphitheater which could hold over 50,000 spectators. Don’t forget to capture a panoramic view of the surrounding Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

2. Vatican City Vatican with the Family

No visit to Rome is complete without stepping into the world’s smallest independent state. Marvel at the grandeur of St. Peter’s Basilica, and don’t miss the opportunity to witness the artistic brilliance of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo. For art enthusiasts, the Vatican Museums offer an extensive collection that will leave you awe-struck.

3. Trevi Fountain Jamie and Girls at Trevi Fountain

Make a wish at the stunning Trevi Fountain, a Baroque masterpiece where it’s a tradition to throw a coin over your shoulder into the water. Legend says this ensures a return to Rome someday.

4. Piazza Navona Piazza Navona

Spend some leisurely time at Piazza Navona, one of Rome’s most famous squares. Admire the intricate details of the Fountain of the Four Rivers by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, or simply indulge in a gelato or an Italian coffee at one of the many surrounding cafes.

5. Trastevere

Wander the cobbled streets of Trastevere, a charming neighborhood renowned for its vibrant nightlife, delicious food, and Roman authenticity. Don’t forget to try a traditional Roman dish like saltimbocca or cacio e pepe at one of the local trattorias.

6. Spanish Steps Spanish Steps at Night

Climb the Spanish Steps for an unbeatable view of the city. This staircase of 135 steps is a great spot for people-watching or catching a Roman sunset.

7. Pantheon Pantheon

Visit the Pantheon, an architectural marvel and one of the best-preserved buildings from ancient Rome. Marvel at its massive concrete dome and the oculus, a central opening that lets in natural light.

8. Borghese Gallery and Gardens

Art lovers should make time for the Borghese Gallery, which houses a significant collection of sculptures and paintings by masters like Caravaggio, Bernini, and Raphael. After the gallery, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Borghese Gardens, an oasis in the middle of the bustling city.

9. Roman Cuisine at Campo de’ Fiori Gelato

Head to Campo de’ Fiori, a lively market square where you can sample Roman culinary delights. From freshly baked pizzas to seasonal fruits and cheeses, you’ll find something to satiate your food cravings.

10. Via del Corso

End your pre-cruise adventure with some shopping at Via del Corso, Rome’s main shopping street. Whether you’re looking for high-end Italian brands or charming boutiques, this is the place to find a fashionable keepsake to remember your trip by.


These are just a few of the highlights that Rome has to offer before you embark on your cruise journey. So, arrive a few days early and soak in the diverse experiences that make Rome one of the world’s most beloved cities. Your cruise may be the main event, but a trip to Rome is a spectacular show all on its own.

Colosseum at night

Ready to Plan?

If you are ready to explore Rome, and would like to plan your next cruise from this vibrant Port, or just visit Rome itself, contact your Love of the Magic Travel Agent today, or email  And of course, whether you want cruise from Rome or any other Port, or plan at totally different, your LOTMV Travel Advisor will work with you to create the unique experience you’re looking for.

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