Your English-speaking driver/guide will welcome you at the dock of your cruise ship in Civitavecchia. This is a tour for those who have been to Rome before and want a more relaxing, off the typical tourist path excursion. Leave the cruise boat crowds, hectic traffic and tour buses behind to visit a lovely, medieval village and sea resort on the southern coast of Tuscany.
Your exploration begins with a 75 minute drive north to the quaint village of Porto Ercole, the Roman Portus Herculis of antiquity; today, it is a beautiful yacht harbor. The town is set in a bay and climbs steeply up a headland. The port is a spectacular cove of clear, blue Mediterranean water with sand and rock beaches. The ancient, old town is looming above on a rock cliff and guarded by four stone forts on the surrounding hills. You are free to spend your time enjoying the calm and quiet Porto Ercole’s marinas and exploring the dark alleys, arches and steep flights of steps that were cut into the rock.
Sit back, relax, have a drink with your lunch, and enjoy your time spent between a quaint fishing village and an Italian, medieval village, well off the beaten path of the crowds that will head into Rome. If you choose to, take in one of the highlights in town, which include the 16th century Palazzo Consani, the old, parish church of San Erasmo (where Caravaggio was buried in 1610) or enjoy one of the town’s four fortresses: Fort Rocca, Fort Filippo, Fort Santa Caterina,
or Fort Stella.
Your next stop is Capalbio, a lovely, medieval village about 45 minutes from Port Ercole. The town is completely enclosed within a double set of walls, with extensive stretches that can still be walked on. Capalbio has narrow, curved streets climbing to the top of a hill. Be sure to visit the Church of St. Nicholas with its interesting 15th and 16th century Umbrian school frescoes.
You will return to the port of Civitavecchia on perfect time to board your ship.
• Pick up/drop off directly at your ship gangway
• A fun and informative private English speaking driver/guide to lead you through the day
• Private transportation by air-conditioned and fully equipped luxury Mercedes Benz vehicle
• Free wi-fi and fresh bottled water on board
• Parking, city passes, fuel & tolls
Meals & entrance fees (unless specified on your confirmation voucher)
Gratuities (entirely at the client’s discretion)