Civitivecchia - a lesson in Italian pronunciation - "c" is pronounced "ch"; "ch" is pronounced "K". Got it?!
This is the name of the port where we landed which is an hour and 20 minute drive from Rome.
Shore Excursion - Easy Rome 9:15 am to 2:15 pm
This was a narrated city drive with one stop at the Vatican. The Vatican stop was supposed to be at the end of the tour but was moved to the beginning due to the expected heavy traffic in Rome. Thousands of people were in St. Peter's Square watching the Beatification of six Spanish Saints on the big screen. The Basilica and Museum were closed to tourists because of this service. We were grateful that the stop was at the beginning of our tour because when these thousands of people left the Vatican it would be a nightmare to try to gather groups together and get around at all. As it was, you park in an underground parking lot, seems like miles away. This was quite a walk for a lot of people but everyone made it. It was also an opportunity for a WC break - even so the line-ups were horrendous!
The Vatican is a country unto itself in the middle of Rome. It is the smallest country in the world only 44 hectares (110 acres) in size. Very impressive!
The rest of the tour was by bus, thankfully air conditioned. It was hard to get really good pictures because we didn't leave the bus but it certainly gave you a good flavour of the city. You continually had to pinch yourself that you were really there.
We were very tired when we got back to the ship, and of course, hungry - lunch time! We chose to eat at Sabitini's this evening. It is one of the specialty restaurants on the ship and cost $20 per person extra. The food was exceptional although much of it not to Larry's liking. The dinner consisted of 16 courses. 13 of the courses were little tasters of things like olives, melon and proscuitto, marinated prawns, etc. Course 14 was the pasta course. Excellent but we're getting full. Then comes Course 15 - the entree! This was the only course you had a choice of. Larry chose lobster and Maureen chose Lagostini. The waiter said why don't I bring each of you lobster and a couple of lagostini. Okay! The plate was huge. We don't even remember what dessert was but it was #16. We were stuffed again.
Off to Pisa tomorrow.