Larry & Maureen's Travel Adventures travel blog

Tour buses lined up

Remains of a Roman aquaduct from the tour bus

RV for sale in Rome.

Extreme gardening

First sighting of St. Peter's Basilica

Guards at the Vatican.

Inside St. Peter's Square - 248 columns, 140 life-sized saints


Obelisk in the centre of St. Peter's Square

Fountain in St. Peter's Square

Some of the Saints

Huge TV screens show services within St. Peter's - this day the...

Thousands of people

Bridge over the Tiber River

The Tiber River - built up around the sides to protect the...

Castel Sant'Angelo - home to several Popes over the years

Palace of Justice

Couldn't identify the name of these but they are leading to the...


Umbrella pines - they actually grow this way!

Wall around the ancient city

Trees line the streets

Fountain of Triton

Fountain of the Naiads on the Piazza della Repubblica



Part of an ancient wall

Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II - also known as the Wedding Cake...


A bronze chariot on top of the monument

124 steps leading to the Church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli

Random columns

There are many such arches in Rome.

Bell tower of the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin

Part of Circus Maximus

Another part of Circus Maximus


The Arch of Constantine - only one of three triumphal arches left...

The Coliseum

The Coliseum



The traffice behind us!

Obelisk in the Piazza Navona.

Ruins of a thermal spa

Thermal spa

Pyramid of Cestius - built 8-12BC as the tomb of a magistrate.

Couldn't figure this one out!

Our ship is in the distance!

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.

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