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Roman Wall

Roman Building


The ship docked in the port of Civitavecchia, Italy as Rome is not a port. Rome is about 90 miles from the port of Civitavecchia and we were required to take a bus or train into Rome. Unfortunately it is a Sunday and most of Rome is closed and the Vatican is busy holding services. The Sistine Chapel is open but group tickets are not available on the last Sunday of the month so you would have to stand in a line that would take hours to get entry. So we signed up for another bus tour and the tour description:

"Those who prefer a less strenuous adventure, with little walking, can still realize their dream of seeing one of the world’s most 5 historical metropolitan areas. You’ll enjoy a taste of Rome, beginning with a 90 minute drive, passing through the Etruscan countryside, with pleasant views of the Tyrrenian Sea.

Once in Rome, pass by the Vatican walls, surrounding Vatican City, and the areas of Lungotevere and Ara Pacis. You will proceed towards the old Roman walls and the famous Villa Borghese, through Porta Pinciana and into the old town. You will see Via Veneto, the symbol of the Italian dolce vita, Piazza Venezia, the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine, and Circus Maximus.

You will arrive at the St. Peter’s Basilica area where you will have approximately 45 minutes of free time to stroll around the famous St. Peter’s Square, or, time permitting, to independently explore the largest basilica in the world. At the appointed time, return to the meeting place and follow your guide to your coach for the return drive to your ship

During the bus ride to Rome, you will be provided with a map of Rome and emergency contact numbers in the unlikely event you become separated from the group. During the excursion you will receive also bottled water."

That is it for Rome,

Ross & Marge

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