ROME & CIVITAVECCHIA, ITALY


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SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 2008:

We sailed into Civitavecchia shortly before dawn and it was about an hours drive to Rome.
Out first stop was at the Catacombs and it was on to the Colosseum from there.
Arc of Constantine Colosseum Colosseum


Our next stop was at Trevi Fountain, we passed the Victoriano on the way.
Victoriano Trevi Fountain Trevi Fountain


We had a very nice lunch at a hotel in the center of Rome.
The restaurant was on the top floor and from the terrace there were nice views of the city.
Rome Rome Tiber River


Out last stop was at Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City.
St. Peter's Square Swiss Guard St. Peter's Basilica


We were able to walk around inside Saint Peter's Basilica.
Inside St. Peter's Basilica Inside St. Peter's Basilica Inside St. Peter's Basilica


The Papal Apartment is on the top floor, second from the right in center photo below.
Since this was August Pope Benedict XVI was at his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo.
St. Peter's Square The Papal Apartments St. Peter's Square


MY DAY IN ROME
32 minute video of my day in Rome, Italy.
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2013 ROME, ITALY VIDEO
42 minute video of Dan & Kevin's visit to Rome in 2013.
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We got back to Civitavecchia just in time to sail away to our next port.
Sailing away from Civitavecchia, Italy Sunset on the Mediterranean

In the video below you can watch the Costa Concordia sail away just before us.
The Costa Concordia partially sank on the night of January 13, 2012 shortly after leaving this port.

CIVITAVECCHIA, ITALY SAIL AWAY VIDEO
11 minute video of our sail away from Civitavecchia.
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MY DAILY EMAIL SENT ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 2008
Ciao,

Our port today was Civitavecchia, Italy. Very large port. There are about ten cruise ships here today. We docked at 7:00am and a few minutes there after I was on my way to Rome. It was just a little over an hours drive to the eternal city. It was a beautiful day, bright sunny skies and cool temperatures for Italy in August. Most of this country takes August off and heads to cooler places for their holiday.

Our first stop in Rome was the Catacombs. We spent about thirty minutes in the underground tunnels where thousands of Romans from the 3rd to 5th centuries are entombed. This is definitely not a place you want to visit if you are claustrophobic or afraid of ghosts. We only saw a very small portion, they go on for miles and miles.

After a brief drive around the city it was on to the Colosseum. We toured both the inside and outside of the second most visited landmark in the world. The first is the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

After tossing our coins into Trevi Fountain it was off too lunch. The five course lunch was very nice, but it took two hours. I would have rather used the time to see more of the city. We ate on the top floor of a very nice hotel in the center of Rome. You could walk out on the terrace and see the entire city, fantastic view.

It was off to the Vatican after lunch. Unfortunately it was Sunday and the Sistine Chapel was closed so we did not get to see that. We did get to walk all around St. Peter's Square and go inside St. Peter's Basilica. Since it is August the Pope was not here. He spends July & August at his summer residence.

It was a very nice tour and I enjoyed it very much. It was my longest tour of the trip at eleven hours. Got back to the ship just in time to sail away. Or it should have been just in time but we were delayed a bit because five people were late in getting back to the ship. And boy did the Captain let them have it, not once, but twice over the P.A. for everyone to hear. When we did finally sail away it was during a beautiful sunset.

Just got back from the theater as I am writing this. It was a comedian tonight, he was hilarious. The attached picture is of the Colosseum.



More later,

Tim

I returned to Rome in 2013. Click HERE to take a look.


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