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Piazza della Repubblica

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  • Day34

    Mit dem Roma Express in die Ewige Stadt

    September 8 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Heut stand eine Rom-Intensivtour auf dem Programm. Los ging es mit einem historischen Zug nach Rom. Dort angekommen wurden sämtliche Sehenswürdigkeiten abgeklopft, die es an einem Tag zu entdecken gibt. Das war fast anstrengender als das gestrige Canyoning-Abenteuer. 😉

  • Day34

    Roma

    March 31 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Arrived to a beautiful sunny day! After 55 minutes waiting to clear the passport screening, went to get my suitcase I had checked it in CLT, less to keep up with, I had a moment of panic when it was not on the belt, but when I went back, it was there, just upside down and I couldn't see my luggage tag. Anyway, my transfer driver was so patient, helped me find it then off we went. Gorgeous day for drive... he pointed out some sites along the way and showed me how close Santa Maria church was to my hotel... so after checking in, changing clothes I head off to 6p Mass, all in Italian of course, but mass is the same in any language, and I actually understood quite a bit. Way back to the hotel I popped in a corner market for a bottle of water and a bottle of Prosecco (when in Rome). Right across the street from the hotel is a great little Familia Pizzeria - my dinner consisted of pasta la pesto, chianti, & tiramisu. Great start to a great upcoming week!Read more

  • Day14

    Rome - Day 13 Tour - Vatican & Catacombs

    August 9 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Up early to get ready to have brekky and meet our guide. First really small room, no room to swing a cat and sharing a bed.

    So a long day again today. We were picked up by a driver to deliver us to a meeting point in the city somewhere 😁😁😁. We were then divided into groups of language and then walked to the Vatican and delivered to our guide - Roberta - loved here, she was my age and has such a passion for this job and life.

    The line up to get into the Vatican was astounding but because we had pre-booked with a guide we were straight in.

    We went first through the museum, then the Cistine Chapel, the St Peter's Basilica, then the Pizza San Pietro or St Peter's Square.

    There were soooooo many people and a lot of it does not get air flow, got a bit claustrophobic at some points 😁😁😁 but the art work, the sculptures, the carpets, the mosaics and the history in indescribable and photos can never do this justice.

    We then had lunch with a couple from Sydney as it turned out as like us they were doing a second tour, Just married and on their honeymoon.

    From there we were organised and put in a taxi to our next meeting point and again organised into an English speaking group and then onto a bus to take us out to the catacombs. There are 600 catacombs on Roma, only 60 are open to the public and this is the largest one. Catacomb of San Callisto was the official cemetery of the Church of Rome in the 3rd century AD. Around half a million Christians were buried here, among them many martyrs and 16 popes.

    From here we then went to Saint John's (Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano) and Saint Mary's (Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore) churches. Again the art work, sculptures and the history are amazing.

    Finished off with a quiet meal best our hotel which is right near the Trevi Fountain and an early night.
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  • Day15

    Rome - Day 14 Tour - Picnic & Coloseum

    August 10 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Up late this morning - sleep in - yeeessss. Had coffee and brekky then went for a walk. Caught a taxi to a shopping centre, not a lot of those in Rome, on the outskirts and did some basic shopping.

    OMG Dogs allowed in the shopping centre, so many wandering around with their owners on leads, so great but so weird to see.

    Back to the hotel, taught the coffee place how to make an Iced Lattes, yummo.

    Waiting until it gets cooler then heading out to the park to play vackgammon and eat cheese and have some Vino.

    We ate booked in for a tour of the Coloseum tonight at 9:30 pm.

    Went out to Villa Not these which 8s the equivalent 9f Centenial Park Sydney and had our Picnic, wine, cheese, bread, took us, cucumber yummo and played Backgammon. Had a good afternoon. Back at the hotel for a spell before our Coloseum tour.
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  • Day25

    Civitavecchia - Rome, Italy

    June 23 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    This morning we docked at Civitavecchia, joined our tour and drove to Rome which was hour or so away. Jo and I were here 2 years ago and whilst we saw some of the sights from our previous visit we saw many more new ones. I think Rome is a city you could stay in and tour for weeks and you still wouldn't see it all. So steeped in history and grandeur. 

    We see a unified country called Italy and yet it wasn't until the mid 1800s it became this way.  The Romans were such a brutal race of people who were sadistic and cruel to anyone who wasn't one of them. The ruins, relics and artefacts are mind boggling. The engineering skills were way ahead of their time. The precision cutting of each piece of marble and rock is simply incredible since it was all done by hand with primitive tools.

    The pantheon took my breath away for all these reasons. Wow!! We never saw it last time we were here so I am over the moon we got to see it this time.

    Jo is starting to warm to cruise life. Up each morning, get ourselves ready and tour till late in afternoon. Once back on board, we go to the martini bar and have a drink. Then it's back to our room and prepare for the following day. Off to the restaurant for a relaxing dining experience and then off to a cabaret show. I must be chalking up a lot of points. Three dinners, three shows in as many days and life is good. Doesn't happen back home this regularly.

    Tonight's show was definitely the best so far. Acrobats who were brilliant. Their  core strength stood out. The young guy reminded me of myself in my younger days. Not a six pack...mine was a twelve pack.........

    The ship is exceptionally clean and the staff so exuberant and friendly. No complaints whatsoever. 

    On a final note, can someone please answer the age old question, “Why do fat old men insist on wearing budgie smugglers?” I find it quite a distressing sight.
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  • Day64

    Rom

    June 27, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Von Pompeji aus fahren wir nach Rom weiter und stehen 3 Tage auf einem Platz nahe der Innenstadt. Wir fahren 2 Mal mit der Metro in die Stadt. Wer sich noch mal über den Zustand oder die Pünktlichkeit der deutschen Bahn beschwert, sollte unbedingt hier her oder nach Pompeij/Neapel kommen.
    Die Stadt ist fast schon überladen mit historischen Gebäuden, Denkmälern usw. Einfach nur beeindruckend. Da wir es gar nicht erst versuchen wollen uns mit den Kindern in eine Schlange zu stellen oder ein Museum anzuschauen, schlendern wir durch die Stadt. Wir beschließen sofort nochmal alleine oder wenn die 2 deutlich älter sind nach Rom zu kommen.Read more

  • Day25

    Pantheon

    September 27, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

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    Das Pantheon ist das best erhaltene antike Monument, dass es in Rom und wahrscheinlich der Welt gibt. Die prachtvolle Kuppel hat einen Durchmesser von 43 m, eine Höhe von 24 m und ist in der Mitte geöffnet. Sie ist derzeit eine der größten selbstragenden Kuppel der Welt die aus Betonguß gefertigt wurde. Die Kreisöffnung (Opaino) hat einen Durchmesser von 8,95 m. Hier flutet das einfallende Sonnenlicht das Innere der wunderschönen Tempelhalle.Read more

  • Day6

    Day 5 - First Day in Rome

    August 15, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

    ‍‍‍‍‍‍Today we got to "sleep in".   We had free time until 2:15 pm.  Of course, John didn't want to start out until around 10 am.  Today is a holiday, so we had been warned that some sights might be closed.  But the upside was fewer crowds.  Our first idea was to see if we could schedule a Segway Tour, but the the tours were 3.5 hours and started too late for us.   So we decided to visit the Capitolini Museum. The Museum includes an impressive collection of statues and bronzes and a collection of Roman art.  The Museum is housed on 2 floors and is not very large, but it allowed us sufficient time to view all the exhibits.  Afterwards we headed for the top floor so John could get lunch (I was still full from lunch.

    We returned to the hotel and then met the group for our two scheduled tours to the Pantheon and the Colosseum. We debated on whether to bring an unbrella, but decided not to since 1) the forecast was for no rain until evening and 2) the sky was clear & blue. 

    We met our local guide, Ricardo, and then walked the very short distance to the Pantheon.  However, because of the holiday, the Pantheon was closed.  We were told we could see the Pantheon on Thursday.   Ricardo still told us a lot about the Pantheon before we got on the bus to travel to the Colosseum.  Just before heading to the Colosseum we stopped for a group picture.  At the Colosseum we got our tickets and headed for the entrance. Before we could ge,t to the entrance, the skies opened and it started to pour.  It was definitely a major storm with thunder, lightening, wind and rain.  Only one of us had an umbrella and one person had a rain jacket and there was no place to get out of the rain.  Finally, we got in and huddled in an area where we were somewhat protected.   Our tour director, Florence, went out to purchase umbrellas or ponchos for us. John & I and a few others decided to brave the rain (since we were already soaked) to see the Colosseum.   Then we were told we should head for the exit where Florence had ponchos for everyone. 

    Once we all donned our ponchos we headed to the bus.  Once back on the bus we returned to the hotel.  But our adventure was not over.  There was water on the floor in our bedroom.  I called housekeeping and eventually a technician came to try to figure out where the water came from. The mystery was not solved, but the floor & wall were cleand up and we  showered and changed.  The rain stopped for our walk to dinner.  Despite the rain we were all in good spirits (helped along with prosecco, wine, good food and gelato).  
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  • Day7

    Day 6 - Second Day in Rome

    August 16, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 84 °F

    ‍‍‍We headed for St. Peter's Basilica at 8:30 am.  Our "skip the line" tickets, along with the early hour meant that the crowds were not too bad.  The Pieta was still impressive even though behind glass. 

    Ricardo pointed out an optical illusion where the distance from the front of the Basilica to the altar looks farther away when you are at the rear of the Basilica looking toward the the altar than the distance from the altar looking toward the entrance to the Basilica.  I didn't have the heart to tell him the distances looked roughly the same.

    After the tour of the Basilica, we had some free time.  I ended up purchasing two necklaces.  Then we went out to take a few pictures. The crowdshad gottenlarger. While we stood taking. pictures, several people tried to sell up" skip the line" tickets.  I wished I had a sign that said. "Already been there and done that."

    When were returned fromSt. Peter's we walked to a nearby restaurant and had pizza  and then walked to the Divinci Museum.  It was an enjoyable hands on museum.   On the way back to the hotel we stopped for gelato and then looked into the church next to the hotel.  Then we got ready for a private after hours tour of the Sistine Chapel Museum.  I had not realized that a museum was also housed in the building of the Sistene Chapel. The Museum includes tapestries, paintings, articles from popes and some archaeological artefacts.  We also saw some of the rooms painted by Rafael.  Ricardo described the rivalry between Rafael and Michael Angelo as well as Michael Angelo's fustration with being "commanded" by the Pope to paint the story of Creation on the Sistene Chapel ceiling.  The ceiling was more impressive than I imagined.  When I think of the ceiling I always think of the fresco of the Creation of Man.  I didn't realize how many other frescos make up the ceiling.  I also learned that the fresco of the Last Judgement was painted later and Michael Angelo completed it, a lesser known painter was brought in to cover the naked parts below the waist of the men.

    When we finished the tour, we had a surprise light dinner in the courtyard with prosecco and wine. What a special treat.  Then it was back to the hotel to pack to leave tomorrow for Umbria.
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