Saturday, May 09, 2009

April 29
We arrived at Civitavecchia, Italy, last evening. This is the port nearest Rome. This morning we met our tour bus at 8:30 AM for the 1 ½ hour drive to the city. It was a long day with a lot of walking in a very big and congested city but we saw some amazing sights.
First we headed to the Colosseum and had a chance to go inside and appreciate how huge it is, and how amazing that it was built at the time it was made with lack of machines and only manpower to do it. Next we went to the Vatican and St. Peter’s. It also is larger than I ever imagined. We didn’t have enough time to go inside the Vatican, unfortunately, but we could see much of the outside areas.
We walked all day until we met out bus for the return trip at 4:45 PM. Arriving back at the ship, we were very tired and hungry so we had a great dinner tonight. It was Italian night aboard ship with swordfish, various pastas, and Italian desserts such as tiramisu. We have one tour later in the day tomorrow so I’m planning a good night’s sleep and to take it easy tomorrow morning.

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