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Sep '11

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Rome

Full view of the arena, with a partially restored floor

On this crazy cruise we were in a new city everyday, with each tour more epic than the last. This day we were docked in Civitavecchia, about an hour from Rome. We had booked a private tour with 3 other couples to see everything we wanted to see in a one whirlwind day in Rome. After meeting up for breakfast with our tour-mates we went outside and found our tour guide. He drove us in a van to Rome and started right away at the Colosseum.

We had all bought tickets to go inside the Colosseum, and that was a great decision. The outside does not give the same perspective, and I loved walking the corridors and seeing the arena. To be honest I don’t remember everything the tour guide told us. We went so fast here and there, in and out of the van, and there was so much information all the time. I do know we saw the Pantheon, views of the Forum, and walked through Capitoline Hill. We visited the Trevi Fountain, and drove past the Spanish Steps. We had pizza for lunch in a small cafe, and ultimately our destination was the Vatican.

We had a separate tour guide show us through the Vatican, and she went at an even faster pace than the other guy. The collections and frescoes of the Vatican are beyond overwhelming. There was so much to see and so much to learn about each piece it is just impossible to keep up with it all. Highlights for me were of course the Sistine Chapel, and also the Pieta.

I don’t think we could have seen or learned as much in our one day in Rome without those amazingly efficient tour guides.