After a few hours of traveling! The boat FINALLY let us off on the coast of Italy, about 1 1/2 hours from Rome. We took a taxi to Linda’s hotel (she met up with us in Rome, she was on a cruise for work before our cruise). It took a minute to get her packed up and figure out what to do with her luggage. We got to Rome about 9:30, in time to get to the Vatican! The line went all the way around the courtyard, but thankfully it was free to get in. It is amazing how ornate and extravagant St. Peter’s Basilica is, a picture just doesn’t do it justice.
It would be interesting to have more of the particular Bible stories memorized and be able to relate more of the scenes depicted. I was completely overwhelmed! There was a masque going on and we got to hear some singing in the background. It was peaceful. St. Peter’s Basilica is guarded by Swiss soldiers, and Michaelangelo was the designer of their uniforms. They must still wear the original design…
We bought tickets for the red bus tour but it took to long to get going. So… we took another taxi to the Pantheon. I forgot all my interesting facts from my Art History class, but it was interesting nonetheless! We were starving by the time we were through there so we went to the first place we could find. Somewhere outside to soak up the atmosphere, and somewhere authentic.
BEST MEAL OF MY LIFE!!!!! I had a simple margarita pizza, but they made the sauce that day from fresh tomatoes! And the crust was a simple sweet crust baked in a brick oven. And the cheese! Oh, the cheese was delicious and soft! I tasted a little of something specialty that Lina got and it was also delicious! I don’t know if I will ever recover from this food, it was divine! In search for the red bus tour (to finally start using our tickets), we roamed (ha) around and walked a million miles to the Trevi Fountain. It was beautiful, and right in the middle of a bunch of buildings!
That was the most amazing part of Rome to me. We were walking along looking at the ancient architecture of the business buildings and it seems like every other block there is something from an Art History book! We stumbled over a few other gems during our 4 hour walking tour, but finally found the bus and headed to the Colosseum! By the time we got to the Colosseum, we only had 15 minutes to get through the line and see as much as we could. I was disappointed not to be able to listen to the self guided audio tour, but at least I got to see it!
I wasn’t very excited to leave Rome, Italy to get on a cruise boat. But, I was glad to have somewhere to rest my feet for a few hours!