La dolce vita - Rome in a day
Trip Start Oct 18, 2007
24Trip End Nov 20, 2007
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Up early yet again and out on the front deck as we approach Civitavecchia. Quite a few ships in port and another following us in. Head into harbour and pass Galaxy. Directly ahead of us is a Seabourn ship (name ??), Regent Seven Seas Voyager and one of the yachts of the Sea Dream Yacht Club. The ship coming in behind is the new Arcadia. Lovely looking ship. Why is P&O the only line able to get funnels right on this generic Carnival hull? But I digress...
Grab brekkie up on the lido but we're not off as soon as we're able like we said we would be and it's maybe 20 minutes after the ship is cleared. No sign of a shuttle bus so we walk to train station along - a lot further than we thought. Although instructions say turn right we make sure by asking for directions. It was right. Get to stazione, buy our BIRG tickets for EUR9 each, train is of course on a distant platform so race to train and jump on only minutes before the 8:02am departure.
It is an amazing place. We walk down the main road that is paved with large stones.
Small portions of wall frescos remain around the site,
Short wait for a train and in maybe twenty minutes we are standing beside Circus Maximus.
Head towards the Tiber. It's nothing like either of us expected. Al was thinking brown murky Brisbane River, me, shallow duck leg deep Avon River in Christchurch. It is instead fast flowing and kind of glacial blue (although lots of rubbish on the bank).
Pay the few euro admission and enter the mausoleum. It is an amazing building that was turned into the crypt for a number of popes and was also the Vatican treasury. Left aligned photo tag:
A train pulls up on platform four and I ask someone on the platform at the same time as Al asks someone on the train if it is going to Civitavecchia (as the main board indicated). Nope. Lucky we asked. It will actually be going from platform five. Train ride only 55 minutes. Less time than the HAL bus transfer and about $150 less. Jump on free shuttle that we didn't see this morning and Eduardo and Lester get on just after us. They were on the same train. My feet are killing me - blisters between my toes no less - and even Al's are hurting now. Had no need for our passports, a requirement to have with you when you leave a ship in Civitavecchia. Boy it's good to back on board.
Straight up to Lido spa/jacuzzi to rest our weary feet. Mary and Karen join us not long after. They were waiting to get off the ship this morning and were on the 7.35 express and in Rome before 8.30. They are amazing.
P&O Arcadia is docked behind us and we can see straught in to the main dining room. She departs just before us.
I've had enough, so decide not to go down to dinner and will go up to Lido but it's all closed up. Dinner only until 8. No choice but room service so get a Thai chicken wrap. Not bad at all. Hit the sheets early.