All Roads Lead to Roma

Trip Start Jun 08, 2012
Trip End Jun 16, 2012

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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The ship docked around 7 a.m.  We had a 1 1/2 hour bus ride from the Port at Civitivecchia.  Along the way there are fields of sunflowers and a lot of lovely hillsides with homes and roofs of terracotta.
You definitely cannot mistake that you are travelling in the Mediterranean.
I was so excited to get to Rome and although I remember the feeling of being there and the smell of it I was unprepared for how amazing it still is!
I didn't have a clear picture in my mind of how close everything was and how immense all of the buildings are.  So many structures from the early days after Christ, so many temples and ruins surrounded by Romans walking, scooters zipping past, tour bus after tour bus after tour bus.
Too awesome!  Had I never been to Rome I would have been SO disappointed in this excursion.  Not due to the tour guides or where they took us but just simply because you cannot explore Rome and the Vatican in one day.  It's just so people can say they've physically seen it but really the experience going through the Vatican Museum (in particular) was like a herd of cattle connected precariously by the thread of her flag atop a pointer leading us through the crush of tourists all doing the same thing; eyes darting about frantically trying not to a) get crushed b)lose sight of your tour guide and c)occasionally look at something in the museum with your camera in your outstretched hand and dozens of elbows and heads in your way.
Still, even with the rush, the place is awe inspiring!  Also, you are able to take photos in the Vatican itself as all of the "paintings" are actually  mosaics made entirely of stone!  I didn't know that on my first visit.
I also viewed the Sistine Chapel for the first time.  It is incredible that Michelangelo was told by the Pope of the day to paint the ceiling as the man had never painted anything before this; he was a renowned sculptor.  Also, he devoted four or five years to it, left to do other things and returned 22 years later to do the Last Judgement which took another four years to complete.
In between of course there was the statue of David, the dome of St. Peter's, you know, nothing too fancy!!
Amazing. While in Rome we visited the Trevi Fountain also.  Still out of this world.  Grabbed a sandwich too and enjoyed that while walking.  That bread is just to die for!
So typical; my roommate told the counter guy not to warm up her pizza because we were in a hurry; he seemed so crestfallen!  I ordered my sandwich and without asking he threw it in the warmer for a few minutes.  He didn't want to let another get away without taking the proper care with his restaurants food!

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