Rome!! Here we come!!
We had a good rest on the Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas and are anxious to see Rome, Italy. It is about an hour drive from the Port to the city. We booked a private tour for this city.
We had a little hiccup finding our tour guide as the port of Civitavecchia had banned tour companies from coming to the ship. Finally, we connected and we are off.
The Majestic Vatican City
Our first stop is the Vatican/Sistine Chapel where we had a private tour guide waiting for us at the curb. The week before we sailed we had received information that for the first time in history, the Pope was allowing anyone to come into the Vatican for free and tour guides were not allowed. But because we had “connections”, another way was found.
Seeing the lines around 3 sides of this city gave us a bit of concern until our guide took us to the front of the line and right into the Vatican. How glad we were for having this private company. Many people from the ship were trying to go on their own and never did get in. The value of a travel agent!!
Words cannot describe this majestic place. We have stepped back in history. We had plenty of time and the guide was very knowledgeable. It was hard to know where to look – ceiling, statues, floor, paintings and tapestries were splendid.
Then we stood in St. Peter’s Square. After seeing crowds there for various occasions, we were surprised at how small it was. I guess the people really jam in here.
More Unbelievable Sites
Now we are off to other sites. The Coliseum is next. A very moving experience as we remember the killing of the Christians and what they sacrificed.
In a motor coach it is hard to navigate the streets, so we gave up a couple of sites, but did get to see the main ones. Now we know what we can come back to.