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Sep 10, 2016 - Day 4 Rome

After an early star, 5am, to catch the bus by 6am so we could meet our tour at the Piazza Republica by 7am. All went beautifully to plan and we arrived with 15 minutes to spare. Boarded our bus for the three hour drive to Pompeii, stopping for a coffee/ hot chocolate half way and a delicious pastry with a lemon custard. Back on the bus arriving in Pompeii to rain.....great left our rain jackets in Rome. We all bought umbrella's (€3) and off we went with our guide who is a qualified archeologist but had to give it up because she hurt her...

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Sep 9, 2016 - Day 3 Rome

Today it was time to tackle the Coloseum, Pallatine Hill and the Roman Forum. Off on the bus and train and even managing to change lines at the Termni Station and arrive at the Coloseum to find another huge crowd. We paid for a guided tour to get through quicker as the tickets we had were only for the entrance to the place and no miss the queue facility so this was the quickest way in. Once inside even though there were a lot of people, it was easier to move around. The history of the place was interesting and although Denise and I didn't...

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Sep 8, 2016 - Day 2 Rome

Today is Denises's birthday and we had a 10am tour booked for the Vatican. So allowing plenty of time we caught the bus down to the Vatican rather than walking the 2.7kl. We met up with our tour guide and were inside the Vatican in about 10 minutes instead of waiting in the queue which was very long and looked like it would take hours to get in. Our guide was very good and explained everything clearly. We did the Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Bascilica before ending up back in the square where we had lunch people watching again....

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Sep 7, 2016 - Day 1 Rome

Well our first day in Rome.......what an eye opener. Firstly we thought we should put some food in the cupboard/fridge, so off we went to the super market. After walking in the wrong direction for who knows how far we finally found our way. Of course reading the labels was interesting to say the least but we managed and came home with everything from wine to washing powder. Well we think it is washing powder, it has pictures of clothes on the front of the box which was good enough for us. After a quick coffee and a yummy biscuit it was off...

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Aug 31, 2016 - See ya Rome

Well today is our last day , we have made the most of it , set off early today for a tour of the Vstican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St Peters church . I had no idea of the history and artwork , sculptures , tapestries , mosaics and just what had been so well preserved . The church blew me away , I couldn't imagine anything so beautiful . The day started with a huge thunderstorm , cracks of lightning and thunder so close to us - I though surely this is not happening just because we are going to church . Anyway it was a good place to spend...

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Jul 11, 2016 - Walk around Rome, Vatican City

Today we did our own walking tour around Rome and visited Vatican City. We saw some famous fountains such as Four Rivers Fountain and Trevi Fountain. Trevi Fountain is absolutely spectacular. If it hadn't been so hot, we would have stayed longer! We did face our backs to the fountain and threw a coin which should bring us a return to Rome someday. :) Next, we saw the Pantheon. Huge pillars on the outside but pretty simple looking. On the inside, it is really beautiful. Different colors of marbles, beautiful statues. Raphael loves the...

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Jul 9, 2016 - Rome-Ancient City, Appian Way

This is our first day in Rome. Our flat is in such a great location...about three blocks from the colosseum and about one block from the Roman Forum. Our flat is quite cute. The downstairs has two sofa beds and a very small kitchen and the upstairs has a bedroom and bathroom. It is air conditioned...which is a HUGE plus! It doesn't blow out much air but every little bit helps! We are two doors down from a gelato stand so that is a bonus as well! We were at the Colosseum this morning when it opened and the place was virtually empty. We...

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Jun 25, 2016 - Rome

Friday 24th June 2016 The UK decides to leave the EU – not what we wanted but the vote was close 52% to leave and 48% to stay. However, we decide to head for Rome – about three hours away and instead of taking a direct route we do what the SatNav says and use the Autostrada – good call – the road surface is good and the traffic not too bad including a 10Km tunnel through some fantastic scenery. On joining the GRA – think Rome’s answer to the M25 round London – we immediately get in the wrong lane and have to worm our way onto the correct...

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Jun 16, 2016 - Ischia to Rome

We woke to a slightly grey and windy day, our last in Ischia. After the usual continental breakfast we packed and readied for our 11.10am shuttle back to the the port. After a circuitous route through the one-way streets we were dropped off at the ferry terminal to join the throng about to board. By this stage it was getting close to the forecast high of 26 degrees, although the wind helped a little. We found seats in the fairly cramped ferry and settled back for the one hour trip to Naples. On arrival at Naples port we were met once again...

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Thackers Go Fourth

Jun 4, 2016 - ROME

We dock at Civitavecchia (Cheevativeckia) in early morning and disembark to find our guide, Giovanni waiting for us holding a name card with Rose Moss clearly marked on it. The drive into Rome is about 60 km but Saturday seems to display a decrease in traffic which works well for us. The Colosseum is first on our list so even though we were advised against going we overruled that and carried on. As it turns out our guide "knew a guy" and we managed to bypass most of the huge hordes of people that were there to see this fantastic work of...

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May 28, 2016 - Santa Maria Maggiore, Barberini and the Pantheon

Today we didn't set the alarm. Got up slowly. Had breakfast and headed to the metro line. Took the metro to the Santa Maria Maggiore. There was no wait to get in .. it was so beautiful, we slowly took it all in. Back on the metro and over to the Barberini Square and fountain. Got hungry so we grabbed a table over looking the square and fountain. Watch traffic and people come and go. Then a walk over to the Pantheon. I found it the most amazing sight as we rounded the corner. It is so majestic. Next we were on to the Plazza Novona, there...

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May 26, 2016 - Colosseo and Roman Forum

Today we set the alarm for 7 to get on the go. Shower, breakfast and got on the metro to the Colosseum. We got our tickets, quick and easy, and entered the Colosseum. We walked around and explored for about 3 hours. It was so amazing absolutely took our breath away. Then we went over to the Roman Forum, the wait wasn't bad about 20 minutes to get in. We walked around exploring the Roman Forum for around another 3 hours. Then we walked around to take a look at the government capital. We were hungry so grabbed a table across from the capital...

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