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Oct 6, 2013 - Mari in Rome

Bona Serra! Have had a couple of good days here in Rome. Bought a three day pass that has been good. Covers all transport *the metro is good* and entry into two things. That in itself made it worth it because I could just walk past the LONG ticket line at the Colloseum and a similar one at the Forum today. Last time I was here in 1972 with AYH the Colloseum was closed so nice to get in now. But the crazy traffic that used to be around it is gone. Only walking there now. The Forum is different too. Then you could walk all over, now it is...

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Oct 6, 2013 - Ancient Roma

Not quite as early a start today and we did another tour. This time it was to see the sights of Ancient Rome. The morning sky was lovely as we walked over to the Colosseum. We walked by Victor Emmanuel (the building to celebrate Italy's first king) and had to detour for a movie set. There were some great old cars for the movie. Our first stop for today's tour was the Colosseum which was an amazing place to visit. There is very little marble left (much of it was used to build the Vatican) and so it is mostly bricks that you see. It is oval...

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Oct 5, 2013 - Visiting the Vatican

We were up very early this morning to find our way by taxi to the meeting area for our Vatican tour which started at 7:35. No problem finding the place and we even had time for coffee as we visited with the other people also waiting for tours. We were finally off and in line when the skies got black and the lightning and thunder and eventually RAiN were upon us. Although we got wet, we were thankful that we were going in and not waiting in the line up for another hour like some people. You could see the water pouring off the glass roof. Our...

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Oct 4, 2013 - Roma or Bust

Another day, another adventure. Today's adventure started with a drive to Rome. We decided Sherril is almost an Italian driver as she was zipping in and out of traffic with all of them, even on the Autostrada where we think the speed limit was 130 km. They are absolutely crazy here but the best was yet to come when he got to Rome. Anyway Sherril managed to get us to the airport to return the car which was another adventure driving up a very narrow ramp 5 floors (twice because the first time we were in the wrong building) to reach the...

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Oct 3, 2013 - Denizli back to Rome

It is hard to say goodbye to Andy and Erica and the kids. But the good news is that we will see them in 2014, when they return to the States for a 4-5 month vacation. So it is a blessing to look forward to that. Vivian, Carson and Verity are such fun to be with and we can only imagine how much they will change and grow in the six months before we see them again. -------- We get into Rome in mid-afternoon and our flight to the U.S. is not leaving until tomorrow morning. Our driver takes us over to Crossing Condotti which is in a totally...

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Sep 18, 2013 - Entry 2

Hi everyone WE HAVE ARRIVED! OMG what a flight - 9 1/2 hrs to Hong Kong, a 9 hr wait in Hong Kong then 13 hrs to Rome. Anyway all is great, we were determined to not sleep when we arrived so we took off in the hire car to what we thought was the centre of Rome - very hairy experience Gaz was driving a left- hand drive car so many screams and shouts of DAD were heard as he crossed onto the wrong side of the road. All was well, we saw 2 amazing basilicas and a fountain ( not the Trevi) before becoming lost on our way home - we are staying 10...

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Sep 18, 2013 - Rome

Last full day in Rome! Did a little bit of shopping in the morning. Following that & a light snack, we headed out on a walk to the Trevi Fountain (crowds, crowds!), then to the Tiber River, & finally to the Pantheon built in 120 a.d. The engineering knowledge required to build this building then with it's large dome with an opening at the top is amazing to me. It seems that there is a part of history is missing that explains where this knowledge comes from at that time? Between the River & the Pantheon we stopped into a nondescript church...

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Sep 17, 2013 - Rome at its Best

During the night on our sail to the port of Civitavecchia, Italy we encountered extremely rough seas. We awoke around 2:00 am with the ship pitching and rolling. Our ship the Carnival Sunshine is a huge ship weighing over 100,000 tons and spanning nearly 1000 feet in length, so to feel the roughness of the sea meant that there were significant waves. We arrived in port on time, had our breakfast on the Lido deck and then headed for debarkation for our excursion into the City of Rome. We knew it would be a busy day when the staff announced...

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Sep 17, 2013 - Rome

Vatican Musem..........St.Peter's Basilica......we came..........we saw............WE CONQUERED!!! I'm tired........further update tomorrow.............. We thought we had been encountering a lot of crowds up until today when we arrived at the Vatican & St. Peter's. Should have taken a picture of that but didn't. We had purchased tickets on line for the Vatican museum, so we were able a to go in fairly quickly. We walked past line ups of people that had not purchased tickets prior and I'm sure there were 500+. You do not have to buy tickets...

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Sep 16, 2013 - Rome

Toured the Colloseum &Roman Forum with a guide. It always costs more with a guide, but the knowledge you gain is priceless. Our guide was a sexy Italian archeologist & he had my complete attention! Ha ha! Both the Colloseum (took 10 years to build/72 A.D. which is incredible when you look at the size & engineering of this place). The Roman Forum is basically a large portion of the original city of Rome before the fall of the Roman Empire. Rome in it's heyday had a million people. A lot of the Roman ruins were destroyed by the Christians as...

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Sep 16, 2013 - Rome by Segway ...or how not to hurt yourself on Day 1 in Italy

Ciao and welcome to Rome. We arrive by overnight flight into Rome and make our way to the Capo D'Africa hotel near the Roman Coliseum. On our drive into the city we pass the old city walls and realize that the old Roman city is actually quite small in terms of square miles. But, as you will see from the pictures, everything else in Rome is huge in scale. -------- After a good nap to recover from our flight, we leave the hotel and make our way to our planned Segway tour. Both of us are nervous about whether we will be able to ride a Segway...

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Sep 15, 2013 - Rome

Visited The Crypt of the Capuchins which were a group of Friars in Rome. In 1631 they left their friary (where they lived) & moved to another location, taking with them all the bones of the Friars that had been buried at the old location. It is believed that they had just been stacked in the basement of the new church and that someone along the way, unclear who exactly, decided to arrange them in an artistic fashion and that is how they remain today. It was rainy off and on today so we spent a little more time in the hotel room. Later in...

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