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Aug 12, 2013 - St Peter's

We caught the train to Ottaviano and walked to St Peter’s Square. We ignored the tour touts again and queued for about 45 minutes to go up to the cupola. We took the elevator part of the way, where we walked around the interior of the dome and enjoyed the view down into the Basilica, then walked the 320 steps to the top of the dome. You can walk right around up here with great views of the Vatican Gardens and the city of Rome. We also walked around the roof where there are water fountains (to refill our drink bottles) and a great view down...

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Aug 11, 2013 - The Palatine and Roman Forum

Today we visited the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. Rome originated on the Palatine (this is where Romulus and Remus were found by the wolf-mother in the legend) and the area is still being excavated. Below it is the Roman Forum and together they make up a large open-air museum, entry with the same ticket as the Colosseum valid over two days. We walked all around the two areas marvelling at the engineering required to build the massive structures. The Stadium at the Palatine and the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine were two...

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Aug 10, 2013 - Rome - The Colosseum

We said goodbye to Sorrento yesterday having enjoyed our stay at I Pini Camping – we think it’s a great base for motorhomers to explore the attractions of the area. Once we left the winding roads from Sorrento our trip to Rome was on the motorway with two tolls totalling €17.50. We were led astray by Snooper (user error, we punched in the wrong co-ords) and ended up travelling 20kms too far, but we found our way back to Camping Tiber (N 42° 0’ 34.2” E 12° 30’ 21.1”) about 16km north of central Rome. It is a lovely spacious campground on the...

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Aug 2, 2013 - Rome, the Eternal City

Friday, July 26 Today we bade farewell to Sorrento and struck off for Rome, the final leg of our trip in Italy. Ruling out transport by train or by ferry and train due to luggage storage issues on the local commuter train to Naples and the desire to avoid transferring in Naples, we opted for the bus to Rome. Unfortunately, it left at 6 am, which meant an early wakeup call, but on the plus side it put us in Rome well before lunch so we would have more time to enjoy the Eternal City. Upon arriving in Rome, we bought Roma Passes which not only...

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Italy Here We Come!

Aug 1, 2013 - Rome and Amalfi

We visited Rome for a few days after spending time with Gians family. The first day in Rome we werent able to go see the colosseum because if we wanted to buy tickets online we would have to do it a day in advance. So the next day we went to go see the colosseum. After about 15 - 20 minutes in there it began to get boring because majority of it was blocked off. Later that night, we decided to go see the Trevi fountain. Hundreds of people were crowded around it so it was hard to get a good picture. The next day we went to go see the Vatican....

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Jul 27, 2013 - Rome - Pisa

We checked out of the NH Vittoria Venetto hotel, and got a taxi to The main train station in Rome we were well ahead of schedule, and everything was going great until the taxi driver told me it was 30 Euro's!! The ride had been 6 minutes, max! When I told him I thought that was very high, he politely pointed to the bags, and indicated the luggage was the reason. I was not in the mood for an argument with a man who spoke Italian un front of me kids, so I used the event as a lesson to my kids Another tourist who'd just exited a cab offered us...

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Jul 24, 2013 - James turns 14 in Rome!

The kids slept in a bit, so we got started in late morning, but made a full day We started at the main train terminal, and rode the Green Line (Hop on /Hop off) tour bus all around town It gave the boys a nice overview of the city We hopped off, and had a great birthday lunch for James at the Hard Rock Cafe on Via Veneto We rode the bus back to the main train station, and eventually purchase four train tickets for our travels We purchased first class tickets from Rome to Pisa, local train tik from Pis to La Spezia to set up our time in...

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Jul 23, 2013 - Mykonos, Kusadasi, Santorini, Naples, Rome

It's been a while since our last update! We are now at our hotel in Rome and have free wifi! Here is a recap of the last few days..... We did not have a shore excursion planned for Mykonos, so we got off the boat and began exploring. The houses and buildings have mostly white stone washed exteriors, which looks really neat backed up against the bright blue water. We enjoyed walking through the shops and markets, which had a lot of neat trinkets. Mykonos is well known for its large windmills that are lined along the shore. We snapped some...

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Jul 16, 2013 - Rome! Days 3 - 4

Hello Everyone! Chelsea and I have done so much these past few days! I can't believe it's already time for us to leave Rome! Last time I wrote I had mentioned that we were going to attempt to see the Baths, which are right near our hotel. Around 6 that night we went to grab some gellato (side story- I managed to slip and fall down a set of marble stairs in our hotel room - didn't get hurt or anything other than a few bruises :)we just sat laughing on the steps for like 5 minutes after) then walked back to our hotel. After we had been inside...

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Jul 14, 2013 - First 2 days in Rome!

Hi everyone! Our first two days in Italy have been so much fun! Our flight landed in Rome around 9am and we took the train to the Termini station. Our hotel is just a few blocks from there so we walked over to our hotel and were able to check in right away! Our hotel is so cute! It is an older place that has giant keys to the door, which I have still not mastered locking or unlocking. Our room has two twin beds pushed together that we have been sleeping on and one more against a wall onto which we have laid all of our luggage and clothes!...

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Jul 11, 2013 - Conquering Rome in a Day

Rome may not have been built in a day but we managed to tour the highlights in a day! We were up early and at the Vatican by 8:00AM. Many people have told me that they do not like tour groups because they feel constricted by the schedule. Yesterday it paid off big time when we cruised right past all the long lines for the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. People who were going independently had a one to two hour wait for EACH site. The Vatican is huge, modern in many areas and very secure. As we stepped across the security...

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Jul 10, 2013 - Que Sera Sera

We boarded our fabulous deluxe motor coach with Vic, our Globus tour guide, and 39 new friends and headed to a restaurant called Mino somewhere in Rome. We have met people from South Carolina, Missouri, Tennessee, and Colorado so far. It seems like a happy-go-lucky-group with everyone in good spirits. Several people have traveled multiple times with Globus and have only rave reviews. That's wonderful to hear! Of course, I have full confidence in our awesome travel agent Colleen but it's always nice to have confirmation. :-) While driving,...

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