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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Sep 14, 2013 - Rome

SOOO much Rome.........SOOO little time!!! There is so much to see here, I know that we will not see everything. What you do see is also difficult to comprehend the time in history considering that much of it is a few hundred years either side of B.C. And A.D. The incredible art & the amount of it just blows your mind. You can understand the amount of it considering that art was their form of communication & a lot of the art was commissioned by wealthy families, both painted art & statues. It is also somewhat comical to find out that in...

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Sep 13, 2013 - Rome

After having breakfast at the hotel, headed out to get some cash @ a bank machine. Fortunately everything went through without a hitch. It continues to be very hot. The last couple of days in Lucca had cooled off slightly. Decided to walk over to Colosseum to see how long it would take to get there (about 40 minutes) at a steady gate. On the way we stopped in at a church that was open to the public for viewing. A lot of money spent in decorating those churches (I wonder how many poor souls lives were impoverished so that the churches could...

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Sep 12, 2013 - Rome

Today was a travel day. Took bus from Lucca to Florence, then caught Italo train from Florence to Rome. Caught a taxi from train station to hotel. After getting to hotel, we realized that the quality was sorely lacking (unclean). After discussing with management, we decided it was best to relocate to another hotel. We managed to find another hotel that more or less met our expectations so caught another taxi to there. A little stressful for me dealing with this, but tired & thankful when we finally got settled into the new hotel. The hotel...

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Sep 10, 2013 - Rome highlights

Today we wondered towards the Colussum which was an easy walk from our hotel. Via carmine is becom ing very familiar to us.  We joined a tour which brought all the old ruins to life. Romans were definately recyclers. Inbetween the 80 columns were statues which were removed and reused. New structures were built on old. Walking towards Trevi fountain John remarked that just around the corner would be a big old building. "That is no joke." That line was probably the most heard one of the day from the tour guides, and yes, around the corner was...

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Aug 13, 2013 - The Vatican Museums

We caught the train back to Vatican City this morning, and spent an hour and a half queuing outside the Vatican Museums (some of the time with no shade) before finally reaching the ticket office. There was one water fountain on the street which we were grateful for. The Vatican Museums display works from the immense collection of art and antiques collected over the last 500 years by the Catholic Church. Apparently every year the price to visit goes up (currently €16 per person) and every year the number of visitors increases (more than the...

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