Saturday, 30 April 2011

our arrival into Civitavecchia

at 8.00am on Tuesday March 29 we embarked the port pilot to assist the MSC Splendida in the docking manoeuvre into port at Civitavecchia, an important passenger terminal on the Lazio coast in Italy. Civitavecchia's port is now the second largest European port for passengers in transit per year.
 The day of our first visit we chose to do one of the 'organised tours' as opposed to the usual walk we would do .... Rome being such a large city with much to see we didn't want to miss too much.

The tour we chose was the 
"Grand Tour of Rome, The Eternal City.

It was a full day tour of 9 hours and included lunch ..... even at a cost of 112.00 Euro's each or in total 224.00 Euro's, we felt it was worth it for what we managed to see and do. Yes it was a bit like being herded around like 'Brown's Cows', but we did get to see a lot and it allowed us to get our bearings for the next full day in Rome - without the guided tour!

currency exchange as at today (April 30 2011)
224.00 Euro's = $332.00 USD
224.00 Euro's = $304.00 AUD
224.00 Euro's = $406.00 SGD

Our excursion combined two of the most important aspects of Rome: Christianity and antiquity.  The first bus to take us into Rome itself took one and half hours, where we met up with the actual coach tour and headed towards the Colloseum. We had a good look around this impressive edifice, built to hold up to 50,000 people and where the Romans used to watch the cruel gladiators combats.
From there it was a whirlwind of history including the Trevi Fountain, the PIazza Navona, the Pantheon, St Peter's Square and of course the Basilica ...... but more about these in the next few blog posts. 

So stay tuned!

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