Rome

Our arrival into Civitavecchia, the Port of Rome, meant that we had to catch the local bus to the train station for a ride, which would take a hour. On this bus ride we finally had the opportunity to witness first hand, the true Italian road rage. This is only a snippet of the drama that erupted when a car parked on the wrong side of the road and the bus could not get through. Eventually after a solid 10 minutes of continuous beeping and no one owning up to the vehicle, the bus had to reverse out the way it came and travel another route.

Rome is quite a large city and seeing as we already had limited time left to sightsee because we slept in, and were stuck in a ‘beep off’, we chose to take a tour on the Sightseeing Rome Hop on Hop off bus. I know my past experiences with this service has been somewhat ‘unfortunate’, however this time it seemed to be our most reliable option.

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Having only a few hours to tour the city, we unfortunately didn’t have enough time to wait in hour upon hour-long lines to gain entry into the monuments.

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We hopped off the bus at the Colosseum and spent a little of our time touring the ruins. This time we didn’t have time to go inside, but I definitely recommend waiting in the line or going with a tour group because it is worth it! It’s one of my favourite sights in Europe.

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It is incredible that the Colosseum could hold between 50,000 – 80,000 people back in 80AD. It is the largest amphitheatre in the world and used to be home to events such as gladiatorial competitions, executions and public spectacles.

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We hopped back on the bus and made it to Vatican City. The Holy See is a separate country to Italy and is the smallest country in the world! The Pope here is the head of this absolute monarchy.

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Here we discovered that other tourists are terrible at taking photos. This is the most acceptable picture of both Taylor and I could find. I think I understand the growing number of tourists who have invested in a go pro stick so they can take selfies alone without having to deal with the incompetence of others.

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We wanted to visit the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps just before we had to head back to the train station even though we were advised they were currently under construction. We hopped back on the bus and luckily we decided to stay on the lower level and try out the access to the WIFI. We are fortunate we did so because otherwise we would not have overheard a fellow cruise traveller asking the driver whether there would be time to visit the fountain to make the last train back to the port. There definitely wasn’t time. We were lucky we overheard because we would never have made it back to the port in time and we would have been stuck in Rome. We just made it back to the ship last minute and also only made it back from the station because we were lucky enough to get a ride with other passengers who were running late. The taxi ride was kind of terrifying with the driver going so fast, but he got us there literally 60 seconds before gates were due to close and we were incredibly grateful!

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