Rome on Your Own
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On July 8th, we arrived in Civitavecchia which is the port near Rome. We decided to go on the "Rome on your Own" excursion which is just a return trip to Rome on a coach bus. We had the day to look around in Rome and see the sights. There were tours you could book with the cruise line that included visits to attractions like the Colosseum and the Vatican.
We met for our tour in the cruise ship theatre and we were directed off the ship. Our guide showed us the way and we boarded a coach bus to Rome. Civitavecchia looked pretty nice but I think there is much more to see in Rome.
We got to Rome and bought tickets to the Roma Cristiana "hop on hop off" bus. The guide on our coach bus recommended the Roma Cristiana bus so we took his word for it. We figured this was the best idea since we had a limited time in Rome and we had no idea where everything was or even what all the best sights to see were.
We got a map from our coach bus guide, showing us the most famous things to see in Rome. We used that as our plan. First we checked out the Colosseum since the coach dropped us off right in front of it.
This was the line to get in to the Colosseum. We didn't really have the patience for this. lol. See how it keeps going and wraps around the corner?
We made our way to the tourist bus and got some good seats on the upper deck to take pictures. Our Roma Cristiana bus wasn't as well known as the City Sightseeing bus but the advantage was that it was not as busy so we had no problems getting seats up top.
This is the view of the Vatican from the outside. You aren't allowed to bring bags in. We had a big back pack with us. You can check your bag there for free
The Roma Cristiana bus stops are a bit too nondescript. There wasn't really any signs showing where they were exactly. We had to make a mental note of where they were to find them again.
There was lots of places to get pizza and coffee around. The Piazza was definitely worth a visit.
|Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi|
|Fontana del Nettuno|
|Pantheon, Piazza del Rotonda|
|Altare della Patria|
Basilica of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli.
It was really really hot in Rome so we were getting pretty tired and decided to just ride the tourist bus around the city without getting off the bus anymore. It was probably 40 degrees Celsius outside. We hopped on the tourist but and took more pictures of the city.
|Back at the Colosseum|
The Colosseum is a tourist trap as you'd expect. We were getting constantly hounded by people trying to sell us sunglasses, scarfs and selfie sticks. Saying no wasn't enough to get rid of them, you had repeat it over and over.
Tensions were getting high around the Colosseum. We saw a tourist punch a pickpocket in the face for attempting to steal his girlfriend's watch. Police came and sorted it all out it looked like. Eventually we got back on the bus and made our way back to the ship. I think we ended up going to sleep on the bus back to the ship.
Thank you for reading. If you enjoyed this post and want to see more of Italy, check out our post on "Pisa and Beach"