Travel Diary | Mediterranean Cruise | Rome
14th July 2015
Rome: The Eternal City. It’s certainly something special.
The last time I went to Rome was also apart of a cruise on the Island Escape. I went with my parents and we went on a excursion called “Rome All In One Day” which involved spending lots of time on a bus seeing all the sites of Rome.
This time I want to explore on my own, and as it was Tyrone’s first time in Rome I wanted to be able to show him around myself. So we booked the excursion called “Rome On Your Own”.
“Why book an excurison if you’re doing it on your own?” I hear you ask.
Well, as Rome isn’t a port city, we had to dock in Civitavecchia which is about a 2 hour drive away from the capital. You could probably get a train but if you’ve expereienced the spontaneous Italian strikes like I have then you may not want to risk it. Especially because if you don’t make it back to the ship in time they will leave without you.
No seriously, we left two people behind in Corsica because they were late.
Anyway, we were dropped off close to the Vatican, but as the Scouts were holding a meeting in St Peter’s Square in the morning we decided to leave Vatican City until the end of the day.
First stop: the Spanish Steps.
My dress is from H&M in case you were wondering.
We then headed over to the Trevi fountain, but this was a relatively short lived visit because it’s covered in scaffolding and not looking it’s best.
^^This is what they are using at the moment so that you can throw your coin into the fountain. We’d hate for them to lose out on the money.
^^Cute oyster bar.
After wondering through the narrow streets we found a busier road that lead to the Victor Emmanuel II Monument.
From the monument you can get a great view of the Colosseum. This main road is usually pretty busy, but for some reason it was closed on the day we were in Rome. Perhaps it was because the Scouts were in town. Perhaps it was because the Gay Pride parade was also taking place.
Yeah, an interesting combination of events.
We jumped at the chance to get some photographs that would not have been possible had the road been open.
From the main road you can see inside the Forum. You do have to pay to get into the Forum but if you are limited for time, or you’re travelling on a budget, then you can easily see the majority of the ruins from the outside.
^^Ty adds some scale to the photo (he’s 6 foot 2).
We decided to walk all away around the outside of the forum, along side the Circus Maximus (which, for such an important historical site, looks like a waste land).
We happened to stumble around a food market which we had a look around in attempted to feel like the local. I absolutely love finding little gems like this when exploring a city.
Our poor legs were getting pretty tired by this point (my steriod injection is still working!!) so we went on a hunt for food. We found a little pizzeria (Pizzeria Florida) where we grabbed a delicious slide of pizza each. It was so tasty and cheap, and the owner was really friendly. I’d highly recommend it if you’re ever in the city.
Then it was on to the Pantheon. Last time I was in the city it was closed, but this time I got the chance to go inside. It’s free entry, and totally worth it just to see the incredible ceiling.
Somewhere between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona we found a gelateria that served my beloved Nutella ice cream. The scoops of ice cream they served were huge! Great value for money.
At this point, it was a wonder we both weren’t crawling. I was exhausted but we still hadn’t been to the Vatican. And you just have to go to the world’s smallest country when you are within walking distance.
We then sat in a park for our last hour in Rome before the bus arrived. I couldn’t have a walked any further if I’d tried.
Have you ever been to Rome?
If you missed the other posts in this series you can find them here: