Our flight out of Rome Airport home wasn’t ultimately scheduled until 3 days after our crippled cruise ship docked in Naples. After our nice day on the Amalfi Coast, we returned to the ship for one last dinner in the dining room on board. The next morning, we called the tour company we had originally scheduled the Amalfi Coast tour with (they told us to let them know if there was anything they could do for us) and asked them if they could get us a driver to take us to Rome. They found a driver and our friends, who had scheduled a couple days in Rome joined us. Our driver took us to our airport Marriot, where we dropped off our luggage and rode with them in to City Center. We would catch a shuttle back to the Marriot later that evening.
Our friends were in a hotel right in City Center and we were able to walk to several of the sought-after sites. The first thing we did after dropping off their luggage, was sought out a place for lunch. Just a few steps from the hotel, there was a long flight of stairs down to one of the main streets in the area, where we found a nice café. One of the things I found very inviting about the whole of the Mediterranean, was that virtually every restaurant or café had outdoor eating and it was the norm, when weather permitted.
Like each of our stops, we had booked a private and fairly comprehensive tour of Rome, which included areas in the City Center and the Vatican. Sadly, we only had a few hours that afternoon, and neither time, nor tickets for Vatican attractions. But we made the best of our self-guided walking tour, using one of the tourist maps we found along the way.
From our lunch stop, we found our way to the top of The Spanish Steps and at the bottom, somehow found our way to the famous Trevi Fountain. It is a tradition to stand with your back to the fountain, tossing a coin over your shoulder into the pool. This, it is said, guarantees your return to Rome. So, I guess I will be back -:). The Lonely Planet Guide says 3,000 euro’s are tossed into the fountain daily. The shear numbers of humanity in this area of Rome is impressive!
After visiting and photographing the Fountain, we followed one of the main streets South to the Colosseum, one of Rome’s most famous landmarks. Along the way, we saw buildings, and ruins everywhere. It is a magical city, and we are looking forward to a return trip with more time to explore. We hope to travel back to the Mediterranean for our “make-up” cruise sometime in the next 2 years, so stay tuned.
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