Day 100 – Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Someone had to remind me that today was Tax Day in the U.S., almost spoiled my day… One day in this port is so little time it was almost tempting to not even try to go into the city but we scheduled a “Panoramic tour of Rome” (ride through by bus) and a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, a 9 hour trip including the drive from the port to the city.

As with my latest posts, commentary will be kept to a minimum. I simply do not have the time to do the photos justice with my commentary so just enjoy the photos!

Dawn in Civitavecchia port.

New vineyards along the way to Rome.

The Pyramid of Caius Cestius.

The Coliseum.

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Lunch at Ristorante Zagara, located near the Vatican.

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The wait for security screening to enter St. Peter’s Basilica was over an hour, and the line became much longer as we waited.

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We finally made it through security!

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The letters along the top of the Basilica are about 9 feet tall to give you some reference to the size of the cathedral.

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Since it was a Wednesday, the Pope had his weekly appearance this morning.

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We of course saw only a small part of the Vatican and really only a small part of St. Peters. The Cathedral is tremendous in size, unparalleled in its structural beauty and artwork. Unfortunately, as an amateur student of middle ages history, my thoughts as I marveled at the grandeur was the cost in human suffering the church created in the building and furnishing of this grand structure. Of course to be fair, all the beautiful buildings we see in Europe and throughout the world really came at a very high cost to the people of the era.

As stated earlier, one day does not even scratch the surface of this great city. I would love to return some day to spend time walking the streets. That is the only way to really “see” a city of this nature.

We are at sea on day 101 and will then be in Spain for 3 stops, and the Portuguese Islands for 2 more, then homeward bound. I have enjoyed the trip, but after four months we are really missing our children and grandchildren. Less than two weeks now!

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3 Responses to Day 100 – Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

  1. Sharon says:

    Great pictures inside St Peter’s. I appreciate your skill with a camera taking photos inside with less than ideal conditions. Great job, Wendell!!

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  2. maria says:

    I am so glad I found your blog…we are thinking of doing an around the world trip next year (Adelaide – to Sydney) Your photos have been great. Did you use the internet on board? The last cruise we did (eastern Mediteranean) internet connection was very limited.
    I am also very worried about seasickness, have you experienced any?
    I would be interested to hear what the pros and the cons were of this mammoth trip, it all seems fantastic.
    Keep enjoying your trip!

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  3. Gina says:

    We are following your blog religiously. In fact, your blog convinced us to sign up for the HAL 2016 Grand Voyage! Can you end with some contact information, so that we can get more guidance your favorite tours or travel ideas?

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