Civitavecchia was our Port (pronounced Chi-vita-vechia) nearly an hour from Rome where we toured St. Peter’s Basilica, Trevi Fountains, Colosseum, and Roman Catacombs.
Florence was a long tour and this day promised to be an equally long day. Our first stop was St Peter’s – which was beautiful and ornate with lots of gold and painted art. I suppose if I was a Roman Catholic this stop would have been more interesting. I found little in this church that pointed to a risen and living Lord. It was completely about the Popes.
We next visited Trevi Fountain. Dave and I stayed back from the crowd to avoid pick- pockets. There was no need for me to throw a coin in the fountain. We enjoyed a few scoops of gelato at a shop nearby and took in the sights from the sidelines.
The Colosseum was large and imposing, everything I expected it to be. It was amazing to see the levels of the structure and the arches. The Forum was nearby but we received little information about it on this tour.
Our final stop was Roman Catacombs a 17 mile maze of graves – photography was strictly prohibited, so we do not have pictures of this stop. We had a guided tour through the catacombs and saw roped off passages to the sides that were closed to exploration.. I guess they frown on losing tourists in the catacombs for fear they may become part of the attraction. It was interesting to see though.
Pictured below: the Vatican, St Peter’s Basilica (3) Colosseum, nearby Forum, Gelato, and Trevi Fountain.
Next stop: Pompeii