Rome

Logistics:

Way of Travel: Airplane: United Airlines and Air Canada

Route: Arrival: LAS-ORD-YUL-FCO

            Departure: FCO-YYZ-LAS

Ground Transportation to and from FCO: Private Transfer via Chase Travel

Ground Transportation to and from Civitavecchia (Cruise Port): Rome Cabs (romecabs.com)

Hotel Accommodations: Hotel Indigo Rome-St. George: Room Type: Junior Suite

                                           Palazzo Manfredi: Room Type: Master Room with Colosseum View

Pre-Planned Tours: "Skip-the-Line: Guided Colosseum Tour Including the Ground Floor and Second Tier" through Fun Tour Rome, booked via Chase Travel

Restaurants:

  1. O Pazzariello Pizzeria

  2. Ristorante Cleto

  3. Aroma at Palazzo Manfredi

  4. Sofa’ Bar and Restaurant at Hotel Indigo

  5. Trattoria Pizzeria - NO/GO

  6. Caffe’ Novecento

Story:

I love the Roman Empire and Republic before that.  With that said our (Jennifer and I) Rome trip revolved around ancient Rome.  Rome was my number 1 place I've always wanted to visit, and I got my wish when Jennifer, my wife, said yes to a Mediterranean cruise that started in Civitavecchia for our honeymoon/1 year anniversary.  Jen had already been to Rome twice before, but never to the Greek Isles (The cruise would take us there).  We flew out of Las Vegas at 7:36am on June 29th and landed in Rome at 9:20am June 30th.

 

 After a brief stop, and I mean brief, through customs we waited for our driver outside of customs.  I've always wanted to see my name on a sign when exiting to baggage claim and I finally did! Our driver escorted us to his Mercedes and off we went.  When we arrived in Rome City Center, the city the streets became narrow, our hotel was on a street that I would consider an alleyway.  Our room wasn't ready, so we checked our bags at the desk and headed out on foot.  I mapped out a route on google maps of everything I wanted to see and in order of what made sense walking.  That all went out the window as the roads curved all over, not like the perfect grid we have in Vegas.  I downloaded Rome Google Map so I could use my phone offline.  There are so many things to see, that even if we walked in the wrong direction of where we wanted to go, we found something we wanted to see anyways.   The history of Rome is incredible, and you can feel it all around.  To be feet away from where Julius Caesar was assassinated or standing on the floor of the Colosseum is breathtaking.  Walking where the Emperor's of Rome walked and lived at Palatine Hill made me feel powerful as I overlooked the city.

 

I can't wait to go back and explore Rome more.

 

Everyone has pretty much seen the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Pantheon, and The Vatican so here are things I thought were cool and less well known: 

Attractions:

1.  Colosseum  2. Pantheon  3. Palatine Hill  4. Roman Forum

5. Circus Maximus  6. Baths of Caracalla 7.  Largo di Torre Argentina 8. Trevi Fountain 9. Marcus Aurelius Column  10. Piazza Venezia 11. Trajan’s Market 12. Passetto di Borgo 13. Ludus Magnus  14. Arch of Constantine 15. Montecitori Palace (Italy’s Federal Government Office)  16. Vatican  17. Trajan’s Column

Sewer Cover's have SPQR.

Latin: Senātus Populusque Rōmānus

"The Roman Senate and People"

The Column of Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius was the last of The 5 Good Emperors.  He is known as the philosopher emperor.  The column depicts his victories along the Danube River against the Quadi.

Marcus Aurelius History

When in Rome...had a glass of Grappe.  It's like sipping on bourbon made out of grapes. Try it!

The Baths of Caracalla were the city's second largest Roman public baths.

This puzzle of the Coliseum is hanging in my den and looks great. It was pretty challenging and fun to put together. 

Romulus and his twin brother Remus with the she wolf (lupa) who fed them.  Romulus and Remus were the founders of the city of Rome.

Story of Romulus and Remus

The ‘Kneeling Barbarian’ sculpture from the Palatine Hill in Rome.

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