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Rome and Vatican City

Day 49, Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, 15 May 2009

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Rome in a day is hard work, so here is the list (in order) of the places I visited all on foot (the major sights are highlighted):

  • Starting at Stazione Termini – main Rome train station
  • Piazza della Repubblica - fountain
  • Santa Maria degli Angeli – church, outside only
  • Fontana del Tritone – fountain
  • Piazza di Spagna and Spanish Steps – down the steps
  • Fontana del Trevi – aka Trevi Fountain – closed for coin extraction
  • Tempio Adriano
  • Pantheon – not inside (yet)
  • Pizza Navona – with the three fountains including Bernini’s famous Four Rivers Fountain
  • Ponte Umberto I - bridge
  • Palazzo di Glustizia
  • Castel Sant’ Angelo – the ancient mausoleum of the Emperor Hadrian - walked past only
  • Piazza San Pietro – aka St Peter’s Square - goodbye Italy and welcome to Vatican City – reached by 9:30am
  • Vatican Museum – very over the top; could spend all day just here!
  • Sistine Chapel – with its famously painted ceiling and walls
  • St Peter’s Basilica – WOW even more over the top than the museum!
  • Ponte Sant’ Angelo - bridge
  • Pizza Navona – again – student protest
  • Break / lunch time – some very nice Pizza
  • Pantheon – and inside this time
  • Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele
  • Piazza Campidoglio – religious man with razor and a suicide attempt
  • Overlooked the Roman Forum – I’m so over ruins!
  • Colonna Traiana
  • Cyclist hit by a taxi – crazy place! Still not as bad as Naples
  • Colosseum
  • Arco di Costantino – aka Arch of Constantine
  • Domus Aurea and Colle Oppio
  • Santa Maria Maggiore – amazing inside this church too
  • San Cario Quattro Fontane
  • Fontana del Tritone – again
  • Trevi Fountain – again; 1000s of people this time; had to throw a coin in
  • Palazzo dello Esposizioni
  • Piazza della Repubblica – past the fountain again to the Roma Termini station

Civitavecchia is 85km from Rome and has a frequent train service – so back onto the train (I purchased my ticket the night before). Reached the ship, extremely tired, at a little past 6pm with plenty of time to spare (just over an hour).

I loved Rome – what an amazing city - I must return…

Posted by dpedler 00:36 Archived in Italy Tagged rome vatican

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