Next up in this series, Rome! Up to this point in the cruise, Rome was by far my favorite destination, for many reasons. The excursion just felt better planned, and consequently, it felt like we got to do and see more. The architecture and historical monuments we got to visit were also by far my favorite in the trip thus far and were even perhaps my most favorite throughout the whole trip. We arrived bright and early at the port of Cevitacecchia, Italy, and headed straight to a van that would take us into Rome, a couple of hours away.
Our first destination once we arrived in the city was the famous Trevi Fountain, which did not disappoint. It was magnificent in its size and in its well crafted sculptures and statues, but because there were so many tourists, I wasn't too keen on squeezing myself through the crowd to go make a wish. Nonetheless, it was nice to stand there for a bit and marvel at the work of art.
Next stop was the Pantheon, built to be a Roman temple over 2000 years ago, and now a Catholic church. I definitely had a wow moment stepping into the plaza where it was, and backlit by sunlight, it looked unreal, as if I had stepped into a time portal and was back in ancient Rome. It's a marvelous architectural achievement as well, having the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world even 2000 years later.
After the Pantheon, we walked to the Piazza Navona, which was built on the remains of a stadium, and thus when you're standing in the plaza, you can tell that it's in the form of the open space of a stadium. One of the centerpieces of the plaza is the Fountain of the Four Rivers and an Egyptian obelisk in its center. The four rivers are represented by river gods, and include four major rivers on four continents: the Nile in Africa, the Danube in Europe, the Ganges in Asia, and Río de la Plata in the Americas.
There were also some holiday booths open in the plaza, and it was fun to walk around and look at some of them. After a couple hours here, we headed off for some food. The food was amazing, but definitely was chosen since it could seat a tour group. It was only the second time we got to experience local food on the cruise, and I wish we had more opportunities to do so :(
The final destination of the day was the Coliseum. There was an insane amount of tourists there, but luckily we got to use the tourist group line, which went a lot faster.
I'm just going to show some pictures here, because I don't think words can really do this marvel justice.
Rome was amazing. I definitely want to go again, if only to see Vatican City, and I want to explore other cities of Italy as well.