See Rome in a day? Not possible. But, we were able to at least get an overview. We docked at Civitavecchia and at the crack of down (OK, 7am) took a train into Rome to tackle a quick site seeing adventure.
We had planned to hit the Colosseum, The Roman Forum, various piazzas and a handful of fountains and finally the Spanish steps. We actually did it all. Though we were so exhausted at the end of the trip, we didn't even get a snapshot of us in front of the Spanish steps (OK, they're steps, they look great...let's move on...).
My favorite site was The Forum. It's a sort of graveyard/who's-who of ancient ruins. Temples, arches, columns, Vestigial Virgins - they got it all. They recommend spending the day there, and I can see why. With a guide or a good guidebook, I think you could totally bring 2000 years of history back to life.
If you're a history buff, or want to become one, this is the city and country you must visit. It's just so mind bending to walk through structures that were clearly in use 2000 years ago.
We did all our exploring today outdoors, so we were totally wiped (not to mentioned sunburned) by the end of the day. We did so much outdoor stuff that Shira actually remarked: "I thought I'd never say this, but I wish we were at an art museum." Tomorrow we'll be in Florence, and if all goes well, she'll get her wish.
9 years ago Shira was in Rome, and she's said since that he food there is among the best in the world. Lunch today helped prove her case - I finally got to try authentic Italian pasta, and it was superb. And the Gelato (ice cream) on every corner doesn't hurt either. Rome definitely gets two thumbs up in the food department.
We're now back on board, and ship is pulling away from port. We are in for an evening of gambling and improv comedy. Well, Ben's in for the comedy - we'll see about how Shira's doing.
Next Up: Florence!
Finally, managed to upload a few photos. Here's us at the Colosseum and us at The Pantheon: