Our cruise had ended with the ship docking at the Civitavecchia port around 4:30 a.m.
We planned to spend two nights in Rome before flying home. Given that we had carryon luggage only, we were able to leave the ship before 7:00 a.m and got on the shuttle which takes you to the port entrance and walked to the train station. From here, we purchased our tickets to Stazione S. Pietro (the Vatican stop). The train leaving this station was packed. I was able to find a seat, but J had to stand with the luggage near the entrance doors. He was able to get word to me when it was time to disembark the train or I would have missed the stop because they do not announce the stations.
I was glad we had packed light as we pulled the luggage down the cobble streets with hordes of people. When we arrived at our B&B, “A Peace of Rome”, the room was not ready. They gave us a map and circled places of interest along with good places to eat. They stored our luggage and told us to come back later.
We had ordered tickets to the Vatican online a couple months before. Our appointment time was for 9:00 a.m. the next day, so we decided to find out where we were to go to get our tickets. I am really glad we did because there was a very long line to get into the Vatican. Fortunately, we were able to bypass the line and go through the will call ticket door where no one was waiting. We walked in and went through security and found out exactly where to get our tickets in the morning. The next day we went right in, allowing us to get ahead of the tours.
After walking around the outside of the Vatican and taking plenty of pictures we walked down to Via del Corso which is a main street in the historical center of Rome. We saw Gianni Armani in his clothing store. Security had the store blocked off, but we could see him in the window. We continued walking and saw the Spanish Steps, from there we walked to Trevi fountain, Pantheon, Navona Square, Popolo Square and the Colosseum.
By the time we got back to our B & B we were exhausted. After checking in, we headed back out to a local Italian restaurant for dinner. Afterward we had to stop off for gelato—there is always room for gelato!