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Actually we didn't see much that looked like "ancient Rome", most of it looked pretty new. The coliseum however, does qualify as "ancient". Maybe the Trevi Fountain too.
Our cruise ship docked at the port of Civitavecchia which is the port that cruise ships use when visiting Rome. Apparently it's inland and doesn't have a port. We took a bus from the port city of Civitavecchia to the ancient historic Italian city.
We first visited the Vatican City, it's museum, and the Sistine Chapel, and then back on the bus to visit the coliseum.
The bus ride from the port is about 45 minutes as I recall. We were on one of the cruise ship excursions. It wasn't all that far but the traffic was horrendous.
After seeing movies such as "Ben Hur" and "The Gladiator", it was quite a thrill to actually be there and see the coliseum for myself. I think that one of the coolest parts was the maize of tunnels and rooms underneath the ground floor.
Apparently they really did have trap doors under the sand on the ground level that could be opened up to let lions and tigers out to attack the gladiators.
I wish I could remember the name of and the details about that huge arch just outside the stadium. I should really try to pay more attention to these places we visit... I usually rely on my wife Kathy to remember the details. She's good at that, but where is she when I build web sites?
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|This sculpture is inside
Vatican City, just outside
the entrance to the
Vatican Museum. It
looks to me to be identical
to but much larger than the sculpture in the lobby of
the cruise ship
|And of course, me,
I think I would have made
a great gladiator. On the
other hand, I doubt I
would want to be a gladiator.
|For about $10.00 you can
have your picture taken with fake gladiators at the stadium - this
female gladiator wanted my husband Bill so I borrowed his dagger and was able
to dissuade her :)
|Here's a picture of Trevi fountain in Rome. It's a very famous fountain, and legend has it that if a tourist throws three coins in the fountain, then he will return someday.
|Here is another view
of the same fountain.
The coins thrown by
the tourists are
up and donated to the
equivalent of the Italian
|This is a photo of Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.
|Kathy taking videos again in the square at the Vatican.
|A close up of the
that adorn the tops
of the Vatican
|And another shot of the statues and sculpture that stare down at you from the top of every building.
|An inside shot taken of St. Peters.
|One of the wings.
|One of the small domes.
|Here's a shot of the Swiss guards who guard the Popes personal residence.