Thursday, 22 September 2011
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
After a leisurely stroll around the town and seeing the castle we had a delicious seafood lunch in Ristorante Colombo (Via Pescino 13, 16038 Santa
On arrival in Civitavecchia there is always a port transfer by coach to take passengers to the edge of the port. From where the coach drops you off a right turn and a few minutes walk brings along the front street brings you to the train station. From here Rome is around an hours journey away, although some trains are faster and slower so be sure to check timetables. Return journeys are usually around 10euros per person. For first time visitors to Rome I would recommend getting off the train at San Pietro station as from here the Vatican is around two minutes walk and is well sign posted.
As we had already been inside the Vatican on a previous trip we headed straight from here across the Sant’ Angelo bridge and to the Piazza Navona.
The Piazza Navona was built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian which was built in the first century AD and is now a lovely open square with cafés and restaurants and artists painting and selling their paintings in the centre. It is a great place to have a drink or a bite to eat and do a spot of people watching.
From here we headed to the Pantheon which is around two minutes walk from the Piazza Navona and definitely a must see whilst in Rome.
After visiting the Pantheon we walked another two minutes to reach the famous Trevi fountain. The area around the fountain is always very busy and crowded but the fountain is a must see while you are in Rome.
Another two minutes walk from the Trevi fountain takes you away from the crowds and we found a great place to have lunch. The Vineriail Chianti (Via del Lavatore 81/82 A, Tel 06 678 75 50) is situated in a little courtyard and has both outdoor and indoor seating. The food is great and it was very reasonably priced.
Our final port of the cruise was the bustling Sicilian city of Palermo. We decided just to go shopping in the centre of town this day in morning and then get back on the ship in the afternoon to take advantage of the lovely sunshine. The city has a great deal of good quality shops if shopping is what you’re looking for.