We had a full day of sightseeing planned for Rome. There is just so much to see and so little time. We only had about 4 hours in Rome so there was no way to see all it had to offer. Plus it was Good Friday and the first of the newly appointed Pope. The crowds would surely be exorbitant. Number one on everyone’s list was the Colosseum. We took the train into the city from our cruise port in Civitavecchia. A quick transfer to the Roma subway line and when we walked up the stairs to ground level there she was right in front of us, the grand Colosseum. It is a magnificent structure with intricate architecture for its time in history. Thank goodness, for Matt’s preplanning. We already had tickets purchased and bypassed an extremely long line.
Afterwards we made our way to the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill before settling on Piazza Navona for lunch at an outdoor café. The piazza was full of painters & artisans. I spotted a beautiful painting while I was eating and after lunch we decided to purchase the piece as a reminder of our day in the piazza.
Before heading back to the train station we made a quick trip to pass the Pantheon & Spanish Steps. I wish we could have seen more but given them time allotted and massive crowds in the city I think we accomplished a lot.