We got to Rome and the first thing I wanted to see was the Colosseum. I dreamed and watch movies with Gladiators. I couldn't imagine what it would really look like and here I was, physically at the historic Colosseum. We took so many pictures. We saw a large demonstration in the street from the Colosseum. They were demonstrating against the government and high cost of living and education much like in England. I think it caught on because we couldn't go to Athens because of the demos there so we went to Crete.
It was so hard to imagine that real gladiator games were played in the very place we stood. We saw Constantine's Arch and the Roman Forum. I want to go back and give more time to truly enjoy these historic sites. We also saw the actual raceway where the chariot games were played while the Roman Emperors and elite sat and watch. Now in ruins but amazing! We drove to a high location to overlook all of Rome and we could see St. Peter's Church, the Colosseum and more from this advantage.
The final chapter on this day tour was the visit to the Vatican City. A walled "country" on its own in the heart of Rome. Nine hundred people live in Vatican city, mostly nuns and priests as well as the Pope. We toured the many corridors and viewed sculptures, paintings, tapestries then the Sistine Chapel. Finally we went into the famous St. Peter's square. We watched the bell ring in the tower, we went into St. Peter's church and saw where the Pope lived who would open his window and wave to the people. I really loved the Vatican Museum. I definitely want to return some day. Our guide returned us to our Ship, NCL Jade back in Civitavecchia. Off we went to Greece!