Italy Country Profile

Rome - Italy

Civitavecchia is now even more of a "port town" than when we were there about five years ago. We drove through quickly to a new highway that took us to Rome within an hour. We passed along the beach before heading inland, then passed vineyards, olive groves, small farms, hot houses. We started our tour at the Sistine Chapel, through the grand courtyard, various galleries of the Vatican Museum and finished in the chapel with its stunning frescoes (all but two have been restored). It was awe inspiring. After our 2.5 hour tour, the next stop was the Coliseum (although other significant sites were pointed out along the way by Francesca, our guide). Lunch, then St. Peter's for the finale before returning to ship. Amsterdam to Barcelona Journal, September 1999