We took a coach from the ship which dropped us off at the Colosseum.
In 37 degree C heat, we didn't fancy waiting in hour long lineups in the sun to get inside so we just appreciated it from the outside and followed our guide's instructions for the walking tour. We did end up seeing St. Peter's Basilica from the exterior and St. Peter's Square, more ruins, churches, cobblestone streets, and other ancient landmarks.
|Vatican City/St. Peter's Square|
|Spanish Steps (and no we didn't climb them)|
It was a bit surreal, kind of like you are looking at an extravagent movie set. While I appreciated all of these sites, the heat made it a difficult day. We walked our little footsies off and were glad to see the coach at the end of the day to take us back to the ship. Oh yeah, the bus broke down so in total we were on three buses (coaches) that day.
We *could* have had a full day private car with a guide for a mere $1,350.00 per vehicle. I'm satisfied. I've seen, and appreciated Rome. We did get some information on the ride back to the ship and saw some more from the windows of the coach.
I'm looking forward to Florence! They say the leather is to die for. Stay tuned!