EPIC Cruise trip, Day 4 – Rome – The Roman City and The Holy City

Just a short explanation before you read into this.

Shortening my posts now as I’m becoming more and more tired towards the end of each day. Sorry! Dx

Isn’t as nice as the Napoli port.

Pancakes and bacon/roast ham today. I feel like my appetite for breakfast has dropped each consecutive morning because I’ve been stuffing myself so much. However, my meal sizes still don’t change despite this. xD

Roman city:

From across the road

Entrance

First stop was the Roman coliseum where they used to fight beasts, gladiators and criminals to the death for funsies. The place is pretty huge and a pain to get into if not for our tour guide.

Looking down, you can see the wooden floor on the far side representing the fighting ground level and the catacombs below it which used to be underground until an earthquake brought down quite a lot of the fighting grounds covering it

The underground canal system (Hypogeum), exposed by the earthquakes, where they kept all the criminals/Christians were really incredible. Who’d have thought they would’ve built the holding cells right under the fighting grounds!? These pictures can’t really express the scale of the place so I’ve uploaded a video at the end to show you.

After that, we drove to the Roman Pantheon next. ‘Pan’ meaning ‘all’ and ‘theon’ meaning ‘the gods’, this was the Roman place of worship. Not surprisingly, the architecture and design is almost god-like too. Again, check the video to get a feel for the size of the place.

Entrance to the Pantheon

Grabbed some ‘meh’ gelato..

Next stop, the Treni fountain for lunch. They say that if you throw a coin (facing backwards, right hand over left shoulder, like with salt) into the fountain, you are guaranteed to come back to Rome. And it’s two coins if you want to fall in love here, three to get married here.

Lucky fountain?

Well they didn’t state what currency the coin had to be in…

ALL THIS MEAT!

Now lunch. As we were all still a little full for breakfast, we decided to go to a local pasta ‘ristorante’ near the fountain.

Spaghetti carbonara. Albeit with lots and lots of egg.

Ham hock and cheese calzone

I dunno what this was called. Let’s just call it ‘special mix’ pizza. It had prosciutto ham, egg, mushrooms, artichokes, olives, cheese and tomato sauce

While some of the others had pizzas, I had the spaghetti carbonara made with lots of egg. It’s a very yolk heavy dish, hence the colour being yellow instead of the white I’m used to. Much better than yesterday’s pasta, although the bacon-like meat was very salty and the egg yolk can make the meal feel a little sickening. At least lunch today was much better than yesterday.

Holy city:

One of the many doors to the Holy City!

Finally at the holy state of the world. Had to go through some security checks first (understandably) before we got on with it. I won’t explain much here as I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking.

They have a thing with keys here…

Diana, goddess of the hunt, moon and birthing

 

Amazing!

Old maps of Italy.

Big queue entering the Sistine Chapel. Sorry! No pics allowed!

Inside St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s square!

Swiss guard in traditional uniform. Disciplined to remain like this while on guard. Kinda remind me of the Buckingham Palace guards. xD

Annnnnndd we’re back! Dinner tonight at the all-you-can-eat Garden Café buffet. The variety of food you can have is mouth-watering. Currys, roasts, burgers, fish and chips, biriyanis, cold meat platters, etc.

1st – Ham roast

2nd – Curries

3rd – Ham roast again with leg of duck

Roast ham was a bit salty, only 1 odd potato a little undercooked and the mutton meat a bit tough. But to be honest, I can’t complain and pick at every little thing so was happy enough to go through 2 and a half courses, with an extra helping of fruit.

Uh-oh! Fog doesn’t look good.

Had the Ice bar booked for tonight and was excited to give it a try. Got there at half eight, put on an insulating coat and ‘some material’ to cover the hands before we went in.

Apparently the only size they had. This is a joke, right?!

Inside was pretty cool, with the changing colour lights. And everything that was reasonable was truly made of ice, except the glasses. They were just plastic glasses with ice cones inside instead to keep the drinks cool. Still, a very cool experience and I will want to go to somewhere like Norway one day to try the real deal. 😀

Yes, that bear is also made of ice!

Sorry for the shortened post, I feel the sleep monster getting to me. We shall depart to the beautiful lands of Florence tomorrow so for now, have a ice day…..

lame I know….I’ll go sleep now…

Towel Antelop- WAIT. WTH do you even see that as?!??

More photos of Rome!

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5 Responses to EPIC Cruise trip, Day 4 – Rome – The Roman City and The Holy City

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