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Civitavecchia for Rome

Saga Pearl II blog - Captains' blogs

22nd October, 2018

Well here we are in the port of Civitavecchia, which serves as the main port for Rome in Italy. A little windy here today but with the assistance of 2 tugs this morning we backed the ship along the inside of the breakwater and came to our berth port side alongside. Lots of guests on tour today, including myself going to the Rome and Vatican Tour. I first came to Rome in 2005 on the Westerdam and really enjoyed my city tour and this fuelled my passion for this great city, filled with Roman history and culture which has shaped the world to what we know now. The other city that has this effect on me is St Petersburg – which I love!

Our Rome tour on the bus took us around all the major sites including the Colosseum, which still intrigues me, and I always imagine the cheer of the mob in the stadium with the gladiators. Our bus dropped us off at a very nice restaurant where we had some lunch and then we made our way to the entrance to the Vatican Museums leading to St Peters Square and the Basilica. This is the first time for me inside in the museums and the highlight of the Sistine Chapel and Michael Angelo was fabulous. I have done the google exploration of the Sistine Chapel but to see it in real life and to smell the atmosphere is simply astonishing. The Sistine chapel is in the Apostolic Palace and was originally known as the Cappella Magna. Michael Angelo painted the ceiling between 1508 and 1512 so it was an epic project for a sculptor. Angelo later returned to the Sistine chapel to paint the Last Judgement between 1535 and 1541 and it is amazing. You have got to go and see it!

Our tour guide took us around St Peters Basilica which is an amazing sight and was architecturally landscaped in part by Michael Angelo. St Peters Square and the Swiss Guard never fail to amaze on its sheer size and grandeur.

What a great day - that is all I can say and all our guests and crew thoroughly enjoyed their day. Back on the ship at 7pm after a long day and time to leave ready for Cagliari tomorrow lunchtime. Full steam ahead!!.

Captain Nick Sunderland

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