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After our shore stop at Naples and our visit to Sorrento and the ruins of Pompeii, our next stop and visit was Rome. There we would see some of the historic sites including the Colosseum and toured the Vatican.


The camera equipment used on this trip was the Canon 40D dSLR and Canon G12. Lenses consisted of a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, and for long distance shots, Canon 100-400mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM telephoto.
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Civitavecchia, the port of Rome. Rome is about an hour away from the port city of Civitavecchia. "Civitavecchia" means "ancient city."

We will return to Norwegian Spirit tonight after our tour of Rome is concluded and then be on our way to our next stop.

Riding our tour bus on the way to Rome. A nice looking sailing vessel was docked there. Our first sighting of St. Peter's Basilica. We are not going there directly but are on our way to see the Coloseium.
One of the many churches in Rome. Santa Maria in Vallicella, also called Chiesa Nuova.

City street view.

A roundabout with a flower garden made of flowers forming the Italian flag.

A Hop On Hop Off tour bus.
Monument of Victor Emmanuel a monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. Monument of Victor Emmanuel. Monument of Victor Emmanuel. Monument of Victor Emmanuel.

Monument of Victor Emmanuel.

Monument of Victor Emmanuel. Monument of Victor Emmanuel. Michelangelo’s Sforza Chapel.
Michelangelo’s Sforza Chapel close up of one of the domes. Michelangelo’s Sforza Chapel. A section of the old wall near the Vatican. Michelangelo’s Sforza Chapel.
View of the Vatican seen over the tops of the buildings. View of the Vatican seen over the top of historic ruins. Colosseum holding up to 55,000 people, was built by Emperor Vespasian in AD 80. Close up of the Colosseum walls.

Ruins of Circus Maximus.

We circled the Colosseum on the tour bus allowing us to see it from all sides.

The tour bus parked at the top of the hill running along side the Colosseum giving us some time to photograph the ruins and adjacient sights.

View of the main public entrance to the Colosseum.

View from the overlook across from the Colosseum.

Looking across to the ruins of the Temple of Venus on Palatine Hill.

Church bell tower San Silvestro in Capite, one of many similar bell towers seen in Rome. Ruins near the Colosseum.
Arch of Constantine, built in AD 315. Ruins of the Temple of Venus on Palatine Hill. The Roman legionary. Heading back to the bus to continue on our way to the Vatican.

All Photos by Dan Dooley or Sandra Dooley

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