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  1. DragonOfTheSeas

    LIVE from ROME! November 1-5, 2018

    Delta--Not this time. I had joined roll call tours in each of the 3 ports [the we are not visiting now] and did not think I would have time for the first half of the cruise. . . . Come over to the "Beadie" message board and I will give you some more info that doesn't really pertain to this thread.
  2. DragonOfTheSeas

    LIVE from ROME! November 1-5, 2018

    OK here are the pictures from the roof. You can see all the way to the Vatican. Below is the street beside the Pantheon. You see how narrow it is. Below is the Piazza della Rotonda.
  3. DragonOfTheSeas

    LIVE from ROME! November 1-5, 2018

    One fun thing we did was have a rooftop picnic. We went to the Antica Sulmeria [old world deli] across the piazza. I noticed this place was on one of the walking food tours. So we decided to try it. They sell sandwiches, meats, cheese, wine, etc. There are just a few seats inside and it is very noisy. It was almost too crowded to walk through without running into someone. That tells me the food is good. We wanted to order an antipasti tray to take away--with some wine. The tray is priced at 15 euro/person. We saw one on a table and It was very large. So we bought one for 2 at 30 euro. It was plenty. We had meats, cheeses and a bag of bread. We did not finish it all. However, it was not intended as the meal. We went out for a light meal later. We want to get a bottle of house wine that was 6 euro, but that could not be purchased to go.. . . unless we brought an empty bottle and then they would refill it. LOL The views were great. It was good to just enjoy being in Rome. It seemed to stop raining around 4pm each day. So, we took a towel to the roof to dry the chairs and enjoyed the evening. There were others doing the same thing. Cruise Critic is not letting me load pics right now. [or maybe the ship's internet] I am getting an upload failure message. I will post them later.
  4. DragonOfTheSeas

    LIVE from ROME! November 1-5, 2018

    I wanted to mention something else I think is useful to travelers. There are many water fountains in the city that you can use to refill your water bottles. Here is one we saw on a side street. There was one in the Palantine Hill we used and there was one in the piazza with the Pantheon. There are hundreds of these in the city. The water is safe to drink. . . . and it saves you from taking a large bottle along.
  5. DragonOfTheSeas

    LIVE from ROME! November 1-5, 2018

    Thanks--That is very important information.
  6. DragonOfTheSeas

    LIVE from ROME! November 1-5, 2018

    Please add your thoughts and experiences in Rome. I want this thread to be a help as others plan their trip. I guess we were lucky in that regard. Our taxi drivers seemed to be more cautious than some we saw. The one thing that was hard to watch was the tight urns and threading the needle on some of the side streets in the old section. The streets are as narrow as those in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona. . . . And they go off in as many directions. [I know many Med cruisers leave from there and are familiar with that city.]
  7. DragonOfTheSeas

    LIVE from ROME! November 1-5, 2018

    I want to mention a few things about taking a taxi. We were happy there was a taxi stand beside the Pantheon. It meant we could get a cab pretty much any time we wanted one. We walked to some places, but mostly relied on taking a taxi. We did not find taxi drivers to be very friendly. . . . or maybe just a few bad apples. The first day when we left the hotel to go to the Colosseum we saw a larger taxi parked at the stand. We told him we had 4 people and wanted to go to the Palantine Hill entrance. He turn to me and said I do not have enough room. He took the next person that came and left. 😮 Next came a smaller taxi you see all the time. He took us to our destination without question. Yet, his taxi was smaller. [~10 euros one way] When we came out of the Colosseum we wanted to taxi back to the hotel. To get to the taxi stand you need to go up the stairs, turn left and go down to the next intersection and cross the street to the taxi stand. [about 1/4 of the way around the Colosseum] There was a taxi parked at the top of the stairs. We thought this was our lucky day. We told him where we wanted to go and got in. He said that will be 25 euros. We said no the trip here was only 10 euros. He said the soldiers have closed off all these streets and he must go the long way around, etc. We said no thank you. So, we got out of the taxi and walked to the taxi stand and it was 10 euro. The taxi stands are marked by an orange rectangular sign with the word taxi in block letters. They are pretty easy to see. You do not hail a taxi on the street. You can call a cab or get a restaurant/hotel/tour operator to call you a taxi. When you do this the price [meter] starts from the call. At our restaurant just outside the Vatican we got them to call us a cab and the fare was 2.5 euro more than the trip there. It was so convenient.
  8. DragonOfTheSeas

    LIVE from ROME! November 1-5, 2018

    Thanks for following. We had a good time in Rome. We may get back to Rome someday----or maybe not. I would hate to waste my opportunity to see this great city. We boarded the ship today. So, it has been a busy day. I will finish up or information on Rome tomorrow,. . . since I am no longer live from Rome.
  9. DragonOfTheSeas

    Reputable website to book Colosseum Tour

    The official website is www.coopculture.it. We used this one.
  10. DragonOfTheSeas

    LIVE from ROME! November 1-5, 2018

    The golf cart tour was arranged by a member of our roll call for the cruise.. However, I had explored this type of tour and was planning to book it anyway before I saw this on our roll call. It can be pricey for a couple. There are several companies that do this. We saw other golf cart tours. We used My Best Tour company and my driver was Lorenzo. He was excellent. We paid 55 euros each. I have seen that for 4 people it was around 400 + euros. I think it was totally worth it. We saw so much in a short time and we were tired by the third day of touring--even with breaks.
  11. DragonOfTheSeas

    LIVE from ROME! November 1-5, 2018

    We stopped at Piazza Navona. One person got out to walk around. However, we could hear thunder at this point. I stayed in the cart because I knew this piazza is only 3 blocks from the hotel. Becky and I returned here later I the afternoon when it stopped raining. You can see the beautiful 4 Rivers statue by Bernini in the center. This Piazza is shaped like an oval. We were there until 5ish shopping and the place was really alive. However, the little cafes around the piazza have poor reviews on trip advisor. The guide called them a tourist trap. On our way back we passed a pothole. I know this is not something you think about--but, you can not just patch one of these up with some tar and gravel. They have to dig it out collect the cobble stones and fill the hole flat. Then you have to play a little Tetris to get the stone in the correct pattern to fill the hole. This road was blocked off the whole 4 days we stayed at this hotel. All of the rain is a problem with these cobble stones. . . . and it is hard on pedestrians.
  12. DragonOfTheSeas

    LIVE from ROME! November 1-5, 2018

    Another stop was Campo de Fiori. It means field of flowers and it is a market. It is a good place to get souvenirs. It is only open in the AM. They say it closes by 2 or earlier.
  13. DragonOfTheSeas

    LIVE from ROME! November 1-5, 2018

    We made a gelato stop on the golf cart tour. Our guide told us that in a small cone or cup it is assumed you want 2 flavors. In a larger one you order 3 flavors. [we would not have known that] We had gelato in a shop a couple of stops down from the hotel. But, the gelato in this shop. was terrific. [Gelato del Teatro] But, I think there are many good shops around Rome. They are everywhere. Many of the flavors looked very light with out any dyes. Soooo good!
  14. DragonOfTheSeas

    LIVE from ROME! November 1-5, 2018

    The Pantheon is still free. You can drop in several times and I have been twice. I enjoyed being able to do that. We have a standard room with a queen bed. The room itself is small by American standards. DH says our balcony cabin on the ship will have more sq ft. I am not sure that is true--but, close. The bathroom is very nice; very modern and sleek. There is ample shampoo, conditioner, gel and lotion when you arrive for several days. It is a good quality. The hotel itself has lots of old world charm. These are the lobby: There is a bar in the side lobby. When you come this bar will be on the roof. We went up there each day for the view. There is a beautiful marble staircase the runs through the middle of the hotel. The first time I decided to take the stairs rather than the elevator I thought, wow! I am used to stairs in US hotels being concrete and metal. The elevators are small. Don't even think of handling your luggage. There is a bellman. One holds 4 people and the other only holds 2. They are very small. We dropped off our luggage around 10am. They stored them and moved them to our room by the time we arrived back at 3. We had timed tickets for the Colosseum at 1:30. We did that to give ourselves ample time. We stopped for lunch between the Palantine Hill/Forum and the Colosseum. It was near the metro. You could buy a pizza or sandwich at a counter or you could sit down. We chose to sit. It was nothing special, but not bad or particularly expensive. This was a panini and very good. This was the counter In the metro. The Panini was 7.5 at the table and 5 euro at the stand. It was worth it to sit down.
  15. DragonOfTheSeas

    LIVE from ROME! November 1-5, 2018

    Next we stopped at the Peoples' Park. This is the view from the park looking to Rome. Can you see the 3 roads. The one on the left leads to the ancient forum, etc. The one in the middle leads to the Vatican because the church was the center of all things. I can't remember where the other one goes. Then we zipped by the designer stores on the way to the Spanish steps. You can see how crowded it was--even more so with umbrellas.
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