Thu May 10 – Port of Rome
Decided to walk around the port city of Civitavecchia instead of going into Rome with Tom & Linda. Visited the Cathedral of St. Francis and the church of Santa Fermina, the partron saint of Civitavecchia and protector of sailors which featured statues & paintings of her holding a sailing ship. The old harbor dates back to 850 A.D., and the wall that surrounds it to the year 1000, and Fort Michelangelo guards it. We visited the archeological museum where we saw artifacts dating back to the iron age, 800 BC, and sculpture, pottery, spearheads from the Roman era. Walked through a wonderful Italian open market and marveled at the seafood, vegetables and breads, then along the seawall where we sat and drank a couple Peronis on a bench overlooking the beach that was once the playground of Rome in the 19th century. A Senegalese street vendor selling “designer” sunglasses sweet talked Barbara into buying 2 pairs for an acceptable price, and we had fun laughing and talking photos with him. Back on the ship, we spent a couple of hours at a pool after tacos, quesadillas, chips and avocado at the Mexican café between pool areas. Dinner at our favorite restaurant on Deck 4 for two, but Tom & Linda walked in mid-way through dinner so we joined them for dessert before calling it a night.