Link to Venice, Italy Apr. 5-11, 2018 pictures          Link to Europe Videos

During our 37 day retirement trip in 2015, we spent four days in Rome (still not enough time) and only one day in Venice.

You can click on this link for more pictures of Rome, Venice and our other stops.

 

Cruise - Europe (Symphony) March 31-Apr 5, 2018

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I selected this room at the end of the ship to give us a good view of the Boardwalk, Aqua Theater and the ocean.

 

 

 

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This picture of the divers was taken from our balcony. They were diving from a height of approximately 55 feet.

The Boardwalk

Central Park area of Symphony

Ice Show

Rome, Italy 

 

  

 

 

 

Area of the chariot races and where the emperor and elite class overlooked the races

 

 

 

 

The Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain (Italian: Fontana di Trevi) is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. The fountain has appeared in several notable films, including Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, the eponymous Three Coins in the Fountain, and The Lizzie McGuire Movie.

The Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps (Italian: Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) are a set of steps in Rome, Italy, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna

at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top.

The Vatican and St. Peter's Square

Seats are set up when the Pope is set to appear.

 

 St. Peter's Square obelisk

The Emperor Augustus had the obelisk moved to the Julian Forum of Alexandria, where it stood until AD 37, when Caligula ordered the forum demolished and the obelisk transferred to Rome. He had it placed on the spina which ran along the center of the Circus of Nero, where it would preside over Nero's countless brutal games and Christian executions.

It was moved to its current site in 1586 by the engineer-architect Domenico Fontana under the direction of Pope Sixtus V; the engineering feat of re-erecting its vast weight was memorialized in a suite of engravings. The Vatican Obelisk is the only obelisk in Rome that has not toppled since ancient Roman times. During the Middle Ages, the gilt ball on top of the obelisk was believed to contain the ashes of Julius Caesar.

 

 

 

 

Tiber River

Castel Sant'Angelo

The Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as Castel Sant'Angelo (Castle of the Holy Angel), is a towering cylindrical building in Parco Adriano, Rome, Italy. It was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The building was later used by the popes as a fortress and castle and is now a museum. The structure was once the tallest building in Rome.

Misc pics taken from the bus shows ongoing excavations and historical sites all over the city

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naples, Italy

It was a holiday in Naples and traffic was terrible. We took a hop-on, hop-off bus and made a few stops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cannon ball lodged in this massive door at the castle and a few holes from others

 

  

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Naples is supposedly the birthplace of pizza, We had to try an "original pizza Margherita", a typical Neapolitan pizza, made with

San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella fior di latte, fresh basil, salt and extra-virgin olive oil. I think I prefer my American "meat lovers"!

 

 

 

 

Not only is it a holiday in Naples, it must also be laundry day!