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Rome and Tuscany by Land

May 29, 2019

With our boat safely moored in a marina, we packed our bags and headed for Naples and caught the bullet train to Rome. We arrived at our hotel early enough to stroll through the city visiting Piazza del Popola, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Chiesa di S. Ignazio Loyola, and the Pantheon. There is so much to see just walking the streets of Rome.

The next day we headed for the Vatican and while selecting a tour we experience a torrential down pour. We had come prepared but we still got wet. The Vatican on whole was a little disappointing. The crowds were terrible, especially for the “shoulder season”, and we were continually rushed. The lighting in the Sistine Chapel was subdued in an effort to preserve the frescos and this diminished the impact of Michelangelo’s ceiling. But St. Peter’s Basilica was truly magnificent and Vatican City was very impressive.

The next day we visited the Colosseum and again we were a little underwhelmed. Its size is impressive but there are lesser known colosseums that are better preserved with better access and a lot fewer people. But it is a must see in Rome and we are glad to have seen it.

We visited the Catacombs of San Callisto, the Altar of the Fatherland, the Museo Centrale Del Risorgimento Di Roma, and enjoyed a massage. It rained so hard at one point that the bus we were riding in leaked badly enough that people were using umbrellas inside the bus.

On the fifth day we rented a car and spent six days exploring the Tuscany region to the north. The rain had stopped but the days were mostly cloudy. So much for the “Tuscan sun”. But it was still beautiful and much more relaxing than Rome. We visited the gardens at Villa Lante, the hill-top town of Orvieto, the Duomo in Siena, Pisa with its leaning tower, and the walled city of Lucca. We loved Florence with its museums and art galleries, and were particularly impressed seeing Michelangelo’s “David” in the flesh (so-to-speak).

After sating ourselves on Renaissance art and cathedrals we headed back to the boat with an overnight stop in Foligno where we confirmed that all medieval towns start to look alike. Road trips are fun but it’s always nice to get back to the boat. We are awaiting the delivery of our new mainsail and then we will head north along the Italian west coast.

Rome

 

Vatican

 

Tuscany

 

Siena & Pisa

 

Florence

 

 

 

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