Cruising to Italy – Rome is a must-see bucket list place. Go for free by speaking!

ByRick Deutsch

Cruising to Italy – Rome is a must-see bucket list place. Go for free by speaking!

I’ve been to Rome three times .. for free…by speaking on a ship. And I’d go back if selected to give one of my award-worthy talks. In fact, we are leaving soon for a trip Rome-Greece-Istanbul.

I took my sister there last time since you can take another person and my wife was working. You don’t dock in Rome…the port is called Civitavecchia.  This about a 2-hour bus ride to Rome. I was picked as an escort so even that tour was free. The job as an escort is just to count heads on the ship. Once we arrived, we were free to be normal tourists.

We were quite pleased in that all the good stuff is a short walk apart. We didn’t take a cab anywhere and saw the best sights. St. Peter’s Basilica lives up to its reputation. Pure opulence. A tip when visiting the actual Vatican – get there at noon – tourists get hungry and the line was acceptable.

piets statue

the pieta

When you walk thru it, it’s hard not to wonder why the church that preaches – “help the poor” does not sell all those works and donate.

Swiss guard at Vatican

Swiss guard at Vatican

The Coliseums and the old senate site: the Pantheon are well-preserved and worth a stroll. The catacombs were neat also. There are seven hills, but I could not really see them. The Tiber River runs through the city.

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IMHO, one of the dumbest things was the walk to see the Trevi Fountain. It was in a famous movie last century. Toss three coins in the fountain…Zzzzz.

Watch out for the traffic. I once rented a car and drove thru the city – worse than Boston!!

Tune in for more fables.

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