Rome to Istanbul – Day 1 (Rome)

We had an uneventful flight to Rome (the best kind). We caught 90 minutes of shuteye and then had a nice afternoon walking the city. We were pretty wiped after the flight so we didn’t travel far. We saw the Spanish Steps (construction) and then Trevi Fountain (major construction!) and decided that was enough. Rome has enough to offer that we’ll have to come back. We stopped for dinner at a little no name restaurant on the way back to the hotel that had great food.

Our night in Rome was at the Excelsior. It is a Westin property located on the Via Veneto (good location by the way) that in its heyday I am sure was wonderful. It would use a little TLC but was just fine after a long flight.

Today took a bus ride to Civitavecchia boarded our ship, the SS Markiner, and checked out our room. We are now getting ready for our safety drill and then dinner. And then the trip begins…

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