Friday, July 13, 2012

Civitavecchia: The Rodney Dangerfield Of Ports

Civitavecchia is a port that gets little respect. It's the port for Rome, and that's its only claim to fame. We took a train from here in November 2011 while cruising with six members of Kathy's family.

Since we spent a lovely three days in Rome in low season only last year, we decided to simply wander around the town for awhile. We're happy we did. Once we got away from the busloads of tourist heading off here and there, we found the streets uncrowded as we strolled here and there.

The local tourism representative on board recommended we stop by one of the strangest statues to be found in any city. At least 20 feet tall, it's a realistic representation of an iconic photo: the American sailor in New York City hugging a girl as he applies a passionate kiss. Once we have time, we'll have to determine why the Italians chose to display this symbol of their victors' celebration.

We bought a few modest gifts as we walked through an open-air market. Shortly thereafter, Kathy found herself a free - and quick - WiFi signal and she caught up on e-mail and Words With Friends.

From there it was back to the ship by shuttle bus, where we'll plan to spend a lazy afternoon hanging out at the pool.

Not a bad way to spend Friday the 13th.

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