Do you dream of visiting historic Rome, Italy? But the idea of trying to get it all together with the tours and the flights and the hotel just doesn’t appeal to you? I have a great solution for you! A European cruise is a really great option to visit several amazing sites in a shorter amount of time. It’s like a “tasting tour” of a region. You can unpack one time and spend the whole 1-2 weeks in the same room, have access to amazing restaurants, nightly entertainment, pools, and more! 

Europe Cruise Part 1 - Rome

Several cruise lines offer wonderful European cruises that will fit the bill. The one my husband and I sailed on was the Mediterranean on Norwegian Cruise Lines.

This blog is the first in a series highlighting some of the amazing cities you can visit on a Mediterranean cruise. Today it’s Rome!

As a teenager I marveled at the beauty of Rome featured in the film Roman Holiday. I dreamed of some day visiting that amazing place myself. And this day in Rome was absolute perfection.

We booked a tour through the cruise line and it allowed us to see some really amazing things that day. We walked until our feet hurt and our hearts were full.

The Colosseum

We were able to tour the incredible Colosseum and learn some pretty amazing things. Did you know they would fill the base of it with water and hold full scale ship battles?? They would also put down a full cover for the Gladiator battles.

Europe Cruise Part 1 - Rome

The Forum

You can see the Roman Forum from the Colosseum as well. And we were able to tour the Forum and it’s incredible ruins. This is where Roman scholars would meet to discuss intellectual things and where judicial events were held. It was a very important centerpiece of ancient Rome.

Vatican City

Last, but certainly not least, we visited Vatican City and the breathtaking St. Peter’s Basilica. Gazed on marble statues carved by the greats such as Michelangelo and Bernini. It was truly an awe-inspiring experience.

Then when your feet are tired and you head back to the ship, you can relax with a wonderful meal and a fun show or some time in the hot tub.

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Stay tuned for Part 2 where I feature the beautiful Amalfi Coast and the mysterious ruins of Pompeii!