Our flight approach into Rome on the morning of June 12 took us over Civitavecchia, so we got a very clear view of the port we’d be sailing from on the June 15. We did get to see some of Rome as well as the plane descended towards Aeroporto Leonardo da Vinci di Fiumicino. It was starting to feel very good.
Clearing customs was a lengthy process for non-Europeans. A number of flights had arrived around the same time, and it was very crowded heading towards the few customs officials handling non-Europeans. Rather than lines of people, it was more of a crowd of people funnelling into lines at the point near the officials. It was a bit frustrating, but in reality it didn’t really take too long or waste any additional time - we still had to wait for our luggage to arrive on the carousel.
With all bags in hand, we headed quickly out of the airport to an efficient taxi stand. It was a flat fee ride to Rome, which was about a 35 km trip. We did get to experience the aggressive nature of Roman driving on this trip - was amazing how close cars got to each other, with the lane markings for 3 cars that didn’t really mean JUST 3 cars. We both noticed at times through the taxi ride that we were holding our breaths now and then...as if to make the taxi a bit skinnier. Our route took us past the Vatican so we could see the walled city-state, then across Fiume Teverve (the Tiber River) before adeptly navigating our way to right outside our hotel on Via Flaminia. We had arrived; time for our vacation to begin . . .
WHITEonline is the digital home of Gary & Linda White. We’ve been married since 1980 and live just outside Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Linda was born and raised in Toronto while Gary was born in London, England and moved to Canada at the age of 11. We enjoy travelling and taking photos while we travel. WHITEonline provides the opportunity to share some of our photos & experiences.