" closed the circle and returns back to Civitavecchia.
Near the moorings there are "Grand Princess" and "Ventura" of "Princess Cruises" and "P&O Cruises" respectively.
Here are smaller ships as well.
On this small patch of space the 333 m long "Splendida" makes an accurate turn and docks to the terminal.
That's all! Having told a good-bye to the ship I go to the station, from where I go to the Eternal City by the very well known commuter train.
is very compact city. From the central railway station called "Roma Termini" to the located in the quiet quarter hotel "Priscilla", where I was supposed to spend few more days it takes only 15 minutes. Having left my lagguage in th room, i take my camera, my good mood and go for a walk in the Eternal City.
Republican Square is situated not far from the Roma Termini Station.
Only few streets that leads to the historical city start from here:
Here's a Quirinal Square and on the background you can see a cognominal castle. Formerly, the Sabbelians lived here. Now the President of Italy lives here. He is a respected, but still a ceremonial figure.
After descending from the Quirinall Hill (you know that Rome stands on several hills) we go to the
by the strange curling streets. The fountain is a huge baroque construction, that occupies the whole square. This fountain is adjoint to the castle wall, where duchess Zinaida Volkonskaya, a noblewoman and a patroness of art , a friend of Gogol, Zhukovskiy and Brullov. The Trevi Fountain is one of the main sights of Rome. In a good sunny day there are a lot of tourists here.
You can taste roasted chestnuts.
We continue our walk around the city.
We come to the Kidji Square, where the Prime-Minister of Italy lives and works in a cognominal castle. Surely, there are a lot of policemen and carabineers on the square. But they're not that severe. Evidently they are discussing a yesterday match.
A Marcus Avrelius Column towers on the Square.
We go ahead.
And here's famous Pantheon, which impresses the most if you come to it from behind or a bit from the side. Then, you can see mighty, covered with scars, walls instead of a picturesque view. And only then you begin to believe that this building is already 2000 y.o.
It is so hot here. People rest right on the steps of the squares.
I want to have an ice-cream. It is very tasty here, flavoured with different fresh fruity syrups and other additives. And it would be a sin not to try it in the cafe, which visited Francesco Totti himself (a legendary figure in the Roman football. He was the captain of the local football club "Roma", and while in the national team of Italy he was World's Champion in 2006 and Vice Champion of Europe in 2000. He is as popular in the eternal Rome, as the Pope).
So, if we are speaking about the football Rome, I'll share some more information with you. In geopolitical sense Italy can be divided into two parts - North and South. North is a part of a country above Florence, and South is the major part of the "shoe". Main financial flows are on the North, main business-centers and companies are concentrated here. Otherwise it is in the South. In fact, not Rome, but Milan is considered to be a business capital of Italy. People on the North are wealthier, than on the South. They are more deliberate and prudent like the Europeans are. On the South, on the contrary to the North, everything is more passionate, emotional, extravagant and without any calculating. People from the North often treat people from the South superciliously, thinking they are frivolous idlers. Sometimes they even joke that it would be great to cut off a southern part of the "shoe", that is southern to Florence. The Southerns, in turn, reasonably consider the northerns as obsessive old screws. Rome, despite being a capital of the country, is typically a southern city, very cheerful, passionate and emotional.
Football is a religion in Italy, and football opposition between North and South is very big. For a few decades already an Italian football Olymp is ruled by rich northern clubs of the country such as "Milan", "Inter", "Juventus" and so on. Southern clubs are not that rich and can't make a suitable rivalry to Grands. In this sense we have only one exception of two Roman football clubs called "Roma" and "Lazio". They are the only ones who may confront the northern grands.But it happens very rarely: partly because of a chronic bad luck, partly because referees prefer northern football clubs. Rivalry is more important than the general position in the champioship.
A matchup of Roman "Roma" and "Lazio" is not only the opposition of two clubs. It is an opposition of mentalities, political views, different social groups. This opposition began in the 2 part of the XX century, from the Mussolini era. The opposition is as sharp now, as it was then. Roman derby of "Roma" and "Lazio", within the Italian Championship, is a life or death battle, not depending on the places they took or their targets for season. Winning this derby is the most important thing ever for all Romans, this is above all titles and regalias, it is more than a simple football rivalry.
Here is a short characteristic of the Roman derby written by one of the well-known Italian back players Christiano Panucci: "I played in a lot of different derbies: Milanese, Madrilenian, London, but, believe me, Roman derby has no analogues in the world."
Lazio is one of the oldest and for a long time only Roman football club. Lazio's color is bohemian blue, that symbolizes Ancient Greece and Olympic Games. There's an eagle on the emblem of Lazio. Roma was founded much later, when in 1927 three roman clubs joined in one to confront rich northern clubs (Lazio, which was supported by the other people, rejected adjoining and exactly then the uncompromising roman football rivalry of these 2 clubs started). Roma's color is red and yellow, which is a color of the city as well, and they have a Capitoline Wolf on their emblem. It is Roma, and not the bohemian Lazio, that is considered a truly national roman club, as proportion of fans is 80 to 20 for Roma in the Eternal City. Football players of the team are like idols for the citizens (first of all it is a long-standing captain of a team Francesco Totti). Lazio still remains a bohemian team, supported, despite some intelligence representatives, by a numerous citizens of the region (Rome is the capital of Lazio province).
That is a legendary, one of the brightest and uncompromising football rivalry in the world, during which life in Rome dies down, police mobilizes all available reserves, and sectors of stuffed Stadio Olimpico are colored in red-and-yellow and bohemian-blue colors, turning the stadium into a kettle of unreal football passions. Even if you're not a fan, don't be that lazy to find videos from the stadium during the derby on the Internet. It is really unusually impressive and amazing show.
Oh, I'm carried away with this football. After leaving the cafe, where Francesco Totti has once bought an ice-cream, I resumed my walk in the city, trying to follow the rule, that you don't have to comprise everything. You are better to walk around, enjoying the view and be happy. This is a huge prolonged square of Navon with the Four Rivers Fountain in the middle.
And here's quay of Tiber, dividing the city into two parts.
As it is seen, Tiber is navigable and in the opposite side you can see a dome of St.Peter Vatican Cathedral. We'll continue our way in that direction.
Let's admire the view of St.Angel Castle and a cognominal St.Angel Bridge (it looks like a famous Charles Bridge in Prague) firstly from aside, and then, having risen to the top of the castle, from a few tens of meters height.
And now we go upwards!
It's not that far from the Vatican City. Let's continue our research.