Special thanks to Mochamad Ardiansyah Aloetsyah, Rotterdam’s human resources clerk, for sharing this post.
On May 11, 2012, our ship Rotterdam arrived in Civitavecchia, Italy. We took part in the Highlights of Rome tour. There were many beautiful and famous places there. We left the port of Civitavecchia by bus for a 90 minute ride to Rome. On the way we passed the Pyramid, the Circus Maximus, the famous arena of the Chariots racing and the Imperial Avenue. We also passed the Arch of Constantine and we were lucky because the tour guide allowed us to stop and take pictures for a few minutes, which is out of the tour schedule. We were thrilled because the Colosseum, one of the most famous places in the world, is a symbol of the Power of the Imperial Ancient Rome.
Aftr that we continued past Venice Square with the huge monument dedicated to King Victor Emanuel II, Barberini Square to see the famous Bernini’s Triton Fountain, the fascinating Via Veneto, the Borghese Gardens, and the Aurelian Walls, the most ancient defense of the Romans against the Barbarians. Finally, we passed People’s Square with its two imposing obelisks, Saint Angelo Fortress and the ancient Hadrian Mausoleum. We also stopped at St. Peter’s Square (Vatican City). We were all very excited and everyone took lots of pictures, shopped for souvenirs and had lunch there. The place was amazing; it was one of the best moments in my life.
Verlie Nelson is Rotterdam’s human resources manager.