Royal Clipper docked at Citavecchia, the port of Rome, early on Saturday morning, and after sharing a ride with some of our fellow passengers, we arrived at Hotel Piranesi to find our room ready and waiting for us. The kind man at the desk said he hoped that we didn't mind: They had given us an upgrade! The room was beautiful and spacious, and we took time to unpack before going down the street to nearby Piazza del Popolo for lunch in an outdoor cafe. We didn't have a lot of time to loiter because we had booked an excursion!
We stopped to purchase new water bottles, having finished the ones we had taken to Hadrian's. Then we went in through the villa to the gardens. They are spectacular, and contain literally hundreds of fountains, water jets, pools, and other water features.
|One of more than 500 water features at Villa d'Este.|
|The inside of the church! Joe didn't need to see it, but since I finished my tour of the Villa before him, I waited for a while in the back of the church. The fact that there was a wedding going on did not deter me.|
|This bizarre sculpture was in the back of the church. Quite the juxtaposition to the lovely wedding occurring in the front!|
I slept well that night.