Location: Civitivecchia, Italy
There is no city in the Mediterranean as involved in history as Rome. The home of a monarchy, republic, empire, and now a modern government, Rome has been a staple of Italian culture for many years. Today, the crew of Argo got a chance to explore this great city, and walk in the footsteps of the Caesars, Antonys, and Augustuses of eras past. We began the day with an early 5:30 a.m. wake up which quickly launched itself into a zippy train ride into the city. Our first stop: The Coliseum. This ancient battleground, also known as the Flavian Amphitheater, was one of the main sources of Roman imitation. In this now ruined arena, gladiators would test their mettle against wild beasts and other combatants. Next on our walking tour was the Roman Forum. This area of Rome was, during the Roman Republic and Empire, the center of commerce and culture for the Roman people. Now, it stands as a monument to their past accomplishments. Towering columns lie fallen in the dirt among ruined walls, yet somehow these ruins still show the once great power of Rome. From the still standing Roman Curia (the senate-house), one is able to see the scale of the ruins around it. During the rest of the day, we would see the pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Arch of the Titus, the Arch of Constantine, Piazza Venezia, and the Plaza de Republica. After a long day of trekking around the great city of Rome, we returned to the Stazione Termini and began the crowded train ride home to Civitavecchia. Even with all the amazing things the crew has seen on our voyage, Rome still manages to top the charts as one of the most memorable places we have seen.