Finally in Rome!
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After a somewhat lengthy bus ride from the port to the train station, we attempted to find the Princess Cruises guide who was to help with getting people taxi cab rides. We had read to be cautious of cab fares in the city as they were sky high. We needed to find a cab that took credit cards and spoke English. Oh boy.
The line for the cabs was insane. After an hour or so we were finally getting close to the front of the line and people were trying to cut and steal cabs from back in the line and others were yelling..not so fun. Our turn finally and guess what, none of the cabs take credit cards. We had tried to get Euros but no ATM that would take our cards and we didn't have many Euros left. We let a few people go ahead and of us and finally a credit card cab came. The lady explained we must use card and he said no problem. We got to the hotel and the fare was like 100 USD. I about passed out but wasn't too surprised. $10 a minute in the cab basically.
Now for the fun part...he said our card wouldn't work in the machine! He claimed he didn't speak English and the card was declined. We ended up having the hotel person come out and talk to him to work a deal out for the cab fare which we ended up negotiating down to about 75 USD. (This is why I wanted a hotel with shuttle service!)
We got checked in and up to the room to relax a bit. First order of business was the pool. It was well over 100 degrees and we were exhausted. The pool was nice - olympic sized with lanes, looks like they often do competitions there and such. After a couple hours we decided to take the shuttle in to town and go explore a bit. We didn't want to do too much since we had a full day planned for tomorrow. We saw the buses you hop on and off of and decided we might try that the next day since we were pretty much burnt on organized tours after 14 days on the ship.
We found a nice little cafe to eat, had some excellent pizza, good wine, some dessert and wandered around the square area a bit until it was time for the next shuttle back. We found that there is not much within walking distance from our hotel except a market that is pretty much right off the highway. We bought a bottle of wine, some olives and feta, some other munchies and had a late night picnic in our room while watching CNN and MSNBC (the only two English channels on TV) LOL.