Just after sunrise in port at Civitavecchia, Italy.
Who would think you could pull open the draperies, open the cabin door, step out onto the balcony, and be greeted by the most wonderful graffiti message?
It was as if someone had painted this message just for me, just to say good morning, it’s a beautiful day!
Okay, so Civitavecchia is not the most beautiful port in Italy, but it has been here since Roman times.
The word Civitavecchia means “Old Town.” VERY Old as the harbor was constructed by the Emperor Trajan at the beginning of the 2nd century. The place became a free port under Pope Innocent XII in 1696 and has been the main port of Rome ever since.
This was our LONG day. And let me tell you, it is impossible to do Rome in a Day, but we were giving it the best that we had, out on the bus early and ready to take it all in.
Vineyards through my window, the Mediterranean sea in the distance.
I love the Italian countryside!
Hey, it’s an hour and a half ride into the city. Of COURSE there are hexies!
A modern Cathedral along the river.
My first glimpse of the Coliseum.
At this point I am nearly in tears, so excited and so humbled to be here. Who hasn’t heard of the Coliseum. Who hasn’t felt heart pains for what early Christians and slaves went through in this place? Not to mention other atrocities of sport including not only people, but precious animals put on display.
Built of concrete and sand, it is the largest amphitheater ever built. The Coliseum could hold, it is estimated, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators. We found out of course, that women were sent up to the nose bleed section at the top, far away from the men. I’d rather stay home quilting. LOL.
Up in the nose bleed section!
The temple of Venus and Roma
As seen from the top of the Coliseum.
The temple is thought to have been the largest temple in Ancient Rome. Located on the Velian Hill, between the eastern edge of the Forum Romanum and the Coliseum, it was dedicated to the goddesses Venus Felix ("Venus the Bringer of Good Fortune") and Roma Aeterna ("Eternal Rome"). The architect was the emperor Hadrian and construction began in 121. It was officially inaugurated by Hadrian in 135, and finished in 141 under Antoninus Pius. Damaged by fire in 307, it was restored with alterations by the emperor Maxentius. [source]
Who would think this would still be standing here after nearly 2,000 years? I am astounded. Touching history. Reflecting on lives. And ever glad that I didn’t live during this time….I’d miss my camera phone!
I’ve included many photos in the slide show below. Coliseum From Every Angle is what I should have titled it. It was monumental to have seen this for myself.
Did you see what is in the house?
I shared this photo in last night’s Quilt-Cam post!
We have a super-duper Craft University course up for giveaway – it’s Nancy Mahoney’s Designing Quilts with EQ7 BUNDLE! You want to learn EQ? Now you can! It’s on last night’s Quilt-Cam post…go enter! Click HERE if you missed it!
The dining room turned mail room is where you will find me today, and likely through the weekend working on getting orders out that do NOT include the Essential Triangle Tool. I am doing the happy dance of joy over invoices that include peel and stick mailing labels! It’s the simple things that make me a happy girl…it’s going to save me hours!
What I fill over the weekend will hit the post office on Monday. Tuesday I fly to Rhode Island, so I am working to get as much done as I can in the time given.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Carolina Chain quilt from my new book release Addicted to Scraps, in pre-order status on my website now!
Come see all of the quilts and read the nitty gritty HERE! SEW EXCITED!
Time to start signing books! Have a super Thursday, everyone!