All roads lead to Civitavecchia, Italy

When we pulled into port in Civitavecchia this morning, everyone wanted to know what we planned to do in Rome.

“Nothing,” I said, trying to not sound like a contrarian. “We’re going the other way.”

Yeah, all roads may lead there but they also go the other way. (Besides, we’ll be seeing Rome in September.)

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We headed to the nearby Etruscan Necropolis, a fascinating burial site for an ancient civilization that predates the Roman empire. It was cold and rainy, and the kids were still jetlagging a little, but for the two oldest boys, who like scary movies, visiting tombs was kinda cool.

We also visited the nearby National Archaeological Museum, which is located in an an 18th-century building that once was the papal retreat.

We’re off to Pompeii and Vesuvius tomorrow. But not before seeing Tom Kenney’s band (a.k.a. the voice of SpongeBob) this evening. The kids are excited.

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  • Pat Rainey

    Since the TSA and Southwest are NOT responsible for his lack of ID why should he be compensated?  It was the passenger who, for whatever reason, did NOT have ID and that was his responsibility.  Having identification to board a flight is not a new rule, it is a well known fact that every passenger is required to carry and produce ID.  He blew it, so why be compensated for something that was clearly his mistake.

  • jennj99738

    You’re commenting on the wrong page and you’re incorrect.  There is no mandatory ID requirement.  If you do not have ID, you will be subject to additional screening.  Matching ID to passengers isn’t any indication of security.  The 9/11 hijackers (since everyone wants to use 9/11 as an example) had valid ID.  It is very easy to obtain ID.  If the TSA did its job in properly screening passengers, luggage and cargo, ID should not matter one bit. 

  • Joe Farrell

    Watch your wallet down that way – leave your passport and most of your money in the hotel safe . . . .