Then we went for lunch at Palazzo Borgese. We ate in the bedroom of Paolina Bonaparte. What an awesome place! The food was amazing and service wonderful.
Later, we departed for Pisa and had spare time to wander around at our leisure. The buildings and the leaning tower were definitely worth seeing. I would have liked to have had more time to explore, but I guess that can wait for next time!
The ruins at Herculaneum were interesting to see. Our guide, Maria, was very knowledgeable and told us about the history of the ancient city and was able to answer any questions that were asked. We were happy to get back to the ship as it was quite warm and the traffic was a nightmare.
Then we had lunch at a hotel not far from Vatican City. It was delicious and the service was good. Afterwards, it was off to Vatican City. We went through the Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Square. The frescoes, statues and tapestries in the museum were wonderful to see. The Sistine Chapel was much smaller than I anticipated, but amazing none the less. I would advise people going through the chapel to respect the notices and refrain from talking and DO NOT TAKE PICTURES. The guards there were getting very upset at people who did not listen to the notices - let's not ruin this beautiful sight for others in the future. St. Peter's Basilica was my favourite place; it was almost a humbling experience. The beauty and detail was awesome. We got to witness a mass being held there, and I got to rub the feet of St. Peter's statue that is said to forgive your sins. Photos just do not do this place justice. You have to see it first hand to appreciate it. This excursion was by far the one of the best we've been on.
Corfu, Greece was our last port. We did the Paleokastritsa, Lakones, etc. tour and found it to be a very beautiful island. We visited a monestary and had an authenic Greek lunch. Later we walked around Corfu and had time to shop and take lots of photos of the magnificent views. It was a long day of driving around and would probably do a different tour if we would have known how much time we were to spend in the bus. It was definitely a beautiful place.