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.

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“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.