Civitaveccia, Cruise, Cruise Compass, Cruises, Dinner, Fine Dining, Food, Foodie, Harmony of the Seas, International, Mediterranean, Restaurants, Rome, Royal Caribbean, Travel, Trip Report, Wonderland / August 8, 2016

Day 5: Civitaveccia, Italy (Rome) – Harmony of the Seas

After my visit in 2015, I was really looking forward to returning to Rome. There were a few items on my itinerary that  I did not previously get a chance to do. Also, there were some items I wanted to repeat. The Civitaveccia port is a 1 ½ to 2 hour drive from Rome depending on the traffic. The cost was 150 euros per person. Since most of the Rome tours lasted approximately 10 hours, our day would be spent adhering to the tour schedule. Including travel time, this would have left us with about 6 hours to tour Rome so we decided to take the train to Rome on our own. 

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The time on the train from Civitavecchia to Rome was less than an hour at a cost of 5 euros per person each way. The train to Rome was very convenient and comfortable.

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We got off the train in the Trastevere neighborhood which is near the Tiber River. 20160623_113907

Trastevere is a beautiful neighborhood with narrow cobbled streets lined with ancient buildings. The area is also home to several foreign academic institutions, pubs and restaurants. Since it was raining, we caught an Uber to our 1st stop at La Boccaccia pizzeria. (If you would like a free Uber ride, feel free to use my code 2mcukue” it works anywhere worldwide.)20160623_115900

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La Boccaccia pizzeria

This fact is not debatable, La Boccaccia has the best authentic pizza in the world. La Boccaccia uses only the freshest, high quality ingredients. The recipes are purist to the core. Their mantra is “no sauces, no potions, and no artificial additives”. All ingredients are natural and pure. During my last visit to Rome, we dined at La Boccaccia frequently because of the high quality and excellent taste.

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We ordered 3 different slices of pizza.  Each slice of pizza was cut to order and weighed in kilograms to determine the price. Our first pizza slice was topped with tomatoes, peppers and parsley. The next slice was topped with prosciutto and buffalo mozzarella. The last slice was topped with sausage, champignon and stracchino cheese. La Boccoccia’s famous light and crispy stone ground crust really sets them apart. The pizza slices plus 2 soft drinks were 11 euros.

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After we finished eating at La Boccaccia, we walked around Trastevere for a while. We then crossed Ponte Sisto and headed towards Piazza Navona.

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During my last visit to Rome, we experienced a heat wave.  This prevented us from getting a cappuccino from what is said to be the best café in Rome, Sant’Eustachio il Caffè.

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Founded in 1938, their Arabica coffee beans are slow roasted with water from the ancient Roman aqueducts.

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We ordered their famous cappuccino the Gran Caffè and the Frappè al caffè  an all-cream cold coffee shake.

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Frappè al caffè

They were both delicious and boldly flavored. Even though we visited the Pantheon last year, we visited again since we were now only a few steps away.20160623_141633

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On the way to Termini Station we made sure we stopped by the Trevi fountain. While we were in Rome in 2015, the Trevi Fountain was drained for restoration.  This year we got to experience the restored fountain in all it’s beautiful glory.

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Trevi fountain in 2015 during its restoration
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Trevi fountain in 2016

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This couple got engaged at the Trevi!

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Next, we grabbed a quick gelato and headed to Termini Station for our return to Civitaveccia.DSCN3109

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I’d like to thank Why Go Italy for the excellent directions from Civitavecchia to Rome by train. Click HERE to visit their site for directions.

Later that evening, we had dinner aboard the Harmony of the Seas at Wonderland. 

At Wonderland, I had my most creative and unique dining experience to date. If you are an adventurous foodie or simply like having fun, Wonderland is the place for you. Once we were seated at Wonderland, our waitress gave each of us a framed blank canvas and a paintbrush with a glass of water.

She instructed us to dip our paintbrushes in the water and then paint our names on the canvases. As we were painting, the menu magically appeared!

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Wonderland Menu

The menu was divided into five “elements” Sun, Ice, Fire, Sea, and Earth. Our waitress stated that we could order à la carte or try the entire menu. We decided to try everything. Here are some of the items included in our dinner. 

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What was under the smoked filled glass?

 

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Buffalo Chicken Egg with smoke, blue cheese, hot sauce

 

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Liquid Lobster with bone marrow, caviar

 

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Baby Vegetables in the Garden with soil and pebbles

 

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Shrimp Kataifi with crispy crumb, scotch bonnet

 

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Crispy Crab Cone with cilantro, avocado mousse, ohba leaf

 

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Reconstructed Caprese with liquid olive, ricotta powder, basil, congealed bloody mary

 

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Terroir Beef with river stone potatoes, bordelaise sauce

 

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Berkshire Pork Belly with apple slaw, cracklin

 

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Slow Roasted Chicken with crispy skin, potato puree

 

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Halibut Cooked in Clear Paper with mushrooms, potato, bacon

Click the above video for a Chocolate Suprise! Also follow me on Instagram!

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Deconstructed Apple Pie à la Mode
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Our friends arranged a surprise anniversary dessert and song for us!

Rome has been one of the best days so far. The Mediterranean ports are all unique in their own way. I’m very excited about Naples tomorrow and the chance to ride in a jetfoil!

Have you been to Rome, sailed on the Harmony of the Seas, or dined at Wonderland? Let us know about your experiences below!

Prev Day: Florence / Pisa

Next Day: Naples (Capri / Pompeii)

 

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