Unforgettable Summer Days In Italy

Different from Paris and Barcelona, Italy welcomed us without a cloud in the sky. Not only Rome that was sun-drenched, but also Pisa and Venice. It wasn’t like I wasn’t prepared to be in tougher fasting days than what I normally did in Indonesia. I can tell that 18-hour fasting was really something. I surrendered to the weather in Rome and Venice. But I made it till the very end in Pisa  😀

We counted on metro as public transportation in Rome, Pisa and Milan. Simple, fast and cheap. From Mestre to Venice we used bus and waterbus. To go back to Mestre at night, we used waterbus and train.

Ah! While in Italy, don’t miss to taste the gelati (or gelato). No meaning if you leave Italy without tasting it.

Total expenses spent for 4 days in Italy (5 cities): Eur 182.75

 

Rome and Vatican

Rome was the third city that we visited in Europe, we stayed at Belvedere Termini that’s just 100 meters from  LINE A and B of metro lines. Colosseum is 2 metro stops away.

At Colosseum or Coloseo, as predicted the ticket office queue was really crazy. But I was glad we didn’t buy the tickets online because the queue of the reserved tickets was worse than the normal one. The admission fee is Eur 12.

It’s too naive to capture private pictures without other people in frame. Now I think those photographers do some magics with the photoshop.

 

Taken while lining up at the entrance of Coloseo

Taken while lining up at the entrance of Coloseo

 

All road leads to Rome? . . . #lilinrome #colosseo #colosseum #rome #italy #europetrip

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Top: The Roman Forum from a far; Bottom: Arch of Constantine

Top: The Roman Forum from a far; Bottom: Arch of Constantine

 

After getting exhausted at Colosseum, we moved to Vatican in the afternoon. And there was so crowded too so we only took some pictures at the complex, decided not to go inside the cathedral because of the long queue. A very short trip, indeed.

 

Vatican Square

Vatican Square

 

At night, we only wandered around Roma Termini and tasted Roman pasta and pizza before resting early for a morning train trip to Pisa on the next day.

 

 

Roma Termini at night

Roma Termini at night

 

Pisa

The only reason why we were in Pisa was for the one and only Leaning Tower. We didn’t intend to stay overnight in Pisa and directly went to Venice by train in the afternoon, because we already reserved hostel near Venezia Mestre Train Station for 2 nights and it wasn’t refundable.

 

 

Not really amazed by the fact that the leaning tower’s color doesn’t represent from which century. . . .

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? #lavender #pisacentrale #lenovovibeshot #nofilter #lilinitaly #europetrip #eyesgasm

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Around Pisa

Around Pisa

 

Around Pisa Centrale Train Station

Around Pisa Centrale Train Station

 

Venice

In beginning I was kind of annoyed because the hostel, Train Station Guesthouse, would charge us €10 per hour if we came after 8 pm. But after we arrived, the cold heart got melted by the warm welcome and the facilities they provided to us. Not to mention the peach roses they put beside our beds. The Lady gave us clear direction to a nearby supermarket and Venice too. So, how could I give negative review like most people did on booking.com?

In Venice, we got only one full day to enjoy the romantic vibe of the island. Walking, laughing, having lunch at an open air restaurant in a lovely alley, capturing so many moments together, and taking a gondola tour in the afternoon. Normal fare for an hour gondola tour is Eur 60.

After the tour, we stopped by some cute souvenir shops before going back to Mestre.

I could hear a misterious wisper on my ears saying: “come back with your significant other, Lil.” Yeah, I’d love too.

 

The Piazza

The Piazza

 

Taken from the waterbus

Taken from the waterbus

 
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Left: Got chance to have decent lunch with Wuri, Inne and Sulis. Other Pics: Around Venezia

Left: Got chance to have decent lunch with Wuri, Inne and Sulis. Other Pics: Around Venezia

 

 

 

Like a boss ? . . . #gondola #venezia #lilinitaly #venice #wanderlust

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Gelati ❤❤❤ Never get enough of it. . . . #gelati #lilinitaly #europetrip #3weeksineurope

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Venetian masks ? . . . #venetianmasks #venice #venezia #lilinitaly

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Milan

We stayed over in Milan for a night, actually we planned to transit at Milano Centrale Train Station for several hours. But after checking the schedule of Trenod Train that would take us to Tirano, we decided to take the earliest one in the morning to catch up the first Bernina Express Train. So yeah, we had to stay in Milan for a night. We reserved a triple room at Hotel Valley, just 800 meters away from the station.

Again, you might say I gave too nice review for the hotel. Well, I felt fine staying at the room. Clean enough and the guy told me that I already paid when I was going to pay the room. He then only asked the city tax. I hadn’t checked my credit card billing statement so I didn’t know if they already debitted the room cost to my credit card. I’m so curios why that guy on the booking.com review was double charged by the hotel.

While in Milan, we spent several hours to visit the cathedral and the shopping street around it.

 

 

Shopping area around Duomo

Shopping area around Duomo

 

I wish we had chance to visit Florence too, but this time Universe wanted me to hop on another country and have another chance to visit Italy in the future.

Ciao, Italy!

Ps: Thanks to Wuri, Sulis and Inne that took some pictures of me 😉

Upcoming post: I won’t be posting about my train journey from Tirano to St. Moritz because I already wrote one for travelicious, so I will write about Basel next.

 

 

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  1. Nelle says:

    Arlictes like this make life so much simpler.

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