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
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.
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.
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.
PisaThe 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.
Wandered around the Leaning Tower Pisa complex this morning after a 2-hour train trip from Rome Termini. From Pisa Centrale station we took red line bus to the location and after ten minutes, voila! The weather was so damn hot that we must have found places to hide from the angry sun in every 10-minute walk. . . . #torre #pisa #lilinitaly #europetrip #lenovovibeshot #nofilter
Don’t be mistaken if you hear someone ask you to go on a trolley tour in Pisa. It’s this trolley lol. . . . #latepost #trolleytour #pisa #italy #3weeksineurope #17cityhopping #lilinitaly #thelifecycleoflil
VeniceIn 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.
MilanWe 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.
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.
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.