Food, people, good friends and walking. These words pretty much describe my trip to Italy.
It was any easy trip to organize and with some help of my co-traveller it became even easier.
If you love good food and heart warming people, Italy is the place to go.
Although it was one of my best trips, there are somethings I wish I knewearlier. So, in order to help you have the time of your life in Italy, I am going to show you how we organized our trip, what we didn’t like, the average budget etc
28, March 2017 – 09:45 – Departure
So our trip began with a flight to Rome and from there, we went directlty to Naples by bus. We flew from Greece so the flight was pretty cheap, about 20 euros. From there we paid 7 euros to travel to Naples. We booked our bus tickets at FlixBus. The trip 2 hours and a half and the condition of the bus was perfect.
We arrived in Naples and directly went to hour hostel, “Hostel of the sun” ( http://www.hostelnapoli.com/en/ ). The hostel was AMAZING. The staff was really friendly and informative. So if you travel to Naples, Hostel of the Sun is the place to go.
At about 8 o’clock the hostel offered us a free dinner (which was pasta cooked by a local chef). Almost all the clients of the hostel came for dinner, so we had the chance to meet new people.So, now we have free accommodation in a few places around the world, enabling us to travel even more 😉
29,March 2017 – 08:00 – Day 2
Another plus, was the fact that the hostel offered us free breakfast everyday. So on the second day we took our time to enjoy it and then left the hostel. Our first stop was the supermarket. We decided that we were going to buy all our food from there, in order to save money.
Next stop, Pompeii. It was pretty easy to get there. We went by metro and paid 1.20 euros. When we arrived there, truth is that we were a little bit confused about where the entrance was. So we asked the first person who seemed to be something like a policeman and from there it was easy. We had already booked tickets online (5.50 euros), so we did not even have to wait.
So the tour in Pompeii was exhausting but worth it. I recommend that you follow the map, (which is free at the entrance) from the beginning of the tour, because it is pretty easy to get lost.
After a very tiring day we had a shower at the hostel and then we went out to eat PIZZA. If you travel to Naples and planning to eat the best pizza of your life you have to go to “Sorbillo“, and “Di Matteo“.
30, March 2017 – Last day in Naples/First day in Rome
So almost every day there was a free tour, during which you could learn basic info about the city, like historic sites, local markets, local food etc. It was realy good, but in my opinion we had to do it on the first day, so that we would know where to go/eat/etc
At 16:00 o’clock we left Naples and we went to Rome by bus (Flixbus). The bus left us obviously in the bus station. From there it’s not that easy to find the metro in order to go where you want, so it’s better to ask.
31,March 2017, The Vatican
Rise and shine! We woke up really early because we had to be in the Vatican at 9:30. ATTENTION! BOOK YOUR TICKET FOR THE VATICAN ONLINE. You will have to pay 4 euros more, but you will avoid the 3 hour queue. Overall the Vatican was amazing. Although you have to be prepared for a tour that lasts at least 3-4 hours.
When you reach the exit in the end of the tour, there is really nice park where you can drink some coffee or eat.
After this unusual morning we had to try gelato. There is good quality gelato all over Rome, just make sure you will not go to the touristy” shops. Try something more traditional.
“Piazza Di Spagna” is also a place in Rome that you have to visit. There you will find a lot of restaurants, a lot of people relaxing on the stairs of the square and if you are lucky events that locals usually organize. Near Piazza Di Spagna there is also “Villa Borghese”, which is basically a beautiful park where you can find people riding bikes, relaxing and strolling. We were of couse the exception. At the unfortunately low quality picture below you can see me sleeping on the grass of Villa Borghese.
The night found us in “Trastever” a region which represents an old version of Rome. Lots of tourists, young people and of course food. We enjoyed a delicious pizza margherita. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of the restaurant.
1, April 2017 – The Walking Day
I honestly remeber a few things from this day. We were so full of the previous days. So many new places and people and we still had to see the Colosseum and Fontana di Trevi. And so we did .
Of course we could not leave Rome without drinking a proper cappuccino. After our sigtseeing it was already 4 o’clock. So it was the perfect time for a relaxing coffee. We really enjoyed our last evening. We chose to spend it at the new part of the city of Rome, so we could understand better the vibe of the city.
A trip to Rome is certainly an unforgetable experience. It is also an averege cost trip. Nevertheless, the most important aspect of having a good time is company. So make sure that you will find the right one 😉
Be confident and do what makes you happy,