Saturday, March 18, 2017

Honeymoon Part 1: Rome!

We're back from our honeymoon in Italy! Left the country for exactly 2 weeks and man, it felt really long!

Just thought of writing the post on our trip so that I can look back and reminisce, as well as to provide some tips and tricks along the way for those who are keen.

We went to several cities in Italy and here is a quick summary of our stay in Italy:

1. Rome - 4D3N
2. Florence - 4D3N (including a tour to Tuscany for 1 day)
3. Cinque Terre - 3D2N
4. Venice - 4D3N
5. Milan - 3D2N

If you count the total days, it's actually 14 days exactly (the days in between 2 cities are considered 1 day each). Can't believe we survived looking at each other 24/7*14! Haha.

Anyway, this is our itinerary in Rome:

DAY 1:
1. Arrived at Rome Fiumicino Aeroporto (Fiumicino Airport) via Qatar Airways.



From the airport, we headed to Roma Termini by the regionale train, tickets were bought from Tren Italia here. The earlier you book, the lower the prices are.
Forget about getting the Eurail Pass (or the likes) if you don't plan to visit different cities in within, say, 3 days. I'd suggest you go for the individual trips.
2. Checked in to our AirBnB which we booked via Booking.com
3. Since we arrived early in the morning, we decided to waste no more time and headed straight to Coliseum, which was about 20-30 mins walk away from our accommodation. We reached about 8 plus and there was very little queue to get the tickets.




Ticket price: €12 per person

Travel Tips: Don't bother getting the Roma Pass even though it includes entry to several museums (excluding the Vatican Museums) and allows you to skip the queue to the attractions. If you want to save some €, just make sure to be at the ticket counter early in the morning.

4. After Coliseum, make your way to the Roman Forum + Palatine Hill, both of which can only be accessible if you have bought the ticket to Coliseum which includes entrance to Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

DAY 2:

Note: We made a mistake on Day 2 when we decided to visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, after St. Peter's Basilica.

1. Headed to St. Peter's Basilica at 7.30am (no queue!) and paid €8 to use the lift to go straight up to the dome (€6 to use the stairs which are 320 steps in total). Note that you'll still have to climb about 550 steps(!!) to the cupola where you'll get this view:

The view was worth the climb though!

Entrance to the basilica is free but you'll have to pay to get to the dome and the cupola.
This was where we made a mistake. We thought by going early to St. Peter's Basilica first (before the Vatican Museums), we'll be able to skip the long Security check at the basilica and then head to the Vatican Museums after.

However, after the basilica, the queue at the Vatican Museum was a nightmare!! We were there on a Saturday and apparently all the museums are closed on Sundays so we had to purchase the Skip the Line pass (cost us a bloody €35 per person as opposed to €16 per person to enter the museums!!)

I read somewhere on the TripAdvisor forum that we should go to the Vatican Museums first, then to Sistine Chapel (both are connected) thennnn only to the basilica which apparently is also connected via the museums and you can skip the queue at the basilica - true or not, I'll never find out now. Haha.

In short, Vatican Museums --> Sistine Chapel --> St. Peter's Basilica.

Be prepared to spend more than half a day to walk through all the part of the museums and church!

2. Headed to Piazza Navona for dinner, then to Pantheon (closes at 7pm) and to the infamous Trevi Fountain for its evening sight!

Quite a sight to behold honestly.
DAY 3:

1. Free roaming haha. Basically we made our way to the Trevi Fountain again just to look at it during the day. But still, it was sooo crowded.

2. Walked to the Spanish Steps and we were greeted with this sight:

Pfft..so many people!!! Can barely see the steps.

3. Walked to the Piazza del Popolo and climbed a little to the Villa Borghese gardens for sunset.



Smart Tips: There'll be Bangladeshis walking around the garden to sell you roses. At first, they'll claim it's free. If you do not wish to pay for those roses (even if they say it's free for you), DO NOT BELIEVE THEM! Once you have the rose in your hand, they'll start asking for money. 

Of course if you're willing to pay maybe €5 for 3 stalks of roses, then go ahead!

DAY 4:

No itinerary for Rome because we left for Florence via train! Will continue for Florence soon!

PS: Let me know in the comment box if you have any question on Rome or any of the places I listed earlier in the post. :)


xoxo,

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