Chronicles of Italia .... Euro Diaries

I am going to share blogs about my Europe travel but I am going to start with Italy first because I do not want this to be another thesis.

So after months of planning, arranging, arguing, saving, we took our KLM Royal Dutch flight to Europe from Delhi International Airport and our first stop was undoubtedly, Italy. So along with me, was ofcourse Utsav,(the sole arranger of this entire programme) and another couple(friends).




After 8 hours of flight,we landed in Amsterdam to wait for 2 more hours to take our Al Italia flight to Rome.Perks of this wait was meeting Shabir Ahluwalia. I am sure you don't know him and if you do, you 'were' one of those K serial addicts. Lol.

Reached Rome in an hour and half but WAIT... journey is not over yet! We then boarded the Trenitalia from Rome train station for 3 HOURS journey to Salerno! Guess what? We have not reached our destination yet. 1 more hour of car drive to AMALFI Coast. Yes, this is how Utsav arranges a trip and this is what happens when the other 3 are entirely clueless. 


We had booked our stay via airbnb which helped us rent really affordable apartments from owners through the internet.Wonders of the digital world. Hence, we entered our cosy apartment full of amenities, 2 bedrooms, one kitchen and one shared bathroom. The location of the apartment was to die for - just adjacent the Amalfi coast, walk in between open air restaurants, climb several steep whirling steps to reach the apartment. A nice quite corner up a hill was the exact location, similar to how you would see Greece lanes in Bollywood movies or in the famous Bang Bang song, Meherbaan. Shout out to all Bolly lovers! Woot woot.
So, these 2 days of stay in Amalfi coast involved exploring the entire place on foot(mostly) and a local bus tour all the way to Pompeii(the famous historical place) and seei
ng dormant Mt Vesuvius.
You should basically come to this rather quiet place in Italy for your honeymoon.Chill by the beach with your beer, hogging on some street side pizza,pasta and gelatto, enjoy the stree music or the live band performance near the main market,adjacent to the Church and just get lost in this enchanting beauty.I will not recommend any particular restaurant because mostly all of them serve the same type of food but not much to shop here.This is more expensive than rest of Italy because it is almost on the outskirts. On the way back to Salerno from Amalfi, we took the cruise and enjoyed the magnificent view of Amalfi coast. 





As usual, from Salerno, we took the train ride back to Rome and stayed at an apartment, just a kilometer from the train station. Rome, with its history spanning over 2500 years had this exact antique aura around it.The moment I stepped on the streets of Rome, all the Julius Caesar literature and history books I had read in school started resonating in my head. Be it the cobbled streets or the wall graffiti, the political posters or all the buildings in general, Rome turned out to be an exact replica of my imagination(except the heat, sweat and crowd). Rome was a 2 and half day stay which meant we had to hurry up and see everything and we did.We hopped on to the city tour buses - Hop On Hop Off which takes you every damn tourist/not so tourist spots in the city.The bus has comfortable seats with audio guide available.So you already get the entire information about all the spots you visit.Do not fall into the traps of tourist guides and all.Rome is quite self-explanatory.
So we visited all spots and we did walk a lot ...I mean A LOT! Please wear comfortable shoes and do not carry heels or boots when doing touristy things. Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Panthean, Piazza Navona, Constantine's Arch, Palatine Hill,Vittoriano and even the Vatican City(the smallest state of the world, a small walled city within Rome ruled by the Pope).
Please visit all the sites official websites to know about tickets or entry/exit time.We mostly pre-booked our visits and most of them were free entry. Do pay a visit to experience the art, history and culture, street art, exquisite Italian gourmet, to die for fashion and luxury shopping.











Now after the hustle bustle city life of Rome, we left for the city of trade,finance,wealth, art and birthplace of Renaisaance, Florence. I urge people to not exit Florence & the countryside.Tuscany is beautiful.The apartment in Florence was the best we had in the entire journey - really spacious and luxurious. 
Must do in florence - Uffizi museum & gallery,Florence Cathedral,Duomo,Pizzalo Michaelangelo,Ponte Vecchio,Fountain of Neptune and not to miss the sunset view of the city from Palazzo Pitti.Do explore the central market, the age old jewellery shop by walking past the Arno river which flows right amidst Florence, street side cafeterias and music. This indeed, was a city of love and fashion.
There are day trips from Florence and we covered Siena, Pisa and a beautiful village of San Gimignano.Do not miss the taste of the wine here.








After three days in Florence, the last stop in Italy was undoubtedly Venice - the famous Bollywood destination & a must visit for most Indians. Venice is a city built on water so the only way of transport is either on foot or water bus. The history of Venice is very interesting and you can read it on the link provided. Gondola rides are another favorite here for couples.However, we did not take up that as it was a little pricey for the time and unnecessary for us. So, you can either tie your shoes tight and walk along the vibrant cobbled streets of Venice and explore each and every nook & corner of the city or board the water buses(more like boats) to reach end to end. Rightly said, Venice is the city of canals, art, gondola rides, doctor's mask and so on.Just like Rome,Venice's history definitely intrigued me.
Some places to see in Venice: Saint Mark's Square & Basillica, Grand Canal & Doge's Palace.









So, if anybody is planning an international trip, Italy can be one of your next destination. Plan for 10 - 15 days if you want to relax and have leisure. It can be done in 8 days also(like us) if you are like us, who covers everything with an appropriate timeline. Do explore Italy for the history, art, museums, food, fashion and most importantly the mystery around the country. It is hot so choose a cooler month to visit. You need to walk a lot so carry your sneakers, loose fitted clothes, sunscreens, backpacks to carry travel essentials and definitely a good camera. 
Will I revisit? Maybe not :) It was extensively covered although can consider the Tuscany countryside.
Budget : 1- 1.5 lakhs (Indian Rupees) for a week is my recommendation (based on stay, travel)

You can read my FIJI Islands travel blog here:  FIJI ISLANDS 


Comments

  1. Dii the place looks soo good... Someday I would also like to there.. n the pics were amazing dii.. love u loads

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  2. such a lovely place and u look dam sexy

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  3. Awesome pictures❤I wish and hope a europe tour soon..inshallah 😊

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  6. Amazing.... Hope I cud visit some day

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  7. Great article for honeymooners as well as holidayer.

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