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My Italy Trip

       Me and my friends visited Italy and some places there in Ester holidays in 2010. Here are my experiences in Italy (Rome, Venice, Vatiican) journey from Zurich. Also recommended some places for a short trip. Hope this will help you if you are planning for Italy Visit.

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Leave from Zurich to Mila and connecting train from Milan to Rome (Roma Termini).

Book hotel near Roma Termini preferably.

Day 1 (Colosseum and rest Rome)

                Outside Roma Termini you will find bus stop, and Hop on Hop off busses for day excursion is also good option.

When you reach Roma Termini get the Roma Pass for that many day you have planned to leave.. 2 days are sufficient as per plan below ( Costs around 25 Euro not sure for now)

Get the bus to Colosseum, take a Guide in English specifically by joining a bigger Group to get some discount. It will take half day to see the Colosseum. While reaching to Colosseum you can get down 2-3 stops before, there is a cathedral in memory of Soldiers, worth looking. Spend 2 Hours there.

Day 2 (Vatican City)

                There is direct bus to Vatican from Roma termini. Reach there by 9 – 9:30 in morning. Get a guide otherwise you wont understand anything. Also guide will give you direct entry without waiting in long queue.

Spend till 3 PM in Vatican.

Places to visit – Basilica, Dome, the main cathedral, arts of Michel Angelo. And not to miss is the St. Peter’s square.

When finished with Vatican, at walking distance you will see the Michel Angelo’s Castle. Its also worth to visit once. There is market outside do some shopping. There is famous Italian Geleteria for Ice cream, try it.

PS – You can come to Colosseum by walking from Vatican ,in between there are many places listed below.

In Rome there are plenty of places to visit in both the evenings.

  • Spanish Steps – must spend at least one evening there. as crowded as lakshmi road 🙂
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Something del piazza.. many are churches but art work is famous. There are fountains in almost all squares in Rome.
  • Spend your night seeing the Colosseum from outside, lighting is worth watching.
  • Also visit the Parliament and the fountains outside, near to Roma Termini.

PS – See the movie Angles and Demons for complete Rome view. 🙂 (Or read the Book by Dan Brown)

Day 3 (Florence (Pisa Tower))

Catch train to Pisa via florence, I have not visited this, but as wonder you can visit. Its a bit off way from train to Venice from Rome hence we dropped this location, but the Garden in front of Pisa is good.

Day 4 (Venice)

It’s a place of more than 700 islands.. There are 2 main railway stations, go to the one which will drop you near Venice and for this you will have to travel over the sea for around 20 mins in train. Else there are Shuttle buses running as well.

  • There are many museums churches and historical Tower (Ahista Ahista – Bachana e Hasino song was shoot there) U can see the video before going there. take the song in your Phone 🙂
  • There is a glass factory on one island, worth visit the demo he shows.
  • Lido Beach – Artificial beach to visit once
  • Murano – Burano islands – Worth visit, takes around 45 mins by Boat to reach. So have some good time spared for them.
  • There are many islands worth visit see how you can manage with time.
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