(Transferred from TripsWithUs, our travel blog.)
We’re off to another trip again! This time we’re avoiding the Asian continent and heading to Europe instead. And no more rush rush, gotta see everything! We plan to take it easy and stay in one country (at least this way we don’t have to worry about switching languages and time zones in a 2 week time frame).
With our Italian cultural knowledge limited to high school Roman mythology and Italian language classes, we chose to visit the better known Italian cities: Venice, Florence, and Rome.
Most European cities are packed during the summer time with tourists. So we decided to go in late October when the weather is cooler and there’s a little less tourists around major sites.
We have many things to decide and research! First off, which city to make it our first stop? All 3 cities have their own international airports, but being the capital city, Rome has more international airline choices. But how do we get around 3 different cities? The high speed rail and trains are probably the most common inter-city transportation in Europe. Then there’s lodging, where are we gonna stay with the euro so much stronger than the US dollar?!
We finally settled on an economical direct 9 hour flight from New York City to Rome on Delta Airlines. But Rome isn’t our first stop! From Rome we hopped on a domestic 1 hour flight to Venice, making Venice our first leg of the trip. We were able to score Alitalia flight tickets for $60/person with the help of kayak.comand Expedia’s price match policy. For $60, that’s the price of a train ticket but with a much shorter and more comfortable transport.
Our trip breakdown:
New York –(flight to)–> Rome –(flight to)–> Venice –(train to)–> Florence –(train to)–> Rome –(flight to)> New York
We arrived at Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) in Rome at around noon. We had 3 hours to burn while waiting for our transfer flight to Marco Polo Airport (VCE) in Venice. Here’s just some pictures that we took roaming around FCO.
Surprisingly, we weren’t hungry after the meager airline meals. So we stopped by the next best thing. McDonald’s!
McDonald’s at different countries have a different menu. Here’s the menu we saw at the airport in Rome.
After all that, we settled for the exotic Pistachio flavor McFlurry. Haha… It wasn’t very special. It taste like the same American soft serve ice cream with pistachio flavored syrup. It wasn’t bad though! Our first “gelato” in Italy.
With our stomach full of ice cream, we patiently waited in the waiting area for our flight on Alitalia.
An interesting thing that we noticed: majority of the others that boarded with us were in business attire carrying briefcases. We were the seldom few that actually had a carry-on and checked-in luggage. Most likely because it’s normally cheaper to take a train and for a bit longer train ride.
The flight was short and sweet and since we were all jet-lagged with our body still running New York time, we all passed out. After 1 hour, we finally arrived at our first leg of the trip in Venice.
Here’s a pretty outdoor decoration we saw once we exited the airport. Lya actually thought it was raining when she heard the water running in the fountain. =)
Next up, our Venetian hotel!