I think I hit the nail on the head when I decided to go to Italy on my spring break holiday. Because of the delicious cuisine, amazing things I saw and the people who were, most of time, smilling at me. I was feeling on top of the world.
This trip was something new for me. Before we arrived in Italy, we had booked an apartment on the Airbnb site. For someone who doesn't know what it is, I'll try to explain it. Airbnb is a site where people let their apartment or (share) rooms for travellers. So, when I arrived at the apartment, the guy who should hae given me a key, asked me to pay a City Tax like €3,5 per night per person. But it's terrile! Normally, I've already paid all taxes on airbnb! However, he kept insisting we should pay it! So, we didn't have any choices because the airbnb team has already charged my credit card and we paid €14 for two persons more! Terrible!
However, It didn't change our positive mood and we went to wander around the centre of Rome! It's quite easy to move around Rome by taking the undeground. Don't forget you should beware of pickpockets! The Italian pickpockets love tourists.
We set off for the Coliseum metro station and went straight to the ticket office! While we were walking there and while we were waiting in the queue, some people offered to selling a ticket which we could use to skip the line! I just want to warn you before you are going to believe them. As soon as you've a ticket, you go inside the museum fast. Now, you've got a question! Why you shouldn't buy tickets from the people on the street? Because of the price! They have asked for one ticket €25 while we bought our ticket for €7,5!
For my second day, we had booked a free walking tour which started at 9 a.m. I can definitely recommend it to you!
First of all, because of the guide named Stefan. He was really funny and told us lots of interesting things about Rome. The tour showed us the 14 most famous places in Rome (like Spanish Steps, Marcus Aurelins Column and Trevi fountain). I think it's the best way to discover and to wander around this enigmatic city.
Additionally, I learnt up how exactly we should drink water from the public fountains. We should close the main hole with the palm of your hand and drink water from another small hole at the top. By the time, the public fountains are named 'nasoni', which means 'big nose' in Italian.
When it got dark, we took a walk in the neighborhood called 'Trastevere'. This area with its own little streets with stone roads and cheap cute restaurants made it the most memorable place in Rome. Enjoy your walking there and don't get lost!
The next day, we went to the Vatican City and I regret it a bit. Undoubtedly, the Vatican museum is the most grandiose museum I've ever seen, but a bit boring for me.
First of all, because I don't understand much about art. Secondly, because there were lots of people and, therefore, I felt uncomfortable.
However, I recommend you to visit St. Peter's Square. Standing in the middle of the square you feel like the Basilica di Pietro is hugging you. It's the most amazing feeling I've ever had.
Almost in the night we took a train to Milan. I would definitely recommend you to do the same. Tha train had comfortable chairs and separate rooms where you can easily turn light off and fall asleep. Additionally, the train ticket isn't expensive. We bought our ticket for only €13
Around 8 a.m. we arrived in Milan. The city isn't big as Rome, although I recommend that you use your time wisely and buy a daypass the public transport. It only costs €4,5 for 24h.
If you're not interested in shopping, I suppose you should go to Verona, the town of Romeo and Juliet. I liked Verona much more than Milan. It has more medieval streets, cuter houses and a nicer atmosphere. I visited Juliet's house there which is located in the middle of the old city. The house has a small garden where there's a bronze statue of Juliet. One of the most famous legends tells us if you touch Juliet's tight boom, it brings good fortune for the those who are unlucky in Love!
It's one of the most beautiful countries in the world I've ever visited! Take your luggage and go to Italy!