First and foremost, forgive me for taking this long to write a new blog post. I’ve been busy with life and work and haven’t found the time to blog. I also needed a time off from the inter webs, to catch up on life.
My Italy trip was not planned at all so I won’t be able to share that much tips and tricks with you guys. It was really just an “on the spur of the moment” decision my brother and I came to conclusion with to make use of our vacation time at work.
Also, huge thanks to Myrra of http://www.myrrazenkate.com/ for spamming us with her stories when in Italia! It inspired me to finally write this blog post! Enjoy Italia and eat tons of gelato for me! 🙂
A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF OUR TRIP
|January 13||Day 0||Departure from Canada|
|January 14||Day 1||Arrival at Milan|
|January 15||Day 2||Milan|
|January 16||Day 3||Como|
|January 17||Day 4||Venice|
|January 18||Day 5||Rest Day|
|January 19||Day 6||Verona|
|January 20||Day 7||Train Ride to Paris|
|January 21||Day 8||Paris|
|January 22||Day 9||Train Ride to Milan|
|January 23||Day 10||Train Ride to Arezzo|
|January 24||Day 11||Rome|
|January 25||Day 12||Shopping Day!|
|January 26||Day 13||Rest Day|
|January 27||Day 14||Arrival at Canada|
This table does not include accommodations because we did not spend even a dime for it. We had relatives who lived in Italy and were more than willing to take us in during our visit.
|Emergency Money||200 EUR|
|Pocket Money||2,000 EUR|
* All of our train tickets to visit other places in Italy and Paris was taken away from our pocket money. We also had our credit cards with us just in case we needed to use them.
I suggest you check out railpass.com for good deals. But do check it out beforehand because the pass has to be shipped to your home country as these are not valid to European residents.
PERSONAL TIP: Travel by train for more leg space and just for experience! I loved train rides because it offered so so much leg space plus no baggage limit. (Yaaay!)
By Metro, I mean the city’s train/bus travel. You can get to other cities in Italy via train but you also have to keep in mind your travel within the city you are visiting because each city has a different transit or Metro as the locals call it. Italy’s cities offers a variety of passes – from day passes to a week’s worth of passes. In our case, we mostly traveled to and from the city on the same day so opted for a day pass.
Travelling through Air can be a little bit costly and the only upside to this is less travel time. I can’t find another pro to travelling via Air aside from that. (Whoops!)
As I have said, there is nothing much I can suggest regarding accommodations in Italy as we stayed at our relative’s abode during our visit. We were lucky enough that they welcomed us with open arms. But if I were you, I would try and look for Airbnb to save huge bucks.
Since I personally wasn’t able to locate a reliable pocket Wi-Fi to rent during our stay, we opted to buy a tourist sim just to make sure we can find our way back home in case we got lost (thankfully, we didn’t). Tourists sim are cheap in Italy, it is just the “load” you have to put in it is expensive.
Google Maps and Google Translate will be your best-est friends. Not everyone in Italy can speak English very well, hence, you will need the app to help you understand them. The locals do try their very best to help travelers out despite the language barrier.
TIPS AND TRICKS
Beware of pickpockets! Just because it’s Europe, it doesn’t mean you’re free from pickpockets. Keep your bags in front of you. If using a backpack, make sure to lock it up! I know it may sound a bit over the top, but I did almost get my bag opened while I was in Milan.
Be alert. I know Italy is beautiful and we can easily get lost in its beauty. But we have to be aware of our surroundings because again, pickpockets!
Enjoy the trip! Europe is a nice place to visit. 2 weeks is not enough to roam around Italy itself, what more Europe? I hope the next time I visit Europe I would have tons of information to share to you! But hopefully, these tidbits help you in some way!