I started my tour of Italy
from Rome. Rome is a very crowded
city always full of tourists. Although there are many places to visit (I will
not go into details of it as you can always google), but I could not appreciate
things in Italy in general and Rome in particular as all the places are always
full of people. The main highlight of Italy is its food especially the
ice-cream (gelatinos). Rome
is very well connected to the rest of the world. I stayed close to Roma termini
(the main railway station). The advantage of that was I could walk in the city
very late in the mid-night without worrying about my transportation on my way
back. In Rome,
things are not that walkable, however public transport is very good. Language
is not a problem in Rome
and city maps, tourist centres are available all over the city.
The must watch places in Rome
are Colloseum and the remains around it (Rome Forum), St.
Johns Church (San
Gionanni in Laterno) and Vatican.
strikes are quite common. I bought 12 euro ticket for colosseum and the remains
close to it but could not go inside as the place was closed due to unannounced
strike. However they did sell to the tourist entry tickets.
which is very close to Rome
and is really beautiful. Its museum is good, Sistine Chapel is excellent and St. Peters Church is holy and really wonderful.
St. Peters Basilica in Vatican
My next destination was Venice. I went there from Rome by train. Venice is built all around water bodies. The
taxi and buses in Venice
are boats. Mostly, road transport is absent and people walk to places or take
water taxi. The traditional boats trips is called "Gondola". Venice is also very
famous for masks which are generally used for theatrical purposes. Near Venice are famous islands
Morano and Burano. Morano is famous for its glasswares. Burano is popular for
something I do not remember now.
Main bridge in Venice
(you can catch Gondola here)
Mask shop in Venice
Glass work in Murano all over the city
Beautiful and colourful island of Burano
My next destination was Florence. Its a beautiful city. The city of Galileo and Michangelo
has a lot of cultural stuffs to be seen. Everything in Florence is walkable.
River side in Florence
My last destination was Pisa. In Pisa
there is only one thing that is "Leaning tower of Pisa
and its compound". Apart from it there is nothing else.