Why should we spent a free sunny day at home, when we can go on a short trip across the border. This time we return to the place where we realized that the travels will definitely be a part of our lives. At our first trip we went to Venice, that time with a travel agency, where time is very limited and you only run wild across the city or blankly follow guide who gives you piles of data, which are usually not that important and interesting. It is true that you see the whole town within three hours, but you do not experience those little things that make Venice, as well as any other place, something special.
We saved the best for last. The most famous and most visited place in Tuscany – Florence. Full of museums, top restaurants, pastry shops and teeming masses of tourist who overwhelm the streets and many bridges over the Arno river.
From the town of Montecatini Terme to the suburb (Scandici) of Florence, we were driving half an hour down the highway and left the car in front of the famous shopping center Coop (Ponte a Greve), where the parking is free of charge. We get to the center with a tram. The ticket price is € 1.20 – you can use it for 90 minutes and applies to travel by bus also. You can buy it at vending machines or tobacco shops.
Priority of road trip? You have opportunity to visit places that are practically inaccessible with public transport. This time we use this and embarked on a panoramic journey, road winds between Tuscan hills overgrown with vines and huge plantations of yellow sunflowers.
Not this exit, but the next one! No next one, the last was the right one! Have you found out, what was that talk about? Of course, this was not our argument, but Borut just wanted to figure it out, where the hell this GPS device is trying to draw us. At the moment we were led to countless exits in huge Bologna, device misfires. Therefore, despite some minor inconveniences we still happily travelled 560 kilometres long road to our accommodation. Vintage Hotel is located in a small town, Montecatini Terme, situated between Pisa and Florence. Due to the location, orderliness, huge parking and because of a relatively good price, we would recommend it to anyone. Just compliments for the mentioned hotel! In general, the city is also great starting point for the route to all major towns, villages and sights in central Tuscany.
Where to go first? 46 km away to the Wonders Square in Pisa. The main attraction is undoubtedly the skewed tower, and there is thousands of tourists, who would like in one or another way, to straighten it up.
What do we need:
– Four unexpected days off
– Great weather forecast
Yeah.. that’s all we need for our first road trip for the weekend. It was just about time, to test our black lightning bolt (car) and do much more kilometres in one piece than usual.
Summary. We visited all the major attractions, as a total atheists heard the Italian mass in the middle of Vatican square (we didn’t understand a word, of course), weaved to Pope (from distance he looks like an awesome guy)… used a bus without buying a ticket, our mornings started with a cup of energetic machiato, we tested special pizzas and ate an ice cream for € 8 (shock). Joyful 😃
Well, of course, a word or two with regard to the rest of…
Rome has two airports, the main Fiumicino and smaller Ciampino, we arrived on the first, which is approximately 30 km from the town centre. The best and cheapest connection with the city (railway station Termini) are shuttle services. The return ticket cost € 8. But you can also choose between slower train and sinfully expensive taxi.
Our European tour continues – slowly but steadily. After last year’s visit to London, Paris and Barcelona, this time, we choose the Eternal City, the capital of Italy – Rome. They say that this is a city and a museum in one… if this is true, we will definitely tell you. We are already looking forward to seeing all architectural and other magnificent achievements.
That would be the capital of Italy even more special, makes the Roman Catholic Church. Amazed? In the heart of Rome is located the smallest independent state in the world, Vatican City respectively for some – Holy See. For good recognisability thereof, from year to year more and more concern Pope Francis, who is at his tender age of 80, completely modernised. He started using social networks such as Instagram and he regularly