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Stopover in Rome, Italy



Roaming Rome for a Day

Our Europe trip has finally come to an end but there's more! Our luck has reached its maximum level and with its last draw gave us one more day to explore Rome in Central Italy. After exploring the streets of Paris getting responsibly drunk in Siena and checking out the enchanting Amalfi Coastit was time to slow down and walk around the capital city of Italy. Let's go!


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October 25 - 26 Rome, Italy

Friday, October 25
Amalfi to Rome

La Pergola’s shuttle BUS service to the airport 
3-hour travel time to Rome
Amalfi Hotel transfer to the airport: 110 euros (per person)

Stay 1 night in Rome  
Check-in: Hotel La Scaletta
Address: Lungomare Paolo Toscanelli 130 00121 Lido di Ostia Italy
2 days, 1 night: 60 euros (with breakfast)


Check out: Colosseum and Ostia Beach



We decided to spend our last days in Europe in the capital city of Italy as our flight back to California will be in Rome, and considering the traffic and possible setbacks coming from Amalfi Coast going to the airport made us all worried. My husband and I decided to stay away from downtown Rome to get away from the crowd and get closer to the airport. 

The hotel is less than 30 minutes away from the airport which makes it a perfect place to stay for a night. I've been booking all our hotels in the past with comments about a bottle of wine or champagne and a rose for fun, and simply wishing someday one will find it in their hearts to accommodate my request. To my surprise, Hotel La Scaletta said yes to our request. It made our last days in Europe even more special. 

Hotel La Scaletta truly restored my faith in humanity!

Roam around Rome by train
Train fare: 1.50 euros (100 minutes)

The train station was around 10 minutes away from the hotel.

Check out: 
Colosseum (1 hr by METRO from Hotel)
Address: Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

If you have time check out the Trevi Fountain and St. Peter's Basilica when you're in downtown.

Trevi Fountain  (20 mins by BUS from Colosseum)
Address: Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

St. Peter's Basilica (30 mins by BUS from Trevi Fountain)
Address: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

The image on top shows the train ticket system in Rome. We planned just to visit the Colosseum so the 100-minute ticket was good enough for our trip and then back to the hotel.

Colosseum

Here we are with all smiles when we reached the world's famous historical landmark of Italy. When you exit from the train station the Colosseum is right before your very eyes, you don't need to go that far. Just step out of the station and behold your eyes.

There are plenty of souvenir shops near the train station which makes it very easy to buy spartan keychains for my brothers. Never in my wildest imagination that I thought I'll be given a chance to see the Colosseum. I see this in my textbooks when I was young and that was all of it. Well, here I am now traveling with the most amazing person on earth and feeling blessed on all levels.


Interesting Finds

Some interesting things I saw while roaming around Rome. I found a gasoline station just along the road, ain't that convenient eh?!

I feel like a car crossing the pedestrian lane here as there are three-color signs for pedestrians just like a normal traffic light for cars.


Aperitivo at Lido di Ostia

We learned that in Italy there is this pre-dinner drink to open up one's palate before a sumptuous dinner. They call it "Aperitivo" a simple way of socializing while snacking on something with family and friends. A good excuse to have a nice glass of alcoholic drinks with some traditional Italian treats while waiting for dinner time.

Insolito Bar
Address: Via della Stazione Vecchia, 21, 00122 Lido di Ostia RM, Italy


Explore Ostia Beach

We walked from Lido de Ostia back to the hotel but before that, we went to see the sunset at the beach. This was just across the street from our hotel.

Someone was singing Disney songs at the beach which made the experience even better. My husband and I crazily sang with the beat as we watched the sun faded away.


Everything we did on this day was all at close proximity. From the hotel to the train station and checking out the Colosseum. The train station is a walking distance from the hotel to the plaza and the beach too. We weren't tired at all and what' even better is that there are plenty of restaurants around the area.


Saturday, October 26
Flight Day
Hotel to the Airport by Train
4:10 PM - 8:00 PM Flight to US
Home Sweet Home


Short and sweet stopover in Rome. I enjoyed my last day in Italy. Memorable in so many ways.

Have fun and be safe ^__^


Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight, and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/BnB booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs, and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks add up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city/food tours).


Do you want more information about our European adventure?
Check out Travelling to Europe for 2 weeks: Art Class in Paris, France then getting on a Hot air balloon ride at Siena, Italy, and relaxing by the beach at Amalfi, Coast with a side trip to Rome, Italy before flying back home.


Where am I going next?
My next adventure is going back to California. Check out: Survival guide on how to go around the city of Los Angeles, California.


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