Pizza, Gelato, Pasta and Wine are quite possibly 4 of my favorite foods and Italy has PLENTY of all of them. I have been on 2 vacations to Italy and have another planned for 2017. There are so many different cities to visit and I hope to make it to many more in the future but for now, I will detail my experience in Turin & Rome.
Getting there: We flew into the Rome Airport, Fiumicino and took a shuttle from the airport to the hotel. I asked the info booth in the airport where to purchase the ticket for the shuttle and she pointed me in the right direction. I believe it was around 10 euros and they dropped us off right at our hotel.
Stay: Hostel Montestella I’m sure there are much better places to stay than this hostel but, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. We booked the 4 bedroom ensuite, it had bunk beds and was very clean.
Day 1: We spent our first day in Rome wandering around and eating gelato. We visited the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and stumbled upon plenty of gelaterias and monuments. At night we went out in Testaccio, which is the area all the fun night clubs are.
Day 2: I suggest that you sign up for one of the Colosseum tours outside of the Colosseum. It includes your ticket to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum and you don’t have to wait in line to get the tickets! (can be an hour line some days) I believe the tour costs around $50 but it is so worth it, the guides share many interesting stories about ancient Rome. Eat: More gelato
Day 3: Our third day in Rome was a Sunday and we planned to listen to the pope speak at The Vatican. Unfortunately we arrived late but, we were still able to meet some sisters and admire the beauty of the headquarter of the Roman Catholic Church. I would be sure to check the schedule to see if there are any events happening the day you visit. We weren’t able to see The Sistine Chapel because the inside of The Vatican was closed for remodel.
Turin (Torino): I spent about a week in Torino back in 2011. This city has so much to see; amazing architecture, churches and piazzas galore. The most famous building in Torino is the Mole Antonelliana which houses the Museo Nazionale del Cinema (Cinema Museum). Definitely check out the museum, we had so much fun inside!
Getting there: Although Turino does have an airport, it is smaller and pricer to fly to. I flew into Milan and took a train to Turino. You can find out information in the Milan Airport/train station. The main train station in Turino (Porta Nuova) is also the main metro station.
Stay: Hotel Nizza located right next to the Porta Nuova metro stop, this hotel is the perfect location. Breakfast is included and they have 24/7 reception.
Eat: Lots of Pasta & Pizza!
Definitely check out Eataly at the Lingotto metro stop. Eataly not only is an amazing grocery store with a wine cellar (you can fill up your own bottle for 2 euros) but, it also has a restaurant and gelateria. The restaurant has different stations (seafood, cheese, meat, vegetables, pizza and pasta), you can order your food and then find a place to sit. You can also find plenty of authentic Italian souvenirs here like biscotti and pasta.
Drink: Check out Murphy’s Pub, we spent almost every night at this bar. Also, Check out La Rhumerie 18 – we had DELICIOUS cocktails the (pictured below) they also have a heated area where you can sit outside on the street.
Day Trip: If you are looking to get out of the city and see a beautiful castle, rent a car and head up to fort de exiles. The castle itself is stunning and has amazing history. There is also an Olympic museum inside of the castle.
Plans to visit Pisa & Cinque Terra October 2017!