April 9, 2015
- 1 pm: bus to NY bus station 42 street (PeterPan $30/person round trip)
- 3 pm: subway to Jamaica metro ($7.75/person)
- 4 pm: air train to JFK airport ($5/ride)
- 5 pm: TSA security check, food at airport
- Starbucks: bagel and drink (less than $5)
- hot dog stand ($4/hot dog)
- 7:30 pm: Boarding time! Italy here we come!
- 10 pm: diner on plane
Reflection: Get food before security check if you have time! After TSA, you’re dealing with $6 for packaged ramen, $4 hot dogs, $14+ 1 entree +2 side take out food, and yelp $$$ cafe/restaurant. Price is more affordable and more selection upstairs before security check.
April 10, 2015 (Milano/Milan):
- 8 am: breakfast on plane
- 10:30 am: arrived in Milano
- 11:30 am: purchase trenti tickets at machines (12 e/person)
- then take M2 urban train (aka subway) to train station (1.50/person)
- 12 pm: ate McDonalds at the train station
- tiny chicken wings! everything is smaller than U.S portions!
- no Wi-Fi (Hotspot available but need to register for an account)
- 2 pm: purchase Trenitalia tickets for between Italy city trains
- Tip: Buy train tickets ahead of time if you want to save money!
- We learned our lesson the hard way.
- 3 pm: walked 20 min to Duomo Di Milano
- Gelato (4 euros)
- Be ware of hustlers trying to take your money! A lot of pigeons are in the plaza area in front of Duomo. People will be friendly and give you corn kettles to feed the pigeons. If you accept, they end up taking pictures of you with your camera. At the end, they will tell you to pay them 20 euros for that. Just don’t make eye contact or decline at the very beginning!
- 5:10 pm: back at the train station. Ate dinner at Wok and Burger King
- Wok: 6.50 for a small take-out box curry chicken
- 6 pm: train via Roma Termini
- 9 pm: arrive in Roma!
April 11, 2015 (Roma/Rome)
- 8:45 am: On route to Borghese Galleria
- 9:30 am: Stop by cafe for cappuccino (drink standing up by counter) and croissant
- 11 am: take train to Vatican
- 11:30 am: sandwiches outside
- try different panini, and food trucks are great!
- we ate at a restaurant with outside seating
- 12:10 pm: Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel, San Pietro
- Vatican museum + sistine chapel: buy tickets ahead of time!
- Tip: this is one of the most worth it tickets that is a must buy ahead of time! Lines were at least 3+ hours that we skipped.
- This is also one of few tickets in Italy where student discounts apply! Take advantage of this even if you’re not a European citizen! Finally!
- 3 pm: St. Peter’s Basillica, Piazzza Nevana, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain
- of course the trevi fountain is under construction when we visit
- 6 pm: Ristoranti Giovani
- You know it’s great when the menu is not in English and waiters know limited English. That means local and authentic Italian food and it’s not geared towards tourists!
- First time trying the restaurant house wine! Wow! 1 Liter for everyone to share!
- 8 pm: corner store for bakery
- being a dessert person, it makes me happy to see all the bakery shops filled with desserts and coffee almost any time I’m craving something
- 9:30 pm: walked around and purchased wine
- surprised at how cheap some bottles of wine are (reminds of two-buck chuck)
- some wine are as cheap as 3 euros but it tastes pretty good!
- tip: bring wine openers in case you buy wine to enjoy! thankfully, our homes provided them or else we wouldn’t have had the chance!
April 12, 2015 (Roma/Rome)
April 13, 2015 (Firenze/Florence)
April 14, 2015 (Firenze/Florence)
April 15, 2015