Bored with my mundane desk job of 12 hours, I have been impatient to go out for a break, but as usual "getting leaves frequently" is a big deal in IT companies in India but I was anyway going to take off.
While I was planning for a solo trip in Turkey, one of my old friend rang me up to ask if I will be interested to join her for a backpacking Euro trip!????????
It was an immediate YES! for my dreamland Europe!
Just the mention of Europe has been enough to make me excited. And why shouldn’t it? With its treasure trove of scenic beauty, rich history, artistic heritage and culinary diversity, it is a dream for almost anyone across the world.
We have drawn out a plan for 11 days starting in September end with Italy as the entry point and France as the exit point.
Route: Mumbai - > Italy - >Austria - > Switzerland - > France- > Mumbai
I have taken Emirates flight from Mumbai to Rome via Dubai at 10.30 PM. It was very tiring journey for me as I and my friend who was joining me in Dubai from Bangalore, started immediately after office on a hectic Friday day! ????
3 Days in Italy: Rome, Naples and Tuscany
We landed at Leonardo DA Vinci International Airport in Fiumicino, Rome, early morning 7:30 AM CET. I was surprised to see such a rush at the airport on a Saturday early morning with slow moving, long queues for emigration check and baggage collection!
Since it is the peak tourist season in Europe, people from different countries flocked in. These months witnesses autumn seasons in Europe and is the best time to visit countries like Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Paris, and the Netherlands.
Fiumicino International Airport is situated 26 kilometers (16 miles) outside Rome, but there are multiple options to travel from airport to Rome Termini, the main railway station in Rome.
There are both buses and trains between the airport and the train station, but most take the express train Leonardo Express, which leaves every half hour in each direction from about 6 in the morning to 11 at night and the tickets cost as of 2019 is €14 per person and the 37-kilometer trip takes about 32 minutes.
A word of caution: Be aware that any offer to help you buy tickets or carry your bags is likely to lead to a demand for money from you or rob you .
Alternatively, you can get a taxi into central Rome by using the taxi stand in front of Fiumicino airport costing about 48 euros. There is a fixed rate for up to four people and their luggage.
A word of caution: Use only authorized taxis (white vehicles with a taximeter) available at the arrivals areas of each terminal.
There are also buses from the airport. The train is quicker, but it's more expensive. The bus also offers a short panoramic tour of some of the main sights of the city (you will go past the Colosseum, at least).
Rome Airport Shuttle, a van service is also available which can take you to your hotel or private address in Rome.
Since we were very tired and had luggages to carry, we decided to take a shared taxi from airport costing us 35 euros for two people. The taxis resemble to the black Mercedes/SUVs with black glasses, reminds you of scenes of Italian mafia from Godfather movie! :)
As we drove past the city, the ancient structure and that quaint Italian houses transfers you to another world.
We have booked an Airbnb named House of Music hosted by Gianmarco, an archaeologist by profession. The place, located in a quite locally called Prenestino was really good, cozy and clean. Our hosts were very friendly and helpful.