Reached Rome at 2200 hrs on 23rd Nov at Roma Termini Station. Our hotel- The Yellow Hostel was 10 minutes walking from Roma Termini station.
Details of Hostel in Rome:
Stay- Five nights (23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th Nov.)
Name- The Yellow Hostel located at Via Palestro, 51, 00185 Roma RM, Italy
Landmark- Near Roma Termini.
Cost per head- Rs 7550 for five night. (Rs 1510 per night). It includes city tax of 3.5 Euro per head per night.
Complimentary breakfast was not provided in this hostel. But hostel had a restaurant which served really good and economical breakfast (approx. 6 Euro per head). The Yellow Hostel in Rome is one of best hostels in Europe. It is better to book this hostel through their website as they offer many discounts (like on alcoholic beverages and food) and free entry to their pub which has daily live performances. Website of the hostel- https://www.the-yellow.com/
This hostel organizes daily activities like city tours and pub crawls.
Day 1 in Rome (24th Nov) -
We decided to take city tour provided by the Yellow Hostel. It is a 4-hour walking tour covering almost all important monuments of Rome. Per head ticket was 22.4 Euros.
More details available on this link- http://theyellowguides.com/romeing-all-over/
Following were the places included in the walking tour- (Entry ticket to any of the monuments was not included in tour.)
Circo Massimo, The Palantine hill, The Aventine hill, The Garden of Oranges, The Mouth of Truth, Forum Boarium, The Theater of Marcellus, The Jewish Ghetto, Largo di Torre Argentina, The Pantheon, Piazza Venezia, Trajans Column, The Roman Forum, The Colosseum.
The Palatine Hill is the centremost of the Seven Hills of Rome and is one of the most ancient parts of the city.
The garden of Oranges is located on the Aventine Hill. The park offers an excellent view of the city.
The Theater of Marcellus- It resembles The Colosseum
Largo di Torre Argentina - It is said that Julius Caesar was killed here.
Pantheon- It is a Roman temple- built during the reign of a Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD)
Piazza Venezia- It is the central hub of Rome in which several important roads intersect.
The guy with curly hair (in the middle) was our guide. He excellently described each and every monument visited in the Rome.
Day 2 in Naples (25th Nov)-
Naples is a city located approx. 225km from Rome. We went to Naples to see the crater of Mount Vesuvius, the still-active volcano that destroyed nearby Roman town Pompeii.
We had booked train tickets to Naples from Rome at 0900 hrs. Duration of the journey was 2 hours. Cost of train tickets was 25.26 Euro (Approx. Rs 1935) for to and fro journey. Reached Napoli Centrale Station at 1100 hrs. From Napoli Centrale Station, its three-stage journey to the top of Mount Vesuvius.
1. Train from Napoli Centrale Station to Ercolano Scavi station- Journey duration was 35min and ticket cost was 4.4 Euro. (Approx. Rs 335) for both to and fro journey. Name of the train was Circumvesuviana railways.
2. Bus from Ercolano Scavi station to the point from where trekking has to be done to reach the mouth of the crater. The cost of bus ticket was 20 Euro per head. ( This included entry to trekking also)
3. Finally, 35 minutes trek to the mouth of the crater.
Ruined City of Pompeii.
Unfortunately, due to clouds we couldn't see the crater. But it was fun doing all the trek. So my suggestion, if you are going to Mount Vesuvius, check out for sunny weather.
We returned back to Rome on the same day by 2130 Hrs.
Day 3 in Rome (26th Nov)-
The Colosseum and The Roman Forum Tour- Both these are must take tour in Rome. It is to be noted that on Day 1 of Rome, we didn't go inside the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Combined entry ticket to both these places was 17.5 Euro per head. (Approx. Rs 1340). We bought the tickets online through this website.
The Colosseum - It is also known as Flavian Amphitheater. It is an oval amphitheater in the center of the city of Rome and could hold approx. 50,000 spectators. It was built in 80 AD and used for gladiatorial contests.
The Roman Forum- It is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings located at the center of the city of Rome. For centuries the Forum was center of day-to-day life in Rome.
Day 4 in Rome (27th Nov)-
A guided tour to Vatican City is a must when in Italy. You will need a complete day for guided Vatican City tour. Nearest metro station to Vatican city is Ottaviano. You can get a direct metro to Ottaviano from Roma Termini. Outside Ottaviano metro station you can ask any guide for a tour of Vatican City. Bargaining can be done for tickets. We got our tickets at 35 Euro (Approx. Rs. 2700) per head from a Pakistani guide.
The guided tour includes a visit to Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.
Sistine Chapel- It is a famous chapel in the Vatican City, best known for Michelangelo's 16th-century painted ceiling. No photography is allowed in Sistine Chapel. The painted ceiling of Sistine Chapel was really mind-blowing. All hard work of painting the ceiling was done by a single person, famous painter and artist, Michelangelo.