Italy is one of the finest destinations you could ever visit, and I left the country with the whole purpose of returning more sooner than later so I can continue to explore its beautiful regions. For this vacation, I decided to travel to two of the renowned cities: Rome and Milano. Prior to the trip, I had never been to these places before, and I was eager to see by myself what all the fuss was about; I can tell you now with complete confidence that the hype is nothing but the absolute truth.
I traveled by airplane to both destinations and spent four nights in total, two in each city. I first arrived in Rome at night and spent two entire days exploring what the city has to offer; surely it wasn’t enough time. Furthermore, I went to Milano and stayed with a close friend who made sure I had the time of my life and ate the best pizza in town.
Rome was absolutely my favorite city of the entire Europe trip I took that winter. Even though it sounds cliché, it is so renowned for a reason. The first day, I arrived at night, so I only had the chance to eat dinner at a place around the corner from the hotel I was staying in; nonetheless, afterwards I went for a walk through The Vatican City which was beautifully decorated with Christmas ornaments and got to see the Castel Sant’Angelo from the outside.
During my second day I had to fit in a variety of activities since I wasn’t staying for much longer. I went on a tour inside The Vatican City, walked all the way to the Fontana di Trevi and had lunch around the Pantheon, where I took a walking tour. I strongly recommend taking these tours, which you can either book in advance or find people who are working in these at the specific site; if you don’t, you may miss out on the story behind each place.
The last day, during the morning, before heading to the airport, I went on a last tour at The Colosseum, one of the most important and imponent buildings in the world.
I wish I had stayed longer so I didn’t have to run around and get to enjoy each place at a slower pace.
Milano is an amazing city and again, the time I had stipulated to spend there was certainly not enough. I arrived at night and my friend was waiting for me at her apartment. Since it was so late, I only had time eat the best delivery pizza I have ever had before going out to The Club at Milano. The party was amazing, and we all had a blast until 4:00 am when it was time to leave the club and sleep for a while.
Even after our greatest attempts, we terribly failed to get up early in the morning, so we had to fit in everything we expected to visit in a reduced time frame. We went the Duomo di Milano and walked around Galleria Vittorio. Even though because of the time, we didn’t have the chance to go in, we also visited the outside of Pinacoteca di Brera, an outstanding art gallery.
Q & A
What would you have changed?For future trips, I would really like to compare airplane travel with the train since it seems to work perfectly fine and be even cheaper than most flights.
Tips you would give a friend?Don't underestimate the time you should spend in each place; you'll end up regretting not staying longer.
Packing tips?Try packing as lightly as possible if you're planning on moving around as much as I did.
Transportation Tips?Public transportation isn't the best in my experience. Try walking! It is the best way to get to know each place.
Any surprises?Nightlife is amazing in either city! Restaurants, bars and of course night clubs are open until very late.
Booking details?Try comparing Airbnbs and hotel prices. Remember location is super important since you'll be walking most of the time.