Roma the Eternal city and the center of the world for centuries has captured my heart! I’ve just spent the last week in Roma checking out all that it has to offer, which is a lot! Between the Coliseum to the Roman Forum to the Amazing Pantheon to the food to the well more about that in another blog post.
I was originally supposed to be taking off today to Athens Greece but because of a mix up with the airlines, let’s just call it a blessing in disguise 😜 my stay has now been extended and I’m taking full advantage of the extra week I’m off to see southern Italy while I’m here. Dreams of eating Neapolitan pizza and seeing Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii was just too much to pass up. Along with the possibilities to see the beautiful Positano and Amalfi Coast seemed like a far a way dream. Now it’s my reality!
As soon as I decided to stay, I immediately went into research mode looking at hostel prices and train options. If you are in Europe and want to look up trains and pricing go to http://www.goeuro.com which has the best pricing and easiest bookings. Tickets don’t have to be printed and will be sent to your email. So after searching I realized Positano might be out of my backpacker budget but Naples an off the path destination is a cheaper option. From what I read Naples is usually a stop over before heading further south the coastline as most people don’t like the so called dirty or dangerous city vibe. To me that’s the real Italy and hitting some non tourist spots is what traveling full time is all about.
There’s such a difference I’m finding it between southern and northern Italy from the people to the food to the politics and traveling slow, seeing the countryside sounds cool to me. So I booked the slower train which takes 3 hours instead of one but the price was $15 instead of $45-70 for the speed trains. Since I can’t check into my hotel I booked the 8:06 train which arrives at 11:10 in Naples, Perfecto! Then jumped onto Booking.com and booked my accommodation which I found a private room for $28 instead of another hostel which run around $20 on average. It’ll be nice just to have a room to myself for a change and with that price for a 9.4 rated hotel deal I just couldn’t pass it up.
So now I’ve Checked out of hostel New Generation in Roma and headed for the famous Rome Termini about a 10 minute walk and boarded my Train line 13 headed for Naples. We have one stop in a town called Formia where we change trains then on to Napoli and seeing the southern coast. I’m super excited and riding trains or buses through Europe is the way to travel and really see how people live not just in the main tourist cities. I hope this helps if you’re in Italy or looking at exploring this beautiful country. Look out for the more posts about my Italy travels and this Europeon culture tour. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave her below or email me. Next stop Naples, Italy and the Southern Coast. La vida dolce! 🍕🍇🚊🇮🇹
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