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The perfect 2 days in Florence – Tips and What to do

So after going around Italy for a few days, we finally get to Florence and I can confidently say that Florence is one of my favorites so far. Our whole trip was 3 weeks long, and if I would’ve known how much we were going to like Florence, we would’ve definitely stayed a bit longer. Of course, in two days you won’t be able to see everything, but you will definitely be able to enjoy the highlights of this city with no rush. You can actually read my First Time in Europe to learn more about my whole trip and all the other places we visited. 

Florence is also a great base city if you are planning to travel to Pisa for a day, which is what we did. As well as some other towns that are less than two hours away. Sienna is another town that you are able to travel to from here. Next time I visit Florence, because I will definitely be back, I will be taking a day or two to visit Sienna, and of course to spend more time in beautiful Florence.

If you are going during high season, keep in mind that most places will be super crowded, so expect to find long lines. We went in mid November, so it wasn’t too crowded, but it was a bit colder than expected. You do have the option to purchase a City Pass to skip some of the lines.


Day 1

Ponte Vecchio Views

We arrived in Florence by train from Naples after visiting the Amalfi Coast. We got there pretty late so I won’t be counting this as our first day.

David

The next morning, we had a quick breakfast that was provided by the Hotel. We didn’t waste any time, and started our route right away. We started our route visiting the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s David. If you only visit one museum in Florence, make it the Academy. We had purchased skip the line tickets, which weren’t really needed for the season that we went. There was no line. You can also choose a tour to walk you around the Gallery. We chose not to at this point. It wasn’t crowded so we had time to walk around and enjoy the art. After doing the obligatory gawking at the David, we walked a few more minutes and continued with our exploring.

From here we walked to the Piazza San Marco, where you’ll find the Museo San Marco and the Basilica. We spent a few minutes inside the Basilica, but opted out of visiting the Museum.

San Marco Bas

The Mercato Centrale was just a few minutes from here so we decided to head there. I have to say that this was the most organized market I have ever seen. It has become one of the most popular tourist market in the city. Here you will be able to find everything you are looking for. From the best leather you could find, to tasting pasta, pastries, vegetables, cheese, wine, and more.

After spending quite some time here, buying souvenirs and tasting some of the amazing food, we headed to the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, which is where the famous Duomo is situated, the Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistry. But before getting there, we passed by the Medici Chapel. We sat down outside for a few minutes to have a quick-lunch that we had prepared.

Once arriving at the Cathedral, it was just beautiful. This is the most iconic sight of the city. We went inside the Cathedral, but you also have the choice of walking up the stairs. We opted out of that one because a few of my family members have heart problems, and you aren’t able to go up if you do. It is over 450 steps, so you could only imagine. But you can get some amazing views of Florence from here. We spent quite some time here, just walking around, and even tried one of the local pizzerias in this area.

San Maria Plaza

We continued our walk and found ourselves at the Piazza Della Signoria, where you can find a replica of the David, the Fountain Neptune, among other amazing statues.

Piazza de la signoria

Our walk then lead us to the Ponte Vecchio, last remaining original bridge,. We walked along the river back to our hotel and had dinner at  a restaurant that was close by.


Day 2

We started our second day a bit later this time. We spent some time enjoying our breakfast before heading on our exploring ventures. This time around, we decided to take our time walking to our next destination, we wanted to enjoy the beautiful city. We even made a quick stop at a local vegan restaurant to try their smoothies.

Our first destination for the day was the Boboli gardens. This is a peaceful outdoor space in the city. You do have to pay to enter but it is definitely worth it. You get one of the most amazing views over the city and some beautiful tree-shaded paths. It is also a great spot to stop for a while and just enjoy. Take a picnic, read a good book and relax. We definitely took our time walking the garden, a few hours to be exact.

By the time we were done enjoying ourselves there, we were hungry again. So we decided to walk down the Ponte Vecchio and enjoyed some of the local pizza and Gelato. Be aware that the prize might be a bit higher around this area.

Spend some time exploring and prepare to discover hidden gems. You can then end your day at Piazzale Michelangelo, which is also another great spot for beautiful views of Florence. It’s a bit of a long walk there, so you can take a taxi or the bus. Aim for the sunset views.

We the headed back to the hotel to prepare our bags since we had an early train the next day to Pisa and La Spezia/Cinque Terre.

Watch this video to see more of our trip to Florence.


What you should know about your visit to Florence:

Tip # 1: Visit during slow season. We were able to enjoy a lot because we didn’t have to wait in long lines to go into these places. We visited in November, which was a bit colder than expected, but I hear that late September/October, or late March/April are great times to visit as well, less traffic and good weather. Also, keep in mind that things may cost you more when you go during summer time.

Tip # 2: Do not squeeze too many things in. Florence is a great place to get lost in, walking around through and enjoying the views.

Tip # 3: Prepare snacks. We bought tons of coffee and hot chocolate during our walks because it was super cold, but they were so delicious that we didn’t mind the extra expenses. However, do prepare some snacks and water for when you are out. This will save you tons because it will help you avoid buying something to eat in every corner. Enjoy the local food, of course. We tried to always get a hotel that included breakfast, and prepared something for lunch, so that all we had to really sit down for was dinner. We also waited to ask the locals what they recommended for us to eat, instead of looking for restaurants online.

Tip # 4: Like I mentioned at the beginning, look for a place to stay that is close to the train station, so that you don’t have to walk around much with your bags. Get familiar with the map of the area you’ll be staying in and places you’ll be visiting.

Tip # 5: It is also recommended that you contact your Bank before leaving, to let them know that you will be making purchases in a different country so that they don’t block your card. Also, ask if they charge you for using your card, if they have any fees, to see if its more convenient to only use cash. You should still carry a certain amount in cash.

Tip # 6: Try to purchase your tickets early, and when I say early, I really mean early. We bought our plane tickets almost a year ahead of time, and the train tickets we purchased months in advanced. Trust me, this will help you save A LOT.

Tip # 7: The TripAdvisor app was a big help before and during our trip. In finding where to stay, where to eat, and even the places to visit. Also, we purchased a lot of the things we needed for our trip, like our Travel Power Adapter, through Amazon.

Tip # 8: Lastly, although it wasn’t such a big problem here, be aware of pickpockets, or people asking you to sign anything, to look at something. Keep your bags tight while walking or taking the train or escalators.


Ponte Vecchio SittingLike I said, there is always more to see, so just do some more research and see what else you would be interested in. But take your time to enjoy Florence. You can visit the Uffizi Gallery, as well as the other museums, churches, and palaces. 

Well, I hope that this itinerary and tips for Florence help you during your next visit. And if you do follow it, or take any tips from here, please write me. I want to know how it went for you. Don’t forget to read my Europe Trip post to read more about my whole trip and the other places we visited in Europe. Who knows, maybe you follow our same 3 week route.

One of the main things I loved about Florence, other than its amazing views, the architecture, fashion, culture, and loving people, was that everything is within a few minutes walk. So I highly recommend to ditch any plans you may have of using the bus, or car, unless you’re not able to walk for long periods of time. It is such a beautiful small city.

I will definitely be coming back to Florence. There are tons of things we didn’t have time to see, and I would love to visit.

Florence Day 2


Here are the recommended Itineraries for my trip:

3 Day Trip to Paris France – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Venice – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Rome – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Naples – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Amalfi Coast – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Florence – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Pisa – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Cinque Terre – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Nice, France – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Barcelona – Tips and What to do

One day on the Amalfi Coast – Tips and What to do.

Amalfi coast – one of Italy’s most desirable coastal areas. It is just an hour away from chaotic Naples. If you are traveling to Naples and want to spend One Day on the Amalfi Coast, then this itinerary will help you out.

Our trip was about 3 weeks, and of course, the Amalfi Coast had to be in it. Read my First Trip to Europe post to learn more about my whole trip and all the other places we visited in Europe.

If you read my previous post about our stay in Naples, we decided to stay there as the stop before heading on our tour to the coast. This was a great choice because we were able to enjoy both places.

Although we visited in mid November and the temperature was a bit cold, we still enjoyed the breathtaking views. The best time to visit is during the summer, but try to avoid between June and August because it can get a bit crowded. May or late September might be a better time.


One day Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi coast is a coastal stretch on the Sorrentine Peninsula. We decided to visit this beautiful area with a private tour. Our tour guide was amazing, his name was Giovanni and he explained everything in amazing details. He took us all around the area. However, if you are not taking a tour and are coming from Naples, you have the choice to the train at Napoli Central or you can also be adventurous and rent a car, but keep in mind that you might get lost.

We made our first stop in Sorrento. It is located on the very steep cliff and overlooks the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. We walked around the winding streets of the historic part and grabbed a hot chocolate and cappuccino.

We continued our journey and made it to Positano. You can take the bus here, ferry lines, or again, take a tour or rent a car. Either way you’ll enjoy an exclusive view of the beautiful sea and villas.

Positano is mostly known to be the most beautiful town of the coast, with its colorful houses and villas. We made a stop here and walked around its streets. You can also visit some of the galleries and shops.

Our next stop was Amalfi town. It is the largest town of the coast. Wonder around its busy streets and find a place to enjoy something quick to eat. We enjoyed some delicious sandwiches and of course, some gelato. We also tried limoncello, which is a locally made lemon liqueur.

We then started heading back to our hotel since we had to leave to FLORENCE by train, but we continued to enjoy the beautiful sunset views from the coast, before getting on the highway. There are many small towns in between which can also be a great option for your stay or to make a quick stop. Some of these may be cheaper and less crowded during peak times.

If you are going during warmer days, don’t forget to have a swim in the Mediterranean. Positano could be the best stop for this. It can get a bit crowded, but I hear it is a great beach and the further you swim from the coast, the more beautiful it gets. I am definitely making another trip here during the summer.

Watch this video to enjoy some more of the beautiful Amalfi Coast views.


Some extra tips for visiting Amalfi Coast.

Tip # 1: Be aware of pickpockets, especially around tourist attractions. This wasn’t too much of a problem for us since we were mostly in the car, but if you are riding the bus or train, keep your bags tight, or in the front if possible.

Tip # 2: Visit during slow season. We visited in November, which was a bit colder than expected, but I hear that late October, or late March are great times to visit as well, less traffic and good weather. Prices are also lower.

Tip # 3: Leave some space for spontaneous things.

Tip # 4: Enjoy the local food, of course. We got a hotel that included breakfast, and prepared something for lunch, so that all we had to really sit down for was dinner. But enjoy the delicious sweet treats you’ll find during your walks. We also waited to ask the locals what they recommended for us to eat, instead of looking for restaurants online.

Tip # 5: Look for a place to stay that is close to the transportation. Get familiar with the map of the area you’ll be staying in and places you’ll be visiting. Get familiar with the routes.

Tip # 6: It is also recommended that you contact your Bank before leaving, to let them know that you will be making purchases in a different country so that they don’t block your card. Also, ask if they charge you for using your card, if they have any fees, to see if its more convenient to only use cash. You should still carry a certain amount in cash.

Tip # 7: Try to purchase your tickets early, and when I say early, I really mean early. We bought our plane tickets almost a year ahead of time, and the train tickets (trains from city to city, not the local trains) we purchased months in advanced. Same with the place you’ll be staying and any tours that you will be doing. Trust me, this will help you save A LOT. Buy a bus ticket in advance because you won’t be able to purchase one at the bus. Check out the bus times as well. You don’t want to miss the last one and stay stranded in a town.

Tip # 8: The TripAdvisor app was a big help before and during our trip. In finding where to stay, where to eat, and even the places to visit. Also, we purchased a lot of the things we needed for our trip, like our Travel Power Adapter, through Amazon.


Leaveing amalfiIn conclusion, we loved the Amalfi coast. The views left us speechless and the food was amazing. This is a must visit location. Like I said earlier, I am definitely making another trip here during a warmer season.

Well, I hope that this itinerary and tips for The Amalfi Coast help you during your next visit. And if you do follow it, or take any tips from here, please write me. I want to know how it went for you. Don’t forget to read my Europe Trip post to read more about my whole trip and the other places we visited in Europe. Who knows, maybe you follow our same 3 week route.

Get ready to take lots and lots of picture at every single stop you make in the beautiful towns.

Positano


Here are the recommended Itineraries for my trip:

3 Day Trip to Paris France – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Venice – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Rome – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Naples – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Amalfi Coast – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Florence – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Pisa – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Cinque Terre – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Nice, France – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Barcelona – Tips and What to do

One day in Naples – Tips and What to do

Naples, Italy (Napoli) is a very chaotic and artistic city. It is one of the largest and oldest city in Italy. There are many monuments to see here, electrifying street life and the best pizza in Italy.

Our trip was about 3 weeks, and to be honest, Naples almost didn’t make it to the cut. Read my full experience on my First Time in Europe post to learn more about my whole trip and all the other places we visited in Europe.

But again, I’ll be honest, Naples was not on my list of places to visit. The plan was to stop here to take our tour to the Amalfi Coast, but something told us to stay here in Naples for at least a day, to enjoy the city. I’m glad we did. You’ll be able to enjoy the southern charm and get the real vibe of the city in even just a day.


One Day Itinerary

We arrived in Naples by train from Rome a little before lunch time. We got there by train and chose a hotel that was 2 mins walking. We left our bags there and immediately started on the hunt for the best pizza.

Train to Naples

Naples is another city which is excellent for walking around. Almost everything was within a 10-15 minute walk from each other. It was a great way to spend the afternoon. We started by walking the Old Town admiring all of the patisseries, souvenir shops and historical buildings.

Walking NaplesFrom there we passed by the Cathedral of Naples, which was built in Gothic Style but reconstructed in other architectural styles over the centuries.

We continued our walk and passed by the Napoli Sotterranea. As you may now know, many Italian cities are actually build on previously existing underground cities, Naples is not the exception. The day we visited was raining, so we decided to skip this one, but if you are going to take a look, prepare for a 90 minute exploration.

We then made a stop at Sorbillo’s to order the original Napoli Pizza. We tried 4 different types of their pizza and they were all delicious. When you do visit, prepare for a long wait to sit down. We decided to order delivery because the wait was a lot shorter. But if you don’t mind the wait, and would like to have the full experience, you can wait and just enjoy the views and mingle with the locals.

Like I had mentioned before, it was raining on the day of our visit, so the roads were a bit slippery and the weather was getting super cold (we visited in mid November), plus some of us were starting to get sick. So we decided to head back to our hotel after this, and enjoyed some of Napoli’s best coffee.

However, there are tons of other things you can do in Napoli. You can check out the Gesu Nuovo church which is covered in beautiful pyramid shapes that make a great visual experience. You can also explore the Ancient Art at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, which is said to be the most impressive one in the city. You can also visit the Castles. There are many castles in Naples, however there are two that are really worth a visit. Castel dell’Ovo, which is the oldest one, and Castel Nuovo which overlooks the port. Checking only the exterior of the castles is still a great thing to do. You can then spend the night at Piazza Bellini before heading back to your hotel. There are some really nice bars and restaurants in this area.

Now, if you have an extra day, don’t forget to visit Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius. Although we didn’t visit the actual place, we were lucky enough that our tour guide for the Amalfi Coast took us through the city and showed us the views from far away. If you are visiting the actual city though, you will need to get a local train or arrange a tour.


Some extra tips for visiting Naples.

Tip # 1: Naples is a bit sketchy. So be aware of pickpockets, especially around tourist attractions. Keep your bags tight, or in the front if possible, while walking around.

Tip # 2: Visit during slow season. We visited in November, which was a bit colder than expected, but I hear that late September/October, or late March/April are great times to visit as well, less traffic and good weather.

Tip # 3: Do not squeeze too many things in. If you have the time, great. Do it! But leave some space for spontaneous things.

Tip # 4: Enjoy the local food, of course. We got a hotel that included breakfast, and prepared something for lunch, so that all we had to really sit down for was dinner. But enjoy the delicious sweet treats you’ll find during your walk. We also waited to ask the locals what they recommended for us to eat, instead of looking for restaurants online.

Tip # 5: Look for a place to stay that is close to the train station (if you are going from city to city). Get familiar with the map of the area you’ll be staying in and places you’ll be visiting. Get familiar with the metro routes.

Tip # 6: It is also recommended that you contact your Bank before leaving, to let them know that you will be making purchases in a different country so that they don’t block your card. Also, ask if they charge you for using your card, if they have any fees, to see if its more convenient to only use cash. You should still carry a certain amount in cash.

Tip # 7: Try to purchase your tickets early, and when I say early, I really mean early. We bought our plane tickets almost a year ahead of time, and the train tickets (trains from city to city, not the local trains) we purchased months in advanced. Same with the place you’ll be staying and any tours that you will be doing. Trust me, this will help you save A LOT.

Tip # 8: The TripAdvisor app was a big help before and during our trip. In finding where to stay, where to eat, and even the places to visit. Also, we purchased a lot of the things we needed for our trip, like our Travel Power Adapter, through Amazon.


In conclusion, I’m glad we visited Naples although we didn’t get to visit all of its amazing places. The pizza was amazing, and yes it was a little crazy outside, but this grittiness of the city gave it its character.

Well, I hope that this itinerary and tips for Naples help you during your next visit. And if you do follow it, or take any tips from here, please write me. I want to know how it went for you. Don’t forget to read my Europe trip post to read more about my whole trip and the other places we visited in Europe. Who knows, maybe you follow our same 3 week route.

So get ready to walk around the city and enjoy some of the best historic buildings and Pizza you’ve ever had.

Naples


Here are the recommended Itineraries for my trip:

3 Day Trip to Paris France – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Venice – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Rome – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Naples – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Amalfi Coast – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Florence – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Pisa – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Cinque Terre – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Nice, France – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Barcelona – Tips and What to do

All roads lead to Rome (2 Day Trip) – Tips and what to do.

The architecture, the colors, the history. These are the main things that called my attention in Rome. Obviously two days isn’t enough to explore this whole city, but you can definitely get a lot done. This was our third stop from our 3 Week Europe trip. So here’s my 2 Day Rome itinerary.

Now, like I mentioned, Rome is an amazing city, but it is also exhausting. There is so much to do here, must see museums, churches, monuments, and piazzas. We had two full days but three nights in Rome. So we were able to tackle a few things our first night, but those are things that you can still fit into your 2 day itinerary.

For Rome, you’ll need to make sure that you are prepared and organized for an exhausting, but exhilarating, two days! Make sure that you don’t waste any of your time. Make sure you also get an early start. Also, it would help if you freshen up on your Roman History before your visit. It will make you appreciate things a lot more. 


Night 1

We arrived in Rome in the afternoon but train from Venice. Our hotel was right across the station, although I wouldn’t even recommend it. My dad made the mistake of not reading the reviews while booking this hotel, therefore we ended up with a really bad one. All of the buildings in Rome are old, so make sure you do your research when booking your stay.

Since it was a bit late by the time we got there, we decided to leave the itinerary open and see what we were able to do. We left the hotel and walked to a restaurant, not too close, to grab some dinner. The food was delicious.

We had a few hours to explore, so we decided to visit a few spots. Our first stop was the famous Spanish Steps. Since it was late at night, and we visited in November, it was completely empty, which worked out perfectly.

Spanish Steps

We then walked to the Trevi fountain since it wasn’t a long walk from there. Wow! What a beautiful fountain. Definitely take a few minutes to toss a coin and sit around while you enjoy the view.

Trevi Fountain

These two places you can definitely add them to any of your other days, either at night or when you have a few extra hours to explore. But since we had the first night, that’s why we decided to get them out of the way.


Day 1

rome-breakfast.jpgFor our first full day in Rome, we had purchased a tour at the Colosseum. This took us all morning, so we didn’t schedule anything for until after lunch time. We had our quick breakfast from our hotel and headed straight there. This tour included a walk around the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. The tour is very touristy, but the views and all the information you’ll learn is incredible. I was in awe the whole time during this tour. Definitely worth it, if that’s your thing.

From there, we walked down to the Pantheon, admiring the multiple churches around Piazza Venezia. We had prepared a quick lunch for the road, so we had it while walking there. We went in for a couple of minutes and sat down to admire the architecture.

Pantheon

Piazza NavonaWe continued our route by walking to Piazza Navona, where you’ll see Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers, and ended by Campo di Fiori. You may leave the market for another day when you can visit during the day and purchase snacks. We had finished early, so it was still light out. We enjoyed a quick sandwich here before heading to our hotel.

If you still have energy after all that walking, we chose to walk but you can also take the local train or Uber, then you can go ahead and explore the city at night, or visit the places we did during our first night.


Day 2

Rome day 2

On our second day, we decided to visit the Vatican Museums first. We had also purchased tickets to visit the location, therefore we were able to skip the lines. This place was amazing. Soooo many things to see here.

Take your time looking around at all the amazing art, while you make your way through the Sistine Chapel. You are not able to take pictures in here, but let me just tell you that the ceiling is breathtaking.

After finishing our tour in the Vatican museums, we had our pre-made lunch and made our way to the St. Peter’s Piazza, where you’ll find the St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world. We opted not to go in because of the long line that it had, but if you’re up for it, you can wait in line while having your lunch. Wednesdays is usually their busiest days, we went on a Wednesday, so you may not have that problem when you visit. 

A few steps from there is the Castle St. Angelo. You can get a great view of the St. Peter’s Piazza while you make your way there. There is a charge to go in, so we also opted out of this one. But if you have the time, definitely go for it.

By this time, we were exhausted, so we decided to head back to the hotel and order pizza from a nearby restaurant. We had an early train to Naples the next morning, so we also took this time to prepare our bags.

Watch this video of my trip, it includes a few more clips from the visit.


What you should know about your visit to Rome:

Tip # 1: Visit during slow season. We were able to enjoy a lot because we didn’t have to wait in long lines to go into these places. We visited in November, which was a bit colder than expected, but I hear that late September/October, or late March/April are great times to visit as well, less traffic and good weather. Also, keep in mind that things may cost you more when you go during summer time.

Tip # 2: Do not squeeze too many things in. If you have the time, great. Do it! But if you are going during peak season, or won’t be purchasing any tours, then try to schedule your time for transportation. Also, leave some space for spontaneous things.

Tip # 3: Prepare snacks. Prepare some snacks and water for when you are out. Try to purchase them at markets near your hotel. This will save you tons because it will help you avoid buying something to eat in every corner. Do enjoy the local food, of course. We tried to always get a hotel that included breakfast, and prepared something for lunch, so that all we had to really sit down for was dinner. We were able to save money and time this way. We also waited to ask the locals what they recommended for us to eat, instead of looking for restaurants online.

Tip # 4: Look for a place to stay that is close to the train station (if you are going from city to city), or local metro for easier transportation and less walking. Get familiar with the map of the area you’ll be staying in and places you’ll be visiting. Get familiar with the metro routes.

Tip # 5: It is also recommended that you contact your Bank before leaving, to let them know that you will be making purchases in a different country so that they don’t block your card. Also, ask if they charge you for using your card, if they have any fees, to see if its more convenient to only use cash. You should still carry a certain amount in cash.

Tip # 6: Try to purchase your tickets early, and when I say early, I really mean early. We bought our plane tickets almost a year ahead of time, and the train tickets (trains from city to city, not the local trains) we purchased months in advanced. Same with the place you’ll be staying and any tours that you will be doing. Trust me, this will help you save A LOT. We all know that the prices go up as you get closer to the time of the trip. There are also tickets in each place that allow you to skip the lines at most of the museums.

Tip # 7: The TripAdvisor app was a big help before and during our trip. In finding where to stay, where to eat, and even the places to visit. Also, we purchased a lot of the things we needed for our trip, like our Travel Power Adapter, through Amazon.

Tip # 8: The places that will take you the longest time are Vatican Museums/Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum/Roman Forum. Try to make these the first places you visit during each day.

Tip # 9: Lastly, be aware of pickpockets, or people asking you to sign anything, to look at something. Keep your bags tight while walking or taking the train or escalators.


There is always more to see, so just do some more research and see what else you would be interested in. But take your time to enjoy Rome. Since we went during fall/winter time, it was a bit cold and muddy since it kept raining. However, the views were still breathtaking.

Well, I hope that this itinerary and tips for Rome help you during your next visit. And if you do follow it, or take any tips from here, please write me. I want to know how it went for you. Don’t forget to read my Europe Trip post to read more about my whole trip and the other places we visited in Europe. Who knows, maybe you follow our same 3 week route.

Get ready for lots of walking, lots of learning and lots of food! Enjoy!

St Petters Piazza me


Here are the recommended Itineraries for my trip:

3 Day Trip to Paris France – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Venice – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Rome – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Naples – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Amalfi Coast – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Florence – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Pisa – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Cinque Terre – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Nice, France – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Barcelona – Tips and What to do

My trip to Venice, Italy (2 day visit) – Tips and what to do.

Beautiful Venice! This was our second stop during our 3 Week Trip To Europe. You may be asking, is two days in Venice enough? The answer to that is, Yes! We arrived here determined to discover the most authentic Venice we could, in only two days. And that’s exactly what we did.

Now, when booking your train to get to Venice, make sure that you purchase it for the right stop. There are two train stations in Venice. The first one on the main land (Venice Mestre) and the other is on the island (Santa Lucia). If you are staying on the island, or want to visit, the second one is the one you should book it for.

Venice Day 1

Once you arrive at the train station, you are at the Grand Canal. I have to say, finally seeing the dream-like canals of Venice was a dream come true. There are tons of taxi boat options that can take you close to your stop, or you could walk. However, if you have heavy bags, this may not be the best options. We were that group with the big bags, but thankfully our hotel was right next to the stop and we didn’t have to walk much.

We arrived at the hotel very early, so we left our bags there and went out to explore the island. Google maps was our best friend during our stay. So make sure you have a phone carrier that will allow you to have unlimited internet connection. But don’t be afraid to get lost here. Just grab a gelato when you do and find a place where you can restore your connection and route.


Day 1

So like I mentioned earlier, we arrived pretty early to Venice from Paris, which allowed us to start our exploring time the same day. We walked around looking for some lunch, so we stopped for a quick pizza. Right across the street we found some gelato. Don’t worry about looking up the best spots, at least we didn’t, because you will find Pizza and Gelato everywhere.

We chose to leave this as a free day to just explore, so we walked around the allies. Some of them may lead to a dead-end, the canal, or some pretty nice boutiques. Take this time to purchase any souvenirs.

Our first day in Venice was actually my dad’s birthday, so we decided to go back to the hotel to change for a nice dinner. We had an amazing dinner at Trattoria Bar Pontini. The food was delicious, of course. After this, you could walk around to find local bars for some tapas and wine.


Day 2

On our second day, it was go time. We woke up ready to walk and explore. We started our morning with breakfast at the hotel. Most restaurants do not offer breakfast, so we were thankful that our hotel included it.venice-breakfast.jpg

Our first stop for the day was the Basilica Dei Frari. There was a service going on at the time, therefore we couldn’t walk in.

Basilica del Frari

We continued walking and found ourselves at the Ponte dell’ Accademia. The views from here were breathtaking. Take your time walking around and enjoy the free galleries and boutiques.

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Then our route took us to the Piazza San Marco. This is the main square in Venice. The area is extremely crowded during the summer, but it was perfect for the time we visited. This place is magical though. Here you will find live bands and tons of restaurants. As for the Basilica, it is free to go in but you may find a long line during peak season. Again, since we went in November, there wasn’t a long line for us. You will need to be dressed appropriately to be able to walk in. Pictures are not allowed inside. At the Piazza, we decided to sit down and eat our quick lunch that we had prepared earlier.

After walking to the Rialto Bridge, we decided to take a Gondola ride. The prices area bit expensive, but how can you go to Venice and not get on a Gondola? Tons of people opt to not do it and decide to take a taxi boat which also takes you around the whole island. But again, how can you not get on a Gondola? lol.

Gondola

Once we got back to the Bridge, we decided to just continue getting lost walking through the galleries and stores. We waited until it was dinner time and headed to Rossopomodoro. This is said to be one of the best Pizzas of Venice. Needless to say, it was delicious. We then headed back to our hotel to prepare our bags because we had an early train to Rome.

Watch this video of my trip, it includes a few more clips from the visit.


What you should know about your visit to Venice:

Tip # 1: Visit during slow season. We were able to enjoy a lot because we didn’t have to wait in long lines to go into these places. We visited in November, which was a bit colder than expected, but I hear that late September/October, or late March/April are great times to visit as well, less traffic and good weather. Also, keep in mind that things may cost you more when you go during summer time.

Tip # 2: Do not squeeze too many things in. Venice is a great place to get lost in, walking around through the alleys and enjoying the views.

Tip # 3: Prepare snacks. We bought tons of coffee and hot chocolate during our walks because it was super cold, but they were so delicious that we didn’t mind the extra expenses. However, do prepare some snacks and water for when you are out. This will save you tons because it will help you avoid buying something to eat in every corner. Do enjoy the local food, of course. We tried to always get a hotel that included breakfast, and prepared something for lunch, so that all we had to really sit down for was dinner. We also waited to ask the locals what they recommended for us to eat, instead of looking for restaurants online.

Tip # 4: Like I mentioned at the beginning, look for a place to stay that is close to the train station. Get familiar with the map of the area you’ll be staying in and places you’ll be visiting.

Tip # 5: It is also recommended that you contact your Bank before leaving, to let them know that you will be making purchases in a different country so that they don’t block your card. Also, ask if they charge you for using your card, if they have any fees, to see if its more convenient to only use cash. You should still carry a certain amount in cash.

Tip # 6: Try to purchase your tickets early, and when I say early, I really mean early. We bought our plane tickets almost a year ahead of time, and the train tickets we purchased months in advanced. Trust me, this will help you save A LOT.

Tip # 7: The TripAdvisor app was a big help before and during our trip. In finding where to stay, where to eat, and even the places to visit. Also, we purchased a lot of the things we needed for our trip, like our Travel Power Adapter, through Amazon.

Tip # 8: Lastly, be aware of pickpockets, or people asking you to sign anything, to look at something. Keep your bags tight while walking or taking the train or escalators.


There is always more to see, so just do some more research and see what else you would be interested in. But take your time to enjoy Venice. Since we went during fall/winter time, it was a bit cold and foggy. However, the views were still breathtaking. If you go when it is a little warmer, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful colors on the buildings.

I’m not sure if it is necessary to even add that by the end of our visit we had fallen in love with this historic city. From the beautiful canals, the warm locals and incredible food, everything was amazing. It was a short stay, but it was great. Venice was actually one of my favorite destinations on the trip.

Well, I hope that this itinerary and tips for Venice help you during your next visit. And if you do follow it, or take any tips from here, please write me. I want to know how it went for you. Don’t forget to read my Europe Trip post to read more about my whole trip and the other places we visited in Europe. Who knows, maybe you follow our same 3 week route.

So get ready for lots and lots of walking, going up and down a few stairs for the bridges, tons of gelato, pizza, and of course, amazing views.

Venice Day 2


Here are the recommended Itineraries for my trip:

3 Day Trip to Paris France – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Venice – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Rome – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Naples – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Amalfi Coast – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Florence – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Pisa – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Cinque Terre – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Nice, France – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Barcelona – Tips and What to do

My first time in Paris (3 day visit) – Tips and what to do.

Oh, Paris! This was my first time visiting and I have to say that I loved it. Our trip was about 3 weeks, but we only spent a few days in Paris. Although that’s not much, this time was more than enough to see this beautiful city. Read my first trip to Europe post to learn more about my whole trip and all the other places we visited in Europe.

But Paris definitely caught my eye. With its beautiful buildings, the people, THE FOOD! Oh My!! It was delicious. I loved everything about it. It was our first stop during our whole trip, and it was a great way to start it.

Now, you are more than welcome to follow the same itinerary we did, or you can adjust anything necessary. There are tons of places we didn’t visit, therefore you can swap a few of those. But I have to say, everything was beautiful. Also, keep in mind that you should go by the location where you decide to stay. So first look for the place you’ll be staying in, then create your itinerary based on this.

So, first things first, where should you stay? We decided to stay at an AirBnB. We were a big group, therefore we thought it would benefit us that way. We didn’t stay too close to the main locations, but we did stay near a metro station so it was easy to get to any place we wanted. Although Uber is also available anytime. Our place was great, very comfortable. Since they didn’t include breakfast, we bought a few items at a nearby market to prepare.


Day One

Arrived in Paris

We arrived to Paris in the afternoon at around 3-4pm. We had ordered a company to pick us up from the airport, but you do have the option of taking a taxi, train, or ordering an Uber. Make sure you know ahead of time the type of transportation you want to take during your stay, so that you know their route. We used Google Maps a lot during our visit, so make sure you have a carrier that will allow you to have internet connection.

pizza.jpgWe got to our apartment and settled in. Since we got there a bit late during the day, we knew we weren’t going to have time to do much, so we decided to leave the itinerary open. We went to get dinner by the Montparnasse Tower, and after took an Uber to the Eiffel Tower. This was the perfect way to start our trip, seeing the Eiffel Tower at night. It was very romantic, as you could already imagine.

Paris Day 1 Eiffel Tower


Day Two

If you are getting to Paris at an earlier time, then I suggest you start your itinerary here, or leave this for a full day. But what better way to start than with some of Paris’ best known sights. For this day, we had bought the Big Bus passes, which takes you to most of these locations. It is also a great way to visit most of these known places without having to purchase your own transportation between each. You have the chance to get on and off as many times as you’d like. There are other companies too, but we chose this one. We started our tour at the Palais Garnier, which was close to the ticket pickup office. We didn’t have the chance to go in, but it was still beautiful to see from the outside.

Paris Palais Garnier

The Big Bus has two different routes, Blue and Red. We decided to start with the Blue one since it was shorter. We got on and the first thing we passed was the Moulin Rouge and continued until arriving near La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre, the highest part in Paris. Get ready to climb up lots of stairs to reach the Basilique and to enjoy a beautiful view of Paris. This was one of my favorite views while in Paris. You aren’t allowed to take pictures inside, but I still recommend going in.

After this, we went back down to the bus stop, this was around lunch time so we decided to grab a quick sandwich before heading back on our tour. From here we took the Bus back to the first stop to switch to the Red Line. We didn’t make any other stops on the Blue One, but if you have more time, you can definitely do so.

The first stop on the Red Line was the Notre-Dame. The bus passed by the Louvre but we didn’t make the stop on this day. For the Notre-Dame Cathedral it is free to go in, but it does have a charge if you want to go up. If you are going in the summer time, it may be a long line to get in. We were there in the fall, therefore it was super quick to get in. This place is definitely worth a visit in my opinion.

From there, we took the bus to the Arc of Triomphe. Lots of people decide to climb to the top here to get a great view of Paris, you can do the same, but we decided to skip it since we had previously done so at the Basilique.

Our next stop was the Trocadero. Wow, what an amazing place for even more views of Paris and a great place to take the iconic pictures with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

We decided to leave this as our last stop from the bus, since we had purchased tickets for a boat ride along the Seine river. This is also a great alternative to see the city. I recommend doing it at sunset!

CrepeSince we had done a lot already, we decided to grab something quick to eat and head back to the apartment. If you do not purchase the Big Bus passes, or something similar, you may not be able to visit all of these places in one day, plus you may need to do lots of walking and may have to take lots of trains or Uber from one place to another. That is the main reason why we decided to purchase it. It saved us lots of time, and we got to rest a little in the bus. Plus, you get to learn more about the places you visit.


Day Three

On our last day in Paris, we took our bags to the train station, where they were able to hold them for us for a low-cost, so that we could continue enjoying the city. Since we were taking a late train to Venice, we decided to leave them there, but if you are taking a flight, you can find out if your hotel is able to hold them for you.

From there, we took the train to the Louvre. Some people may recommend to skip this location if you do not have a lot of time, but I say to at least visit the location to see from the outside. Fortunately, we had a few extra hours so we decided to go in. It does have an additional cost. If you go during peak season, you may find a long line to get in. Thankfully there was no line during the time we went. The Pyramid is a must see. We didn’t spend too much time inside the museum, we went to see the Mona Lisa of course, and walked around a few of the rooms. But again, if you have more time, you can take your time walking around the museum. There is A LOT to see here, the museum is HUGE.

We then stopped by a close restaurant and had a quick lunch and of course, Macarons. You can’t leave Paris without having one of these.

Lastly, we took the train back to the station to head to our next stop, Venice.

However, if you have more time, or during one of your nights in Paris, you have to sit at the Parc du Champ-de-Mars, in front of the Eiffel Tower, eating and drinking with friends, watching as the Tower lights up. Since we visited the tower our first night, we decided to skip it this time around. But I would definitely love to come back and have either a day or night picnic here.

If you have more than three days in Paris, there are still plenty of other things to see and do. Just do your research and see what you would be interested in visiting.

Watch this video of my trip, it includes a few more clips from the visit.


What you should know about your visit to Paris:

Tip # 1: Visit during slow season. We were able to enjoy a lot because we didn’t have to wait in long lines to go into these places. We visited in November, which was a bit colder than expected, but I hear that late September/October, or late March/April are great times to visit as well, less traffic and good weather. Also, keep in mind that things may cost you more when you go during summer time.

Tip # 2: Do not squeeze too many things in. If you have the time, great. Do it! But if you are going during peak season, or won’t be purchasing any tours, then try to schedule your time for transportation. Also, leave some space for spontaneous things.

Tip # 3: Prepare. We had to buy tons of coffee and hot chocolate during our walks because it was super cold, but they were so delicious that we didn’t mind the extra expenses. However, do prepare some snacks and water for when you are out. Try to purchase them at markets near your hotel. This will save you tons because it will help you avoid buying something to eat in every corner. But do enjoy the local food, of course. We tried to always get a hotel that included breakfast, and prepared something for lunch, so that all we had to really sit down for was dinner. We were able to save money and time this way. We also waited to ask the locals what they recommended for us to eat, instead of looking for restaurants online.

Tip # 4: Like I mentioned at the beginning, look for a place to stay that is close to the train station (if you are going from city to city), or local metro for easier transportation and less walking. Get familiar with the map of the area you’ll be staying in and places you’ll be visiting. Get familiar with the metro routes.

Tip # 5: It is also recommended that you contact your Bank before leaving, to let them know that you will be making purchases in a different country so that they don’t block your card. Also, ask if they charge you for using your card, if they have any fees, to see if its more convenient to only use cash. You should still carry a certain amount in cash.

Tip # 6: Try to purchase your tickets early, and when I say early, I really mean early. We bought our plane tickets almost a year ahead of time, and the train tickets (trains from city to city, not the local trains) we purchased months in advanced. Same with the place you’ll be staying and any tours that you will be doing. Trust me, this will help you save A LOT. We all know that the prices go up as you get closer to the time of the trip. There are also tickets in each country which allow you to skip the lines at most of the museums.

Tip # 7: The TripAdviror app was a big help before and during our trip. In finding where to stay, where to eat, and even the places to visit. Also, we purchased a lot of the things we needed for our trip, like our Travel Power Adapter, through Amazon.

Tip # 8: Lastly, be aware of pickpockets, or people asking you to sign anything, to look at something. Keep your bags tight while walking or taking the train or escalators.


Well, I hope that this itinerary and tips for Paris help you during your next visit. And if you do follow it, or take any tips from here, please write me. I want to know how it went for you. Don’t forget to read my Europe Trip post to read more about my whole trip and the other places we visited in Europe. Who knows, maybe you follow our same 3 week route.

Get ready for lots of walking, lots of eating delicious food, and lots of WOW moments. Have fun!!

Eiffel Tower


Here are the recommended Itineraries for my trip:

3 Day Trip to Paris France – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Venice – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Rome – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Naples – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Amalfi Coast – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Florence – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Pisa – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Cinque Terre – Tips and What to do

1 Day Trip to Nice, France – Tips and What to do

2 Day Trip to Barcelona – Tips and What to do

What is your worth?

Sooooo, the other day I was listening to a Podcast where the main topic called my attention, so obviously I am going to share with you guys. It spoke about how we determine our self-worth based on other people’s bodies or lives.

I’m not sure how many times I have mentioned that the power of our thinking has a lot to do with the way we live our lives, because life is lived from the inside out. We create our own self-worth based on how we see and speak to ourselves.

Self reflection.jpgMost of the time we measure our worth based on other people’s looks or achievements. There are tons of fitness models out there, with different body types, workout plans and meal plans. But something we need to realize is that most of these people have gone through a specific process, customized to their goal and body, to get to where they are. Some of these people train specifically for this photo shoot that we see on Instagram. There’s an extensive process that they have to go through to get to this level. 

I mentioned on my last post, Be The Best Version of Yourself, how I used to look up to other fitness models as my Body Goal, but I have realized that you have to set achievable goals based on your current status. Yes! Definitely look up to those women as a motivation, but never as your goal. Am I making sense? Set realistic goals while still having a bigger picture in mind.

There is a lot of work that goes behind most of those pictures we see. We tend to buy into this lie because this has become something that we see on a daily basis, which makes us start thinking, “Wow, look how perfect their body is, how happy they must be”, etc. When in reality, these people don’t look like that ALL the time. Again, you have to do a lot to get there, and it also takes a lot to maintain it.

It’s not something that is impossible to achieve, but understand that everyone has their own process, their own journey.

When we look at those people we usually think that they must be super popular, that they deserve more things than we do, we give them more value than we give ourselves. We then think, “wow she doesn’t have cellulite like me, she doesn’t have love handles”. Listen, you don’t know if those pictures are photoshopped, which they probably are. Whatever you’re thinking when you see these people, you need to stop it.Love yourself. Worth Spectrum

For all we know, these people go through dehydration and extreme dieting to get there. Is that really what you want? The goal should always be to be healthy while achieving your goal, not to kill yourself for just a few extra pounds.

The way you look can’t change what your worth is. You should never allow it to. You can’t capture true beauty in just one picture anyways, so stop feeling bad about yourself. They probably took thousands of pictures to get that one perfect one, lol I speak from experience.

You see on someone’s Instagram what they want you to see.

Limit the amount of time you spend looking through social media. Stop comparing yourself. Again, use them as a motivation but always having yourself as your role model, becoming your best self. Concentrate on your own journey, your progress, the things that you are overcoming and the person you are now becoming.

Dont Doubt your worthYour value lies in being who you are. We are each unique, you can’t deny the fact that you were created with a purpose. You were created to be who you are and what you are.

So stop trying to be like those other people. You just have to love yourself and you are the one who determines your worth. Stop thinking that you have to look a certain way to be happy, that you need a specific job to be successful or respected.

What stays in your life is what you tolerate and what you celebrate. Meaning, if you celebrate you, and your body, versus hating it and comparing it to others, then that’s what you’ll continue to get.

What do you celebrate about yourself? Even if it’s the smallest thing. If you can’t find one thing, then you need to make major changes. Make a list if you need to.

Start appreciating and celebrating your body for how it is, what it does for you.

Don’t tolerate any negative thinking or things into your life. The more you tolerate these things, the more they will be in your life.

Confidence, self-worth, self-love, starts from the inside out. This is what gives you the courage to go for the things you want, gives you the energy to live your own life. But it all starts from within and the way you think about yourself, the way you speak to yourself about your body, your personality, your attributes, your worth.

self worthStop rating yourself based on what other people look like, stop rejecting yourself or tolerating negativity into your life, and start embracing self-love, accept yourself, allow for your confidence to grow, and you’ll see how your life is going to change.

Your worth is found in you being you. Everyday ask yourself, did I love myself and those around me? If the answer is yes, then that’s all you need.

Love yourself today and always. Love Life. Live life. To the fullest.

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Have an amazing day my beauties.