My plan to have an Italian adventure was formed and completely booked in about two days while in Afghanistan (let’s call it sheer determination or desperately needing something fun and new to look forward to). I was going to travel alone. I wanted to travel, and if I wait till I find someone with time, money and who wants to go with me… it felt like I could be waiting forever… and I deserved to have something wonderful to look forward to after Afghanistan. Somehow I didn’t get caught up in the fact that I could go anywhere or do anything… I’m not sure how as I usually have trouble just deciding what to wear.
I picked Rome, Cinque Terre, Florence and Capri and I would do all of them in a week. How I chose those places? I have no idea.
Of those cities, I had only been to Rome (twice) before, so it was going to be home base and I would fly in and out of there since I was a bit familiar with it. I booked three tours through a company called Viator that I found while looking at the Lonely Planet website. Somehow simultaneously I picked the cities, found the hotels (nothing fancy) and booked the tours. The tours I picked were: Espresso, Gelato and Tiramisu (in Rome), Skip the Line: Florence Walking Tour with Accademia Gallery, and a Day Trip to Capri from Rome.
Sunday: Fly to Rome
Monday: Arrive in Rome in the morning, and attend the Espresso, Gelato, Tiramisu tour in the afternoon
Tuesday: Take a morning train from Rome to Cinque Terre
Wednesday: Take an evening train from Cinque Terre to Florence
Thursday: In the morning take the Florence walking tour, then take an evening train back to Rome
Friday: Take the day trip from Rome to Capri
Saturday: Fly home
It didn’t seem ambitious and it was packed full of new things to see at every glance so there was never going to be time to be bored or lonely. The upcoming blog posts will be highlights of my trip adventures. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!