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Italy 2012: Day 2, Pope and The Vatican

Italy 2012: Day 2, Pope and The Vatican

Italy 2012: Day 2, The Vatican I woke up the next day feeling refreshed and rested. I got lucky since my bed was a single placed in the corner and blocked by the lockers, which made it seem like I had my own private space. Years of traveling to Europe made…

Italy 2012: Day 1

Italy 2012: Day 1

This was it! I was headed to Rome! I could hardly contain my excitement. Rome was somewhat of a dream destination for me, much like London. The history, the food, the art; all of them were of great interest to me. Plus I got a ticket to be in the…

Hipmunk City Love: The Most Romantic Hotels in Rome

Hipmunk City Love: The Most Romantic Hotels in Rome

Rome is just another one of those grand European capitals that exude romance everywhere you turn. There are the lovely small streets accentuated with works of art, the grand piazzas that were once the center of Roman life, and then you have the silhouettes of some of its most famous sites, all of which make for a picture perfect background. If you’re a couple on your honeymoon or just rekindling the romance in Rome, consider these beautiful and affordable hotels that display elegance and offer its guests plenty of romantic flair. …

Surreal and Besieged in Rome, Italy

Surreal and Besieged in Rome, Italy

Why I went here? I have never been to Italy. It was the part of Europe that was due to be explored. Best time to visit? Spring or fall; summers are hot, jam packed, and just plain miserable. Best way to get there? Rome has two airports: Leonardo da Vinci, more commonly known as Fuimicino (FCO), and Ciampino (CIA). The former is the larger of the two and is often the port of entry for most American travelers. There are no direct flights from Dallas to Rome, however, there are several from major airports on the east coast (BOS, JFK, IAD). To get to Rome from Fuimicino, take a bus or an express shuttle to Termini station, followed by a metro connection if applicable, or a cab. Kiosks at the airport where you can buy the tickets of your choice are clearly marked and there is a cab station just outside of the main entrance to Termini. Ensure that the cab is one of the officially marked ones before getting in on them. The bus cost is 4 euros and the express shuttle is around 14 euros. A cab ride will cost you 40-50 euros from the airport to any part of Rome within the Aurelian walls. …