29 May 2017

One or Two Hours in Rome, Italy

Is it possible to visit most important sightseeings of Rome in one-two hours?

You will not agree with me, probably, but if we do not use maximum of the situations the life presents us, we would never enjoy many pleasures. So, this is what happend to me many many times. Why?

I live in Italy for 22 years. And only last 10 of them I began to visit places I dreamd to see all my life. I never had time to rest some days in Rome or in other cities, but I passed them some times a year. It's impossoble to me to leave the house for more than 1-2 days and I always book my tickets so that I can turn back as soon as possible.

But one day I had to wait my second train for 2 hours in Rome. I bought a map of the city and studied the places I could visit in these 2 hours.

Rome, Italy, Termini Railway station

Later, I went different times for 1 day in Rome. I arrived in the morning and turned home in the evening. My itinerary I studied with the map and websites that list what to see. This way I could learn many places bounded to the Roman times and Early Middle Ages that are normally not listed in the tourist guides.

Rome, Italy,  view on the left from Termini Railway station
Rome, Italy,  view on the right with antique wall from Termini Railway station
We are afraid of the enormous historical and territorial dimensions of this city, but many places are very very close one to other. Here I'll show you what I could visit in about 1 hour. I walked from Roma Termini to Largo Argentina about 25 minutes and I visited one church (just in the middle of the way) in this time.
Here is the itinerary

Itinerary from Rome Termini to Largo Argentina

As you can see, it seems it's too long. But reality is very different: 25 minutes.
It was early in the morning, so everything was closed except one antique church clearly from the XI-XIII century.

Rome, Italy,  Bus Stop in front of Termini Railway station
I crossed the bus stop because I wanted to arrive in the ritrit place (I came for a ritrit this time) the shortest way. And it was early in the morning, as I said, but if you come later, you will surely find the Terme di Diocleziano (Roman Bath Complex) open and you can visit this museum that is on the right.

Terme di Diocleziano (Roman Bath Complex) Rome, Italy

Terme di Diocleziano (Roman Bath Complex) Rome, Italy

Terme di Diocleziano (Roman Bath Complex) Rome, Italy
I had to go left and turned into the via Nazionale that is between these two buildings in Piazza della Repubblica
These photos show you this square.
By the way, near the baths complex you can see an other antique church that I did not visit unfortunately. Next time.

Piazza della Repubblica, Rome Italy

Piazza della Repubblica, Rome Italy

Piazza della Repubblica, Rome Italy
Blogger does not like when I post too many photos in one article, so please click next post to continue this walk with me.

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15 May 2017

Fabulous Vacation? Amalfi e Sorrento Coast - Mount Faito

Do you dream about a fabulous vacation? Look at this place on a mountain over Amalfi and Sorrento Coast. The mount Monte Faito is very popular and beloved for it's very interesting position that dominates all the Coast from Naples to Amalfi and it's possible to see both gulfs, of Naples and of Salerno from there. And the magic does not finished here because you can see the big islands, too, Capri and Ischia.

Amalfi e Sorrento Coast from Mount Faito
Amalfi e Sorrento Coast from Mount Faito

09 May 2017

Pompei - Very Important Christian Sanctuary and other Mysteries of Campania

Most of us think that Pompei are simply an excavation site. Very famous, the nost famous in the world, but only an archeological territory bounded to the Roman Empire.

It's not so.

Actually, Pompei is a little modern town with 3 different railway lines and autobus lines that connect it to Naples and Salerno, the nearby capitals of the provinces of this region (Campania).

This modern town was born around a very important sanctuary. The cathedral is The Pontifical Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei. The image of Madonna is infinitely beloved by the local population so that you can meet entire families walking till Pompei for many km-s two times a year to ask the Mother├Čof Jesus Christ for miracle. My neighbours walk even 15 km-s to visit the Shrine in May
The Pontifical Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei
If you go in the crypt of the Shrine, you will see many many ex-votes, gifts remembering the grace received from Our Lady of the Rosary.

02 May 2017

Amalfi - The Valley of the Foundries, Full Itinerary

There are not so many places in the world famous as the Valley of the Foundries (Valle delle Ferriere) in Amalfi, Italy. It's impossible that you go in vacation in Amalfi Coast and did not hear about it. It's like the Path of the Gods, the must to visit for everybody who loves nature, mountains, trekking.

There are many ways to visit this valley, some of them are very easy (from Pomerano) or very easy (from Amalfi), but if you like more exciting walks, even EE++, you will go down from S.Lazzaro to Amalfi. You can reach S.Lazzaro with an autobus from different places. From Amalfi, too.

There are different possibilities to begin your walk from S.Lazzaro. Here are some photos of our last trekking some days ago.

S.Lazzaro, the beginning of the path

28 April 2017

Messina the Gate of the Sicily

Messina is the first town you enter when you go with a train in Sicily.

Yes, you understood it correctly: you can visit all the towns of Sicily coming from Salerno with a train. You simply arrive with your train in Villa San Giovanni, a port in front of Messina. Your train enters in a special ship and continues it's way after half an hour in Sicily.

You arrive there from Salerno in 5 hours. There are 3 trains a day with the last stop Palermo. So, you can take Intercity Night and arrive in Palermo in the morning.

Messina, Sicily, a train enters in the ferry

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