Today we made our way to Venice. I am very excited about heading over to Venice, but it is also our last stop – and it means that our trip is wrapping up. Boo.
We took a 7:10 train out of Monterosso this morning. There were quite a few transfers – one of which was way stressful. We only had about 5 minutes between stops, and to us inexperienced rail travelers, this was a bit closer than we would have liked. But in the end, it all worked out. We had transfers all through the middle of Italy, with stops in La Spezia (the 5 minute connection), Pisa, and Florence before making our way to Venice. It was especially hard to stop in Florence without being able to check things out – but hopefully we will make it back there some day.
Getting off the train in Venice was quite an experience. The view exiting the train station is so different from anything else we have seen so far in Italy. Combine that with our giddiness from being finished with train travel, and we already considered the day a success – and we hadn’t even had lunch yet. It took us about 15 minutes to find the hotel, and luckily we could check in a little early. We dropped off our bags and wandered out into the streets of Venice. We started following signs to the Rialto Bridge, and Saint Mark’s square. We didn’t go in to any museums or basilicas today, but we may do that tomorrow. Everything went great until it was time to head back. That took a bit longer than expected, but we did eventually wind out way back. We also kindof lucked out because there is a museum right next door to our hotel – so when we get close, in theory we can just follow the signs back to the hotel. I think that tomorrows first order of business will be to get a good map.
So, Friday and Saturday are one big blur. Friday we left Philly around 6:15, and it was actually a much easier flight than either of us expected. Somehow we both fell asleep, and stayed asleep for the majority of the flight. And it’s a good thing. Once we landed in Rome on Saturday, we were in for a lot of traveling. First, it took a bit longer to get out of the airport than we had expected.
Next we took a bus to the Termini train station in Rome, where we just missed the 11:40ish train to Naples. Bummer. So, we grabbed some lunch, (and Jason discovered his love for prosciutto) and we took at next train to Naples at 12:45. The guidebooks and everything we had seen preparing for the trip made it seem like all train stations are crawling with helpful and friendly employees. We couldn’t find ONE employee to ask if we were on the right train. But, we were. And it’s a good thing – it was a long trip to Naples (like, over 3 hours long). Once in Naples, we changed trains, and got on the local commuter train to Sorrento. That too was a longer than expected trip. I don’t know if we made up these times in our heads when we were planning or what.
Anyway, we finally arrived around 6ish Italy time on saturday. So, it was pretty much a full 24 hours from when we left our house.
After we got checked in, we cleaned up a little and walked around town a bit. We will put up some photos from that tomorrow. The internet connection is slow, and there are some Italians watching the wrong kind of football for a Sunday. (Go Ravens!)
We have arrived… in Philly. We are currently on a 3 hour layover, waiting to take off for Rome, and I have already abandoned part of my plan for this blog. I didn’t get a header made in time, and I also didn’t take a picture of our luggage – which I had meant to do. The amount of stuff we are not taking is impressive. We managed to cram all of our junk into one large checked backpack, one carry-on backpack, and my purse/camera bag. I think all of our bags are at maximum capacity, but we figured that traveling with less baggage would be a lot less stressful when we are on the move.
We made all of our last minute arrangements this morning, which included calling the credit card company, downloading skype and then reserving a tour of the underground levels of the Colosseum. Hopefully this is not a sign of things to come, but Jason already had to call the credit card company back, after they sent an email saying there was some suspicious activity because we tried to book that earlier mentioned tour. Boo.
On another note, as the terminal for our flight fills, it appears as though the average age of our fellow passengers is about 68.
Anyways, that’s it for right now. Hopefully we will have an uneventful flight and be able to get a little sleep before we land and start our journey south to Sorrento.