Backpacking in a pinch: 5 things we learned in Italy
Funny story, when we originally planned this trip, Italy was not on our route. We just spent 5 days in Rome, Florence and Ostia Lido
Our backpacking dreams and train rides rides were exhaustive and we needed a break. So we did what all good Floridians should do and head to the beach. Annalisa and Daniel came to our small Italian beach town and we had relaxed, swam in the Mediterranean, watched the sunset, and and had dinner in a cafe looking at the ocean.
After the beach day, we squeezed in the tourism highlights of Rome that we had missed. Starting with Ostia Antica, which is just 10 minutes on the metro from our beach town. It was the original port for Rome before the Tiber river started flowing the opposite way. The ruins are beautiful and the scenery around is green and luscious.
After we boarded said metro and tackled what is known as the Vatican Museum.
But, how could I forget that we found the best pizza ever created in a hole in the wall is Ostia. They cut it in long strips, fold it like a sandwich, and serve it on a cutting board.
Jake had one loaded with meats, I had one with turkey, and then we went back the next day and got a margarita pizza.
As far as Italy goes, here's what we learned:
1 Italians aren't so nice. Metro and on the streets, we encountered some really rude persons (and I think we are pretty nice)!
2 There are TOURISTS everywhere (this may be why the Italians are so angry?). We can slightly identify with them, being from Orlando. But, seriously, EVERYWHERE.
3 House wine is the way to go. Every time. Get a liter. The house wine is always good, and always cheap. Maybe 6 euros! It's a win.
4 Go off the beaten path (see number 2). That's where we found the best food, the nicest people (the people of Ostia were the best) and had the most memorable experiences.
5 Metro in Rome is rough, learn the bus, which is also hard. My advice, wear your walking shoes. One day we walked over 9 miles. Worth it? Yes. Same goes for Florence.
6 Eat. Eat. Drink. Eat Gelato (but make sure it's a good place, some are rip-offs). Eat pizza. And eat gelato again.
Italy was good to us with its cheap prices, beautiful streets, beautiful sites, and of course, some relaxation.
P.S. I'm super behind on blog posts, we've had some major stuff happening! A bunch of posts coming soon! Only two more sleeps until we can snuggle Maybie again!