Here is a snippet of Albano Laziale, a small town 30 minutes away from Rome. I visited out of curiosity wanting to have a feel of a town with my surname plastered everywhere.
Well, it definitely felt weird 😛
Some Tips on Visiting Italy:
- Take advantage of Saudia’s promo fares. I got mine for a little over 500 Euros roundtrip, which is very affordable compared with the usual promo fares. I swear by Skyscanner’s Cheapest Month feature which allows you to schedule your trips based on the cheapest fares available!
- If you plan on visiting other parts of Italy, stay around Roma Termini which is the main hub for all city and regional buses, trams and trains. It also has a direct bus route for the airport which costs way less than the express train!
- I went to Rome without a plan of where to stay as I found web information so misleading, and so once I got off Roma Termini, I was surprised to find so many options just outside the station.
- Some small hotels I recommend that are less than 5 minutes away by walking from Roma Termini: Hotel Urbis and The Beehive (where you also have the option to use the shared kitchen if cooking is your flair).
- Take Megabus which has extensive networks within Italy. If you’ve got lots of time and would like to save on cash, Megabus is the way to go. I travelled from Rome to Naples (roundtrip) via Megabus for only 8 Euros (compared with 26 Euros for the train)! I am not sure why not too many people take it, but I totally loved the experience. There’s wifi onboard (although of course do not expect too much with speed), reclining seats, toilet, and seat plugs where you can charge your gadgets.
- Download the Rome Metro app. This will save you loads of time in trying to find the best subway and train routes. I also find it the most user-friendly among all the other apps available.
- As with any country in the world: eat (then walk), pray and love!
Get lost and find yourself. Happy travels! 🙂
P.S. The keys to sustainable travels are universal: take public transportation | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed (private or shared, it doesn’t matter) | walk as much as you can | wake up early | stay away from guidebooks | immerse yourself in local language, culture and history | visit local cafés | know that the possibilities are endless | listen to your gut ❤