Cathay Pacific gluten free meal • Flight Sydney > HongKong > Rome

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In September last year, I had the opportunity to spend my holidays in Europe and it was fantastic! The only downside was the long flight from Sydney to Rome.

This time we decided to go via Cathay Pacific, and as I know some people are super curious (I’m one of them) to know what the airlines serve on their flights, I’ve decided to create this blog. This one is a very special one, as I got the Gluten Free special meal for all the way from Sydney to Rome!

Cathay Pacific flight from Sydney to Hong Kong – Gluten free meal

We departed from Sydney around lunchtime, so for this specific flight, we had two main meals: lunch and dinner.

Fish, with rice, salad and fruits.
Fish, with rice, salad and fruits.

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Travel itinerary • Italy 🇮🇹

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This blog will be a summary of an unforgivable time I’ve spent in Italy in September last year. My idea is to list what I did on 6 full days passing by Rome, Naples, Florence, and Cinque Terre.

It was such a great time!!! I hope it will help you to sort out what to do in these cities in case you are short on time.

3 Days in Rome
Explore Rome in 2 full days and reserve an extra one to visit Naples and taste their delicious pizza!


1 Day in Naples
On our third day in Rome, we took a full day to explore Naples and have the BEST PIZZA I’VE EVER HAD!

Naples Harbour.
Naples Harbour.

3 Days in Florence (link)
My favourite city in Italy so far. Explore Florence for 2 full days, and reserve the third day to visit Cinque Terre.

View from Piazzale Michelangelo
View from Piazzale Michelangelo

1 Day in Cinque Terre (link)
Either for sigh seen, or to go on an amazing hike, Cinque Terre is a must. In case you are in Florence, 1 full day is enough to get to know these five villages.


You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Italy, Rome or Florence.

Travel itinerary • 3 days in Florence – Italy 🇮🇹

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Everything you can do in 3 days in Florence!
A bird’s-eye view of everything you can do in 3 days in Florence!

Florence was the third city we stayed during our holidays in Europe, and I can honestly say it got a special place in my heart since the very first day.

Differently from Rome, I found the city much calmer, organised, easier to navigate around, and with a great modern vibe (even with all the historical buildings it has).

I had 3 amazing days there, which I’ll be happily sharing with you now.
If you want to get straight to the point, here you can get my Google Maps with all the main attractions conveniently marked for you.

Keep reading if you would also like an overview of these attractions.

Day 1

Mercato Centrale
In case you’re a foodie like me, this is THE place to be.

Stroll along a good number of stalls feature local products and produce; and don’t forget to visit the upper level full of yummy restaurants.

Perfect place to sample the best Italy has to offer.

Mercato Centrale
Mercato Centrale

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Travel itinerary: Day trip to Cinque Terre – Italy 🇮🇹

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Everything you can do in 1 day in Cinque Terre!
Everything you can do on a day trip to Cinque Terre!

Cinque Terre is located along the Italian west coast, and it’s formed by 5 charming villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso.

These villages are very famous for their unique architecture, mesmerising views from the mediterranean sea, and a super cool hike passing through all five cities.

Totally a must go, especially for those spending a few days in Florence, and this is what we did!

We decided to spend a day exploring the region; we took a train in the morning: from Florence to La Spezia, and then another train to the first city in the Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore (check here my Google Maps).

Our idea was to do the complete hike from Riomaggiore to Monteresso, however, due to the bad weather on the previous days, 70% of the path was closed!

Sadly enough, you only get this kind of information when you are already there.
But that doesn’t mean we did nothing, we did a lot and I’m about to show you what!

What we did then

Our first stop, so we decided to buy the Cinque Terre Card, which gave us access to the trail and unlimited train travels between the 5 cities and La Spezia.

As the trail was closed here, after exploring a bit of the village we got the train to our next stop, Manarola.


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Travel itinerary • 3 days in Rome – Italy 🇮🇹

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My Rome Itinerary on Google Maps.
Everything you can do in 3 days in Rome!

We started our holidays in Europe with beautiful and historical Rome!

I remember I was super excited when we arrived and took me some time to believe where actually I was.
I simply love history and just imagining that I would be walking through so many historical sites, I just couldn’t believe it was really happening.

In this post, I’ll share with you everything I managed to do during these three days.
Or you can go straight to the point and get here my Google Maps with all the places and restaurants conveniently marked for you. 😉

As a general piece of advice: Rome is full of history, as you probably already know, so to make your experience even better, how about studying their history beforehand or use Rick Steve‘s app for that, which I totally recommend.

I’m telling you that, because I think you’d be missing out a lot if you don’t know at least a bit of their history, or simply don’t have any idea what the places used to represent. 😉

Another important note about Rome: WALK!
This is a city to explore, taking the time to wander around (sometimes without destination), just enjoying the city!

Day 1 – Ancient Rome

Buy your tickets online as lines are SUPER LONG there!
(yes, even if you’re planning to go early in the morning)

Also, download Rick Steve‘s app and use his Colosseum audio tour, which was awesome and totally free.


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