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.
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 canget my Google Mapswith all the main attractions conveniently marked for you.
Keep reading if you would also like an overview of these attractions.
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.
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! Bummer!
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.
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
Colosseum 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.