My Europe travelogue so far…
London Day 1: Flying With MAS, Heathrow Connect & Piccadilly Circus
London Day 2: Covent Garden, British Museum, British Library & Phantom Of The Opera Musical
London + Rome Day 3: YHA Oxford Street, Gatwick Airport, easyJet & Tiring Rome
Rome Day 4: Six Beds, Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill (Part 1)
Vatican City + Rome Day 4: Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica & St. Peter’s Square (Part 2)
Rome + Pisa Day 5: Santa Maria Maggiore Church, Pensione Rinascente & Leaning Tower Of Pisa
We woke up at 4.45am and by 6am we checked out of Pensione Rinascente and walk to Stazione Pisa Centrale (Pisa railway station). We didn’t have the chance to say goodbye to our host. They’re still asleep. Kekeke Breakfast is croissant bought the night before.
Pisa Central Railway Station. The walk took 20-30 minutes. The street were basically deserted at 6.30am. We had wanted to take the bus but because it was a Saturday, the bus operation time is later than usual.
Photo from TZ-7.
On board Italian regional train (local train) from Pisa To Florence, Italy. The train ride took about 1 hour 15 minutes. Train ticket cost €7.10 per person. Since it’s a regional train, you can hop on anytime within the 6 months expiration period. This is the train ride which we went huffing and puffing about, regarding its ticket at Roma Termini. We hopped on the 6.54am train.
Photo from TZ-7.
We arrived in Florence at 8.10am. Had brunch (croissant and buns) at the shop and waited for our next train which will arrive at 9.25am. We wanted to include Florence in our itinerary initially but we figured we won’t be enjoying our trip if we are to pack all together as the original itinerary is already VERY packed. So this is just a stop over. Next time then for Florence.
On board 9406 Frecciargento from Florence to Venice. The journey took 2 hours 8 minutes. Ticket cost €43 per person. This is the most ‘modern’ train we rode in Italy. I love all my train rides in Italy. It was pleasurable and fun.
Photo from TZ-7.
We stopped by a shop beside the station to buy a Venice map @ €2.50. Then we head to the waterbus stop to get our transport tickets.
We ride the waterbus from Ferrovia (railway station) to Rialto Bridge. From there we walked to our accommodation for the night at Foresteria Valdese. I’ll write more about this place in my next post. It was a tough walk as we got lost quite a bit and also because of our heavy luggage. Luckily there’s an Asian woman (I think she lives there) that helped us. Finally we found it!
At last we get to rest in our room at 1.50pm, over 2 hours after reaching Venice. Hahaha That’s how lost we were!
Less than half an hour later we head down to find food for our lunch which is the yummy pizza from Pizzeria Peter Pan. Sorry no picture of the pizza. 1 large pizza slice cost only €1. We bought 2 slices. Cheap ya.
Then it’s a matter of tracing our route back to Rialto Bridge.
From Rialto Bridge we walked to St. Mark’s Square.
We did not enter St Mark’s Basilica as they require you to leave your bag before entering which is a bit difficult for us. Anyway the square is choke full of people that day. Maybe half of the reason is due to America’s Cup.
We stopped by for gelato @ €1.50 per cone. Not bad but not the nicest we’ve had. Like I said the best one is from Palazzo del Freddo Giovanni Fassi @ Rome.
No matter where we walk there are lots of tourist. At some small streets we had to stop to wait for the people-jam to disperse. It ain’t the high season yet but people-jam is already so serious!!! If you can help it, refrain from going to Venice during high season because you’re going to be people-sardine! Hahaha
We also stopped by at Tonolo a famous bakery shop in Venice for their pastry.
By now the time is quarter past six and we’re damn hungry and bladder is about full. Also our feet is asking for a rest. I have no choice but to dine at a ‘tourist-trap’ restaurant just for the toilet. Yeah you can’t find toilet easily in Venice. Even if you could you need to pay €1.50 for the entrance. Outrageous right? Coz I expect it to be free and then I convert to RM. Haha
Our pasta dinner total to €22.00 at La Rivetta (including water cost €3.50!!! + service €2.50) at Sao Polo area. The pasta wasn’t that bad but both dishes looked quite the same and almost taste the same. The waiter should have told us. We couldn’t finished the dish and asked for take-away but they told us no take-away. BLOODY!!! Hence half of the food had to be thrown away. What a waste! We should have order one main and a side. Our mistake I guess.
During this half day period, we’ve walked to S. Marco, Dorsoduro and S.Polo area. Now we’re heading back to Rialto Bridge via S.Polo.
By 7.30pm we were back to our lodging. It was a really tiring day and an early rest is very much needed. We’ve actually visited all we’ve planned to visit in this half day. Next day will be free and easy! LOL