Rome: Day 3

July 10, 2016

Right when we decided that we will visit Rome, I immediately searched for the Pope’s schedule. I was sad that the Pope didn’t have any parade scheduled for the whole month of July but I was really glad that he held Angelus prayers on every Sunday of the month. And so I scheduled our visit to Vatican on a Sunday to be in the presence of the Pope.

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Rome: Day 1

July 8, 2016

Onto the last city of our Europe trip! We took the morning train from Florence and arrived after about an hour and a half. We were very excited to be in the historic city of Rome!

When we were on our train from the hotel to our first stop (the Trevi Fountain), we witnessed a local from Rome snatching a Korean’s bag right when the train doors were closing. The snatcher hurriedly ran and the Korean girl’s boyfriend forcibly opened the train doors and rain after the snatcher. It was a scary thing to witness on our first train ride in Rome so we got extra careful with our belongings after that.

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Florence and Pisa

July 6, 2016

We initially planned to just go directly to Rome from Venice and do a day trip to Florence and Pisa because I thought about how hard it was to move from one city to another with our luggage. But I wasn’t sure if doing a day trip to both cities would give us enough time so we just looked for a hotel near the train station in Florence and stayed there for two nights.

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Venice, Italy

July 4, 2016

We started the Italy leg of our Europe trip in Venice. We took the 14 hour night train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Venezia Mestre Station. We shared the cabin with 2 other people and I actually felt safe the whole time. The conductor kept our passports after we boarded the train so that we can just sleep through passport control in Switzerland.

We arrived at Venezia Mestre station at around 9am the next day and checked-in early at our hotel. We stayed at Hotel Plaza, and it’s conveniently located across the station.

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