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Saturday, 29 June 2019

Italy: Days 1 & 2 | Visiting the Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa

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A couple of weeks ago I visited Italy for the first time! Our trip was from Sunday to Friday, and we stayed in an AirBnB in Rome for the whole week. However, we also had two day trips in which we visited Pisa and Naples.

I've actually never holidayed in a warm country. I went to Paris last summer but that was only for 3 days including travel. This was a whole other ballgame, as I soon found out...


We arrived in Rome at 10am, and because we couldn't check in to the AirBnB until 1pm, we chucked our luggage in storage for a few hours so we could explore and make the most of it. We only had one attraction booked for the day, and that was the Colosseum, which I was most excited about! Sadly, it was completely ruined for me. It was 34 degrees, which is way way way too hot for me. There was absolutely no escaping it. I was trapped. Secondly, there were approximately 10,000 tourists there at the time, so I don't need to explain to you how crowded it was. This led to me having a very sudden and pretty brutal panic attack, and in the end I just went in, took a few pictures, and came straight back out. We even checked to see if we could get an earlier flight because I hated it so much. It was shit. Note to self: I'm British, I don't do heat. Or people.

Our AirBnB was really cool, though. Check out my Travel highlight on Instagram to see where we stayed, and the really really really good doggo who met us and took us to our house???

Monday was our trip to Pisa! Pisa was much more chilled out, even around the leaning tower. It was beautiful and I much preferred it to Rome.


Lots of people question whether or not to go up the leaning tower, and my answer to this would be: go for it! You can really feel the lean on your way up, and the views at the top are incredible. Make sure you only get tickets from the official website, though - something I found when booking our activities for the week was that there are so many fake websites that look legit, but they actually charge you more than they should.


I would have loved to spend lots more time in Pisa, but sadly we had to catch the train back to Rome. We did have time for a quick lunch, though - pasta next to Pisa's most famous attraction for only €5! Imagine eating at a restaurant right next to the London Eye or something; you'd probably go bankrupt...


So our first couple of days were a little rocky, but things soon got better. Check back next Saturday to read about our climb to the summit of Europe's only active volcano, Mount Vesuvius (!) and to see everything else we got up to back in Rome.

Have you been to any of these places? What did you think?


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