All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. – Galileo Galilei –
After spending around 2.5 hours at the tranquil Pitti Palace and Boboli Garden, we followed our PLAN A by walking to Santo Spirito. My mission was to see the famous Crucifix by Michelangelo (yes, he was in everywhere!) . He scrupled this wooden crucifix when he was 17. It was a pity that it was closed. So, we just walked to see other things inside the church. And no photo taking was allowed.
From Santo Spirito, we walked along the road beside the river and crossed the bridge next to the famous Ponte Vecchio (The Old Bridge). The thing to do was to take some photos of the beautiful Ponte Vecchio. No need to be an photographer, everyone could take the nice photo since the bridge was so beautiful by itself!.
It took only few minutes to arrived into the Uffizi Gallery. We decided to have lunch here since it was around 2.00 pm. Father saw some pigeons then he fed them with his bread. So, lot of pigeons came for his bread. Giving more bread, more pigeons came. Then I told him to rethink since the gallery was going to have lot of pigeon visitors.
Since Uffizi Gallery was one of the most popular tourist attractions of Florence, there was a long line of tourists in front of it. It took time to make decision whether we should visit inside the gallery. At last, father said he wanted to go inside. He could wait. During we stood in the line, there were a group of staff in yellow shirt came to offer the tickets. You could skip the line by buying tickets from them which was 4-5 Euro more expensive. One of that staff was so handsome. Father and I would like to help him, but we rethought and found that it was better to save our money. And it was a good experience to stand in the line!!
Finally, it took 40 minutes waiting. It was worth waiting. Inside the gallery we saw lot of artworks. Most of them were wonderful paintings. But I thought what father had in his mind was “no more painting”.
After having breakfast at a coffee shop not far from the hotel (The seller was so handsome. My father suspected he was a son of the owner. Even my father said he was so handsome.) , we wnt back to the hotel to talk to a hotel staff. She recommended us to cross the river and then visit many places in another side of the river first, then walk back to the places on another side of river, which was the same side that the hotel was located on. This staff was so kind to give us all information we needed such as buses numbers, distance and time, etc… Thank you once again.
We decided to follow her suggestion. The first place we intended to visit was Santo Spirito Church. However, the bus driver might not understand what I told him. So, he dropped us in front of Palazzo Pitti or Pitti Palace. It was okay. This palace was gorgeous and the Boboli Garden inside the palace was the place you should not miss it.
If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master. – Michelangelo –
It took around an hour from Pisa to Florence or Firenze. The train tickets we bought form the train station not far from the Piramide in Rome were flexible one. We could take any train from Pisa Centrale to Firenze S. M. Novella station as we were convenient. However, before taking a train, we had to make the tickets valid by put them into the yellow validation machine at the train station. If you forget to valid the ticket, it is possible to be fined.
We arrived into Firenze S. M. Novella around 5.00 p.m. and then took a bus to the hotel. Talking to the bus driver, he did not know the hotel but he promised to tell us when we arrived into the street that the hotel located on. Around five minutes later, the driver told us to get off the bus but we had to find the hotel by ourselves. Mama mia!!! There were only few people on the street. Fortunately, we found an elderly man. He did not speak English but he used body language to tell us to go straight and then turn right. Finally, we arrived into the hotel. (We found out later that we got off the bus at the wrong bus stop. If we got off at the right bus stop, the hotel was only 50 metres far from bus stop).
มาถึงสถานี Firenze S. M. Novella ประมาณใกล้ ๆ ห้าโมงเย็น เดินออกจากสถานีก็มาซื้อตั๋วรถเมล์ แล้วขึ้นรถเมล์ไปที่โรงแรมที่พัก ถามคนขับรถเมล์ว่ารู้จักโรงแรมไหม เขาว่าไม่รู้จัก แต่ถ้าถึงถนนที่เราบอกเขาจะแจ้งเรา ประมาณ 5 นาทีคนขับก็บอกว่าถึงแล้ว แต่ต้องไปหาดูเอาเองนะว่าโรงแรมอยู่ไหน เดินไปเรื่อย ๆ ปรากฏว่าแทบจะไม่มีคนบนท้องถนนเลย โชคดีเจอคุณลุงคนหนึ่ง ไม่พูดภาษาอังกฤษ แต่พอเราถามคุณลุงก็พาเดินไปหน่อยหนึ่งแล้วทำท่าให้เดินตรงเลี้ยวขวาออกไป แป๊บเดียวก็เจอโรงแรม (ตอนหลังมารู้ว่าเราลงเร็วเกินไป ถ้าเลยมาอีกสองป้าย ก็จะลงป้ายที่ห่างจากโรงแรม 50 เมตรเท่านั้น)
In front of the hotel it was super quiet. And it was quite dark when we looked into inside the hotel. Father looked at me with no confidence. I had to explain that I booked this hotel in the last minute before we left Bangkok. I also suspected that there would be no air conditioner. Yes, I just skimmed the information of the hotel. After pressing the bell button, the door was opened. We walked up the stair to the reception on the first floor (we found out later that there was an elevator). Aha!! The first floor was darker than the ground floor. At this point, father lost more confidence.
Though we had no impression with the hotel, we felt better when we saw our room. It was spacious with clean bathroom, TV and free wifi. There was no conditioner but electric fan. It was acceptable since it was not hot. And at night we could sleep so well. The longer we stayed, the more we found out that all hotel staff (I suspected they were the owners) were very friendly and helpful. They helped us plan our travelling program, find restaurants and also provided many of bookings in case we needed them.
The hotel we stayed named Hotel Leopolda. The room rate did not include the breakfast. However, there were no problem. Around the hotel, there were some coffee shops (at least three shops) or you could have breakfast at the hotel.
Since we arrived into the hotel in the evening, there was no program for today. We just asked the hotel staff to recommended us the good Chinese restaurant with reasonable price for our dinner. There was a Chinese restaurant not far from the hotel. The owner was a middle age Chinese lady. She always smiled. My father loved Chinese food, therefore we had dinner at this restaurant three days continuously. The owner gave us small discounts every day. What we ordered for each day were fried rice with shrimp, a cup soup (wonton or crab or checken), fried chicken or duck, and a big bottle of drinking water. It took around 16-18 Euros per meal.
We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves. – Galileo Galilei –
Finding Galileo’s Leaning Tower of Pisa experiment
When I told my father that we would visit Italy, father said he wanted to visit Pisa to see the leaning tower, which was the place that his teacher told him that Galileo had an experiment of gravity by dropping to balls. Therefore, the trip to Pisa was the must to recall my father’s memory in childhood.
The hotel staff packed breakfast for us, so we could have breakfast on the train. He gave us bread, jam, butter, apricot juice and apples. It was a pity that there was no yummy croissant. Since we left the hotel too early, the croissants had not arrived into the hotel yet. The hotel staff said if we needed more breakfast, he could pack for us. But we thought it should be better not to carry to much food. Too heavy!!! (If I could turn back the clock, I would ask for more apricot juice. It was tasty!!)
We took metro to Termini train station and then took a train. While we were finding our carriage, there were two men asking for our online tickets. I thought they wanted to help so I gave them our tickets. They took a look at our tickets and returned them to us and chilly said to us that our coach was there. Later, we found that they sat on other passengers’ seats. The two Asian female passengers had to ask them to find their own seats. These two men even were fine on the train. I suspected that they had no ticket. When thinking of this story, I thought that we were so lucky. In case someone stole our tickets, they would be useless since there were our names in the tickets. When you buy online ticket, it is not mandatory to specify your name. I decided to specify my father’s and my name.
The train to Pisa was comfortable. There were tables with power outlet at each seat so all passengers could work on their laptop or using other electronic equipments. Actually, there were WIFI service, too. To use the service, you have to buy a WIFI card in advance.
Along the way to Pisa we enjoys the window views so much. It took around three hours to arrived into Pisa. Then we walked to the luggage drop off service. The service charge was three Euro per luggage per 12 hours. We had two luggages, so we paid six Euro plus one Euro for a map of Pisa. In my view, you do not have to buy any map since the highlights of Pisa were the leaning tower and other constructions in the same area. And it was easy to visit.
We walked from the Pisa Central Station to the bus stop opposite to the station and asked two policemen how to go to the Leaning Tower. Actually, no need to ask since the bus to the Leaning Tower was the most crowded one.
It took around ten minutes to the Leaning Tower. There were many tourists. In case you just walk around, no ticket needed. If you want to look inside the Duomo, the Cathedral and climb up to Leaning tower, you need ticket. We decided to buy tickets for the Duomo and the Cathedral only since we wanted to save energy for the Florence.
It was beautiful inside the Duomo and the Cathedral but the most impressive thing to do at the area of the Leaning Tower was to sit on the grass field, watch the old wall and have a picnic in a light breeze . And “Yes”, we had lunch there in a light and pleasant breeze. Another thing to do was to take photo of yourself pushing the tower. Father had fun to post for me. But his position looked like he was touching the tower not pushing it.
After spending three hours at the Leaning Tower, we bought ice-cream and some souvenir and then took bus back to the train station. The next stop was Florence, the city that many people told me not to miss it.
It was the last day in Rome before we went to Pisa. But it was not the last day in Rome of this trip. We had to fly back to Bangkok from Fumicino airport. Therefore we would come back to Rome.
The travel plan for today was so simple. We would go inside the Colosseum since the first day we only walked around it with my sister. Another place to visit was a cemetery. No kidding!! My sister recommended us to visit the cemetery since it was lush and cool and surrounded with trees. This cemetery was not far from the Pyramid metro station.
Another mission of today was to buy train tickets from Pisa to Florence. We have bought e-tickets for Rome-Pisa and Florence-Rome. But we could not buy tickets for Pisa-Florence. I tried to buy it many times but failed. Well, the hotel staff told me that I could buy at the train station which connected to the Pyramid metro station. That was a very good idea since we were going to the Pyramid station!!
We arrived into Colosseum quite early. The line in front of the Collosseum was not long. We decided to buy tickets at the Colosseum gate. (As I mentioned in the previous post, if you face the long line, walk further to the Palatino or Palatine gate. It will save your time since it mostly has shorter lines.) We waited around fifteen minutes and then went inside the Colosseum. Stunning!!
While my father and I were walking around and talking to each other, there was a lady greeted us with the Thai greeting “Sawaddee kha”. Oh! She was a Thai student who was studying in USA. She flew from the USA to Rome..alone… Wow!!
We left Colosseum and then walked to Palatino or Palantine Hill to see landscape of the areas around Colosseum. They were magnificent. I noticed that my father was tired. So, we stopped and sat under trees many times.
The next station was Pyramid or Piramide station. The cemetery we were going to visit was the non-Catholic Cemetery or Campo Cestio. According to the volunteer of this cemetery, it was more than 200 years old. It was the resting place of many non-catholic people who died whilst visiting or living in Rome. It was located next to the Pyramid Gaius Cestius.
Even it was located next to the Pyramid, we got lost. Fortunately, we met a Canadian lady which her baby in a stroller. She was very nice. She said it was easier for us to walk with her. She found out that when people in Rome told travelers how to reach the place, they still got lost. From the short conversation, her parents visited Thailand and told her how they liked my country. She said she would like to visit Thailand one day.
Inside the cemetery, it was serene and rarely had visitors. My father decided to have ciambella (sugar doughnut) on a bench while I was climbing up and down to explore many nice and famous graves such as John Keats’ and Percy Shelley’s ones.
It took almost an hour to walk around the cemetery and pay respect to deceased persons. Before we left the cemetery, we talked to two elderly female volunteers. One of them had visited Thailand and said she loved Bangkok. I asked her whether she had problem with the crowded Bangkok. She said sometimes you wanted to spend time in crowded places. Both of them tried to show us the list of visitors which they believed there were Thai visitors. However, they tried for many minutes and found nothing. They thought the database was not updated.
We then walked back to the Piramid station. I walked to the trained station while my father was sitting at the Piramide station. It was 1.5 kilometres of walking. Finally, I bought train ticket for Pisa-Florence. At this point, we were ready to go to Pisa tomorrow.
In the previous post, I mentioned that there was an exciting situation on the bus. The story was we had to take a bus from Piazza Navona back to the hotel as the staff recommended. That staf said we had to get off the bus when we arrived into Regional Lazio. Great! We did not know where the Regional Lazio was. What we did was asking a nice female passenger on the bus. She said she would tell us when we arrived into that place. The bus was so crowded. We had to stand!!
The next two buses stop, there were several passengers get into the bus. They walked pass my father and me. I felt that there was someone caught my bottom. It was a female passenger in that group. I was startled and then shouted. That person stared at me. Aha!! I stared at her, too. I was not afraid. The nice female passenger asked me what happened. I told her the story. She said it was so weird. That person walked quickly and then got off the bus.
Before I visited Rome, everyone warned me about pickpockets. My father and I listened to everyone. We carried only money for daily use. We had money belts which we wore under our shirts to keep some extra money (just in case). We left most of money into the hotel room’s safe box. With the preparedness as mentioned, we were safe from the pickpockets.
Before the situation on the bus, father almost lost money to a couple of pickpockets. The first day we arrived into Rome, we took metro to go around with my sister. There was a woman tried to stand close to my father while another stood at another side of my father. The woman had a scarf in her hands and waved it to divert our attention. But we have three persons and we watched out. I told my father to stand closer to me and my sister took her iPhone to take photos. I think she was threatening those two pickpockets. And her technique worked very well. Those two persons stopped their suspicious action. However, father said it was a pity. He said he had only two twenty-baht Thai banknotes in his pocket and wanted to have experience about pick pocketing. I told him sometimes we did not want any experience (especially the bad one).
Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. — Greg Anderson —
We arrived into Vatican at 11.00 am, three hours before the booking time. However, an officer there allowed us to go inside the museum. We had to leave our bags at the baggage storage. The first thing we did after leaving bags was to send our postcards. It cost 1.5 Euro for stamp or 0.2 Euro more expensive than buying a stamp at tabacchi. But it was Vatican – it was special!!
When you visit Vatican Museum, you should not miss the Sistine Chapel which was decorated by many artists including Michelangelo. Even though we saw many beautiful artworks around the museum, we was stunning when we went inside the chapel. We spent around 30 minutes there since we did not want to miss anything. The highlights of the chapel were the Creation Of Adams and the Last Judgment by Michelangelo (again!! and Michelangelo was at everywhere). Since there was no photo taking allowed, there was no picture of the Chapel in this post. Sorry!!!
จุดสำคัญที่พลาดไม่ได้ คือต้องไปชมภายใน Sistine Chapel ที่มีภาพวาดฝีมือไมเคิล แองเจโล แม้ว่าจะได้ชมของสวย ๆ งาม ๆ ในพิพิธภัณฑ์มามาก แต่พอเข้าไปข้างใน แล้ว ถึงกับหยุดนิ่งไปชั่วขณะเลยทีเดียว ใช้เวลาใน Sistine Chapel ถึงครึ่งชั่วโมง เพราะอยากเก็บบรรยากาศให้ได้มากที่สุด เขาห้ามถ่ายรูปด้วยค่ะ เข้าไปแล้วห้ามพลาดทุกจุด โดยเฉพาะรูป the Creation Of Adams และ the Last Judgment ฝีมือไมเคิล แองเจโล
Around 1.30 p.m. we took our bags back, had croissants and sugar donuts and then walked along to Vatican wall to the St. Peter Basilica
As you would seen from the photo below, the sunlight was so strong and lot of tourists in the line. We waited around 20 minutes until we could get into the St. Peter. It was worth waiting that long. St.Peter was so beautiful, inside and outside the church.
When we went out, we heard someone was speaking local Chinese – Cháozhōu or Teochew. My grandparents came from Cháozhōu, a city in eastern Guangdong province of the People’s Republic of China. Father happily spoke with that lady and her friend while I was listening (I could understand some parts of their conversation). We found out that they came from Cháozhōu.
After Vatican, we walked along the streets and crossed Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II to the area of furniture renovation stores as the hotel staff recommended us. My father was a furniture maker, that the reason the staff gave us that recommendation. However, we found only two small stores. I guessed it was quite late and most stores were closed.
We then walked a little bit further to the Piazza Navona. There were lot of painters around piazza. We took photos of Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or Fountain of the Four Rivers, which was one of Bernini’s artworks and the buildings . Around 6.00 pm. we took a bus back to the hotel. On the bus we had an exciting situation. ….. to be continue …..
หลังจากนั้น เดินไปอีกนิดเดียวก็ถึง Piazza Navona ซึ่งมีศิลปินมานั่งวาดภาพกันมากมาย ถ่ายรูปกับน้ำพุ Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or
The destination of the day was Vatican. I consulted a hotel staff again. She said it would be better to book ticket online since she heard from hotel guests that they spent six hours waiting in front of the Vatican Museum. Mama Mia!! Yes I booked immediately. We had to pay four euro for each ticket for the online service fee.
Our booking was for 2.00 p.m., therefore we had a plenty of time in the morning. We made decision to have a trip along the Line A metro. The first place we visited was Piazza della Repubblica. We just got off at the Repubblica station and took some photos. It was probably too early, so it was so quiet, I thought. There was a church opposite to the station, but we skipped it.
จองบัตรได้เวลาเข้าชมตอน บ่ายสอง ช่วงเช้าก็มีเวลาเหลือเฟือ จึงตัดสินใจว่าน่าจะนั่งรถเมโทรแล้วแวะเที่ยวตามสถานที่ใกล้ ๆ สถานีรถเมโทรจะได้ไม่เหนื่อยมาก โดยเลือกเส้นทางท่องเที่ยวตาม Line A สถานีแรกที่เราแวะเที่ยวก็คือ Repubblica แวะถ่ายรูปนิดหน่อย ดูเงียบ ๆ เพรายังเช้าอยู่ ขึ้นจากสถานี มีโบสถ์อยู่ตรงข้ามแต่ไม่ได้ข้ามไปดู
Next station is Spagna, yes we wanted to see the famous Spanish Steps. Again, it was probably too early. We could take photos without many tourists in our photos. At this place, father wanted to go to toilet. We asked a female police and found out there was no public toilet. She recommended us to buy something from a bar, which located opposite to the Steps, and then we could use its toilet. Yes, we followed her advice. We bought a small scoop of ice-cream which cost 3.5 Euro (quite expensive!!!) and then both of us went to the toilet.
We then walked around to see many brand-name shops. Before we flew to Rome, some friends asked me to buy them Longchamp bags. We tried to find the Longchamp shop, but it was not successful even my sister had told me where it was. Dear friends, sorry indeed!!
Next stop was Flaminio to see Piazza del Popolo, a big square in Rome. There were fountain, churches, and Egyptian obelisk. It was an interesting tourist spot in my view. Now, father was tired again. We then sat in front of a church around fifteen minutes. We noticed that a step of the entrance was unsteady. A lady walked down and stumbled over that step. Her sunglasses bounced off and were broken. My father said we should do something. Then he tried to fix that step using a piece of stone. Since the stone was too big, he slammed it onto the floor many times until he got a smaller one that matched the hole under that step. There are a couple of tourists applauded him. For me, what he did was a good memory of this trip.
“If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together.”
– African Proverb
I had been busy before the trip. So, I had not prepared the itinerary. What I knew was my destinations were Rome, Pisa and Florence. For Florence, many people told me that I would never regret to visit there.
As you probably read from my first three episodes of my Italy trip, I spent the first day with my Guide of Honour – Kim. She was my sister who had degrees in History (Hons). No surprise, she was an excellent story teller about many historical places. For the second day of my trip and other days, she was too busy working at her job. It was time for father and me to travel together.
Actually, besides my sister, we had other helping hands. They were the Hotel Derby’s staff. Their service was superb and they spoke English very well. (I intended not to mention their names or any specific staff since one of staff, that I remembered his name from a review on a website, told me that he was embarrassed to see hi name on that website. He believed that everyone worked well not only him. I did agree. However, I thought he was the best due to his experience and English skill.)
Not only the friendliness of its staff, but the hotel also provided big and comfort room, elevator and free wifi . Room rate included breakfast was reasonable. Breakfast was quite good. They served ham, fruit, croissant (yummy), cracker, bread yogurt, hot and cold coffee and a few kinds juice. Well, if you wanted cappuccino, you just told the waiter and no extra charge.
The weakness of this hotel was it was 10 minutes walk from the nearest metro station – Gabartella. However, my father and I did not have problem about its location. Along the way from the hotel to the station there were a good Pizzeria and a good café. It was worth walking 10 minutes.
Walking 6.5 hours yesterday made both father and I had blisters on our feet. Therefore, we told a hotel staff that we needed a peaceful day and only one or two places should be enough for today. That staff recommended us to visit St. Paul Outside the Walls (Basilica di San Paolo) which was the second biggest church of Rome (The biggest one was in Vatican) . It was not far walking from the hotel but we had to walk in the opposite direction to the metro and then cross two streets (hope my memory is still good). And from the St. Paul we could take bus or metro to a market not far from Piramide metro station. We believed him and them started walking around 9.00 am. Since we did not want to get lost, we asked people along the way. It took less than 20 minutes to arrived in to St. Paul.
The church had only a few groups of tourists and it was so quiet. However inside the church it had low light so it was not easy to take photos. Since it was a very big church, we took an hour seeing the beauty of this historic place. There were souvenir shop and a small restaurant inside the church.
From S.Paul, we walked back to Basilica S.Paolo station and took metro to Piramide Station to visit the market. Again, we asked people but they rarely spoke English. The last couple we met told us that we got lost and had to take a bus to another direction. Luckily, I saw a bag of apples in the gentleman’s hand then I asked him where he bought those apples. He said “Oh, you wanted to go to the market!!! Next corner,you turn left”. Finally, we arrived into the market.
ออกจากโบสถ์ก็เดินกลับไปขึ้นเมโทรจากสถานี Basilica di San Paolo ไปสถานี Piramide เพื่อจะไปตลาดที่พนักงานโรงแรมบอกว่าเป็นตลาดขนาดใหญ่ หลังจากลงจากเมโทรก็ถามไปตลอดทาง แต่แทบจะไม่มีใครพูดภาษาอังกฤษเลย ผู้หญิงและผู้ชายที่ถูกเราถามสองคนสุดท้ายก็พูดภาษาอังกฤษน้อยมาก บอกว่าเรามาผิดทางต้องนั่งรถเมล์กลับไป เราเหลือบไปเห็นถุงแอปเปิลที่คุณลุงผู้ชายถือมาก็เลยถามว่าไปซื้อมาจากไหน เขาก็เลยร้อง อ๋อ จะไปตลาดหรือ แล้วไปหัวมุมข้างหน้าก็ตลาดแล้ว ในที่สุดเราก็ไปถึงตลาดจนได้
I was not sure whether we arrived into the wrong market or at the wrong time. There were only few stalls opened. At least there were some fruit stalls and bread shop that we could see Italians went shopping. My father enjoyed buying fruit. We bought cherries, strawberries, apples and another kind of fruit which we did not know its name. Father asked me to ask my sister for its name. I have not had any chance to ask her.
After shopping, we went to a pharmacy to find something to heal my father’s feet. A pharmacist told us to use a product of Scholl that supported the feet. It was to relieve the pressure when you walk. We bought it and father thought it worked quite well.
Father had been so tired, then we took metro back to the hotel. Father spent the rest of today sleeping while I was writing lot of postcards. It was easy to buy stamps at the tabacchi (cigarette shop) next to the hotel and the post box was in front of this tabacchi, convenient!!
รถไฟฟ้าที่สถานีสยาม นอกจากนั้น Termini ยังเป็นจุดเชื่อมของสถานีรถไฟ Stazione Termini หรือ Stazione di Roma Termini สถานีรถไฟที่ใหญ่ที่สุด เทียบได้กับหัวลำโพงของเรานั่นเอง
In Termini station, there were several signs guided us to the train way station. These signs make it easy for tourists to go to the Termini Stazione. Along the way from the Metro station to the train station, there were several Travel Agencies and Tourist Information Services. We could buy Roma Pass from them. Unfortunately, it was sold out . All sellers said it would take a few days until they receive new lot of Roma Pass. Sad!!!
บริเวณสถานี Termini ของ Metro จะมีป้ายบอกทางไปสถานีรถไฟชัดเจน เดินตามป้ายไปไม่น่าจะหลงพอขึ้นมาจากสถานี Metro ถ้าจะไปสถานีรถไฟ ต้องข้ามถนนเล็กน้อยเพื่อเข้าสถานีรถไฟ ระหว่างที่เดินจากสถานี Metro ขึ้นมาจะมี Travel Agencies และ Tourist Information อยู่หลายร้าน ตรงนี้เองที่เราสามารถหาซื้อ Roma Pass ได้ แต่ว่า โชคไม่เข้าข้างเอาเสียเลย ทุกร้านบอกว่า Roma Pass หมดเกลี้ยง อาจจะต้องรออีกหลายวัน
However, we still had another mission, it was to explore the platform. This was to prepare ourselves for the next few days Pisa trip. (Father wanted to see the lean tower. When he was a kid, his teacher told him about Galileo’s experiment at this tower. He wanted to see the tower by himself). We had bought the train tickets from http://www.trenitalia.com/ . It was so convenient.
After the exploration, we were a bit hungry since it was almost two o’clock in the afternoon. There were several fast food and restaurants inside the Termini Stazione. For example, you could find McDonald, pasta, pizza or even Pad Thai. My father and I shared a seafood risotto and some sort of hazelnut cake. They were acceptable.
To make sure that we would not make any mistake about the train e-ticket, I asked my sister whether we needed to validat the e-ticket before we took the train. She said no need. We just had to show the e-ticket to the staff on the train. Then the staff would key-in the ticket id into their machine to recheck. That’s it!!
Next destinations were Trevi fountain and Pantheon. We took Metro once again. This time it was from Termini station to Barberini station (only two stations , too). At the Termini station we met two Thai teenagers. They were buying tickets from a ticket vending machine. Clearly, they had the same problem as mine. We chatted for a while. They were going to the Spanish Step. So, they would take off at the Spagna station – only one station from Termini.
อิ่มท้องแล้ว ก็ออกเดินทางต่อ เป้าหมายคือ จะไปเที่ยวที่น้ำพุเทรวี่ แล้วก็ไปวิหารแพนธีออนกัน ก็อาศัย Metro อีกเหมือนเคย ถ้าจำไม่ผิดรู้สึกว่าจะขึ้นจากสถานี Termini ไปลงสถานี Barberini แล้วเดินอีกหน่อยก็ถึงน้ำพุ ตอนอยู่ที่สถานี Termini ได้เจอวัยรุ่นไทยด้วย 2 คน แบกเป้มาเที่ยวกัน กำลังมีปัญหากับเครื่องขายตั๋วเหมือนที่เราเคยมี ได้คุยกันนิดหน่อย เห็นว่าจะไปบันไดสเปนกัน (ถ้าเผื่อได้แวะมาอ่าน อย่าลืมทิ้ง comment ทักทายกันบ้างนะคะ)
One of attractiveness of Rome that I often found was the harmonization of the lifestyle, modern buildings and the ancient places. You just walked along the street and there sometimes was a restaurant at the corner. Next to the restaurant was probably an ancient Roman place. Well, we visited the Trevi Fountain in similar way. We just walked along the narrow streets and then behind the building was the Trevi Fountain. Wow!!
The next destination was Pantheon, the place that my sister fell in love with. Again, we walked along narrow streets. My sister stopped us at a corner of a building and proudly presented us the Pantheon. Stunning indeed!! I was not sure what was more impressive, the way my sister presented the Pantheon or the Pantheon itself!!!
We paid respected to Victor Emanuel II the first king of united Italy and Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino a great Italian painter and architect.
We also spent time at several churches. All churches were gorgeous. The most impressive church IMO was Santa Maria sopra Minerva. I liked the story of this church that my sister told me. This church was where GalileoGalilei repudiated his thesis that the Earth revolved around the Sun. Outside the church, there was the baby elephant sculpture. It was sculpted by Bernini. It had its face turned away from the Church. The reason was Bernini was Galileo’s friend and the sculpture was the symbol of the objection ie he did not agree that his friend was found vehemently suspect of heresy. I did not care whether the story was true. I loved this story. It showed me the great friendship. That was the point.
To take a break after visiting four or five churches, we had special gelato at Giolotti, a very famous gelateria. It was founded since 1900. The waiters were nice, polite and provided good service. However, gelatos here were quite expensive. I remembered that the gelato in the photo cost around 10 Euro++. But it was worth to have gelato at Giolotti.
All the whole trip took 6.5 hours. It was time to go back to the hotel. We got lost – yes no kidding we got lost. Finally, we found the Colosseo metro station. It was quite far from the Pantheon. My father and I took metro back to our hotel while my sister went back to her apartment. The next day, we had to travel without my sister since she was too busy from work.
เที่ยวเสร็จทั้งหมดใช้เวลา 6.5 ชั่วโมงโดยประมาณ ก็เดินหลงทางไปมาจนมาถึงสถานี Metro ที่ Colosseo นับว่าหลงมาไกลพอสมควร ขึ้น Metro กลับโรงแรมเตรียมเที่ยวกันเองพรุ่งนี้ โดยไม่มีพี่สาวมาพาเที่ยว