There were Line A and Line B of metro or Rome subway. In the map above, Line A was in RED colour while Line B was in blue colour. Our hotel located near the Garbatella station on Line B. It was only three stations far from Colloseo station.
ลองดูที่แผนที่เมโทรของโรมนะคะ ปัจจุบันมีสองสายด้วยกันคือ Line A กับ Line B โรงแรมของเราอยู่ไม่ไกลจากสถานี Garbatella ของสาย B ดูจากแผนที่แล้วก็สามสถานีเท่านั้นเอง
The Collosseo station was amazing. In front of the station, we saw the Collosseum and the Arch of Constantine. Stunning!!
When we arrived into the Colosseum around noon, it was crowded. We decided to walk around and came back in the next few days. For all readers, we found out later that it would be easier if you bought ticket at the Palatino first. You just walked around the Palatino and then entered the Colosseum. The line at the Palatino was so short.
We spent around 40 minutes at the Collosseo and the Arch of Constantine. Next stop was the Termini station since my sister wanted to show us how to take train to other city. It was only two stations from Colloseo to Termini and we spent only 40 minutes, so we thought we could use our 1.5 Euro tickets be bought from the Garbatella station. But the ticket barriers rejected our tickets. Oh dear!! We tried to talk to the metro officer but nobody was on duty. So, the solution we had was only buying new tickets.
(I just found out today when I took pictures of the 1.5 Euro ticket, it said that it was valid for 100 minutes , 1 metro only. It was integrated ticket. You could take only one Metro but many buses within 100 minutes. Hah!!)
Another reason we wanted to go to Termini station was to buy Roma Pass. I read from the Internet that you paid 30 Euro for free entry of two museums and for free three days of the city’s public transport network. To save money and skip the line at two museums, I thought I need it. I had no time to buy it online (you can buy it online at http://www.romapass.it/) . Though you bought it online, you had to pick the card up somewhere and you also had to buy it five days prior to the picking up date. So, the mission at the termini was to find the Roma Pass.
I have to thank my sister who suggested us to visit Italy. She has worked as a freelance consultant for an international organization in Italy for two months. One day we chatted and she asked “why don’t you visit Italy??”. I think it was a good idea to spend time with her who stayed in another part of this world. Therefore, my father and I decided to fly to Italy. And “yes”, we had a great time there.
After taking time making reservations for hotel, airplane tickets, train tickets, etc.., finally we managed to fly Thai Airways from Suvannabhumi to the Fumicino Airport (The Leonardo Da Vin Ci Airport). The flight took 11.5 hours and we arrived into Rome on Sunday morning.
At the airport, it was not easy to catch a taxi to the hotel. My sister told me that the taxi should cost not over 40 Euro (flat rate) to our hotel. And I must take the licensed taxi only (the ones which white colour and SQRD or something likes that logo.) According to many taxi drivers, our hotel was not in the center of Rome. So, the taxi would not use flat rate. However a group of taxi drivers said it was 55 Euro. Then we refused to use their service.
We walked back and forth around five minutes and then found a Thai family. Aha, they were my professor and his colleagues. It was unbelievable to meet them. And it was incredible to meet them twice in Rome. Later in the afternoon, we met them at the Vittorio Emanuel monument!!! I wanted to knock my head not asking them to take a group photo.
Well, we talked to that family for a while and then kept walking to find taxi with the right price. A big man came to us and asked about the hotel we were going to. And he said it was 50 Euro. No, we would find 40 Euro of taxi.
Fifteen minutes later, the same man came and said it was 45 Euro. This time we did not want to wait. So we used his service. But we found out later that it was not a private taxi. It was a shuttle big van. However, we arrived into the hotel safely and quite early. The hotel was located in the suburb of Rome. So it was so quiet. (we will talk about the hotel later)
My sister came to see us at 11.00 am. She was always on time. Then we went to see Rome. Before our official tour start, she took us to the metro station to buy the ticket. We arrived into Rome on Sunday. Many stores closed on Sunday. We could not buy ticket from the newspaper shop or the tabacchi (cigarette shop) around the station since they were closed. Then we tried to buy from the ticket selling machine. Many times the machine did not accept our banknote. A metro staff told us that the machine would accept banknote only when you buy the whole day ticket. There were many kinds of ticket. For example:
It was so easy to take metro from our hotel to the Collosseo or Collosseum. It was only three metro stops. We decided to buy two of 1.5 Euro tickets while my sister had monthly ticket. So, we needed coins.
Sister said we must go to a cafeteria to learn the Italian way to have coffee and Occhi di Bue (a popular biscuit) at the cafeteria and then get some coins. We then walked around to find a good cafeteria.
In many cafeterias, you have to pay for the “coperto” (the extra charge when you sit in the cafeteria or restaurant – normally Italians stand and drink coffee or eat Ciambella (sugared doughnut), croissant, etc.. However, this trip, we paid for coperto only at a Chinese restaurant in Florence (1.5 Euro per person). The cafeteria, gelateria and pizzeria we visited did not charge us for the coperto. So lucky???
Finally we found a small typical Italian cafeteria. My sister could speak many Italian words. I let her order cappuccino for us (I had quit drinking coffee for more than one and a half years. But my sister insisted that it was Italy. You must drink coffee and eat gelato. Well, I always listened to her. She has been always right. And this time she was right, too. Italian coffee was wonderful.) We finished drinking coffee, got coins, and then back to the metro to buy tickets to the Collosseo.