Holidays; Italy

Holidays are definitely one of the perks of being a teacher. When I was coming back from a holiday last year I thought about setting up a travel blog – then realised that IPT already took up so much time so I wouldn’t be able to run a second blog too. I’m going to do a few posts sharing some tips from different holidays. Let me know what you think!

Last October mid-term we headed to Italy. We knew we wanted to go to Rome and Florence but flights to both of these places were very expensive so we decided to fly to Bologna with Ryanair which worked out at about 50/60 euro each (one way). We then flew back from Rome!

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Packing

October is still quite warm but you would need a jumper/cardigan (especially at night time). Selfie sticks are very handy to get good pictures! A comfortable pair of walking shoes are an essential!

Bologna

Hotel; Sav Hotel

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Hotel was nice, very modern but a bit outside Bologna – within walking distance but a bit rough at night time.

Things to See;

  • Fountain of Neptune
  • Piazza Maggiore
  • Santo Stefano
  • San Petronio Basilica
  • Anatomical theatre
  • University – oldest in the world

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Bologna was a lovely city to visit – but I feel I’ve been there now so I probably wouldn’t go back. However, the flights were very cheap (over 150 cheaper than flying to another city so it was definitely worth it).

Florence

Hotel; Hotel Adler Cavalieri

Lovely hotel, a little bit old fashioned (decorations) but was centrally located about 5 minute walk from the train station and 10 minutes from Il Duomo.

Florence is such an amazing city to explore! I absolutely LOVED it and can’t wait to return again. There is so much to do and see, lots of lovely restaurants and cafes. You can just stroll through the streets, get lost and find beautiful churches and squares.

  • Florence Cathedral
  • Piazza del Duomo
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Piazza Michaelangelo
  • Santa Croce
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Santa Maria Novella
  • Fountain of Neptune
  • San Lorenzo Market (Leather)

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Rome

Last October was my second time in Rome. I think Rome is probably my favourite place. I love how theres so many different places to see, you find something different around every corner. We stayed two minutes from the Trevi Fountain last year which was amazing. (Even though the Trevi Fountain was under construction).

Hotel: Hotel Delle Nazioni

Beautiful hotel, really central (2 minutes to Trevi Fountain and 9 minutes to the Pantheon).

Things to see;

  • Pantheon
  • Colosseum
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Spanish Steps
  • St. Peters Square (Vatican)
  • St. Peters Basilica (Vatican)
  • Vatican Museums (Vatican)
  • Sistine Chapel (Vatican)
  • Piazza Navona
  • Piazza del Popolo

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Food is delicious – lots of lovely restaurants as you walk from the Trevi Fountain to the Pantheon. Everything is close by – you can easily see all the major attractions by walking/strolling from place to place – I just love Rome. There is a delicious gelateria just to the right of the Pantheon and the ‘best coffee’ in Rome is just up a side street from the Pantheon too!

Getting from City to City

We used trains to get from place to place. We booked the trains online before we left on the Trainline.

Are you heading anywhere for mid-term? I’m looking forward to another trip to Italy!

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