This is the first post about our summer 2104 vacation in Italy that took place from July 26th to August 7th. Finally all preparations came to the end and we got on board of Air Transat charter flight to Rome. It was much cheaper than regular flight, but without blankets and alcohol - you pay for it if you want. After arriving in Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci) airport we made a stop at first Tourist Information booth and bought “3 days Roma passes”. Then we headed to train station that located within airport, and bought transportation passes for 3 days and tickets for train to Termini station – central train station in Rome.
One way ticket for one person from airport to downtown Rome costs 14 euro for fast train with cozy seats, but there is a budget version of it for 9 euro. In Paris one way train from Charles de Gaulle airport to downtown is 9 euro. I was surprised that in Toronto, a train from Union Station to Pearson Airport (about 25 km) will cost from 25-30 dollars for person in one way. I am wondering, why it is 2 times more expensive and who will trade convenience of taxi for train hassle that cost the same money?
We were hungry and decided to have a lunch in one of the Piazza di Spagna’s restaurant patios. It was our first eating out in Italy and we ordered pizza and pasta with coffee and gelato for dessert. The food was good, but we were more excited to see Rome and watch solid flows of tourists walking in all directions.
After lunch we took a short walk to Fountain Trevi. Unfortunately it was under construction and didn’t work, but we came close any way and enjoyed architecture of the largest Baroque fountain in Rome. Just in 50 meters from Fountain Trevi we found Pinocchio store.