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Are you going on a Road Trip around central regions of Italy? Here is a Trip Itinerary on what to do and see.

 


 

Day 1

 

>>>>>>>>>>>>> 

Take a morning flight to one of the Airports of Rome

[Preferably Ciampino (CIA) that serves budget airlines]

 

Rent a cheap Italian Car

 

Stay in a Hotel / Hostel / Guesthouse in Rome

 

pm hours:

Do Rome Sightseeing

Colosseum – Forum – Pantheon etc...

Late pm hours:

Have Pizza by the lit Fontana di Trevi

 

 

Day 2

 

am hours:

Visit the Vatican

Dress code to the Vatican: no shorts or bare shoulders.

 

First Visit:

9:00am

-The Vatican Museums

M-Sa 09:00-18:00 (last tickets at 16:00).

One of the greatest art galleries in the world, the museum is most famous for its spiral staircase, the Raphael Rooms and the exquisitely decorated Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's frescoes. It's organised in such a way that the visitor has to follow a one-way route; do see it! Don't put it off, because the Sistine Chapel closes before the rest of the museum does!

€16, Concessions €8.

 

There are often lengthy queues from the entrance that stretch around the block. Non-guided visitors should join the queue that is to the left as you are facing the entrance; the queue on the right is intended for guided group visitors.

You can book on-line for admission only (no tour) for an extra €4pp and still skip the queue.

 

Accessing the Sistine Chapel requires walking through many other (spectacular) halls and buildings (including the Raphael's Rooms and the Map room) and it takes about an hour.

 

Also, be aware that it is not allowed to take pictures or to talk loudly in the Sistine Chapel (although everybody flagrantly violates these rules). While one may agree with this policy or not, the visit would be a much more pleasant one without the guards having to yell out "Shh!" or: "No foto e no video!" every two minutes. The bottom line is: respect the rules and let every visitor enjoy the best of the experience, even if no one else does. If you try to sneak a picture (again, like everyone does), you'll get a bad photograph and a screaming guard as your reward.

 

 

Then Visit:

-St. Peter's Basilica [Open: 07:00-19:00 daily]

and

-St. Peter's square

 

pm:

Castel Sant'Angelo,

09:00-19.00, last entry at 18:30,

Castel Sant'Angelo is the most fascinating building in Rome. The core of the structure began life as the mausoleum of the Emperor Hadrian, built between 135 and 139 AD. Subsequent strongholds were built on top of the mausoleum during the Middle Ages and were in turn incorporated into a residence and castle by the Popes. The building was used as a prison until 1870, but now houses a museum. Opera buffs will be exhilarated to visit the balcony from which Tosca leaps to her death;

Film buffs will recognise it as the setting from the Tom Hanks film “Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)”.

€8.50, with reductions. Roma Pass accepted

 

 

Day 3

 

7:00am

Rome (Roma) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Vernazza, La Spezia [Cinque Terre]

5 Hours (439km) if you take Road E80

 

12:00pm:

Cinque Terre [From South to North]:

1.    Riomaggiore

2.    Manarola

3.    Corniglia

4.    Vernazza  [Have Pasta Lunch in this Village]

5.    Monterosso al Mare [Not that Spectacular as the other villages, not really have to visit this one!]

 

7:00pm

Vernazza >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Florence

2 h 43 min (182.6 km) if you take Road A12/E80 and A11/E76

 

Stay in a Hotel / Hostel / Guesthouse in Florence

 

 

Day 4

 

Do Florence Sightseeing:

 

Visit Accademia Gallery

Via Ricasoli 58-60, Florence, Italy

Tu-Su 8:15AM-6:50PM.

Highlights are Michelangelo's ORIGINAL David and the unfinished Slaves. The David was recently cleaned in a controversial project. No photography is allowed inside. Wait times can be over an hour in peak-season. It is possible to reserve at the academia in advance and save yourself the long line.

€11 (advance booking: €15)

 

If you only interested in see David and “Rape of the Sabines”,and are short on cash you can see similar replicas in Palazzo Vecchio where you can also take pictures.

 

You can also see a replica of David in Piazza della Signoria in its original position.

 

 

Day 5

Pisa Day Trip

 

Florence (Firenze) >>>>>>>>>>>>>Pisa

1 h 8 min (83.5 km) if you take Road SGC Florence - Pisa - Livorno

 

Pisa Sightseeing:

The Piazza dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles) is to the north of central Pisa. It's an UNESCO World Heritage site and contains the city's most famous sight.

 

Torre Pendente (The Leaning Tower)

To climb the Leaning Tower purchase a ticket online: http://www.opapisa.it/en/tickets/buy

Ticket Cost: €17pp

WARNING: the tickets are only good for the Leaning tower and the Cathedral (The Cathedral being a free entry anyway!!!)

-Before climbing the tower leave any bags/luggage in the cloakroom.

-Be careful when walking over the marble surfaces, as they may be slippery.

-The climb lasts approximately 30 minutes. Visitors will be escorted by staff of Opera della Primaziale Pisana.

-Cameras and video cameras may be used.

-It is strictly forbidden to stand under the bells or strike them in any way.

 

Interestingly enough the famous Pisa leaning tower is not the only one, due of the marshy land that they are built on, there are other 2 towers in Pisa: the Bell Tower of San Nicola Church, near the banks of Arno and the Bell Tower of San Michele of Scalzi Church.

 

Duomo di Pisa (Cathedral of Pisa). The splendid cathedral, contains artwork by Giambologna, Della Robbia, and other major artists. Fine Romanesque style with double aisles and a cupola, a huge apse mosaic partly by Cimabue, and a fine pulpit by Giovanni Pisano in late Gothic / early Renaissance style. 

 

Battistero (Baptistry). Large round Romanesque dome with many sculptured decorations and a fine view up top; climb this if you want a great view with the Leaning Tower visible in your photos. Arabic-style pavement, pulpit by Nicola Pisano (father of Giovanni), and fine octagonal font. At regular intervals, the ticket-checker-guard at the entrance comes into the baptistery and gives an audio-treat of echo-effect. The guard shouts out few sounds which when echoed sound like pure beautiful music. Do not miss it. You can also cast your inhibitions to the wind, stand by the wall, and sing long notes that turn into chords by yourself, as the echoes go round and round the dome of the building.

 

Pisa>>>>>>>>>>>> Florence (Firenze)

1 h 8 min (83.5 km) if you take Road SGC Livorno - Pisa - Florence

 

 

Day 6

 

am:

Florence (Firenze) >>>>>>>>>>>>>San Marino

3 h 6 min (179.9 km) if you take Road SS67 and A14

 

San Marino Sightseeing:

A must is to visit the top of Monte Titano to see the views from the top of the Guaita Tower!

 

pm:

San Marino >>>>>>>>>>>> Rimini

32 min (21.9 km) if you take Road Strada Statale 72 Consolare Rimini San Marino/SS72

 

Stay in a Hotel / Hostel / Guesthouse in Rimini

 

 

Day 7

Day Trip back to Rome via Siena

 

am:

Rimini >>>>>>>>>>>> Siena

2 h 46 min (227.0 km) if you take Road SS3bis

 

Siena Sightseeing

 

pm:

Siena >>>>>>>>>>>> Rome (Roma)

2 h 20 min (227.6 km) if you take Road A1/E35

 

Do the Hippie Thing!

NO HOTEL - Drive all night around Rome!!!

 

 

 

Day 8

 

Drop off your Rental Car 

 

Fly out from one of the Airports of Rome

 

 


                                     

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