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Crossing the Italian border to Milan and Rome

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Early starts are never enjoyable, but the mountain views travelling through the Swiss/Italian border were a truly remarkable sight to behold (even through sleepy eyes on the 07.42 from Geneva to Milan).

A whistle-stop tour of Milan beckoned before the connecting train to Rome. Despite the stormy weather we managed to ‘soak’ up many of Milan’s historic sites including the Teatro alla Scala, the decadent Duomo di Milano, the stunning Castello Sforza and the Sempione Park – all before making a quick dash back to the station.

A three hour trip south and we had arrived at the labyrinth that is Roma Termini with 29 platforms spread over the best part of a kilometre. We will never complain about the complexities of London Bridge or King’s Cross stations again after it took us the best part of half an hour to find our way onto a local commuter train to our abode for the next few nights.

Camping Roma was a truly remarkable place as we effectively went ‘glamping’ for three nights in a canvas tent. The swimming pool on site was essential to cope with the Rome heat (even at 10am in the morning!) and it was there we met some amazing friends with whom we travelled around all the sites of Rome over the proceeding next few days.

We wish everyone we met a fantastic remainder of your travels, and we look forward to seeing you all again at some point back home, if not in Budapest!

Rome itself is a stunning city and in our eyes is best explored by foot so comfortable walking shoes are essential! From the incredible art and architecture on display in the Vatican to the simply jaw dropping ruins of the Flavian Amphitheatre (Colosseum) and a variety of forums and palaces, it is easy to immerse yourself in thousands of years of Italian history wherever you go.

The side streets contain the beating heart of Rome however, and an evening wandering the streets is essential to absorb the best of the Italian capital’s culture. Nothing quite beats having Gelato from a small shop at midnight or seeing how the evening lights transform even the smallest of churches and monuments into a true spectacle. In particular, the fountains within Piazza Navona with the lights on at night are unquestionably stunning.

Just watch out for the roads in Rome as they can be quite perilous if you’re not careful!

Arrivederci Rome! We’ve had an incredible time here and a Croatian adventure in Split and Zagreb awaits next!

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