After 15 hours in a plane and a short layover in Moscow, we finally made it to Italy! We were picked up and dropped off at Alessandro Palace hostel. The hostel is a very short walk away from train stations, busses, restaurants, and even a grocery store. I also share a room with 5 other people. 2 of the 6 I came with, one is from Mexico city, the other 2 girls were from Australia. We stayed up until 2 or 3am talking and playing games.
When we woke up, we were recommended to get breakfast at Caffè Fondi. It’s a quaint little place on the corner of V. Milazzo and V. Magenta. The food was delicious and prices were reasonable. I ordered a turkey, lettuce, tomato, and mozzarella sandwich with a cup of coffee and bottled water for € 5,50.
After breakfast, we decided to walk around the city. It is so beautiful! The architecture is absolutely amazing too! The pictures below show the way they market to tourists. Tons of little stores filled with souvenirs. We also found a tiny street market filled with clothes, electronic accessories, fruits, veggies, etc.
One of my favorites things about the city is all the miniature cars and motorcycles/Vespas that everyone drives. The streets are filled with rows of vehicles parallel parked.
As we continued to walk around the city, we came to a few fountains. One of them being Neptune’s Fountain which is located in Piazza Della Republica. Since it is in the center of a round about, we had to walk around the entire fountain to reach the crosswalk….. as well as dodging cars and motorcyclists.
Our final destination was actually right across from the Neptune’ Fountain. It is called “Bascilla: S. Maria Dealing Angeli S Dei Martira” which was originally a bathhouse, then a cemetary, then a storage place for wine and oil, and now a beautiful museum. It is interesting because the Pope is the one in charge of the entire place.
We finished the day by trying some Italian pizza. It is absolutely amazing! Thin crust pizza with lots of toppings. We got cheese pizza as well as one similar to Margherita pizza. Lots of mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil.
Day 1 in Italy was a success! I am slowly adjusting to the time difference. I am currently 9 hours ahead of the U.S. and it was very strange realizing it’s actually 8:30am here when it’s 11:30pm at home! Definitely takes some adjusting to. Overall, it was a fantastic first day. Looking forward to the rest of the trip and Colloseum tomorrow. (P.S. cover photo for this post was taken by Luke Cardona)