It’s me again, fresh from my Rome-Pompeii-Salerno weekend trip. The trip was amazing, and there’s so much to tell. Where do I even begin? I guess I should start with the bus ride from Florence to Rome. This also happens to be the most negative part of the trip, so I might as well get this out of the way. It was Friday morning, and my roommate and I were supposed to wake up at 4:00am, leave the apartment by 4:30am and be at the bus station by 5:00am to catch our 5:30am bus to Rome. Guess what, we overslept and woke up at 30 mins late. As soon as we woke up, we brushed out teeth, got dressed, and power walked our way to the bus station. With only 5 mins to spare, we got there at 5:15am only to find out through other passengers the bus got delayed by 45mins! Bummer, right? Anyway, at least we made it safe to Rome.
We explored Rome and did a LOT of walking— 14.3 miles and over 33,000 steps to be exact. During our little tour, we were able to visit famous landmarks such as the Roman Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Emanuele Vittorio II Monument, the Roman Forum, the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. By the end of the day, we were so tired; however, we felt accomplished and happy. My favorite place in Rome would have to be the Emanuele Vittorio II Monument. The view of Rome up top is breathtaking!
That night, we stayed in Rome, and the following day, we rode another bus to Pompeii around 7:00 in the morning. Upon arriving in Pompeii, we booked a tour going to Mt. Vesuvius. A local bus took us to a designated area where we started our 20-minute hike up the crater of the volcano responsible for the destruction of Pompeii. The hike was a bit of a challenge because the road was uneven, but the view going up and on top was amazing! I highly recommend you visit and see for yourself. After hiking Mt. Vesuvius, we visited the Pompeii Ruins. Although we got lost inside the park, we eventually found our way to the Garden of Fugitives and out the park.
After spending the day in Pompeii, we rode a train to Salerno where we spent the night. For once, during the weekend, we were able to sleep in and relax by the beach. I have to say I enjoyed Salerno very much. It’s not as touristy as Rome and Pompeii, and the prices of goods and food were way cheaper. Since our bus was scheduled to depart Salerno at 1:15pm, we decided not to visit the Amalfi Coast. Instead, we explored Salerno and spent the morning walking by the bay and shopping. On our way back to Florence, we couldn’t help but notice the amazing view. We realized we made the right choice of riding the bus from Salerno to Florence. Although the bus ride took 8 hours, we used the time to appreciate the view, relax and study for our classes.
After all the adventure, we were happy to be back in Florence. My roommate was relieved to see the familiar streets and not have to worry about getting lost. For once, we can say we didn’t need Google Maps anymore that weekend. Overall, our trip turned out way better than we expected. We were both happy we decided to visit Rome, Pompeii and especially Salerno.
Till next time,