The 2015 Italy experience.
Whenever I see that I have few days off (and as long as I have money and no exams soon) I like to travel.
Usually, what I do is check what free days I have and search with this amazing ultimate travel cheap tool called AZUON where’s the cheapest destination to fly to. As we say around here: “when you are traveling low cost, it’s not important where you go but what days you can travel”. After running the software a couple of times I saw that the optimal trip was to Norway, the cheapest destination. The only “problem” was that I had already been there this year.
The next option was Italy, inbound flight to Milan from Vilnius and outbound flight from Milan to Vilnius. Three nights, four days. Eventually, (including big luggage) I paid around 140€ for both tickets (back and forth).
The journey itself went quite smooth (except for a couple of anecdotes that I’ll share soon) and I tried AirBnB for the first time! Such a nice experience! (post about it on the making!).
Even though I had already been both in Milan and Venice (when I was about 16 years old and I was with my parents and sister) I truly didn’t mind going back, because it would be almost the first time that I was in Italy without parents.
On our first few hours in Italy, we got to the flat we would be staying, got cleaned up and went to the Duomo. We didn’t make it to the roof (spoiler alert, we didn’t go up there on the trip, the second day we wanted to go was very cloudy and it was totally not worth). That didn’t really bother us, we wandered around the city centre, visited the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, stepped on the bull’s testicles and span around and went shopping after fulfilling our stomachs with two wonderful pizzas (one for each, don’t think that I ate two pizzas by myself. I mean, I really like them but that’s way too much dude).
On the next day, we went to Venice.
We got a bit lost while trying to reach the flat but finally made it. But we didn’t make it exactly to Venice (yeah, we thought we were staying in the main one but we actually booked a flat in an outskirt town, well, you can get to the main Venice, yeah the one with the canals and gondolas in a 20 min bus ride, for next time I’ll know better).
To tell the truth, we actually were somehow happy that we made that “mistake” and didn’t get a flat in Venice the mainland. Mestre (the town we stayed in) was super calm and chill, plus it had a very nice and historic old town!
Since it was my birthday we decided that it would be a good idea to have dinner in a nice restaurant where we could see the canals.
Well, we didn’t. Wait. We did have a nice dinner, but not outside, it was in a restaurant. It was too cold to sit outdoors.
Since we didn’t explore much the day we got there, we came back the next morning to keep on exploring the different streets and squares that Venice had to offer. It was so (f-word+ing) crowded. I didn’t remember there were so many people last time I was there.
After having an exhausting and quite explorer day, we jumped (we didn’t really jump, we walked in, as normal people do) into the train that would ride us back to Milan. There we would be spending the last night of our adventure in a very lovely top floor-plus-balcony-loft and the few hours we had left in the morning before heading back to the airport.
Overall I have to say that I had quite much fun on this trip. Maybe it was too much (or better said, way too much) visiting a couple of cities in that short time, but, well, this is how you learn right? As Pergulas Gunnharsonne said, “By trying and making mistakes you reach the perfection”.
It was a very pleasant experience to get back to Italy and dig up some well-dug memories of my very first trip out of Spain.
“A presto Italia!”