Live Florence: Exploring greater Tuscany and beyond

Exploring greater Tuscany and beyond from Florence is easy. Florence is located centrally and really close to most of the Italian wonders of the north. The Italian train network is easy to navigate and offers some great last minute deals and there are a couple of budget airlines that fly out of the Florence airport. Not to mention you can catch a cheap train to Pisa for access to even more budget airlines.

First to look at the train options, visit trenitalia regularly for deals. Being flexible is also a great idea, often booking the day before means you can get a much cheaper ticket than if you booked in advance. And they also have a 2 for 1 deal on saturdays for many destinations: refer to their specials page to see if the offer is still current. Continue reading “Live Florence: Exploring greater Tuscany and beyond”

Turn a blind eye to Roma Termini, just enjoy the city

Don’t let Roma Termini influence your opinion of Rome.

Rome is a beautiful city, but Roma Termini – where many Roman adventures begin – is the epicentre of all things that are wrong with the city.

So if your journey must begin at the Termini separate this experience from the rest of Rome.

Rest assured upon arrival more eyes will be watching both you and your luggage than you can imagine. In one glance you will be assessed for your potential.The question is will you be an easy target for a pickpocket’s prying eyes or will you simply be overlooked.

These people – pickpockets – are easy to spot if you take a moment to look around. Divert your attention for a moment from where you are going and take a look around.They’re the ones watching the people rather than going somewhere themselves. And remember they may not look run down or dirty – this is profitable business for them after all! Keep an eye out for props, newborn babies create both a great distraction and also a false sense of comfort.

And if you see them, they’re not likely to be interested in you. So take a look around and show that you are alert.

But if you’d rather pass through the Termini oblivious to your surrounds just mind your belongings and before exiting check you’ve come out the other side with all of your valuables.

And now that you’ve made it out of Roma Termini, benvenuti a Roma!

Enjoy the beautiful, ancient city. Be vigilant on all public transport and remember service is never free.

A few snaps from my week in Rome, although after having been to Rome a few times you are not going to see many of the main attractions.

Room with a view.
Room with a view.
For as little as 80 euro cents you can start your day with espresso, just follow the locals.
For as little as 80 euro cents you can start your day with espresso, just follow the locals.
Pay a little bit more and you can have a well dressed man make your morning espresso.
Pay a little bit more and you can have a well dressed man make your morning espresso.
Treats from the Pasticceria.
Treats from the Pasticceria.
Italian colazione.
Italian colazione.
The umbrella sales man is out just before the rain - did he have something to do with it?
The umbrella sales man is out just before the rain – did he have something to do with it?
Thunderstorms to start the day.
Thunderstorms to start the day.
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Local market

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After many visits to Rome discovering there is an amazing park.
After many visits to Rome discovering there is an amazing park.

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Just a simple Margherita pizza
Just a simple Margherita pizza
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Spaccatelli alla pescatore
Tagliolini allo scoglio
Tagliolini allo scoglio

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Traditional Roman restaurant

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More pizza!

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