Fifteen days, three countries, twenty places. Here’s my itinerary for the trip to Europe I made on October 2019.
Day 1: Arrival in Rome
Colosseum at night
Day 2: Rome
I stayed across the street from Roma Termini. I took a train from Termini to Vatican and walked all the way back, stopping by some famous spots.
St. Peter’s Basilica
Day 3: Rome – Pompeii – Sorrento
Took a tour in the morning…
Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
In the afternoon I took a high speed train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale then took a Circumvesuviana train from Napoli Garibaldi to Sorrento.
Stopped by the Ruins of Pompeii on the way to Sorrento.
Day 4: Amalfi Coast
Took a day tour of Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello.
Day 5: Sorrento – Venice
Took the Circumvesuviana train from Sorrento to Napoli Garibaldi then a high speed train from Napoli Centrale to Venezia Sta Lucia. Arrived in Venice in the afternoon.
Piazza San Marco
Grand Canal from Rialto Bridge
Day 6: Venice – Como
Venice in the morning…
Grand Canal from Ponte de l’Academia
Took a bus from Venice Mestre to Como at noon.
Day 7: Como – Bellagio
Took a cruise on a ferry along Lake Como from Como to Bellagio.
Took a bus from Bellagio back to Como.
Day 8: Como – Milan – Cinque Terre – Pisa
Took trains from Como to Cinque Terre. Stopped by Milan Cathedral during the 2-hour train connection.
Arrived in Cinque Terre at noon.
Monterosso al Mare
Took trains from Cinque Terre to Pisa at night.
Day 9: Tuscany
Took a train from Pisa to Florence, where the day tour to Tuscany started.
Day 10: Zurich
Took an overnight bus from Florence to Zurich.
Day 11: Zurich – Athens – Santorini
Flew from Zurich to Athens. Spent most of the day in Athens International Airport. Arrived in Santorini at midnight.
Day 12: Santorini
Day 13: Santorini – Athens
Flew from Santorini to Athens. Arrived in Athens at noon.
Day 14: Meteora
Took a day tour of Meteora, which included roundtrip train tickets from Athens.
Day 15: Departure from Athens
I travelled alone and made all the preparations on my own. Making the itinerary for this trip was like completing a 1000-piece puzzle. There were so many places I wanted to visit but I had very little time. I only had one month to prepare because my visa arrived one month before the trip. With very limited time and money I managed to cram most of the places I wanted to see in Europe into my itinerary. But the schedule was too hectic and exhausting. In the end it was all worth it. I spent a total of Php145,000 (around €2,600), which includes roundtrip airfare from Cebu and accommodations. It wasn’t a lot of money considering the number of places I went to and the little time I had to plan the trip.
Italy, Switzerland, and Greece are very beautiful places. And I fell in love with all the places I visited. This whirlwind romance is a treasure I will keep for the rest of my life.