A Whirlwind Romance With Europe

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.

Vatican City

St. Peter’s Basilica

Tiber River

Castel Sant’Angelo

Piazza Navona

Pantheon

Trevi Fountain

Spanish Steps

Day 3: Rome – Pompeii – Sorrento

Took a tour in the morning…

Colosseum

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.

Sorrento

Day 4: Amalfi Coast

Took a day tour of Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello.

Positano

Amalfi

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

Doge’s Palace

Rialto Bridge

Grand Canal from Rialto Bridge

San Marco

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.

Como

Lake Como

Day 7: Como – Bellagio

Took a cruise on a ferry along Lake Como from Como to Bellagio.

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.

Milano Centrale

Milan Cathedral

Arrived in Cinque Terre at noon.

Vernazza

Manarola

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.

Siena

Chianti Region

San Gimignano

Pisa

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

Oia

Firostefani

Day 13: Santorini – Athens

Flew from Santorini to Athens. Arrived in Athens at noon.

Acropolis

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.


8 thoughts on “A Whirlwind Romance With Europe

  1. That’s quite impressive that you managed to fit all these places into 2 weeks (well, 15 days). And all things considered, that’s a pretty decent price for all that.
    All the pics look great! Good to hear that you had a blast.
    Happy New Year, btw!

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      1. Howdy. This comment should actually go on your next post, but for some reason there isn’t a comment option (at least for me) on that post:

        I fully understand your frustrations. We travel a lot, despite not having oodles of money, because we plan and we save just like you did. So when things go wrong, it truly tests the limits of your sanity. But I think the last three lines in your post sum it up terrifically. Despite the quibbles, you now have stories and experiences that will last a lifetime. And in the end, that’s what matters. I recognize a kindred soul in your wanderlust, so don’t let this bring you down. Stay strong and keep opening doors. Cheers.

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      2. Thank you!😊 It’s very challenging to travel without a lot of time and money, but it makes traveling interesting as well. For people like us who have to save money in order to travel we appreciate the experiences a lot. I figured it might be boring to travel first class, stay at five star hotels and go sightseeing in a chauffeur-driven limousine. But I wouldn’t complain if that’s the case.😅
        And thanks for telling me about not having a comment option on the new post. It seemed to be an issue with the post and I was able to fix it. I don’t know what happened though.

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