27 Aug 2008. With my own trip to Italy about to happen, I've been searching the web for others' experiences, and found Gashi's blog about Italy pleasantly forthrite. She goes into depth about the vagaries of book a train ticket in Italy, tells us about a helpful nun who settled an unhappy boy on a train trip and Italy's train drivers.
Knowing how much we paid to stay in Rome, I was not happy that she found a bed for eleven euros at www.hostelworld.com (on the other hand, I would probably have to sleep alone for a year if I booked the family into a youth hostel).
In Gashi's words, Rome is "crowdy, smelly & dirty" (sounds like Johannesburg). Some tips she shared:
Do not miss St Peter's Basillica (to get on top costs 5 euros)
try working on smaller allies to get a quieter feel
smaller churches have a holier feel than the Vatican (which was built to show off power)
be careful on the Streets, as Italians (Romans?) drive like crazy (perhaps they think they've got the Pope protecting them).
Naples apparently is filled with trash and old buildings lying in semi-ruin. The thing to visit in Naples is the Castle, which has an amazing view. Tips for Naples:
Is cheaper than Rome, but they may try to rip you off if they think you are a tourist
Lots of people will try selling you electronic items on the streets
wear shoes rather than flip-flops as the streets are dirty
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