Well this morning we woke up in Naples and now we're in Rome, with a double decker train journey in between!
We checked out of the hotel and managed to leave our bags there so we could have a wonder around Naples for a couple of hours. There wasn't much to see that we hadn't already seen and everything was closed because today was a bank holiday in Italy. We had heard that the best pizzeria was in Naples so I marked it on our map after searching for it on my phone. We went to the area where I marked on the map and it was nowhere to be seen, we walked up streets and alleyways, past peoples front rooms then decided to give up! We went in search of some souvenirs and tat to bring home and found another nice pizzeria and had one there instead. Later on we asked a woman in a shop where this best pizzeria was and she pointed in the complete opposite direction to where we were searching! Yes, I really am that bad at reading a map!
After filling ourselves up on pizza and I got a keyring to add to my collection (I decided I was collecting keyrings from every city, don't know why- I just like them!) we headed for the train station.
We went to the platform and there was a double decker train! We were both amazed having never even heard that a train could have two floors! So we took full advantage and sat on the top deck and I looked out the window for almost 3 hours whilst Shaun slept!
We got off at Rome and headed straight for the hotel. We are staying near the vatican so we got the bus to St.Pauls. Shaun was recognising bits of Rome and suddenly said right! we need to get off here! (and he hadn't even looked at a map of Rome- he later told me that he knew the layout of Rome from one of his games- Assassins Creed apparently!)
So we got off the bus near St.Pauls and went through Vatican City (which is its own country- the smallest one in the world!) So we've been to a different country today and they didn't even check our passports! We walked past these guys who looked like jesters, which Shaun pointed out that they were swiss guards- the "army" of the Vatican City!
After laughing at the jesters we carried on to the hotel, got onto the street that it was on and walked straight past it! Thats because it was in an apartment block! We pressed the buzzer and was greeted by a jolly man who didn't speak a word of English! With my weak italian and Shaun's attempt at speaking the language we managed to communicate and get sorted. The B&B is very basic but its just what we need, somewhere to sleep as we plan on spending most of the time exploring!
We got a map with all of the major sites, but I've left that with Shaun as I really am that bad!
We went out to look for a place to eat and came across this van (like a burger van) that only served melon! So we each had a large slice of watermelon! It was such an odd little van but they had the right idea! Can't beat a bit of refreshing watermelon after a hot day! For tea and found this nice restaurant where we had a first course- lasange (I know I can't spell!), steak, chips and salad; and a fruit salad all for €13! Needless to say we were full after that but we stumbled across a gorgeous looking bakery that did slabs of tiramisu, so yes we got one each!
So we're back at the b&b, the tiramisu eaten and planning the next 6 days in Rome! It seems a nice place (well almost any place is nice after being in Naples!) with lots to explore and things to do!
We'll keep you all updated!
Buona Notte! xxx