Rome – Day 1: arrival, immediate surroundings
Do we think or is it pouring rain in Rome?!
That is, about how and what the Eternal City greeted us…
We started our journey at Warsaw im airport. Chopin Airport. In the early afternoon, on Saturday 27. In April, a tiny plane of the domestic LOT Polish Airlines was waiting for us. After minor adventures en route, we managed to reach the airport in Warsaw, where we went through check-in without any problems and took our pre-booked seats aboard Embraer 195.
Flight to Rome
The flight itself took about 2.5 hours and went without any problems. Our national pride 😉 served drink and humble rolls… I wonder why there are still Hindu, Vege, etc. meals to choose from in the systems. since they do not serve them completely on these routes.
Anyway, it was recently reported that LOT will only introduce free meals on European routes, so the problem will probably solve itself. After a quiet flight it was our plane that touched the plate Fiumicino airport in Rome at the appointed time 🙂
Travel from the airport to the center of Rome
After collecting our luggage, we immediately went to the train station, which would take us almost to the very door of our apartment. In general, Fiumicino Airport offers several options for getting to the center of the eternal city, from the cheapest and longest bus to the fastest and most expensive train going directly to the center of Rome (Leonardo train). We chose the intermediate option, which is a longer train, stopping at several stations along the way (Line FR1). The cost of the trip is €8 one way.
Unfortunately, the ticketing machines that stand at the station refused to work, so we made the purchase the traditional way – at the ticket office. Note, before boarding the train, you must validate (in our language, "punch") your ticket in the machines that are located at the beginning of the train. During our visit, FR1 trains always departed on the right, Leonardo trains on the right (walking from the airport terminal). As something, help is provided by the smug conductors (although speaking poor English).
The train itself does not knock, dilapidated, dirty, no room for luggage, that is almost like in Poland 😉 Paul didn't care too much about it and, staring at the map the whole trip, was probably already planning our next day 🙂
After ok. 40 minutes of driving we got off at Trestevere station and within another 10 minutes we reached the block where we were to stay. At the very bottom, we were greeted by the owner of the apartment, who spoke only Italian (scarce Polish and English vocabulary), but we managed to get along 🙂 The apartment consisted of 3 bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and a large terrace. They weren't luxuries, but the price wasn't like that of a five-star hotel either, so what more could you want?.
Bad good beginnings..
In order not to waste the day we decided to take a walk in the immediate area. Unfortunately, we took the wrong direction and ended up in a not very attractive neighborhood, but with very interesting public toilets … The falling rain aggravated the not so good first impression … After a short walk we went to the local market and did some shopping. As they say: bad good beginnings 🙂