Living in Frankfurt means having access to other European cities at very affordable prices. Our flight to Rome sets us back €283 (about S$430) including one 23kg baggage allowance and insurance on Lufthansa for two passengers. And the flight from Frankfurt to Rome is only about two hours. So if we ever decide on a weekend trip in the future, Italy definitely would be an option. Italy and Germany is also on the same time zone – random fact. Lol.
For this trip, Fairoz and I didn’t do much preparation. Honestly, I wasn’t really excited about it (pms-ing agaknya). So I waited till the very last minute to plan our itinerary – which we managed to fill up.
Fai and I usually try to give ourselves a week to explore a city. We like to pace ourselves during the trip so that we do not tire ourselves out. For Rome, we spent nine days and eight nights in total. For the duration of our trip, we managed to get ourselves a really good deal on accommodation via booking.com – Domus Merici for €380 (about S$578). However, this place does not have air-conditioning and air-conditioning is really important in Rome during Summer. Also, this place is about 10 minutes away by bus from the Termini station. It is not a good idea to stay here if you are on a strict schedule as the buses are almost always crowded although punctual and frequent.
Day 1 (1 Aug 2016)
Our flight was at 3.35pm but since this was our first time flying out of Frankfurt, we do not know how the situation at the Airport will be like. To be on the safe side, we set out almost three hours ahead of our flight. From our flat, we took the u-bahn and s-bahn to the flughafen (means airport in German).
If you’re travelling on Lufthansa, check-in is done self-service and the same goes for the baggage drop. Fai and I were a little bit confused at first, especially while trying to get our luggage tag and do the baggage drop. But a friendly Lufthansa representative was nearby to help. Once that was done, we had plenty of time for lunch.
In Rome, we were picked up by our designated driver – we arranged for a pick-up (€50) earlier that day with Domus Merici. Taxis are available at the airport for €45. After our trip to Paris, we always take cabs or arrange for a pick-up to and from the airport. We made the mistake of using the public transport (Metro) in Paris while lugging around two 30kg and two 10kg baggages – their Metro (except for the main stations) had no escalators or elevators OK! ONLY STAIRS! And we are not very fit people! So after that, whenever we have big luggages with us, we always pre-arrange a pick-up.
The journey from the airport to our apartment was about 45 minutes and throughout the ride, I was very unimpressed with Rome – see photo below. But later on, I find myself eating my own words.
After checking-in and a quick fresh-up, Fai and I went out to have dinner at Termini station and spent the last few remaining hours of the day with our friends from Singapore – friends who were kind enough to bring kicap (soy sauce) cap kipas udang all the way from Singapore – for dinner.
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