Part 1 of my whirlwind week traveling Northern Italy!
09.04.2016 - 09.04.2016
Part of the time that I was away from this blog I was busy speeding around as much of Northern Italy, seeing as much as I possibly could! I asked my family for one week off so that I could see more of Italy then just Torino. They said of course being proud Italians I need to see more Italy. I was given the week of April 11th through the 15th off to go see whatever I wanted. Well I spent at least two weeks before that planning what to see, where to go, and how to see as much as possible while trying to not blow through ALL of my savings. Traveling is cheaper here then it is in America but it still cost money and I'm not making much, but thankfully did think to save some money before I left home so as to have a little money specifically for traveling while here.
Anyways I managed to see a LOT in those nine days! Because I saw so much and did so much I am going to break it all down by day.
Saturday April 9th I left the house at the ungodly hour of 5:20 am so I could catch the 5:30 am bus out of Rivalta. Thankfully getting out of Rivalta is the easy part. There is literally only one bus that comes here to take to Torino. Bus #43 is your only choice. Once I got to the parking lot where normally I would hop onto the #4 tram and zip on into Torino proper. This time I needed to find the Flixbus location and for that I had to take bus #91 for half an hour and then walk about six blocks. It was fairly easy. (Flixbus.com also has an app for Iphone & Androids. If traveling in Europe I highly recommend them. The buses are clean, some have wifi, the ones I was on had outlets to charge your phone, yes you can eat on them, and they are bright green so easy to find.) I was catching the 7am bus to Milano! While on the bus they said use their wifi and app to book your next trip and save big. I had my travels all booked except how to go from Lucca back to Torino so I got onto the wifi and looked to see how much it would cost. Most trips for 2-7hours where ranging €7-€15, I had in fact paid €7.50 for that bus ticket from Torino to Milano. There was one bus at 1:30pm leaving Lucca for Torino and it would only cost me €1. I pulled out my debit card and booked the ticket right away because there was NO way I was finding a deal better then that! I was hoping for €7.50 because Megabus, the train, and every other route I'd looked at was €12 or more. I was very happy.
The bus finally arrived in Milano and to my surprise because I have no clue where bus stops are it drops me off at the far outside edge of Milano. Thankfully it's right in front of the last Metro station for the red line. I bought a ticket for the Metro didn't have to worry about which way to take it since this was the end of the line and went into the city proper. I used my Google Maps app which has been a huge life saver while over here to figure out when to get off the metro and how to find my hotel. Once I got off the Metro I had a thirteen minute walk and voila I was at my hotel. The Hotel Cavour is a very nice hotel, if I ever get the chance to stay there again I shall. It had a good location, next to the hop off hop on bus which if you want to see museums and the typical tourist/visitor locations I always find to be useful. Even though it was only 10am I went inside and asked at the desk clerk if I can leave my bag there while I go out to see the city, and then check in later since I know check in is not until 3pm I just do not wish to haul it all around the city with me. The gentleman behind the counter was very nice and helpful and offered to see if a room of the type I'd booked was ready and if so would I like to check in now? Um Yes please that would be wonderful. Sure enough a room was ready and he got me all checked in, gave me the key to room #421, and asked if I wanted a map of the city. I took the map and asked if he happened to know if the hop on hop off bus came anywhere near the hotel and to my luck it stops on that street just a few blocks down! After thanking him for his help I went upstairs with my bag. I left my bag in my room and immediately went back out into the city to start exploring since this was my only day in Milano to actually see Milano.
I continued typing this post for almost three more hours filling in all the things I did. Thanks to a computer glitch the drafts for it all some how did not save and when I hit preview it all disappeared. So for tonight this is what you get. I know it's not much but tomorrow I will redo everything that was lost and get it posted in separate posts for each day I guess in case the site glitches again. Thank you to everyone who read this because I just saw the numbers and I am honestly blown away I really only expected two or three people at most to read this.