Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

This is a journal of my wandering feet

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CAMINITO; An old train track converted into a street museum – Month in Buenos Aires – HAVANA CLUB GAP YEAR

This street has become one of the most important icons of Buenos Aires, a colorful and lively small street, which used to be a river, a train path, a tango song, a rubbish dump and now a museum.

Located on La Boca Neighborhood, and a few blocks away from one of the most important football stadiums in Argentina ‘La Bombonera’.

There are a lot of places to eat, dance and buy souvenirs. There are people dancing tango all along the street, it can be touristy, but worth walking around and taking some pictures of the beautiful place.

From the Obelisco there is a bus that goes to Caminito, bus #152 and it costs around 2 argentine pesos = 0,20 us dollar cents (has to be paid with coins), and there is a recommendation to visit the place during the day, as some people say the area is not very safe (although I didn’t feel unsafe there).

- Julián -

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If Eyes are the Windows to the Soul, then what are Windows?

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A Journey of Discovery

This is a short film I made documenting some of the different countries and places I visited last year. 

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Where do we all live? It’s a bit of a vision test, but each colour is home to a billion people.

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Where do we all live? It’s a bit of a vision test, but each colour is home to a billion people.

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When in Naples (from left to right: money, past times, affirmation, stupid, good, wait a moment, to walk backward, to steal, horns, to ask for.)

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When in Naples (from left to right: money, past times, affirmation, stupid, good, wait a moment, to walk backward, to steal, horns, to ask for.)

When in Rome … Go on a Day Trip to Florence

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Firstly, Florence can definitely be done in one day. I was told this many times and chose not to believe it. I now believe it. If you get an early train you can arrive just before 10am. 

The first stop on your itinerary could be the Galleria dell’Academia. This is home to Michaelangelo’s David Statue and it very cheap to enter. After leaving this museum head towards Piazza del Duomo. The Duomo is very famous but it lives up to it’s beauty. It’s a huge building set in a Piazza which seems to small to hold it.

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You can enter it and climb up the tower as well. 

After leaving the Piazza head towards Piazza Santa Croce and the Basilica di Santa Croce. It’s a quaint pizza and easy to get to. After you leave you can head towards the river, admiring the view on the way. Cross the bridge you see and turn left towards Piazzale di Michaelangelo. It’s quite a climb but the panoramic views of the city you get from the top and well worth it. 

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After marvelling at the view you can go to Ponte Vecchio. Although it’s, in my opinion, not the most beautiful bridge the shop filled ponte is interesting to visit.

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On the other side of the river is the Uffizi Gallery, a renaissance art museum. Even for non-art lovers it’s interesting. 

After leaving the gallery, cross into Piazza della Signora to see Palazzo Vecchio. Then head across to the Basilica d Santa Maria Novella, passing through Piazza della Repubblica to look at the market. You will end up back near the train station in time to head back to Rome. 

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Time Needed in Florence: Approx 8 hours

How to Reach it: Regional Veloce Train or Fast Train from Roma                                         Termini

Time on the Train: Either 1 Hour 30 Mins or 3 Hours 45 Mins

Budget Per Person: 100 Euros

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When in Rome … Go on a Day Trip to Pisa

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Obviously home to the Leaning Tower, Pisa also offers other charms. The walk between the station and Piazza del Duomo is not too long and it takes you across the beautiful river. 

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The Piazza itself also has a lot more to see than just the tower. There are the Duomo and the Baptistery:

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As well as a few museums. When you book your ticket to the Leaning Tower (which you should do about 2 weeks in advance to ensure there is a space) you can choose which attractions are included in it. The ticket is for a tour of the Tower which really is just a quick talk and then you walk up it yourself. It’s the only way to go inside though. 

Be prepared to feel a bit strange in the tower. You lose some sense of balance and climbing round it leaves you a bit dizzy. It leans a lot more than you expect. I actually felt sea sick for most of the day afterwards. It’s definitely worth it though. 

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The views from the top are very beautiful too.

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After finishing with Piazza del Duomo take a walk around  and, if you’re lucky, the student markets will be on. 

A walk back towards the river will bring you back to this church which you will have passed on the way to the Tower. Santa Maria della Spina.

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If you’re lucky and this is open it would be worth a visit. It gets it’s name from the fact that it was believed to have been home to a thorn from Christ’s crown. It’s also very pretty.

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Time Needed in Pisa: Approx 8 hours

How to Reach it: Fast Train from Roma Termini (FrecciaRossa or                                       FrecciaBianca)

Time on the Train: 3 hours

Budget Per Person: 80 Euros

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When in Rome … Go on a Day Trip to Ostia Antica

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Ostia Antica is considered to be a mini, less-well preserved, Pompeii. It’s easy to reach from Rome (one train ride from Ostiense) and then a short walk. It’s also very cheap to enter (6.50 Euros for adults and half price for students). There is a useful tourist guide on their website preparing you for what to expect. I would suggest reading this or bring it with you as, like Tivoli, there is not information around the site about the history of the ruins. You can buy a guide book at the entrance but it’s not very useful. 

If you can find Via delle Tombe and you see a small opening in the bushes, climb up and behind the trees to find a hidden mass tomb. This is not signposted at all and we came across it by chance, thinking they were baths at first …

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The ruins are very well preserved considering they weren’t protected by solid lava for many hundreds of years. 

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It’s certainly an interesting day trip out of Rome. Bring some food for lunch with you though as the restaurant facility leaves something to be desired. 

Time Needed in Ostia Antica: Approx 6 hours

How to Reach it: Roma-Lido Train from Piramide Metro Station to Ostia                               Antica

Time on the Train: 30 Mins

Budget Per Person: 10 Euros

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When in Rome … Go on a Day Trip to Tivoli

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Tivoli is the home of Villa Adriana (or Hadrian’s Villa). Living near Hadrian’s Wall in the UK, I really wanted to see the home of this man whose name I’ve heard since I was little. The site of the villa is a little out of Tivoli so you have to catch a bus there. Be warned: on Sundays public transport is much more difficult to find. We made that mistake. However, if you can find the villa you can enter for a small price. There is, unfortunately, little information in the site. It is quite difficult to work out what each of the ruins used to be. I’d suggest buying a guide book or even a guide. There are, however, many nice things to admire.

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A walk around the site on a pleasant afternoon is a very relaxing experience. There is, of course, Villa d’Este and Villa Gregoriana to see as well. 

I would suggest planning your transport back to Rome in advance (especially if it’s Sunday evening) as it’s not the easiest route. You can either head back into Tivoli to the train station or there is a public bus which you can hop off and onto the Metro to get back to Rome’s city centre. 

Time Needed in Tivoli: Approx 6 hours

How to Reach it: Regional Veloce Train from Roma Tiburtina or the                                     Metro to Rebibbia and then a Public Bus

Time on the Train: 30 Mins

Time on the Metro ad Bus: 1 Hour 30 Mins

Budget Per Person: 20 Euros

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When in Rome … Go on a Day Trip to Viterbo

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Viterbo’s charm comes in the form of the secluded side streets and small piazza’s. When you first arrive and leave the train station, you’ll probably wonder what all the fuss is about. However, head into the city within the walls and you can find it. Helpfully, there are maps around Viterbo with suggested sightseeing routes. I found these handy considering I hadn’t planned on visiting Viterbo until 10 minutes before I caught the train. Follow the map but don’t be afraid the leave the route to explore. 

The main street will lead you down to Piazza Fontana Grande. You can carry on following Via Cavour down to Piazza del Plebiscito to see Palazzo Chigi. Leave the piazza by Via San Lorenzo and from there you can start to wander. The tourist map takes you via each of the little churches. The piazza’s really are very beautiful with excellent displays of medieval architecture. 

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Take a peak down the residential streets too. Watch out for the washing hanging above your head though!

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After visiting Viterbo you can make a stop in Bracciano.

Time Needed in Viterbo: Approx 2 hours

How to Reach it: Regional Veloce Train from Roma Ostiense

Time on the Train: 1 Hour 40 Mins

Budget Per Person: 15 Euros

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When in Rome … Go on a Day Trip to Bracciano

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Famous for the castle (in which Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes got married), Bracciano is very definitely a medieval town. With views over Lake Bracciano and beautiful architecture, it’s worth a visit and a wander. 

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You can visit the castle for a tour (except in the early afternoon - siesta time) but I favoured a walk around the streets. The view over the lake is beautiful.

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A trip to Bracciano can be combined with a trip to Viterbo as they’re on the same train line. 

Time Needed in Bracciano: Approx 4 hours

How to Reach it: Regional Veloce Train from Roma Ostiense

Time on the Train: 1 hour

Budget Per Person: 15 Euros

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When in Rome … Go on a Day Trip to Orvieto

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Set in the beautiful region of Umbria on top of a hill, Orvieto, is a small, quaint town with a beautiful Duomo. After getting off the train, you have to get the little funicular railway up the cliff into Orvieto. Next to the funicular stop is the Pozzo di San Patrizio. This is a giant well that goes right to the bottom of the cliff. You can climb all the way down the steps to the bottom and then back up. The staircase is a double-helix formation  so you don’t climb back up the same way. It’s interesting (providing you don’t get stuck down there with a group of school children). 

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You could then take the main road into the centre (Corso Cavour) and off to the Duomo. The outside is one of the most beautiful exteriors of a Duomo that I saw in Italy. I chose not to visit the inside but you can enter for a small fee. 

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Torre del Moro is worth a visit (if you don’t mind climbing all the steps after having climbed down the well). You get beautiful views over Orvieto (even on a bad day). 

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A wander round the quiet backstreets is a great thing to do in any Italian town or city but here it’s especially nice. There are quite a few tourists here as well who don’t venture off the main road. Admire the buildings, the view, the cats, anything. 

Time Needed in Orvieto: Approx 4 hours

How to Reach it: Regional Veloce Train from Roma Termini

Time on the Train: 1 Hour 16 Mins

Budget Per Person: 30 Euros

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When in Rome … Go on a Day Trip to Assisi

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Assisi is famous for Saint Francis so if you’re interested in him, the Church, or religious history then this will already have a pull for you. However, if none of that interests you then you can at least go for the medieval architecture, the landscape and the quiet backstreets. 
There are a fair few tourists in Assisi but if you leave the main street you can escape them quite easily. 
I’d recommend going up to Rocca Maggiore. It’s a short walk up the hill above Assisi but there are beautiful views from the top. Even on a cloudy day.
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There are numerous churches throughout Assisi that are definitely worth a visit. For instance, St. Claire’s Basilica, where the original Cruxifix that St. Francis prayed to is, San Rufino is set in a beautiful Piazza and then, of course, the famous Basilica of Saint Francis. It’s free to go inside this one and I’d definitely recommend it. When going to The Basilica from Piazza del Commune take the upper road (Via San Paolo) for a quieter more authentic route. 
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Assisi is fairly “new” for a medieval town but that doesn’t stop it from oozing character and quaintness.
Time Needed in Assisi: Approx 4 hours
How to Reach it: Regional Veloce Train from Roma Termini
Time on the Train: 2 hours
Budget Per Person: 30-40 Euros

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When in Rome … Go on a Day Trip

If you’re planning a trip to Rome I can promise you, you will never have enough time to do everything. There is so much to do you need the entire time span of the Roman Empire to feel “finished” with Rome. So accept that fact now and, well, why not plan a day trip to a small town or city outside of Rome with your very limited week there. You get to experience a different side of Italy and Italian culture in a very different place.

What will follow will be a series of posts with advice about day trips to:

Assisi

Orvieto

Bracciano

Viterbo

Tivoli

Ostia Antica

Pisa

Florence

I hope you find it helpful.

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