What is Classic Italy?
Almost all year round various excursion tours to Italy are popular. You can get acquainted with the most interesting Italian cities during the week this winter even for 300 euros. For those who are going to make such a voyage for the first time, some advice from our correspondent Fedor Yurin, who has worked as a guide on the routes of the “classic” for a long time, will be useful.
To begin with, I want to note that a week-long bus ride, albeit through the most beautiful cities in the world, but in an unfamiliar company and at a fast pace, is quite a hard job. And yet, such inconvenience is more than compensated by the abundance of interesting monuments, the beauty of cities, amazing food and wine – all that the locals unite with the concept of “Bella Italy”.
An eight-day trip usually begins in Rimini, a small resort town on the Adriatic coast, where charter flights from Russia have been flying with enviable constancy for over a decade now, which reduces the cost of air tickets, which means making the classic tour more accessible for Russians. For customers who value comfort and quality, travel agencies offer a “classic” with regular flights and a higher level of accommodation. But in this case, the cost of the tour increases by $ 200-300. Do not be indignant if passport control passes for too long on arrival. Italian border guards are not in a hurry, following the principle of “the soldier is sleeping – the service is on.” If you shout loudly that “only Russians are treated like this,” you run the risk of running into trouble …
The network voltage in Italian hotels is 220V, but it should be noted that Russian plugs are not suitable for Italian outlets. Adapters can be bought at the store.
But finally you are “free”. Try to take seats in the bus as close to the door as possible. There is less motion sickness ahead, the guide is better audible and you can get off at the “sanitary” stop faster. Your seats are “booked” from day one. Take a seat more conveniently – there will be a long drive: to Rome. The road runs along the highway, and most cities are somewhat off to the side. Although the administrative areas that the bus crosses (Marche, Umbria, Lazio) are very interesting in terms of sightseeing. On some tours, the lucky ones manage to visit, for example, the Umbrian town of Asisi, the birthplace of the most revered Catholic Saint Francis of Asis, a pilgrimage center. The capital of the Perugia region is also stunningly beautiful, where, according to the Italians themselves, the country’s most beautiful medieval fountain is located.
By evening, tired and not very satisfied tourists arrive in the capital. Having settled in the hotel, they are sent for dinner, which, despite any efforts, is delayed for one and a half to two hours. The Italian “cell” (waiters) are in no hurry, following the same “soldier” principle. Traditionally, for dinner, some simple appetizer, pasta, main course (fish with a side dish or meat), dessert are served. I note that this “complex” has nothing to do with traditional Italian cuisine. To get to know her for real, it is better to go to a restaurant after dinner, where most of the customers are local, very kind to food. I recommend ordering a table of a bottle of local wine (they are all of excellent quality) and a mineral water. In the morning you will meet with Rome, an amazing city, standing on both banks of the Tevere (Tiber) for many centuries. Within 2-3 hours you can see with your own eyes the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica – the largest Catholic church. Forums and baths of the emperor of Caracal, a great lover of washing; Trevi Fountain (where coins are traditionally thrown wishing to visit Italy again); Vatican Museums, where the huge fresco “The Last Judgment” by Michelangelo literally “crush” you, striking with grandeur. By the way, during the tour you will visit another European power – the Republic of San Marino, located not far from Rimini, from where you have to fly home. If time permits, be sure to wander on your own in Rome. You can see a lot of interesting things that are not necessarily shown. For example, the magnificent interiors of the Site of Maoria Maggiore, one of the four main city cathedrals. Or a sculpture of Moses the great Michelangelo in the church of San Pietroin Vinco le. Without being too lazy, it’s an elementary walk from this church to get to Santa Rock, the holy staircase, on the steps of which pilgrims who want to atone for their sins rise or go down on their knees. They say that the steps of the stairs are the very ones on which Jesus Christ himself went to the court to Pontius Pilate. If there was a desire to see genuine, not tourist Italy, your way to Trastevere (the so-called small area beyond the Tiber near St. Peter’s Basilica). There you can see: boys playing football right at the church walls; performances of street musicians; seniors, vividly discussing the next victory, “Lazio”.