The Ultimate European Itinerary

My Itinerary

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3 nights in London

Visited: London Eye, Big Ben, all Bridges, St. Paul Cathedral, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park.

Ate: Fish and Chips at Alen’s Fish and Chips (A401, London WC1X 8NS, United Kingdom).

Expensive level: $$$

*Currency in the UK: British Pound

  • Eurostar train London – Paris

2 nights in Paris

Visited: The Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Arch of Triumph.

Ate: Crepes at Little Breizh (11 Rue Grégoire de Tours, 75006 Paris, France). Bread, Croissants from Eric Kayser.

Expensive level: $$$

*Currency in France: Euro

1 night in Zurich

Visited: Old town

Ate: Chow Fan (?). Cappuccino for 6 CHF

Expensive level: $$$$

*Currency in Zwitzerland: Swiss Franks

  • Train Bernina Express (one of the best experiences of my life)- Zurich – Chur – Tirano (Italy)

Absolutely unique scenic journey. A experience of a lifetime.

1 night in Milan

Visited: Historic center

Ate: Amazing Margherita Pizza and Wine in Historic Center

Expensive level: $$

*Currency in Italy: Euro

3 nights in Firenze

Visited: Galleria Dell’accademia (Il David de Michelangelo) – Galleria dell Uffizi – Ponte Vecchio – historic center – Piazzela michelangelo – San Miniato al monte – *I loved Firenze so much Im coming back and staying there for a month.

Ate: Pasta at Osteria Toscanella (Via Toscanella, 38, 50125 Firenze). Focaccia at Mercato Centrale. Gelato at Gelateria della Passera (Via Toscanella, 15/red, 50125 Firenze)

Expensive level: $$

  • Train Firenze – Siena

3 nights in Siena

Visited: Piazza del Campo. Cathedral. Walked the whole city. It is amazing.

Ate: Panino at Gino Cacino (It is a wonderful butchery with amazing cured meats. Prosciutto  sandwich and glass of wine 5 euros) – Bolognese Pasta at Restaurant La Finestra (family run, wonderful food, behind Piazza del Campo, across from Gino Cacino).

Expensive level: $$

Day visit to San Gimignano: There is a local bus from Piazza Gramsci that takes you to San Gimignano. You take bus #130 and the ticket cost $ 6 Euros. You buy the ticket from the machine under the sign that announces next departures or at the Tabacchi place across the street (Like in everywhere else in Italy). You can buy round trip (Andata e ritorno)  or you can get the ticket to come back at the Tabacchi place right before exiting San Gimignano.

It is a very touristic point, and for a reason. This is an amazing medieval little town in the hills with priceless panoramic views.

Ate: Salami sandwich and glass of wine. Slice of the best pizza Ive ever had, and gelato all near Piazza della Cisterna. Yes… it was a food visit.

Expensive level: $$

  • Train Siena – Rome

7 nights in Rome

Visited: Ancient Rome: (Palatino Hill , Colisseum, Forum, Circus maximus, Trajan Column, Trajan Market, Baths of Carcalla, Via appia). Trastevere. Rome center: Trevi fountain, Pantheon, churches, piazza de spagna. Via borghese. Vatican Museums, San Pietro Square, San Pietro Duomo.

Ate: everything! Pizza, Spaghetti alla Carbonara, Tiramisu, gnocchi, bread, pasta, pasta and more pasta, at my favorite Trattoria: Antica Trattoria Tritone (Via dei Maroniti, 1, 00187 Roma). For the BEST gelato in town: Gelateria La Romana (Via Venti Settembre, 60, Roma).

Expensive level: $$

I did not see much of it. I spent one horrible night at the worst hotel I’ve ever stayed at and run away next morning to the train station. I hope one day I can come back and really get to know the city.

Ate: I did have time to eat an amazing pizza at Pizzeria Da Gaetano.

Expensive level: $

This was the longest train ride so far (7 hours). But I met some Argentinians in the train and it was the best thing that happened to me! My friend Lina, her mom and I went to visit many places in Palermo and had a lot of fun!

Visited: Palermo city center, is gorgeous and has a very interesting vibe. It feels like a third world country by areas, and it has a very colorful and interesting street market open every day.

I also visited the Greek ruins of Valle dei Templi in Agrigento, a gorgeous town in Southern Sicily.

Monreale, near Palermo, which is a small beautiful medieval town with a church full of mosaics made of gold, a true must see.

Cefalu, 1 hour from Palermo in Train, a wonderful beach town with an amazing view from the rocky hills.

Ate: Pizza at La Mounir, Cannoli, Arancine, Sicilian sweets…. (Sicilian food is over the top).

Expensive level: $

  • Train Palermo – Salerno

1 night in Salerno. This was just a stop on my way up to La Spezia.

Visited: City center and riverside area.

Ate: A big plate of fried seafood.

Expensive level: $$

2 nights in La Spezia. Visited Cinque Terre in 1 day. You can check out my post about this gorgeous place here.

Visited: La Spezia city center. Riverside. Cinque Terre hike.

Ate: Pizza in La Spezia. Panino in Vernazza (Cinque Terre) and gelato in Manarola (Cinque Terre).

Expensive level: $$$

2 nights in Venice

Visited: San Marco Piazza. Rialto Bridge. Bridge of Sighs. And of course got lost on its streets. I did not took a Gondola ride, these cost 80 Euros, which I think is too high. You can get a Vaporeto ride (water bus) for 7.50 each way. I wrote about Venice in this post.

Ate: The best and cheapest panino I’ve ate at Bacareto Da Lele (1 Euro Prosciutto panino and 0.60 Cents for a glass of wine). Then I prepared my own food to save some money.

Expensive level: $$$

2 nights in Salzburg

Visited: Salzburg Castle, Mirabellgarten, went up to Mönchsbergaufzug but didnt enter the museum. Mozart’s birthplace, Salzburg Cathedral, City Center.

Ate: Coffee and cake at the historic Tomaselli Cafe. The best sausage at The Balkan Grill (a little tricky to find but an absolute gem) and a great traditional dinner at Pitterkeller.

Expensive level: $$$

  • Train Salzburg – Vienna

Day visit to Vienna

Visited: City Center.

Ate: A grilled chicken sandwich at the very cool Specht Restaurant, Bar, Lounge (Bäckerstraße 12, 1010 Wien, Austria).

Expensive level: $$$

2 nights in Bratislava

Visited: Historical center, St. Martin’s Cathedral (and stayed for the mass), Castle, main square and old town hall.

Ate: The local specialty gnocchi with Slovak sheep cheese and bacon, at the wonderful Prašná Bašta (Zamocnicka 11, Bratislava 811 03, Slovakia). A great cappuccino in one of its gorgeous cafés in the old town.

Expensive level: $

*Currency in Slovakia: Euro

2 nights in Budapest

Visited: Rudas Bath (an unforgettable experience). Citadella, Gellert Hill Cave, old town, Vajdahunyad Castle, Heroes Square. Budapest is just amazing all around. Some amazing underground bars.

Ate: New York Cafe “the world’s most beautiful cafe”. Near the train station Keleti I had The Best Kebab I’ve ever had. A wonderful typical dinner at Frici Papa (Very local and typical, everything is good). And the BEST burger of my life at Szimpla Kert Ruin Pubs (Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14, 1075 Hungary), a place that you simply cannot miss.

Expensive level: $

*Currency in Hungary: Forint

2 nights in Prague

Visited: Historic center, Charles’ Bridge, Castle, Kafka Museum.

Ate: One of the best meals of my whole trip: Lavicka (Seifertova 303/77, 130 00 Praha 3, Czech Republic). Amazing coffee at the historic Cafe Louvre (Národní 22, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic).

Expensive level: $$

*Currency in Czech Republic: Czech Koruna

1 night in Nuremberg

I tried to find a train but there were no direct ones and they arrived late to Nuremberg. The bus was a good and fast option. Made it there in about 3 hours.

Visited: Historic center, Central Market, Cathedral.

Ate: Traditional plate of bratwurst with side of sauerkraut at Pillhofer (Königstraße 78, 90402 Nürnberg, Germany). A huge slice of Apple Strudel with vanilla sauce.

Expensive level: $$$

*Currency in Germany: Euro

  • Train Nuremberg  – Munich  

1 night in Munich

Visited: Historic center.

Ate: Typical Schnitzel at Zum Augustiner (Neuhauser Str. 27, 80331 München, Germany), an amazing and very Bavarian restaurant.

Expensive level: $$$

  • Train Munich – Venice (through the Brenner Pass)  

Wonderful scenic trip that runs through the wonderful landscapes of Southern Germany, Western Austria and Northern Italy.

  • Train Venice – Rome

I am flying back from Milano, so I will have to take a regional train there.

**Don’t let out small cities, these will offer you an authentic experience and a much less tourists**

Notes:                   *To Check train prices and routes go to: www.seat61.com

*You can see the map I created on the following link:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1WCddoE1wnIN2ludfew9JXfz7Kcg

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