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Rome Day Trip From Florence. Roma Termini.

Day Trip to Rome from Florence

April 2016

From Florence, we did a quick day trip to Rome. Our train departs SM Novella at 9:38 and arrives at Roma Termini, Rome at 11:10. That’s a 1 hour 32 minutes ride for a distance of 276 km with the train cruising at a maximum speed of 250 km/h on some stretches and 120 km/h on curved track. It will take 3+ hours if you drive. As always, the train is smooth and comfortable.

Once you’re at Roma Termini, you can choose taxis or buses for you to explore Rome. The metro also converge into Roma Termini and is a level down. The metro ticket cost €1.50 and can be used on city buses and trams as well. You can also buy the ticket at the newstand at the metro level.

Our itinerary in Rome is to visit the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and the grounds of the Vatican. All these has to be completed fairly quickly as our return train to Florence is at 16:50. Although hectic, we did manage all of it with time for lunch and tea before returning.

Rome Day Trip From Florence

Seats on our train. Free light refreshment is served too.

Rome Day Trip From Florence.

Florence to Rome … 276 km, 1h 32m by train.

Rome Day Trip From Florence

Train clocked at 248 km/h.

Rome Day Trip From Florence

Scenery along the journey. Blurry pictures even at 120 km/h.

Roma Termini

Disembarking onto the platform at Roma Termini. No baggage for us this time.

Rome Day Trip From Florence. Roma Termini.

Need to pass through security door before entering main terminal building.

Rome Day Trip From Florence. Roma Termini.

Main terminal building of Roma Termini.

Rome Day Trip From Florence. Roma Termini.

Exterior of Roma Termini. White taxis awaits you.

Rome Day Trip From Florence. Roma Termini.

Another view to Roma Termini.

Rome Day Trip From Florence. Roma Termini

Bus station in-front of Roma Termini. You can choose the taxis, buses or metro. The metro also converge into Roma Termini.

Rome Day Trip From Florence. Roma Termini

Side view of Roma Termini.

Rome Day Trip From Florence. Rome Subway map

Useful map of Rome Metro.

Hard Rock Florence

Hard Rock, Florence

April 2016

A short distance from the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, we reached Hard Rock Cafe & its Rock Shop. As in most of the Rock Shops elsewhere, the merchandise are similar in design except for the name of the city you’re in. Florence’s Rock Shop offers a little bit of more of a choice for T-shirts as there are a couple of designs we’ve not seen elsewhere. The floor area for the Rock Shop isn’t so cramped as some other cities.

Hard Rock Florence

Hard Rock, Florence

Hard Rock Florence

Located not far from Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral.

Hard Rock Florence

Merchandise inside Rock Shop.

Hard Rock Florence

That classic white Hard Rock T-shirt.

Hard Rock Florence

That T-shirt with guitars is something new we’ve seen.

Hard Rock Florence

Other seletion of T-shirts.

Hard Rock Florence

Pins & badges makes up the decoration.

Halal Food Florence

Halal Food, Florence

April 2016

Our choice of staying at Hotel Montreal was partly due to the availability of halal food close-by. One eatery that is only a few doors away is, ‘I Re D’egitto’, literally translated “The king of Egypt”. It serves tasty food and priced reasonably. They open in the morning and close quite late at night. Apart from kebab, they serve rice, vegetable and curry among others.

The street at the back of Hotel Montreal, you can find another kebab eatery, Panini Kebab. We also found 2 more eateries around the San Lorenzo street market area namely Pak Halal Kebab and Asian Halal Fast Food.

In Italy, it would be wise to seek on the authenticity of the halal status of an eatery, as we found another close-by to our hotel but local muslims says otherwise despite the presence of halal sign.

A little further away from Hotel Montreal, near Ponte Vecchio you’ll find another halal eatery called Maddina Tandoori Restaurant. It’s about 30 minutes stroll but we visited it for lunch on our way back from visiting Piazzale Michelangelo. Scroll below for its write-up.

Halal Food Florence

Location of Halal eateries, Florence. Click map to enlarge.

Halal Food Florence

I Re D’egitto halal eatery on the same row as Hotel Montreal just a few doors away.

Halal Food Florence

Meal selection available at I Re D’egitto

Halal Food Florence

Dining area of I Re D’egitto.

Halal Food Florence

Another section of the dining area.

Halal Food Florence

Chicken curry and eggplant for me.

Halal Food Florence

Kebab and veggies for my wife.

Halal Food Florence

Panini Kebab at the back of Hotel Montreal.

Halal Food Florence

Pak Halal Kebab around San Lorenzo street market area. Refer map above for location.

Halal Food Florence

Asian Halal Fast Food just a few doors from Pak Halal Kebab. Refer map above for location.

If you intend to experience a full-fledged restaurant dining, head for Maddina Tandoori Restaurant near-by Ponte Vecchio. They are more towards Indian cuisine but you’ll also be able to order local food as well. I had seafood spaghetti while my wife ordered chicken briyani rice. They were delicious.

As soon as the manager confirmed our nationality, he brought pictures for me and my wife to view. Its one of their repeat customers the manager informed. That being said, it’s Sultan Abdul Halim the current King of Malaysia and one of his daughters. Wow, if our King frequents this restaurant, its got to be good. Price wise, do expect to pay a little more but still affordable.

Halal Food Florence

Maddina Tandoori Restaurant near Ponte Vecchio.

Halal Food Florence

Map to Maddina Tandoori restaurant from Hotel Montreal. Click map to enlarge.

Halal Food Florence

Dining area of Maddina Tandoori Restaurant.

Halal Food Florence

Another section of the dining area.

Halal Food Florence

Chicken briyani for the wife and seafood spaghetti for me.

Halal Food Florence

Whats left of the food. Delicious.

Halal Food Florence

sampaisudah.com & the previous King of Malaysia, Sultan Abdul Halim had dined at Maddina Tandoori Restaurant, Florence.

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