05.21.2011 - 05.21.2011
When we started planning this trip, we read multiple books and online forums that pretty much said “Don’t do Croatia and Greece in the same trip.” Everywhere strongly advised against it, as there really isn’t an efficient way to get from Croatia to Greece, unless you have a wide open budget or willing to spend several days traveling out of the way. Being the very stubborn people we both are, we ignored all of the advice and decided to do it anyway as we wanted to see Croatia.
It took some additional planning, in order to figure out the route that would take the least amount of time and not cost a fortune. Our initial plan was to take an overnight ferry from Split, Croatia to Ancona, Italy and then from there, take the train to Rome. Since we had to travel a few days anyway, we might as well stop in Rome as I haven’t been there before. We booked all of our other trains, flights, etc. around this plan as we read that we could book the ferry when we got to Croatia. A few weeks before the trip, we double checked timetables and there was no longer an overnight ferry on the day we needed. Since everything else had been booked, it was too late to try for another day, so we had to take a day ferry instead. It left at 1pm and it takes eight hours to cross the Adriatic, which means we don’t get in until 9 pm. At that point, it is too late to catch a train to Rome, so we had to find accommodations in Ancona. Since it is a harbor town, they know they have you, so places to stay are much more expensive than they should be.
The boat ride was very long, and there was a giant ship (that also holds cars) for the dozen or so passengers aboard. I think there were more crew members than passengers. We did however get to capture a few great photos of the sunset on the Aegean, just outside of Italy.
After a little wondering, we found our place for the night (unknowingly we were pretty much next to when we started) and were very happy with it. It had a washer, a real shower where you could stand in it and close the door/curtain, a cute kitchenette and it was on a quiet street. By far the best place we have stayed, too bad it was only for one night. My favorite was that of all of the Italian channels on the TV, they did have one in English, MTV, and by the time we found it Jersey Shore came on. No wonder people don’t think highly of Americans. It was a long day, and we had an early start the next day so we headed to bed.