Italy, with ISoP in Pisa, 1-4 October 2013


Dear all,
again I did long journey on 1-4 Oct 2013 due to my presentation of I and my colleagues study result, about Early Drug Induced Liver Injury in Indonesian TB Patients, in the International Society of Pharmacovigilance. I can not beliaeve it, that i was really alone from Indonesia. Other colleagues from Singapura, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thai Land…But they are all really friendly to me, knowing that I am alone in traveling and doing presentation.
i ever went to Italy before in 2012 (Venice), now I really want to visit, Pisa, Florence and Rome.
Let’s start with the trip.
I went with Qatar airlines from Jakarta-Doha-Rome then continue with Alitalia from Rome-Pisa. As usual, I spent many hours during the trip including transit time, but it’s ok, i could do many things, especially working with the computer.
Hostel in Pisa is expensive, they rent the bed sheet, towel and pillow sheet, they are not including in the rate. And the check out time is very early 10.00, check in time is very late 15.00. Thus, in the first day, I directly went to Pisa tower, by walking only 15 minutes from the city center. Then at the second, until the fourth day i spent my days with conference, workshop and presentation untuk 18.00. After that, I spent the afternoon by waling around city. Pisa is a small city, thus, over the three days, i have finished with walking around Pisa.

After the seminar, I went to Florence,only one hour trip by train. We can directly buy the train ticket in the station both by machine or in the ticket reservation. The round ticket cost Pisa-Florence: 15,70 euro. Do not forget to validate (stamp) the ticket, before we get in the train. We can do the stamp in the small green red machine hanging in the wall near the entry gate to the train plat. there are many stamp machine in the station, so we do not have to queue. Many Arrived in the Florence SMN station, I found the city sightseeing bus (Hop On Hop Off) then I decided to join this tour, with 24 hours ticket (20 euro). It is more practicle and simple, because we can freely hop on and hop off in the particular place, which we’re interesting. The departure place of this bus is in front of Florence SMN station. The most beautiful place is Michelangelo monument . Here, we can see the amazing and lovely florence from the hill..(see the picture).

Then the last day, I went to Rome by train (3 hours trip). The trip was very lovely, because the beautiful scenery during the journey. We passed lovely beach, we can enjoy it in the train. Again the hotel situation in ROme is not much different than in Pisa.
Rome is very wide, thus I decided again to join the Hop on Hop off bus in Rome, by giving the previous HoHo in Florence, you can get 10% discount. We can start the trip by HoHo bus from via Marsala, the street in front of the Roma Termini Train Station. It is easy to find. Interesting place in Rome is coloseum, very old and beautiful. All of the building in Rome look old, romantic and had many stories.
You should stay in Rome at least two days to cover all of the beauty of the city, to cover all the beauty of this city, to visit some art shop and to do shopping. Besides Coloseum, Vatican city, circo massimo, piazza venezia..showed the history of Rome..amazing.


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