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Donna asks…

italy apartments for vacation?

ok me and my wife are gonna stay in rome for a few months and take day trips around italy and just soak up the itly life style any 1 know any reasonable flats to stay in that are safe and cheap

Yaz answers:

The cheapest apartment in Rome which is also clean and safe is this: http://romanticnest.altervista.org
but remember to book through sites like bedandbreakfast.com where you usually find 50% discount.
On the owner’s website the rate is 100 euros, instead on b&b.com you find 45 euros (per night).
Hope this helps you.
Bye

Richard asks…

tour around italy and switzerland?

i’ll be in rome for 4 days. if i want to extend my vacation and tour around italy and switzerland, are there any tour package which is cheap and nice? anyone pls kindly let me know..tks alot

Yaz answers:

Hey, I just got back from Rome actually. I took a tour with the company Contiki, and it went through Switzerland as well as Italy. My tour also included London, Paris, and Austria, but there are other options on the website that focus more on a particular country or countries, especially Italy. I know there’s a 9 day Tuscany Tour, a 13 day Simply Italy tour, and an 8 day Italian Expresso. My last tour ended in Italy and I was going to take another one while I was there. As for Switzerland, there are a lot of different European packages offered. Maybe look at “Road to Rome”. But anyways, my trip turned out to be great and now I really wish I would have booked that second tour and saw more of Europe when I had the chance. The website is www.contiki.com and my email is novosel.7@osu.edu if you want to ask me anything more specific. I love talking about my trip so feel free. Ok, well hope everything works out for you. Happy travels.

Ken asks…

Rome VS. Florence Study Abroad – 10 pts?

I have been clogging the Italy forum for weeks now and for that, I sincerely apologize. I am very torn between studying abroad in Rome and Florence, Italy. I have two huge concerns:
1) Cost
– both programs are approximately $15,000 … i have about $6,000 in financial aid. Banks allow you to take out an educational loan for the amount up to the total cost of the program. So my thought process is 15k – 6k= 9k (so the program will really only be costing me 9k because of financial aid) but, i can continue to borrow 15k so I have 5/6k for living expenses, meals etc.
– I need to know which city is more expensive in terms of living expenses! Since this is not a vacation (I will be living there for approximately 5 months) I don’t think I will feel the need to splurge on one huge night out because I will have opportunities to go out all of the time. But I do need to know which city has more expensive food, night life, attractions, etc.

2) Travel opportunities
– This means so much to me I would almost set this above cost. I was thinking of purchasing the Eurail Global Pass (the 3 month one) and traveling throughout Europe on the weekends. Now, most destinations I would want to reach (Ireland, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona) are about a day’s worth of travel away from Rome and Florence. So I was wondering if I could get any opinions on the Eurail pass vs. cheap airlines like Ryan Air and Easyjet

Overall … which city will allow me to have a better experience based on these two factors?
ps- is the 3 month eurail pass worth if for me living there for 4/5 months (i will probably only be able to travel on weekends)

Yaz answers:

Both Rome and Florence are great places to live and only 1 hr 35 min apart using the fast trains. Rome is more expensive. Either one has good train access and air opportunities. Rome has two local airports. Florence has a fairly small airport, but there are trains to the Pisa airport and Bologna is only about 40 min by train from Florence. There’s the Aerobus that runs from the train station in Bologna to the airport for 5 euro (20 min travel time). Bologna now has a lot of Ryanair flights. RyanAir and EsayJet are far from the only budget airlines here. Two good sites for finding budget flights are: http://www.skyscanner.nl/ and http://www.whichbudget.com/

A Eurail pass is unlikely to be worth the money if you only use it on weekends and certainly more expensive that individual tickets if you only use it here in Italy. For example, there’s a night train from Rome to Paris which stops in florence en route. The standard price of a berth is 127 euro. However, if you buy the ticket far enough in advance to get the discounted “smart” price, the ticket costs 45 euo. These sell out fast, but they’re not all that hard to get if you’re here and monitor when they go on sale for dates you’re interested in. If you use the Eurail pass, you still have to make a reservation which will cost you 45 euro. If you have a Eurail pass with limited travel days, it’s even worse because Rome to Paris uses two travel days in each direction. Florence only uses one because the train leaves there after 7 pm. There are only a limited number of places outside of Italy that you will be able to travel on weekends due to the travel times.

This site has a huge amount of information on train travel and rail passes: http://www.seat61.com/ . You might particularly want to read the section called Common railpass mistakes: Italy http://www.seat61.com/Railpass.htm#Eurail passes

Mary asks…

Rome versus Florence, study abroad (cost, travel opportunities), please help! 10 pts!?

I have been clogging the Italy forum for weeks now and for that, I sincerely apologize. I am very torn between studying abroad in Rome and Florence, Italy. I have two huge concerns:
1) Cost
– both programs are approximately $15,000 … i have about $6,000 in financial aid. Banks allow you to take out an educational loan for the amount up to the total cost of the program. So my thought process is 15k – 6k= 9k (so the program will really only be costing me 9k because of financial aid) but, i can continue to borrow 15k so I have 5/6k for living expenses, meals etc.
– I need to know which city is more expensive in terms of living expenses! Since this is not a vacation (I will be living there for approximately 5 months) I don’t think I will feel the need to splurge on one huge night out because I will have opportunities to go out all of the time. But I do need to know which city has more expensive food, night life, attractions, etc.

2) Travel opportunities
– This means so much to me I would almost set this above cost. I was thinking of purchasing the Eurail Global Pass (the 3 month one) and traveling throughout Europe on the weekends. Now, most destinations I would want to reach (Ireland, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona) are about a day’s worth of travel away from Rome and Florence. So I was wondering if I could get any opinions on the Eurail pass vs. cheap airlines like Ryan Air and Easyjet

Overall … which city will allow me to have a better experience based on these two factors?

Yaz answers:

You can visit http://www.linktodiversity.com where you can find out more about programs both in Rome and Florence. Hopefully it will be helpful in your decision making process.

Sharon asks…

Vacation to Rome: 1 week or 2?

I plan to take my girlfriend to Rome sometime in 2009. We’re both history buffs and love the artistic side as well. We are both in our 20’s and getting around the city, walking or metro, is no problem. The only issue is, we’re in our 20’s and money is sort of tight. I’d like to spend less than $3,500 but preferably under $3,000.

My question is, is one week sufficient to see Rome or is two weeks more necessary?

Also, I’d ideally like to see all of Italy, but that may be pushing it. I’ve heard there is a moderately priced Italian rail pass which could be an option. It would kill me to be that close to Pompeii, Florence and Venice and never get to see them.

On a side note, I’ve heard that flying into London then taking an inter-european flight is cheaper than flying direct. Is this true? What’s the best thing to do?

Please help. I want to make her dream come true.

Yaz answers:

If you’re looking to visit Rome and Pompeii, a week is fine but if you want to extend to Florence and Venice (and perhaps another city or two) then you should definitely consider two weeks.

Central Rome is quite accessible by foot, and during my previous trips I’ve always walked around pretty much everywhere. When I first visited Rome I used the guide from Enjoy Rome (http://www.enjoyrome.com/index.html ) and found it useful that I’ve used it every time since, with exception when I was visiting and my friend from Rome was incidentally home at the same time. That trip, I had a personal tour guide 😉

Metro in Rome is not particularly handy, often not going near the historical sites. The reason is simple – anytime that they try to dig for metro construction, they’ll come across some part of ancient Rome and an excavation would then be required! If you must, take the buses and they’re quite cheap. For more information on public transportations in Rome, check this link (http://www.enjoyrome.com/tourist/cityguide/public.transportation.html )

There is no need to get an Italian rail pass. Train in Italy, especially the regional ones, are cheap enough that a rail pass is actually not worth it. For destinations that are just a couple of hours away from Rome then regional trains are certainly the way to go. E.g. Train for Rome-Naples is about 10euro one way, where you will then grab a bus to go to Pompeii.

As for longer distance destination such as Venice, look into either travelling overnight (so your accommodation budget can go for the train+sleeper) and arriving in the morning. On faster trains, if you buy your tickets ahead of time, you can avail of Amica prices which usually is discounted in comparison to the normal rates. The the rail network in Italy is run by Trenitalia (http://www.ferroviedellostato.it/cms/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=3fdbe14114bc9110VgnVCM10000080a3e90aRCRD )

As for flights, it depends. Sometimes you could get cheap enough flight even though it’s direct to Rome. Sometimes perhaps it’s more expensive than flying to London then grab an inter-European flight, but is it cheaper after you add the costs of US-London AND London-Rome?

Flying direct to Rome means you’re not wasting time to go to London, then having to change an airport (most low-fare, no frills flights operate from other airports and not from Heathrow) and you’ll need to account for travelling to/fro the airports (prices in GBP, which is expensive if you consider USD-GBP conversion) too. Not only that, low cost airlines don’t do connections so if you miss your flights it’s your problem. On top of that, they also tend to have major luggage restrictions and additional charges for check-in luggage etc. Sometimes, taking into account of all these, unless you’re making significant savings to fly to London, then I would say save yourself the hassle and just fly direct to Rome.

Besides, see it this way. If you’re only saving about 100USD per person but you waste some 6-8 hours transitting in London with no guarantee on flight connections, is it worth it? Is the value of your time not worth more than that? You can’t ever buy lost time so why not have more of them in Rome (and Italy) than navigating different airport system and security etc?

I recently gave an answer to another question related to travelling in Italy (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AjKwxD8k2IBcQ5I7Jo7Xj8Dty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20081202054031AACe9pS&show=7#profile-info-pObxZvs5aa ) so have a look at the details there. I was suggesting to the asker a potential itinerary for his rather tight schedule for Venice – Verona – Florence – Rome – Venice but of course this is just for guide, and to give you some idea of how the trip could be roughly planned, and the kind of train ticket prices that’s applicable.

If you need any other information, let me know and I’ll see if I’m able to help. I travel to Italy regularly and although I may not know everything, if I can answer any of your question, I’ll happily help.

Happy planning!

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