Friday April 13 – Sunday April 22 2012
I need to know all the basics about Rome, Italy travel.?
I am taking my parents for a weekend trip to Rome,Italy next weekend. I would like to know what there is to know about travel there. What do I do when I get to the airport? What’s the cheapest way to get around? Where should we stay? What are the main attractions we should see?
My parents are old fashioned and they have never gone on vacation, (eventhough they fly for free) I finally convinced them to use their flight benefits with me so i need to make sure they have a great time. What suggestions does everyone have?
So, here’s a bit of tips for you.
At the airport: if you arrive at the Leonardo Da Vinci/Fiumicino Airport you can take a train at the Airport Station. You have 2 options:
1) you can take the Leonardo Express to Termini Station (it costs 14€, i know: it’s a robbery): it takes 30 minutes to arrive to Termini, and from there you’ll have 2 subway lines and something like 50 bus lines to go everywhere you want in the city
2) you can also take, always from the airport station, a train of the FR1 line. They’re the train of the urban service directed to Poggio Mirteto or Orte or Fara Sabina. These train make several stops into the city (at the stations Magliana, Trastevere, Ostiense, Tuscolana, Tiburtina, Nomentana): if your hotel is near one of these stations it would be a nice idea to take on of these trains. Anyway, in Tiburtina you can also take the B line of the subway, and it can take you in the city center, like Coliseum, Circus Maximus, Via Cavour.
Accomodation: it depends by your budget. You can find everything here, starting from the youth hostels since to luxury hotels. If you want to save a bit of money you can search for a nice bed&breakfast here: http://www.bed-and-breakfast-in-italy.com/town.cfm?citta=Roma&IDregione=7
You can easily find a very good accomodation in the city center, but anyway ALWAYS CHECK the street on Google Maps: some of them say “We’re in the center”, but they’re not.
Attractions: oh, well… You know… The usual ones: Coliseum, Imperial Fora, Pantheon, Navona Square, Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo, Villa Borghese, Trevi’s Fountain, all the Vatican (St. Peter’s Square, St. Peter’s Basilique, Vatican Museums), etc etc etc. But of course i guess it’s better to buy a good travel guide.
If you want to know anything else, just ask.
Enjoy Rome 😉
What trains take you from Italy to Paris and/or London?
As a graduation trip from college to myself, next year, I want to take a 3 week vacation and go to Europe. Specifically Rome, Italy. But I also want to travel around. I was wondering if there were any trains that take you from Rome to Paris and/or London, and if they are expensive. Also any day walking tours with guides that are around to take you to the big tourist attractions (ie, the London Bridge, West Minister Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Eiffel Tour ETC.)
If any of you who answer this know how much this trip would cost (approx) that would be great!
I’m looking for cheap hotels/hostels to stay in for the 3 weeks.
Any ideas are welcome!
There is one direct train between Rome and Paris. It’s the night train that leaves Rome at 7:45 pm and arrives in Paris at 10:48 the next morning. I prefer this option to flying. Even though it’s a long trip, much of the time on the train is time you would spend sleeping anyway and you save the cost of a hotel/hostel for that night. The standard price 130 euro for a berth in a 4 bed compartment, but if you buy tickets in advance, you can get the same accomodations for as low as 45 euro (the “smart” fare). There are also intermediate discount levels when that sells out. There are also daytime options with various connections.
From Paris to London, there’s the Eurostar: http://www.eurostar.com/dynamic/index.jsp
There are aslo budget airlines that you can compare with the trains: http://www.skyscanner.it/
The prices and schedules will have changed by next year, but these should give you an idea of what to expect. One note: you do not want to buy a Eurail pass for this trip. It is almost always cheaper to buy individual tickets here in Italy than to use a pass. Further, a reservation on the night train to Paris for the 4 bed compartment costs you an additional 45 euro when you use a pass – you can get an individual ticket for the same cost without having a pass. Eurail passes can’t be used for the Paris to London trip.
A cheap europe vacation for 5?
I want to go to europe for my 16th b-day!!!my family will onviously be coming!there are 5 of us!i wanna go to london,paris,greece,spain,portugal and italy!if i HAVE to choose 3 must see locations it would be london,paris and rome!how long should we go?would 2 weeks be to short of a time?how much would it cost for all of us in total?can 16 year olds drink in europe?
Unfortunately a “cheap” vacation to Europe doesn’t really exist, granted expenses are relative and if you come from a rich family then sure, why not. Otherwise you’re looking to spend at the minimum around $3000 per person, and two weeks might not be as sufficient. London is ok; food sucks and really doesn’t have much interesting things to look at as other places in your choices behold (no offense to any Brits out there). France; Paris is wonderful. Rome is also wonderful; both places the food is amazing and there are many extraordinary things to see. Greece would be another great place to visit, however the given the state of their economy and government, it might not be the best of times to travel there.
Also, I’m pretty sure most places in Europe require you to be at least 18 years of age. Sorry man.
Need help in planning a Italy vacation?
I’m (23) trying to plan a vacation with my parents to celebrate my graduation next year un juli.
I would like to book a multi city tour of Italy that will take us to Venice, Florence, Pisa and Rome. I want Rome to be the last stop, so that we can stay some extra days there. Keep in mind that the euro is very high for tourist coming from the US. So the cheaper the better. I want to fly to Venice and get my way to Rome and from Rome fly back to the states. Airline ticket doesnt have to be included in the price. The easiest way to travel to the cities of italy is by train. But i coudn’t find online a travel agent who can combine train travel, tours and hotels.
I would like to buy a package, if you have any ideas on how to arrange this, i would surelly apreciate the help.
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Vacation in Italy?
For a few years now, my family has wanted to take a vacation to Italy. We would like to spend about 4 days in Rome, 3 days in Venice, and 3 days in Florence. However, every year when we try to plan it it always comes out to be too expensive…around $6,000. I was wondering if anyone knows of any better deals than this. What time of year should we go, and would it be cheaper to find some kind of vacation package rather than just booking hotels in each city on our own? Thanks!
Try to go in an offpeak time for a start….mid summer is not the cheapest time to go…..I went in April and found it more reasonable.
Accommodation will always be your biggest money spender! I would try some of the hostel webistes…they also have cheap hotels as well, so don’t panic eg hostels.com, hostelworld. Com, hostelbookers.com among others….try to get a reasonably central place ( cheaper often means further from the centre of town which gets annoying at times).
I can recommend a place in Venice a 2* hotel calledMessiner. It has no lift so you have to take you bags up the stairs. I had a room at the end of the hall which overlooked a canal and was lovely ( although RIGHT above the kitchen, but it was not too bad).
Just ot point out, Venice is quite small and I had 2 nights and felt satisfied with my time there…I also had 3 nights in Rome and Florence….i probalby needed more time for Rome…
I did a guided day tour of Pompeii ( form Rome) which was great ( and included lunch)…try something like Viator to see costs..it may not be cost efficient for a family….not sure. (I was based in the UK at the time and earning GBP which had a great exchange rate!)
Florence is an expensive city as was Venice for accommodation…I got a cheap place in Florence, which was about 26 euros a night in a camping ground….I had a cabin, but I met 3 american girls who hired a trailer which slept 4 -6.
THe walls in my cabin were incredibly thin and it was around 40-50mins bus ride from Florence, but cheaper than staying in town….you see the dilema!
I would look at the accommodation websites first, look at different times of the year and see when its a good time to visit for you…ie cheaper.
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