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Dublin Layover Suggestions

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We're planning a trip to Italy for our honeymoon (thanks for all the help) and it seemed much more convincing to tack on a day trip to Dublin than Istanbul based on the feedback we got. I'm currently looking at Boston-Dublin-Rome and then Naples-Dublin-Boston as our flights. I've read through the posts on this but most were from 2010 or before.

The best layover was either 7 hours (8-3) or 10 hours (5am to 3pm) in Dublin on the way to Rome. We also saw some that were 22 hour (8am to 7am). I figure we would need 4-5 hours out of the layover to safely travel back and forth (saving at least 2 hours on the end for checking back in). There were some longer layovers on the way back from Naples but I'd prefer to rest at that point in the trip! ;)

Do you need to collect your checked luggage on the way through? I would plan even if we stayed overnight just to bring the necessities in our carryon.

Is anything open at 5am? I've done some research on some early AM restaurants and Trinity College Library opened at 9am which wouldn't be bad to see a few sights. We're early birds (we were on Hollywood Boulevard at 6am due to our time difference) but I wasn't sure if you could get a tour or catch buses that early.

And finally, if we opted for the overnight stay, do buses back to the airport run that early or is it better to get a cab? I think we'd still have to get up at 5am to make it back which might not make the overnight as appealing.

Thank you for your help!

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