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charnees Jan 4th, 2012 11:24 AM

Well, I am glad to see some others did some more research for you. If the tram runs late enough in the evening, you might be able to manage a long day trip to Rome or Venice. Or you could bite the bullet and pay for a taxi to take you to your hotel in the evening. That might be cheaper than paying for a night in Rome. You'd have to ask you hotel what it might cost.

Ruisa Jan 4th, 2012 11:32 AM

Thank you, guys! I am starting to feel that there is still hope... to see Rome/Vatican and ride the gondola. @StCirq, Villa Calloria is the only option we have in Italy that is on our kinda like "timeshare" but is not a "timeshare" thingy. @jamikins, I am seriously thinking of giving up 4 nights in Florence and stay in/fly out of Rome (so we can see Rome/Vatican/Venice). I think this is all coming together now because of you, guys. Thank you! Now I just need an affordable itinerary. I am sure that by now, you all have the feeling that I am looking for more bang for my $$ :)

Ruisa Jan 4th, 2012 11:36 AM

@StCirq, uh-oh, I think I am really going to cry now :(

jamikins Jan 4th, 2012 11:37 AM

Glad you are feeling better about it.

Just to clarify - I dont think you have time for your 'timeshare', Rome and Venice. Pick 2 of the 3 and fly into one and out of the other or you will spend most time on trains and in transit rather than enjoying the locations. Italy will still be there for your next trip :)

StCirq Jan 4th, 2012 11:47 AM

Ruisa, can you get out of this arrangement now, before it becomes even more of a disaster? Even if you have to forfeit some money, it could be worth it. It might turn out to be a wash if you find a cheap hotel in Rome, for example, and don't have to spend money on trains zooming around the country. Only you can tell, of course, but I would seriously consider starting all over with this plan.

Ruisa Jan 4th, 2012 11:48 AM

@charnees, I am seriously thinking of staying at a convent in Rome because it sounds economical and convenient. Thank you for the info.

StCirq Jan 4th, 2012 11:51 AM

Convents in Italy can be very nice and very inexpensive. I think that's a great idea.

charnees Jan 4th, 2012 11:53 AM

Oh, ruisa, I'm so sorry about that review!

I know it may be tough for you to manage, but here's what I would do:

Cancel the reservation. It's a very expensive lesson, but you might be quite miserable there.

Fly into Venice and out of Rome.

Stay two nights in Venice -- by Googling convent stay Venice, I found this thread on Trip Advisor.

Take the train to Rome.

Spend the remaining time in Rome. Stay at a convent again.

Fly home from Rome.

Or if you can't swing that, put off the trip for a year, and start over, equipped with some very hard-won lessons.

charnees Jan 4th, 2012 11:58 AM

By the way, the reason for starting in Venice is that plane flights back to the US usually depart very early in the morning, and getting to the airport from central Venice is very difficult at that hour, and might be expensive, too. It's easier to get to the Rome airport at that time of day.

charnees Jan 4th, 2012 12:10 PM

Just spotted this on another thread

degiulio on Jan 3, 12 at 9:48am

Have you considered staying in a convent? We stayed here in 2010 and it was a great experience. Clean, quiet, safe, great location right across the street from the Vatican Museum entrance and cheap, 60 euro per night in Sept. There should be reviews on Tripadvisor if you want to read them. Good luck.

Casa Accoglienza "Paolo VI"
Piccole Suore Sacra Famiglia
Viale Vaticano, 92
00165 ROMA
Tel. +39 06 3909141
Fax. +39 06 39091427
e-mail: [email protected]

Ruisa Jan 4th, 2012 12:22 PM

@charnees, thank you.

StCirq Jan 4th, 2012 12:29 PM

Ruisa, here is a site listing convent/monastery stays in Italy. Please be sure to read as many reviews as you can (on that site or elsewhere, like Trip Advisor) before booking something!

There's also a book called Bed and Blessings - you can probably get a cheap second-hand copy on Amazon.

Ruisa Jan 4th, 2012 12:34 PM

@StCirq, thank you.

StCirq Jan 4th, 2012 12:50 PM


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