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Jul 11th, 2007, 05:14 PM
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day trips from rome

I am traveling to Rome for one week in August.My time in Rome is planned out, now I am looking for short day trips to take. I am interested in going to Southern Tuscany or Umbria. Any ideas ? I would like to take a wine tour that will give me a real flavor for italian wineries...small family run. I am also interested in a beach trip near Rome. Can anyone help with this or any other ideas for day trips.
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Jul 11th, 2007, 05:22 PM
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We went to Anzio one time.

* short local commuter train trip

* very nice beaches with a few Roman ruins

* non-touristy
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Jul 11th, 2007, 05:54 PM
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Anzio is actually quite touristy - we stayed a bit north of there on the shore for two weeks a few years ago, and though we loved it, it would not be fair to call it non-touristy. For one thing, it was the site of the Italian version of the D-Day landings in Normandy, and consequently a kind of pilgrimage town for lots of people.

If you want great beach towns, you need to go just a bit farther south - to Sperlonga and Gatea.

Be forewarned any beach in Italy will be absolutely overrun in August.

For Umbria day trips, I'd recommend Orvieto and Bagno di Reggio, maybe Perugia or Assisi if you want to go a bit farther afield.

However, if this is your first time in Rome, just stay there. You could easily occupy yourself for a month or more right there. Take a half-day trip to Ostia Antica.
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Jul 12th, 2007, 12:59 AM
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Hi Annie - I'd second StCirq's suggestions - Orvieto and Assisi make excellent day-trips.

Both are easy train rides. For details see:
http://www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html

Sperlonga is a lovely beach but a bit time-consuming to get to.

An easier trip would be Santa Marinella - about 45 mins from Rome.

Hope this helps ...

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Jul 31st, 2007, 04:18 AM
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Thank you for your help. We plan to skip the beach and head to Ovrieto for a day trip. We will go by train and rent a car when we get there. I have also been reading good things about visiting Spello and Montefalco.
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Jul 31st, 2007, 04:42 AM
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I'm thinking of going during Thanksgiving week.

Weather permitting, do a lot of day trip locations stay open during that time?

I'm thinking of Tivoli, Hadrian's Villa, Villa D'Este, Pompeii, Capri, Ostia.

Also how are Tuscany and Umbria in the winter months, barring rain?
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Jul 31st, 2007, 04:47 AM
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We'll be there as well during Thanksgiving. We only are planning Orvietto and Ostia Antica so I'm taking layers.
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Jul 31st, 2007, 04:53 AM
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Why not take a Ryanair flight to Venice? They are a budget airline and it's about an hour by plane. You can be there at 07:50 and return on the 18:55 flight so spend a full day there.

http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/
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Jul 31st, 2007, 05:28 AM
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Hi Scrb -

Pompeii is open 7 days a week, as is Hadrian's Villa.

Villa d'Este and Ostia Antica are closed on Mondays.

Hope this helps ...

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Jul 31st, 2007, 05:43 AM
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I'll just throw out Spoleto as one more option. It's easy to get to by train, and worth seeing.
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Jul 31st, 2007, 06:50 AM
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Thanks Steve.

So no winter closures?
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Jul 31st, 2007, 07:20 AM
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Interesting. The site on Ryan Air has "fares" roundtrip at 9.08E's...the taxes and whatnot on each is almost 46Es...the total would be about $109.
My DH has not been to Venice yet. I would imagine (could be totally wrong) that November would have fewer tour boats docking... mmmm... worthing thinking about.
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Jul 31st, 2007, 07:21 AM
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We docked in Rome on our recent cruise and our friend, who lives there, picked us up. We drove up the coast to Tuscania, which is a lovely little town, and from what I have read, Romeo and Juliet was filmed there. Our friend has a home in Viterbo, which is north of Rome and a very nice place to visit also. Another place to visit in Tuscany is Capalbio which is on the Mediterrean. Gosh, this makes me want to go back right now!!! Have fun!
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Jul 31st, 2007, 07:24 AM
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So I posted and then went back to Ryan. The day I first chose was a Monday and my brain kicked-in... about Monday's some things are closed. So? I dated the request for Tuesday...TADA
total round trip, for two 44E's...
wohoo.... gonna go write DH an email ...
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Aug 1st, 2007, 01:40 AM
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Hi Suzie - Be aware that Ryanair don't fly to Venice.

They fly to Treviso.

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Aug 1st, 2007, 01:58 AM
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Srcb - Winter closures are normally Christmas Day and New Years Day.

For opening hours it's best to refer to each site's own website.

POMPEII:

http://www2.pompeiisites.org/databas...B?OpenDocument

OSTIA ANTICA:

http://www.itnw.roma.it/ostia/scavi/...aq=1&fldAuto=3

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Aug 2nd, 2007, 05:28 AM
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Thanks again.
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Aug 2nd, 2007, 05:33 AM
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Treviso...lets see. It appears the flight would be a couple of hours, getting to the Rome airport, easy enough but lets say another hour? Then 2 hours to get to and from Venice.
In one day? And people do this? MMMM...not us methinks. We'll go back someday.
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