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Extra day and night on own in Italy. What to do?

Extra day and night on own in Italy. What to do?

May 4th, 2003, 06:07 AM
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Extra day and night on own in Italy. What to do?

My traveling companion will be leaving rome two days before I will, so I have an extra day and night to spend elsewhere. Any suggestions? I'm willing to fly somewhere else for an overnight it it's a short trip. But i just have one night: because of my morning flight home, I'm spending the night before in Rome.

I welcome your suggestions!
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May 4th, 2003, 06:10 AM
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Hi Sera,

How long will you have been in Rome?
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May 4th, 2003, 06:36 AM
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assuming you will have spent enough time in Rome already, popular daytrips include Pompeii (a long day, but doable by train), Naples, Lucca, Ostia Antica,
Tivoli. All can be done by train.
If you go elsewhere here at fodors.com you will find details on the above destinations.
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May 4th, 2003, 08:33 AM
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Another day trip that I found very manageable (and worthwhile) was to Orvieto from Rome. I believe it was less than 90 minutes by train.

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May 4th, 2003, 08:39 AM
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I will have been in Rome for a week -- and this is my fifth trip there so I'd like to try someplace different. Ovieto was a thought. Also thinking of hopping a plane to Venice. Is that mad?
Thanks for the suggestions.
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May 4th, 2003, 09:23 AM
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It's certainly not "mad" if you really have your heart set on catching a quick view of Venice, but don't be disappointed if that's about all you get to do--catch a quick view of Venice! The flights to Venice are frequent and quick, though you should prepare for the more-than-occasional delay which could make your one day in Venice turn into something more like a half-day.

Good luck with whatever you choose!

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May 4th, 2003, 09:56 AM
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Sera

You might consider Assisi for a day. It's sa beautiful little town and not too far from Rome. We loved our time there. We stayed at a hotel right next to the cathedral. Hotel Subasio - it was magnificient!!
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May 4th, 2003, 11:23 AM
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Great suggestions! I'm also thinking of flying to Catania (hour and 10 minute flight) and doing 36 hours in Sicily. As MMM pointed out, though, I have to factor in travel delays and the waits at airports, which could turn this quick trip into a bad idea. But keep the suggestions coming!
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May 4th, 2003, 11:36 AM
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Orvieto or Tivoli !
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May 4th, 2003, 12:41 PM
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Sera-while I'm sure others will disagree, I think a day & night in Venice is better then not at all.
It's a place you'll want to go back to, but you'll get a small tast of the magic, of Venice.
Flights are cheap( about $150) and quick about 1 to 11/2 hours.
Check out the hotel Ala www.hotelala.com.
Much luck
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May 5th, 2003, 05:04 AM
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And just to obsess further: another option is to take an early morning flight from Rome to Catania, spend the day and night in Taormina, and then take an early evening return flight to Rome the next day. Any thoughts from you veteran Italy travelers? Thanx!
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May 7th, 2003, 05:17 AM
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Sera,

Seems like you really want to try to get to Sicily. If you have your heart set on it, then I guess you can always justify it (I've done this myself). In fact, if you take an early-enough flight from Rome, you can probably get to Taormina (via Catania) by noon and spend a half day and night, and maybe the full morning the next day as well. It will definitely be some moving around, however. Good luck!

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May 7th, 2003, 05:27 AM
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Go to a bar with outdoor seating, buy a bottle of red wine, pull out your journal, get plastered, watch the parade of people, and write about the mystery and beauty that is life.
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May 7th, 2003, 05:34 AM
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I'm with robbydee. Gives you a chance to wind down and relax.
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May 7th, 2003, 05:47 AM
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Thanks, guys. Think I'm going for the Taormina option. I've booked a room at Villa Schuler (cash-only by the way) and I'm about to book a flight as well. And, yes, my plan is to relax, wind down, and stare at the gorgeous scenery.
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