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Flying out of Rome early AM; hotel/car logistics?

May 29th, 2004, 08:02 AM
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Flying out of Rome early AM; hotel/car logistics?

Hi all --
I will be returning in a rental car to Rome from Tuscany at the end of a week's trip...flight out is relatively early in the day (10 am or so)...

Wondering whether it might make sense to come down the night before, dump rental car, stay overnight in Rome, and trundle out to airport in am via train.
Alternatives would be a) driving down at crack of down from Tuscany, dumping car at airport, flying out or b) driving down night before but keeping car to return at airport in am before flight.

I will be with parents of a friend, who are older, so don't want too much schlepping. I speak Italian but am a Rome newbie.

Thoughts? Lodging recommendations?

Thanks!!!
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May 29th, 2004, 08:09 AM
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Hi wick,

I would drop off the car and spend the last night in Rome.

A cab will be about 40-45E, which might make it cost effective vs the train.
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May 29th, 2004, 08:14 AM
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Thanks, ira! I should add that we are flying to US so I am assuming we need to be at airport quite early.
I tend to forget that with 3 people a taxi is often a good alternative to public transport, and I'm sure it would be preferable for the other two.
Neighborhoods to focus on for hotels? I'd like to strike a balance between my desire for character and value and their desire for comfort
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May 29th, 2004, 10:59 AM
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Hi Wickett,
We did similar -- returned from Umbria with our rental car the night before and dropped it at the airport. Then took a shuttle (which we paid for) to the Holiday Inn EUR Parco Medici, which is about 15 minutes away. They have a free shuttle, but in the evening the timing isn't good. We did take the free shuttle to the airport in the a.m. We took the 7:30 shuttle, which would get you to the airport at exactly the right time (2 hours before). We thought this was easier than staying in Rome and having to commute in the morning to the airport. Also, we got in late, and weren't interested in spending more time in Rome at that point. But you might want to live it up your last night. ;-) We booked a month ahead and prepaid at 130 euros for our singles. This was the cheapest rate we found for that hotel. You can end up paying a lot more for it, too. The Hilton would be an even more convenient choice, but we found the rates exorbitant. Hope this helps.
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May 29th, 2004, 11:39 AM
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Hi w,

I also was thinking of the Holiday Inn. We stayed there last Oct. It is an international style hotel with a very good breakfast.

They have a dinner buffet that is also worthwhile.

It will cost about 40E from the airport to the hotel, but the shuttle is free.
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May 29th, 2004, 02:08 PM
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We returned last week from 2 1/2 weeks in Italy. Since our flight home was at 10 am we stayed at the Hilton at the airport. You just walk across the street to the terminal. Plus they have a free shuttle bus into the city so we went back to the city for dinner and last minute shopping and after dinner took the 11PM shuttle bus back to the hotel. It worked very well.....
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May 29th, 2004, 02:41 PM
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Great, all good, useful replies!
I am tempted to "live it up" and stay in the city, but will consult with my travelling companions as to what they prefer, which may well be the airport locale.
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