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Graduation trip:taking daughter to Paris and Italy for 1st time; need advice

Graduation trip:taking daughter to Paris and Italy for 1st time; need advice

Jan 5th, 2008, 01:06 PM
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OK so we are getting serious now. Will be flying into Paris, arriving on what I will call Day 1 at about 11am. We will fly out of Rome to fly home early am of day 11. We are thinking 4 nights in Paris and 6 nights in Rome. We would like to think about a train ride early out/late in one day to Florence. We are going to drop plans for Venice this trip. We are now 3 to possible 4 in number; and looking at renting appartments in Paris and Rome, and have found quite a few for around $100-120 Euros with minimum of 4 night stays. We will stay very centrally in Paris and Rome. Any more comments on travel and lodging plans?
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Jan 5th, 2008, 01:24 PM
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Sounds great.
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Jan 5th, 2008, 02:37 PM
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Hello sunnyflorida, I have just read your thread and your posts. Personally your plans sound good to me. And yes, a day trip by train from Rome to Florence would be wonderful! Leave early in the morning, the train station is "right there" where you will want to be in historical Florence and train back to Rome at the end of the day. The train trip will be about one and one half hours each way. Your lucky daughter! You are planning a wonderful graduation gift.
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Jan 5th, 2008, 02:38 PM
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How are you getting to Rome from Paris? I haven't checked flights, but you might want to fly into Florence from Paris, see the city and train to Rome from there. Or rent a car for a day or two and drive between Florence and Rome, stopping in a hill town or two on the way.
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Jan 6th, 2008, 03:49 AM
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I think you are very wise to have limited your destinations to Paris and Rome as suggested by most people who commented.

Renting centrally located apartments in both Paris and Rome is also a good idea IMO. If you have specific places you are looking at you can check this forum or other sites for reviews of the agencies and/or specific apartments. People are also very good about commenting on possible choices if you ask but they expect you to have tried to check reviews first.

It is definitely possible to take a day trip to Florence from Rome. You have to accept that you will only see a limited amount in Florence (and also that by cutting out a day of Rome sight seeing you will be limiting the amount you can see there). I know there have been threads with suggestions about how to spend only one day in Florence. With only 6 nights in Rome I would resist the temptation to plan other day trips.

regarding your earlier questions about per person cost, our family (two adults, 16 year old son) spent $1500 per person for 8 nights in Rome last February, including a very good air fare deal from Boston. The dollar was a little stronger against the euro then. We rented a nice but not luxurious apartment in a great location (115 euros/night so comparable to what you want to spend) and ate well (breakfast at the apt, other meals out), but not at high end restaurants. We took public transportation and did not pay for guided tours. We had a wonderful trip and certainly did not feel we were scrimping on anything important.

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Jan 6th, 2008, 04:19 AM
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Hi S,

>Will be flying into Paris, arriving on what I will call Day 1 at about 11am. We will fly out of Rome to fly home early am of day 11. We are thinking 4 nights in Paris and 6 nights in Rome.<

Quite doable.

Here is my suggestion for

Train to Florence SMN:
The Luggage Office is to your left as you leave the train.

From Piazza d' Stazione, walk up via Nazionale to via d'Ariento and the Mercato Centrale, wander through.

Take any street going NE to Via Degli Alfani and go right to the Accademia for The David.

Take via Ricasoli SE to the Duomo, the Baptistry and the Opera Museum (Originals of the bronzes on the doors)

From the Campanile, take via Calzaiuoli S (do some window shopping) to the Piazza d' Signoria. Look around, take a break.

Continue S to the Uffizi. Visit.

From the Uffizi, walk W along the Arno River to the Ponte Vecchio.

(You can walk up to the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens if there is time. Great views of Florence from the top of the Gardens)

If you have time, walk E along the S bank of the river to Ponte alle grazie and cross over to visit Santa Croce.

If not, go W along the Arno from Ponte Vecchio to Ponte S. Trinita and go right. Go left on Via d'Spada to via d'Fossi and go right to Santa Maria Novella. Look around.

SMN is across the square from the train station.

If you have time, take the no. 7 bus (you can find it at the SMN train station) up to Fiesole (0:20 hr 1E) to watch the sunset from the terrace of the Bar Bleu.

Be sure to have lots of gelato (in a cup, not a cone), take some wine breaks and a light lunch.

Train schedules, prices and tickets are at http://www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html
Call center from outside Italy is 39-06-68475475

Bus routes are at http://www.ataf.net/
Buy your ticket before you get on the bus. Stamp it in the yellow box on the bus.

Uffizi and Academia Museum Reservations
The easiest and cheapest way is to call Florence 1010987 (dial around number), 011 (U.S. international access code) 39 (Italy's country code) then 055-294-883 8:30-18:30 M-F and 8:30-12:00 Sat. Florence time. There is a long listing of press 1 for this and 2 for that--press 4 for bookings. You will get an English speaking operator and in 2-3 minutes YOU CAN RESERVE FOR BOTH. This is through the reservation service at the Uffizi and costs beyond the normal entry fee only about 3 euro for the service. This is MUCH cheaper than the commercial booking services.

You will not be charged for the reservations unless you use them.

Have a nice visit.

ira is online now  
Jan 6th, 2008, 04:27 PM
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ira and everyone--thank you so much for your help. I am looking for suggestions on general locations for an apartment in ROME. Any are more "central" than another? Thanks. Heidi
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Jan 7th, 2008, 03:18 AM
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This thread is really helpful in describing different neighborhoods where you might look for apartments in Rome
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