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Jul 1st, 2010, 07:52 AM
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I would agree that Pompeii in the summer is difficult, especially as a day trip, you'll be walking around in the blistering heat.
Let me add to the chorus, you will be ecstatic to stay in Rome for one week and a day trip or two will give you a sense of Italy outside of its most marvelous city (in my opinion!). Zeppole is 100% right; if you can swing it, take the train to Florence for the day and stay one night leaving your luggage in Rome. Train travel is 100x easier and more pleasant if you're not dragging all your luggage along with you. Tivoli is a WONDERFUL day trip, not far and you get a sense of the countryside. For another non-city like experience, have a taxi drive you early one morning out along the Appian Way and walk back to the city. Figure out how far you can comfortably walk back, I think we did 3-4 miles out. It's ancient and beautiful and feels totally different from most of your Rome sites. There are also amazing catacombs to see. Just go early before it gets too hot. Get tickets ahead of time for the Borghese Gallery and walk through the gardens and park afterward. These are things that will make you feel you've visited something other than the hot, bustling city, along with Tivoli and/or Orvieto but you won't be killing yourself or eating up precious time with travel.
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Jul 1st, 2010, 07:52 AM
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Lucca is almost as far as Pisa from Rome so if Pisa is too far ...

And Siena is closer to Rome than Firenze, though may not be on the same train line?

I liked Siena way more than Orvieto or Lucca.

Pisa, the cathedral is terrific, way more deserving of attention than the tower.

Maybe there's some kind of a wine tour bus for Chianti? Or do you have to hire a private driver or rent a car?
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Jul 1st, 2010, 08:48 AM
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marsha0813,

If you were previously considering a triple as your accommodation, you may be comfortable in a Roman apartment with one bedroom and a sleep sofa in the living room, which will help keep things closer to that price range.

Also, while staying in the Navona/Pantheon or Campo dei Fiore area will mean less steps to some sights, which will be cooler, there are many other areas that will work well. If you liked the locations of the B&Bs Steves recommended in his book, you can look for apartments there as well.

Regarding the Slow Travel listings, if you see something you like, you should check to se if there are more current reviews for it on Tripadvisor. Not only does it not hurt to have more reviews from different perspectives, but it helps to know if construction is currently going on in the building, etc. Also double check for air conditioning and precisely what the bed arrangements are.


(scrb, the transportation to Siena is actually longer than to Florence, even though Siena is geographically closer to Rome. Chianti is out of reach from Rome, but Orvieto is a wine town, with a very refreshing summer white wine.)
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Jul 1st, 2010, 01:37 PM
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Sorry zeppole (and anyone else who suggests it) but Ostia Antica, albeit shadier, just doesn't compare to Pompeii IMHO.

However, I do agree about Pisa. My hub and I made it a base for travel on 2 occasions. Tour of the duomo was amazing. Rest of the town is very non-touristy.

But you'll be busy in Rome and here's a broad brush of possible days' activities:

Borghese-Spanish steps-Trevi Fountain-Piazza del Popolo
St. Peters-Trestevere
Vatican Musuem
Coliseum-Piazza Campidaglia-Campo Fiori
Piazza Navona-Pantheon-Doria Pamphilj

And that's leaving out a bunch o stuff.
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Jul 1st, 2010, 02:37 PM
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All great tips, keep them coming. I've been seriously researching apartments today and am pleased with our options. The sleepinitaly.com site has worked well.
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Jul 1st, 2010, 02:41 PM
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TDudette,

To me the experience of Pompei and Ostia Antica is a subjective call. I find Ostia Antica not only much more atmospheric, but also less depressing. Both are magnificent sights, and I hope to spend several days in Pompeii and its surroundings next year. However, it won't be July or August, that is for sure.
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Jul 1st, 2010, 03:50 PM
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If you live in Charlotte, perhaps the heat in italy won't bother you. But be prepared for it. Florence seems to bask in a bowl where there is not the slightest breeze. If you go, try to get there as early as possible so you can take some time out in the middle of the day (a good reason for an overnight stay, so you can go to an air-conditioned B&B for a siesta.) Also, early morning and evening are less crowded, as the cruise-trippers are gone. Not so many go to Orvieto, which is up on a mesa and seems to get more air. There are also lots of caves in Orvieto, and you can even go on a tour underground during the hot part of the day. But there are a lot of big stairs, so if your parents are not good walkers, that might be out.
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Jul 2nd, 2010, 03:06 PM
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we are "the young senior parents" and are meeting our adult daughter for our "first italian experience"! Looking to stay in Rome in a centrally located apartment for the week: 28 July - 4 August. Plan to stay in Rome but venture out to Florence for 1 night (accommodation recommendations appreciated) and any other day trips (we'd like to get out of the city) for an out of Rome experience)
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Jul 2nd, 2010, 03:14 PM
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If you are going to stay in an apartment in Rome, check our sleepinitaly.com. they have lots of apartments in your price range, I think. Also check VRBO.com for apartments offered by the owners. Or google Rome Italy vacation apartments
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Jul 2nd, 2010, 03:32 PM
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Since you are going to be only a few days i agree with the very wise advice given to you by zeppole
however for my taste, I would suggest you can do what I did last when we went with my daughter and her15 year old son. We flew toRome, stayed not in an apartment but in a very reasonable bed and breakfast called Arco del Lauro in Rome, and then if you must fly from Rome you can go to Florence by train in the middle of the stay NOt paying the night or nights in Rome, come back to the Arco del lauro and fly to Rome.
It would be better and cheaper to arrive to Rome and then fly back from Florence.
You will have your hands full with two fantastic destinations all the other places except may be a daily trip to Orvieto which is charming are in my opinion out of the question. Have fun.
The Arco del Lauro have some very nice big rooms accomodating three or four persons.
www.arcodellauro.it
I bellieve it is good to be pampered a little whn you travel.
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Jul 2nd, 2010, 03:33 PM
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also... transporationa advise appreciated.....physically at age 60....we're as good to go as most at 40!
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Jul 2nd, 2010, 04:04 PM
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If you don't want to cram too much in I agree with Rome for a week. Take an easy day trip to Orvieto, but skip Tivoli. I love Tivoli and will return this year, but it should not be part of a Rome trip the first time . Orvieto will give you a taste of Umbria/Tuscany and really be a great day trip.
I can't help with where to stay in Rome (I use frequent traveler points), but have lots to recommend if you decide to stay there.
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Jul 3rd, 2010, 05:29 AM
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realrome.com has very reasonably priced apartments in Rome. The owner is great to work with. Our family rented a 2 BR apartment in the ghetto neighborhood in February but it did not have AC so I would hesitate to recommend it in the summer.
I agree with zeppole that if you rent an apartment in Rome for a week you could probably afford an overnight in Florence
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Jul 3rd, 2010, 07:24 AM
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We stayed in this 2 bedroom apt. in Rome last month. Worth every penny and the terrace was wonderful to have after a day of sightseeing.

http://www.residenzagiubbonari.com/home.html
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Jul 5th, 2010, 11:22 AM
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We are taking Zeppole's advise and are renting an apartment in Rome for the week with a one night stay in Florence. We'll take the train early on Friday,7/31 & return to Rome on Saturday. Plan to take that day trip to Orvieto if possible. Anymore tips websites or recommendations on a reasonable,central location for our one night in Florence appreciated.
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Jul 5th, 2010, 01:18 PM
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Others will chime in, but Tourist House Ghiberti in Florence is a fine B&B in a good location. It has air conditioning. Don't know if they have triples.

http://www.touristhouseghiberti.com/
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Jul 5th, 2010, 03:34 PM
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we liked alloro B&B in Firenze http://www.allorobb.it/Eng/index.html

It's halfway between the train station and the Duomo, and right behind San Lorenzo, so it would be handy to drop your (probably small) bags off there, if they can hold them for you in the morning until check-in time.
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Jul 5th, 2010, 03:34 PM
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Marsha,

Here are apt's in the very center of Florence (1 block to Cathedral) that rent by the night (my wife and I stayed in a 1 BR, but they have some that sleep up to 8 people). They are cheaper than most hotels and perfectly located. The owner is a sweetheart.

http://www.sleepinginflorence.com
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Jul 5th, 2010, 04:08 PM
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We stayed in a room at the Hotel Casci in Florence last month that had 4 beds in it-two queens and two singles. Good location and comes with big breakfast and very nice people at the front desk.
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Jul 6th, 2010, 08:17 AM
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Thanks, I'm now trying to familiarize myself with train travel mainly from Florence back to FCO airport possibly on our last day. I went on trenitalia's web site but couldn't navigate it as I didn't know the name of the station at the airport. I need to know how long that ride is and how early we can leave Florence as our flight leaves at 11:00 out of FCO. Although we may make that trip to Florence in the middle of our week there, we'd like to be familiar with getting directly to FCO if needed. We're trying to decide about the schedule as we don't want to be in Florence when most museum's are closed and from what I'm reading they are closed on Monday. Am I correct?
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