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TRSW Apr 21st, 2005 02:32 PM

Staying Near Train Stations?
Hello Everybody,

I am planning my first trip to Italy this coming October( canceled an escorted tour and chose to go it on my own ). I will fly into Venice for 2 nights, then take the train to Florence for 5 nights, then taking the train to Rome for 5 nights.

My question is, is it okay (safe) to book hotels near the main train terminals? I have read both positive and negative (thank you LoveItaly) views on this.

In Florence I am thinking about taking daytrips to Pisa, San G, Siena. And while in Rome, I am thinking of taking a trip down to Sorrento and The Amalfi Coast.

So I guess what I am really asking is, is it safe to book hotels near the train stations?

Thank you all in advance for your responses.


PS LoveItaly, how was your trip to Atlanta?

mermaid_ Apr 21st, 2005 03:01 PM

I can tell you only about Rome, but sure, it's safe to get a hotel near Termini. But why do you want to? It's not the prettiest neighborhood in Rome. We stayed there overnight before catching our plane home--the rationale being that we should be close to the station in case we overslept or something--but in the end it didn't matter. It's so easy to take a bus or taxi TO the train station and stay in a nicer part of town. Rome really isn't so big that you'd be so far from Termini that you'd be inconvenienced.

LoveItaly's very good trip report to Atlanta is up and running on the US forum!

TRSW Apr 21st, 2005 03:19 PM


What part of town did you stay in? I am also looking at Via Veneto Like I said, this is my first trip to Italy (not to mention first trip out of the US). Any thoughts, tips etc. would be greatly appreciated.

isabel Apr 21st, 2005 03:32 PM

I've stayed near the train stations in all three of those cities. In Venice we stayed at the hotel Canal & Walter (wierd name, nice enough hotel) which is right across the grand canal from the station. On my next trip to Venice I wanted to stay there again but it was full and the one I did stay in was near San Marco. I guess I liked the San Marco location better but the station location really was fine. Certainly was safe, just further from the main tourist areas (althogh all of Venice is a main tourist area).

In Florence I stayed about two blocks away from the station at the Hotel Desire which I would definitly go back to again.

In Rome I wouldn't stay right near the station, certainly not on any of the streets which actually border it. They looked a little seedy. We stayed at the Hotel Picaso which was about a ten minute walk from the station and that area was fine.

mermaid_ Apr 21st, 2005 03:35 PM

TRSW, my husband and I stayed at an apartment we found on, in Trastavere on the other side of the river. The have apartment rentals for less than a week, which many others don't. Many people would say that Trastavere is not in the thick of things but we managed just fine! It was no trouble at all to walk across the bridge or take the bus to "centro storico" and all the main tourist sites. We liked the village feel of Trastavere and the fact that as tourists we were in the minority. Nice not to hear English spoken a lot. Trastavere is pretty lively at night, too, especially the area right behind St. Maria Trastavere church. However, other popular places for people to stay are in the Campo de Fiori and Piazza Navona area. Use the Search Box at the top of the page and put in "rome hotels" and you'll come up with a wealth of information about places to stay. I'd also check out the travel website, which fantastic for Italy planning (as is Fodors, too, of course :D)

rshersnow Apr 21st, 2005 04:09 PM

We stayed in Rome at the Nord Nuova Roma which is about 2 blocks from Stazione Termini. The hotel was very nice with a great terrace view. It was so helpful being close to the station, I highly recommmend it. We also walked around at night a never felt unsafe.

In Florence we stayed near the central terminal (sorry the title escapes me as well as the name of the hotel) but this hotel was nice as well. We took the bus from the airport and walked maybe a half mile to get the hotel. All in all I find the convenience of being near public transportation worth being in an area that is not as pretty. How much time do you really spend there?

feltoni Apr 21st, 2005 04:26 PM

I like walking into the heart of things, and staying a little of the hustle/bustle of the touristic centres. In Firenze that would mean across the Arno, or a little out like in San Lorenzo area. Maybe its mem but I like the quietness of the middle of the night, not drunken hollers and singing, nor the early wake-ups of carts and traffic on main arteries going to market. The farther away from the tourist centers that you can get the better I think. Most Italians over 30 or so walk or bus wherethey go, and the cities have evolved along those lines...

Our best in Venice were spent several blocks back into the small neighborhoods.

Intrepid1 Apr 21st, 2005 06:59 PM

There are plenty of hotels relatively close to Termini..within a few blocks. Perfectly acceptable IMO and one of these, the Boscolo at the Pl. della Republica isn't exactly cheap, either.
I think you'll be fine.

WillTravel Apr 21st, 2005 07:15 PM

The Boscolo Exedra is close to Termini, and that neighborhood is fine and quite appealing, but that doesn't mean that everywhere close to Termini is similarly good - far from it. So the Piazza della Repubblica area, so far as I have seen, would be a great place to stay - but some other areas near Termini have a depressed, graffiti-filled ambiance.

LoveItaly Apr 21st, 2005 07:20 PM

Hello everyone. Isn't the Peterson B&B (near the train station in Florence) recommended by Ira (I think it is Ira).

TRSW, about how much can you budget per night for lodging? Not to be nosy but it might help people here help you find the "perfect" hotel that would fit into your budget.

I am personally sure looking forward to your trip report! I think you have made a good decision.

And thanks for asking about my trip to Atlanta. Think the title is "My trip to Atlanta and Charleston" or something like that. It was a fabulous week.

And wishing you the same. But know it will be. How could it not, you will be in Italy!

mermaid_ Apr 21st, 2005 08:09 PM

LoveItaly, here's your trip report that TRSW was asking about:;tid=34601651

Email Scarlett and she will teach you this trick (if I learned it so can you). :D

LoveItaly Apr 21st, 2005 08:46 PM

Hi mermaid, thank you I will email our dear Scarlett tomorrow. Believe me I can use all the lessons I can get!

Take care.

eab Apr 22nd, 2005 07:36 AM

Hi Tom,

We were in Florence two weeks ago and spent four nights at the Hotel Porta Faenza, which is a short walk (5-10 minutes) from Santa Maria Novella. We felt very safe (except for the fear of being run over by scooters). I would definitely stay there again. It would be very convenient for your day trips out of Florence, and there are some good restaurants nearby.
Good luck!

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