I'm looking for great places to visit for 3 day (sometimes 4 day) weekends from Rome. So if anyone has any good ideas or suggestions of places in Italy or any where in the bordering countries that may be a little obscure (meaning not Madrid, Athens...), I would love it!
I used to have 3-day weekends when I studied in Europe. You can go out pretty far on overnight trips. Check out www.bahn.de for train schedules to get a sense of how far out you can go overnight. Spain is clearly too far but cities in Italy,France, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany are excellent possibilities. If you want specifics as to what cities in these countries, let me know and I can give you some ideas. Hope this helps.
ahh so many options.....
U should get up to Innsbruck, Austria for snowboarding or hiking.
What about Sardinia? easy ferry ride from mainland.
Or best option would probably be Croatia! Dubrovnik!
here are my tips:
rome's surrounded by nice 1-to-3-days-trip destinations: calcata and civita di bagnoregio are small limestone villages that are falling apart, very pictoresque; viterbo, cute, and its natural baths; amazing bomarzo gardens; other famous natural springs like saturnia, petriolo, bagno vignoni; tarquinia, ostia and tivoli if u like roman archaeology; the uccellina natural park in tuscany for amazing coastal sceneries; the hills around rome are great. lazio (rome's region) is surrounded by beautiful regions like umbria (perugia, gubbio, assisi, orvieto, spoleto, spello, bevagna...), tuscany (siena, florence, baths in the nature, small little villages...) and campania (naples, cilento natural park, sunny islands...). u'll be blessed with beauty while being in rome and around.
then, of course, with a little bit more time, u can go further: to sardinia, sicily, basilicata (matera is one of the most beautiful places all over italy), puglia (the best region for southern spirit, fun and food). on the other side of the boot u find green abruzzi, with the best natural parks; marche, a region where the pace is still low; by train u'll easily be in venice as well. bologna's great if u can spend some time, even better if u have friends who live and study there, so u'll be dipped into its funny student life.
ohhhh! so much to say about my country! if u need more details let me know.
and of course, as the others said, italy's surrounded by marvellous countries. but that's enough for today!