Hello to all you experts out there can you help 2 keen 'Aussie' travellers. First up, we are not youngsters like many of you on TP, probably old enough to be your parents so be gentle. Also, we are not party animals but just want to enjoy the experience - sober although some wine will pass my lips... "There is No Bad Wine" ... ok.. ok I did have one bad experience).
After a 13 day coach tour of Italy in April '06, where we stop a maximum of 2 nights at most major tourist cities, we will have 1 week to ourselves starting at Rome. Then we fly home to OZ from Rome for Australia. How could we best use this time?
We are looking at some of the following options:
. Stay in Rome & do day trips including back to Naples/Pompeii
. Incorporate the Cinqueterre into a easy trip somehow.
. Travel to Bassano Del Grappa (Veneto) and do day trips from there.
. Incorporate train trips from Rome.
We really don't want to extend ourselves by using expensive hotels but would like to mix it with the locals, staying at B&B or pensione's. Ciao Mario
Hi Mario, your trip sounds wonderful & all of your options sound like a good plan.. not much help there I know I loved Rome though and you could easily spend the week there, just wandering around the streets & eating in all those lovely little
plaza's etc. and watching the world go by
Have a great time what ever you chose to do..
Thanks FionaNZ, From all reports a week in Rome would be easy to do. I see you have been there and loved it too. Maybe at this stage that will be our plan - see the city & surrounds with the odd day excursion out of town thrown in. Do some of the other options on a later trip. Cheers Mario :-)
Lucky you!You will fall in love with Rome!We went earlier this year and I cant wait till the day I return!Do the sights, yeah its touristy but its fun and you cant go to Rome and miss the Colloseum!Personally the Roman Forum was my favourite as well as our time spent in Vatican city!Both were amazing!Take a trip to the top of St Peters Basilica, most breathtaking views over Rome!Plenty of museums....the Capitoline was incredible...also take a short walk around that area, lots of tiny little family run restaurants and coffee shops!We did a day trip to Florence which was great too!
Avoid areas such as Campo de Fiori, tend to get a bit lively...however Piazza Navona although busy and tourist orientated is worth a look to see the vibrant nightlife and theres a lot of good restaurants with some great wine choices!!!Another place is the Porto Portese (cant remeber if thats how its spelled!) market, its lively, neverending and we enjoyed it!!!having a great time guys!
Hey thanks twinkles, You sound very excited about Rome, it makes me want to go right NOW. I appreciate your specific opinion on these sights. Ciao Mario
It is just about possible to do Pompeii as a day trip from Rome by train - we did it, it's well worth it, fascinating - but if you want to see much of Naples as well you'll need to spend a night there (you'll have to go via Naples to get to Pompeii).
Outen of the beaten tracks, I would suggest you to visit in Rome:
Ghetto ebraico: the Jewish quarter with the Synagogue,(on the map look for POrtico d'Ottavia) just in front Trastevere quarter.
Both quarters are still popular, although Trastevere has become during the last years a trendy area, full of tipical restaurants and cafes for the night.
In trastevere quarter you can visit two beautiful medieval churches, S. Maria in Trastevere and S. Cecilia in Trastevere.
From trastevere you can walk up to the gianicolo hill, a nice walking that arrives in a square with a panoramic view of the city.
If you like panoramic views, don't miss the view on the Fori area from the top of Vittoriano, the "Ripetta walking", from The top of Piazza di Spagna' stairs to the park of Villa Borghese, and the climb to st peter's dome.
Other two quarters very nice and popular are Rione Monti and Rione Parione, close to termini station (on the map, underground stop: Cavour, streets around Via Madonna dei Monti).
check if in April is working the boat on river Tevere.
Porta Portese is a very famous sunday open market, (on the map Piazza di Porta Portese) you can find almost everything, many second hand things. be careful with the pickpockets.
the journey from rome to naples takes about 1h 30, depending on the train.
Instead, reaching the Cinque Terre or Bassano del Grappa (why??) it will take a very long time.
No idea about Bassano, for Cinque terre at least 4 hours 30, with an eurostar train (the faster and the most expensive) from Rome to La spezia, and then changing there for local train.
Thankyou for your replies, your candid answers are very valuable. After some more pondering & research, we will spend our last week in Rome (Trastevere area) just waiting on a reply from an accomodation query. Any suggestions on agood reasonably priced appartment under 80 Euro?
We do really like walking & panoramic views would be fantastic so the suggestions by amanecer are appropriate for us.
Now looking at some day trips around and near Roma, catcombs etc.
We figure, we can return another time (soon) to spend more time in the rest of Italia.
Grazie a tutti - mario
There is a B&B in Roma called Angetode. Is very good, in the center of the town and the prices are low.