Hey! I just got a neat opportunity to housesit near Naples, Italy in July....wasn't planning this but I don't want to miss a great chance.
I live in the U.S. so can anyone suggest where to get the best international airfare rates? Or what I must see while there -- I can take all kinds of day trips since I will be near the train station. What kind of train pass do I need for Italy?
Thanks for your help!
Rail travel is really cheap in Italy so it isnt worth buying a rail pass. Just pay point to point. Its based on the km's travelled. From Naples you should be able to get to a whole lot of places really easily. Explore Southern Italy and Sicily. If you get the time to head up north we really loved Cinque Terre, Lucca, Sienna, Padova, Venice and Rome. If you are living there it would be a great opportunity to see a lot of the smaller towns. They are so beautiful :-) Have a great time!
Cheap airfares: Maybe Aer Lingus (from USA to Dublin) + Ryanair (from Dublin to Italy)
That is a good option, but I would check out
- orbitz.com for an idea what a cheap flight is going to cost from the USA to Europe (Don't book through them, they might have the best deals, but the worst possible service. Book directly at the airlines' website.)
- thomascook.com and ltu.com for charter flights
- http://www.flybudget.com for cheap flights within Europe that I could combine with any good deals I found through the above sites.
Also if you are staying in the contryside, consider renting a car.
Napoli is right near the Amalfi coast - which is absolutely breathtaking. The views are stunning and the beaches are wonderful. I don't think you can get there by train, but they have busses running along the coast that stop at each village. You're also right near Pompeii - so you can visit the ruins and climb Vesuvius, if you don't pass out from the heat. If you have a few days to spare, definitely try out Rome and Venice, too.