I am planning on a trip to Italy with a tour company...great deal from Chicago, December 2008. I was a flight attendant about 10 years ago and was in Rome for 13 hours. This is my dream destination!!! I was wondering if anyone would be willing to share information?
What kind of information do you need? I was in Italy in July for a few weeks. I went to Rome, Sicily, Naples, Pisa, Florence and many other towns. Where are you planning on going?
Hi there Melanie,
I don’t know how many days you’ll spend in Italy and what your tour will be, but I’ll give you some information.
I think you’ll be arriving at Roma so the city of Roma will be your start.
A very nice B&B is Absolute. I took this description from travellerspoint.com:
Absolute B&B is located in the historical centre of Rome in a zone well served by public transportation. A few steps from the B&B are some of the most beautiful Roman landmarks: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Basilicas of St .Maria Maggiore and St Giovanni in Laterano. Other places of major tourist and cultural interest in Rome, including St. Peters and the Vatican, are easily reached by metro and bus.
Absolute is 300 m from the Air Terminal (the direct train from the airport Da Vinci of Fiumicino) and one metro stop from the central train station (which you reach from Ciampino Airport).
This sunny and quiet B&B has recently been restored. It's on the fourth floor, with an elevator, in a building built at the end of the nineteenth century.
Absolute offers rooms with private bathroom, breakfast, TV, ceiling fan, air conditioning (optional), free internet, infopoint, booking service for guided tours and a warm welcome and hospitality.
Each room is nicely furnished with period pieces and has its own private bathroom with shower. Breakfast is served in a large and comfortable sitting room where the atmosphere is pleasant and welcoming.
Melanie, I stayed there last year and we had a very good time.
Don’t forget to visit the best icecream bar (1896!) right across the street.
I think from Roma it’s good to visit Napoli, Pompeii (a must) and Sorrento. We took 3 days for that trip (we didn’t like Napoli very much, so that city took < 4 hrs).
From Roma a nice tip is the Abruzzen mountains. Tivoli is very nice with huge villa’s and gardens!
The mountain villages and nature are very nice. Take 3 days too for the surroundings and a hike.
Tips for the North of Roma: Orvieto, Sienna, Firenze, San Gimignano; a tour will cost you a week.
Tips for the very South of Roma: Paestum (beautiful temples), Tropea (beaches!); a tour will cost you a week too.
Very special: Sicily and the Eolean islands. We took a night ferry from Napoli to Palermo (12 hrs).
Some pictures of Sicily: http://www.sunseasicily.com/sicily.html
The Eolean islands are very special, especially Stromboli island, an active volcano (http://wikitravel.org/en/Stromboli). You can visit Stromboli from Tropea (daytour by boat) or from the end of may from Napoli. Better is an Eolean island tour starting from Milazzo (Sicliy) to the island of Lipari (30 minutes), after that to the island of Vulcano (10 minutes) for a beautiful hike and from there to Stromboli (2 hrs).
Tip: stay overnight at Stromboli, far better than the 1 day boat tours.
Melanie, I hope you can use this information.
Have a good time!
I agree. Rome is a lovely place.
If u say specifically what type of information u are looking for, either me or somebody else is bound to have the answer.
Here are some of the places you might want to visit while you are in Rome:
a) Roman Forum
c) Vatican (St. Peters Basilica and Sistine chapel)
d) Spanish steps at night
f) Trevi fountain
g) Palatine Hill
Hope this helps.