I'm planning a week's holidays to Italy in June when my exams finish.
I found cheap flights into Rome on a Tuesday and home from Bologna the Friday of the following week.
I want to spend two and a half day sightseeing in Rome get the train to Rimini on the Friday and spend the weekend there - drinking and working on my tan Then the plan is to get the train to Florence on the Monday or Tuesday, stay at a campsite just outside the city and soak up a bit of culture there before flying home from Bologna
A few questions...
1. I know two and a half days isn't enough to really see any city properly but would I be able to do the main sights of Rome in two and a half days (wed, thurs and fri morning)? I plan to see the Coliseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi fountain, Vatican etc.
2. Is Rimini good craic in June or does the holiday season start properly later in the summer? I want a bit of time to chill out on the beach anyway but would the long weekend there be a bit boring?
3. Is Bologna worth spending any time in? I'm flying out of there at 11.45 so I was just planning to get the train up from Florence in the morning. Bologna doesn't seem like a particularly exciting city, especially when I could be spending extra time in Florence. Am I wrong?
That's all my questions! I've done a good bit of web research but just wondering if anyone has any advice from personal experience.
If you're going to see Vatican museums, get in line REALLY early--7 or so. The line-ups are huge. And to skip the lineups at St. Peter's, try going late in the day--we went at 5 and walked right in (it closed at 6 that day). That still gives you time to go up the dome and see the grotto (not all that exciting). Actually, I found out after that you can write away to request a special visit to the catacombs under the Vatican. They don't take everyone, but it must be absolutely fascinating
For the rest, you can easily walk around the city to see the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Coliseum, Pantheon, etc. etc.
Thanks! That's good, I should have enough time to see most of the major sights so. Apparently you can also request an audience with the pope! I'm only bringing hand luggage though so no space in my bag for respectable, shoulder-covering tops, ah well!
I'm sure you'll find all clubs open in Rimini in June. Locals go clubbing as well. June is already summer season in Italy so i'm sure you'll find a lively place, even though i've never been there. Rimini is one of the capitals of nightlife in Italy.
Bologna is a full of history city, and i think you can experience the real italian lifestyle there, cause it's a bit off the beaten tracks. Bologna is the capital of food in Italy, so you don't need any more reasons to go there. It was the first University city in Europe alongside Paris, so it's a cultural city and full of students all over Italy.
[ Edit: Edited on Apr 15, 2008, at 11:26 AM by Caesar ]