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22. Posted by robdetroit8905 (Budding Member 8 posts) 49w 1 Star this if you like it!

Hey everyone sorry i havent posted in awhile but to bring you all up to speed. I will be traveling from:
Detroit then a 1 hour layover in Boston, Ma, then i fly to Portugal have a 1 hour layover there, then board my next flight and land in Rome on April 26.

I am now starting to worry and didn't think about what if the flight gets delayed and I dont make my next flight. So now I am a little worried but still hopeful.

Now my next biggest fun issue is planning out everything I need/want to see on my trip.

I am interested in any recommendations in places to visit/see or eat at or bars anything that anyone recommends.

My trip plan is, Rome to Florence or Venice. From either Florence or Venice to Barcelona, Spain then from Barcelona to Lisbon Portugal and fly home from Lisbon to Detroit. I fly in on April 26 and Fly home May 23 so just under a month for all of this.

So any recommendations on anything in those locations or nearby locations to go to and see and visit, or even hostels to stay at please let me know of anything you all can reommend.

Thanks for all your help and time!!

23. Posted by CherylGypsyRose (Full Member 13 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

I think you have a great itinerary - lots to see in Rome and allow five days. Then three for Florence. Then three days for Venice. Five days is good for Barcelona. Four days is more than enough for Lisbon a very pretty city and a good place to end your journey. In Lisbon arrange to take bus and or train to Lands End, Cabo Roca - cape rock - the most westerly point of Eurasia. It was once considered the edge of the world. It is only about thirty miles from Lisbon. Two hours east of Lisbon is an ancient city Evora and nearby are standing stones, cromlechs, older than Stonehenge and very striking - it was a highlight for me. I was just in Barcelona and Lisbon in December. Check out my blog The Iberian Penninsula in December - The hotel we stayed in Lisbon had breakfast included and was walking distance to Rossio, Commercio and Alfama. There are trams worth taking - tram 28.
Rome has an excellent transportation system - all of the three main cities do but it is fun to stay in or near the old town.

24. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 939 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Your one-hour connection in Lisbon is tight, so you'll need to get off the plane quickly, go through immigration (your first port of entry into Europe) and perhaps security, then board your next flight. Try to select a seat near the front of the aircraft from Boston to Lisbon so you can exit quickly.

I assume you're flying TAP on both flights (BOS-LIS and LIS-FCO) so a one-hour international-to-international connection in Lisbon is OK, according to Expert Flyer (I'm a subscriber).

Should you miss your connecting flight, TAP has several other departures to Rome. Check to get information on alternative flights. Jot them down in case you need it.

Familarize yourself with the Lisbon airport: and the Rome airport:

After you arrive at Rome's Fiumicino airport there are two relatively inexpensive ways to get to Termini, a major transportation hub in the city. There's the Leonardo Express train (14 euros) and the S.I.T. bus (6 euros). I took both last November. I flew from Lisbon on TAP to Rome, took the S.I.T. bus to Termini, then took the subway to Ottaviano for my bed & breakfast near the Vatican. For my flight to Addis Ababa, I took the Leonardo Express from Termini to FCO. Before you board trains in Italy, make sure you validate your ticket with the machines near the departure area. If you're uncertain about the procedure, ask.

Hope this helps. You'll have a grand time.

P.S. On arrival, you can get euros at ATMs, also known as Bancomats, with your bank or credit union debit cards. Credit cards also are accepted at many places. Notify your financial institution before you travel. Suggest you also carry some new unmarked U.S. currency, including some 50s and 100s.

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Mar-2017, at 05:26 by berner256 ]

25. Posted by slothtraveller (First Time Poster 1 posts) 49w 1 Star this if you like it!

Hi Rob,
Sounds like a great trip! You seem to have a real interest in the historical sites of Italy so I would personally spend half of your allotted time there and the rest of the time in Spain with 4 or 5 nights in Lisbon before you jet back home. You mention Barcelona. Have you also considered stopping off in Andalucia region on your way to Lisbon? There are some great historic cities with iconic sights like Granada, Seville and Cordoba in this relatively small area.
Of the places on your itinerary, the only place I have much knowledge of is Lisbon, having visited twice, most recently last year. While in Lisbon, spend one full day in the suburb of Belem where there is an amazing monastery to explore and several museums. You should also consider spending a day in nearby Sintra (easy to get to from Lisbon city centre via Rossio station). Sintra is truly beautiful with several palaces and a great Moorish castle.
If you are staying in the centre of Lisbon, do not worry about getting a taxi at the airport. Use the red airport bus. It's really easy to know what stop to get off at and significantly cheaper. Another cost cutting tip would be to use the subway often. Lisbon is also a very steep city to walk around so the subway and the various elevators and trams around the city are really useful.
Have a great trip!

26. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Quoting robdetroit8905

.. I will be traveling from:
Detroit then a 1 hour layover in Boston, Ma, then i fly to Portugal have a 1 hour layover there, then board my next flight and land in Rome on April 26.

I am now starting to worry and didn't think about what if the flight gets delayed and I dont make my next flight. So now I am a little worried but still hopeful.


So - your plane lands & one hour later the next plane takes off? You DO NOT have an hour to get from one plane to the next .. ensure to check the boarding time .. & also note the cut-off for boarding will be maybe 10 or 15 or more minutes before flight time.

Have a look at the website for the airlines / airports you are using & see what they have to say about transiting

if you check luggage & it is checked all the way through to Rome, you may arrive but your luggage may not .. get insurance if that is an issue for you .. Pack some necessities in your carry on & check the carry on rules about liquids etc.

Personally, I would not want to have only an hour . . Security line-ups can take an age these days & immigration etc is a pain .. too much of a rush for me.


27. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 939 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Generally, it's best to allow at least 2 to 2.5 hours to connect from one international flight to another.

If you have flight numbers, it's possible to check flight reliability.

It's also better to travel with hand baggage only to avoid the issue mentioned by Steve (hasbeen).

28. Posted by daniela64 (Budding Member 2 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Hello! i have traveled quite a lot in europe (speaking about capital cities mostly) and i am italian, so i hope i can give you some advices in both ways.
1. first of all, remember that flying from italy to spain, or italy belgium, or london france will take you only few hours. if you fly from south to north europe (except scandinavia) the maximum that ever took me (from italy ) was 3h. so it is really reasonable, in terms of time.
2. second, rome is one of the most beautiful cities i've ever seen, but colosseum is just one of the beauties of the city. the city itself is awesome, and i would suggest you to not stay less than thee days. vatican's sqaure is something unbelievable.
3. if you are staying for one month, i think you could see more than 3-4 countries. you could choose to spend 2 days in city like amsterdam and ljubljana, which are pretty small, 3 in paris, 3 in barcelona. 4-5 days in berlin (even though most of the people don't like it because it's too huge to enjoy as a tourist. i used to live there and it's so much better than just walking around the city ) and so on. also i recommend you to go to prague, it is really stunning (and cheap!!!!) .
4. for what concerns luggages, i would recommend you to use the service of the company -snip-

!!! and remember, once in italy: never EVER eat or buy in the touristic restaurant/place, you will find a better (and cheaper) one near the corner of the first non-main street :)

hope it was helpful , enjoy

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

29. Posted by Ed_P (Budding Member 14 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

I hope that you have a great time!

30. Posted by robdetroit8905 (Budding Member 8 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

Thank you all for all of this information. Now its just hard to plan out everything to see. Everyone keeps throwing more great ideas my way its almost overwhelming haha but its very exciting to try to plan out how to see the most without getting myself burned out. I am going to try to come up with a plan of how to see the most i can.

But now I am a little freaked out about not having enough time on my layovers to get from gate to gate, especially on my layover in boston to get on my international flight. If i missed my flight in lisbon i wouldnt be as worried cuz hell i am in lisbon. But now worried about making it on my international flight so have to try to learn the airport mapping. Yes i am flying through TAP so hopefully its all on time and I make it.

Again thanks for everything I will post back when i figure out all that I will be seeing. But I also now need to figure out all that I am going to take for a carry on so i dont have to worry about possibly losing luggage...