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1. Posted by stornoir (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi folks,

My partner and I will be travelling from Rome to Venice over the course of 16 days next July. We are planning a few days in Rome and then heading off North. We want to spend a bit of time on a coastal area and/or go to Lake Garda for a while Can anyone give us some advice on prices, accommodation, food, drink, exciting/interesting places etc.......

Go raibh céad míle maith agaibh, Seán agus Kathy.

2. Posted by shelly32 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


Italy is a great destination. Life there can be quite expensive but it depends on your budget. If you really want to save money on your accommodation I recommand you rent an apartment or a house instead of staying in hotels. Hotels are pretty expensive everywhere in Italy. When I go to Italy with my two kids I rent a villa or an apartment. It gives you the freedom you need. I mean hotels are good but you must check out at a certain time...

Personnally Tuscany is my favourite region in Italy!

Safe trip!;)

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

3. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

One suggested itinerary, albeit not very "coastal", would be:
5 days Rome (with a day trip to Pompeii)
4 days Florence (with a day trip to Pisa)
2 days Bologna
3 days Lake Garda & Verona
2 days Venice

Alternatively, if you don't mind a wee bit backtracking, and want to do some coastal visit:
5 days Rome (with a day trip to Pompeii)
2 days Cinque Terre
1 day Pisa
3 days Florence
3 days Lake Garda & Verona
2 days Venice

For places that you're staying for 3 or more days, you should look into renting apartments or staying in penziones, which would normally work out cheaper than hotels. There are also more and more B&B's cropping out, and they also normally work out cheaper than hotels.

You can travel from city to city with train, and for ticket reservations check Trenitalia's website. Tickets bought in advance are often discounted. The earlier you buy, the better the discount rate. Assuming you're Irish (therefore living in EU) you can also avail of Interrail, group 2 one country rail pass. You will need to figure out yourself if it's worth getting, by checking prices on Trenitalia and compare the total.

Re eating in Italy, especially true in the touristy areas, avoid places that have menus in multiple languages no matter how easy/convenient it may seem or reasonable the price may be. Just. Don't. No harm walking around smaller lanes, look into and see who the patrons are. If mainly Italian eating in, and you're happy with the prices displayed, then it's a pretty good option to dine in there. That's normally how I find places to eat in Italy anyway ;)