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best way to get to Venice from Rome

by bendtraveler7

My husband and I will fly into Rome (FCO) we need to leave immediately for Venice can either fly or take the train. If we take the train, how do we get to the train station from the airport?

Re: best way to get to Venice from Rome

by travelfrosch

There is a train that goes directly from Fiumicino Airport to Rome's Termini Station. From there, you can take a "Eurostar Italia" train to Venice. Advance reservation is compulsory for the latter train. Cost would be approximately EUR 70 per person. Take a look at http://www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html for more information.

Re: best way to get to Venice from Rome

by travelfrosch

Another thought: Is there any reason you're flying to Rome if you need to go directly to Venice? If not, you might consider skipping Rome and flying to a closer airport instead, such as Milan (MXP), Treviso (TSF), or even Venice (VCE). You might even find the airfare is cheaper.

Re: best way to get to Venice from Rome

by mccalpin

Linda, if you end up taking the train, note that there is a train station at the airport. There are 2 trains that leave from here; you will want the "Leonardo Express", which runs from Fiumicino Airport to Termini non-stop. It runs every 30 minutes, takes 31-35 minutes (depending on whom you believe) and costs 11 euro for each of you.

Once you are at Termini, you will be able to take one of many frequent trains to Venice. In truth, you will almost certainly need a reservation; however, if there are empty seats, they will sell you a reservation when you walk up (this will be the likely case). In fact, if you arrive during the day at the airport, stop at the travel agency near the train station at the airport, and buy your tickets and reservations for the entire trip before you even leave the airport (this will save some hassle at Termini itself).

Currently, the one way second class fare on a Eurostar from Termini to Venice is showing at 56.10 euro, so the total ticket for each of you will be close to the 70 euro mentioned above.

Note: I assume that you are proceeding directly to the cruise port in Venice, right? Please look at dominicocozza's pages where I think he talks about what it takes to get from the train station to the cruise port (I know he has commented on this in the forums). You will want to make sure that your train goes to Venice Santa Lucia station; some trains stop only at Mestre and then continue onward towards the north and east without going to Venice proper.

As noted, it will be worth it to investigate the airfare either direct to Venice or from FCO to VCE as an add-on, knowing that the train trip will (1) costs you about 70 euro each, and (2) you have to handle your own luggage on the train(s). If the difference in airfare is only $100US, then the reduction in hassle may well be worth it...

Bill

Re: best way to get to Venice from Rome

by cmcard2

take the train - everything is 2 hours from each other although this will be a but longer - if not taking a car the train is the way to go

Re: best way to get to Venice from Rome

by repleo

If you have to catch a cruise or something I would fly. Remember you will probably be arriving in Rome early in the morning with no sleep. Dealing with the train to Rome and then another three or four hours to Venice and hauling bags will leave you totally exhausted.

Travel Tips for Rome

G.G. Belli, great Italian poet

by alza

The pic was taken at Pizzeria Dar Poeta in Trastevere. It's a framed poem by G.G. Belli which I enjoyed reading (without understanding it well) while I was there. All the walls of this small pizzeria are covered with his poetry and perhaps with works by other poets who wrote in Romanesco. I won't be able to translate this poem but wanted to give it its own place, and get a chance to mention the importance of Romanesco in many areas of Rome (and the region) that I explored this summer. The text appears in typed form in the next tip box.

G.G. Belli is now recognised as one of the best poets in Italy. He was born in Rome in 1791 and died there in 1863, after a long career in the Pontifical States administration. His work often brought him to Milan and Florence, where he met poets Porta and Leopardi. In Rome, he met Gogol at a literary salon.
Ste-Beuve said of him "...original, witty in everything; ... a great poet, penetrated with Roman life. Belli was also very admired by Joyce.

Belli used humour and irony to tell of human sufferings with his characteristic compassion. He wrote in the language of the people. Yet he could not afford to lose his employment under Pope Gregory XVI, a man of narrow views who dismissed the liberal aspirations of his Papal States and of Rome. For this reason, Belli did not publish his work, where he echoes the discontent of the poor and mocks the Papacy.
It is also a fact that he was a stringent Catholic, moralistic and quite reactionary for a long period until his death. He even asked his confessor to burn his sonnets. Happily, they were saved and later printed, thanks to that same confessor, a Cardinal who had a sense of humour and a true appreciation of poetry.

On YouTube, I heard wonderful, jocular readings of Belli's sonnets by comedians such as
Vittorio Gassman and Gianni Bonagura. Gassman recites "La vita dell'omo" at the fabled cemetary by the Piramide di Caio Cestio and Porta San Paolo -- the setting is sublime! This is a place I spent time in last June and hearing it echo with Belli's bantering tone takes me right back. Testaccio is just beyond... where
I heard more Romanesco than Italian! :)

G.G. Belli's sonnets are now translated into English. I read a few translations in French and English, and got a better idea of the scope of this writer. But it's also a pleasure for the eye and the tongue to read and recite his original Romanesco!

Hidden Botanical Garden.

by TerezaJ

This Botanical Garden is very quiet place with Palm Promenade, Founatin of the Tritons, Rose garden, Bamboo, Japanese Garden, Roman Woodland, Monumental Staircase, Conifers, Tropical Greenhouse....and many more.

The best go on foot

by chiara76

Well, there is the underground in Rome and also the trams and buses are there and of course taxis but to be honest in my opinion the best way to sightseeing of Rome is go on your own foot.
To be honest the underground there is not very pleasant comparing to the Lisbon's one for example.
The underground in Rome is too crowded and the trains go not very often. It is also very stuffy there and we used it only twice when we really had to do it.
I also noticed that the underground there is not very useful for handicapped people.

see the page:
http://www.virtualrome.com/english/trasporti/mappe/metropolitana.htm

another casual place with great roman cuisine

by abarbieri about Renato & Luisa

This is a good place in Rome, near the Largo di Torre Argentina-Campo de' Fiori area where to stop for very good roman dishes.
Very simple decor, friendly service and very good value for money.
It is closed on Monday

When in Rome... Drink what the Romans drink.

by Mintie

Coffee. Coffee Coffee Coffee.
And by coffee I mean ESPRESSO.

You must, absolutely positively, must try espresso [or caffe latte, caffe macchiato or cappuccino] while you are in Rome.

Never order a cappuccino after 10 a.m. And don't expect to get "skim milk" in your Caffe latte [you also shouldn't ask for a "latte" or you will get a glass of milk, as Latte means Milk in Italiano]

Suck it up and get an espresso... at least just once. And plop in a teaspoon or two of sugar from the counter sugarbox. Blow on it a couple times to cool it down. And THROW BACK!

This isn't Paris people... it's Roma... "where espresso is mainlined" rather than drank. Shoot it like a shot of whiskey, say "Grazie" and be on your way. Truly one of the best slices of life in Roma.

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