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Best seaside resort not too far from Rome?

by jayarrscott

We are considering flying to Rome (Ciampino) & staying down the coast (e.g. Nettuno, Terracina, Sperlonga, Gaeta). This will enable us to stay at the seaside & have a few day trips into Rome.
Our flight arrives at about 20:30, so:

1. Should we stay at a hotel in Ciampino the first night & then travel by train to one of the seaside resorts the next day?
or
2. Should we rent a car at Ciampino & drive down to the seaside resort that night.

3. Which of the above seaside resorts would you recommend as being a pleasant place to swim in the sea, do some local sight seeing at as well as having say 2 or 3 day trips to Rome?

4. Is the train (& bus) a better way to get around rather than by car for this sort of holiday?

5. Is the weather likely to be pretty warm at the end of September?

Thanks in anticipation.

jayarrscott

Re: Best seaside resort not too far from Rome?

by thirstytraveller

I did a daytrip to Sperlonga in July. Trains depart from stazione Termini every hour and take 1h 11min to Fondi-Sperlonga, bus to the beach takes about 20 minutes. Train ticket costs 6 € and bus ticket additional 1 €. I suggest you'd stay in Rome (not necessarily in Ciampino, though) for the first night and then head on to Sperlonga next (or why not 3rd or 4th?) day. Train+bus is for sure better (and faster) option than a car to Sperlonga - 120 km in 1,5 h may not seem fast, but you don't want to drive in or near Rome! I haven't been to other towns you mentioned, but Sperlonga is a very nice town to spend a day in, go swimming and afterwards enjoy the breathtaking view on the viewing platform up the hill.

Travel Tips for Rome

How much per day???

by monorailgold

One of the hardest things to figure out in Rome is your budget. How much should you budget a day? It all depends on your likes and dislikes. If you want a simple, quick coffee and roll for breakfast (and it doesn't come with the hotelroom), it will cost about 2 euros. If you want a full sit down breakfast, it will cost about 10 euros. If you want a slice of pizza and a soda to go, about 3 or 4 euros. A sit down, two course lunch, about 10 to 20 euros. A quick pasta and wine for dinner, about 25 euros. A nice sit down, full waiter service, four or five course meal with wine 60 to 75 euros. Remember, you will pay more to sit down. If you are at a pizza joint, just fold your pizza in half and take it to go. Stand outside and people watch or take it to a monument and have a seat. Also, don't forget about gelatos and sodas or water for the day. Gelatos cost anywhere from 2-4 euros depending on the size. You can buy a soda at a convenience store for about 1.2 euros. Water is about the same price but you can refill your water bottle from any fountain in Rome as long as there is no sign saying not to (have never seen one of those).
As far as entrance fees are concerned, if you budget 10 euros a sight, you will be okay. Some are more, most are less. Just figure out what you want to see and budget accordingly. Most sights in Rome are free. However, some things do require a fee. All museums, the colosseum, baths of caracalla, and the Borghese gallery all require a fee.
Souveniers are trickier. Rome is not a terribly expensive souvenier city. You can get some bargains. If you are looking for clothing, you can usually find the same thing for less back in the states. Same thing with good quality leather. Buy it before you go or after you get back. Any other type of souveniers, bargain for. Offer a reasonable price and you should be able to get it. If you want to take a day trip to Pompeii, the train will cost between 17 and 23 euros for a second class ticket each way. The circumvesuviana train is less than 5 euros. The entrance to pompeii is about 12 euros. You can buy food on the train or at the station outside of the ruins for a few euros. This is an all day trip, so bring some extra cash. You might want to do a guided tour of the site. ( not sure of the price for this but I would budget about 25 euros).
You can do Rome for 50 or less per day and have a great time or you can spend more and have a great time. I guess it all depends on where your comfort level is.

a view that will take your breath away

by bankowskiboy

castell gandolfo is where the popes summer residence is situated,as you walk past the popes summer palace,walk across the square,turn left and walk down a little hill to be greeted by an amazing view,look over lake albano a few hundred metres below the spot where your standing,and miles of beautifull scenery

Another Great Irish Pub

by Paul2001 about The Druid's Den

These days as you travel through Europe you cannot help but trip over somekind of Irish pub in any major city. Rome is really no different but for the exception that the two establishments that I visited were older than most. The afore mentioned Fiddler's Elbow and the Druid's Den have both been around since the early 1980's. Out of the two the Druid's Den is larger. In fact it is rather meandering in that once inside you find that it goes on from room to room. When you are looking for this place after dark keep a sharp eye out for it easy to miss as you can see by tiny entrance as seen in this photograph. I found the staff here very friendly. Apparently there is musical entertainment although when visited there wasn't any. Casual

When in Rome!

by Hooverboy about Pizzaria

Everywhere there are little tavernas all selling tipical Italian food. Basically, If pizza,pasta mozzarella and coffee is not your thing then don`t bother coming here! Pizza,Pasta,spaghetti,etc. There was no choice apart from peperami/solami sandwiches.

Colloseum

by firefightercarlson

Whatever you do, this is the best advice i can give you..... Buy your Colloseum ticket at the palatine hill entrance. Theres rarely a line over there and you can use that ticket for entrance to BOTH place. If you go directly to the Colloseum you could be in line for up to 4 or 5 hours.

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