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Via Cola di Rienzo 217, Via Trionfale 146, Rome, 00192, Italy
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Driviing into Rome or Taking Train from Naples

by ellieinmj

In September we are flying into Venice and Flying out of Rome. We are taking the train from Venice to Florence, then renting a car to see Tuscany and Siena, and then driving to Sorrento and continue driving to Rome. My question is if we should turn our rental car in in Sorrento and take the local train to Naples and the fast train to Rome? We heard that driving into Rome is a nightmare, but we will be returning our rental car immediately. Also, if we decide to take the train from Naples to Rome, should we make the reservations at the same time as we make the reservations from Venice to Florence and should we do this at the airport, the train station or American Express office?

Re: Driviing into Rome or Taking Train from Naples

by qaminari

I agree that driving into Rome is not a great idea, but I don't really see why you would have to: you could drive on motorways (E45, E821, E80..) all the way from Sorrento, around Rome, to Fiumicino airport, leave the car there and then go into Rome on the airport train, arriving at Termini. Another possibility might be to leave the car at Naples Airport, also reachable without going into the city, and then the bus from there to the railway station, and continue by train.
You would make train reservations at a railway station, and if you are already doing this in Venice (Santa Lucia) you can certainly do it at the same time for the train from Naples to Rome.

Re: Driviing into Rome or Taking Train from Naples

by leics

You don't actually need to make train reservations (unless you are reserving a seat), so there is no need to worry about that aspect.

Sorrento to Naples by Circumvesuviana train takes about an hour. They are a private company, so you won't find their timetables on the Trenitalia site. Look here:

The Circumvesuviana trains arrive at Napoli Centrale, so you don't need to change stations for the train to Rome: just go up a level.

Personally, I wouldn't want to drive in or near Rome and would either leave the car in Sorrento or at Naples airport, as suggested above (although the latter seems more of a faff than just taking the Circumvesuviana).

Re: Driviing into Rome or Taking Train from Naples

by azz8206

You don't need to drive in Rome as mentioned in the posts above. I always make my train reservations the day of or the day before in the city I'm in. Just go and look at the PARTENZA board, partenza means departures, then choose a departure time that best suits you and go and pay for the ticket. Happy Travels.

Re: Driviing into Rome or Taking Train from Naples

by nancynb

We picked up a car in Fiumicino, drove north into Umbria for a week and then south all the way to Amalfi Coast. While I would never (ever!) drive in the city (Rome), it was relatively easy to get in and out of the airport. There were four of us so the rental car was economical and we liked the freedom it afforded. (granted, once we were in Amalfi, we left it parked and took the bus). If you have already paid for the rental car, it would seem to be an unnecessary expense to buy train tickets just to get back to Rome.

Travel Tips for Rome

old bricks

by tompt

What to expect when you visit Rome? If you have no idea it will be quite a surprise that all the old buildings are made of brick and concrete. The Romans used concrete over 2000 years ago. Roman concrete (opus caementicium), like modern concrete, is an artificial building material composed of a filler, a binding agent, and water. As a filler they used gravel, chunks of stone and rubble, broken bricks, etc. The binding agent was pozzolana cement from Pozzuoli, Italy.

Mussolini obelisk

by cadiana88

This marble monolith, like an Egyptian obelisk, is in the Foro italico. In the very beginning it was named Foro Mussolini, and after the WWII received its present name. Behind the obelisk you can see the Stadio Olimpico di Roma. The obelisk says "MUSSOLINI DUX" and it was built in 1932.

Wishes are only granted at night at the Trevi!

by Geisha_Girl about (Okay...I'm just making that up!)

But in my opinion, visit the Trevi Fountain at night! It has much more character and romance when it's lit up!

Fight your way through the crowd and gawking locals and toss your a coin.....toss a few! Bring coins!

Affordable Trattoria in Trastevere

by gmg61 about Trattoria "Da Lucia"

A bit out of the most crowded area of Trastevere, here is a restaurant that's not a tourist trap! Reasonable price, home style cuisine, outdoors tables when the weather permits.
Closed on Monday Pasta con la gricia

Secret exit: Sistine Chappel to St. Peters

by rjcrjc

This will save you a lot of time.

As you go through the Vatican Museum one of the last things you will do is the Sistine Chapel

There is an exit in the back of the room labeled 'exit for tours only'

Wait until you have enough people or join a tour, but that IS the exit to take. What I did was lift my umbrella and many others were waiting for someone to do something like this. Then walk out like you know what you're doing :)

It will dump you right to the entrance of St Peters Basilica saving you walking and time.


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