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Visitng rome and perhaps another city

by Treser

Me and a buddy of mine (age 18-22) are planning a week trip to Rome and are considering visiting another city while we are there. We would prefer to do this by train. I have looked into Venice and Florence, however am wondering what cities you would recommend that are close, a worth while trip, and economical. Thanks for your responses.

Re: Visitng rome and perhaps another city

by craic

florence is pretty close and very worthwhile! Venice as about twice the distance - although the eurostar train is pretty quick

it is cheaper to take the intercity train - maybe an hour longer - i took it once and it was fine - plenty of time to see the scenery and prepare for the beauty of florence

is it a day trip you want - or will you sleep over?

Re: Visitng rome and perhaps another city

by nicolaitan

welcome to vt, treser. florence is the center of the renaissance and if you have interest in fine secular and sacred art one of the most remarkable cities on earth. and it is alive at night as well as during the day. easily reached by train right into the heart of the city.
like most tourist cities it CAN be expensive but need not be either.

Re: Visitng rome and perhaps another city

by TheWanderingCamel

Naples is only 2 hours away from Rome by train, Pompeii and Herculaneum another 20 minutes by a local train. Economical and utterly fascinating. You could manage with a day but an ovenight stop would be better.

Re: Visitng rome and perhaps another city

by yma123

what is it that you want to do? party? shop? sightsee? relax? visit attractions/take photos?

I would say venice - as it was my favourite... so pretty & good shopping, good food also... you can see Venice in a day (i did) & loved it

hope this helps

Re: Visitng rome and perhaps another city

by we135b

everyone says that florence is their favorite italian city but venice is a different world and unlike anything you'll ever see in your life.

Re: Visitng rome and perhaps another city

by grandmaR

If you want to do a day trip by train, Venice and Florence are both accessible by train and I think Venice could be seen in a day but probably not from Rome going up and back, and it is expensive to stay there. I've been from Naples to Rome by train, but some people don't care for Naples, and the things I'd want to see around there (Pompeii, Herculeum etc) I think are also accessible by train but less easily. You can also take the ferry to Capri from Naples

Re: Visitng rome and perhaps another city

by royalempress

Don't miss Venice, a city you will never forget.

Re: Visitng rome and perhaps another city

by Treser

Thank you all for your suggestions. From reading your replies it sounds like our best choices are between Venice and Florence and it is truly a personal preference. We are planning on spending a night or two in the city that we do choose to go to. At the moment I feel like I am leaning towards Venice becuase of all that it has to offer and it's unique feel. We are looking to experience something that will be different than what we will have seen in Rome, if that helps at all. Thanks again.

Re: Visitng rome and perhaps another city

by craic

well venice is wonderful - like nothing else on earth - i just felt i ought to mention that there is a train back to rome just after midnight - you can get a sleeper for under 100 euro - saves a night in a hotel - if economical is important to you

Re: Visitng rome and perhaps another city

by goodfish

If you have a couple of nights (and it sounds like you do) You might consider Sorrento. It's about an hour south of Naples, on the beautiful Amalfi Coast, and is much safer and nicer than Naples. From there, it's very easy to visit Pomeii and grab a ferry to Capri, Positano or some other small towns on the Amalfi coast.

Travel Tips for Rome

Throw two coins to the Fontana...

by ellenron

Throw two coins to the Fontana di Trevi. The first will make you come back to the Fountain in the future (I'm still waiting for that to happen...), and with the second you can make a wish (my wish already took place so I have a record of 1 of 2 here). Remember that you have to throw the coin with your back facing the fountain over your shoulder.
After that you can relax in one of the cafes near the fountain or with Gelati.


by Jmill42

We in the USA defnitely do not have the appreciation of soocer (futbol), that almost every other country in the world has. Italy is definitely one of those countries that loves its soccer. All of Italy's good teams play in the Seria A (Series A). Just like our baseball teams, they have a "minor league system, Seria B, etc. But, unlike our baseball farm system, its not players who can leave the lower team, its the whole TEAM that can be moved up or down leagues based on their performance. Of course, players can, and do, switch teams, just like in the USA.

Oh yeah, and they make BIG bucks too....

Girls.. Poles... Bar....

by Taffster about The Robin Hood

A cool bar / dancing club where the scantily clad barmaids dance around poles on the bars and the JD and Coke is served over ice in a PINT glass! Damn, with what the barmaids wear, you'll probably feel overdressed!

A Real European Meal

by MaureenVT about Girarrosto Toscano

As we had arrived late in Rome at the Wesin Excelsior Hotel, we proceeded to ask the concierge a reccommendation as to where to sit down and have a great meal, as it was our only night there. They then reccommended Toscano. The ambience is very traditional for Rome, and the staff was welcoming. We were seated at a very romantic table, and the waiters were very attentive. My boyfriend insisted that on our only night in Rome...we had to do this the "right way," which was to order every course...meaning an appetizer, a pasta dish, a meat dish, as well as dessert (I hear this is the common way). We enjoyed various dishes, all of which were phenomenal, ranging from gnocchi, pasta bolognese, an selection of phenomenal dried meats as an appetizer, and more. The steak was out of this world, in addition to the whole fresh fish I had ordered, capped of with some great wine.

The highlight of the meal was the gelato, which my boyfriend and I became experts at judging come the end of the trip. The gelato here at Toscano was the real deal (choclate and pistacio) ...and better than anywhere else we had had it in Europe.

We had an absolutley wonderful experience at Toscano, and I highly reccommend it to anyone staying in the area. Afterward we were able to easily walk to the Spanish Steps and continue to enjoy the sites of the city.

Restaurant & Wine Bar

by MM212 about Numbs

Located a block away from both Piazza di Spagna and Via Condotti, Numbs is a perfect place to end a day after shopping in Rome's luxury shopping district. The small wine bar/restaurant offers great Italian wines, supplemented by plates of cheese and meats, as well as full pasta dishes. One of the tables set up outdoors is ideal in clement weather. No regrets here!

Note that Numbs used to be known as Shaki Wine Bar, but recently changed its name, but not its function.


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