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Italy - Summer Sight Seeing

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Fluffy1234 Tue 15-Jan-13 14:31:22

Would you consider a cruise. On the one we did the year before last we took the DC to see the leaning tower of Pisa, Pompeii, Rome, amoungst other places. On the one last year we went to visit the volcanic region of Mount Etna and Sorrento and then lots of other places that were not in Italy.

Francagoestohollywood Tue 15-Jan-13 14:28:40

You are quite right Bobbi, I overlooked the fact that Rome's public transport is quite lacking... deffo look for a central location!

BobbiFleckmann Tue 15-Jan-13 14:26:36

yes it will make a difference in heat and traffic around the place. Perversely, despite the numbers in town, you'll also find that some things will be closed for the whole of August because the proprietors will be on holiday. Agree you'll find somewhere just out of the city with a pool, but woudl strongly recommend that for a first trip to Rome, you don't beat about the bush and you stay in the Centro Storico. Sensible budget - Hotel dei Portoghesi on via dei Portoghesi, just off Piazza Navona is right in the action but very quiet. Generous budget - Hotel San Anselmo on the Aventine hill overlooking the city, right by the magic keyhole. A 15min walk / 4 min cab to the Ghetto / centre of town. Quiet, airy, gorgeous.
The trains between cities are brilliant, but the bus around rome is purgatory, so stay as central as you can and walk for a much more pleasant experience.

Francagoestohollywood Tue 15-Jan-13 14:24:46

Yes, July is not as busy, but usually hotter than August, even if this summer we had a monster heat wave at the end of August, which is quite unusual.

LaFlotte Tue 15-Jan-13 14:21:45

Thank you! Yes we are restricted by school hols but can manage July.

Off to google neopolitan Riviera now!!

Thanks again!

nellyjelly Tue 15-Jan-13 14:19:12

Yes, probably not heatwise but in August it is Italian holidays and very busy. July a bit less so. June better though not convenient if you have children.

LaFlotte Tue 15-Jan-13 14:17:09

Hi thank you so much for your help. This is maybe a silly question, but regarding not going in August due to crowds, would going the middle two weeks of July make any difference?

Thanks again!!

Francagoestohollywood Tue 15-Jan-13 13:33:23

Btw, Pompei would only take you half day to visit. The costiera amalfitana is amazing, but I wouldn't go in August.

Francagoestohollywood Tue 15-Jan-13 13:30:36

Hi LaFlotte, yes, Italy gets very hot in the summer, and August is the busiest month of the year.

However, you can easily find a hotel with pool in the outskirts of Rome that won't break the bank.

Btw, with the new super fast trains, Rome - Naples is now just 1.10 hr here

nellyjelly Tue 15-Jan-13 13:15:50

Italy gets very hot in summer. Trekking around Rome and Pompei in the heat is hard work. I would avoid in August.

Pompeii good for a day visit but wouldn't stay there. You can stay nearby in Sorrento and get the train to Pompeii easily and Sorrento is nice but busy and quite expensive.

Trains in Italy are OK I have found. In terms of the areas you want to be and taking into account yo also want a beach, I would consider staying between Rome and Naples. There are seaside towns down that coast but they tend to be for Italians to go to their summer homes during August. Or maybe stay on Neopolitan Riviera and do Rome as a visit over a couple of days maybe.

Btw I wouldn't drive unless you have nerves of steel!

LaFlotte Tue 15-Jan-13 10:07:23

Hi All,

We were planning to go to France this summer, but are now considering Italy. DD has always been keen to go, she wants to see Rome and Pompeii in particular. My ideal would be, few nights in Rome, night or two in Pompeii depending how much there is to see/do and then a few nights somewhere on the beach.

I don't know Italy at all. Does anyone have any ideas for us of how this would work and where best to go?

What are the trains like in Italy to get from Rome to Pompeii or would a hire car be better.

Not got a big budget but hopefully it's possible!!

Thanks in adavce.

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