Post # 1
So excited! DH & I have partially booked our trip to Italy & Ireland.
This will be my second time in Ireland, I went with friends a few years back and I want to take him there because it was amazing. We will be in Ireland for 3 nights, then leave on the 4th day to go to Rome for 3 nights and we will make our way to Venice for 3 nights and then we come home.
Any tips or advice is greatly appreciated. This will be our last big trip because next year we will be busy moving, and setting up a new apartment and TTC. So we want to enjoy our trip thoroughly.
Post # 2
If it’s possible to change, I would actually give Rome an extra night and take one from Venice. Rome is huge and 3 nights will be pretty rushed imo and Venice is quite small and not nearly as much to see. Definitely buy the Roma pass in Rome, the time it saves at the Colessum alone is worth it.
Post # 3
pinkshoes: we have only booked flights. no hotels have been booked yet. the other thing we are trying to figure out is how to get from Rome to Venice. I have been reading to take a train.
Post # 4
Daizy914: I’ve only been to Rome (and only for like 36 hours – WAY too rushed), but my parents took a train from Rome to Venice and they loved it! It was quick, cheap and they got to see some of the countryside.
In terms of Ireland, where will you be? I’ve been to Ireland 3 times and have some tips, although in 3 days, it’s hard to do a lot. If you’re able to get outside of Dublin (it’s actually on the west coast), I totally, 100% recommend driving the Dingle Peninsula. It’s BEAUTIFUL. The most amazing place I have ever been. And waaaaaaay less crowded than the Ring of Kerry, which is also nice, but very, very touristy.
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annb9: we are staying in Dingle, i love love loveeeed Dingle.
ajillity81: thank you for these reccommendations, i will look into all these tonight!
Post # 7
i guess i should recommend some things to do, instead of just food.
go to the campanile on San Giorgio in Venice. It is a fabulous view of St Marks Square.
Walk around the Central Market on the west side of Rialto Bridge. You will get lost in Venice. Don’t worry everyone does. We were there 2 full days. We could have found more things to do, but 2 days was enough. We went to Murano for glass but I also heard Burano is a beautiful little island.
As for Rome, definately go to Vatican and St Peters. We got to St. Peter’s really early and didn’t have a line. We also didn’t order tickets for the Vatican. When we got in line, the people trying to sell us stuff and the fast past said it was a 3 hour wait from that point. The line did feel long, but we were in line for 45 minutes. I’m glad we didn’t pay extra or get our tickets in advance. Also the Coleseum and Forum were great to see. We got to the Collesum right when it opened, also a perfect time to go before the crowds.
If you have time, which I am sure you will, take a walk to Trastevere across the bridge in Rome. Beautiful little section.
I’d be happy to give other suggestions. We were there in October 2013 with perfect weather.
Post # 8
Just got back from our honeymoon in Ireland! If you can get up to the Giant’s Causeway, do it! It was AMAZING. I lived in Ireland for a little bit, but because of the troubles never made it up past Belfast. It was just gorgeous!
Post # 10
Daizy914: The specific train you will want to take from Rome to Venice is a Frecciargento train that may be booked at trenitalia.com (the EN language version can be accessed by clicking the UK flag in the top right). You will want to leave from Roma Termini (the system requires the Italian, even if you are using the EN language version of the site) and go to Venezia S. Lucia, not Venezia Mestre. Venezia Mestre is the last stop on the mainland and while you can easily get a commuter train over to Venice proper, who wants to deal with the hassle, right? 🙂
The ride itself will be a little under four hours.
If you are in the USA you may want to call your bank to let them know you will be ordering from an international website; despite the fact that I order tickets from trenitalia regularly, my USA-based bank will flag the transaction as fradulent unless I call them to let them know first!
I would recommend a vaporetto pass; individual rides are pretty expensive on their own and the convenience of the pass is wonderful (plus, only the biggest stops have ticket booths). You can get a 72 hour pass for 35 EUR at veneziaunica.it (site available in EN). When you come out of the S. Lucia train station there will be a kiosk for you to pick up your passes near the group of docks on your right. (The #2 and #1 are the big tourist lines; the #2 is faster in that it has fewer stops, but both are very crowded.)