Post # 1
DH and I are traveling to Rome in a few months. We know we want Rome to be our “home base” since we got good deals on the hotel for the week. We do however want to go to Venice for at least a day. What’s the cheapest way to travel there from Rome? Also what are some neighboring areas that are easily accessible to Rome that are a must see?
Post # 3
Posting to follow… sorry not much advice, but Pompeii isn’t far from Rome I believe.
Post # 4
Pompeii is quite a long way from Rome since it is near Naples.
The best way to travel round Italy is by train. They are fast, regular and inexpensive.
There’s a half hourly service from Rome (Termini Station) to Venice (Santa Lucia Station). The journey takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes and costs approximately $120. However, that’d be over 7 hours travelling so I wouldn’t recommend it as a day trip.
Post # 5
hopefloats: Just to reiterate what steampunkbride said, Venice as a day trip from Rome is really not doable (also, anyone who goes to Venice without staying in the city for an evening is missing the best part). Venice can barely, barely be done as a daytrip from Florence (that’s a 2-hour trip).
Post # 6
Italy! How exciting. As others have said, train is the best way to get from Rome to Venice. You’ll probably want to take a high-speed train (known as “le Frecce”). They can be pricey, but you can book online at trenitalia.com, and if you book early you can usually get cheaper fares.
If you’re going to bother going to Venice, I would try to spend at least 2-3 days there. There’s a lot to see and eat, and it’s not an easy city to move around efficiently, since you have to either walk or take boats everywhere.
I’m not really sure what to recommend as far as areas that are nearby Rome. There are a lot of great cities (like Naples or Florence) that can be reached in 1-2 hours on the train, but they don’t really make sense as day trips. Honestly, Rome is big enough to keep you occupied for a while…I’d definitely recommend taking your time there!
Post # 7
MarriedToMyWork: Steampunkbride: Thanks Ladies! By “day” I meant stay there one day and night and leave the next afternoon probably. Is the $120 roundtrip usually?
Post # 8
hopefloats: Since Italian train ticket prices are so dependent on how far ahead you book and change frequently it’s hard to give a fixed price. If you’re going to be looking for tickets in mid-July (you said “a few months,” so I’m guessing here) then you will probably be looking at ~$150-175.00 for two round-trip tickets.
If you want to try this, then make sure you get out of Rome as early as possible and use the guide at Venice For You (http://www.veniceforyou.com/accommodation.html) to plan the location of your hotel carefully. You won’t want to spend time dragging suitcases over 22 different bridges as you search for your hotel in the depths of Cannaregio after you’ve spent time on the super-slow #1 or #2 vaporetto.