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scotty4lsu
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recs for Europe travel: Frankfurt to Rome
I am traveling for business in mid July to Frankfurt. My wife is making the trip, her first time in europe.

Our one must-do is Rome. We will spend 4 to 5 nights in Rome before flying back home (already purchased return flight from Rome back to the US).

We are looking for recs on what to do for the 4 days we have available to travel from Frankfurt to Rome. We are considering a train to Switzerland and/or Austria, then on to Rome. Another option we are considering is flying from Frankfurt to Sardania, then to Rome.

Your thoughts? What would you do?

Thanks in advance.....



hungryone
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re: recs for Europe travel: Frankfurt to Rome
Why Sardinia? If she’s never been to Europe, I’d think she might rather see Munich, or Salzburg, or stop in Switzerland along the way to Rome....rather than schlep to Sardinia, an interesting island but rather a backwater, culturally speaking. (It’s not filled with historic sites or amazing monuments or spectacular works of art, though it is an interesting place with its own folkways.)

I’d want to minimize transit time, so I’d pick one place to visit that lie between Frankfurt and Rome: Munich, Innsbruck, Bolzano, Bologna....you can get airfare that is as cheap as rail fare, but don’t forget to account for the time & money you’ve got to waste getting to the airport in each location. I wouldn’t want to try to cram multiple cities into your 4 day window.

Or fly to Florence, spend 3.5 days there, then take the train to Rome.


TigerintheNO
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re: recs for Europe travel: Frankfurt to Rome
Was in Zurich last spring, if you are taking the train from Switzerland to Rome. Spend a night/day in Milan on the way.


scotty4lsu
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re: recs for Europe travel: Frankfurt to Rome
We were thinking about doing Sardinia or the Amalfi coast to get a little beach time. But the Switzerland option sounds equally as attractive to us. We are researching both of these options and others.

We are hoping that input from this board would tip the scales one way or the other, or offer other ideas we haven't considered
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geauxpurple
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re: recs for Europe travel: Frankfurt to Rome
Your idea about the Amalfi Coast is a good one but not necessarily for beach time. You could stay in Positano for four days, then take the train to Rome. From Positano you can take fast and easy day trips by ferry to towns such as Capri, Amalfi and Ravello. Travel to and from the Amalfi Coast by train through Napoli Centrale and take www.transferelax.com to and from your hotel in Positano. I did this a few years ago and had a great time.


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Have you considered the fact that it will be hot af in Rome and even Florence in July? If you don't mind that much time in the heat, fly from Frankfurt to Florence and then fast train it to Rome. Maybe even stop in Orvieto on the way to Rome.

If you want "cooler" temps before ending trip in Rome, consider the Switzerland or Munich stopovers.

You can just head over to Ostia if you want some beach time near Rome. However, there are better beaches a little farther away.
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jimmy the leg
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re: recs for Europe travel: Frankfurt to Rome
Lucerne, Switzerland
To do:
Mt. Pilatus plus lake cruise
Chill in town, it is beautiful

Munich, Germany
To do:
Marienplatz
Hofbrau Haus
Dachau
Day trip to Salzburg
Day trip to Neuschwanstein

Venice
To do:
See Venice
Day trip to Verona

High speed train to Rome

Given that it is July, I would suggest reversing the above.

Happy travels


baldona
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re: recs for Europe travel: Frankfurt to Rome
To throw a curve, I’d consider flying to Milan and then exploring the Italian Alps and Lake District. Lake Como is the most well known and expensive but I love Lake Garda and there’s a lot of other smaller and lesser well known lakes in the foothills of the Alps. It will be cooler and still more time in Italy. Then fast training from Milan to Rome.

The problem is Rome is not close to anything outside of Italy by train. I wouldn’t keep taking flights personally. But yes going to the Alps would be a great addition, but also probably too much.


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scotty4lsu
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re: recs for Europe travel: Frankfurt to Rome
This is great information....thank you all for the help. We will research for the next few days and then finalize plans, make reservations, etc...


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scotty4lsu
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wow...that looks incredible!!


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speckledawg
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re: recs for Europe travel: Frankfurt to Rome
quote:

Lucerne, Switzerland
To do:
Mt. Pilatus plus lake cruise
Chill in town, it is beautiful


THIS


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hungryone
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re: recs for Europe travel: Frankfurt to Rome
Just re-read your OP, and I want to encourage you to do a bit of planning for Rome. It does not show to its best advantage in the heat of summer, so you'll want to be strategic in your sightseeing/experiences. And be sure that your lodging has AC, or at least a decent fan.

Consider getting an early-as-possible start to your days to beat the heat, esp for major sights like the Forum, or St Peter's Basilica. If you are seeing the Vatican museums, absolutely pay for an early entrance ticket via the groups line, even if you don't want a group tour.

Allow yourself to have a siesta after lunch. Many sights & churches & some shops close for lunch/early afternoon. Take advantage of this closure to either sightsee while walking, take a nap at the hotel, or enjoy a gelato crawl, or get a massage. Hordes of hot tourists will be milling around outdoor piazzas like Navona and Trevi during the immediate after lunch, so avoid them then.

Strolling around Rome at dusk/early evening is a wonderful thing to do; monuments and buildings are lighted, everyone else is out making the passeggiata, too. It's fun to people watch, and drop in for a glass of wine, and keep strolling into the nighttime. Don't overbook your time and allow for relaxation.
This post was edited on 5/13 at 11:11 am


baldona
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re: recs for Europe travel: Frankfurt to Rome
Great info by Hungryone.

Op, just to make it clear that you know it is 750 miles from Frankfurt to Rome. That's like someone from California saying I have a work trip in Indianapolis, so I'm going to visit New Orleans for the weekend.

Italy is going to be hot and busy, nothing at all wrong with that at all. Just know that you are kinda forcing something to happen because you are in the same continent. There may be other options that are better, cheaper, and easier for you.

There's a lot of great places closer to Frankfurt to visit too Holland (Amsterdam), Belgium, Paris, Germany (obviously), etc.

I know you said you have your flight booked but you can likely change it to out of somewhere else. If that's the one place you both really want to go, that's even less of a reason to force it into a work trip that's not ideal. You aren't going to be able to plan and enjoy it as much as you would if you were going there just to vacation.
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scotty4lsu
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re: recs for Europe travel: Frankfurt to Rome
All, I can't thank you enough for the outstanding advice and recommendations!! This travel board rocks, tons of wisdom in this thread.

We are using the advice in this thread to build an itinerary. While Sardinia looks pretty cool, we are definitely leaning towards Switzerland now, arriving early Friday afternoon, and then taking a high speed train from wherever we are at in Switzerland to Rome on Monday afternoon/evening, which would give us 4 full days in Rome. Our itinerary is pretty much set in Rome, with built-in downtime and flexibility to modify plans as meets our needs once there.
This post was edited on 5/13 at 7:32 pm


scotty4lsu
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re: recs for Europe travel: Frankfurt to Rome
baldona, I get what you are saying and honestly had the same reservations when we were first planning this. I spent a few days in Rome many years ago without my better half, and this is a bucket list thing for us.

I have been fortunate to travel the Holland, Belgium, Northern Germany, and UK areas pretty extensively for business. God willing, we will make another trip to Europe in a few years and travel these areas.


hungryone
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Have you selected your lodgings in Rome? I encourage you to consider a hotel in the historic center (centro storico), rather than the Via Veneto or outlying areas. Since your time there is fairly compressed, it makes much more sense to stay close in, or in Trastevere just across the river. I don’t have specific hotel recs, as I stay with friends who live there, but know that the major international chain hotels are all too far out of the city center imho. There are a bunch of boutique hotels in the centro storico.

You’ll be tempted to stay near Termini train station.....don’t, unless you’re on a major budget. It’s not awful, but it’s not really charming, either.


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baldona
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re: recs for Europe travel: Frankfurt to Rome
quote:

baldona, I get what you are saying and honestly had the same reservations when we were first planning this.


Sorry I was hoping not to be that guy that said you were trying to do too much but what the hell, I've done this plenty of times before so no worries.

If you go to the Alps, you may look into a night train to Rome. Not sure if that would be your thing or not. I don't think there are many "fast" trains that go between countries. It looks like they are 7-12 hour train rides, so you could probably catch the train around 10 and get in around 9am.

Otherwise I'd probably fly.


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Jesus Magillicutty
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re: recs for Europe travel: Frankfurt to Rome
Get a guide from Context Travel and take private tours through the Vatican and Forum.

Their guides are experts in their fields, like anthropologists and museum curators.

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