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gennarun
post Nov 30 2008, 06:51 AM
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Hi guys,

We are planning to go to Italy in Feb. We will have three weeks and plan to spend them in Rome, Tuscany and Venice.

Any thoughts on affordable accommodations? We have three small children and it seems that the hotels won't allow three kids in the same room!?

Als, should we rent a car or take the train to these cities/region? We are looking to stay near Lucca in Tuscany. Thanks for your help!
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post Dec 1 2008, 11:52 AM
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Hi Genna:

This hotel looks like it might be good for you. I just checked for a place in Rome, it offers "triple" rooms. (It's also ranked as the best hotel in Rome on TripAdvisor)
http://rome-hotels.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_R...Rome_Lazio.html

How young are your kids? A lot of times you can just say you only have two and make a little bed on the floor with extra blankets or you can also ask for a cot.


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post Dec 2 2008, 10:15 AM
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Hi,

I also have 3 kids. We stayed on a bed and bkreakfast near the Pantheon in Rome and we stayed in Hotel Florida in Venice.


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post Dec 3 2008, 09:37 PM
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You should definitely rent a car. You can find good deals on the web before you arrive and Lucca is one of many gorgeous hilltowns in Tuscany. Trains to these locations are limited outside of the major cities . You'll miss out on some really beautiful landscapes as well as with kids, you'll want to have the flexibility that comes with having a car.


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post Dec 6 2008, 02:15 AM
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Hi, we are frequent travellers to Italy and have one child. Most Italians love kids and most times i have found them to be very helpful.

Driving is always a flexible option...had enough then just stop..although there are advantages of train travel, especially in Rome and Venice. We suggested to friends of ours that they make Venice the last port of call, drive as far as Mastre (hope I spelt that correctly!) ditch the car and take the train across to Venice.....they took our advice and said it worked out well for them.

If you are interested you could have a look on www.italyandbeyond.com for more of our experieinces.
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post Dec 11 2008, 09:52 PM
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To find a good accommodation you can look at http://www.italybyitaly.com they have a vast selection of apartments, villas, bed and breakfast etc.. and very good prices!


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post Dec 12 2008, 09:26 AM
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Yes, but which ones are suitable for families?


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post Dec 12 2008, 09:31 AM
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In my opinion a villa is the best option for families


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post Dec 12 2008, 05:17 PM
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I would also recommend apartments - especially as I imagine you are planning on basing yourself in each area for a week? That starts to become very cost effective, especially as then you can eat in a few nights and save money that way.

Rome you probably won't need a car as there's enough to do there for a week just in the city, which is all easily accessed by walking or public transport.

I'd catch the train from Rome to Venice as it's an easy trip to make, Rome to Tuscany is also easy, Tuscany to Venice should also be doable by train.

Definitely look at hiring a car for Tuscany so you can see some of the hilltop towns - but if you stay in Florence you many only need to hire a car for a few days as you'll be busy with Florence the other days.

Venice you may want a car to look at the surrounding area, but consider you can also easily get to many of the nearby towns (Padua, Verona) by train so you whether you want a car there would depend on what you want to do.

Remember that while a car might seem like the easy option at home, getting used to driving in a foreign country, possibly on the other side of the road isn't necessarily conducive to the sense of peace most people search for when holidaying! With little kids it might even be easier to catch the train as stations are big and easy to get to, with no bothering about traffic and the like. My parents brought their GPS when they drove around Tuscany and found that to be valuable for the week they spent there.


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QUOTE(gennarun @ Nov 30 2008, 06:51 AM) *

Hi guys,

We are planning to go to Italy in Feb. We will have three weeks and plan to spend them in Rome, Tuscany and Venice.

Any thoughts on affordable accommodations? We have three small children and it seems that the hotels won't allow three kids in the same room!?

Als, should we rent a car or take the train to these cities/region? We are looking to stay near Lucca in Tuscany. Thanks for your help!

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post Jul 4 2009, 03:31 AM
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QUOTE(gennarun @ Nov 30 2008, 06:51 AM) *

Hi guys,

We are planning to go to Italy in Feb. We will have three weeks and plan to spend them in Rome, Tuscany and Venice.

Any thoughts on affordable accommodations? We have three small children and it seems that the hotels won't allow three kids in the same room!?

Als, should we rent a car or take the train to these cities/region? We are looking to stay near Lucca in Tuscany. Thanks for your help!

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To more information see the web portal www.leonholidayapartments.com The stay has been cheaper and more comfortable than in the Hotel. I suggest everyone who is planning a trip to Rome to rent their apartment.
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post Jul 17 2009, 04:21 AM
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Hello there,
my suggestion is to go in apartments or bed and breakfast..
In rome there are many angencies specialized in offering centrally located apartments.
Also the bed and breakfast is a good solution, cheaper than the hotels and more warm.

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post Aug 25 2009, 04:33 PM
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When we have travelled with our children in Europe, I have found that apartments are the most economical way to go. But at the same time, you have more room/space to spread out and if you choose, you can try your hand at cooking using the local goods. I have rented apartments once in Barcelona, and twice in Paris, and it was very enjoyable!

When we take our kids to Rome some day, we will definitely rent an apartment. I generally like to stay in the historic centers so we can just walk or take public transport around the city. I would never want to drive around Rome...scary!

To get from city to city, we have rented a car, but usally take a train. The trains are generally a very effective means of transport. But it just depends on what you want to do, where you are going and you should compare prices between train vs rental car.

Renting an apartment is pretty easy to do...just Google the city you are interested in + "apartment" and you should have endless choices.

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post Jul 1 2010, 10:32 PM
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I used homeaway.com to find an apartment only a mile from the Vatican. The price was so reasonable that I'm staying 23 days rather than the 10 nights in a hotel I had budgeted.
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