Rome for a few days, leaving Milan a week latter. Suggestions?

Hi everyone: We will be arriving in Rome on Thursday March 28th. I want to stay in the city so I can walk etc to discover Roma. We have been to the Vatican, St Peter's and St Pauls, the Forum, the Pantheon. We stayed outside of town and had to take a shuttle in which was a pain. Does anyone have a hotel or area that they would recommend. We will leave for Northern Italy and eventually fly home from Milan. I was planning 3 days in Rome and then 5 days going North. Cinque Terra has a mystic about it and there is some good threads on that area. If you have any suggestions about the Rome experience or ideas about what to see and where to stay going North it would be appreciated.
We have been to Florence and Venice on the original trip 6 years ago. We took a bus to Tuscany for the day and dinner. Very beautiful and lots of vino. Thanks. Jerry

Posted by Sherry
San Jose, CA
1994 posts

Orvieto is a lovely town about an hour north-ish of Rome by train. I think it would be a great overnight (and is a good place to rent a car, if that's in your plan after leaving Rome). Interesting hill town, beautiful cathedral with amazing Signorelli fresco, some great restaurants/wine, and enjoyable for wandering. In Rome, if you are intereted in seeing some other churches, San Clemente is fascinating and beautiful (two levels open below the current basilica... the 4th C church, and a imperial-era building with Mithric worship site; beautiful apse mosaic in current basilica); and Santa Prassede has amazing Byzantine-style mosaics and a lovely Cosmiti-style floor. And the Borghese Gallery is a must-see in my opinion; reservations are required and you must arrive before your reserved time or reservation vanishes.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
14080 posts

We have made four visits to Rome - fifth next May - and always stay in the Termini aera - Sonya, Aberdeen, Contilla (in that order) for convenience to public transit and walkable to most sites or catch a bus at the plaza across from Termini.

Posted by Tom
Farmingville, New York, USA
347 posts

If you head north, Cinque Terre is nice but a couple of days is plenty unless you like hiking. Spend a day in Milan. You have last supper, nice castle, other history and shopping. In Rome if you haven't seen the Borghese gallery and park than see it.