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4 weeks in Italy -some things we learned...Rome-Orvieto-Sarteano-Florence-Naples/Pompeii-Rome

  1. MDM Luxury Suites in Rome is clean, comfortable and close. But you can not bend over in the teeny shower.
  2. A Rick Steve's recommended hotel in Florence/Firenze (La Residenza del Proconsolo, Via del Proconsolo, 18 - 50122 Florence, Italy) would turn off our air conditioner and then our room would be 90. They even turned off the circuit breaker. With the air conditioner on it only got down to 78 in the room. Granted it was 109 outside... but it took 4 hours to cool the room down once you turned on the AC. I would not recommend this place.
  3. Picking up our rental car in Orvieto was easy. Train from Rome to Orvieto and the rental place is right there.
  4. We stayed a night in Pompeii and walked to the side gate of Pompeii in the morning, which was literally 3 minutes from our clean, air conditioned hotel with an out door patio from our room that was lovely. (Hotel Amleto- Via Bartolo Longo n. 10 - Pompei (NA) 80045 Italy) There was no line at the side gate at Pompeii.
  5. We left our luggage in Rome so that we could overnight in Pompeii and there is a new service just outside the Termini that stores bags for 4 euros a day and will deliver them for a small fee to your hotel. THIS WAS FANTASTIC find. They also ship luggage and packages Stateside. Bags Free is the name. Courteous staff.
  6. This trip was Rome-Orvieto-Sarteano-Florence-Naples/Pompeii-Rome. Fantastic tips here on the forums and in the guide books.
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Thanks for posting. Any other tips of Florence and Rome?

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  1. I might add that we wished we had bought the 72 hour public transportation pass sooner. Once we figured this out it was easy to use. We rode the bus, metro and train in Rome everywhere and using the pass kept us from fumbling for tickets.
  2. The Firenze card is worth it. It made things easier. We booked some of our museums from the states to make sure we could get tickets. These were not covered by the Firenze card but it was still worth it to have it.
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Thanks for the tips, Mathey. Other than the a/c problem, what did you think of La Residenza del Proconsolo? How were the breakfasts? We're hoping to go to Florence again next year, and are beginning to muse about accomodations. No a/c is not an issue for us.

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Hi Jane,

The AC was only a problem because of the 109 heat. If you are there another time of the year it would be fine. The breakfasts were brought to our spacious room every morning at our specified time. They consisted of yogurt, croissant, roll, jam and butter, juice and coffee. This hotel is near to the Baptismal of the Duomo. The room had a table, desk, wardrobe and spacious enough bathroom and shower. It is quiet. we heard no street noise.

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Thanks, Mathey. We'll add it to our list of places to check out.