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Getting to Rome to Venice.

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Getting to Rome to Venice.

What is the best way to get from Rome to Venice? We will be flying from Boston to Italy in April and would like to start off in Venice and make our way back (over 10 days) to Rome for the flight home. Would we be best to book our trans Atlantic flight to Venice with a change of plane in Rome? Or would we be better to end our flight in Rome and take the train to Venice after arrival in Rome? Or should we stay overnight in Rome to recover from jet lag and train it to venice the next day. We are a couple in our mid/late 60's.

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1. Re: Getting to Rome to Venice.

If your transatlantic flight arrives at Leonardo da Vinci, formerly Fiumicino (FCO), then I would fly straight on to VCE, as that's the airport where the Venice flights go from. But if you have to change airports, then you might as well go into the city and take the train, with or without an overnight stay.

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2. Re: Getting to Rome to Venice.

"Would we be best to book our trans Atlantic flight to Venice with a change of plane in Rome?"

Search for an open-jaw (aka multi-city) flight BOS>VCE, FCO>BOS. The flight to Venice could go through Rome or depending on airline/alliance could route somewhere else. You could try to buy another ticket FCO>VCE, but there's a risk in adding a flight that's not through-ticketed: if you're late, you'll lose the ticket.

If you do find a round-trip ticket a much better deal, then an onward flight or train each has advantages. Advantage of flight is you don't have to go into the city and the travel time is pretty quick (not factoring in the waiting - you'll want to factor in plenty of time). The advantage of the train is you aren't waiting around an airport, and if you don't mind paying the walk-up fare you can just hop on the next available train, so you'd probably get to Venice more quickly.

Personally, I like to get my onward travel done on that first jet-lagged day since I'm not good for much anything else. Others are different.

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3. Re: Getting to Rome to Venice.

Thanks. Sounds like flying into venice is the way to go. Getting all the onward travel out of the way on day 1 is a good policy.

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4. Re: Getting to Rome to Venice.

A direct flight from the USA into Marco Polo airport is the answer if you wish to visit Venice first. Then you can plan an itinerary south to end up in Rome. If you travel by train there are lots of fine cities to see en route - Bologna and Florence for a start.

See www.trenitalia.it and www.italotreno.it for details of trains, timetables and fares for the journey south.

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