Rome Practical details (2)

After a series of photos of Rome as Miscellaneous, here are some practical information. Before enjoying, you often worry about practical issues and here I give you my feedback on my weekend of three days and three nights in Rome. My friends had planned the weekend since late December. For flight and accommodation, they have had for less than 200 € per person. My day off has been approved a week before the weekend, so it cost me more, but I tell you in detail.

The flight For transport, we passed by Vueling the low cost airline of Iberia. Having booked one month before departure, my friends have paid their flights 74 €. As I have booked a week before I paid double … First advice, if you can book it in advance. To have flown with Easyjet, I have a preference for the Spanish company. Prices are likely similar but I the staff is friendlier and big plus for Vueling, in addition to hand luggage, you can have a handbag. With Easyjet they ask you to put your handbag in your hand luggage as soon as you pass the gates for boarding. But beware, it will take € 14 more if I remember correctly for expenses … Payment by Visa! And yes, you have to pay to pay … We left Friday, January 18 and in the afternoon the snow began to fall heavily. And even though we had very little information, we succeed to fly with 2 hours late, but we left indeed we were delighted! To return, while 40% of flights were canceled at Orly, we had no problems or delays to return Monday, January 21 in the evening.

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The accomodation For accommodation, we opted for AirBnB. Personally, I tried this solution last year for my stay in Marseille and with this experience in Rome I confirm my recommendation for this solution. For those who don’t know, AirBnB is a community platform that connects individuals who put their housing rentals and individuals seeking a place to stay for a short time. It can be a simple room in a home or a whole apartment or a whole house. Although owners can opt for an insurance, the system is based on trust. So you have to describ yourself, your personality and your life and then a landlord agrees or not to let you in. In Rome, we rented a big F1 from 10min walk from the Vatican to a young couple wonderfully available and patient. We would arrive around midnight and they had agreed to wait for us to welcome us at this late hour. But finally we arrived at 2am and they did not even flinch! They welcomed us with a smile and explanations to enjoy the apartment. For details, I invite you to visit the AirBnB‘s page and here are some photos.

Please note that during our stay the couch on the pictures has been replaced by a sofa where wo people can sleep.

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The transports Between the airport and the apartment the owners booked for us a car with driver. So when we arrived around 1am in Rome, a nice driver waited for us at the airport with a small sign and water bottles. The transfer cost us € 60 or € 15 per person which is reasonable for a quality service. During our stay in Rome, we walk all along. We didn’t take any bus, subway or taxi! Nothing better than a good pair of walking shoes!

Crédit photos : AirBnB

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