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cindy from Franklin Mi asked

Traveling with older teenage boys to Rome and Florence

Would love to know which neighborhood you all recommend to stay in in Rome and Florence. We’d like to be able to walk most places, but we don’t want to be in an area that’s loud at night. We will be there in July. Also all must see sites in both. Thanks!

Rome   Florence

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answered first by
Russell from Columbia, South Carolina
I think both cities are relatively quiet at night unless you are in an area where ther are more students.  In Rome, around the Piazza Navona &Pantheon it is quiet after 2300 and you are conveniently located to Trevi Fountain, Vatican City and not far from the Colosseum &Roman Forum.  If you want more quiet, book a room on or near Via Veneto, its a bit farther walk to the sights but it will be down hill on the way there, then take a cab/uber back.  Plus you will be at the top of the Spanish Steps and near the Museum and Crypt of the Capuchin Friars.  The sights I listed are the top spots, but take a food tour in Roma Trastevere with Eating Europe and try Dar Poeta for the pizzas.  Trastevere is the students hangout of Rome.  Also, start looking and booking now for reservations to the museums.  Summer lines are long and hot.  Use Rick Steves' books to find the best times and locations to buy tickets. In Florence, the Oltrarno is quieter at night, but Florence is small and and easy to walk so you are never far from the sights.  Florence is more of a museum town, Uffizi GalleryAcademiaPitti PalaceMuseo Galileo and churches, Basilica of Santa CroceCattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore.  Buy clothes in Rome and leather & gold in Florence.  Restaurants you must try: Vladimiro in Rome &Trattoria ZàZà in Florence.  Also, the Mercato Centrale in Florence is a great experiance.  Go in the mid morning to see the vendors, then eat lunch upstairs.

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Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Piazza Navona (attraction)
  2. Pantheon (attraction)
  3. Trevi Fountain (attraction)
  4. Vatican City (attraction)
  5. Colosseum (attraction)
  6. Roman Forum (attraction)
  7. Via Veneto (attraction)
  8. Spanish Steps (attraction)
  9. Museum and Crypt of the Capuchin Friars (attraction)
  10. Roma Trastevere (attraction)
  11. Dar Poeta (restaurant)
  12. Oltrarno (neighborhood)
  13. Uffizi Gallery (attraction)
  14. Academia (hotel)
  15. Pitti Palace (hotel)
  16. Museo Galileo (attraction)
  17. Basilica of Santa Croce (attraction)
  18. Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (attraction)
  19. Vladimiro (restaurant)
  20. Trattoria ZàZà (restaurant)

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