BACKGROUND: Planning trip to Europe for myself, my wife and 2 daughters (ages 20 & 23 yrs). Rail will be our means of transport. In Italy, I have planned the first 2 nights in Venice-- then, 5 or 6 nights in Rome. Once in Rome, we intend to make day-trips to Pompei and Florence. QUESTION#1: Since we will be using trains from Venice to Rome--and trains for day-trips from Rome to Pompei and Florence, and a train to leave Rome for Paris, how important is it that we have lodging (perfer apartment) near the main Rome Train Stataion? ---Is an apartment 1 or 2 metro stops away from the station OK? Being too far from train station (in distace & time) really concerns me because---I want to make travel as easy as possible, ---For example, when arriving and departing Rome, we will need to get 4 people and their luggage between lodging and the train station (no easy task in my mind). QUESTION#2: Considering the location question (above), could you please recommend an apartment (perferred) --or hotel-- or rental agency that you know to reputable? ----Relevant factors; we'll be in Rome 5 or 6 nights (do Apts rent for less than 1 week). --We need to aware of budget---we don't need a 5 star apartment/hotel--but something clean and in an acceptable neighborhood. I would appreciate your help/advice. --Specifics would be nice. ---Jim.