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Anyone been to Italy? - August 5, 2009, 10:56 AM

Going in September from the 4th to the 13th. Got any recommended "must see" things? Or any travel tips? Don't speak a lick of Italian so that should be interesting.

We're going to Venice, Florence, and Rome.


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Going in September from the 4th to the 13th. Got any recommended "must see" things? Or any travel tips? Don't speak a lick of Italian so that should be interesting.

We're going to Venice, Florence, and Rome.
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Didn't just get back from there?


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Didn't just get back from there?
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I have been told that you should definitely hit the tourist spots you just mentioned, but to REALLY see it, travel away from the big cities and find some good B&B's in the vineyards. I have heard Italy is so awesome to just get in a car and get lost for a while..


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I have been told that you should definitely hit the tourist spots you just mentioned, but to REALLY see it, travel away from the big cities and find some good B&B's in the vineyards. I have heard Italy is so awesome to just get in a car and get lost for a while..
Yeah those are just the major places we're hitting. Flying into Venice, spending some time there, then train to florence, time there, train to Rome, and fly out.

Haven't booked hotels or anything else yet, just the airfare.. so everything else is undecided. Definitely planning on renting a motorbike at some point to ride around.


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2WheelIdiot lives there now, and he recently sent me a PM so I know he's logging on. You might want to send Brandon a PM. He's a super guy.

I also happen to work with an Italian--like really from Italy, not from upstate NY--so I'll find out where exactly she's from and see what she has to offer.


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I've been to Rome a few times and while its definitely worth seeing all the major spots within the city, I very much agree with getting out too, the catacombs outside of town are fascinating and some of the smaller port towns are beautiful

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Have a gelato on the Piazza de Spana on a Saturday night. Crazy fun. Restaurants don't open until 7 pm for dinner, and don't get busy until 9-10 at night. Read up on the guide books on how to order at a "real" italian restaurant -- have to order your veggies a la carte!

don't worry about speaking Italian. Learn a few basic phrases "hi, good morning, good evening, please and thank you" and the locals will love you for it.

Beware of the edges of the canals in Venice. Tourist crowds WILL push you in, you are not in America and thus no safety rails We will all if you fall in. Unless you need the romance, skip the gondola ride in September -- the water is probably too smelly to stand it. I was there in January and it STANK.

+11ty billion to getting out of the cities if you can. Otherwise rent a scooter and have a blast. We landed in Rome and took the train, arrived at 4 pm, found our hotel, dropped bags, and rented scooters during rush hour in Rome. Yes it was still fun!

The Sistine Chapel was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. I am a huge da Vinci nut though and totally geeked out at the Vatican. Go to the top of St Peters for some AWESOME views of Rome. Giggle at having to walk around the cupula half bent over to get up there.

Uh, i'm waxing nostalgic. I'm totally moving to Italy as soon I can. Enjoy every second.


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Have a gelato on the Piazza de Spana on a Saturday night. Crazy fun. Restaurants don't open until 7 pm for dinner, and don't get busy until 9-10 at night. Read up on the guide books on how to order at a "real" italian restaurant -- have to order your veggies a la carte!

don't worry about speaking Italian. Learn a few basic phrases "hi, good morning, good evening, please and thank you" and the locals will love you for it.

Beware of the edges of the canals in Venice. Tourist crowds WILL push you in, you are not in America and thus no safety rails We will all if you fall in. Unless you need the romance, skip the gondola ride in September -- the water is probably too smelly to stand it. I was there in January and it STANK.

+11ty billion to getting out of the cities if you can. Otherwise rent a scooter and have a blast. We landed in Rome and took the train, arrived at 4 pm, found our hotel, dropped bags, and rented scooters during rush hour in Rome. Yes it was still fun!

The Sistine Chapel was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. I am a huge da Vinci nut though and totally geeked out at the Vatican. Go to the top of St Peters for some AWESOME views of Rome. Giggle at having to walk around the cupula half bent over to get up there.

Uh, i'm waxing nostalgic. I'm totally moving to Italy as soon I can. Enjoy every second.
NICE!! This is exactly what I was looking for. The way I figure it, we want to spend the majority of time in Venice and Rome (and surrounding areas).

Got any recommendations of hotels in Rome? Otherwise I'm doing the same thing I did with Isle of Man and winging it.


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I went to Venice. It rained that day. HARD. The entire city flooded and we spent 85% of our time wading through water. Shops had these little board barriers they setup in the doorway to stop/mitigate the water from flowing in. There were some raised walkaways that we used as well... It was a very interesting experience for a 10year old.


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I hope Venice doesn't sink while we are there.


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We absolutely winged it, but we also went in January when it's not even remotely high tourist season. So we got to stay ON the piazza de spagna (I think i misspelled it earlier) and on the Grand Canal in venice for uber cheap (think $150 a night split between 3 people cheap; high season the Venice room was $500 a night) so I think you're out of luck there. When we landed at the Rome airport, there's a little booth there where you can book your hotel in the city so you can go straight to your hotel. Might be the same thing in a train terminal, not sure.

Might do the ol' Expedia trick -- pick a few hotels in Rome and see if you can get bookings. If not, might call ahead. If plenty of room, wing it


Edit: in Venice there is a sweets/pastry shop in a back alley not far from the "main square" (meaning the one near the doge's palace). Dude I could have died right there and gone to culinary heaven. I wish I could remember the name and location. Try every sweet shop you come to in venice until you find it And try the "black pasta" in Venice too -- squid ink pasta So good!


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In retrospect, i think the water was up to my knees in a lot of places but being 10.. that was prob mid calf level for most adults.


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