Advice on Italy?
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October 22nd, 2009 12:26 AM
Never been to Italy myself, however my sister lived there for three years, my wife stayed with her for two weeks and got the "grand" tour. I just told her about your inquiry, and here are some comments she remembered:
Avoid drinking a coke directly from the can, use a glass instead. Sort of a manners thing.
The fashion is cutting edge.
Ton's of museums in Florence.
In Rome, be sure and see the Ruins, Colliseum, Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel.
Experience the gellato
Beware of the unpredictability of the train system. It seems the Italians understand it very well, but some of the last minute changes, times, and change of train numbers can really throw an uninformed traveler off. I remember them talking about some close calls on missing a train after they got back.
You will likely encounter some beggars that may include pickpockets.
The food is great, and sometimes not like, or taste like, some of the Italian food as we experience it here. I remember her saying how fresh everything tasted.
IIRC it seems that a lot of businesses sort of shut down mid-afternoon for a nap and/or coffeebreak.
I also remember my sister complaining about their mail delivery service and it being unpredictable, slow, expensive, etc. I only mention this since you said you may ship a firearm back this way.
Hope this helps, have a safe trip.
October 22nd, 2009 09:12 AM
One thing to keep in mind is that pizza in Italy is not what we're used to. They are paper thin with the sauce, cheese and toppings sparingly added. Different, but very good. Also, don't expect to find a regular coffee. It's mostly espresso there. The best cappuccino I ever had came out of a vending machine in Genoa. Getting beer out of a vending machine was cool too.
I highly recommend trying as much food as you can stomach while you are there. The steamed mussels, prosciutto and melon platters, or even pasta, is all amazing.
If you can get a private audience with the Pope while you're in Rome, do it. It is an incredible experience. Other than that, just be a tourist. Driving through Rome is an incredible exprerience. All of the ancient architecture that you've seen your whole life in textbooks and movies is right there for the viewing. If you get to Genoa, you can see the rubble that used to be the house that Christopher Columbus lived in.
Other than that, I can only give you the places that were cool to hang out in 19 years ago. The Spanish Steps (Rome), Piazza de Ferrari (Genoa), etc.
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October 22nd, 2009 02:04 PM
Thanks, everybody...keep 'em coming, I'm printing all this out to take with us and plan out some stuff beforehand.
We won't be driving, our host convention and book stores have arranged all lodging/transportation, so we don't get to pick hotels our either.
We don't drink alcohol or coffee, but I think I will bring some back for friends who do.
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October 22nd, 2009 02:26 PM
One more thing to add, learn from your trip to Canada and leave the gun mags and hats at home , the Italians may think you will try to take over the place with Guns and Ammo and disguise yourself with a Glock cap.
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October 22nd, 2009 02:59 PM
We spent a week in Florence a couple of years ago Wow - I just ckecked and it has been 10 years). We could have spent another week and not been bored. Definately visit the Uffizi. When we went, we didn't get tickets in advance and spent a LONG time in line, so figure out how to buy them and do that.
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October 22nd, 2009 08:16 PM
Here are my recommendations:
1) Milan - Santa Maria dell Grazie, Cathedral (Duomo), Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, shopping, it is a big city (not typically what tourists think of when they think of Italy, so a lot of tourists get disappointed when they arrive and see it isn't what they thought).
2) Florence - Duomo, Baptistry, Duomo museum (behind the Duomo in a separate building), Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio, Piazzale Michelangelo, Galleria dell'Accademia, Galleria degli Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti & Giardino Boboli, Palazzo Vecchio, San Marco
3) Rome - Pantheon, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, Fontana dei Trevi, St Peter's & Vatican & Sistine Chapel, Castel Sant'Angelo, Galleria Borghese,
4) Terni - I've never been - I think there is an amphitheater and cathedral to see.
5) Pisa - there's nothing there other than the church and the leaning tower. 1/2 day is enough to spend in this city. Siena is better if you have the time.
6) Naples - watch your purse - Archeological Museum, if you can go to Pompeii that would be more exciting because you can actually walk through the city of Pompeii, Capodimonte Museum, San Gennaro Cathedral, Gesu Nuovo Cathedral, Via Toledo street
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October 22nd, 2009 08:22 PM
While seeing the popular sights you can't help getting caught in the tourist traps and crowds.
Most people that have done a lot of traveling (military/ex-military, etc.) will all tell you the same thing. To find the best food and restaurants get as far away from the tourist areas as you can get. Ask the locals working at the hotels for restaurants they would recommend. Usually the small out of the way places not only have the best food but the best atmosphere.
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