11 days, 17 hours and counting to Italy!

Sep 5th, 2009, 03:54 PM
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JenV - Can you please tell me where we can find the BdiB Amercian Bar to taste one of Matteo's delicious bellinis?

Sarge56 - You are so right about half the fun being in the planning. I have been the sole travel agent for this trip, doing the research, booking places, flights, reading...more reading, learning everything I can. I know it will be a wonderful trip and that my traveling companions and DH will appreciate and relish it. And despite that, I also know that things will go wrong. I will do my very best to keep my attitude relaxed and go with the flow. Your relationship with DD sounds absolutely wonderful. Always keep that sense of humor because it will get us through! I'm so sorry to hear about your fall in Rome(she coulda been a contenda!).

Grazie mille per i suoi migliori saluti!
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Sep 5th, 2009, 10:34 PM
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Gale, Buca di Bacco hotel is right on the beach and their bar is called the American Bar, which has a lovely terrace to relax on with said bellini...promise they are out of this world! Of course I haven't been to Harry's in Venice.
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Sep 5th, 2009, 10:47 PM
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Sarge is right - when something went wrong on my trips I just kept telling myself 'Adventure, Adventure..." And it is! Have a great time and I look forward to reading your discoveries in Venice - that will be my next exploration of Italy someday.
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Sep 6th, 2009, 06:49 PM
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gale- just wanted to add one more thing. I found the DK Eyewitness Travel Guides to be awesome. Had one for each city we were in. I'm a "visual" person and these books were tremendous.
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Sep 6th, 2009, 07:32 PM
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3 days and 12 hours before our flight to Rome. CANNOT wait. And I agree with sarge56 about the DK books. I buy one for every country I visit because I found them to be the most helpful and the illustrations are spot on.
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Sep 6th, 2009, 09:12 PM
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36 hours..trying to finish packing or at least editing down to what will go in the suitcase tomorrow night..pulling and adding...pulling and adding.
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Sep 7th, 2009, 01:17 AM
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We are just a few days away from our departure to Italy. I am not ready at all - still sorting out what to pack. I, too, did a lot of the research and made the accommodations reservations, restaurant lists, things to see and do, etc and enjoyed doing that.

Hazel1, did you stay at the Navona Gallery Suites?

Enjoy your trip, galelstorm, and the same to others here who posted about trips!
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Sep 7th, 2009, 05:25 AM
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I am Italy bound in 11 days too. Just starting to lay out my clothes, make sure everything is clean and no missing buttons, etc. Going to Rome, Positano and Capri this time. Thanks to all of the posters for their wonderful suggestions - I have a notebook full of them. Buon viaggio to all!
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Sep 7th, 2009, 07:54 AM
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JenV-thanks for the tip on where to find those great bellinis. I'm staying clear of Harry's in Venice but do want to find cichetti bars to get more bang for our buck. I have a short list and will ask our host at the B&B too. Mmmm...tasting all those wonderful little appetizers.
36 hours! You must be so excited JenV, ha un buon viaggio!
Sarge and Catherine-thanks for the recs on the DK guides. Now I'm on a search and destroy for them. I'm trying desperately to weed through all the paperwork I've got and only take what is absolutely necessary. I've confirmed everything so don't need to take any excess e mail paper. We had dinner with our TC's last night and went over what the kids' responsibilities will be when they stay at their house. Tonight is rules and regs for our house, taking care of the koi pond etc. I booked the airport shuttle yesterday because BART (local transit) doesn't run at the ungodly hour we must leave. The kids can pick us up on our return.
I am one week out and already having trouble calming my brain enough to sleep!!!
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Sep 7th, 2009, 12:45 PM
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JenV how about a "if it works out I'd love a mini GTG"??
I'm going to shoot for Sunday Sept 13-say a drink before dinner??
There will be 6 of us in our 40's...
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Sep 7th, 2009, 12:45 PM
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at Buca di Bacco's American Bar!
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Sep 7th, 2009, 08:05 PM
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gale- We had really excellent cichetti at Cantina do Mori pub. It is near the Rialto bridge. It came highly recommended to us from this board. And it did not disappoint! FYI.

Paual
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Sep 7th, 2009, 08:07 PM
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doh..

PAULA
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Sep 9th, 2009, 09:55 AM
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Paula-thanks for the name of the pub! I will surely go there on your recommendation.
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Sep 9th, 2009, 06:36 PM
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gale - What are your plans for the Amalfi coast? I've noticed you mentioned Pompeii and Paestum. It might be worth it (depending on your itinerary) to get the 3 day Campania Arte Card Tutta la Regione which includes transportation from Naples all the way to Paestum including the Amalfi coast buses. The card is 27€ and gets you in two places free (Pompeii/Paestum/Herculaneum/Naples museum/etc.)with discounts at others (usually 50%)plus the 3 day transport card. You can use it on the Circumvesuviana train, Naples buses/metro/tram and the Sita buses on the coast. Last year it also included one ride on the Metro del Mare, but I'm not sure that's still included.
http://www.artecard.it/EN/Home.cfm
Click "choose the card" and then click "artecard plus".
For the list of included sites, click "the offer" and then "cultural patrimony".

Be sure to have your credit cards/banks flag your accounts with your travel dates and Italy. Make sure the phone numbers you have for them are international contact numbers not the US 800 numbers.
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Sep 10th, 2009, 05:40 AM
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went to almafi for my birthday- got back aug.26 and miss that place sooo much. went with husband and then stayed by self for a few days. in positano took a cooking class at buca di bacco- was fun and learned how to make three dishes- in capri took the "lift" to top of mount solarno- was beautiful!!! a bit waste of time was ischia- the hydrofoil only does one trip/day and would have spent half a day if i could.
have fun!! oh- also,loved sorrento and will go back and see the tarantella show. apparently, its very funny
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Sep 10th, 2009, 06:21 AM
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Did a similiar trip in June....Venice, Amalfi Coast, Sicily and Aeolian Island (after 3 weeks in Ireland, Netherlands,Germany, France and Switzerland.) One of the best tips in Italy is to ask your waiter what is the best meal the chef prepares. We met so many chefs and restaurant owners with this simple question. Everytime we ended up with a very special meal of 2 or 3 courses and some extras like apertifs, desserts, Prosecco, Homemade Grappa. None of the extras were ever added to our bill and usually the chef or owner would join us for a drink at the end of the meal making the evening very memorable.
Sicily is very poor and some of the areas can be very rough, don't be disappointed by run down/dirty neighborhoods. If it's not what you want, move on to the next town or reservation. We left Agrigento after visiting the Valley of the Temples and drove on to Taormina all in one afternoon. Our host at Villa Schular where happy to add an extra night to our stay and they upgraded our room so we wouldn't have to change during our 3 night stay. By the way, there are bars/tavernas at every gas station, so if you are not driving, have a cocktail and enjoy the beautiful countryside.
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Sep 10th, 2009, 06:24 AM
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kybourbon-Wow! I have the site opened in another window. Thank you for suggesting it. We will be in Positano for five nights before heading to Sicily, and yes, Pompeii and Paestum are on my "hit" list. Lots of walking in the hills above Positano too, for the breathtaking views.

I have contacted all my accounts and notified them of our travel dates, but I'm going to check once again with them all and make sure I have the appropriate contact numbers to call from Italy.

Thank you!

fourty-Did you book the cooking class before your trip? That sound like fun. Tell me more about this "Tarantella Show"!!!
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Sep 10th, 2009, 06:52 AM
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gale...

Sounds like you have a fantastic trip planned! I'm heading to Rome 4 weeks from TODAY!!! Will be there Oct. 9-17 (I'll have to check out the GTG thread mentioned above). This is my 4th trip to Rome in 3 years...yup, I LOVE it there! I managed to squeeze in a week back in April on the Amalfi Coast too, it is breathtaking!
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Sep 10th, 2009, 07:29 AM
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lowcountryislander-I hope it is as incredible as I have imagined, I can't wait!!!!! Three more days...Yes, you need to get on that thread and attend the GTG since it is when you will be there. I'm envious of the many trips you have taken, how wonderful for you. Have a great trip this time!
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