Advices & tips on Greece & Italy

Jun 30th, 2001, 05:54 AM
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Hello Bob,

Nice to hear from yours...

I was answering to Cameron and John who had some questions about Greece, when your message arrived... You probably are still on-line so I am answering you in.. "real time"!!... (now in Greece its Saturday 16:32 pm !)...

Well, your travel in Italy seems to me that it will be absolutely succesfull and I am convinced that you are going to have an unforgetable time in Italy !

And I explain why...: Because you have choosen the BEST time of the year for a such trip to Italy, that is SEPTEMBER. Second, the three cities you will visit are really among the best places in Italy.
I would only add that if you have the time to visit SIENA, don't miss it, its a unique place too!. (Although no big like Rome or Florence). In Siena I reccomend the restaurant/pizzeria LA GROTTA DEL GALLO NERO ("The Cave of the "Black Rooster", from the name of a local wine type-that happends to be one of the finest in the whole world). I think it opens only for dinner now, not for lunch. In particular ask about the "la Nuova" (the "New Grotta etc.," because I think that it has changed bosses now).
And in your way to Venice if you have the time to drive (or take bus/train) to the Tuscany countryside, don't miss it! There are plenty of picturesque peacefull unique hill-towns and villages that worth a visit.

In Rome and Florence there are many good restaurants (you can cosult the specific for that cities Forums of Foddors), but a general advice is that is always better to avoid the very central and very touristic restaurants. Try to discover any "off-the-beaten-track" restaurants, in small alleys, etc.

Well, that was some suggestions in brief,

I wish you to have a nice trip,


Jun 30th, 2001, 08:19 AM
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I am going to Greece in August with a friend and we have about 4/5 days in Rhodes. Is there enough to do for that amnt of time or should we plan a trip to Turkey or Cyprus. THNX!!
Jun 30th, 2001, 12:02 PM
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Hi Elizabeth,

4-5 days in Rhodes on August is just an... "entry level" ! I mean...: "so little time so many things to do" !!

Rhodes is one of Greece's biggest islands and one of the most cosmopolitan ! August is the peaking season so be prepared for the heat and the crowds, if you stay in the capital of the island !

And certainly you are NOT going to get bored! I absolutely guarantee for that !!

Cyprus is not so close and the time is not enough for a such long trip but Turkey is very close to Rhodes. If you want & can a short visit in the nearby coastal Turkish town is suggested.

There is an interesting site about Rhodes, which I do not remember right now, but I will check and write it down as soon as possible.

All the best,

Aug 8th, 2001, 09:01 AM
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Hi, Georgio. Nice to see your message; I'll be in Greece at the end of Sept. via Brindisi It. and do not Know the rest, Igumenitza, or Patras. I learn Greek and I'll love to see the country side, the small town, the people. Can you recomend me some places to go with a back-pack and my wife? I'm planning at least 1 and 1/2 wweks there.
Aug 8th, 2001, 09:29 AM
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I am toying with the idea of 8 days solo in Italy (probably in Riviera) mid to late October. I have been to Europe a few times, including Italy, but not alone. I should also mention I am a woman and am concerned about safety, and would like some nice weather.
Any tips? Or other destination suggestions?

Aug 9th, 2001, 08:48 AM
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What are the best months to go to Greece for the best weather and not too many tourists?
Aug 9th, 2001, 09:27 AM
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It is so generous of you to provide such wonderful advice to everyone! Thank you. My boyfriend and I are traveling to Italy for the 1st time 22nd September through 6th October.
We are going to Rome (5 nights), Positano (3 nights), Tuscany (near Siena 3 nights) and Venice (3 nights). A few questions for you:
--What kind of weather should we expect?
--Do you know the hotel "Borgo Pretale" near Siena?
--How long/difficult is the drive from Positano to Siena?
--Are you familar with any special wineries or places we should explore in Tuscany? (we live near the Napa Valley in California and love the landscapes of vineyards and wineries)
--Is is sensible to go to Pompeii from Rome on our way to Positano?
Any thoughts or recommendations would be most appreciated.
Aug 9th, 2001, 02:11 PM
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My wife and I are going to italy and greece in october and any hints for accommodation and trips would be appreciated.
Aug 10th, 2001, 08:01 AM
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Georgio -- my husband and I arrive in Athens on 9/4 for a 2 week trip to the Greek Islands. Can you recommend islands that are not overly touristy? Friends have recommended Sifnos and Amorgos. On previous trips, we have visited Paros, Santorini, Naxos, Mykonos, Delos,and Rhodes and would like to explore new islands this trip. Should we give Crete a try? Also, we just saw Captain Corelli's Mandolin and were wondering about Kephalonia. Thanks for any suggestions you might have.
Jan 12th, 2002, 03:19 PM
Bob W.
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We are planning a family (2 adults, 2 teens) trip to Southern Europe in June (4 weeks). We are especially interested in Italy, Greece & Turkey (maybe Spain). How cheaply can this be done without sleeping in the streets? While we would like to visit some of the big tourist spots (Rome, Athens) we really want to get away from it all and visit smaller villages and coastal towns. Any suggestions?
Jan 12th, 2002, 04:14 PM
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I am planning on going to the Greek Islands in the beginning of September (to avoid the crowds). I'm going with my girlfriend and plan on staying a week to 10 days.

what islands are your favorites and why?

we are looking for a combination of beaches, charming towns, nightlife and historical sites.

Jan 20th, 2002, 10:04 AM
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well, it looks like you will be very busy answering all these questions, but thank you for your generosity, in advance.

we are planning our first trip to greece and would like to spend 4/5 days just relaxing and seeing a few things. i think we will skip athens this time and save it for the next trip. i am completely overwhelmed by the number and names of all the island choices. we'd like a nice combination of some things to do, but not running around all day trying to fit everything in. can you make some recommendations? we are hoping to go in april-don't know how the weather will be and are not interested in night clubbing or stuff like that, just really enjoy great beaches and soaking up the atmosphere along with some historical sights.

thank you!
Jan 22nd, 2002, 12:25 PM
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This is for Bob W, who wants to travel for a month in June to Greece and Turkey. My husband and I spent 10 weeks in the spring of 2001 in Greece (Athens, Syros, Mykonos, Paros, Samos, the Peloponnese) and Turkey (Kusadasi, Goreme, Istanbul). The only thing we economized on was our accomodations - these were "budget", but always clean and with private bath. We ate well, drank copious amounts of local wine, visited many historical sites, museums etc., went to local nightclubs, tavernas - lived well! For the 2 of us it cost an average of $159/day in Greece, and $139/day in Turkey - and that is in CANADIAN DOLLARS!!! We loved both countries so much that we're doing it again this spring for another 10 weeks. We reserved a room in Athens for our arrival - after that we found places to stay as we arrived. We did one 5 day bus tour at the end, through the Peloponnese; otherwise it was public transportation all the way. If you have any questions, you can email me.
Jan 22nd, 2002, 04:06 PM
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Hi Fellow Travellers!

Thank you everybody for posting messages here and also for all the people who have send me e-mails directly.

I have been away for a while but now i am back again and ready to answer to your questions and inquiries about Italy and Greece.

I will answer to your questions in a few days, for now I send you many friendly greetings.

Yours, Georgio.
Jan 25th, 2002, 01:31 PM
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We're going to Athens, Paros and Santorini, and likely staying at the Electra Palace (Athens), the Esperas Traditional Houses (Santorini), and the Kanales Apartments (Paros). Would you advise booking straight through them, or can I get better rates through a booing service? Are the booking services reliable? I was also offered by one of the places to pay in cash (rather than credit) for a discount - have you heard of this before?

Thank you in advance, and thanks for all the helpful posts.

Jan 25th, 2002, 01:36 PM
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Peter, I've heard that you can get much better rates by going through a Greek travel agent. Matt Barrett lists a couple on his website ( and I chanced upon a very helpful agent while I was looking for Greek pistacios to have shipped here for Christmas; [email protected]

It doesn't hurt to ask and see what kind of rates you get.
Jan 25th, 2002, 01:39 PM
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Grasshopper. I have been dying to taste Greek pistachios again and kicked myself for not bringing any back. After tasting them in Greece, the ones here are so bland. Thanks
Jan 26th, 2002, 03:26 PM
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Hi Peter,

Well, actually the what "grasshoper" said is actualy true. I too reccomend the Matt Barett's Site (perhaps the best of its kind in Greece, contains really valuable info) for usefull links and resources about hotels, transports etc. in Greece.
Yes, usually you can get better hotel rates through a greek travel agency. By personal experience I know that also if you book straight to them you can get reduced prices (even lower than that of the agencies)but ONLY if its the LOW touristic season. That is definitively NOT July-August (and perhaps July/September too) and Christmas - Easter seasons (note that the GREEK EASTER is RARELy coinciding with the Catholic/western one!!!). That means better check your calendar carefully if you will travell in Greece during the Spring!!
The "cash" thing is also true, if you pay in cash rather than via credit card sometimes you get better prices (usually the hotel owners do so when you stay just for 1-2 days and NOt for longer time)...
I hope that the what I said helped you.

About the Pistachio's question, yes Theodora its true! The Greek pistachios are among the tasties (if not THE testies!!) of the world! I don;t know why, but thats how it is!... And I remember of having read some months ago in a newspaper that the Greek Pistachio's export to The U.S.A. are growing rapidly- the demand is enormous! That probably means that you can found it in the States, perhaps in Greek "delicatensen" traditional shops.
Also note that the Greek Pistachio's are growing in the Island of Aegina, not far from Athens. Hence are also known in Greece as "fystikia Aeginis" (Aegina's pistachio's).And also that there are some people who cultivate the Pistachio's using biological and not chemical treatment, a thing that makes it more healthier and tastier !

Greetings to all,

Apr 9th, 2002, 12:07 AM
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Hi Friends!

A couple of weeks ago I have been for a hikking excursion in Pindus mountains, Greece NW. The place I have been is called ZAGORI and is one of Greece's most beautiful areas, with much wilderness, and idylic stone-made villages. Among the interesting things to visit there is the national park of Vikos with Europe's deepest canyon.
I have created a page in yahoo geocities, so if you want to read more about my excursion and this relatively uknown part of Greece please go to:

And please remember that I wait for your comments and impressions !

All the Best,

Apr 9th, 2002, 06:11 AM
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Hi Georgio!

I'll be in Naples for a day and would like to visit Capri, Sorrento and Positano. I'm planning on taking the hydrofoil to Capri from Naples, a hydrofoil from Carpri to Sorrento, but how can I get from Sorrento to Positano and then from Positano to Naples?? I've visited Sorrento last year and thoroughly enjoyed it, but if Positano is better, I'd be willing to forgo Sorrento and spend time in Capri and Positano. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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