Advices & tips on Greece & Italy

Apr 10th, 2002, 09:12 AM
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Apr 11th, 2002, 01:06 PM
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Hi Mark,
My Italian friend Maria-Rosaria from Napoli, told me that Capri is hands down the #1 place in the area around Naples. Then she "vuotes" for Positano and third comes Sorrento. The only thing you should be aware of in Capri is that the hotels there tend to be more expensive, especially in comparison with that in Naples. Sorrento is easily accessible from Naples: It takes 30 min to get there by train.
As soon as I will have more detailed information on the matter,I will let you know, OK?

All the best,


Apr 13th, 2002, 07:26 PM
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I travel to Greece a lot but am adding on Italy this year. Do you have any advice re. ferry companies from Italy to Corfu? We are considering Ventouris Ferries (overnight from Bari to Corfu), or Blue Star Ferries from Brindisi - day or overnight. Any advise would be much appreciated. We will be in the Naples area before Corfu so the southern Italian ports would be best. I am most concerned about choosing a reliable ie. safe ferry company with modern boats.
Also, do you know anything about the town of Bari?
Apr 14th, 2002, 06:58 AM
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Hi Carolina,

What is your starting point in Italy? I mean which specific town? If your starting point (airport) is Milan or any other Italian town of north, perhaps is better to take the boat form Venice istead of Bari. Bari and Brindisi are not big towns and in my opinion had nothing too interesting to see or visit. This is your first time in Italy and Greece? And in what month are you planning to realize your trip?
Tell me more about your travel plans and I will answer you with more details.

...However among Ventouris and Blue Ferries, I would choose hands down the latter...

All The Best,

Sep 26th, 2002, 12:03 PM
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Hi friends,

I have just came back from a brief stay in Athens.

I have "discovered" two interesting and inexpensive hotels in Athens Center: The Aphrodite Hotel, in Plaka and Hotel Achillion near Omonoia Square!
You can read the details and my comments about them in the short travel report that I published in geocities in the following links:
You can also see the photos that I took using an inexpensive single-use underwater camera, during a canyoning in Vikaki (Zagori, Ioannina, Greece NW)here :

As soon I will found free time I will add my comments about Hotel Aphrodite and Achilion in my webpage in Virtualtourist site :

All the best,

Sep 26th, 2002, 03:45 PM
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Dear Georgio,

I am Greek too and would like to let know everybody visiting Athens that "The National Archaeological Museum
will be closed from October 1st 2002
until April 2004 due to renovation works" according to their announcement. The reason is closing it's heavy renovation that has to be done fast (!) due to Summer 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

In the same subject;
As I wrote to the concierge forum before: Try the Greek ministry's web site ( ), includes all monuments and timetables. For other cultural events than museums try: Check by phone just before you visit to make sure. If you have only one and a lalf days in Athens I would visit Acropolis, walk around the Acropolis (Plaka, Monastiraki) and visit the columns behind Andrianos Gate (all very close to Plaka)

Check also the small free museum on the Syntagma Metro Station (free and open at Metro operating times)

Oct 4th, 2002, 12:13 PM
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Hello all. I've been reading some of the posts above but mainly Georgio and Yiannis, this is possibly for you. My mother and my wife and I will be making a trip to Athens in 2004 for the Olympics. It's going to be the biggest and most definitely one of the most expensive trips I've ever taken. We're planning on attending the Opening Ceremonies and perhaps a few more Olympic events the next day or two afterwards. None of us have ever been to Greece before. My mother has never been to Europe except one trip to London. My wife & I have been to Rome & Venice once before.

We're hoping to do a trip involving all these things (assuming we can afford it all!): Opening Ceremony for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, arriving maybe a day or two early, see some sights, maybe stay one or two days afterwards and see some other Olympic events (all depending on budget); Ferry ride from Greece to Italy (not sure which line, or ports yet). Definitely see Venice, hopefully some of North Central Italy (Firenza, Modena, Pisa, etc)., not sure about Roma yet. Perhaps also venture to the Barcelona area for some family research.

In general, do you have any general advice on how to do our trip economically? Besides the obvious amount of money we'll spend to get seats to the Opening Ceremony, we're hoping to do the rest of the trip as frugally as possible. What are your feelings on Eurail passes, nontouristy places to visit in these places (less expensive), recommendations to stay in all these places?

Am I asking too much? I appreciate any advice and thoughts you may have.
Thanks, Scott
Oct 5th, 2002, 04:01 PM
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I don't have any good ideas right now how to save on travelling to Greece during the Olympic Games...I'll let you know though at a later time. One thing to know, the connecting port between Greece and Italy is Patra, in the Peloponnese. There are several ferry lines, but the best are Greek...check out Blue Star Ferries, Minoan Lines, and Superfast ferries. All have great service, and the prices are all pretty much the same.

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