Agenda looking for helpful info

May 9th, 2007, 05:17 AM
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Agenda looking for helpful info

Here is our final Italy Agenda. My husband and I are from Boston and heading to Italy for our first time. We have a jammed pack trip, but wanted to get a taste of it all. Traveling end of May beginning of June.
Flying into Venice and staying for 3 nights at the Carlton Grand Canal. Train from Venice to Florence. Florence for 2 nights at Hotel Cavour. Train from Florence to Rome. Rome for 4 nights at Visconti Palace. Renting a car and heading down to Amalfi Coast. Staying here for 4 nights at Grand Excelsior.
Looking for advice and any MUST DO favorites (restaurants etc).
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May 9th, 2007, 07:57 AM
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Hi M,

One of your evenings in Florence, take the no.7 bus up to Fiesole (1E, 0:20 hr from SMN station) and watch the sunst over the city from the terrace of the Bar Bleu.

In Venice, take a vaporetto along the Grand Canal at sunset. Get up very early and go to the fish market at the Rialto and watch them set up.

Enjoy your visit.
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May 9th, 2007, 12:54 PM
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Thank you! I marked this down
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May 9th, 2007, 01:07 PM
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hi, myshell,

in Rome, go to trastevere and visit st, cecilia's church - pay your 3E to go into the crypt, walk right to teh end past the excavations, and enjoy the mosaics - all the better for being so unexpected.

in florence, go to fiesole as Ira says,[search for the recent thread on this and read my potted guide]

in Venice, get up early and go to the market, then after breakfast, go to the scuola de san rocco and see the tinterettos.

have a great time,

regards, ann
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May 9th, 2007, 04:37 PM
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If you want, I put together 3 mp3 itineraries for Rome. Actually there will be 5 but I haven't gotten around to doing the last 2.

You can download them, for free, from this link...

http://www.skooltek.org/trips/rome/RomeMP3files.htm

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May 9th, 2007, 04:51 PM
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Your itinerary is busy but not nearly as jammed pack as some I've seen! A couple of my favorites in Rome:

Santa Maria della Vittorio to see Bernini's Ecstasy of St. Theresa. Not only a wonderful sculpture, but the church itself is amazing, lots of gold and cherubs and angels.

If you're going to Santa Maria Maggiore, only a block away is San Prassede, with gorgeous mosaics.

After dinner, go to one of the cafes on the Piazza Navona, order a Limoncello or other drink of your choice, and enjoy watching the fountains, people, artists & performers.

These are just a couple of many wonderful things. Can you tell I love Rome?
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May 9th, 2007, 04:57 PM
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We did your trip in reverse last October (except for Amalfi) & used the trains-book 1st class-it is worth the money for the reserved seats.MUST SEES:
Rome: San Clemente church, Vatican & Borghese Museums, the Caravaggios at Popolo & San Luigi
Florence: Bargello, Santa Croce,Bapistery;Il Latini,Lo Scudo & Perseus restaurants
Venice:#1 or 82 vaporetto, Frari & San Roch; and take a 30 min. local train to Padua for Il Santo & Arena Chapel.
Good luck.
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May 9th, 2007, 05:15 PM
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I think I just lost this, so hope I'm not repeating. I agree with The Judge on Florence, especially the Baptistry, which has absolutely amazing 13th C mosaics covering the entire dome.

However, I don't agree with going to Padua from Venice. With only 3 nights there, including your arrival day, you really don't time for a daytrip.
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May 11th, 2007, 05:35 AM
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Thanks for all of your advice. Dave, I printed out your itineraries. If you guys think of anything else, let me know.
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May 16th, 2007, 04:12 AM
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Hi again,

did you just print them out or download the actual files. There are 3 zip files, each about 25 meg in size, each holds about 20 mp3 files.

Hope they help

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May 16th, 2007, 04:54 PM
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This may really throw too much of a kink in your plans, but instead of driving from Rome to the AC where the scenery along the way didn't seem as picturesque to us when we did it a few years - excluding the Amalfi Coast itself, of course, which is jaw dropping-ly beautiful. Do your driving on the secondary roads between Florence and Rome - in particular S222, the Chianti Road; it's simply magical. Maybe lose your first night in Rome and spend it in Orvieto, about an hour north. It may be our favorite town in Italy.
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