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All Roads Lead to Rome, an Italy Trip Report

All Roads Lead to Rome, an Italy Trip Report

Jun 22nd, 2002, 11:51 AM
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Terry:
Thanks for the travel report. My husband and I will travel to italy in Sep 02 and some of your comments, suggestions, advice sounded interesting, printed your report and might try to check out reccommendations in ref. to restaurants, sights, etc. Thanks. cjc
 
Jun 22nd, 2002, 12:48 PM
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What an incredible report! I too stayed at the Hotel Spring House in Rome and the Villa Maria in Sorrento. Your account was very accurate. Thanks for helping me relive my previous trip!
 
Jun 22nd, 2002, 12:50 PM
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Thanks for the report Terry.
We also stayed in the Villa Maria when we went to Sorrento back in 1997 and we really liked the location, just a few minutes from the very centre yet quiet and with great views.
We went in October and got a number of comments that only crazy English people went into the ice cold pool at that time of year (it _was_ pretty cool!).
The whole trip sounds great.
Kavey
 
Jun 22nd, 2002, 01:14 PM
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Delightful report, Terry! Are you planning a return trip, yet????
You will. Italy seems to "do that" to people.
 
Jun 22nd, 2002, 01:30 PM
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Nancy - I wish you a wonderful future trip to Italy! If I am remembering correctly, will this be your second trip?

Fiona - So sorry the Forum was flooded during your visit! I still remember those steps you mentioned! I just kept telling myself, "This is good for me! This is good for me!" as I gasped for breath! I hope you are able to return again someday.

Bob - I am honored you read my report. I have enjoyed your contributions to this forum over the years.

Debbie Lee - Wow! Four weeks in Italy. How wonderful! I hope you get there in 2003. I hadn't given much thought to traveling in Italy wntil I became hooked on this forum. This Italy "bug" is contagious!

Carol - Happy travels! Glad I could help in some small way. It feels good to give back a little of all that I have received on this forum.

Sandi - It was your trip report and suggestions that led me to these hotels! I think we may have similar travel styles. Glad you enjoyed the report.

Kavey - I have enjoyed reading all your trip reports! Sorrento is a great town. I enjoyed wandering in the narrow streets of the historic old town.

Terry
 
Jun 22nd, 2002, 01:55 PM
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I sure enjoyed reading about your wonderful trip to Italy. I am taking my parents to Italy in Sept. We are starting in Milan (only flight we could book). We don't want to stay there or even in Florence. We want to be in Tuscany or Umbria, then go to the Amalfi coast and back to Rome. We have 10 days. I want this to be very special for my parents. Any suggestions for beautiful places to stay in these areas? They cannot do alot of stairs or walking as in the Villa Maria. Thanks Mel
 
Jun 22nd, 2002, 07:30 PM
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Dear Mel - I can understand your wanting to make this trip special for your parents. I did find that Italy would be a challenge for the elderly or disabled.

In cities along the Amalfi Coast and in Rome, I would suggest using taxis as much as possible. They seemed especially reasonable in Rome. This would allow your parents to save their energy for the sites. I have heard people have even hired private drivers in Rome, which might be another option.

Do you think they would enjoy drives through the Tuscany countryside? If so, I would suggest you drive or hire a driver. This would allow them to see alot without having a lot of stairs and steps to deal with.

As far as hotels go, I would suggest that you contact the hotels you are interested in and request a room on the 1st floor (second level). That way, it the elevator were to break, as it did in the Cinque Terre Hotel, your parents would have fewer steps to navigate. I would be sure to tell each hotel at time of reservation that this is a requirement.

As far as specific hotels to recommend, there have been lots of good suggestions from others on this board.
In Tuscany, Laconda dell'Amorosa near Sinalunga, continues to be mentioned and looks lovely.

Any one out there who could offer Mel some lodging specifics for the elderly or disabled? Happy travels, Mel.

 
Jun 23rd, 2002, 12:14 AM
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Jun 23rd, 2002, 08:19 AM
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Dear Terry,
Hi, I am a student in the US hoping to go into studing Renaissance art. Your daughters program sounded very interesting to me and I would like to know about it. Is it with a university? This is just something I am interested in, and anything you could tell me about it would be appreciated!! I'm going to try to get involved in something like it. Thank you! -A-
 
Jun 23rd, 2002, 09:43 AM
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Dear A: My daughter's program is affiliated with the Univ. of Colorado - Boulder. Their web site is www.colorado.edu/OIE/Study Abroad . Follow the links to Prospective Students, then CU Boulder Programs, and then choose either Programs for CU-Boulder Students or Programs Open to all Students. Her program is listed under both.

Other sites I looked at for you are www.studyabroad-ie.com and www.studyabroadlinks.com. I don't know anything about these programs, but thought you might want to have options.

My daughter is enjoying her program very much. She is majoring in History, Art and Art History.
 
Jun 24th, 2002, 10:47 AM
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Terry,
Thanks so much for such a detailed trip report. I am going to Italy for 2.5 weeks in July as part of a group of eleven! We are meeting and traveling with our former exchange student that lives in Rome. The planning of the trip fell to me so I enlisted the help of Bob the Navigator along with hints and trip reports from this forum. We will be in Rome for three nights, Tuscany for six nights (base for day-trips and Florence), the CT-Montorosso (staying at the Hotel Cinque Terre) for three nights/two days, and two nights in Stresa before flying out of Milan with an overnight in London before returning to the States...with a connection at O'Hare. We are staying near the airport in London due to a very early flight out. We will be renting a van and car when we leave Rome and will have it for the rest of the trip. That will enable us to divide up in smaller groups as well as take the train for further flexibility especially in Tuscany. Any advice beyond your report that might apply to us would be very much appreciated. Again...thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed report.
 
Jun 24th, 2002, 04:36 PM
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Jun 24th, 2002, 08:51 PM
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Ann - It sounds like you have a well thought-out itinerary already. Wow! What a challenge planning for 11 people. The largest I have planned for has been five people.

Any advice I have would probably be in that area. Perhaps Bob has already covered this, but if not here goes. When traveling by train with that number of people, it will be very important to get reservation several days in advance, to ensure everyone arrives where they are supposed to at the same time. In the Cinque Terre (between towns) this will not be such a problem, but for any long distances, I recommend reservations.

Another thought I had would be to plan for free time for the group each day. This would take the burden off you and allow everyone to fulfill their own sightseeing agenda. Try not to take everyone's happiness or unhappiness personally. After all, they are responsible for that themselves.

In Montorossa, it might be nice for your group to take the ferry along the coast. We weren't able to do this due to weather. You will be staying in the newer part of town. It is about a 15 minute walk along the coast to the old part of town. Very lovely scenery. You can either cut through the tunnel or walk up around the cliff. I did both. The cliff route is more attractive and gives you a nice overview of the city.

I have a list of internet places I used in Rome, Siena, Florence and Monterossa if you think you might need them. Let me know and I will provide that.

Good luck. You will have a great time. Tuscany was lovely and relaxing. I hope to get back there someday. Enjoy!

Terry
 
Jun 24th, 2002, 10:35 PM
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Terry,
I would love to get the list of internet places you used. Several of us will have to keep up with "the real world" while we are gone.

Thankfully, I will not have to orchestrate the entire group's every move. We will not be traveling by train in a large group. If small groups want to use it for a day trip then they are on their own. We have traveled together before and it is actually very nice to have someone that might want to go with you somewhere one day and have someone else go with you the next. We do take certain tours together and have some meals together too. Between all of us we have three "children" ages 17 and 18 as well as our "Italian child" age 19. They all love to travel.

One thing...we have reservations for the Scavi tour at the Vatican at 9:30 on a Saturday. Because we will not be able to get in line to see the Sistine Chapel early we thought about doing that first thing the day before. What time would you suggest we be there to get in line so we avoid the crowds on a Friday?

Thanks again for your help and the list of internet places. Ann
 
Jun 25th, 2002, 07:01 AM
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Ann - It sounds like you have a great group of travel companions. I think you have worked out just the right amount of "togetherness".

Ragarding the Sistine Chapel - My experience may not have been typical, because it was a free Sunday. But what I do remember when doing my research before my trip was that most people recommended arriving early on any given day. The chapel will fill after the first hour of admission and the experience will not be as special. Guards will be quieting everyone and you may have to stand the whole time. I would suggest getting in line 30 to 45 minutes early if this visit is very important to you.

Internet locations I used:

Rome - Pantheon Internet. Via S. Caterina da Siena, 48 Close to the Pantheon. (From the Pantheon, go south on V.D. Minerva, past Santa Maria sopra Minerva. Turn left on Via Santa Caterina da Siena.)

Tam Tam . Via Germanico, 5/7 North of the Vatican, at corner of Via Bastioni Di Michelangelo

Siena - I don't thave the name of this place, because I just dropped in as I was passing by and forgot to write it down. At Piazza Matteotti, near the McDonald's, there is a narrow street. Walk down that street in the direction of Santa Domenico church, and it is about 4 doors down on right side.

Florence - NetGate. Via S. Egidio, 10r, near Borgo Pinti. Check www.aspide.it/netgate for more locations.

Monterossa - The Net. on Via Vittorio Emanuele, 55 in the old town.

Hope this helps. Terry



 
Jun 25th, 2002, 07:19 AM
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Regarding the early entry, or queue-up for the Sistine Chapel; don't bother. Unless you are part of an organized tour, the Sistine Chaperl will be full no matter what you do, or how early you get in queue. The organized tours get to enter an hour earlier than the regular people.
 
Jun 25th, 2002, 11:49 AM
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When you refer to organized tours, I presume that would be the Grayline or American Express kind?
 
Jun 25th, 2002, 02:09 PM
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Ann - I visited the Sistine Chapel on a free Sunday (the last Sunday of the month) and the tour groups were not let in earlier than 8:45, along with the non-tour group visitors. As Ruth indicates, perhaps this is not the norm. Maybe we just got extremely lucky to have the Chapel practically to ourselves for a half hour before the groups started to make their way there. Now I feel even better about my experience there.

 
Aug 22nd, 2002, 10:14 AM
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This great trip report deserves topping!
 
Oct 6th, 2002, 07:28 PM
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up, once more, in celebration of finding it.
 

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