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Few Questions about Travel, Money, Security, Average meal price

Few Questions about Travel, Money, Security, Average meal price

Old Mar 17th, 2006, 10:10 AM
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The post was worded that these arrangement had already been made "We will be traveling with a tour bus group".

I also would not choose a tour for myself whatever the occasion. And sure a list of all the negatives might be helpful, IF they'd ask should should they self-plan or take a tour. Hey, I am as opinionated as the next person who posts here, but I think there is a time to share what is the way you'd do it, and a time to answer the questions that were asked without loading on your personal views.

Why rain on someone's honeymoon plans? It's just not called for. Loads of people take tours to Italy and love it.
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Old Mar 24th, 2006, 05:52 PM
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Thanks everyone for the GREAT tips!!! And for those who had negative responses, I appreciate the "devils advocate" approach, but, I'm really not deterred from my trip. Afterall, not having to worry about every little detail seems to be a big plus, and my hubby and I have been married for 4 years, so we don't need a VERY ROMANTIC honeymoon, it's just that we couldn't afford a honeymoon after we got married (because my brother in law decided to steal $6,000 from us!). Now that we are able to afford it, we are finally taking the trip, so it is our honeymoon, but the whole "hot and heavy" after the wedding has passed But thank you again for the tips, gives me lots to plan with and lots the think about!!! Oh, and we will not be with a tour group the whole trip, I have childhood friends in Italy we will be staying with for a few days as well.
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Old Mar 24th, 2006, 06:37 PM
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Hey SoulStorm, sorry about the problem with the BIL but just wanted to say Italy is so romantic that the "hot and heavy" may return

And having friends in Italy, how fun! That will add enjoyment to your trip.

SoulStorm, I have always purchased train tickets after arriving in Italy and to date have never had a problem.

Cost of a meal is so subjective but I agree with the poster who said that to figure what you would spend here in the US. Wine is cheaper in Italy, that is a help.

Theft, I have (thank goodness) never had a problem. I do not know if you live in a big city or not. I have friends that worry about theft when they go to San Francisco. I take precautions whereever I am. Do leave if possible information regarding your passport, credit cards, ATM cards with someone trustworthy at home (not that BIL obviously).

A mixed bag regarding travellers thoughts. I like to arrive with about a $100.00 in local currency. And I like to take $100.00 in US currency so I have it with me when I return home. Others just like to use the ATM's at the airport when they arrive. It depends on what you are comfortable with.

As walkingaround said, you will be fine. It is normal to feel worried and stressed before your first trip to Europe especially since so much information is on the internet now. Almost an overload of information SoulStorm. The first time we went to Italy was in the 1970's. We had our passports, our airline tickets, our credit cards, our traveler checks (which noone uses anymore), the first two nights of lodging and our car rental reservations. We went for two months. No worry or stress at all, LOL. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. It was an absolutely beautiful trip.
Again,relax and just look forward to being in Italy next month. Best wishes to you both.
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Always be concerned about theft! Don't worry about it but know that there are pickpockets that make their living by stealing. Very very little concern of personal injury in Italy. I've had several personal experience with attempted theft - so always be on you guard but not paranoid. Keep most of you valuables in a under the clothes wallet and keep only your current day money easily reachable. I thought I was really cautious but had my wallet picked in October on the Rome Metro.

Regarding bus tickets. You can buy a 1 day or three day pass for the bus/subway/tram at any Tabacchi (Look for a black sign with a big white T )

THe "BIG" - Biglietto Integrato Giornaliero (Daily Integrated Ticket) costs 4 euros and gives unlimited travel until midnight of the day you first use it.

The "BTI" - Biglietto Turistico Integrato (Integrated Tourist Ticket) costs 11 euros each and gives unlimited travel until midnight of the third day after you begin using it (when you validate it on a bus, tram of in the subway.)

If you're traveling around the outlying areas there are some other options as well that cover one of the trains to the FCO airport (not the Leonardo Express) and some regional trains to Tivoli and the Alban hills, etc.

How long will you be in Rome? You can download a pdf file "Roma Centro.pdf" from the ATAC website http://www.atac.roma.it and then click on "Percorsi e mappe" in the left column, then look for and click on "ROMA Centro" in the right hand column of that page. It's a good map of the center of Rome with all the bus routes.

Let me know if you need help

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