Help a novice going to Itay

Old Feb 14th, 2005, 02:26 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 594
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Help a novice going to Itay

Apologies in advance for being a rube. My dear husband gave us a trip to Italy for our 10 year wedding anniversary. We are going to Venice, Como, Alba. We have 11 days to work with. We arrive March 30th Anniversary is April 1st. Any advice on what to pack/wear. I have no idea of the weather at that time. (Coming from Colorado I tend to think it is still winter.) I do not want to look like the ugly american in jeans and tennis shoes. We are very active so plan on doing as many outdoors things as the areas allow.

Any suggestions are welcome!
Coskier is offline  
Old Feb 14th, 2005, 02:33 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,124
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Everyone in Europe wears jeans, so don't worry about it. White tennis shoes are a bit passe' but black or brown tenni's seem to look OK. Or just get (and break in ahead of time) a good pair of walking shoes.

As for the weather, you'll find it generally moderate, not a whole lot different from Colorado, actually. The days should have highs in the 60s and there will be some rain, so take a light raincoat and a compact folding umbrella. Good luck.
Wayne is offline  
Old Feb 14th, 2005, 02:38 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 8,637
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
for historical weather information, and also for probabilities for the future, go to www.wunderground.com

Accuweather.com will give you up to 15 days of forecast as you get closer to your trip.

If you don't want to go the jeans and sneakers route ( I don't) then just bring comfortable light wool or cotton pants in dark colors, a sweater ot two for layering, comfortable walking shoes, and a rain coat or jacket that you can layer under.
The sweaters (or blazers) add warmth, and with just adding a necklace or silk scarf around your neck, you're dressed for all but the dressiest places.
elaine is offline  
Old Feb 14th, 2005, 02:42 PM
  #4  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 594
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks Wayne! For evenings do people dress up? I doubt we will go anyplace really fancy. Hope that black slacks or the basic little black dress will be OK. Does my husband need to bring a tie? We are trying to keep the luggage to a min. We do plan to hike, maybe rent bikes if possible. And of course drink some great wines!

Again sorry for the most basic of questions.
Coskier is offline  
Old Feb 14th, 2005, 02:42 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 10
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I was in Florence for 10 days last March -- be prepared for 30 to 45 degree whether even up to 60 degrees but pack for warmth AND wetness! I had to buy a warmer coat once I got there as well as umbrella. Don't get me wrong, it might be warmer but if you pack for both you'll be safe. DON'T pack a lot of shoes and the cobble stone streets aren't very nice to pumps. Pack a good pair of hiking boots or walking shoes for day and depending upon what you are doing at night pack a pair of nice black hills or whatever you prefer and pack so that you can wear that pair which any outfit. I took 8 pairs of shoes and wore two. Rolling luggage sucks too. The streets aren't level so either take a duffel or back pack or get a taxi. We walked everywhere so my new luggage was ruined when I got home. email me anytime I loved italy and could talk all day. Jennifer: [email protected]
jenaflix is offline  
Old Feb 14th, 2005, 02:43 PM
  #6  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 594
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks elaine and jenaflix we must have been typing at the same time.
Coskier is offline  
Old Feb 14th, 2005, 02:45 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 10
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
one more thing: if you sit at a restaurant or even bar you have to pay more. Don't do what we did and get a drink at the bar and then sit down to drink it.. they got pretty upset with us and said a few dirty words in Italian. So, if you plan to sit... sit first. Black is always good and if your husband is stylish and can be dressy "metro" without a tie then don't take it but it wouldn't hurt to take a coat just to make sure you meet any dress-code that nicer restaurants might have. If you go to Florence ask for the "White Bore".. best restaurant there! of course that's the english for it but it's easily translated something... Bianca. Have fun.
jenaflix is offline  
Old Feb 14th, 2005, 02:49 PM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 8,637
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
it's the Cinghale Bianco, the White Boar
elaine is offline  
Old Feb 14th, 2005, 02:50 PM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 8,637
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
oops, typo, sorry, Cinghiale Bianco
elaine is offline  
Old Feb 14th, 2005, 02:53 PM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 10
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
yeah, decent lawyer not a decent speller...
jenaflix is offline  
Old Feb 14th, 2005, 03:37 PM
  #11  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 594
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I am a piss poor speller myself!

Confused about just getting a glass of wine? Do you have to stand? Do they mind if you sit and have just wine?

Right now Florence is not in the plan but who knows? We are not great "planners"
Coskier is offline  
Old Feb 14th, 2005, 03:51 PM
  #12  
ira
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 74,699
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hi Cos,

Welcome to the board.

>..black slacks or the basic little black dress will be OK. Does my husband need to bring a tie?<

Yes, No. I suggest a sports jacket. He can always wear it if it's chilly.

>Do you have to stand? Do they mind if you sit and have just wine?<

If you stand at the bar, it costs less than if you sit at an inside table, which is less than sitting at an outside table.

What's in Alba, other than the Duchess?




ira is offline  
Old Feb 14th, 2005, 04:12 PM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 4,717
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Ira: "I am shocked, shocked!" Alba is, more or less, the centre of the truffle region of Piedmont. And truffles are harvested throughout the year.
Eloise is offline  
Old Feb 15th, 2005, 07:57 AM
  #14  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 594
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Alba? Going for the wonderful wines.
Coskier is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Riadhou
Europe
4
Jul 25th, 2017 01:41 PM
msheiny
Europe
6
Feb 22nd, 2013 08:21 PM
Ziana
Europe
159
Apr 23rd, 2007 12:34 PM
Sheila946
Europe
33
Feb 18th, 2007 09:45 PM
Jn
Europe
31
Apr 28th, 2002 06:24 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -