Helpful Information: Italy

Old Aug 20th, 2004, 05:58 PM
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Time to top this again for the rash of Italy questions.
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Old Aug 28th, 2004, 12:25 PM
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Date: 08/27/2004, 08:25 pm
Message: SUE: HERE IS THE INFO I HAD GIVEN SOME MONTHS AGO!!!! I GUESS THAT NOW YOU HAVE IT ALL!

Message: I am a local (lived in Genzano which is 20 km from Ciampino) so this is the info I can give you: once you get out of Ciampino airport walk straight ahead of you for about 200 metres (passing the parking lot and walking along the entrance road of the airport). You will reach a very trafficated street which is Via Appia. There is a police cabin (you can ask them to show you where the bus station is), and a little bit furhter, on the same side walk, there is the COTRAL bus stop (dont cross the Appia because the bus station across the street leads towards Velletri or Latina NOT to Rome). Every 20 minutes or so (depending on the day, on sunday it is about every 45-50 minutes) there is a BLUE COTRALBUS that goes to ROMA ANAGNINA (coming from LAtina or Velletri, but it is irrelevant what the origin is). The ride is about 10 minutes. Note: you must purchase a ticket before getting on the bus. It costs about 75 euro cents. There must be a tobacconist in the Airport somewhere where you can get it. If you have a lot of baggages it could be a problem to step on the bus especially if it is in the morning when lots of people use the cotral bus to go to Rome to work. It is an easy ride though.

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Old Aug 28th, 2004, 12:26 PM
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OOPS,

That should have been headed
"How to get to Rome from Ciampino Airport".
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Old Aug 28th, 2004, 05:20 PM
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Good stuff !
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Old Aug 29th, 2004, 10:08 AM
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For those looking for a good base location to tour Veneto, take a look at this hotel just outside Bassano del Grappa--a good centro location:
www.ca-sette.it
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Old Aug 30th, 2004, 09:20 AM
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Ferry Schedules on the Amalfi Coast

Salerno (P.zza della Concordia) - Minori - Amalfi - Positano - Sorrento

and

Salerno (Molo Manfredi) - Amalfi - Capri

See http://www.salernocity.com/comune/tr...efault_new.asp
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Old Aug 30th, 2004, 12:13 PM
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For more than you will ever need to know about train travel in Italy, go to slowtrav.com and find the very comprehensive article by Alice Twain--who lives in Milan---great stuff.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2004, 08:41 AM
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I tried calling, as you instructed, for the Secret Itineraries tour of the Doge's palace, and got a recording saying it was an invalid number. I dialed 1016868 011 39 041 271 5911. Do I need to enter an additional 1 in front? Has anyone else tried this recently?

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Old Sep 2nd, 2004, 02:32 PM
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It does seem that the number for the Secret Itinerary has changed. This is from the Web site of the Ducal Palace:

0415209070

Before that, you have to dial 011 and 39 for Italy. I have no idea which 9-digit number will get you the cheapest rates.
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Old Sep 6th, 2004, 07:57 AM
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Secret Doges Tour reservations - OK, I finally got it! I realized that the 10-16-868 # must be similar to the 10-10 #s that are out there to get cheap long-distance calls. But some of these numbers are only valid in certain areas. I found one that works in my area (Western NY) which charges 46 cents per call plus 3 cents a minute. It was 10-10-987, and is an MCI #, so perhaps it's more global.
But when I did get thru to the number 011 39 041 271 5911, they only took reservations for the following day. For anything more in the future, you need to call 011 39 041 520 9070. That worked fine for me today.
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Old Sep 11th, 2004, 03:19 AM
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Getting from Ciampino Airport to Rome

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Date: 09/11/2004, 06:13 am
Message: Topping because of some update.
The bus service between Ciampino Airport and Anagnina Metro Station, in Rome, is now operated by "Schiaffini Travel" on behalf of the regional transport company.
Tickets (1 euro) can be bought on board, now.
New timetables on : http://www.schiaffini.it/AlPercorren...Sub=66&p=1

Departures are : at Anagnina Metro Station bus terminal from platform 1;
at Ciampino Town Railway Staion (20 minutes after Anagnina) just outside the station building;
and in front of the arrival hall at the Airport.
Hope this helps
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Old Sep 19th, 2004, 12:29 PM
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Here are hotels in Venice that have often been recommended on this board:

http://www.pensioneaccademia.it/
http://www.theinnkeeper.com/bnb/7514
http://www.hotelbernardi.com/en/hotel.html
http://www.veniceby.com/hotelacalcina/
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Old Sep 20th, 2004, 06:58 AM
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The trenitalia.com web site is often down and does not give good info for train travel outside of Italy. A great back up site is www.rail.ch , the Swiss rail site.
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Old Oct 7th, 2004, 08:12 AM
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information on traveling from Milan to Bellagio

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...p;tid=34533252
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Old Oct 18th, 2004, 05:07 AM
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http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...p;tid=34535331

is a thread on walking routes in Assisi

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For the best input on food in Florence, go to www.divinacucina.com for reviews by a local by neighborhood.
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Old Oct 19th, 2004, 06:48 AM
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2004 UPDATE: Many visitors to this forum have either used or recommended 'Scala Reale' for day tours in Rome. Be aware that they have now been integrated with Context Rome. If you enter their old website, www.scalareale.org, it'll take you to the Context Rome site, www.contextrome.com
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a link to helpful information on staying in convents and monasteries in Rome

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...p;tid=34537541
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Old Oct 29th, 2004, 07:42 AM
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Some pics to get your heart pumping about bella Italia:
http://www.worldisround.com/articles/23970/
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