ITALY: HEAT WARNING

Jun 24th, 2008, 08:42 AM
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I am writing from Montepulciano right now--yes, it is hot--but it's a dry heat--I am from Florida and this is easier for me to take! (the gelato helps too!!!) I have seen people from various countries wearing shorts...the short and the longer ones on the women; the longer on the men. I really don't think anyone notices what you have on unless you look like a freak---which would get you noticed anywhere!!! Yesterday, in Assisi, it was hot as well--women in sleeveless tops wear shawls in the churches and take them off as soon as they get outside...wear what is comfortable and enjoy yourself!

Maitaitom--we were in Venice late last week as well---sorry we didn't bump into you!!!
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Jun 24th, 2008, 09:21 AM
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Get ready...Air conditioning uses energy. It will soon be a luxury. Dress like the natives! Europeans head for the water! The Baltic is one choice....Try high elevations. Get up early, rest during the day and go out at nightfall.
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Jun 24th, 2008, 09:27 AM
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"Maitaitom--we were in Venice late last week as well---sorry we didn't bump into you!!!"

Wren, that would have been fun. I'm surprised you didn't see me running through town in my speedos (ok, that's just disturbing). We stayed at La Calcina again this time. When we got on the water taxi at 4:15 a.m. on Saturday, we could tell it was going to be a scorcher. Have fun and put a bottle of Brunello on my bill.

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Jun 24th, 2008, 09:28 AM
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Sometimes the worst place to be in a European heat wave is in a "modern" European office building. They are towers of heat-trapping glass. They are supposed to be air conditioned but the systems aren't always efficient, are often set to be just a degree or two cooler than outside, break down regularly, and the windows open little if at all.

I worked in one for a while. The people who got afternoon sun were miserable. Temps would easily slide past 100 F by 3 pm. One colleague recorded an afternoon temp of 47 C in her office--and that was WITH the airco running. Dry or not, that was just too hot!
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Jun 24th, 2008, 09:36 AM
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HEATWAVE UPDATE: The weatherman says that tomorrow, Wednesday, the heat should reach its maximum (near 100F in Rome). Thereafter some cooler air from the Alps (where thunderstorms are expected) should start bringing the temperatures down. By the weekend we should be back to normal for late June.
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Jun 24th, 2008, 10:19 AM
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I was always told no shorts in Europe also, but I did throw in one pair our first summer trip to Italy. When I walked out the first morning in pants and long sleeved blouse in Positano, and the temps were 90 degress F and everyone else seemed to be in bikinis, I rushed back to Villa Rosa and put on that t-shirt and shorts and felt much better. That said, the clothing of choice for me that summer and other hot summer days in Italy has been a cotton knee length A-line skirt and short sleeved t-shirt. Cooler than shorts even.
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Jun 24th, 2008, 11:21 AM
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Maitaitom - you mentioned staying at La Calcina last week. Do they have blow dryers in the rooms? I've emailed them, but haven't recevied an answer about this. Thanks!
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Jun 24th, 2008, 11:24 AM
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"Do they have blow dryers in the rooms?"

Yes, and thankfully air conditioning, too.

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Jun 24th, 2008, 07:04 PM
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Maitaitom - thanks for the answer. I hope I don't need the A/C in November!
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Jul 8th, 2008, 03:15 PM
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My husband is in Bologna right now and said it's miserably hot. While he was speaking to me in the phone booth he said sweat was just pouring off his face, poor guy. There's nothing like a stinky phone booth/urinal on a sweltering day to make you lose your appetite for lunch. They're leaving for Venice today, which I thought would be much cooler since it's on the water, but it looks like the forecast says it's still almost 90 degrees and very humid. When they landed in Venice they took the train to Verona and he said that he and his cousin were stuck in the last car that had no windows, no air circulation and it was packed shoulder to shoulder with people, actually touching shoulders. Can you imagine being in a train car with no windows, no air on a 90+ degree day? We've traveled by train in Italy many times and he said this was a "3rd world country experience, the only thing missing was livestock and chickens". I couldn't help but laugh, poor thing, but gosh that's funny. He will likely be very thin when he returns! He got talked into this trip by his cousin, he didn't even dare ask me to go, he knows I don't do heat!!!
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Jul 8th, 2008, 05:13 PM
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We just returned from Austria, Paris and Munich. It was hot and I only packed two pairs of shorts for our two weeks. Well, I wore those shorts A LOT!
Everywhere, everyone wore shorts. Do not listen to the old tales that Europeans do not wear shorts or sneakers, they do.
I wouldn't wear short shorts, but I doubt you were packing them anyway. Also, remember most buildings will NOT be airconditioned. I was surprised that many of the museums and such did not have a/c.
So, be prepared and I hope your hotel has a/c!!!
Oh and I would just wear the shorts and bring a wrap for the churches.
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Jul 8th, 2008, 05:19 PM
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Well, It's coold, 57F at the moment, maximum 70F tomorrow and nobody in town wears shorts, except the tourists ;-).
How can 1 Mio+ people in town just live and survive without A/C??? A mystery
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Jul 8th, 2008, 05:27 PM
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We were in Rome when this thread was started (June 21-26) and, yes, it was HOT. Our apartment had AC, with a small daily fee for using it. We tried to go without but caved in about halfway through our stay. Venice (June 26-29) wasn't much cooler.
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Jul 8th, 2008, 08:07 PM
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It's worse for us, we are from Arizona where 115-120 is normal in the summer so we are totally addicted to air conditioning and cannot even fathom why anyone would live without it. We often use air conditioning in the spring because it's 100 degrees. So everyone says, "its so hot in arizona, so what's the big deal in Italy at 95 degrees?". Here's the BIG difference, we don't walk around in it or tour in it, we don't go outside in the summer until the sun goes down! So although it's 115 outside, we rarely feel anything over 70 degrees because we are always in AC! There's just no way to escape it when you are touring unless you want to tour only the inside of your hotel room!

My aunt and uncle in Italy have air conditioning in their apartment but refuse to use it because they say "it's bad for the bones!" So I ask why they have it and they anser because all of their friends have one. I guess it's the Italian version of keeping up with the Jones's? Keeping up with the Rossi's LOL. My aunt wears a silk scarf in the peak of summer to protect her neck from the places that have AC because it's bad for the bones! Arrrgh! I can't even talk to her about this it's too crazy!!!!
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Jul 8th, 2008, 08:44 PM
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We're just back last week, and yes it was hot but then so was the northern California heatwave--luckily we had apartments with AC and had selected hotels otherwise with AC. We did as suggested and tried to go out early and late -- went to ancient Rome early and Vatican late, for example. Still some miserable moments (Milano Centrale and the like).

What worked best for us was capri pants (knee length linen) -- modest enough for church, cool enough for travels.
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Jul 9th, 2008, 05:20 AM
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Our relatives in Austria also feel that A/C makes people sick.... I was sick without it! They also don't have screens on the windows???Neither did the hotels..
Get A/C, it makes the trip so much nicer and wear shorts!
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Jul 9th, 2008, 05:21 AM
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Maitai--that was you??? That hunky 50 something guy?

We were in Florence the last few days of June and I have to say it was HOT!!! We always walked in the shade and adjusted our trip by staying inside in the heat of the day. I was really surprised that many of the museums and galleries were not air conditioned to protect the art! I can't imagine that heat and humidity have a very great effect on the artwork!
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Jul 9th, 2008, 07:16 AM
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>A/C makes people sick
Yes, that's a fact. It's a beautiful day and you've been outside, transpiring a little bit. Then you suddenly come to a (freezing) cold place with A/C. Your back is wet and the sweat is cold as ice.

What you should do now is have a shower, but that's not possible when you're walking in the street. After a short while, you'll be miserably sick.
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Jul 9th, 2008, 07:28 AM
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That's actually an old wive's tale, there's no medical evidence that AC makes you sick by rapidly changing your body temperature. Just like being under dressed in cold weather does not contribute to catching a cold, also a wive's tale. However, I understand that most Europeans feel this way, so that's ok, everyone has their own beliefs! They think AC is bad for the bones and I think they are crazy, but people have told me I am crazy because I believe that microwaving food in plastic is bad for you! Go figure! I have a friend here in the States who believes that spores come out of the AC in Florida, so she doesn't use it. When we went to visit her we begged her to turn it on (we're from AZ and never have humidity) and she did so, under protest, and after stuffing her returns with socks so she wouldn't be poisoned!

So I think AC is a very touchy issue for lots of people!!!

I think the best solution was mentioned a few times above, do as the locals do and go out early in the morning, rest inside during the peak hours, and go back out in the cooler evening hours.

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Jul 9th, 2008, 07:52 AM
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Well, everybody here knows it and the doctors say so too. A/C is bad for you!
And we're not all "old wives"
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