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Italy in Oct.--First timers: Milan, Florence, Siena

Italy in Oct.--First timers: Milan, Florence, Siena

Aug 31st, 1997, 11:13 PM
Dave De Jear
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Italy in Oct.--First timers: Milan, Florence, Siena

Young couple looking for advice on hotels, sites, restaurants. First stop is Milan, then Bologna, Florence, then Siena--maybe Rome. Would like to see the major sites, drink some wine, have some fun on small budget. Is it too much to ask for a private bathroom for rooms around $75-100/night? I would love your suggestions/advice. Thanks
Sep 1st, 1997, 05:59 PM
Bill Borders
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We're about to go there too. If you haven't got it yet, buy Rick Steve's book on Italy. It is BY FAR the best we've read and his "Thru the back door" approach is very cool. He's also a funny author. I think you'll find it answers most of your questions; it sure did ours.
Sep 4th, 1997, 02:53 PM
Mindy Beardsley
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I am going to Rome, Florence and Venice on Saturday, 9/7. I have purchased the Access guides - one for Rome and one for Milan, Venice, Florence. These are great guides as they number sites and put them on the map for you. I am also traveling for the first time & alone! I wanted to book cheaper hotels, but I did not do it far enough in advance. You should have better luck. If you go to Rome try the Gregoriana (no credit cards accepted though). Also, these access books have a lot of information on the sights, times/days the museums are open, etc. You will be amazed if you tell people you are going many know someone over there and give you their numbers! I have at least 1/2 dozen people to call, and from what I am told, it is better to have natives show you around. Best of luck - perhaps I would have better advice upon my return!
Sep 5th, 1997, 07:08 AM
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Dave, Let me suggest that you not think in terms
of cities if you are cost sensitive. Forget Milan, do
lake Como or Garda instead. If Garda, then forget
Bologna and do Verona instead. Plan for 5 days
in Tuscany but do not stay in Florence, and you
can forego Rome and really enjoy the Tuscany
hill towns around Siena. If you want more detail
on hotels and specific itinerary then contact me
directly----I plan trips like this for people like you.
Sep 30th, 1997, 01:34 PM
gaetano franzini
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75 bucks will get you a decent hotel,in the centre of town,with private bath .
if you need more info,run a web serch for IHR,the italian on line hotel reservation service.you can start with this url :www.tin.it
there is an english version of the page.

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