Just back from Italy - long highlights

Apr 10th, 2005, 02:07 PM
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DCD: Thank you for your responds regarding our teen-agers,the airports, and all. I did get on Venice Airport Transportation but not to helpful. The transportaion to the hotel is my concern so I will have to e-mail to the owner. We will be arriving 10:30a.m. We are staying at the Hotel Gabriel in Venice; Hotel Londra in Florence and Hotel Genio in Rome. I do have a 17 yr old daughter and she is the one I am concern. She loves to shop, eat, and have fun. I think the Gucci factory will impress her among other places. Again, thank you. So glad both of you had a great trip.
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Apr 10th, 2005, 05:36 PM
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Thanks so much for your trip report with all the valuable info. I'm sorry you didn't like La Giostra more since I'm one of the people that are always recommending it and are planning to go back in a few weeks. Do you recall what you ordered?

Thanks again for your great report.
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Apr 10th, 2005, 05:53 PM
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Thanks for you useful information about your recent trip to Italy. I'm planning a trip to Rome, Siena, Florence, and Verona with my 19-year old son, and would appreciate tips of places to stay in these cities (preferably under 100 euros a night - ok, I'll go up to 150 if the place is really special. Any tips?
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Apr 10th, 2005, 05:56 PM
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I am on my way in less than six weeks. Thanks for sharing the info. I love the fabulous tips I keep getting here and will be sure to share upon our return.
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Apr 10th, 2005, 06:54 PM
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artlover, I ordered osso bucco which I love and it didn't even look like it. For all I know, it wasn't osso bucco! Anyway, maybe I had had too much of their appetizers and too much wine. Like I said, my DH really liked it so it wasn't a total loss. It did happen to be our most expensive meal of the whole trip.

Eurocrazy, I wish I could help with the hotels but ours were over 100 Euro. Try Venere.com. They seem to be the best place to get information about the hotels. You may them want to call the hotel directly to compare prices.
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Apr 10th, 2005, 07:22 PM
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Great trip report and it has given me an idea for Florence. We are going with a tour on this trip (Goahead vacations) and on the day trip to Florence we're going along for the ride, but ditching the group upon arrival as we have spent much time in Venice. We were considering going to Fiosole, or something of that sort, but may give your suggestion a try instead. It sounds fabulous. I want to try out some of the restaurants you have recommended as well.

If you make it back to Venice someday, you might try a trip to the island of "Burano" rather than Murano. It is a great little place, and we really enjoyed our day out there.

Thanks again for all the great info!
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Apr 10th, 2005, 07:23 PM
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Please excuse the mistake in that post. I mean "we have spent much time in Florence". My brain got ahead of my fingers
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Apr 11th, 2005, 03:04 AM
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wonderlust5 - it's not if I get back to Venice but When. I can't imagine never going back and I pity anyone who never gets to see it. Having said that, I know many on this forum feel one day in Venice is enough for a lifetime.
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Apr 11th, 2005, 06:07 AM
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I can see why some might feel that one day is enough...kind of.

I love the bridges, but I hate the bridges. Getting my suitcase over them to my hotel was no picnic. Looking down the canals while standing on a less traveled bridge, though, is so unique and interesting.

I love the throngs of people, but I hate the throngs of people. They are everywhere, and are rude (not just Americans). But they are so fun to watch. How do they react to Piazza San Marco...do they freak about the pigeons or love them...are they hustle and bustle or do they sit down at a table outside a side 'street' cafe like me and have a drink and watch the world go by.

I do love the boats. I loved hopping a water bus (never got the terminology down just right) and riding it to the end, then turning around and doing it again.

For me, three days was enough but yet when we left we both felt we had just experienced something that was so unique...we still talk about it to our friends and we know they don't understand.

Our travels are somewhat limited compared to others here: London, Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris (in that order).

We found Paris fun, but nothing compared to the Italian cities. We can't pick our favorite from the three in Italy; each is incredible for different reasons. We're not foodies, so it is not the food. Nor is it the wine. The people are a big reason we loved Italy...they were all so nice and helpful.

Just my rambling opine.
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Apr 11th, 2005, 10:49 AM
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Using my post to bookmark this wonderful report

damama, your last post sums up my feelings for Venice - not IF but WHEN I will return (next fall! first trip was in 2002).

And mdt - I have to laugh at the pigeon comment, I was the one disgusted by them, but that left me taking pictures of all the people who did love them.
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Apr 11th, 2005, 11:22 AM
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pigeons, what pigeons? I wouldn't leave the protection of the covered walkways by the shops. Might look nice if done by MGM but not for me.
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Apr 11th, 2005, 08:07 PM
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great trip report, and your background info was wonderful as well! I think that's so important, as it gives the reader a "feel" for who you are, and how you like to travel, so they can identify with your (or not) !

Best wishes,


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Apr 12th, 2005, 01:18 PM
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We were at the Foscari Hotel on Mar 24 and 25 and loved it. The table and chairs on the roof were perfect for a last night romantic wine and cheese party for 2!!

BTW, I grew up in Rockville, Md and one of my favorite people in the whole world is a realtor in Bethesda, Nancy Erickson with Long and Foster. She's quite a traveller herself! Perhaps you know her.

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Apr 12th, 2005, 05:54 PM
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I have some questions that you might be able to answer.

A friend and I will be leaving for Italy on May 15th & returning May 25th.

We are going to take the train from Rome to Florence and then back to Rome again and most of my concern lies with the train trip portion.

I'd like to buy the tickets online (there is a special right now) but I wasn't sure whether to go 1st class or 2nd. Based on your message I will defintely buy 1st class tickets but can you tell me, Are there places in the car to place luggage?
I will have a small carry on and a 21" bag with wheels. From what I've read the baggage won't be "checked in" but I want to make sure there is space on the train near me for for my luggage.

thank you for all of your great information about your trip and any other advise you give. I will definetly read your message many times before I leave.
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Apr 12th, 2005, 06:34 PM
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mimo36, that's approximately what luggage I had, and there was no problem placing it in the overhead above my 2nd class seat, going from Florence to Rome.
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Apr 13th, 2005, 07:32 AM
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dcd - right company, wrong side of the river. Don't know her.

Mimo 36- you shouldn't have any problem storing your luggage. We had larger luggage and the storage area was croweded but we managed. On one leg of the trip, we actually had to put the suitcase in an empty seat because all of the storage closets were full.

I hope you are able to get the discount tickets. I gave up trying.
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Apr 13th, 2005, 11:55 AM
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damama...Thanks for all of the great tips!

mimo36...I also had trouble with the Trenitalia site and getting the discounts. Try the Italian version and open another window with an Italian-English Translator. I booked that way and it was easy. It also saved me a lot of money! Good luck.
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Aug 9th, 2005, 08:12 PM
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What a wonderful report of your trip. I was thrilled to see that you stayed at the Majestic foR that is where are reservations are. Please tell me how to e-mail for the Scavi Tours?
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