Trip report for Switzerland and Italy!

Jun 26th, 2013, 11:02 AM
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Dukey, the hotel directly to the right of the Hotel Orologio is the Hotel Santa Maria Novella. You will look at the HSMN and then look left and the Orologio is on a corner. They are sister hotels.

You probably won't have any trouble at all finding it, but I wish I could draw a map for you, it would be easier than explaining it. It is real easy to get to from the train station, but just remember to walk on the walkway past the church, church will be on right and keep walking, then square will be on right. You will walk right into the Hotel Santa Maria Novella and look left!

Have a great trip!!!
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Jun 26th, 2013, 12:43 PM
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Great trip !! I am working on our trip for next year for dd, dh & I ... frequent lyre mikes and pints are the only way we can swing it!
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Jun 26th, 2013, 01:15 PM
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If you go back to Italy, the Italian words for "tap water" are "l'acqua dal rubinetto", but usually just saying "rubinetta" will do (pronounced ruby-nayta).

if you sense any disapproval of your choice from your server, you can smile and say "Ecologia" -- meaning, you are helping protect the environment by drinking tap water.

On very rare occasions, you still might get charged for the water, although probably much less than if you ordered bottled water. Water bills in Italy are much higher than water bills in North America, and restaurants aren't interested in endlessly topping up glasses of water without charging for it.. Still, most restaurants will produce a one carafe of water for your table if you ask for "rubinetta".
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