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Re: ITALY by Napoleon on 1 June 2004 1:29am
 
Let me see ive been to milan, naples, rome, venice, and sorrento. Ive been to rome three times and each time it has offered something different, I would highly recommend it. The colosem is breathtaking, my personal favourite.
My partner loves the forum. the vatican is immense but if you want to see the sistine chapel go out of season and get there early cos the queues are truly unbelievable. Also check the prices before you drink or eat because if they entice you in and get you to order before seeing a menu my god its expensive. but most places are reasonable you just have to be careful. Venice is unbelievable again much better out of season, its cooler less crowded and the smell is less. go inland for a gondola ride, not at st marks cos you can barter and get it cheaper. Milan was a surprise the dormo was incredible and their was plenty to see. Naples is a little seedy but its a good base for pompeii and herclaneum, i personally preferred pompeii though most people prefer herculanem. sorrento is lovely but expensive.
 
Re: ITALY by achilti on 30 June 2004 7:51am
 
Hope I`m not too late with my advice.I have only been to Italy on holiday but I have been to a few regions.
Florence is nice but Sienna just to the south is much smaller and more `chilled out`.
Verona and surounding countryside are stunning (try to get a cheap ticket to the opera here)and a visit to lake Garda is a must.
If you want to see `real` Italy, go to Naples although be warned - it is dirty, noisy, smelly and dangerous feeling.The area around the bus/train station is especially dodgy! There is also not that much to see there.
South of Naples the Amalfi coast is stunning, although the villages are turning into tourist traps. A trip to Pompeii and Herculaneum are worthwhile but I wouldn`t bother with Vesuvious unles you like travelling for most of the day in an overpriced bus to look at a quarry with an expensive entrance price.
A few words in Italien will help greatly, especially away from the tourist centres.
To get around, the trains are superb, the buses are good and the taxis are very expensive. We travelled by cycle so I do not know about access to the smaller more remote towns useing public transport.
Hope this helps.
 
Re: ITALY by lester on 6 July 2004 4:32pm
 
Ok, ok, I'm late, but let's see: Torino, Cremona, Parma, Verona, Venezia, Chioggia, Modena, Bologna, Genova (+Nervi), Lucca, S. Gimignano and, in short, the whole of Tuscany and Umbria, the Marche Region, Rome (one week) and Lake Trasimeno, Abruzzo and its mountains, the Gargano and the Alberobello area in Puglia, Naples + southern surroundings (Sorrento, Capri, Positano), Cilento, Calabria (both seas; Tropea), Sicily (Palermo and the south), Pantelleria, north-western Sardinia. Did I forget anything ? Is it a sufficient hint ?

byeeeee

Lester
 
Re: ITALY by xine on 10 August 2004 6:45am
 
Thanks for all the input. am still
gathering information.
checking on how to get from one place to another, how to buy the train tickets, train routes etc.
I have thought of a few places actually - Italy, Thailand the resort islands or South Korea. Thailand would be the cheapest for me since it's nearest to where I live.
But I've never visited mainland Europe before...

thanks for all the input. if you have more info, please post.
 
Re: ITALY by Suetu on 29 August 2004 6:01pm
 
if you still need it, a great website is www.itwg.com It has train schedules, links to hotels and other sites etc. I love Italy!!
 
Re: ITALY by xine on 30 August 2004 8:52am
 
Thank-you. I'm still gathering information from guidebooks and websites.
2 websites I visited did not have very positive things to say about Rome and Florence, 2 cities which I want to visit. The writers claim that there were many beggars, it was very crowded and also dirty... and Venice smells...
they also mentioned that pickpockets galore at crowded places ... sounds so worrying.
 
Re: ITALY by Gedhab on 30 August 2004 3:04pm
 
if you want to go to Italy u should definately visit the south-naples, salerno etc. Sicily is very scenic too. good to visit pompeii and mount vesuvius.
 
Re: ITALY by Suetu on 31 August 2004 1:07am
 
I went to Venice at the beginning of August and had been warned about the smell and the mosquitos. Although I got a couple of bites, my sense of smell was not in the least offended, only on the water buses, which did pong of diesel.
 
Re: ITALY by peripatetically on 31 August 2004 3:03pm
 
Yes, Venice in late summer or early autumn is super! No odors about which to worry!!!!
 
Re: ITALY by stefania62 on 1 September 2004 7:53pm
 
Well I live here and it's great (MOST of the time). I can't be the only Palin fan who lives in Italy. I mean, they just got finished running all of his travel series ("Viaggi di Michael Palin"), dubbed in Italian (that was funny). I'm in Lucca (near Pisa/Florence). Have only seen a few beggars and always in railway stations. I've seen more beggars in London, Oxford, New York and San Francisco. Anyway, let me know if you want more info (I see I'm pretty late in responding to your original message). And right now you can travel for less than 1 Euro return between Pisa and London Stansted.
 
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