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Florence necessities: wifi, food, football

I'll be in Florence for 1 week. I'd like to ask for places with good internet access; good steak and other local dishes; good view of the Champions League games. [more inside]
posted by shortfuse on Apr 8, 2014 - 5 answers

 

Tabletop gaming in Italy?

My friend will be visiting Rome and Venice on her honeymoon in a few months. She loves the Italian card game Bang! and has joked that she expects to play it in Italy. Is there a way for me to actually make this happen for her? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink on Apr 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Carseat-free Travel in Europe?

In about a month my wife, one-year-old, and I are moving to Italy. We plan to be there a year. As we finish up our plans for the move, we keep wondering if we really need a carseat… [more inside]
posted by jacob on Mar 31, 2014 - 11 answers

Places to stay in Naples and along the Amalfi coast (parking and view?)

My mother, two adult sisters and I are traveling mid-may to see Pompeii and the Amalfi coast and are wondering where to stay. I saw a few older threads but in the age of Airbnb I'd love some fresher recommendations... We're easy, but we do want an ocean view where possible, and preferably a place to park. Any suggestions?
posted by qzar on Mar 20, 2014 - 3 answers

Coffee in Italy Question

A friend just moved to Italy and has mentioned that almost all of the cafes in Milan and Rome now serve a product called Caffe al Ginseng (coffee with ginseng). Given Italy's status as one of the authentic and original coffee cultures, I was surprised to hear about the seaming popularity on this new offering. Can anyone shed some light on this coffee type? [more inside]
posted by beisny on Jan 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Trying to find an artist...

I'm trying to find the artist who made this painting. I purchased the painting in Orta San Giulio, Italy, about 5 years ago. The signature says "Bertocchi" although it may say "Beitocchi". The painting came in a larger frame, I think I spent about $200 for it, however it may have been slightly more. Would like to get more works by this artist on this location. Thanks!
posted by Farce_First on Nov 17, 2013 - 2 answers

Italian business font wanted

Is there a particular font that figuratively says "Italy" and business for a US person who will be reading about an investment in an Italian company? [more inside]
posted by otto42 on Nov 12, 2013 - 11 answers

What was that enchanting smell? (not bufala)

Spent a little less than a week in Paestum, Salerno in late September/early October this year. I remember smelling something beautiful and herb-like, particularly in/around the forum area. I'd like to know what it was that I was smelling! [more inside]
posted by onehundredand80 on Nov 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Can you give me suggestions for an Italy itinerary from Oct 19-27?

Hi Italy experts - I've scored a great fare from JFK-MXP in just a few weeks for an upcoming anniversary. I've been to Italy a few times, but for some reason - either the season, the occasion, or just the area - I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by the possibilities. [more inside]
posted by anelsewhere on Oct 8, 2013 - 7 answers

3 days in Genoa

My husband and I are going for a long weekend in Genoa, Italy. I've been really lapse in my planning and now I turn to the hivemind! I've done a bit of homework, but not enough, can you help? [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Oct 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Italian Emigration/Immigration Data

In advance of the World Cup, I plan on writing an op-ed that would benefit from emigration/immigration data. [more inside]
posted by lhtw90 on Oct 4, 2013 - 1 answer

HoneymoonFilter: France and Italy in 10 days

Looking for guidance and travel tips on a trip I am planning - driving from Paris to Toulouse and then heading over to Italy. Where to stay on the way down to Toulouse for one night and what's the best way to get to Italy from Toulouse? [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 on Sep 28, 2013 - 7 answers

Found Film: Is it Valuable?

I recently purchased 15 rolls of black and white 35mm negatives from a thrift store and had them developed. There are over 500 images from late 30s Italy, mostly Naples. The photographs contain images of: Hitler on parade with King Victor Emmanuel, shots of fascist youth, Pompeii, a building with a big 'Heil Hitler' sign on it, farming, boating, lots of images of a Mobile Oil plant, ships coming into Manhattan, people enjoying themselves, etc. My question: Are finds like this valuable? Who might purchase a collection like this?
posted by PHINC on Sep 24, 2013 - 19 answers

Rome in a Day

I'm going to Rome. I have one free day to use as I see fit. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Sep 20, 2013 - 25 answers

Where / How to obtain Italian birth and marriage (Jus Sanguinis)

Trying to obtain Italian citizenship via Jus Sanguinis. Found all relatives born or married in the US and now moving back toward Italy, but running into a wall with Italian records. Does anyone know how to obtain birth and marriage licenses from Italy either online or in person? Family would be from the 1880s-1920s and primarily be from Sicily, Puglia, Calabria, Campania, and possibly Basilicata. Gov't records would obviously be ideal, but Catholic Church records would also be an option. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Sep 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Where do you go in Rome, Italy if you want to hang out and write?

My family (myself, my sister and our parents) are heading off shortly for a vacation in Rome, Italy. My family likes to write a lot; my parents are actually taking on online writing course at the moment, and I have a fair bit of writing to do for work. In the States we'd go hang out at a coffeehouse to get our daily wordcount in. What's the best place to get writing done in Rome? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Sep 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Itinerary for 4 days in Fruili

Calling foodies and aficionados of remote North-East Italy! During the last week of August I will have the rare opportunity to visit the region of Friuli that I heard so much about, but I'm at loss at where to start and how to plan an itinerary... Despite flying in and out of Ljubljana, I want to skip Slovenia and Trieste, and instead fully concentrate on the Provinces of Udine and Gorizia. I will be traveling solo, however not backpacking (more like suitcase-ing). I'm there for the vineyards, the cuisine, the castles, the history and the ruins, and of course the ragged breathtaking Alps. Specific questions inside but ALL your recommendations, ideas, memories and address books are appreciated and dearly welcome! [more inside]
posted by ruelle on Jul 30, 2013 - 3 answers

Trip to Italy, 6 week duration, 80+ year old user. Need pointers.

My mother is travelling to Italy (lots of relatives there) and would like to have basic cell phone access while there. I need to work out the details before she leaves in September. [more inside]
posted by lampshade on Jul 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Adventures in Napoli

I'm heading to Napoli (Naples) from Rome in three hours. Napoli being Napoli, and apparently totally odd, a friend of mine suggested turning the 36 hours over to Metafilter, an idea I love. So please give me an adventure! [more inside]
posted by vecchio on Jun 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Jamaican Wedding License in Italy

I've taken an exciting job in Italy! Everything has gone well with the immigration process for me, but I'd also like my wife to get here too... [more inside]
posted by bessel functions seem unnecessarily complicated on Jun 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Which are the best apartment rental sites for an Italian visit?

Contemplating an Italian vacation (in the range of two weeks or so) in the next year or two, for a family group of about 5-6 people. Google turns up several websites dedicated to renting apartments/houses, but I'd love to hear some personal recommendations. Is Air BNB the best? Vrbo.com? Perhaps there's no real difference between them. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Jun 2, 2013 - 6 answers

Eating well in Europe -- England, France, and Italy edition

It's happening!! Mr. Concolora and I are flying out to London tomorrow to start our three week tenth wedding anniversary European extravanganza and I'm about to pop with excitement. We're going to be in London, Paris, Dijon, Verona, Vicenza, Venice, and Rome and we'd love some recommendations on where to eat. Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by Concolora on May 20, 2013 - 23 answers

Getting to Italy via Frankfurt?

I'm trying to get to Umbria, Italy during the first couple of weeks of October, but I hate layovers. [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower on May 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Got the Italian Girlfriend Blues...

Any tips from Metafiltrati with latin/italian lady experience to make things calmer or more manageable? [more inside]
posted by letsgomendel on May 9, 2013 - 43 answers

Running races in Northern Italy and Slovenia in late August?

My SO and I will be travelling to Northern Italy (the lakes region) and Slovenia in late August. Huzzah! As we're cementing our plans, it occurs to us that it would be fun to run in some sort of organized running race during that time, even if it's just some running club's 5K. However, it's been hard for us English-speaking Americans to find a reliable source of information as to when any such races will be going on. Can anyone help us? Barring actual races, what running tours, or other such similar things, do people recommend in the Italian lakes region, or in Slovenia? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on May 4, 2013 - 2 answers

Is this a crazy way to see Italy for the first time?

Wife and I are going to Italy in a couple of weeks. It's our first trip there, and one we wanted to do for a long time. Friends that have been there are telling us all the places to see in Rome, Venice, Florence etc. Thing is, other than being in Rome the first & last night, we aren't going to any of those places, and don't really want to! We're planning to get off the beaten path as much as we can. Is this a good/bad idea? I'm having doubts now.. [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Apr 26, 2013 - 38 answers

Am I going to have problems getting a SIM card in Italy?

Previous AMF questions have discussed walking into various mobile providers in Italy and just buying a SIM card. Glancing around internet currently suggests that SIM card sales are (more?) heavily regulated in Italy than previously, even to the point of not offering them for sale to someone showing a passport. Curious if any current Italy residents, expats, or students can provide info for the following: US unlocked GSM smartphone owner heading to Italy for 10 days and would like to have reasonable phone and text options to call/text back to states to check on house and pets with housesitter. Data a plus but absolutely not necessary. Any advice to smooth the process of buying a SIM card in Italy would be greatly appreciated.
posted by teg4rvn on Apr 23, 2013 - 9 answers

Can you help me plan my trip to Germany, France and Italy?

I will be in Berlin, Prague, Venice, Florence, Rome, Marseilles and Paris this summer. I've never been to any of these places before. [more inside]
posted by BitterYouth on Apr 22, 2013 - 22 answers

Rome fiumicino airport - 4 people - Zero cellphones - where do we meet?

Four of us are coming in on different flights and terminals throughout a single morning - what landmark in the Fiumicino airport can we all meet by?
posted by jander03 on Apr 17, 2013 - 11 answers

Garden of Lost Fruit?

In The Fruit Hunters by Adam Gollner, he mentions "Bologna's Garden of Lost Fruit" as a fruit-focused tourist destination (p. 35). Googling for this name only brings up a Google Books snippet of the book, and trying to translate it to Italian doesn't seem to give anything useful either. What is this place called in Italian, and where can I find it?
posted by Yiggs on Mar 30, 2013 - 4 answers

Which way from Milan to Budapest?

I'm planning to travel from Italy to Hungary via Slovenia and Croatia this May. The only things I have booked are my flight into Milan and my flight out of Budapest 17 days later. I'm looking at two different itineraries. Which should I choose? [more inside]
posted by goingonit on Mar 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me navigate the world of planning a trip abroad.

I'm going abroad this summer. What advice would you give to someone who hasn't been abroad in a decade? What resources exist for traveling? Specific areas: Sardinia, Italy (mainland), France, possibly London. [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Mar 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Etruscan resources

I'm learning that many of the customs and traditions that I think of as Roman actually originated from the Etruscans instead. Can anyone recommend some good books, videos, or websites about ancient Etruscan culture and history?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 13, 2013 - 12 answers

Italian gift ideas for fashion design grad

Seeking ideas for a graduation gift that we could buy in Italy for a fashion design major. [more inside]
posted by mediated self on Mar 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Forwarding a suitcase from Italy to Toronto

Currently I'm in Italy. In March I'll be travelling to Scotland by train and making stops along the way. Then I'll be flying home to Toronto. My problem is that I have a lot of luggage that I needed for an extended professional stay in Italy, but which will only serve to encumber me when I go traveling. What is the best way for me to forward one large (standard checked baggage) suitcase home to Canada from Italy when I head out? I would especially appreciate any advice based on personal experience. [more inside]
posted by Evstar on Jan 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Places to stay in Tuscany

looking for recommendations for places to stay in Tuscany in August. Prefer a B&B. Planning to stay 3-4 days in Siena to day trip from there, but would like to spend a few days in the country side. Also looking for places to stay in Venice
posted by snztt99 on Jan 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Let's go Italy!

Traveling to Italy, have questions. [more inside]
posted by outfielder on Jan 5, 2013 - 35 answers

Help plan a 3 week Italy Trip

I need help planning a trip to Italy this summer/2013 with my daughter for her 14th birthday (golden). Would like to see parts of the south and North. I am a bit nervous about traveling alone. Looking for tips on two week itinery, lodging, family oriented plans. I would like to start in the south as my mother's family is from Montefaconi, Rome, and then north. I have considered a week long tour in the south and then traveling Rome and northern on our own. Would consider a homebase in the north for 4-5days but where to stay??
posted by snztt99 on Dec 28, 2012 - 12 answers

Help us make the best of the Amalfi Coast.

Traveling to the Amalfi Coast in Italy in March with my girlfriend and her family (6 total people). Need some help. [more inside]
posted by scooterdman on Dec 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Stalking the Wild Clooney

Please hope me plan the perfect week in Lake Como, Italy! [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Nov 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Leather, leather everywhere, nor any drop to drink

Where should I go shopping for boots, belts, and funky clothing generally in Italy (Florence or Rome)? [more inside]
posted by 168 on Nov 7, 2012 - 4 answers

What was produced at the "Red Desert" factory?

What was produced at the factory at the beginning of Michelangelo Antonioni's Red Desert? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Sep 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Traveling to Italy

Traveling to Italy for eight days starting the evening of 12/25/2012. We'll be in Rome, Venice and Milan. Please tell me "must-sees" or "must-dos" while I am there with my husband and 8 year-old son.
posted by jen14221 on Sep 25, 2012 - 14 answers

Italy: From Rome to Florence... and Beyond!

Italy travelfilter: The girlfriend and I are headed to Italy for a late in the year vacation and need help! We've done a lot of the major cities before and are looking for something more rural, but that makes planning a challenge, given our complete lack of experience with the Italian countryside. Help greatly appreciated! [more inside]
posted by slide on Sep 24, 2012 - 4 answers

This title is probably irrelevant.

I am looking for histories of medieval and Renaissance Italy. [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider on Sep 20, 2012 - 12 answers

Books on Years of Lead/Strategy Of Tension

Can anyone recommend good books on the Years of Lead and/or the Strategy of Tension in Italy ? They have to be in English. Many thanks
posted by devious truculent and unreliable on Sep 20, 2012 - 1 answer

What's on Italian minds?

Educate me about Italian current affairs. [more inside]
posted by Gusaroo on Sep 13, 2012 - 8 answers

What are the pluses and minuses of moving to Italy?

What are the pluses and minuses of moving to Italy? [more inside]
posted by davisnot on Sep 12, 2012 - 18 answers

Spa town between Verona and Venice

Is there a small town, possibly a spa town like Merano or Wiesbaden, between Verona and Venice? That's not too expensive? And I don't need to hire a car for?
posted by Busoni on Aug 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Touring Turin?

Going to Turin for a couple of days in September... probably. What should we see and where should we stay? Or should we go somewhere else close other than Turin? This will be after Venice and Florence and before Milan.
posted by smackfu on Aug 16, 2012 - 9 answers

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