What books to read before trips to Italy (Cinque Terre) and Greek Isles? Seeking travel literature, history, fiction, poetry and food--not travel guides. [more inside]
Excuse my ignorance of just how big the Alps are, can I drive this route in April? Basle,Swi -> Ferrara,ITA. Exact Google Maps route: Route My car is nothing special so no off roading in snow possible! Thanks in advance.
Affordable accommodations in Milan in April? [more inside]
Help us get home from Italy! [more inside]
I'm planning to travel to Italy, probably alone, although a friend might join me, to celebrate my 40th birthday. I've never been there before. My dream is to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum, and my main interests are related to those - art, archaeology, history, etc. Obviously, I want this to be a memorable experience. What should I do? Where should I stay, how should I travel, and what do I absolutely need to see? Please help me plan my trip! [more inside]
Venetians, Romans, Florentines, lend me your suggestions! More specifically, nice places to relax and tasty vegetarian eats in the aforementioned cities. [more inside]
I'm going to Venice, Italy with my family. Can you recommend a good hotel (doesn't have to be cheap) and also, can you tell me what do I have to look for when searching for one? [more inside]
Wonderful pink kind of champagne-esque drink found in Italy was had on my birthday and I've completely forgotten the name but would like to find it again...? [more inside]
This is a two-part question about a video on YouTube. The first part of the question is about the Sicilian dialect of the Italian language; the second part deals with the mechanics of breaking a glass window with a crowbar. [more inside]
I love cosmetics, and I'm in Rome. What should I buy here that I can't get in the United States? [more inside]
European road-trip for the holidays (filter). [more inside]
Where in Southern Europe should we go for a few winter months? [more inside]
Is a quick trip to Sicily worth it? I've got a ticket to fly to Rome 4-11 December, and am considering a quick trip to Sicily (max 3 days, min 1 day) via a low-cost air carrier. [more inside]
Going to Italy at the end of January. Not the most ideal time to take a vacation. We are going to Milan, Tuscany, and Venice. How can two people make the most of it?
Rome and Italy for X-Mas: bad idea or not? [more inside]
Help me remember the name of a poet/playwright from northeastern Italy. [more inside]
I am being badly ripped off by Maggiore, an Italian rental car company (with a strong assist from a cab driver in Lucca). Please help me. [more inside]
Where can I find resources on walks in the Pollino National Park in Basilicata, Italy? [more inside]
Good inexpensive family apartments for rent inland from Ancona, Italy in end-October? Need some assistance. [more inside]
I'm looking for books about Italy, specifically Rome and Venice, and also books set in Rome and/or Venice. What would you recommend? [more inside]
In the recent documentary not quite hollywood , the talking heads mention the Australian influence on Italian genre films, where an entire genre of Mad Max–style rip-offs emerged. What are these movies, and can I get them on netflix? [more inside]
What Italian movies am I missing out on? I'm familiar with the post-war classics, but it's hard to come by more modern stuff in the States. [more inside]
Good publisher of Italian classics? I ask only this: the text is as it was first written, the book is free from the pollution of study notes. I suppose I'm looking for the Italian equivalent of England's 'Oxford University Press', or Germany's 'Reclam'.
I'm looking for a video of an Italian vespa commercial from the early 60s (probably aired on the show Carosello), which featured the scooters driven by the boys and all the girls sitting side-saddle behind them. It had snappy music that was punctuated every few seconds by the single lyric "Ves-PA!" (The commercial I'm looking for isn't this one... It was instead made earlier and the kids should be dressed more formally.) Can you help me find it?? Thanks!!
What's the story behind the (contemporary) sculptures scattered in and around the Forum in Rome? [more inside]
Ok, I conquered the US, now I want to go RV'ing in Italy!! Anyone with experience? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend good books about the interaction of Italian City-States during the Renaissance? My brother is writing a 200 page paper over the next three years, and his topic is Rome, Venice, Florence, and Milan and how their interactions shaped the Italian Renaissance. He doesn't have any good books to go on, and I'm at a loss to help him (I'm not a history person) Any help would be appreciated.
Arline prices: a specific question (Italy, late September, how to minimize cost?). And a general (airline econ 101). [more inside]
Things to do close to the central train station in Milan? [more inside]
Headline says it all: how do I make the best cannoli filling? Ricotta+powdered sugar+vanilla? How much of each (or other ingredients) should I use? I made it last night with 1.5 lb ricotta, 1 c powdered sugar, and 1/4 tsp vanilla, using a recipe in some old Italian cookbook, but it came out a bit chalky and not as thick/creamy as it is when it comes from a restaurant. Any specific pointers (or any particularly great add-ins)? Lots of Google hits, but I'm trying to filter out the noise. Thanks in advance.
Seeking recomendation for immigration attorney in Los Angeles for Italian citizenship by descent case
Please recommend an attorney -- preferably one in the Los Angeles area -- for an unusual Italian citizenship by descent case. Looking for one with knowledge of complicated 20th Century treaties regarding the former Ottoman Empire, modern Turkey, Italy, and Greece, and experience dealing with a lack of some typical primary citizenship evidence. [more inside]
Help me plan my destination wedding in Italy (and avoid getting scammed). [more inside]
Recommendations of Italian divorce attorneys in Rome? [more inside]
Traveling the Italian coast [more inside]
So I'm going to Italy for a class and then I'm planing on traveling around for a little while afterwords in the month of August. I'll probably stay mainly in Italy, but I would like to go to Greece and maybe visit my cousins in France. I've never done something like this so I really could use some help with my trip. Is there some guide for people for backpacking in Europe? What are just some overall recommendations on traveling like this? [more inside]
Calling all Italians: Walking from Firenze to Roma, advice needed! [more inside]
How do I make foccacia like we had in Vernazza, Italy? [more inside]
Visiting Florence, Italy for the first time in June. Should I skip the popular tourist attractions and just explore the actual city? [more inside]
A friend and I are traveling to Italy at the end of June and will be going hiking in the Dolomite mountains. We plan to head out from Bolzano on one of the lifts and hike from rifugio to rifugio (and then back) for about 5 days, with the route to be chosen with help from the tourist office there. Has anyone done this and have 1) any specific advice on which trails to take; 2) recommendations for inexpensive lodging for our one night in Bolzano; 3) suggestions for what we should bring with us (keeping in mind that we want to travel light)?
Need help making a reservation on the night train from Naples to Venice. [more inside]
Where should we stay in the Italian countryside for 2 nights between Rome & Milan? [more inside]
Help with planing my trip to italy [more inside]
Sites regular and offbeat to see in Italy [more inside]
Business trip in Italy in June, ending with one day in Venice. I am going to stay a few extra days in Italy on my own... should I stay in Venice or go elsewhere? Have to decide about plane tickets in the next 2 hours! [more inside]
Planning two-week trip to Italy this summer and would like to keep blogging but... [more inside]
Italy the week after Easter: deserted or still a mob scene? Help us save our honeymoon from the herds of the faithful. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some great restaurants in Venice or Rome? [more inside]
Any ideas on a route (and some great points of interest) for some Italian visitors to take from Mt. Vernon, Ohio to Fargo, ND? It'll be their first time in the U.S. and would like to see as much as possible. [more inside]
Venice or Rome? [more inside]