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Please evaluate my route from Italy to Spain by car

I plan to drive from Venice, Italy to Valenica, Spain in April or May 2009 using the following route. I will stay for a few days or weeks in little spots along the way. I should have about six weeks in total. I mostly want to see a little of Spain and Italy, the French Riviera, Montpellier, Marseilles and finish at Valencia. Apart from that anything else I should try to see? Any parts of the chosen route I should avoid? What's driving like along that route? Any rental car companies which will let me pick up in Italy and drop off in Spain?
posted by zaebiz on Aug 8, 2008 - 12 answers

Foreign guides around Europe

How does a 40ish year old male with enough money find his way around Europe without foreign language skills? Is it possible to hire guides to travel with, or at least to show them around on a city-by-city basis for this sort of thing? I'm thinking specifically France, Spain, Italy. Willing to use University students or some other creative possibility. [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Aug 5, 2008 - 18 answers

Italian Elevator Use Filter

Italian Elevator Use Filter: Why do the Italians living in my building always press the down button on the elevator when they want to go up? [more inside]
posted by sdsparks on Aug 4, 2008 - 23 answers

Where can I buy brioches in America?

When in Italy I love to eat brioches, the typical bar breakfast. Where can I find these tasty sweets in America (Massachusetts or California)? [more inside]
posted by Nickel on Jul 9, 2008 - 11 answers

Italian wine book for an enthusiast?

Winefilter: What's a good book about Italian wine (and maybe a bottle, too) for my dad? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Jun 24, 2008 - 4 answers

How best to swap apartments?

Apartment-swap-filter. We're thinking of swapping our place in the center of Rome with a place in Manhattan for a long week around Easter 2009. Any information and/or recommendations on reputable house-swapping sites would be much appreciated. (Also: any stories on the sort of things swapping entails, and what's important to think about and get right in preparation.)
posted by progosk on Jun 21, 2008 - 1 answer

Looking for Small Italian City

Anyone know a smaller Italian city to visit in July that is not Florence, Venice, Pisa, Sienna or Rome? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Jun 15, 2008 - 30 answers

Comprehensive, authentic, good Italian cookbook?

Italian Cookbook: I'm going to live in Italy for 2 months this summer. Tell me what cookbook I should bring along! [more inside]
posted by sirion on Jun 14, 2008 - 12 answers

Is there a connection between Italians and Native Americans?

While traveling in Italy, I happened to notice Native American tattoos on more than one youngish Italian man. Was this just a coincidence, or is there a preoccupation or admiration of Native American culture among Italians? [more inside]
posted by Paul KC on Jun 10, 2008 - 20 answers

What is the best way to travel throughout Italy?

What is the best way to travel throughout Italy? So far we're looking at Venice, Florence, Pisa, Milan, etc. People have been recommending the Italy Rail Passes from here. Is it better to get one of these? Or would it be better to get a ticket at the train station for city to city? Or are there other options that I should know of? [more inside]
posted by petah on Jun 9, 2008 - 12 answers

When in Venice, what do the Venetians do?

What is a good way to spend some downtime in central Venice? [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks on May 29, 2008 - 17 answers

Women's summer clothing for Italy

What do I wear in central Italy this July so that I don't instantly look like a North American (Canadian) tourist. I'm a 60-year old petite blond. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on May 27, 2008 - 15 answers

Mosquito screening in Tuscany

I need ideas for mounting screening on windows during a 3-week visit to Italy. We're staying in a house in Tuscany for 3 weeks and I understand it's not common to screen windows in Italy, and that there a lot of mosquitoes. My only idea is to bring some window screening with me and to stick it up on the window frames with duct tape. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on May 20, 2008 - 9 answers

Obtaining a bike in Trento

For a friend: where does one purchase a used (read: relatively cheap) bike in Italy in the Trento area?
posted by melvinwang on May 19, 2008 - 2 answers

Anything other than Contiki?

Travelling +strangers is better than travelling alone right? Well, that's a dilemma my friend (I swear, it's a friend!) is in this summer as he has time off but none of his friends do. He would like to go to Europe but be a bit social about it. Everyone mentions Contiki but I want to know if they might have any competitors that people feel are better. Do they? [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased on Apr 30, 2008 - 15 answers

International Job Hunt from USA

I want to make next career move in Italy (experience in marketing/sales/media - but open to any industry) -- and currently live in NYC. Best strategies? I was thinking maybe an international recruitment agency based here in the States (does this exist?) or American companies with offices in Tuscany (still cannot find a list like this). I do speak Italian at level B2, but I think a better bet would be for a job that wants me to primarily communicate in English and liaise with folks back home. Any ideas or tips?
posted by jazzybelle on Apr 23, 2008 - 4 answers

Where to go from Lyon?

I'm thinking of taking a day/weekend trip from Lyon (Rhône-Alpes) to... somewhere. I'd like the destination city to be pretty close. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Apr 17, 2008 - 10 answers

Bambino it Italy

Scusi - Italy filter: Me, my wife and 10-month old daughter. Flights to Naples next month – then what? Travelling with baby is causing panic. [more inside]
posted by numberstation on Apr 11, 2008 - 6 answers

Italy's Nigerian Scam?

Is this ticket I just got in the mail yesterday from a trip to Italy in September a scam? [more inside]
posted by Grither on Apr 4, 2008 - 10 answers

Have you heard about the new biography of Father Guido Sarducci

I am looking for some books to read before my trip to Tuscany. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Mar 19, 2008 - 8 answers

What was that "vino rosso"?

I'm looking for a red wine like the "house reds" we drank in northern Italy. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Mar 9, 2008 - 22 answers

Bowlers in Bolivia and Peru

There are two different stories about how bowler hats came to Bolivia and Peru. [more inside]
posted by tellurian on Mar 7, 2008 - 2 answers

Cheap Hotels in Florence, Italy?

I need to find a cheap hotel in Florence, Italy during a large conference (April 5-10, 2008). All the conference-affiliated cheap hotels are booked. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Feb 27, 2008 - 11 answers

When in Rome...

What area of Rome should we stay in? And what should we do there in three days? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Feb 8, 2008 - 19 answers

Need Books/Movies for Kids Going to Rome

I'm looking for recommendations for books, movies and even music that might be relevant for a group of middle school (7th & 8th grade, ages 12-14) kids who are going to Rome over spring break. [more inside]
posted by bjennings on Feb 3, 2008 - 8 answers

Where to watch Six Nations rugby in Dublin?

Where should an American go to watch a Six Nations rugby match in Dublin? [more inside]
posted by bbuda on Feb 1, 2008 - 7 answers

Just graduated and moving to Europe with a girlfriend and no job

Help an almost-grad figure out how to move to Europe with his girlfriend [more inside]
posted by swhitt on Jan 29, 2008 - 13 answers

Novice Travel Photography Crash Course

Novice Travel photography. I'm just learning how to use my fancy new SLR that wife purchased for, among other things, our big three week trip to Italy coming up soon. I've been before; wife has not. So having seen the things we are going to see, I want to make memorable pictures to have while she soaks things in. SO the questions is: what skills, techniques or tricks should I learn and practice with and what traveling issues should I be aware of with my camera and camera bag? (Italy advice also welcome.) [more inside]
posted by dios on Jan 23, 2008 - 21 answers

Oddly enough, I didn't come to Italy for the churches.

I just landed in Italy. Help me find the Florence and Rome that no one writes about. [more inside]
posted by twins named Lugubrious and Salubrious on Dec 25, 2007 - 12 answers

Help me give a (restaurant?) gift to someone in Pietrasanta

Please help me be a gift-giving genius. I think I want to arrange a lovely but not-too-expensive lunch or dinner for my friend in Pietrasanta, Italy, where he is now living. I've never been there, know nothing about the town, and don't speak Italian. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Dec 18, 2007 - 3 answers

Chi è questo?

Hi. Who is this actor? [more inside]
posted by wfc123 on Dec 12, 2007 - 14 answers

Guidebooks for Naples and Amalfi

I'm visiting Naples and the Amalfi coast over the winter break. I'll be there a week. I couldn't care less about when to go and how to get there or where to stay, because that's all taken care of. I'm looking for the best guidebook that emphasizes history, background and things to do. Good recommendations for places to eat would be a nice plus. What would you suggest? Right now my leading candidate is the Lonely Planet guide, but in the past I've found they're not so hot on places to eat.
posted by ubiquity on Nov 21, 2007 - 8 answers

gift ideas?

Help me think of some fun gifts American for a friend studying abroad in Italy. [more inside]
posted by Kudos on Nov 18, 2007 - 16 answers

Your ideas for nontraditional, off the beaten path, interesting, insightful things to do or see in or close to Venice, Florence, and Rome, Italy?

What are your favorite nontraditional, nontouristy, alternative, culturally-insightful things to do in or near Venice, Florence, and Rome? I mean the deeper anthropological kind of culture, not museums, opera, etc. I'm not looking for the usual must-see tourist destinations or the things that epitomize a city. I want the fascinating little finds you accidentally stumbled on and loved, but which few or no tours would have found because they aren't "sights". If it can give me a glimpse of how contemporary Italians see the world, to appreciate a bit more what it's like to be them, that's a turbo bonus. No points off for plain old fun activities either. [more inside]
posted by Askr on Nov 6, 2007 - 12 answers

Help me rent a villa

Inspired in part by this thread I want to rent a villa in Tuscany. I am reluctant - perhaps needlessly - to do this all over the InterWebs. Does anyone have any experience with an Italian villa renting agent? My ideal answer would be of the form "Contact Signore Agente, he found us a great villa!" But really, any insights from actual experience would be helpful.
posted by shothotbot on Oct 19, 2007 - 6 answers

Two men in a boat, but who?

Can anyone identify this statue, taken somewhere in the Venice (Italy) lagoon.
posted by Joleta on Oct 10, 2007 - 14 answers

Help me be romantic in Rome

My wife and I are going to Italy with a tour group late November, and it also happens to be our anniversary. We'll be in Rome the day/night of our anniversary. We're staying at the Holiday Inn Parco Dei Medici. [more inside]
posted by edjusted on Sep 27, 2007 - 14 answers

Europe is too big. Help me make a travel choice.

Any recommendations for a place to spend 7 days in Italy? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall on Sep 13, 2007 - 14 answers

Where to go in Venice and Florence?

The boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Italy in late October. We are still struggling with one thing, though: what to do during planned day trips to Florence and Venice. If you had to recommend one or two destinations or experiences that really epitomize the spirit of these two cities, what would they be? [more inside]
posted by warble on Aug 20, 2007 - 25 answers

A quest for Italian towels.

Help me find these non-terry cloth bath towels like the one my SO got in Italy. [more inside]
posted by wsg on Jul 5, 2007 - 8 answers

Sardinian Tips?

Things to do, see and avoid on the island of Sardinia? [more inside]
posted by oh pollo! on Jun 28, 2007 - 5 answers

Car needed in Trieste, Italy?

How to get from Venice, Italy to Trieste and back again, and do I need a car in Trieste? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Jun 10, 2007 - 11 answers

UK DIY IPTV PDQ?

How can my parents get English TV in Italy? [more inside]
posted by Nice Guy Mike on Jun 4, 2007 - 10 answers

La Dolce Vita

I am planning a trip to Italy for early August. What are some services that will make booking and going on the trip go smoothly? [more inside]
posted by time to put your air goggles on! on May 31, 2007 - 7 answers

Where can I buy 4x5 Polaroid Sheet Film in Rome?

Where can I buy 4x5 Polaroid Sheet Film in Rome? [more inside]
posted by Bengston on May 13, 2007 - 1 answer

Recommend an apartment rental service for Rome?

Please help us find a reliable source for vacation apartment rentals in Rome. [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat on May 3, 2007 - 12 answers

How to watch Italian TV Channels in Australia?

I want to watch the Italian TV Channels (Rai Uno, Due, Tre) etc from home in Australia but am not sure if it is possible. I have looked at some satellite options but from my very limited knowledge it appears that they are broadcast on HotBird 8 which does not reach Australia. I already have foxtel digital and am receiving RAI international but I want more! Any ideas?
posted by OzMoges on Apr 28, 2007 - 3 answers

Plan my trip!

One week in Italy, one week in Greece, two weeks in Spain. What can't I miss? What should I avoid? Where should I stay? What else should I know? [more inside]
posted by crinklebat on Apr 14, 2007 - 24 answers

I really don't like these headline/titles. I think it's pretty clear in the question.

What can I do for a month this summer that will get me out of the country, cover my costs, and cover my bills back home? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Apr 11, 2007 - 21 answers

Bicicletta!

We're biking from Rome to Naples, do you know good places to stay or eat in between? [more inside]
posted by fidgets on Apr 3, 2007 - 1 answer

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