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?
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]
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]
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]
Winefilter: What's a good book about Italian wine (and maybe a bottle, too) for my dad? [more inside]
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.)
Anyone know a smaller Italian city to visit in July that is not Florence, Venice, Pisa, Sienna or Rome? [more inside]
Italian Cookbook: I'm going to live in Italy for 2 months this summer. Tell me what cookbook I should bring along! [more inside]
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]
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]
What is a good way to spend some downtime in central Venice? [more inside]
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]
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]
For a friend: where does one purchase a used (read: relatively cheap) bike in Italy in the Trento area?
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]
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?
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]
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]
Is this ticket I just got in the mail yesterday from a trip to Italy in September a scam? [more inside]
I am looking for some books to read before my trip to Tuscany. [more inside]
I'm looking for a red wine like the "house reds" we drank in northern Italy. [more inside]
There are two different stories about how bowler hats came to Bolivia and Peru. [more inside]
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]
What area of Rome should we stay in? And what should we do there in three days? [more inside]
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]
Help an almost-grad figure out how to move to Europe with his girlfriend [more inside]
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]
I just landed in Italy. Help me find the Florence and Rome that no one writes about. [more inside]
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]
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.
Help me think of some fun gifts American for a friend studying abroad in Italy. [more inside]
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]
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.
Can anyone identify this statue, taken somewhere in the Venice (Italy) lagoon.
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]
Any recommendations for a place to spend 7 days in Italy? [more inside]
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]
Help me find these non-terry cloth bath towels like the one my SO got in Italy. [more inside]
Things to do, see and avoid on the island of Sardinia? [more inside]
How to get from Venice, Italy to Trieste and back again, and do I need a car in Trieste? [more inside]
How can my parents get English TV in Italy? [more inside]
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]
Where can I buy 4x5 Polaroid Sheet Film in Rome? [more inside]
Please help us find a reliable source for vacation apartment rentals in Rome. [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
We're biking from Rome to Naples, do you know good places to stay or eat in between? [more inside]