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]
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]
What are your favorite books on the Roman Empire? [more inside]
RomeFilter: What is there to do in Rome? [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]
Does anyone know who the artist is that did the art in the opening credits of HBO's ROME? TIA!!!
As a first-time visitor to Rome and Florence (and Venice?) at next Christmas and New Year's, what can I expect? What is a must-see attraction that might have special holiday hours?
Hotels for a honeymoon in Rome/Venice? [more inside]
How to spend 7 days in Italy? [more inside]
So my husband and I just flew back from a vacation in Rome yesterday, where we had a wonderful time. Now it's four in the morning and I'm wide awake. So while I'm sitting here pondering the stinky laundry I must tackle later today, I'm wondering if some of you can answer some of our random questions about things we saw and experienced, stuff that wasn't addressed in the guide books. Here goes: [more inside]
Going to Italy - Stay in Rome the whole trip or take a tour to several cities? [more inside]
We're going to Rome for ten days this fall. Whoo! Anyway, I know there's other Rome threads on here for restaurant and hotel suggestions, but who has suggestions for other cool stuff, like markets/fabric and crafty-type stores, artisan shops, antique places, kitchen and food stores; basically, any place where I can buy cool stuff? [more inside]
Any good books/sites you can recommend about city life in ancient Rome? [more inside]
Historical fiction children's book ID filter: scholars and bandits in 1930s China and bull-jumping children in Rome. [more inside]
[EuroTripFilter]What European city can we go to CHEAPLY for a few days from London? [more inside]
How do we know so much about Roman history? [more inside]
Help me plan a trip to Italy - Rome, Florence and the countryside in Tuscany and Umbria. [more inside]
What did the music of ancient Rome sound like? [more inside]
Any suggestions for places to stay in Cinque Terre and Rome for honeymooners on a budget? Can afford more than a hostel, but not more than about 60 euro a night.
Thanks to this week's featured article on Wikipedia about the Roman emperor Claudius, I have become obsessed with Ancient Rome, specifically the Julio-Claudian dynasty. [more inside]
Going to Rome tonight and staying a week. Recommendations for a couple in the mid-twenties for fun night time activities. [more inside]
ItalianTravelFilter: Looking for recommendations -- hotels/pensiones/b&b's in Rome, Amalfi towns or Naples!
Like others I am watching HBO's Rome. Does anyone know of a good concise, non overtly academic history of this period? Secondly, I'm also looking for a similarly styled general overview of the empire. Thanks.
I'm travelling to Italy in late August and am looking for hotel recommendations for Milan, Florence, and Rome. I'm looking for not the most expensive, but not the least expensive. Maybe 3-4 stars? I'm also looking more for an "Italian" experience than a big chain hotel. I'd be happier in something that is smaller and older (if well kept) or more of a boutique-type place. I'll be travelling by train and won't have much more than 2 days per city, unfortunately, so a central location is important to me. If there are any Italians or Italy travellers who might be willing to advise me, I'd really appreciate it!
I'm looking for a good book on Roman history. [more inside]
Help me rediscover a passage from an Ancient Roman writer. [let's go] [more inside]
What is the name for the people who were allowed to sit outside the Roman Senate and shout their opposition to whatever was going on inside?
As a lay...very lay...student of Roman Republic and Empire, and anticipating the upcoming HBO/BBC series Rome with relish, I'm reading everything I can get my hands on about both Republic and Empire. Currently I'm reading an abridgement of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire I just inherited. What next? [insert Latin for "more inside" here].
My wife and I are planning a 10-12 day trip to Italy in late Sept. and are looking for advice. We are torn between a guided tour-type trip where the majority is planned out for you or just getting tickets and hotel rooms and making the plans while we are there. Any advice or experience? [more inside]