My family has decided to spend the holidays in Italy and at the Vatican. I'm doing all the planning and booking and I need some advice both in general, and specific to the holidays/closures etc. We will spend about 2 weeks and plan to see Rome/the Vatican, Florence and Venice. [more inside]
In late May, I will spend a week with my family in Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice) and then I'm going by myself to the Loire Valley to gawk at castles. Where should I stop for a day or two in between: Nice, Marseille, Lyon? [more inside]
Which neighborhoods should we be trying to stay in, as first-time travelers to Rome and Florence? Which Greek island should we be looking at? [more inside]
Going to Italy this weekend on short notice for a surprise romantic getaway. In last-minute planning mode, need the wisdom of the traveled Hive Mind - where should we go? [more inside]
Recommendations, please, on current Italian popular music, literature in English translation, and subtitled media. [more inside]
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]
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]
Seeking ideas for a graduation gift that we could buy in Italy for a fashion design major. [more inside]
Traveling to Italy, have questions. [more inside]
Where should I go shopping for boots, belts, and funky clothing generally in Italy (Florence or Rome)? [more inside]
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]
Two of us are spending a week in Italy soon -- Rome, Florence, Venice. Help us find some cool places to stay!
Two of us are spending a week in Italy soon -- Rome, Florence, Venice. Help us find some cool places to stay! [more inside]
I will be backpacking in Rome, Florence, and Pisa this summer. What are the best walking tour operators in those cities? [more inside]
Restaurant or cafe recommendation in Florence, Itay (preferably near the Uffizi, other minor snowflake details within)? [more inside]
Tell me about your favourite places and or things in Florence. [more inside]
Foodie trip to Italy- what restaurants shouldn’t I miss in Rome? What’s the best plan for a day of wine tasting in Florence? Where should we take pasta-making lessons in Bologna, and is there really nothing to do in Milan? [more inside]
My family is traveling to Florence in October. This is not our first Florentine rodeo, so to speak - we've done a lot of sightseeing and exploring on past visits. This time, we thought it might be fun to delve a little deeper and take a class (cooking?), workshop, special organized tour, etc. Four adults, fairly foodie, up for anything that isn't too physically strenuous. Any MeFi "Been There Done That" recommendations?
Traveling to Italy/Paris in the middle of August and looking for hostels. [more inside]
Travelfilter: Florence Italy for 4 nights over Easter. Any tips on what we Must See, Must Eat or Must Do. [more inside]
Help us plan our trip between Zurich and Florence? What are your favorite spots? Should we take the train or rent a car? We have about a week, and it will be mid-February. Unfortunately we don't ski but are open to just about anything else. Thanks in advance, MeFites!
Help us get home from Italy! [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]
Visiting Florence, Italy for the first time in June. Should I skip the popular tourist attractions and just explore the actual city? [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]
I just landed in Italy. Help me find the Florence and Rome that no one writes about. [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]
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]
Where can I buy 4x5 Polaroid Sheet Film in Rome? [more inside]
Recommendations for an intensive, short-term Italian language course in Florence?
How to spend 7 days in Italy? [more inside]
Going to Italy - Stay in Rome the whole trip or take a tour to several cities? [more inside]
Why can't I purchase a cheap air ticket on Italian MyAir.com from the US? [more inside]
Help me plan a trip to Italy - Rome, Florence and the countryside in Tuscany and Umbria. [more inside]
Travelling to Italy in May - looking for advice on Venice, Bologna, and Florence. [more inside]
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!
NovelFilter: I just finished Romola, by Eliot, and didn't love it, but want to learn more about Florence in the era--a very interesting time, to put it mildly--with the Medicis, Savanarola, etc. Any good novels or non-boring non-fiction on Florence in the late 1400s-early 1500s?
quality temporary living quarters in florence? with internet access? i have a friend who is there and could use some help... thanks in advance.