Reading The Count of Monte Cristo. Spoilers: [more inside]
Ok, I could have sworn I read this book multiple times when I was a kid, but nobody seems to remember it exists including my cat-loving, children's literature professor mom who gave it to me. I'll try to list every thing I can remember about it in the extended explanation. To summarize, it takes place in an Italian town where a young-fountain-making apprentice wants to make his own fountain so that all the stray cats around him will have some place to drink. As he is poor, he cobbles together the material from things he can find, and in the end I do believe he ends up making the fountain. My mom and the internet don't seem to remember this book, but I think it did exist. Maybe you guys will come up with something. [more inside]
I'm allergic to molluscs: scallops, mussels, clams, squid, oysters, whelks, etc. I'll be spending some time in Venice and the Cinque Terre area soon. Is there anything I should look out for to avoid accidentally eating molluscs? [more inside]
A friend just moved to Italy and has mentioned that almost all of the cafes in Milan and Rome now serve a product called Caffe al Ginseng (coffee with ginseng). Given Italy's status as one of the authentic and original coffee cultures, I was surprised to hear about the seaming popularity on this new offering. Can anyone shed some light on this coffee type? [more inside]
I'm trying to find the artist who made this painting
. I purchased the painting in Orta San Giulio, Italy, about 5 years ago.
The signature says "Bertocchi" although it may say "Beitocchi". The painting came in a larger frame, I think I spent about $200 for it, however it may have been slightly more.
Would like to get more works by this artist on this location.
My mother is travelling to Italy (lots of relatives there) and would like to have basic cell phone access while there. I need to work out the details before she leaves in September. [more inside]
Contemplating an Italian vacation (in the range of two weeks or so) in the next year or two, for a family group of about 5-6 people. Google turns up several websites dedicated to renting apartments/houses, but I'd love to hear some personal recommendations. Is Air BNB the best? Vrbo.com? Perhaps there's no real difference between them. [more inside]
Wife and I are going to Italy in a couple of weeks. It's our first trip there, and one we wanted to do for a long time. Friends that have been there are telling us all the places to see in Rome, Venice, Florence etc. Thing is, other than being in Rome the first & last night, we aren't going to any of those places, and don't really want to! We're planning to get off the beaten path as much as we can. Is this a good/bad idea? I'm having doubts now.. [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]
Currently I'm in Italy. In March I'll be travelling to Scotland by train and making stops along the way. Then I'll be flying home to Toronto. My problem is that I have a lot of luggage that I needed for an extended professional stay in Italy, but which will only serve to encumber me when I go traveling. What is the best way for me to forward one large (standard checked baggage) suitcase home to Canada from Italy when I head out? I would especially appreciate any advice based on personal experience. [more inside]
Traveling to Italy, have questions. [more inside]
What was produced at the factory at the beginning of Michelangelo Antonioni's Red Desert
? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend good books on the Years of Lead and/or the Strategy of Tension in Italy ? They have to be in English.
Educate me about Italian current affairs. [more inside]
This is pretty random. I had jaw surgery and it didn't come out as planned. I did some research and found a surgeon who works in Rome and I'm interested in consulting him for a revision. He has decades of experience and a particular technique that I think is the right one to fix it. Also, I was born in Italy and I'm an Italian citizen. [more inside]
I need a no-contract SIM for Italy that offers texting and unlimited Internet. I have a similar set up with Virgin Mobile France for 16€/month, I just want a SIM for the times travel to Italy, which is maybe once every other month for a few days. Are there any other mobile providers in Italy besides TIM?
I missed my flight back to the states, and have an unexpected day to kill in/around Milan. Does anybody have suggestions for where to go / what to do? [more inside]
Staying in Italy for 3 1/2 months from June to October 2012. The Flashdrake and I need SIM cards for our mobile/cell phones while we are there. I must have data access as well, at least 1GB a month.
The TelCo industry changes so rapidly however, that I hoped that MeFites might help with current options.
In the past we have had not problem with SIM cards overseas, particularly finding the Lebara
plans great in Europe as they permitted us to call each other for free. [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]
I need to figure out what to do at night/early morning in Italy. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
[Italy filter] There are many enticing offers in Italy nowadays for internet accounts including "free" (in the sense of "included in the price") phonecalls, etc., all of them looking quite a lot cheaper than my present contract (Alice from Telecom Italia). But I'm nervous about switching accounts... [more inside]
I am working on a short persuasive paper (about 1000 words) for a Narrative in the Novel and Film class, in which I must argue for the inclusion of a film of my choosing in a future iteration of the class. The film about which I have chosen to write about is Il Conformista
, which would (theoretically) be used in a section of the class called "Terror, Surveillance, and Human Rights". I've been having trouble finding critical essays about the film that specifically look at the film's portrayal of Fascist Italy. What are some good sources for essays on this film, or on the portrayal of WWII-era Italy in cinema? (I am not looking for reviews of the film, of which I have plenty.)
What just happened in Italy's Parliament? How do you win a vote but not get a majority? [more inside]
Going to Venice next June. When is the best time to buy plane tickets? [more inside]
In 2005, on Delta Flight 627 operated by Alitalia, somewhere between Chicago and Milan, an Italian film was shown to the mostly empty cabin. After six years, I have been unable to locate it -- any help? [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?
What excellent red wine should my partner buy in Italy to bring home that he can't get here? We're fans of Luigi Righetti Amarone, but we can, uh, get it in Toronto. Seems silly to fly it home.
Likes: dry, full-bodied, spicy. also enjoy dry pinot noirs (lighter body).
Dislikes: sweet, fruity, herbal
Price: up to $100/bottle, but that would have to be out of this world amazing.
Tutto bene! Traveling to Italy in September/October and looking for advice. [more inside]
Are there any online databases that hold older European papers? [more inside]
How gay-friendly are Rome, Naples, and Capua? [more inside]
I was in Venice for a few days at the end of March, and several times saw young people in the street participating in a weird ritual: they would read out a passage from a hand-made poster, the crowd would laugh, and someone would attack them with a foodstuff -- I saw a lot of flour, once a meat tray, and an unfortunate soul having canned whipped cream injected down his pants
. What? [more inside]
Do players of Italian soccer use the heel part of their foot for dribbling/passing more than in the Premier league or elsewhere? [more inside]
I'm going to Rome and concerned about getting robbed/pickpocketed. Help me have an unstressful vacation! [more inside]
How do I (from the U.S) secure documentation proving that my destination wedding in Italy actually took place? [more inside]
Novel Filter: If I were a lady living in the late 1600s in Venice and you were a gentleman wishing to woo me and we could only meet at night what type of (night-blooming) flowers would you bring me? [more inside]
Safety measures for a woman traveling solo in Italy? [more inside]
Look for recommendations on where to watch the World Cup while traveling in Italy. [more inside]
So we're arriving in Rome at 6:50PM, is it reasonable to expect to get to Florence that same night by train? We're also considering a side trip to Stockholm, any secrets to getting there and back? [more inside]
I am chaperoning a high school trip to Europe this summer. What are your tips and suggestions to making this trip a great experience for everyone involved? [more inside]
So, my father, sister and I are planning a trip to Europe in mid-June. We need to work out quite where. I need to be able to fly in from London, the others to train or fly to wherever from Lyon. We need to go somewhere where we can stay for about 6 days, and there will be enough to entertain us there or in nearby town. I was wondering about Malta, my sister thought Genoa, my father thought St Tropez (our budget is not endless so perhaps not) Any suggestions?
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]
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]
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]
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?
Help me remember the name of a poet/playwright from northeastern Italy. [more inside]
Good inexpensive family apartments for rent inland from Ancona, Italy in end-October? Need some assistance. [more inside]