My girlfriend and I are going to Italy in three weeks. We both love Rome, but neither of us has been in a while. I am a "foodie" (sigh) and am fluent in Italian, if rusty. Some things we're seeing: Palazzo Altemps, S. Luigi dei Francesi for the Caravaggios, Villa Borghese, MAXXI, the Quirinale. Is there anything new, or newly open, that we should be aware of? Any musical happenings in early May we shouldn't miss? [more inside]
I am trying to figure out the meaning of the rebus on this page of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. It's a strange work, but beautifully done: the printer of the book is Aldus Manutius, who died 500 years ago this year. Can you help me figure out the rebus and/or translate the "Latin"?
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]
Painting which I saw in a Venice art gallery (I think) showing God holding balance with people on each pan. A small demon (imp) is shown pushing up one of the scale pans with a small trident, while sneakily peeping to see if God can see him. I'd love to know the name of the painting and the artist.
Where and what shops should I look at for purses in Venice/Milan? [more inside]
Restaurant for six in Venice? The birthday girl wants seafood, one of us is a veggie, and and ideal price range would be about €35 per person including a decent amount of wine. [more inside]
Is the Sunday edition of The New York Times available for purchase in Paris, Rome, Venice or Florence. If so, where can it be purchased?
I can't believe I waited this long to ask the MeFi hive-mind, but here we are. In 24 hours my wife and I will be leaving on our honeymoon to the above-mentioned destinations. What I'm looking for are some cool, unusual, secret, or just plain "local favorite" things to do and places to go. Rather than simply pointing me to other sites offering collected reviews of places (tripadvisor, et al) I'm hoping to get some first-hand recommendations from you all. Time will be rather short in each city (3-4 days each) so let's try to stay within the cities themselves, as we won't really have time for outlying excursions. To give you an idea of what we're after, my wife and I are both lifetime members of the gothic subculture, and she in particular is very interested in fashion. Eccentric bars/pubs are also favorites. We leave on May 4th, but feel free to contribute later in the week, as I'll be eagerly checking this thread for your suggestions. Cheers, MeFi!
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]
So I'm joining a Call of Cthulhu game, and my character, assigned by the GM, is that of a young lady (age 20), who is from one of the wealthy families of Venice, in the 1920's. She is educated and capable but nothing was expected of her except to marry well and produce children. But the sudden death of her father has thrown her life into turmoil. Are there any good books or movies I can watch that feature this type of woman in this time and place? [more inside]
My friend will be visiting Rome and Venice on her honeymoon in a few months. She loves the Italian card game Bang! and has joked that she expects to play it in Italy. Is there a way for me to actually make this happen for her? [more inside]
We're planning a trip to Venice. I am fascinated by the fact that they built an entire city in a lagoon and am somewhat flabbergasted that I haven't been able to find a single place in the city where I can see a model or an exhibit that explains the construction. Is there really no place where I can learn more about Venetian engineering?
Mrs. Arbac and I are going to be taking a cruise from Barcelona to Venice at the end of August. We're getting to Barcelona a few days early and staying an extra day in Venice. Where should we stay and what should we see? Budget and likes/dislikes inside. [more inside]
Hi. Does anyone know who made the following video clip? Was it a music video -- I don't recognize the artist. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
It's happening!! Mr. Concolora and I are flying out to London tomorrow to start our three week tenth wedding anniversary European extravanganza and I'm about to pop with excitement. We're going to be in London, Paris, Dijon, Verona, Vicenza, Venice, and Rome and we'd love some recommendations on where to eat. Snowflakes inside! [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]
For a variety of reasons, the second half of August is turning into a better time for us to take a vacation than October, as we had originally planned. We are hoping to go to Venice. We're OK with heat and humidity. Is there some other dealbreaker I'm not aware of? [more inside]
Hubs and I are contemplating a trip to Venice in October--acqua alta season. What kind of gear would we want to manage the high waters? Like: Would we want to bring full-on rubber boots, or will we be able to get by with regular waterproof shoes? [more inside]
We will be in LA for a long a weekend, next weekend (Jan 16 - 20, 2013) visiting friends and are looking for suggestions for neat, quirky, or hidden (little known) places and experiences in LA/LA Area. Zen Gardens, Boutiques, Galleries/Gallery Openings, LA Cuisine, Street food, Flea Markets, Vintage shops, DJ gigs etc. [more inside]
Traveling to Italy for eight days starting the evening of 12/25/2012. We'll be in Rome, Venice and Milan. Please tell me "must-sees" or "must-dos" while I am there with my husband and 8 year-old son.
Is there a small town, possibly a spa town like Merano or Wiesbaden, between Verona and Venice? That's not too expensive? And I don't need to hire a car for?
Book search: looking to find the title/author of a mystery set in Venice. Likely NOT Donna Leon, the mystery features a married British couple in Venice on vacation. Plot elements may include a suitcase of books, a murder that takes place at a film festival or fashion show. The couple become involved in solving the case. Published in the last decade, perhaps. Thanks!
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]
Help finding housing in Venice for 2 weeks, June-July! [more inside]
Find-that-book filter: Help me track down a 35-year-old kids' picture book about mice in Venice. [more inside]
Refreshing an old question: dentists in Los Angeles (specifically West L.A./Santa Monica). [more inside]
Going to Venice next June. When is the best time to buy plane tickets? [more inside]
I will be spending a week in Venice, then am going to Vienna. How should I travel between them? Should I stop anywhere along the way? [more inside]
Can you give any recommendations for accommodation in Cavallino Italy? Best place to stay that suits a couple? We're going to be travelling from the Venice train station..and I found Cavallino in a search for good beaches to go for a few days. Other cool of the beaten path gems, restaurant etc. there? Any advice would be great!
LA-filter: Venice, Abbott Kinney. Places to stay, eat, drink in walking or biking distance? And: what or who replaced Stroh's? [more inside]
Travel filter: Venice and Rome in 8 days? [more inside]
Venice Biennale Filter: So, we are going in a couple weeks Looking for general recommendations and insider tips on places to stay, eat, and see in both Venice and Rome - late June and Early July. 10 days total. [more inside]
I'm going to be in Venice for the next week and a half! Please give me some recommendations for food and sightseeing. Thanks!
Hi all. I am looking for recommendations for food in Venice (anything from a Paninoteca to a Ristorante). I've read that it is difficult to find good food in Venice, so I'm hoping the Metafilter hive mind can help me out. In addition, any recommendations for sightseeing would be great. Especially non-traditional/off the beaten path stuff. Thanks again.
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]
Last week, Open Culture posted a link to a breathtaking little video of Venice posted on Vimeo. The only thing Vimeo reveals about its video artist is the name Icam from France and that they have 38 other videos posted. I would really like to know more about this elusive figure who captured the colorful, yet melancholy, beauty of Venice so perfectly! Anybody know anything further about the video artist Icam?
Walking in Venice/Santa Monica... so I'm in CA for another week. I'm a big walker... where should I walk? What are the great shops for music, books, film, sights, eats, drinks? Any great concerts, readings, plays I shouldn't miss? Or if there's something a single bus ride will get me to that you can recommend, please do so with specific boarding instructions. Thanks! [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]
I'm going to Venice, Italy with my family. Can you recommend a good hotel (doesn't have to be cheap) and also, can you tell me what do I have to look for when searching for one? [more inside]
European road-trip for the holidays (filter). [more inside]
Recommend somewhere in between Venice and Lyon to spend 3-4 days this December? [more inside]
I'm going with my family down to Italy from around Oct 18-30th, including a week at a farm house in Ancona (looking forward to that, for sure!). We'll also be in Venice for around three whole days in the beginning and end of the trip (we fly in/out from Venice). [more inside]
Where can I order or obtain paper (not PDF) mass transit maps for Milan and Venice? [more inside]
I'm looking for books about Italy, specifically Rome and Venice, and also books set in Rome and/or Venice. What would you recommend? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some great restaurants in Venice or Rome? [more inside]
Most economical way to get from USA (Chicago) to Europe (specifically Venice) in the summer. Willing to fly to an undesirable city and take a train. please share experiences
I remember a website from a few years ago that showed three different still photography scenes that morphed into one another, showing that scene over the course of 24 hours. These scenes had accompanying recordings of the surroundings. If I remember correctly, the scenes were a park, outside a bus station or some kind of intersection, and a quiet canal in Venice. I would like to find this site again. Any help?
How can I get from Venice to Dubrovnik to Athens on a backpacker budget? [more inside]
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?
What is a good way to spend some downtime in central Venice? [more inside]
Looking for a great dentist in Venice beach area or Santa Monica, preferably one who has all the modern technology. Please help! [more inside]
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