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April 13

Cheap Getaway Within Italy

I found a cheap fare to Rome at Easter and booked an overlong 13 day trip. Even cheap AirBnbs add up (yikes)...and I'm too fussy for bunk beds in youth hostels. I'll mostly be in Rome/Naples. Where can I go via train for 4 days to save a few bucks where lodgings/eats are less expensive? Just want to chill and blend in (i.e. more digital nomadism than tourism). [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover around Italy at 7:56 AM - 10 answers

March 28

Your best Rome adventures for a five year old

We will be traveling to Rome soon with our 5 year old. Thanks to the great answers on my prior AskMe, kid is now sufficiently hyped. SO and I have been to Rome before, but this is kiddo’s first time (and first time to Europe). Do you have any sure hits/can’t miss things in Rome for a five year old? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock around Rome, Italy at 6:13 AM - 14 answers

February 12

Hyping up Rome to a 5 year old

We will almost certainly vacation in Rome this May. It is one of my wife’s and my favorite places. It will be my 5-year-old daughter’s first trip to Europe, which is exciting for her, but she doesn’t know much about Rome, compared to Paris or London. Can you recommend some age-appropriate media to introduce her to the Eternal City? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock around Rome, Italy at 4:19 AM - 18 answers

February 10

which of the 4324737492 different Vatican tours is right for us?

A friend and I are spending a week in Rome, right near Vatican City. We want to see some cool, weird, old stuff, and we need specific advice on how best to do that in the Vatican. We're also interested in more general advice on where to go in Rome and Milan. [more inside]
posted by yomimono around Rome, Italy at 10:00 AM - 8 answers has best

December 27, 2018

Roman Forum tour recommendations

We’d like a tour of the Forum when we’re in Rome next month. Do you have recommendations? [more inside]
posted by veggieboy around Rome, Italy at 5:37 AM - 4 answers

December 14, 2018

Best 2 night side trips from Rome?

I'm taking my mom, who is Italian-Canadian and in her sixties, to Italy for 9 days as a birthday present. She has never been to Italy (or Europe for that matter). I've travelled around Europe a fair bit, but have somehow missed Italy, despite the heritage connection. We're flying in and out of Rome and, while we know we could spend 9 days there and never run out of things to see, we would still like to take a side trip and see a bit more of the country. But where to? [more inside]
posted by 256 around Rome, Italy at 9:33 PM - 13 answers

November 11, 2018

Milan after dark

I will be visiting Milan in December for work. I'll be pretty busy during the days, but should have my evenings free. This will be my first time in Milan -- help me make the most of it! [more inside]
posted by quantum around Milan, Italy at 7:51 AM - 1 answer

October 11, 2018

Tips & Tricks: Italy

I'm leaving this weekend for 10 days in Italy with my mom. We're going to Rome, Florence, and Venice. I usually do exhaustive research before I go on vacation but I haven't had time. Please assume we're already doing the heavy hitters as far as museums & sights to see - but what else would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by something something around Italy at 7:24 AM - 21 answers has best

September 16, 2018

Help a first time solo traveler plan a 10 day foodie trip to Italy

Hi, I'm a first time 27 yo American male solo traveler and have the last week of October and first week of November off. I'd like to plan a trip to Italy, but I have no idea what I'm doing and am lowkey terrified. [more inside]
posted by bookman117 around Italy at 3:06 PM - 16 answers has best

August 1, 2018

Where should we stay in eastern Sicily?

We're planning a trip to Sicily this winter. Should we stay in or near Catania, Siracusa, Avola, or Marina di Rigusa? (Or elsewhere nearby?) [more inside]
posted by veggieboy around Italy at 7:48 AM - 6 answers

July 2, 2018

Towering Tarot in Tuscany

I want to go to the Tarot Garden-- il giardino dei Tarrochi -- on a day trip from Rome next week. Difficulty: We will NOT rent a car. [more inside]
posted by nantucket around Italy at 12:16 AM - 4 answers has best

May 14, 2018

Ride from Rome to fiumicino EARLY on a wednesday morning.

We check out of an AirBnb next wednesday in Rome, near the Colusseum. Because of an airline-induced flight change instead of being at the airport at 9am, we have to be at there at 6am. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s around Rome, Italy at 5:35 AM - 7 answers

April 16, 2018

Rome. Traditional sports. Am I not entertained?

My wife and I will be spending a week in Rome in early May, and would like to attend a smallish-scale, local spectator sport. We aren’t sports fans, but we do enjoy the experience of being amid a community of enthusiasts, cheering on something we only vaguely understand. Scale-wise, maybe on the order of a single-A baseball game? Examples of previous wins: a high school rodeo on Molokai, course camarguaise bullfighting and joute nautique in France. So. Rome, May 2018… is there a regional tamburello championship? An obscure suburban palio? Intense bocce? [more inside]
posted by mumkin around Rome, Italy at 1:22 PM - 2 answers

March 24, 2018

What was your favorite tour guide/tour company for the Colosseum/Rome?

Going to Rome the first week of April and feeling a bit lost with the tour guide and tour company options. [more inside]
posted by rabu around Rome, Italy at 8:48 AM - 4 answers

March 1, 2018

Places to sit down in Rome for a couple of hours?

Help me park my butt! Where can I kill time in Central Rome for a couple of hours in the afternoon while waiting for a ride? [more inside]
posted by bowtiesarecool around Rome, Italy at 12:08 PM - 5 answers

February 21, 2018

Pixel 2 in Italy and Switzerland

I'd like to be able to use my Pixel 2 to make phone calls and navigate in Italy and Switzerland next month. How can I do it? [more inside]
posted by trbrts around Italy at 8:41 AM - 5 answers

January 27, 2018

Who wouldn't want to go to Italy?

I have a family wedding in Italy coming up (it's there at the whim of the couple getting married, my family has no particular connection to Italy), and am at a loss for what to do aside from going to the wedding. Experienced travelers and people who live in or love visiting Italy, please help me plan a trip I can look forward to! [more inside]
posted by snaw around Italy at 1:14 PM - 19 answers has best

January 6, 2018

Venice travelcards - 3 days or 72 hours?

Venice transportation options have me absolutely confused. The ACTV fares page and most tourist sites say the travelcards / time limited tickets are valid for 1, 2 or 3 days. The same ACTV's vaporetto page says 24, 48 or 72 hours. Can anyone who used them confirm which of those is correct? [more inside]
posted by I claim sanctuary around Venice, Italy at 10:59 AM - 6 answers has best

January 2, 2018

How do I visit ancient Rome?

Ever since I listened to the History of Rome podcast, I've wanted to tour the locations in person. Please recommend some ways to do so - more inside. [more inside]
posted by rebent around Rome, Italy at 9:42 AM - 11 answers

December 18, 2017

Late night - Stadio Euganeo to Venice

Probably a long shot, but does anyone know the best way to get from Stadio Euganeo outside Padua to Venice after a concert? Looks like the last trains from Padua's central station head to Venice early in the 11pm hour, so that may not be the best play. Anything run later? Is this going to be a taxi/Uber situation?
posted by GamblingBlues around Italy at 6:34 AM - 2 answers