Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie Taylor

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    I'm going to Italy December 24th. For 2wks on a low budget. What towns do u think I should see?

    I spent a few weeks tour Italy before I headed to Sora, Italy to work. If you want to see the big cities like Venice, Florence, Milan, Rome, and Naples, you definitely can, you just have to be careful on things like where you stay, what you eat, and how you get there. Stay at hostels, eat from local pizzerias instead of tourist places, and be really selective in what museums you want to see. Some hostels offer free walking tours to their guests and discounts for meals at different nearby places. Since you are also going in a slower part of the year for tourist, you should be able to get some good prices for a hostel bed as well. As for traveling, you can find train tickets at the TrenItalia website for a pretty good price. Buses are also a really inexpensive way to travel, but I don't have a website to share for that. Personally, I loved visiting Venice and Florence. Both are a little more on the tourist side and probably a little more expensive, but I enjoyed the atmosphere in both. In Venice, I did take a tour, but I really enjoyed just walking around for hours at a time and discovering hidden places. It didn't cost anything to do that and it was my favorite part, along with going to the Fish Market in the mornings. In Florence, the leather market was wonderful to walk through (although watch your bag/purse/wallet) and you can easily walk around the entire city. You can catch a train from Florence to Pisa, but you really only need to spend a few hours there and don't worry about spending a night, just take a train back to Florence. Siena is also very beautiful and easy to get to from Florence. I didn't have a chance to go to Verona, but from people I've talked to, they just loved it. I think it all depends on what you want to see, but don't let a low budget stop you from heading to the big cities, if that is where you want to go. Just make your arrangements ahead of time and have a plan on how you are traveling... I have found that I sometimes spend more money when I do have a plan as opposed to when I do. Have a great trip! over 6 years ago

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    Leaving for San Antonio Booked at Westin Riverwalk, any opinions? Any restaurant suggestions or in general suggestions. PLEASE

    The Riverwalk is a busy area and you could spend a whole day wander around the Riverwalk and Rivercenter mall alone. I would definitely go to the Alamo (very close), just because it's such an iconic place for Texans. The Market is about a 20 minute walk from Rivercenter, but the shops are so fun to look through and if you go on a Saturday, there's a lot of outside food vendors and musicians lining the walkway. I would definitely eat at Mi Terra in the Market area (it's where my family go every time we are down there... and we are from San Antonio). Eating there is fun, but grab a praline or mexican wedding cookie from the bakery as well. So good! Walking around on the weekends all around downtown SAX are my favorites because there is just so many fun shops to walk into, neat museums, and cool restaurants. You'll probably have the most fun that way! about 5 years ago

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    Any good suggestions of whether traveling Italy + vernice for 12-16 days is enough? Or I can add more places around Europe? (:

    If it were me personally, I would stick to Italy. You'll have time to spend about 3 days each in Rome and Florence, maybe two days each in Venice and Milan, and then still time to go to places like Assisi/Cortona/Tuscany tour, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Naples, Verona, Lake Como, etc. You definitely won't get to see all of Italy and I don't think you'll have much time to experience much of another country. I'm not sure what kind of accommodations you would like (hotel/hostel), but I traveled and stayed in hostels while I was in Italy, and I never had a bad experience. I would suggest using hostelworld or something similar if you are going in that route. There are usually some really good hostels within walking distance of most of the sights and night activities and within walking distance of the train station. As for a car, unless you absolutely have to have one, I wouldn't bother and instead use the trains to get from city to city. For bigger routes (and maybe for smaller routes too), you can buy your tickets ahead of time online. I also bought my smaller, day-trip tickets the day of or the day before at the kiosk in the train stations. Super easy and convenient. If you do decide to go somewhere else in Europe, France and Switzerland are only a few hours by train (It was about 8 hours from Paris to Milan for me), so you have those options as you go as well. I would stick to Italy though... there is so much to do and see and I wouldn't stress anything other than really seeing Italy and giving yourself a day or two extra to make your plans as you go along (maybe you'll decide you want to spend an extra day in a city or take a train somewhere for the day). You'll also want to factor in time to eat pizza and gelato! Enjoy! over 5 years ago