Travelbug

Travelbug

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September 2012

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    Does anyone have a recommendation for lodging in Tuscany.

    Just out of Verona is a B&B called La Caminella.... Raphaella and Andrea have beautifully decorated this stone villa.... It has a beautiful pool, great breakfast and is right near Masi winery. Look it up on line ... It's gorgeous. The rooms and bathrooms are large and we had a wonderful stay. You won't be disappointed. almost 7 years ago

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    How long to explore Italy? What is a must?

    I just got back from 5 weeks in Italy and it wasn't long enough. This gave me time to see all the touristy stuff and then allowed me to truly explore the North of this wonderful country. Rome, Florence, Venice were fabulous but my most special memories were of Cortona (look up Ivan who owns a little art shop off the main Piazza - just ask any local and they will point you in his direction). He has an Etruscan well that dates back to 400BC in his shop... He is passionate about Cortona/Tuscany and is fantastic to chat to and have coffee with. He is featured in a couple of Frances Mayes books for those of you who loved "Under The Tuscan Sun". San Gimignano was beautiful.. I wandered off the beaten track and found an ancient font... Quite a walk back up the hill but well worth it... Then Cinque Terra.... Take the ferry and do the circuit .. The Colour of the water is incredible and due to the salt content it would be hard to drown on a calm day... You just float... And the best part.... apparently no sharks!!!! The beauty is breath taking. Spend as much time along the Italian Riviera as possible and go further than just Cinque Terra. There's trains that take you everywhere you need to go, and they're cheap. Then there's Lucca.... Make sure you get a bike and ride it everywhere! Go for a horse and carriage ride with Carlos. He is fabulous!!! This is the last fully walled city left in Italy. One thing I wish I had done was Isola Capri... But that will be for my next trip. My recommendation is that you pick the must see things that you have dreamt of seeing and then just throw the guide book in your bag and wander aimlessly... I had the best adventures this way. Make sure you learn enough Italian to be polite and I found the iPhone app "google Translate" helped heaps when I wanted to have a conversation with someone who's English was as bad as my Italian... Soak it up!!!! Take your time and enjoy!!!! I loved every moment .. I'm sure you will too! almost 7 years ago

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    which is a cheap way to go from rome to firenze and from firenze to venice?

    Train is the best way to get around. I prebooked my train travel through my travel agent. You need to book your seat as well for regional trains... And don't forget to validate your ticket at he train station before you get on the train. You just put your ticket in the machine and it prints a validation onto it. I found train travel really easy. You have different classes of train. Second class means you don't get a glass of free wine and a newspaper. Second class was comfortable and clean. Regional tains are pretty reliable from what I experienced. almost 7 years ago