April 7, 2007 3:46pm CST
I am planning a trip to Italy. I will be gone about 30-40 days.I am not interested in what to take,how to pack or what not to forget. I wish to know of places I should not miss while traveling,ie: Historical sites,Cities,Towns. Maybe there was a very special place you found. Would I be able to find it? Would I enjoy it? If so why? Did you meet any unforgettable people? I will be traveling mostly by train,with a companion and without tour guides.
7 Apr 07
Hi, I did the same trip as you ± 10 years ago. You can spend at least 10 good days in Rome alone if you interested in seeing historical monuments. Near Rome there are vatican, colosseum, fontana di trevi, villa d'este and many other places. You'll know when you get there. If you are Dan Brown's fan, read his Angels & Demons book, then you can revisit all the places in his book, that must be fun.. Don't forget to visit Gandolfo as well, this is a favorit resting place for the popes. Other than Rome, there is Pisa, you need half of day only, a one day trip by train is enough (I did that). You can visit Verona as well to see the balcon that people said was the setting of the romantic scene of Romeo & Juliet. If you're into skin products & Michelangelo, visit Florence. There are a lot of historical buildings there as well. If you're in to natural beauty, then you can visit Sorrento and the Capri island to see the beautiful Grotto Azura (the Blue Cave). Don't forget to visit the ruins of Pompei while you're there as well because they are just around 30 km away. And of course there is Venice. You can wander around (and get lost..:-) in its identical alleys, visit the Murano glass factory, the bridge of Sigh and the Piazza San Marco. You can find a lot of info on Italy at www.wikitravel.org or in www.lonelyplanet.com.
7 Apr 07
I see you have an amazing memory after 10 years-. I have been there before as well,years ago, but some of the places you mention ie, Blue Cave and Gandolfo ,I have never been to so I've made a note. I hope I can keep some kind of journal before and during my travels. Did you? Sorrento,I have heard is a great base or starting point in which to stay and go visit other places on day trips from there. When you mentioned Murano I remembered I had a small figurine of a Dove purchased there. I went and found it. It evoked many memories. I have not yet read Angels & Demons. Can it be had online,do you know? I would like to see,again the movie Da Vinci Code. If anyone can post links to the movie broadband channel that it can be seen on,it would be greatly appreciated.
8 Apr 07
He..he.. I remember partially only, but since I'm planning to go there again in the near future, I'm making a small plan on what and where to visit. I've read Angels & Demons a year back, that's why it brings back memories and plans to revisit some places I missed before. Sure you can get the novel online, as a matter of fact i have a pdf copy that already attached with some photos. I can forward it if you want.
20 May 07
Reminds me of the wonderful coach tour we had to Italy a few years ago. The tour operator started a game called 'I like coffee but I don't like tea' which kept us going to days with the children trying to work it out. We saw Rome, Pisa (and a place nearby called Lucca [I think] where the phrase 'filthy lucre' started meaning lots of money, Florence (and David), Sorrento and a boat trip to Capri. Lots of other places too, of course. Oh, and the shell square place where the horse race happens - um can't remember the name. It was brilliant. Thanks for reminding me. Hope you have a great time you lucky thing. Let us know how it goes and post some photos. Please.