(Closed) Advice about Italy?

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Post # 46
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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MarriedToMyWork:  Yea, if only we could take the honeymoon *before* the wedding.. lol I think if anything we’ll wait and go in late September. I’m in a wedding mid July so right after the wedding probably wouldn’t work, and then you get into august and we want to avoid that it seems.

 

Post # 47
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Buzzing bee

I just got back from a somewhat last-minute work trip that does nothing to disabuse me of the notion that tourists just lose their brains while in Venice.  Nowhere else do I see such consistently self-centered, unaware, clueless behavior.  No wonder the Venetians have a reputation of being cold to tourists; how they restrain themselves from pushing some of these fools into the nearest canal escapes me.  I offer the following list with my tongue in my cheek: I hope it is entertaining those who have visited Venice and witnessed (but of course, never engaged in–for we are The Beautiful Ones here at WB 🙂 ) this type of behavior and that it stands as humorous advice for those who will soon visit for the first time.

Ten Commandments of Visiting Venice

  • Thou shalt not complain about the layout of the city and ease of getting lost; good maps are readily available.
  • Thou shalt not take 12 pieces of luggage onto a vaporetto.
  • Thou shalt not treat a vaporetto as thy personal sightseeing boat.
  • Thou shalt not trample people in order to get a spot on a vaporetto headed for Murano. 
  • Thou shalt not stop traffic in the middle of the Ponte della Paglia in order to take a mediocre cameraphone picture of the Bridge of Sighs.
  • Thou shalt have situational awareness in the heavily touristed areas between San Marco and the Rialto Bridge and permit those who must pass through to do so before posing for thy photos.
  • Thou shalt not feed the pigeons in Piazza San Marco.
  • Thou shalt not make pizza, mainland pasta dishes, or restaurants near San Marco/the Grand Canal the mainstay of thy dining.
  • Thou shalt not fail to do research before dining in Venice, for the notion that excellent food cannot be had in the city is a falsehood.
  • Thou shalt not take a gondola ride on the Grand Canal, for a 7 euro vaporetto ticket will give the same views.  Thou shalt take gondola rides through narrower canals only.
Post # 48
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have some disappointing news for our Italian honeymoon in August – it turns out that a lot of sites are obscured by scaffolding for renovation. I never thought to look up Trevi fountain or Spanish Steps on tripadvisor because they are free and I know I am interested in seeing them- in fact they are a big part of the leisurely strolls I was really looking forward to and the romantic atmoshphere.

But the church behind the steps is all covered, as is the fountain below, similarly Trevi is largely covered as well 🙁

I’m sure there are other lovely spots to stroll but I am still upset about missing the big ones we were looking forward to on our first trip. Any advice for places to go?

Thanks!

Post # 49
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Buzzing bee

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Firework:  The Colosseum is also still partially covered (though they apparently just revealed a freshly cleaned section, per my friends in the city), but I am also pretty sure that most of the stuff in the Roman Forum, around the Pantheon, and in Vatican City is free from significant scaffolding at this time.  You might also check out the Baths of Caracalla, or the sites on the old Appian Way (obviously those are outside of the city). 

If you’re looking for places to stroll, the oldest part of Trastevere is popular for that sort of thing.  A walk from the Pantheon to the Campo de’Fiori over the river to Trastevere might be satisfying.

In Florence, at least as of last month, there is major scaffolding at the Baptistery and in the Portico degli Uffizi, to name two things that people might walk past or want to see.  However, the Duomo’s facade is scaffold-free, and a number of interior scaffolds at important churches have come down in the last six months or so.

Post # 50
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Buzzing bee

I havent read all the replies, cause Im on atime crunch. Computer battery dying.

I loved Siena. I thought it was great and gave you a flavor of how things were back in th emiddle ages. It was lovely and they had a lot of artists there.  I couldnt stay long though.

The language barrior wasn’t an issue. I know broken Italian and hwen I tried to speak it they would wave me off and tell me to speak in English. But I went to a lot of tourist spots.

When will you go? I went in July and wa sperfectly miserable cause it was so damn hot. ugghhh. If you go then wear tanktops and skirts.  Gelato was nice. YUM.

Post # 51
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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MarriedToMyWork:  Thank you I just saw that about the colosseum as well but it seems that only a smaller portion on the outside is covered so that’s good.

Thanks for the heads up about Florence too!

I literally booked nonrefundable hotels all near Trevi because I was so interested in being in that area and now I am regretting it :/ I told Fiance I was sorry and he waved me off saying if he had planned it we wouldn’t have known about the renovations until we got there lol that’s probably true. We’ll just make the best of it and return ot Rome I guess. I will definitely look into the over the river stroll you suggested 🙂

Post # 52
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Busy bee

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MrsGatito:  Catch the Orient Express train to Venice? A villa in hilly Tuscany with a pool? A blitz tour around fast-paced Rome? A trip to Capri with amazing views from the hotel? Beaching round the Amalfi Coast?

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