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I have searched the Forum, and got some answers, but have a few more questions.
Are tickets for the local trains easily obtainable the day before travel? I read that for the express trains, it is better
to prebook, but I am trying to stay a bit flexible on my dates. I also could not get a price of the local train, to compare it to the express. Italiarail shows a 2nd class price of US$53.00, and 1st class of $83.00. Is it worth the extra money for a 90 minute train ride?
Any help would be appreciated.
Me and my friend is planning to do our first trip alone, prolly a backpacking to Italy in October 2013. We are planning to meet in Italy, and then to end the trip from Rome.
We are planning to cover all the popular historical places and also to spend some time close to culture and the people, and to connect with the scenery and history.
Can anyone suggest us some ideas, itinerary, advise, must see places as for first time travelers?
I am very much excited, that we are taking this step to do this trip without a travel tour company. :)
A friend and I have booked an early morning Vatican tour from Imago Artis for the morning of Monday July 8. (I actually found this company/tour on TripAdvisor. The reviews are incredible! http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g187791-d3335426-r131705616-Imago_Artis_Tour_Private_Day_Tours-Rome_Lazio.html)
The group can consist of up to four people. As of right now, we are only a party of two. The cost of the tour is 450 Euros, regardless. I wanted to see if there might be another two-some in Rome that would like to join us that morning and split the cost. We will be getting picked up from our hotel at 7:15a, and the tour lasts approximately 4 hours. Best of all, we get to skip the lines and see the Sistine Chapel with a fraction of the normal crowd. Here is a link to the company site:
If anyone is interested, please let ... more »
Does anyone have a recommendation on an Agritourismo or other lodging in Altamura (for a few nights this July)?
We are planning a trip to Rome this summer - July 2013. We want to avoid the long queues for the museums and sites. So, we are looking into buying tickets or passes on-line ahead of time. We read about the Roma pass in the Lonely Planet tour books, but can't find it on-line. We're not sure if that is the best one anyway. We know about the combined Colesseum/Palatino/Roman Forum ticket. Can anyone help with some advise about which passes would be the best to get? Is it better to get a pass (like the Roma pass, if it still exists) or individual tickets?
I will be travelling to Alghero, Sardinia in July and would like to know how to book train ticketsin advance for this route -Alghero-Sassari-Olbia
Trenitalia website is way too complicated and I cant seem to make any online booking.
Would you suggest I purchase tickets once I am there?
I'm thinking about spending a few weeks going from Ancona down to Rome by bike. I've done this trip before on bike, but I won't be able to bring my own bike this time. Does anyone know a good place to buy a bike in the region? Surprisingly, I haven't been able to find much information on the internet or even direct company websites. Looking for something cheap, standard road bike.
Have the Lonely Planet Sardinia book. It suggests making a reservation for a tour to the Blue Marino cave near Cala Luna and Cala Gonone in the high season. We will be there in late July.
Unfortunately, there seems to be no contact information for cave tour operators. Any information will be very much appreciated.
I'm a young female solo traveler going to Venice for three days in August. This is my first time traveling alone.
I am staying at l'imbarcadero (the road is Calle Zen) and I am not getting there until late on a sunday evening. I need to get there safely and quickly from the main bus station (Piazzale Roma). Is it better to go via foot or Vaperetto? If so, which route should I take to get there?
Also, can anyone suggest a good travel pocket guide which includes a detailed map? And any other tips? Being only 19 and never having traveled alone before, I need some good advice and tips so I don't get ripped off or lost.
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There appears to be a number of train/bus options. Does anyone have suggestion for the best one? We are traveling second half of September . Thank you.
In July we are flying into Milan Malpensa, then need to get to an apartment near Dascio, near the bottom of the west side of Lake Mezzola. We won't be hiring a car, so need to rely on trains, buses & ferries. We arrive at 10am on a Sunday - how much public transport is likely to be running? Can anyone suggest a good route for us?
After nearly three years without a holiday I finally managed to get a week off work and found a last-minute flight to Pisa on Monday 17th June, coming back to the UK on Sunday 23rd. I'm overwhelmed by research at the moment and it would be great to get some opinions about what to see and do in the area. I get into Pisa late Monday night and fly out on Sunday morning, so that leaves me 5 full days to play with.
I'm female, early 30s, traveling solo, with backpacking experience. I'm looking to stay in relatively cheap accomodation, hostels are fine since most other options seem to be based on 2 people sharing. I don't drive, so will be on public transport for the most part. My interests are pretty sedate (hiking, historical sites, museums, nature). I've heard a lot about the thermal springs in Tuscany so if I can get there I was thinking about visiting Saturnia or somewhere simi... more »
Hi, I'm meeting some friends in Lipari on Sunday 30 June and I'm tight for time so I want to get there as efficiently as possible. I can fly into Palermo or Catania, both arriving at around 4.35/4.45pm.
Can anyone advise me of the best plan from there - should I try to get a ferry from Palermo - the best I can find is the Ustica lines ferry which leaves Palermo at 13.50 so that won't work until the next day. Is there any other ferry that does that route and leaves later in the day? I can't find one!!
Alternatively there seems to be ferries from Milazzo to Lipari later in the day - where I would need to get a bus from Palermo to Milazzo (or from Catania).
If I'm leaving from Milazzo - is there much difference in distance/bus route from Catania or Palermo - Palermo seems a little further away but not by much?? And how long does it take by bus to get there (to Milazzo)?
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This is our itinerary so far:
June 23 - fly into Naples, 2 nights Naples (Pompeii)
25 - 1 night Trani
26 - 2 night Alberobello
28 - 3 nights Lecce (exploring the area)
1 - 1 night Matera
4 free nights
6 - stay in Naples / Sorrento / fairly close to airport
7 - fly home
As you can see we've got a bit of a mix, but want a fairly relaxed pace. My question is about the 4 free nights - I want to spend it on the Amalfi coast, around the Maratea area. I have looked at Maratea but am reluctant to book it as it looks very busy and touristy, and we would prefer somewhere a bit quieter to chill out at the end of our holiday (I realise that we are going in high season but Maratea looks like an Italian St Tropez or Marbella and that's not our scene!!)
Does anyone have any suggestions of any slightly smaller towns where we can relax? I like beach, my partner likes a bit of... more »
Hi all. I've bennefited from the sage advise found on the Thorn Tree regarding trips to West Africa and South America in the past. I've been out of commision for a decade or so starting a family and working a 9 to 5. My kids are 9 and 10 and we're taking the whole family to Italy for a vacation and maybe imbue them with a little wonderlust. We'll be in Treviso visiting family for three weeks. Neither my kids nor I will be too thrilled with architectural tours - not that we can't appreciate it, just not as the total focus of the day. Any suggestions for fun active things the kids and I can do to get out and experience a little of Venice and Northern Italy?
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