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post #106 of 152

I've bever been, but you may want to keep this in mind:

 

 

lefty

post #107 of 152
never been, but keep intending to go. i have friends who have been and loved it. if you do decide to go, check out at least a couple of Andrea Camilleri's detective books first. great series, and the main character is a true buona forchetta. i would go just on the descriptions of the dishes his housekeeper leaves him!
post #108 of 152
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Sicily is looking more and more appealing. I forgot that the Palantine Chapel and Martorana are in Palermo. I could spend a day just in those.
Anyone been? Is it affordable? Safe? Easy to get around?

my wife has been, she loved it.
post #109 of 152
I absolutely love Sicily, Cefalu, Palermo, and Erice (maybe my favorite town in southern Italy), especially. Taormina is really crowded but the view from the Greek theater is incredible, it alone is worth the trip. Fairly easy to get around, roads are not as chaotic as Calabria's (no equal in my book for driving headaches). Food is ridiculously cheap for the most part as is pretty much anything in southern Italy and I've never had any problems safety-wise. Architecture is wonderful, most interesting mix in the country for me. There's a town just outside of Palermo, Monreale, that has an amazing cathedral. Absolute must-visit if you go.
post #110 of 152
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Yeah I've been looking into it. I think we'd stay in Erice at least some of the time. Will we be miserable if we speak no Italian? I can learn a little before we go but it probably won't be much.
post #111 of 152
ask anyone north of rome: sicilians don't speak italian either. nod[1].gif
post #112 of 152
I love palermo - good food, nice people, while it doens't have the fantastic art that florence has, you walk around all day in little nieghborhoods with fountains and beautiful buildings, withouth seeing anybody else who doens't belong. highly recomended. if you go, stay at one of the old grand hotels
post #113 of 152
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Yeah I've been looking into it. I think we'd stay in Erice at least some of the time. Will we be miserable if we speak no Italian? I can learn a little before we go but it probably won't be much.

In the smaller towns, just about no one will know English. In the cities, between learning a little Italian and the mostly students working in restaurants and bars who know a little English, I think you'd be fine. My brother and his girlfriend were just in Calabria and Sicily recently and had no problems communicating. He knows very little Italian (knows the Calabrese dialect quite well but not many young people speak it anymore).
post #114 of 152
Yeah, Italians and foreign languages? Hell no. I'd venture to say that the majority of Italians only speaks Italian. But understanding each other will work out.
post #115 of 152
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Yeah I've been looking into it. I think we'd stay in Erice at least some of the time. Will we be miserable if we speak no Italian? I can learn a little before we go but it probably won't be much.

I went to Erice in I think 2003. It's a beautiful mountain top village. Just gotta know which places are on the OK list and which are on the Not OK list.

I saw two guys...er...taking care of someone in a parking lot, when they spotted me, they said he was sick and they were giving him medical attention. In their suits, of course.

I speak enough Italian to blend in somewhat, but the older generation is big on the Sicilian dialect which is actually so far removed from standardized Italian it might as well be a different language.

I touched a cloud for the first time sitting in an open air presentation.

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Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture

The southern coast of Sicily is easily accessible too, lot of Greek architecture to see, some Arabized neighborhoods that date back to 10th century I think, and if you're up for it Tunisia is but a boat ride away though may no longer be a good idea..

PS Alitalia sucks
post #116 of 152
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Good info on Sicily, thank you. Could I even get in to Tunis with an Israeli stamp in my passport?
post #117 of 152
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Everything is pretty much set up, but we still need hotels for our return trip. Can anyone recommend a hotel in Rome that is easy to get to Fiumicino from? I also need a hotel from which it is easy to get to Tegel for a morning flight. Hopefully not very expensive. Thanks
post #118 of 152
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I also need a hotel from which it is easy to get to Tegel for a morning flight. Hopefully not very expensive. Thanks

Motel One Alexanderplatz. Not expensive, kind of like staying inside an ikea showroom. Close to the bus which takes like 20-30 minutes to TXL.

http://www.motel-one.com/en/hotels/berlin/hotel-berlin-alexanderplatz/#t=hotelinfo
post #119 of 152
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Motel One Alexanderplatz. Not expensive, kind of like staying inside an ikea showroom. Close to the bus which takes like 20-30 minutes to TXL.

http://www.motel-one.com/en/hotels/berlin/hotel-berlin-alexanderplatz/#t=hotelinfo

Is this a real recommendation? I never know with you. Price is good and it's close to Museum Island. Everything in Berlin that I've seen pictures of look like an Ikea showroom.
post #120 of 152
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Oh incidentally, the trip is going to be 3 nights in an apartment in the Campo dei Fiori in Rome, 4 nights in a B&B in Orvieto, 5 nights in a converted farmhouse with a pool outside of Spello, 1 night in a castle in Perugia that has a restaurant that's supposed to be very good, and then the return trip asked about above (1 night in Rome, 1 in Berlin). We're going to pick up a car when we leave Orvieto and explore Eastern Umbria for the next week. We also intend to visit Civita and possibly Florence by train when we're in Orvieto.
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