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Italy Trip...where to go?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by mmhollis, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. mmhollis

    mmhollis Senior member

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    I've started thinking about a trip to Italy I'd like to put together for my birthday over the summer. While I'd like to enjoy food and museums, I'm also hoping to do some shopping. Having never been to Italy I was wondering if you gentleman would recommend a good city to go to. I've heard how touristy Rome and Venice are. How unpleasant Naples can be, and while I realize it's all a matter of preference I'm hoping to get a better feel of where to go. I am also interested in finding some good men's clothing stores/factories as well. So any recommendations as well will be welcomed. On the store/factory point, are there any times that are better than others for picking up on sales?
     
  2. ErnestoG.

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    florence is nice.
     
  3. scarphe

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    I've started thinking about a trip to Italy I'd like to put together for my birthday over the summer. While I'd like to enjoy food and museums, I'm also hoping to do some shopping. Having never been to Italy I was wondering if you gentleman would recommend a good city to go to. I've heard how touristy Rome and Venice are. How unpleasant Naples can be, and while I realize it's all a matter of preference I'm hoping to get a better feel of where to go. I am also interested in finding some good men's clothing stores/factories as well. So any recommendations as well will be welcomed. On the store/factory point, are there any times that are better than others for picking up on sales?
    jsut on sotres and sales, Milano a couple of days after xmas and in midsummer.
     
  4. SpallaCamiccia

    SpallaCamiccia Senior member

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    I am going this month to Torino, that I guess is like switzerland or Germany , then to Naples that is actually same as my spaniard city. Marroquians selling drugs everywhere, garbagge all around, poverty etcv etc.

    Ey Scarphe, what city are you from or live?
     
  5. FunLovinStyle

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    I've started thinking about a trip to Italy I'd like to put together for my birthday over the summer. While I'd like to enjoy food and museums, I'm also hoping to do some shopping. Having never been to Italy I was wondering if you gentleman would recommend a good city to go to. I've heard how touristy Rome and Venice are. How unpleasant Naples can be, and while I realize it's all a matter of preference I'm hoping to get a better feel of where to go. I am also interested in finding some good men's clothing stores/factories as well. So any recommendations as well will be welcomed. On the store/factory point, are there any times that are better than others for picking up on sales?

    I would put Rome at the top of your list. Visit the sites (Roman Forum/Palatine Hill, Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, and the wonderful Piazza Navona, etc). From Rome you could take a simple day trip to Pompeii (take train to Naples and then the short commuter train to Pompeii; spend no time in Naples, it's not pleasant). It's also a simple train to Florence, although you could easily spend several days there.

    On a second trip, combine Milan and Venice, which is what I will be doing this fall.
     
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    I would put Rome at the top of your list. Visit the sites (Roman Forum/Palatine Hill, Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, and the wonderful Piazza Navona, etc). From Rome you could take a simple day trip to Pompeii (take train to Naples and then the short commuter train to Pompeii; spend no time in Naples, it's not pleasant). It's also a simple train to Florence, although you could easily spend several days there.

    On a second trip, combine Milan and Venice, which is what I will be doing this fall.


    [​IMG] please kill yourself.
     
  7. SpallaCamiccia

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    [​IMG] please kill yourself.

    Youre neapolitan then. Are you G.Inglese ?
     
  8. medtech_expat

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    florence is nice.

    I'll second Florence for a first trip, as it has a bit of everything and is easily manageable. Museums, beautiful countryside and terrific food. Depending on how adventurous you are (or how much time you'll be over there) I would combine with either Rome or Liguria as you'll need an international gateway.

    You could fly in an out of Rome and train it up to Florence - pretty straightforward. My preference, though, would be to fly into Nice (though the city itself is forgettable), rent a car and drive through Monaco into Italy. The coastline around here is spectacular (as is the seafood), and Cinque Terre is a must-see. It's a short drive to Florence from there, and you combine some surf and gorgeous scenery with your city adventure.

    June is a good time as it's shoulder season, the weather is nice yet you avoid the bulk of the summer crush.
     
  9. Ratatan

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    I'd consider Sardegna, you'll find places that you will think you are in paradise. But it's not a good place for the shopping. But great food and many places are not too touristic.

    For the shopping you might consider traveling by rental car, for example in Milano area, were you are able to visit many fabric outlets. During the sales you can find extremely cheap offers. Sales starts in July and end normally in September. At the end of August you can get the best deals, with lots of luck though. (Sales have fixed dates (for every region) in Italy, I don't think the summer sales dates have been published yet.)

    When it comes to food, I'd consider Bologna. There are also some nice outlets in the area there.
     
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    I've lived in Milan. Two people have said Milano in this thread, is this in reference to something else?
     
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    rome, florence, venice are a must.

    lucca is fantastic. the dolomites as well.
     
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    I would heartily recommend Padova; lots of culture, wonderful food (hams, wines, etc) and eminently walkable.
     
  13. mmhollis

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    I'm looking toward Florence and Rome now thanks to many of your suggestions. There was only one mention of Venice, I suppose that is because it is a tourist trap?
     
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    Florence is beautiful. If you are an art lover, it's a dream. It's the birthplace of the Renaissance. And it's very navigable by foot. You can also travel to Sienna from there if you have time.
    Rome is vast. You wouldn't be bored exploring it but expect to walk a lot. Rome can be touristy, especially around the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountains. But it really is a must-see. There's so many things you can do there. It's worth it.
    Venice is beautiful, especially at night, but it's definitely a huge tourist trap. But I don't remember actually doing a lot there.
    I second the recommendation to see Pompeii. Pompeii is beautiful. And you also might want to check out Sorrento.
    Make sure when you are planning your trip that you pick the right time to go.
     
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    padova is a great town. really love it. rome? there's so much to do that it can get overwhelming. if you want a straight shot of what americans think of as italy, florence is probably your best bet.
     
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    You can take the enjoyment out of a trip and turn it into a "check list" if you try to cover too many cities. So, assuming you are going for 10 days, I would go to Rome and Florence and then take a couple of day trips from those cities into the surrounding countryside for wine and food experiences or something like bike riding. There are tons of tours with small groups through almost any hotel. Avoid July and August although late September is still warm and fewer tourists. You will have a wonderful time. Italy is great.
     
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    I'm looking toward Florence and Rome now thanks to many of your suggestions. There was only one mention of Venice, I suppose that is because it is a tourist trap?

    in the grand scheme of things almost everything in italy is a tourist trap.
     
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    I'll second Florence for a first trip, [...] My preference, though, would be to fly into Nice (though the city itself is forgettable), rent a car and drive through Monaco into Italy. The coastline around here is spectacular (as is the seafood), and Cinque Terre is a must-see. It's a short drive to Florence from there, and you combine some surf and gorgeous scenery with your city adventure.

    June is a good time as it's shoulder season, the weather is nice yet you avoid the bulk of the summer crush.


    This so many times.

    One of the most scenic roads and Cinque Terre is heaven.

    Florence like many others have mentioned is a safe bet, i still enjoy it after several times.

    P.s. Actually i like Nice
     
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    The fiancee and I spent 5 days in Rome, 4 in Florence, 3 in Milan and 5 in Venice for the Italy segment of our 6 week trip in Europe.

    I'd love another day or 2 in Rome. Well, in all of the above really.

    Dress well, don't look like a tourist, do and eat what the locals do. You'll have a splendid time indeed.

    Next time we head back to Europe, I hope to get a car and drive along the country side and explore the country that way.
     
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    And if you'd like some restaurant recommendations, shoot me a PM or ask away!
     

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