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Old 03-09-05, 10:44 PM
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So i'm going to Italy -- what are the musts?

Leaving this Saturday for 10 days. Just thought i'd share my excitement.

Going to Florence, Rome, Venice, Pompeii, and a few other smaller places. I know one thing I gotta do is have a daily dose of spaghetti, meatball sandwiches, and lasagna.

Any suggestions or notes of interest?
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you aren't getting meatball sandwiches there, and probably nothing resembling what you know of lasagna. You'll get some good spaghetti with garlic and oil though.
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Originally Posted by The Ferret
Leaving this Saturday for 10 days. Just thought i'd share my excitement.

Going to Florence, Rome, Venice, Pompeii, and a few other smaller places. I know one thing I gotta do is have a daily dose of spaghetti, meatball sandwiches, and lasagna.

Any suggestions or notes of interest?
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I swear I heard something about meatball sandwiches from someone!
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Originally Posted by The Ferret
I swear I heard something about meatball sandwiches from someone!
Jarad?
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Ever heard of a little island off the coast called "Ibiza"?...You'll never look at partying the same way once you come back from Ibiza.
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hmm, let me know how things go and what to do as well. considering a trip out there in june, preferably south italy. have no clue what to do, where to go, or what to see.
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I've been to northern Italy (Cortina), not to the southern part, but my advice is to find a good off-the-beaten-path pasta restaurant that the locals go to, and try some different dishes, including a pizza (different than what we're used to). And of course, drink some local wine.
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Italian pizza is just like most non-delivery pizza places. Thin crust, sliced tomatoes, little cheese.
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There's an awesome pizza place on a side street walking from the St. Peters to the Sistine Chapel Museum entrance. Best pizza ever!
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Just went there 'bout 4 months ago....

1) Rome, do the big sights of course, look for some pizza joints kinda near the Spanish steps, the nice shops area. There's this pizza shop there to die for.

2) Venice, anywhere you eat should be good. Best places to stay around the main rive. Buy some Morano glass.

3) Florence, go Doumo, go to hill across brige overlooking city, eat good food, see all other sights. Beautiful little town.

Have fun, I had a good time.
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Originally Posted by Dalvin
Ever heard of a little island off the coast called "Ibiza"?...You'll never look at partying the same way once you come back from Ibiza.
a) Ibiza is part of Spain, and nowhere near Italy.
b) The clubs aren't open yet.
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I went last year, I loved it, Venice was awesome, but our favourite place was Sienna in Tuscany.

Pisa sucked. We pretty much stayed in the northern area, as we were there for the san marino grand prix. So we did Florence Venice and Tuscany.

Florence was great I'd like to get back there again.

Driving is loads of fun, about 100mph all over the place.
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Originally Posted by leepyswetr
a) Ibiza is part of Spain, and nowhere near Italy.
b) The clubs aren't open yet.

Beat me too it..
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My parent's have been going to Italy each year for the last three years, so they've told me all sorts of stuff that different there. They mostly go to the small town Loreto Aprutino, because that's where my dad's grandparents are from.

The most interesting thing they told me was that people don't each dinner until 8:00 at night. This isn't just a custom, it's pretty much strongly enforced. No restaurants would be open until 8 at night, no matter what. So if you were hungry before then, too bad.

Also, businesses shut down for a couple of hours at 2 in the afternoon, this is similar to the Spanish tradition of a siesta obviously.
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hooking up with an Italian girl is a MUST
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Originally Posted by dick_grayson
hooking up with an Italian girl is a MUST
Bella, bella, bella.
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Originally Posted by dick_grayson
hooking up with an Italian girl is a MUST
Indeed
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I need to bookmark this thread. I'll be going with my wife in 2 months, and am so excited. My first time to Europe.

I'm also learning Italian via <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0743518373/dvdtalk/dvdtalk/qid=1110476373/sr=8-2/ref=pd_csp_2/102-5208837-8374529?v=glance&s=books&n=507846">these CD's.</a> By the 6th lesson, I now know how to ask a girl if she would like to drink some wine with me at my place, although my wife wouldn't appreciate it.
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great point about the eating late, that caught us out for the 1st few days.
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Originally Posted by dick_grayson
hooking up with an Italian girl is a MUST



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Bistecca all Fiorentina.

Make a stop off in Tuscany or Parma, greatest food ever....
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I've been there and you must drink some "Birra Moretti" (old man with mustache drinking beer out of a mug on the label)

Have fun
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I really like the eyewitness guides
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