Italy vacation thread

tonybtonyb Posts: 31,711
edited September 2016 in The Clubhouse
Yep, back in black, well really still in the red after this trip but well worth it. Just want to document some things for every leg of this trip should some want to go and hopefully will make things easier for you.

The first leg took us to Rome, where we stayed at the Capo D' Africa. The Hotel is modern and well equipped about 2 blocks from the Coliseum. Some things to take note of off the bat, some lessor hotels will have super small rooms, no soap.....or even hot water for that matter as we experienced later in the trip. We mixed it up between higher end Hotels and middle of the road ones. Also, be prepared to take a taxi everywhere you go and do a lot of walking. You DO NOT want to drive a rental car in Rome....DO NOT !! You will have zero places to park and they drive like madmen. Never seen anything like it even in 3rd world countries. The thing about the rules of the road in Italy is.....there are none. Don't expect American coffee, which I didn't, or a Hotel breakfast like your accustomed to. You get Italian meats and cheeses, some baked goods, espresso or Cappuccino. Don't expect ice either. Even the cold drinks are mildly cool like if you bought a bottled beer or can of Coke/h20. If you ask for ice, you may get some, you may not, but in either case you'll get that look.

Don't expect a public toilet either like your accustomed to either. Your better off buying something then asking to use theirs at a bigger store. Some charge anywhere from 50-75 cents to use the public toilet too.....when you can find them or even if it's open yet. They chain them up if nobody is there to collect money. So use the toilet as often as you can wherever you can. That's the thing, there are no set hours of operation, for most anything. They open when they want, and close when they want, and they could give a rats behind about what you think or need. People in the hotels are friendly and helpful, outside of that not too welcoming. With one more exception, the train stations.

Italy has built a very good train system, much better than what we have. Smoother ride, better trains and systems for tickets and boarding. Your mode of transportation is going to be train or taxi, the busses just take too long to get around. Nothing is handicap accessible either.

Most places understand a little English too, however......their signage is garbage. Info isn't very forthcoming. More on that latter. Rome.....what a city. I stopped counting places to eat the first day. I've never seen the amount of joints to eat per square block in my life. Same for Florence and about every place we went. Took the Vatican tour and the coliseum. Just the size and scope of things will blow your mind. The Sistine Chapel....wow, but what really blew me away was ST. Peters Cathedral. Words can not express the greatness, the craftsmanship that went into building this place. We couldn't do it today with all our modern tools and tech. Simply stunning.

Horse and buggy ride at sunset around the coliseum and parts of Rome was awesome. The thing about Rome is, you can walk down the most mundane street filled with souvenir shops and joints to eat at, turn a corner and discover a centuries old masterpiece or work of art. We found that to be true everywhere we went in Italy. The Trevi Fountain must be seen to behold.

Most things for me was comic relief, I just couldn't help myself. "Uh....Luigi, we need something above those doors you just installed, looks too plain." So Luigi carves a masterpiece out of marble for above the doors. Frickin' unbelievable.....your jaw just hits the floor everywhere you look in wonder of the craftmanship that went into everything.

We took a short trip up to the Pope's summer home, and the town where he eats and made reservations at the restaurant he eats at. Food was good but the people not so friendly. Found that interesting considering. 2.5 days was enough for us in Rome, I was jonesin' to rent the car and get to Tuscany.

More later....

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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,711
    Few more notes on Rome. Buy your tickets to any tours you want to take prior to going. You won't have to wait in lines and they are cheaper. Time is precious on vacation, don't waste it standing in lines.

    The Vatican, while a sight to behold, pissed us off. They heard you in like cattle shoulder to shoulder.....and it gets hot in there as no air conditioning which can be said for a lot of Italy. I asked the tour guide how they preserve such works of art/paintings in such a hot uncontrolled environment. She told me that the problem is actually the tourist that do the most damage building up heat and flashes from camera's.

    That said it all for me, the Vatican is more worried about the coin from tourist than preservation......somehow I expected nothing less.
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  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,220
    Glad you're back safe Tony!
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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,566
    Bentornato mio amico!!!!
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,711
    I want to know is did you smash grapes in the vineyard with the wife?

    Indeed....

    There are many things in Italy too that will bring a tear to your eye. The women there however will make both eye's cry, no joke. Yeah, there is some good looking dudes walking around, but nowhere near the amount of women.

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  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 13,420
    Welcome home Tony! I look forward to continuing to read about your trip, and pics would be nice too.
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  • Did you manage to scarf any Vatican silverware ? That would have been cool !

    .... although one doesn't really want to get involved with the Italian legal system.
    No, you don't. o:)
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  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 24,133
    Did you ask anyone about Amanda Knox?

    Looks like a fun trip, thanks for sharing.

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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,711
    Pics will come shortly after I get some downloaded, still have stuff to do to acclimate. Pay bills, shopping....food and vino, laundry. etc.

    Tell ya what too, they have a desire for all things American, while I have the desire for things Italian. Talk cars to them and they all want Camaro's and Corvettes.....and they love Florida for some reason. Coke has the country locked up, all coke products nobody else, and they love their Pringles Potato chips.....yuck.

    Speaking of cars, we here in the states have our saying for Ford.....found on the road dead. There.....they have one for Fiat.

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  • aprazer402aprazer402 Posts: 1,599
    Glad you had a great time. I enjoyed your first post. Waiting for the photos. I'm guessing every household does not have Sonus faber speakers? Later, Ciao :)
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 7,153
    Visiting the Motherland eh Tony? You had me worried I figured you was at the bottom of Lake Michigan wearing concrete shoes :# . Glad you had a good time and you made it back. I now ask the question everyone is wondering, Italian style Pizza or Chicago Deep dish what's your preference?
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,072
    by the way, welcome back! :)
  • Sounds like a fun trip, Tony.

    Welcome back to the USA and the Forum.
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  • BlueMDPickerBlueMDPicker Old Polk Posts: 6,983
    tonyb wrote: »
    Pics will come shortly after I get some downloaded
    .....and they love Florida for some reason.

    Glad you had safe and enjoyable travels, Tony! Please, please tell me you made it to Pisa and have the obligatory shot of you holding the tower from falling over. :p
    tonyb wrote: »
    .....and they love Florida for some reason.

    What's not to love?


  • warrenwarren Posts: 665
    Hey Tony, benvenuto a casa...
    Some final words,
    "If you keep banging your head against the wall,
    you're going to have headaches."
    Warren
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 10,789
    warren wrote: »
    Yo' Tony, benvenuto a casa...

    Fixed it for ya'

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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,711
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,711
    edited September 2016
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    That was my view from a very private balcony at the Hotel.

    BTW, that small beach you see....that's the dog beach. Told ya they love dogs....lol

    The menu pic.....that's just one of the menu's for the joints on the beach. Others have the usual fare.....Oven baked pizza. You can't get bottled water in most major cities for those prices.
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    My wife hanging out with some nuts....literally. lol
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,711
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    My wife made me go in this place for obvious reasons.....came out with underwear....one.....at 35 bucks. Armani.....big deal. Most comfortable darn things you ever want to slide your sack into though.
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