Cinque Terre Journals

Northern Italy: Cities, Hilltowns, Coasts

A May 2002 trip to Cinque Terre by Dog Mother

Villa Godenano-Castellina in Chianti Photo, Italy, Europe More Photos
Quote: Here are highlights of our 18-day trip to a number of places in Northern Italy. We designed the trip ourselves, with minimal help from a travel agent. Places visited included: Rome, Florence, Venice, Siena, Cinque Terre, Lake Como (Vernazza), Assisi, Deruta, San Gimignano, Castellina in Chianti, Montalcino, and Milan. I will be developing this journal as I have time. It is definitely under construction right now.

Northern Italy: Cities, Hilltowns, Coasts

Overview

Special Moments Photo, Italy, Europe
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We wouldn't trade our conversations with native Italians (who did not speak English) on the train between cities. We used our Italian/English dictionary extensively--and all of us felt such a sense of accomplishment.One late afternoon in Florence, we were walking from Santa Croce back to Piazza della Signoria and heard the most beautiful soprano singing Ave Maria. She and her guitarist were playing in the Uffizi plaza--tourists gathered round, listening so intently. I was overcome with tears because of the pure beauty of the moment. Quick Tips: Study a phrase guide before you go, but take an Italian/English dictionary with you. Be sure to take pictures of your pets and children--it wi...Read More

Blue Rose B & B - Rome

Hotel | "Blue Rose B & B - Rome"

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The B&B, for a fee, arranged transportation from airport--a man was in the airport with sign with our name on it. We arrived early in the morning--and as we drove up to the building, we were surprised that it contained the B&B--there was no sign on the outside. We rang the doorbell and the nice woman who managed the property came to the door (the door was locked) and led us up to our room. The B&B was on the 3rd floor--and there was a very old cage elevator. Once we crossed the threshold into the B&B, it was like a different world--very warm, nicely furnished, and definitely a feel of someone's home. Our room was large, faced the street, and fortunately was air conditioned--both...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 9, 2003

Blue Rose B & B - Rome
Via Principe Umberto, 35
Rome
(06) 77456697

Villa Godenano-Castellina in Chianti Photo, Italy, Europe
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This is a lovely 3-star villa within walking distance of the center of Castellina in Chianti--an ancient village with some wonderful restaurants. The breakfast is a huge spread that includes many types of bread, meats, cheeses, cereal, yogurt, juice, and espresso with steamed milk. It is delicious! There are 12 guest rooms--ours was huge with a private balcony and private entrance. The bathroom was beautiful and large. The villa has a large swimming pool with a terrific Tuscan vista, tennis court, formal garden, underground parking, and a friendly manager, Ornella. On the grounds is a kennel with a large dog inside. Do not put your fingers into the fence to pet this dog!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 9, 2003

Villa Godenano-Castellina in Chianti
Loc. Godenano
Italy

Albergo Firenze - Florence Photo, Florence, Italy
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This is a one-star hotel. The location cannot be better--it is just two blocks south of the Duomo, just off of Via del Corso. I have never seen a hardcopy map of Florence that includes the name of the street this hotel is on. However, the www.viamichelin.com map on the Internet will show it. It is a little piazza in the middle of the block, on the south side, between the cross streets of Via de Cerchi and Via Santa Margherita.The hotel has 4 or 5 stories, with two elevators. The rooms are very utilitarian--furniture is all formica and looks old. Our bathroom was a good size, complete with bathtub/w showerhead and bidet. There was plenty of closet space, a dresser, a desk, TV.Breakfast...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 9, 2003

Albergo Firenze - Florence
Piazza Donati 4
Florence