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Bella Italia

A March 2004 trip to Italy by rkaleal

Ancient Rome Photo, Italy, Europe More Photos
Quote: The land of romance and pasta provides great opportunities to see history, art, and natural beauty--and don't forget the shopping!

Bella Italia

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Overview

this IS Rome, no joke... Photo, Italy, Europe
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While in Italy, I had a chance to see many different parts of the country, and the country has something for everyone. If one desires to see beautiful art, the Vatican or Roman Museums are a required stop. History buffs will also enjoy the country as there are numerous history rich areas, including Pompeii, the Vatican, ancient Rome--you get my drift. Cuisine is tasty as well, but be prepared to pay more than you would in the United States. Overall, Italy is a great destination for people of all ages and interests.Quick Tips: Have euros! There is nothing worse than trying to pay USD for your lunch and looking like the stupid American! Hire A Guide: At most of the historical sites, ...Read More

The Isle of Capri

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The Isle Photo, Capri, Italy
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Capri, off the coast of Sorrento in southern Italy, is a great day-trip destination. There are plenty of historical things to see, as well as numerous shops, including big names like Zegna, Fendi, Prada, etc.Make sure you head to the top of the island via the chairlift! Although this is a little bit scary, the views once you reach the top are unmatched and worth all the fear you experience during the chair-lift section. Know that the shops tend to close around lunchtime, so plan accordingly. After enjoying your meal, instead of heading directly to the shops, take a stroll around the island. There are plenty of beautiful villas and breathtaking views to occupy you while the Gucci shopkeeper i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 2005

Vatican

Attraction | "Musei Vaticani"

Vatican Photo, Rome, Italy
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Regardless of what religion you are, you MUST visit the Vatican City and the Vatican Museum. The architecture is amazing, and you will have a chance to see some of the works of the world's best artists: Michelangelo, Bernini, etc. St. Peter's Cathedral is beautiful as well, and the dome is breathtaking. St. Peter's Square is also awe-inspiring. Tickets are required, but they are reasonably priced. You will want to arrive very early in the morning (7-ish) to get in line outside the Vatican walls or you will be in for a long wait outside. Remember to dress appropriately--women cover the shoulders and knees and men should be in long pants. Also know that the Vatican can close up shop at any point during ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 12, 2005

Vatican
Vatican City
Rome, Italy

Ancient City of Pompeii (Pompeii Scavi) Photo, Pompeii, Italy
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If you have ever studied history, you have heard of Pompeii. Next to Mt. Vesuvius, this site was buried under meters of ash when the volcano erupted, killing the Roman residents and preserving their remains.At the site you will see the remains of this Roman resort town. There are buildings, including homes and shops, as well as religious sites and even art--frescoes are preserved and so are mosaics on the ground. It is an amazing feeling to WALK IN history. You will have to pay a fee to enter, and I suggest hiring a guide. It will help you understand what you are seeing. There is lots of walking involved, and the walking is on cobblestone/brink roads, so wear comfortable s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 12, 2005

Ancient City of Pompeii (Pompeii Scavi)
Pompeii
Naples, Italy

Ancient Rome

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The Runis Photo, Rome, Italy
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From just above the ruins you can see it all: the former senate building, the gate to Rome, and even the Colosseum. The best way to see the area is by walking around, and I would suggest hiring a tour guide. But here is a quick caveat: beware when hiring tour guides, as many are ILLEGAL! My friends and I experienced many of these illegal guides trying to sell us their services.

Also, you will want to wear comfortable walking shoes. I had come directly from the Vatican and was in my dress shoes. That made for a long walk around the site. Furthermore, it is my experience that a half-day will do at these sites. As interesting as they are, if you devote an entire day, you will likely get bored.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 12, 2005

Amalfi Coast

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The Next Town Over Photo, Amalfi Coast, Italy
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This was one of my favorite destinations in all of Italy. After what seems like HOURS traveling the most curvaceous roads in Italy, and watching the scenery change from good, to better, to beautiful, you arrive. There is a nice beach area to play volleyball, sunbathe, or swim if you desire. The people in Amalfi are very generous and welcoming as well. I was there with a group, and we played a concert at the Duomo, and what seemed to be the ENTIRE town showed up to watch us. Afterwards, the mayor let us use his office to change out of our uniforms, and took the time to personally meet each of us (there were around 250 of us there). Furthermore, the people at the different restaurants w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 12, 2005

Orvieto Sights & Attractions

Attraction | "Orvieto"

Orvieto Sights & Attractions Photo, Italy, Europe
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Orvieto is a charming community which earns most of its income from wine in the Umbria region of Italy. This town has pleanty of history, a beautiful cathedral, and the BEST gelato in Italy. There is a gelato shop across from the cathedral which has the best in the town. STOP THERE!!!!

The people here are also very friendly, and the food is delicious as well. We also had a nice experience shopping for wine and other local items, and they were priced reasonably. Although I did not taste any, everyone who did said the wine was delicious.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 12, 2005

Orvieto Sights & Attractions
Throughout Orvieto
Orvieto, Italy

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Although this may sound cliched, beware of gypsies while in Rome. We had experiences were they tried to rob us. Common tactics include distracting you with a baby while they pick your pocket, or pushing something into your stomach while they steal your money. In some cases they can be aggressive. My friend's grandparents, who are native Italians, have had to fight the gypsies off with an umbrella.