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We stayed in Siena and did day trips to the Tuscany towns like Montalcino and Montepulciano by bus which was ok, but if it hadn't been summer when we were there, I would definitely have stayed in one of the little villages at a villa. I thought Siena was worth seeing but you probably don't need more than a day there. I spent 3 days each in Florence and Rome and 2 days in Venice and that seemed like enough time. You can definitely use more days in Rome if you want since there is so much to see and do there. I think Milan is a waste of a trip and so is Pisa. I loved Cinque Terre but it is pretty far from where it sounds like you'll be, so it may have to be a skip if you're concerned about time. It isn't too far from Milan by train. I also loved the Lake Como area, which is north of Milan, and LOVED Sorrento and the Amalfi coast, although that would be really far from where you'll be.

Good luck planning! I'm so jealous. I've been to Italy twice and wish I could go every year!

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We has the Rick Steve's and Lonely Planet books and they were great, as far as books I think you're set!
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One of my all time favorite restaurants in the world is in Venice. I think it is called La Corte Sconta. I was there about 6 years ago, so hope it is still open. I also have some fun places I like in Florance. All food/drink related of course! Remind me and I'll drag out my book.

One way we found great things to do was to do a  search for United's Hemisphere's magazine. I know it sounds weird, but they always do these "Three Perfect Day's" in a city. Florence, Rome and I think Venice are three cities they profiled. Bon Appetitie also has done some profiles on these cities (if you are looking for high end eats).

Wow, I am so jealous!!!!

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Hey Krisss, see if you can get your hands on a May 2005 Bon Appetite. It is all about Rome, Florence & Venice. I was moving some stuff around today and came across my copy. Thought of you when I saw it. Let me know if you want to borrow it.

 

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YES - definitely wish to borrow. Grazi! (sp?) ;)
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One of my favorite restaurants in Florence is Il Latini.  I think they open at 7 and there is usually a big crowd that forms outside in the alleyway so you have to arrive early. If you are interested I can search for the address.

Good Luck Planning!  Italy is one of my favorite places to visit!

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gna - found "Da il Latini" in our books, so if that's it, we got an address. Thanks for the tip! It's got some raves in our LP Tuscany guide, too!

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I would love the address for Da il Latini, we are now going to Italy and Prague for our honeymoon and as foodies, always looking for recommendations.

Thanks!

P.S. I would love any other restaurant recommendations!



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ok gals...i finally got back from my work trip and have focused for long enough to write back to ya'll.  here's my take on the three major cities - venice, rome, and florence.  i hope it helps!

Venezia:
Venice is pretty small.  you could probably see most of what you need/want to in 2 days.

- Piazza San Marco and Palazzo Ducale ( attached to each other)

- Ponte dei sospiri

- Island of Murano (glass factories)
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Island of Burano (Laces)
- Ponte di Rialto

- Museo dell'Accademia


I am not sure in which museum or if this year is one of 'em, but every 2 years there is the contemporary art exhibit (VERY contemporary) called 
"Biennale"

*  I don't have any restaurant rec's as i've only spent a few days there and couldn't remember for the life of me where we ate.

Firenze:
Florence is near and dear to my heart, but either way, I think it definitely deserves at least 3 days of your time.

- Uffizi Gallery and Piazza della Signoria
- Museo dell'Accademia (this is the museum w/the original David .My favorite area is closed-off now, but it was off to the side from the David, and was a room full of his unfinished statues.  I don't have words for how beautiful they were.)

- Duomo and Battistero (and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo) The Duomo (or the other tower, now I can't remember it's name) is definitely worth climbing.  It's hot, small and stuffy, but it's a great view once you get up to the top!

- Santa Maria Novella.  This is the church my parents got married in! I went again this christmas and had forgotten how beautiful it is inside.  I think bus #13 takes you up there.

- Santa Croce

- San Lorenzo and Cappelle Medicee

- Palazzo Pitti e Boboli Garden (my husband loved the Boboli gardens. Sometimes they have a cool 'museum' walk through the palazzo and you can check out the old medieval dresses, etc from the era)

- Piazzale Michelangelo: take bus n. 13 (This is near Santa Maria Novella).  This is one of the most romantic spots in all of Florence.  You'll want to take some bread, wine, and cheese and watch the sunset.  My avatar?  Taken from the Piazza.

- Fiesole: take bus n. 7 This is a little city up on one of the hillsides near florence.  You can probably check it out in one day/afternoon.  The view to florence is great.

- At night there is music in Piazza Santissima Annunziata (my dad's favorite Piazza) and Piazza Santo Spirito

Food
Acqua Al Due (
http://www.acquaal2.it/) that has a counterpart in SD (not nearly as good).

I will have to update to get the name and address of our favorite little local restaurant.

Rome:  Rome also deserves at least 3 days.  There is SOOO much to see and do and the food is just great.

- San Pietro and Musei Vaticani with the Cappella Sistina  - This duomo is also worth taking the trek up to.  Also know they make you cover your sholders with a shawl or sweater if you're wearing strapless/spaghetti straps/etc.

- Piazza di Spagna and streets at the bottom, such as Via Condotti

- Fontana di Trevi

- Piazza Navona

- Pantheon

- Colosseo and from it a walk through the Forum

- At night: Piazza Campo dei Fiori

- Isola Tiburtina

- Castel Sant Angelo

- Terme di Caracalla. They're ruins (mostly these gigantic walls left) of baths from the early b.c.?  It's a bit of a walk from the center of town, but they're incredibly sofisticated for how old they are.

I will update with restaurant choices soon.

Things to know:
- at a bar (this includes coffee bars, etc) you pay only to drink it at the bar.  It is usually more expensive to sit down at the little tables to eat/drink - but the idea is to give you good service (even if it's just a cappuccino).

- you will have to ask for your check.  You can simply say "Il conto" if you want :*)

- If you get gelato....you can get multiple flavors within the little cup.  I feel this is prime info for us Americans who are used to paying by the scoop!  You can get pistacchio, stracciatella and fragola all in one cup if you're up to it (pistachio, choc. chip and strawberry).

edited to try and correct the fonts - but it won't work!  sorry :*)



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Hi Girls....I too am planning a trip to Iatly for September 2006.  :-)  It will be a 1 year anniversary present for my husband and I, since its always been a dream vacation.  My question is, how did you girls all book your trip?  With an agent?  Online?  I have researched virginvacations.com and all their packages, tried pricing airlines and hotels out on my own online and still am not sure how to go about this. 

*I want to fly into once city and out another (like into Rome and out of Vencie)

*Will need rail passes, hotels, etc.

What is the best way for me to do this?  We have never been to Europe so we would love suggesstions on which way to book/plan this out.  Thank you!

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