eats & sleeps in Rome...
Rome we pinched pennies and stayed at a hostel - Gulliver's
House (an old converted house). It's unbelievably
clean and it welcomes all ages (we were a group of friends
in our 40's). We had one room with two bunk beds for four
of us. During the day they gave us a key for the room
so we were able to leave our belongings. This hotel is
very close to the train station (in a quiet area) and
walking distance to the Colosseum.
Contact: Via Palermo, 36 00184 Rome
Phone: 064817680 Fax: 0648177007
Here's a couple of
restaurants we enjoyed in Rome and would like to share
with other women. We actually found the food in Italy
to be wonderful everywhere. Can't wait to return!
Al Giubileo Ristorante - Pizzeria
Via Palermo, 7 (angolo Via del Boschetto, 44)
They served great spaghetti, bruschetta, etc. Our bill
for 7 was 178,500 lira including cappuccino, a couple
of desserts & a couple of glasses of wine. This place
is cozy as well as casual.
Ristotante Pizzeria Magna Roma
Via Milano, 47
These people were so hospitable. When they realized we
were a group of Canadians, they presented us with a complimentary
dessert pizza and rolled in a TV so we could watch our
country's final hockey game. The food was reasonably priced.
It's a very large, comfortable, yet casual place.
Judy, Ottawa, Canada
Florence but not in August...
from missing the Big Heat, another major advantage of
visiting Florence any time other than August is that you
have the chance to visit the delightful Cappella
Rucellai. Located on the corner of Via della
Spada and Piazza San Pancrazio, it looks so much like
the rest of the surrounding buildings that you can walk
right past it several times without noticing (especially
as it is only open two hours a day, from 10am to 12noon,
Monday to Saturday).
Designed by Leon Battista
Alberti in 1462, the chapel contains a life-size replica
of the Sanctuary of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. There
are also the remains of a painting by Baldovinetti and
a Christ in varnished terracotta.
Roberta, Milan, Italy
of Women Carrying Babies in Italy...
travelling in certain areas of Italy such as Pisa or Rome,
beware of women who are lingering by souvenir stands holding
babies. They may be getting ready to rob you. Their babies
are not real babies -- they're dolls which the women will
throw to you. You, of course, will want to stop the (fake)
baby from falling and as you reach out to catch it, the
women will snatch your purse. Be forewarned!
E. Pessin, Port Washington, USA
Cortona is located
half-way between Florence and Rome, but not on the railway.
It's a heavenly hill town with two good museums, very
friendly, and a restaurant (Il
Teatro) where I had the best meal I had in
Italy (tortelloni with ricotta & spinach in a truffle
sauce). Not expensive, very friendly, with old opera posters
on the walls. This is a must-see and must-do experience!
Lyn, Regina, Canada
women in Italy...
It is no accident,
writes cross-cultural expert Robert T. Moran, that the
two most popular and common expressions in Italy -- Mamma
Mia! and Madonna -- refer to female icons. In Italy the
woman is the backbone of the family. This, combined with
the renowned Italian love of beauty,
gives the role of women a special place in the world of
(Source: Do's and Taboos Around the World for Women
in Business, ISBN 0 471 14364 2)
This respect for women doesn't always extend to female
tourists. Catcalls and an occasional pinch on the bum
are not unheard of in the big cities. You can usually
cut down this unnecessary attention by dressing like the
locals (sunglasses, lots of black, lots of attitude, shoes
not sneakers, etc.) and ignoring the men who try to get
you to respond to them.
When a man just doesn't
get the message, answer loudly with the word, "Basta,"
which means "Enough!". I try to do this only
when lots of bystanders can hear. This shames the silly
man and he usually slinks away. If there is nobody else
around I walk purposefully and quickly trying to put as
much distance as possible between him and me.
restaurant in Cinque Terre...
1979 as soon as I get to Vernazza, Cinque Terre I make
a bee line for the beach and Gianni's
which is right on the little piazza, full of colour and
life at the sea. I get there around 12:30 so I get a front
row seat. Under yellow umbrellas, I drink cool, light
white wine and order my usual heavenly meal -- I start
with linguine with pesto of basil, pine nuts, garlic and
parmesan cheese and pieces of green beans and potatoes
mixed in, then a casserole with layers of potatoes, tomatoes
and little fish seasoned with herbs all topped off with
a fruit salad or ice cream with Schiacchetra (local dessert
wine) poured over. The waiters are the same every year.
Whether younger or older, they enjoy their work, give
good service and are always charming and fun. Tel: 0187-821003.
Closing day is Wednesday, I think.
Clothing prices tend
to be quite high in Italy. The "Gap" of Italy is, of course,
Bennetton, which has
millions of stores in Rome, including two high-tech, big
new branches. One is on Via del Corso and one is on Via
del Tritone. And there's another in the Termini train
station. They sell underwear, kids clothes, as well as
women's and men's clothes. These tend to be hip and cool
and more affordable than most things in Italy.
(Source: Laura Flusche, www.urban-iconography.org
offering exciting women-friendly tour itineraries in Rome)