favorite restaurant in Florence...
favorite restaurant in all of Florence (and Europe) is
located in the Piazza Mercato Centrale and it's called
Trattoria Za-Za. It
was pretty far from my hotel and I had to pass the train
station on the way back, so I wouldn't go late at night
by myself. These people serve really, really incredible
food. A big dinner for one cost me around 24 Euros (approx.
US$24). Oh, one more thing: there's a big Anglo-American
paperback exchange down at the end of via Fiesolana (past
the Duomo) that I found most comforting.
Marie, Chattanooga, USA
a cooking class...
year my other half and I went to Italy, and through one
of the classified links on your Journeywoman site I found
a 7-day cooking program called Authentic
Southern Tuscany that we did last May it
was superb in every way. It was a great way to start a
3-week trip to a new country because we had absorbed so
much culture of Italy by the time we left the cooking
week that we were perfectly content to shop, drive, cook,
read menus, maps, explore history, communicate with locals
and live the Italian lifestyle for when we were off on
our own. Our comfort level on foreign turf had never been
higher and thus our enjoyment of the entire trip.
Margaret, St. John's, Canada
Ed. note: The cooking
school that Margaret is referring to is called, The
International Kitchen. Any Journeywoman readers who
are interested in researching Italian cooking classes
can see further listings in our Incredible
She avoids peddlers
Canadian, but I live in Italy for part of each year.
On the beaches here, you'll be constantly harassed by
peddlers selling junk. They're persistent and they're
rude. They often speak several languages so you can't
pretend not to understand them, and they refuse to be
ignored (unless you do what I do). When they ask you
if you're English, or American, or whatever--just say
"No, sono Canadese (I'm Canadian)." When they ask if
you speak English, say, "No, parlo Canadese (I don't
speak Canadian)." This confuses them, and they'll usually
give up. It's good for a chuckle.
Iris, Treviso, Italy
little hotel in Rome ...
In Piazza Navona,
a safe, fascinating area to explore, I found Hotel
Primaverra, a small 19th-century hotel with
simply furnished large, bright, comfortable rooms. I wanted
other JourneyWomen to know that the best rooms are on
the 5th floor. Rooms #13-19 are newly renovated and air-conditioned
while #11 has a wonderful view with a private bathroom
in the hall. Amenities include a visitor's terrace, hair
dryers, central heating, elevator, satellite TV, English
spoken and a buffet breakfast. Air conditioning extra
daily fee. This family hotel does not accept credit cards
so be prepared. $134 Euros per night (approx. US$134)
Contact: Piazza San Pantaleo 3, 1st fl., 00186.
Tel: 06-68803109. Fax: 06-6869265
Margot Classe, Seattle, USA
Note: Margot is the author of Hello
Italy! Best Budget Hotels in Italy ($US69 -$US149).
Each of the centrally located budget hotels listed has
been personally visited by the writer so we're getting
a women's perspective on the facilities. Margot's book
also contains useful Italian phrases to help make hotel
reservations, restaurant recommendations, travel and packing
tips, laundromat listings and more. We're delighted to
have this expert as part of our Journeywoman Network.
P.S. The cost of the
book is US$19.95 Some of Margot's listed hotels will offer
discounts (5-10%) on your stay if you show them her book.
I imagine that by the time you finish travelling the book
will have cost you much less than the cover price.
as the Italian women do...
free to be glamorous and stylish in Italy. I was in Rome
and Florence in December when it was quite chilly. I noticed
many of the women were wearing beautiful floor-length,
wool sweater coats (mostly gray and black). I bought one
for myself in Florence for about $40 US and then found
a beautiful silk scarf to drape over it ($4 US). With
high-heeled black leather boots I packed from home and
black leather gloves (bought from the marketplace in Florence)
I not only looked and felt totally Italian Vogue but I
stayed warm too. Que Bellisimo!
Sabrina, Miami, Florida
market, to market in Rome...
The best street markets
to look for in Rome are:
Campo de 'Fiori
Daily market selling food, fish, flowers and general items.
Said to be the best in the city.
A good place to look for antique prints and second-hand
books. Usually items such as early music scores and architectural
drawings are also tucked away on some stalls.
Leather and lots of it -- from belts to full-length coats.
The market also has fashionable retro clothing, sportswear
and used cashmere.
Covered stalls offering meats, cheeses, herbs, flowers
and fruits, know for good quality and value. A number
of cheap shoe stalls are also found here.
The largest and best known 'flea' market in Rome, it is
said a customer can find almost anything they dream of
in the Porto Portese, from delicate earrings to entire
rooms of furniture.
(Source: Going Places, MetroToday, May 8, 2002)
Ed. note: Thieves love flea markets, too! Protect
your valuables. Keep them in a moneybelt close to your
body and have fun.
Glasses -- sun and
otherwise -- are the real bargain here in Rome. A pair
of Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses cost about 100 Euros ($100
USD), while a pair of Chanel frames is about $130 -$150.
That's about 1/2 of the US cost I think. I always buy
my glasses frames in Italy and have the lenses put in
when I'm back in North America as lenses are very expensive
stores are found on every street in Rome. There's an especially
excellent selection in the areas of Piazza
di Spagna, the Pantheon,
and Via del Tritone.
And there's a great store in the
basement of Termini,
Rome's train station, as well.
P.S. Contact lenses
are sold over the counter here, so if you have any problems
with those, go into a pharmacy (some of them) or an "ottica"
(glasses store) and tell them what prescription you wear
and you'll be able to get new contacts immediately.
(Source: Laura Flusche, www.urban-iconography.org
offering exciting women-friendly tour itineraries in Rome)