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Visit vineyards around Florence...

I would like to suggest Grapeadventures (my company's) half- and full-day wine tours into the Chianti countryside. Leaving from Florence, you travel with a trained wine expert, in small groups of eight, in an air-conditioned van. These tours visit one wine estate per half. You get to visit the estate, its grounds, cellars and learn of its wine. Tours end with a tasting of all the wines of the estate and other products such as prosciutto, cheese, honey, olive oil, balsamic vinegar etc. There is always a light meal served. Estate visits vary daily; passengers who reserve are picked up at Piazzale Michelangelo by the statue of David. Morning tour is from 9:00 -1:00 PM , afternoon from 2:00 - 6:00 PM (these tours can be combined for a whole day). Price: $US80.00 P.S. We also do special programs in wine for women only. Website: http://www.grapeadventures.com
Gail, USA/Italy


Around Rome With Kids...

Food treats for kiddies (big and small) -- 'Around the fountain of Trevi, the streets are lined with very touristy pizza-by-the-slice places, but keep your eyes open for San Crispino (Via della Panetteria 54, tel. 06/679.39.24) one of Rome's best ice cream shops. Sparkling clean silver lids protect the ice cream beneath, all the ingredients are natural, and the result is delicious.

For lunch there are two great choices: Al Moro (Vicolo delle Bollette 13, tel. 06/678.34.95) and the Antica Locanda (Via Lavatore 86, tel. 06/47.88.10.57).

Want more great suggestions on things to do with the younger set in Roma? Check the bookshelves for Fodor's, Around Rome With Kids -- 68 great things to do together.


Italy By Train...

I'd like to recommend an excellent book called, Italy by Train, written by Tim Jepson, published by Fodor's Travel Publications in 1993. It maps out all sorts of journeys, and has good recommendations about Museums, like the Diocesan Museum in Cortona (which everyone misses), which has the most beautiful painting of the Annunciation by Fra Angelico. Good history, too!
Lyn, Regina, Canada

Ed. note: For anyone who's interested, JW checked at Amazon.com and there were several used paperback copies of this book available at their website.


Not expensive in Rome ...

I live in Italy and have an interesting accommodation tip for other JourneyWomen. There is a user-friendly pensione where we have sent family and friends for nearly 30 years -- the Pensione Coronet, Pza Grazioli 5, just one block from Piazza Venezia. Ask for a room overlooking the courtyard -- that should ensure a quiet experience. Most rooms have baths but my cousin stayed in one with the bathroom in the corridor next door and was quite happy. Tel. +39--6-678 5971. Expect moderate to inexpensive rates.
Julie, Rome, Italy


Designer outlet in Milan...

This is a tip most visitors to Milan would not know about. In my city of Italian fashion, the best designer outlet spot has to be Salvagente. Let's face it, getting that top-name designer gem in your size, in your color, exactly when you want it, is not an everyday occurrence -- but it does happen here. And, if you end up not finding the Versace of your dreams, console yourself with keenly-priced boutique-level clothes. You can't go wrong at this spot! Via Bronzetti 16 (tel: 02 76110328) on the 60 bus route. Open 10-12.30, 15.00-1900 Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; Wednesday and Saturday 10-1900, Closed Monday AM.
Roberta, Milan, Italy


Ripped-off by cute Italian soldiers...

The Colosseum has Roman soldiers who will charge you an arm and a leg to have your souvenir photo taken with them. I want other JWomen to know that they can be bargained down. The soldiers originally quoted my pal and I a fee for posing and we naively paid without trying to bargain. On the way back, we heard them quoting someone else half of what they originally charged us. My traveling companion was more than a bit angry at these fellows. Despite the rip-off, I'm still glad we captured that "Italian moment." Every time I look at the photo I remember how we were fooled and I have to laugh. Not only was it fun at the time posing with a couple of cute "Roman soldiers," but it has provided a good many giggles since. We learned a valuable lesson and it's always part of any story I tell when I talk about my experiences in Italy.
Carol, Toronto, Canada


Bonus tip ...

English publications printed in Rome?

One is called Roma C'e, which is published every Wednesday and is available on the newsstands. Most of the publication is in Italian, but there's a large section in the back in English that tells of all the events happening in Rome over the course of the next week. This includes music (pop and classical), theater, nightlife, restaurant reviews, outdoor festivals, sports and more.

Wanted in Rome is published every two weeks and available on newsstands. This publication gives news of Rome in English, has extensive classified ads about apartments, work, services provided, etc. The articles usually address a variety of matters including Italian politics, culture, daily life, etc.

The International Herald Tribune, a daily paper, has a four-page insert called Italy Daily that gives a summary of Italian news in English. There's also, usually, a listing of art exhibitions in Italy, as well as a listing of movies playing in English. And very often there's also a culture article that addresses Italy's various regions or customs.
(Source: Laura Flusche, www.urban-iconography.org offering exciting women-friendly tour itineraries in Rome)


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The articles in GIRLTALK Italy have been independently researched by Journeywoman Online. We thank the Italian Government Tourist Board and Air France for sponsoring this female-friendly information. Together it is our aim to inspire women to visit Italy and to travel safely and well.

P.S. Did you know that Charles-de-Gaulle's airport in Paris is Air France's hub? And from Paris, Air France can connect you to 10 Italian cities!

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