Readers Tell Readers About Italy
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
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.
there are two great choices: Al Moro
(Vicolo delle Bollette 13, tel. 06/678.34.95) and the Antica
Locanda (Via Lavatore 86, tel. 06/126.96.36.199).
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.
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
Julie, Rome, Italy
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
by cute Italian soldiers...
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
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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