Travel Information in Italia

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keithatengagedthinking
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Postby keithatengagedthinking » Tue Mar 06, 2007 2:21 am

You could say that about anything in life.

It's up to the reader/consumer to determine the validity or usefulness of the information that crosses their path.

Things in life rarely are perfect! :)

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Postby Rolly » Tue Mar 06, 2007 3:58 am

keithatengagedthinking wrote:You could say that about anything in life.

It's up to the reader/consumer to determine the validity or usefulness of the information that crosses their path.

Things in life rarely are perfect! :)


Lo so, lo so.
But (a) misinformation/disinformation is often not apparant to the stranger and completely unacceptable from authorities, wherever they may be.
and (b) life's imperfections are sufficient unto themselves without self serving individuals deliberately, carelessly, or both, distorting information intended for the public benefit.

I lived in Italy for nearly 5 years and made a great number of firm friends whilst there. Amonst them the general opinion is that, in Italy, the term "servizio civile" is as much an oxymoron as it is anywhere. And the word "furbo" is as much a badge of respect as it is condemnatory!! :cry:

A look at http://www.bestofsicily.com is worthwhile.
---- Ne ammazza più la gola che la spada ------

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Postby keithatengagedthinking » Tue Mar 06, 2007 10:56 am

The Italia.it web site has been in the news in many of the Italian papers/press for the very reasons that you identify -- I find it difficult to read on my laptop, and I can't even get it to come up on my computer at work.

The web site isn't completely useless - it does have some potential. Like any resource, you have to judge it on its merit I guess :)

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Postby Roby » Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:53 pm

Looking for hotels at a discounted rate. Check out http://www.hotel-rates.com/italy/

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Postby Roby » Fri Mar 23, 2007 4:03 pm

Discussion about the Italian Currency

http://www.impariamo.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1485

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Postby Roby » Fri Mar 23, 2007 4:14 pm

From Keith

Ho trovato questo sito.

http://www.aliblu.it/

Contiene le informazioni importante sulle regione dell'Italia: la storia, i dialetti, i provverbi, e i folkore.

Ciao!

From Lee

Italian videos on Italy
http://www.impariamo.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1316

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Postby Roby » Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:17 am

In open-air markets throughout Europe, only shop at stalls that post prices. If there are no posted prices BEWARE of the double standard. A price for the locals and a HIGHER price for the tourist.

Dress codes when visiting churches in Italy

Some churches have signs telling you what type of clothing is acceptable, some have people at the doors turning people away who are not appropriately dressed, some do not have a dress code enforced. It varies from church to church. It is best to dress appropriately in case they are turning people away because of inappropriate dress.


Not Permitted: Men and women cannot be in short shorts or sleeveless tops.
Permitted: Men can wear long shorts (to the knee) and women can wear skirts to the knee
Usually sleeveless tops are not permitted for either men or women. A woman can carry a light shawl to cover her shoulders and upper arms when needed. Frequently shorts are not acceptable. Long pants are usually worn in Italy; lighter weight ones in the summer.

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Postby Roby » Sun Mar 25, 2007 9:19 pm

Helpful site for travelers

http://www.anywhereviaggi.it/servizi.htm

Questi sito è pieno di informazione per i viaggiatori.
For those that do not YET have the capability of understanding
these pages in italian try using the following site:
http://world.altavista.com/

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Postby Roby » Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:50 pm

RENTING BICYCLES IN ROME

Most bikes are rented in the middle of the street but I BIKE ROME takes reservation. They are located under the parking lot of the "Villa Borghese" at (06) 322 5240. For 5,000 lire an hour rent a bike with gears or a "tandem". Other spots are in the middle of the street at Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona next to the Bar Navona. Make sure you take an ID card with you to leave as a guarantee

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Postby Roby » Wed Mar 28, 2007 12:22 pm

Here are links for recommended Reading while traveling. If you cannot find a book, take a look.

http://www.ricksteves.com/graffiti/graffiti108.html

http://www.impariamo.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=52

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Postby Roby » Wed Mar 28, 2007 12:35 pm

keithatengagedthinking wrote:I've used IMG Global before (one of the links Roby provided). The time that I got sick, they paid the Italian hospital directly, and I didn't have to pay a dime so it wasn't a hassle.

For information on Italy/travel, check out this site:

http://www.italia.it

It's a little...odd at times, but it does have some good info in it too.


This site has closed. What a shame.

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Postby Roby » Wed Mar 28, 2007 12:59 pm

Eating or drinking in Italy

When you eat or drink at a cafe or bar, there can often be two different prices depending on whether you sit at a table or stand at the bar. Standing at the bar is extremely cheaper than sitting at a table. So, be aware!

DIFFERENT TYPES OF EATING VENUES

Bar
Is a stand up, take out kind of restaurant. often, you'll see people standing outside eating a slice of pizza, or sipping an espresso.


Osteria
Is a smaller restaurant, small sitting space, small kitchen, but attentive service, and usually a rotating menu.

Trattoria
Is larger than an osteria, but smaller than a restaurant.

Restaurant
Is a larger dining venue.

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Postby Roby » Wed Mar 28, 2007 2:00 pm

Travel vocabulary to help you while traveling in Italy

http://www.impariamo.com/forum/viewtopi ... 5129#15129

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Postby Roby » Thu Mar 29, 2007 3:10 pm

When Making Hotel Reservations Cover The Following Points:

1. Your dates, time of arrival, and the number of people.

2. The size and types of rooms (double, twin , extra bed, adjoining room, etc.)

3. Facilities needed: private shower, bath olr hall facilities (shared bathroom/shower if ok with you.)

4. Location of room: view, on the street, on the courtyard, etc.

5. The rates: Determine the nightly rate; whether there is breakfast included (I have heard mixed views on this. : Whether or not to eat at a hotel that has a breakfast(continental) or not to eat the breakfast (some say it is a good deal to eat at places with Breakfast (this way you have your first meal of the day and you are not feeling hungry when you go out on your day trip.) Others say , it is a waste. Check if there is a difference in price if you do not eat the breakfast.) Often just going to the local bar and having a coffee or cappuccio and a danish/ pastry with the locals can be cheaper and interesting.
BREAKFAST- If you choose not to have it and it is offered be sure that is deducted from the quoted rate if possible.
HOTEL TAX AND SERVICE RATE: Be sure that is included in the quoted rate. It is not always the case. Then taxes can be high.

6. Determine the deposit required and the form of payment. Do not forget to ask about the cancellation policy

7. Request a confirmation in writing from the hotel for both your reservation and deposit.Bring the confirmations with you when you are checking in at the desk. You may have to prove that you have a reservation and that you are not book in a more expensive room or that you are.

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Postby Roby » Fri Mar 30, 2007 6:16 pm

U.S. Airport Security Elevated

Due to the elevated air travel alerts issued by the Department of Homeland Security, there are a number of changes to the regular screening procedures at airports around the country. These polices apply to ALL domestic and international flights originating in the United States. (Note: Passengers traveling from Canada, or the UK, should check the policies related to the respective country.)

Travelers should allow extra time at the airport, due to possible delays and new security procedures.
We recommend checking the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Web site for the most up-to-date information including:
changes in security procedures.
security checkpoint wait times. (Note: actual wait time may vary depending on factors including weather delays)
list of permitted and prohibited carry-on items.
Check your flight status.
Check for airline phone numbers.

http://travelocity.custhelp.com/cgi-bin ... d=2140#red

Airline numbers-- Check with your airline for any addition alerts.

http://travelocityca.custhelp.com/cgi-b ... _lva=2140#

TSA website
http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/index.shtm

Canadian Citizens
http://www.voyage.gc.ca/dest/ctry/new-en.asp

Citizens of the UK
http://alerts.tfl.gov.uk/


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