Travel Recommendations in Italy--Hotels, Restaurants, etc.

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Post by Roby » Fri Jan 18, 2008 7:27 pm

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Post by Roby » Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:23 pm

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"As rare as true love is, it is not as rare as true friendship."
- François de La Rochefoucauld


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Post by Roby » Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:33 pm

Hotel ratings in Europe

http://goeurope.about.com/cs/hotels/a/hotel_stars.htm


http://www.superpages.com/supertips/wha ... otels.html

Star ratings in Europe are determined by local government agencies or independent organizations, and they vary greatly from country to country. In fact, star ratings in Europe can also vary from city to city within the same country, and even between hotels in the same city. In other words, there is no uniform measure that determines a hotel's star rating. Each hotel is rated based on details that often don't matter to consumers, such as the amount of tax a hotel pays annually


http://www.slowtrav.com/europe/hotels.htm

Star Ratings of Hotels
Hotels in Europe are rated by the government. In most countries the rating for hotels is from 1 star (basic) to 5 star (luxury). These classifications vary by country and are based on amenities. For example, a one star hotel may not have an elevator and the rooms may not have a TV. Note that these ratings are decided on amenities only, not on location, charm or beauty, so do not assume that a 3 star hotel will be more charming than a 2 star.
Roby
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"As rare as true love is, it is not as rare as true friendship."
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Post by Roby » Tue Mar 11, 2008 6:11 pm

Dining recommendations in Florence and Rome
This was taken from another site that I belong to.

1) The Most Popular Eatery in Firenze, Italia

Florence is a gourmand's town, but we all have our favorites. Not far from
the Duomo in Florence, Italy, there's a most unique and famous Tuscan
restaurant. It's called 'Il Latini' and is on via Dei Palchetti.

Reservations are difficult to obtain, and people crowd the doorway just
before 7:30 each evening.

Don't be dismayed by the location. The street is so obscure, it looks like a
lane. Get directions from your hotel manager. It's the find of all time.

There are hams hanging from the ceiling, and while the rooms are small,
there is place for many people. I go there with groups. You might want to
try it. The last time we were there, we asked for a set meal with wine. The
price was set at 55,000 liras, which is about $28 U.S.

But the amount of food was almost obscene. We had melon with prosciutto, a
chicken liver pate and bruschetta, two salads (one with mozarella &
tomatoes), three kinds of soup, including riboletto made from truly
delicious leftovers (truly delicious).

Huge bottles of red and white local wines on the table, and they kept
bringing fresh ones, then the two pastas (one with cheese and one with
meat). The meat was served in overflowing bowls and consisted of beef, veal,
rabbit and chicken, (enough for a small army), followed by desert of
tiramisu, their specialty, coffee, biscotti and Vin Santo.

There was no tipping, and the owner was paid in cash, which he happily put
in his pocket.

There's a story about Il Latini. It seems it was one of the first
restaurants in Florence to open after the war in 1945. The owners refused no
one, knowing they would eventually get paid, and they would establish a
reputation. They did. I go back whenever I'm there.

It's a feast you'll never forget…if you can get a reservation.

Ristorante da il Latini, via dei Palchetti, 6r (Palazzo Rucellai)
Tel: 055/210 916. Closed on Mondays.

2) Il Contadini, near the Florence train station, was fabulous. Boarding house
style, limited choice menu, always meat, fish, vege, and CHEAP!

3)Mamma Gina's - Borgo San Iacobo - great food.

4)Accademia - Piazza San Marco - less expensive.


Rome Dining


Now we are on to two of my favourite themes - Rome and food - and together it will be difficult to keep this short!!!
My two favourite are:
Celestina, Viale Parioli - very up market and expensive - very good!!!!!
Canavota - Piazza San Giovanni - great for fish, especially their giant prawns
It is hard to eat badly in Rome so if you see a nice little Trattoria it will cost you less and you should be happy.

If you would like to try a restaurant that is mentioned in all the scandal books about the Vatican or in the newspapers etc. go to
l'Eau Vive, Via Monterone 85 - this is a French restaurant run by Belgian followers of Joan of Arc, I was told they are not nuns
although everyone thinks they are. They are supposed to make money for missions and when I was there most of them
were from Vietnam. It is expensive but I remember noting that most of the real expense was in the wine. Lots of important
Vatican people eat here (the Pope used to go when he was a Cardinal). I also heard that these women had a restaurant in
Brussels as well as but it was closed down because it was also a brothel - maybe just a rumour, may not be! At 10.00 pm
everyone says prayers and sings a hymn. I found it all fascinating - the food was good too!!!
Roby
"Per raro che sia, il vero amore e' meno raro della vera amicizia."

"As rare as true love is, it is not as rare as true friendship."
- François de La Rochefoucauld

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Post by Roby » Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:51 am

APARTMENTS IN ROME
I found this on Yahoo Answers

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Roby
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"As rare as true love is, it is not as rare as true friendship."
- François de La Rochefoucauld

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Post by Roby » Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:51 pm

Discussion about hotel customs ... and what to say

http://www.impariamo.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=24966
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"As rare as true love is, it is not as rare as true friendship."
- François de La Rochefoucauld

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Post by Roby » Thu Jul 24, 2008 6:53 pm

Eating in Milan on a budget---
http://www.worldtravelguide.net/city/82/...
Budget
Anema e Cozze
One of four branches of this successful pizza chain, the emphasis at Anema e Cozze is on tasty Neapolitan pizzas topped with fresh seafood. Fishy toppings include the likes of clams, sardines, mackerel as well as the eponymous mussels. Fish-infused pasta dishes and seafood antipasti are also on the menu. This may not be Milan's most sophisticated restaurant, but tasty food and reasonable prices ensure a steady flow of customers.

Via Palermo 15
Tel: 02 8646 1646.
Website: www.sebeto.it
Price: $$
Brek
If you're looking for tasty and affordable food then you won't go far wrong at this self-service restaurant located close to Piazza Cavour. Hearty pastas, fresh pizza, salads and gargantuan desserts are just some of the things on offer at Brek. Healthy fruit juices, hot drinks and alcohol are also on sale in this Italian fast-food outlet.

Via del'Annunciata 2
Tel: 02 653 619.
Website: www.brek.com
Price: $
Sadler Wine & Food
Ideally situated for the Fiera district near Piazza Amendola, Claudio Sadler's excellent food and wine bar offers a tempting array of meats, cheeses and dishes using unusual ingredients from carefully selected producers. This is a typical and comfortable Italian restaurant with light ochre walls, dark wood panels and tables, and a few excellent paintings on the walls. The setting is elegant but informal. Closed Sunday.

Via Monte Bianco 2/A
Tel: 02 481 4677.
Price: $$

http://www.world66.com/europe/italy/lomb...
To have a budget dinner avoiding international fast foods, Milan young people every evening crowdes pubs and locals for the HAPPY HOUR rite (also called "APERITIVO"). With 5-8 € in the majority of bars from usually 18:30 to 21:30 one can have a drink with an open buffet with a large variety of food. Many places offers not only pizzas and snacks, but also pasta, vegetables and sometimes meat.
City areas with higher density of such places are: corso di Porta Ticinese, Corso Como, Brera, Isola, Navigli. Duomo surroundings are poor of night life.

It is perfectly easy and acceptable to pick up a cheap and simple pizza or sandwich for lunch. The huge number of university students in the city has also helped to spawn a large number of cafes, inns and pizzerias offering simple, low-cost food.

There are MCDonald's restaurants throughout the city-- There is one just out side the train station-
Burger King- There is one on the other side of the Duomo.

Picking up food at a food market is a good idea
http://www.thebackpacker.net/travelguide...
Food markets - Street-markets are found throughout the city and provide the cheapest meal of all, selling cheese, salami, and fruit. Luini - at Via S. Radegonda 16, it would be plain dorky to miss this place that has been serving panzerotti (deep-fried mini calzone) from the gods for one hundred and fifty years! Oskar - At Via Palazzi 4, is a great place where you can get a mother of a serving of pasta at backpacker prices. Warsa - at Via Melzo 16, there� tight in the middle of Milan's shops and bars is Africa. Warsa is an Eritrean restaurant where you can get good, cheap food.

Eating at Ciao ---A good cheap restaurant (Italian fast food)-- self-service --Good food with great selections- Selections change daily. There are many Ciao restaurants throughout the city.... You can get a meal for less than $10 USD
Here are a couple locations
Piazza Duomo,24 ( facing the Duomo)
Piazza San Babila at Via Fabio Filzi 8 (not far from the Central Station).
Roby
"Per raro che sia, il vero amore e' meno raro della vera amicizia."

"As rare as true love is, it is not as rare as true friendship."
- François de La Rochefoucauld

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Post by Roby » Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:31 pm

Roby
"Per raro che sia, il vero amore e' meno raro della vera amicizia."

"As rare as true love is, it is not as rare as true friendship."
- François de La Rochefoucauld

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Post by Roby » Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:38 am

New information for Italy in 2009. Take note.

http://www.ricksteves.com/tms/article.cfm?id=149
Roby
"Per raro che sia, il vero amore e' meno raro della vera amicizia."

"As rare as true love is, it is not as rare as true friendship."
- François de La Rochefoucauld

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Post by Roby » Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:54 pm

Roby
"Per raro che sia, il vero amore e' meno raro della vera amicizia."

"As rare as true love is, it is not as rare as true friendship."
- François de La Rochefoucauld

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Post by Roby » Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:41 pm

Information on the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Capri, etc.

http://impariamo.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4031


What to see and do in Positano

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Eu ... -BR-1.html

What to see and do in Sorrento
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Eu ... -BR-1.html

Getting to Capri
http://www.capri.net/en/getting-here

What to see and do in Capri

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Eu ... -BR-1.html


Time table for all ferries to Capri
Select your departure point and return point
http://www.capri.net/en/ship-timetable
Roby
"Per raro che sia, il vero amore e' meno raro della vera amicizia."

"As rare as true love is, it is not as rare as true friendship."
- François de La Rochefoucauld

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Post by Roby » Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:54 am

Apartments , Villas , etc on the Coast

http://impariamo.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4493
Roby
"Per raro che sia, il vero amore e' meno raro della vera amicizia."

"As rare as true love is, it is not as rare as true friendship."
- François de La Rochefoucauld

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Re: Travel Recommendations in Italy--Hotels, Restaurants, et

Post by whellcome » Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:51 am

This is a place in Volterra (PI), where you can learn italian surrounded by the wonders of Tuscany.
The azienda offers courses of italian language and culture, and allows you to stay in the tuscan countryside, eating their products and discovering how them are made.

http://www.agrimonia.it/en/corsi

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