Travel Experiences in Italy

Roby
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Travel Experiences in Italy

Post by Roby » Tue Sep 05, 2006 5:24 pm

Hi Everyone,

We would like you to share your travel experiences in Italy.

Looking forward to all the interesting responses.

Roby

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Post by TrentinaNE » Tue Sep 05, 2006 6:53 pm

Ho belle memorie di aver visto dei bellisimi arcobaleni nei Dolomiti. Dopo il mio viaggio in Trentino quando avevo 6 anni, passavo tante ore a fare disegni (molto semplici perché, purtroppo, non sono artista!) dei arcobaleni che avevo visto.

L'anno scorsco, ho visto ancora una volta un arcobaleno meraviglioso dopo un breve temporale. Questa volta mio marito ha preso una bellla foto. Non ho mai visto negli Stati Uniti nessun arcobaleno che paragona con quelli del Trentino! :wink:

Ciao,
Elisabetta
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Post by Twilight » Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:30 pm

TrentinaNE wrote: Questa volta mio marito ha preso una bellla foto.

Ciao,
Elisabetta
One correction: to take a photo in italian is "fare una foto"
it has not to do with the meaning of take (prendere), they're simply two different way of saying that action.
Claudietto

I am learning English every day, so could you help me by correcting (In private, if you want) anything I have written incorrectly.

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Post by Roby » Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:50 pm

Twilight wrote:
One correction: to take a photo in Italian is "fare una foto"
It doesn't have to do with the meaning of take (prendere), there are simply two different ways of saying this action.
Claudietto,

I have made some corrections above.
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Post by TrentinaNE » Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:35 am

Grazie, Claudietto. Fare una foto è una frase che consoco bene però mi sono dimenticata stamattina. :roll:

Hai mai visto dei arcobaleni in montagna? Quale parti d'Italia ti piace visitare per un cambiamento di scena? :wink:

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Post by Roby » Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:19 pm

TRAVEL SURVEY
Date of trip: July 1999

How did you arrive in Italy (car, train, air, boat,
etc):
Airplane
Purpose of your trip (study, wedding, r&r, work etc):
Relaxation and to see friends.
Your destination(s): Milan Then, to Bergamo to see
my friends.

Length of trip:
3 weeks

Your travel companion(s) (can be generic response --2
kids under 12,
husband
with mobility problems etc) Actually, I went by
myself, although I traveled to Italy with one of
my former Italian students. He was returning
after a 6 months stay in San Diego.

Sights worth seeing: Actually, all the sights were
worth seeing. This was my first trip to Europe
and Italy. I went to Rome, Florence, Switzerland,
Venice, Verona, Lago di Garda, Gardaland, St.
Mortiz, etc.

One skippable or overrated place/monument/activity:
Nothing was overrated. It was all history and
all new to me. Everything was fasinating.

Best meal: Spaghetti Carbonara

Most forgettable meal: Polenta w/ meat. It was the
first time I had ever had polenta. One of my
former students' mother prepared lunch for me one
day...I had my first glass of wine, my first
cup of coffee, etc.... It was an experience.

Your most overused Italian phrase(s): Mille grazie...

Where your Italian failed you: I had only taken
one semester of Italian before I went so my
Italian was very poor.

Close encounters: Actually, I did not have a close
encounter. My friend, on the other hand, was
pick pocketed in Florence just 10 minutes after
we had settle in our hotel and ventured out
into the city.

Items crammed into suitcase on return trip: I
returned with many things for my family and
friends.....wine, etc.

Hindsight: what you'd change second time around I
would not always depend on my friends so much
to assist me with everything. I would not write
as many postcards. I wrote about 30

Notebook: addresses to share
I actually wrote a little journal of my trip.

Additional notes:

I learned a lot my first time in Italy. My
friend always showed me how to find my way
back to places where we had visited so if I
got lost, I could find my way. I thank him very
much for this.



Roby

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Post by Roby » Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:20 pm

TRAVEL SURVEY
Date of trip:June 2001

How did you arrive in Italy (car, train, air, boat,
etc):
Airplane
Purpose of your trip (study, wedding, r&r, work etc):
Relaxation and to visit friends
Your destination(s): Milan, Bergamo, Rome and
wherever my friends wanted to go.

Length of trip: 1 month

Your travel companion(s) (can be generic response --2
kids under 12,
husband
with mobility problems etc) Went solo

Sights worth seeing: Portofino, St. Tropez, Corte
Asur, and all the Lakes: Lago di Garda, Lago di
Como, and Lago di Maggiore, Nice, Livigno, Rome,
and Bergamo

One skippable or overrated place/monument/activity:
I never find spending time with friends no matter
where you go or what you do overrated.
Best meal: Castellanza: My host mother's lasagne. It
was delicious. I enjoyed watching her prepare the
dish....all fresh ingredients... no jar sauce, or
processed cheese.

I had many best meals...I tried many new
things.

Most forgettable meal: I really did not have a
meal I would never want to try again.

Your most overused Italian phrase(s): Tutto bene, Non
c'e problema

Where your Italian failed you: At times with my
host mother, it failed me. She does not speak
any English so I tried my best to communicate
with her in any way I could...pointing, showing,
etc.

Close encounters:I was walking one day in Bergamo
when a young man came up to me and just
started talking and following me. He wanted to
go out to dinner. However, I just wanted him to
go away. I walked in every wrong direction trying
to get rid of him. I did not want him to
follow me to my friend's house because I was
there alone for the weekend. He finally went a
way and I went on my way and back to my
friend's house. (This is where my knowledge of
the city came in handy. My friend who I stayed
with the first time in Italy had given me a good
tour of the city and taught me how to find
my way around.)

Items crammed into suitcase on return trip: Candy,
t-shirts, magnets, bags, food, books, etc. There were
many things.

Hindsight: what you'd change next time around Not to
feel that I have to try and see everyone. It is
too hard and too difficult.


Notebook: addresses to share. I have many great
memories and I met many new friends.

Additional notes:
I ventured to Rome for three days on my own.
It was a very daring thing to do. However, I'm
independant and like to do things by myself. Of
course, safty comes first. My friends and their
parents were worried about me. However, I kept
in touch with them. I have many Italian
families in Italy. I'm very fortunate.




Roby

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Post by Roby » Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:22 pm

TRAVEL SURVEY
Date of trip:March 2002

How did you arrive in Italy (car, train, air, boat,
etc):
Airplane
Purpose of your trip (study, wedding, r&r, work etc):
Relaxation and to see my boyfriend
Your destination(s): Milano Then, to
Villadossola..(Domodossola)

Length of trip:19 days

Your travel companion(s) (can be generic response --2
kids under 12,
husband
with mobility problems etc) Went solo

Sights worth seeing: Siena, San Gimignano, Florence,
Domodossola, Milan, Montova, Villadossola, Lake Como,
Gravadona, Lago di Mergozzo etc.

One skippable or overrated place/monument/activity:
Every place I went I had never been before so
I would not have skipped anything. When you go
places with friends even if you have been there
before, the experience is always special and
different.
Best meal: A fish dinner at a restuarant in
Domodossola with my friends.

Most forgettable meal: I did not have one.

Your most overused Italian phrase(s): I do not
remember any. However, I learned a few new
words... Ma va? and Cavoli... These may be
regional words, I'm not sure.

Where your Italian failed you: A few times when
speaking with my boyfriend's mother. I would be
speaking in Italian( my spoken Italian is not
very good, but it is improving.) and then all of
a sudden I would be talking to his mother in
English. She does not understand English at all.

Close encounters: Florence: If you consider almost
wetting your pants because your boyfriend
decides to locate a restuarant (30 minutes of
walking around to find the restaurant he wanted
to eat at.) rather than a bathroom. Believe me
he got a piece of my mind after I finally
got to use a bathroom.

Items crammed into suitcase on return trip: Actually,
I took 2 suitcases and I returned with 4. I had
books, clothes, gifts and more gifts (that others
had given to me), food, etc..

Hindsight: what you'd change next time around: Bring
extra needed items. Actually I learned more each
time I go.

Notebook: addresses to share I met many new
friends.

Additional notes:

One day, while returning from Florence to San
Gimignano( where we stayed while in Tuscany) on
the train, I fell asleep. When just before our
stop, my boyfriend decided to wake me up. Well,
I was dead asleep and he tapped me on the leg
and you can only imagine what happened next...
my arms and legs went flying , I jumped out of
my skin,my heart started beating fast, and out
of my seat I jumped, and even kicked a woman
who was sitting in the seat next to my
boyfriend. The woman must have thought I was a
crazy woman. Well, I never could live down
that day. My boyfriend laughed at me all the
way back to the hotel that evening and for many
days after that. Of course, he had to share
the story with his family.


Roby

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Post by Roby » Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:26 pm

TRAVEL SURVEY
Date of trip:
December 27, 2002-January 16, 2003

How did you arrive in Italy (car, train, air, boat,
etc):
Airplane
Purpose of your trip (study, wedding, r&r, work
etc):
A holiday trip
Your destination(s):
Domodossola, Mantova, Bergamo, Verona, Bologna, and Milano
Length of trip:
3 weeks

Your travel companion(s) (can be generic response
--2 kids under 12, husband
with mobility problems etc)
Alone

Sights worth seeing:
Citta' Alta in Bergamo, The House of Juliet (Romeo and Juliet) in
Verona, and all the castles, museums, and churches in these cities.

One skippable or overrated place/monument/activity:
In my opinion, there is never an overrated place, etc. If you have
never been there or seen what the city has to offer, it cannot be
overrated. Everyone views things differently. What one might find
boring, another finds fascinating.
Best meal:
I had so many great meals that I cannot single any one of them.
Most forgettable meal:
An Anchovy Pizza
Your most overused Italian phrase(s):
This trip, I did not seem to use any Italian phrase too much.
Where your Italian failed you:
When speaking with my boyfriend's mother. I always had some trouble
speaking with her.
Close encounters:
None
Items crammed into suitcase on return trip:
Spaghetti, cheese, candy, coffee, books... (I bring back books all
the time.)
Hindsight: what you'd change second time around
Not to travel to so many cities in a short period. You get tired
quickly always being on the go. Limit your visit to 2 cities at a
time.
Notebook: addresses to share
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You can find great deals through them.

Additional notes:
On the flight over, one of my shoes disappeared. However, it was
located 7 rows in front of me just before deboarding the plane. It
was really funny.

I had the pleasure of meeting Stef from another group. Also
I met 2 other friends from another group.
Stef is a very lovely person and I look forward to seeing her again
in the future.

**Note: Stef, her husband, my sposi, and I have become real good friends. We see each everytime I am there. Stef and her husband made a trip to California in 2005.

Roby

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Post by Roby » Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:28 pm

TRAVEL SURVEY
Date of trip:
October 2003
How did you arrive in Italy (car, train, air, boat,
etc):Plane

Purpose of your trip (study, wedding, r&r, work
etc):Relaxation and to see boyfriend

Your destination(s): Villadossola, Bergamo, Milano, etc.

Length of trip: 27 days

Your travel companion(s) (can be generic response
--2 kids under 12, husband
with mobility problems etc) Alone

Sights worth seeing: The countryside, mountains...Taking walks in
the mountains and country.

One skippable or overrated place/monument/activity:
Nothing comes to mind
Best meal:
Lunch in the little town of Campagnia with Stef and her husband. I
actually tried many new dishes.

Most forgettable meal:
Eating seppia (cuttle fish). It tasted like rubber...It was
disguisting

Your most overused Italian phrase(s):I cannot think of any.

Where your Italian failed you: Actually, I realized that when I
spoke Italian, I never felt that it failed me because I was
understood by those whom I spoke with. Simplicity is often the best
when trying to make your point.

Close encounters: None

Items crammed into suitcase on return trip: cheese, coffee, candy,
books, etc.

Hindsight: what you'd change second time around
I would not change a thing. Every time I go, I learn new things. I
believe I realized so much that we take for granted here in the
States. See below...

Notebook: addresses to share

Additional notes:

Taking things for granted
Every time I go to Europe, I realize how much we "Americans" take for
granted. We can live without many things if we just think about it.
On this past trip, I was doing laundry and I was a little bothered
that it took nearly 2 hours to wash a load of clothes and then about
2 days to dry them. Also, I had spilt something greasy on my
sweatshirt and I was wondering, how I was going to get it out? I went
to the store in search of something..I did find it, but there was not
a great selection of products to choose from. In addition, I realized
that the small things do not matter...a trash can in the bathroom, a
tea kettle for tea, a dryer, etc. What I learned was that when you do
not have something, you must find other ways to solve your problem or
just have patience. Is a dryer really a necessity? No! What do you
think our ancestors did? So, lets stop taking things for granted.
Enjoy life... You certainly can survive without a lot things..Think
about it. We "Americans" are spoiled! Enjoy your time whereever you
visit and forget about the little things...they are petty.


Roby


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Re: Travel Experiences in Italy

Post by adanae » Sun Mar 25, 2007 2:57 am

Wow, Italia è propio bella e la gente veramente simpatica!!!!!

Roby wrote:Hi Everyone,

We would like you to share your travel experiences in Italy.

Looking forward to all the interesting responses.

Roby

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Post by Ember » Sun Mar 25, 2007 3:08 am

Una cosa che mi dispiace è che spesso i turisti vengoo in Italia e la visitano da nord a sud in una sola vacanza. So che è difficile e costoso, ma credo sia meglio scegliere poche mete alla volta :) per visitare anche una sola regione ci vogliono secoli dato che le città e i paesi sono un'infinità, e di solito tutti bellissimi e antichi :D
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Post by adanae » Sun Mar 25, 2007 3:12 am

sisi..si bisogna molto tempo... xkè è così bella che merita conoscerla bene... prima un paio di posti..dopo altri

Ember wrote:Una cosa che mi dispiace è che spesso i turisti vengoo in Italia e la visitano da nord a sud in una sola vacanza. So che è difficile e costoso, ma credo sia meglio scegliere poche mete alla volta :) per visitare anche una sola regione ci vogliono secoli dato che le città e i paesi sono un'infinità, e di solito tutti bellissimi e antichi :D

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