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Trip List by j3dnight

Trip Tips

Nov 8, 2007  a freespirit who loves to travel
4.5 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

This is our journey thru Rome, Florence than Venice, two grown single-women and their mothers which was not part of the original plan, a bit of comedy, frustration but a great memory all the same. Trip report is under #1, photos #2 and all the rest of the advise I know to share.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Venice, Rome, Florence
  • Category: Recent trip
  • 1. Italy
    Venice

    I could not ask for a better trip, ours had all the elements: history, beauty, food, smells, wonderful people, music, art and memories to last a lifetime.

  • 2. Italy
    http://s218.photobucket.com/albums/cc70/j3dnight/

    Photos of Italy the beautiful , thru our eyes, see for yourself all it has to offer, I will always come back.

  • 3. Domus Sessoriana Hotel
    Domus Sessoriana Hotel, Rome, Lazio
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    Avg price: $144

    If you want to spend time on a terrace with a view to die for this is your place, If you want to hear monk's chanting from your hotel room, this is your place. If you want to stay somewhere unique and special, this is your place.

  • 4. Albergo Firenze
    Albergo Firenze, Florence
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    Avg price: $183

    Our hotel was a two-block walk from the Duomo, it's clean a good price considering it's location and with the best waitress in the whole world, there is nothing better than her morning smile to greet you each day with coffee.

  • 5. Ai Mori d'Oriente Hotel
    Ai Mori d'Oriente Hotel, Venice
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    Avg price: $320

    It has charm, it has elegance, the canal out front of the hotel in the mornings is a vision in itself. The staff are so helpful and the breakfast, you will not forget that anytime soon. I'm still craving their lemonpie.

  • 6. European Destinations-includes air, hotel and trains
    http://www.europeandestinations.com/

    You can change this to how many nights you want, we did five nights in each place, once it defaults to a hotel, you will also receive a listing of other hotels, use this list to reseach them here on Trip Advisor, of course the price varies by which hotel you pick, I always checked how far is the hotel from the metro or bus to the sights, I also would check the reviews here by other TA members and it was right on the mark, can't beat there prices and if you do, let me know :)

  • 7. Scavi tour of St. Peter's Tomb
    http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/institutions_connected/uffscavi/docu...

    Email them a few months before your trip, there is limited space, if you do not get an appointment for the tour, try showing up at the Scavi office at St. Peter's and ask them if there are no-shows, they may let you take that spot, it's well worth a try and a very moving tour experience.

  • 8. Rome cabs with Stefano
    http://www.romecabs.com/index.html

    Stefano and his associates provide very reliable transportation from the airport, we also used them for a daytrip to Tivoli,

  • 9. Angel Tours
    http://www.angeltoursrome.com/en/index.html

    AT has tours of the vatican, ancient rome, night tours etc. ( see their website for all the choices )

  • 10. very useful currency convertor
    http://www.xe.com/ucc/

    don't look till you get home if you have dollars :) well if you must , here it is ! the damage is ??????

  • 11. Original Walks of Florence
    http://www.italy.artviva.com/

    I recommend the tour guide Fraya if she is available. This is an excellent tour of Florence.

  • 12. Hop on Hop off bus for Rome
    http://www.trambusopen.com/index.cfm?Id=biglietteriaonline

    This is a wonderful way to orient yourself with the city or hop on and hop off. If you buy the Romapass, you will get a discount purchasing this bus.

  • 13. Roma Pass
    http://www.romapass.it/english/index.html

    This deal you can't beat with a stick, I suggest buying the three-day pass, you will get buses and metro free along with two museums. Discounts on other items. Check with your hotel, I purchased mine from the front desk.

  • 14. Borghese Gallery
    http://www.galleriaborghese.it/

    The art speaks for itself, reserve ahead.

  • 15. The Roman Empire
    http://www.roman-empire.net/

    A very nice website to acquaint yourself with the history of the Roman Empire.

  • 16. Alex Inn
    Alex Inn, Rome, Lazio
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    Avg price: $167

    Very close to Borghese Gallery. Breakfast served in your room and your own little terrace. It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with Natalia Rodriguez at the Alex Inn, she's very polite, helpful and efficient.

  • 17. Maria Capellini
    http://www.mariacapellini.com/

    If you are going to CT, this is the place to stay. I highly recommend her hotel or apartment.

  • 18. The Beehive
    The Beehive, Rome, Lazio

    Inexpensive and charming which is not the usual hostel experience. Private rooms are available also and a cafe on the premises. Excellent prices and quality.

  • 19. B&B Sant'Andrea ( Orvieto )

    good location and prices. here is the email address: svanhilde@libero.it
    Mr. Aramo Ermini - he is an absolute gentleman.

  • 20. Book List

    Sixteen Pleasures (Robert Hellenga) -- novel set in Florence during the 1966 flood
    April Blood (Lauro Martines) -- well written history of the Pazzi Conspiracy to murder Lorenzo the Magnificent in Florence (1478)
    Tim Parks-Italian Neighbors
    Tim Parks-An Italian Education
    Paul Walker-The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance
    Dario Casstagno-Too Much Tuscan Sun
    Mary McCarthy's "Stones of Florence" –
    The Blue Guide to Florence –
    4) Frances Stoner Saunders's "Hawkwood - Diabolical Englishman"
    5) Lauro Martines's "April Blood" –
    "The Agony and the Ecstasy".
    Murder of a Medici Princess" by Caroline Murphy.
    Hibbert's "Florence: The Biography of a City".
    "THE FEUD THAT SPARKED THE RENAISSANCE -- HOW BRUNELLESCHI AND GHIBERTI CHANGED THE ART WORLD."
    Iris Origo's, the Merchant of Prato
    Rise and Fall of the House of Medici
    The City of Florence" Historical Vistas and Personal Sightings, by R.W.B. Lewis
    Ruby Ring – about Raphael and the baker’s daughter
    The Reluctant Tuscan - How I discovered my inner Italian" by Phil Doran

  • 21. Movie List

    Movies:
    Room with a view
    Tea with Mussolini
    Bread and Tulips
    "Wings of a Dove"
    "Don't look Now",
    "Hannibal",
    "The talented Mr Ripley",
    "Roman Holiday", with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.
    La Dolce Vita
    Death in Venice
    Only You