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Thread: our daughter will be studying abroad in bergamo, italy from mid-may to mid-june. she would like for us to meet her at the end of her term, and spend another week exploring italy. my husband's grandpar

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    maryed is offline
    SBH New Member Joined: Jan 2004 missouri Posts: 8

    italy, in general

    our daughter will be studying abroad in bergamo, italy from mid-may to mid-june. she would like for us to meet her at the end of her term, and spend another week exploring italy. my husband's grandparents (both sides) came over from sicily, so he would obviously like to spend a couple of days there. any suggestions for must-see areas of italy?

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    MIke R is offline
    SBH Insider Joined: May 2003 Stinson Lake - New Hampshire & Provincetown - Cape Cod Posts: 52,003

    Re: italy, in general

    a week is going to be hard to get in a whole lot of sightseeing, especially due to the fact that you are so far north in Bergamo....however, you do have some really nice places close by in Lake Como and Lugano, among a bunch of others....Venice is also near...I dont care for Venice at all but I am very much in the minority with that.....if you are going to go to Sicily that is going to be about a 500 - 600 mile drive or so....if your husband has any interest in seeing the towns his ancestors are from in Sicily, I would suggest doing that...I did that and I'm really glad I did...Sicily is a very big island and its all beautiful with the exception, I think, of Palermo which has become a typical city with all that implies.I think the east and southeast sections of Sicily are the nicest...Syracusa..Taomina....the Mt Etna area in general too.

    Rome is a must for the historical wonders alone. the Sistine Chapel is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen...the "Last Judgement" is the most powerful work of art I have ever seen..... whether you are religous or not , its something to see, as is all of Vatican City.

    Florence just took my breath away.....Everyone should see David up close and personal..immediately upon seeing David you will feel like you've underacheived in your life when compared to what Michelangelo has photograph of David comes near to doing it is overwhelming to see what we humans are capable of acheiving, when you look at David...also Di Vinci's Last Supper is worth a look too.

    Amalfi Coast/Isle of beyond words..a great scenic drive and a nice boat ride out to Capri from Sorrento.

    there is so much I am leaving out..
    rural areas of Tuscany....Calabria...Naples etc etc...I have toured Italy from Sicily all the way up to the Swiss border, but it took me three trips and a month of time to do it right. There is just so much to see.

    I would pick one area and see it in depth if I only had a week to do it.

    One more thing....on the super highways that go north to south there are rest stops with a place to eat called "AutoGrille".....forget anything you know about highway rest stops and highway rest stop food...these place serve up Italian food better then most Italian restaurants here in the states...and its fast ( cafeteria style)..dont be afraid....the food is incredible and priced right...

    Good Luck
    "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace" Jimi Hendrix

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    LindaP is offline
    SBH Insider Joined: Mar 2003 Albany, NY Posts: 2,803

    Re: italy, in general

    I agree with Mike, we are just back from Firenze, Roma and Capri......Capri was sooo much fun, reminded me of St barths!!!!! No beaches though, onlt pebble areas or cool cliff to jump from. The food is the best.....we were on the train from Naples to Florence, and we sat in the dining car and had the best pasta!!!!! How funny.
    Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance !

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    Rich is offline
    SBH Member Joined: Mar 2004 New Hampshire from Long Island Posts: 60

    Re: italy, in general

    Venice is wonderful - romantic, mysterious, and best in the off-season. If you go, I suggest the Colombina - ask for the room with the balcony over the canal and a great view of The Bridge of Sighs. Also, take the boat to Burano if you have a chance. Since you will be so close to this great city, it would be a shame to miss it. Also try to get to Florence and explore some of Tuscany. I strongly suggest staying at La Doccia, a wonderful reconverted monastery up in the Tuscan hills just outside the tiny village of Pelago and the town of Pontessieve (a short 15 minute train ride to Florence). If you go, tell Edward and Sonia that Rich and Sandra Russo told you to call. I recommend the Palles room. If you want further info on Venice or Tuscany, e-mail me - I've got tons of first hand suggestions for you.
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