Tag: Italy

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CELL PHONE BARGAINS IN ITALY

In September I will be returning to Italy and taking a bike tour from Bolzano through Lake Garda and on to Venice.  I began thinking about my cell phone. I had used all the credits and in the past had to renew through recharge my sim. de but alas they are no longer in business.  So lets look at your options.   TIM has … Read More CELL PHONE BARGAINS IN ITALY

Testaccio Market, Rome. Food, clothing, relaxation.

We strayed from our Campo dei Fiore market to seek out the Testaccio Market. It has moved from a covered stall environment to a new modern clean building. It proved to be a great day trip. Google maps gave us the correct bus line to make and after that is was a short walk.   This is a large comfortable space with many vendors, … Read More Testaccio Market, Rome. Food, clothing, relaxation.

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At the beach La spiaggia 

Knowing that we would most likely be in an August heat wave, we have tried to stay  close to the water.  We are about 50 feet above the sea and 50 feet away. The views are stunning. Temps have been in the upper 80s and the sun is intense. Really intense. Fa caldo. This is the perfect spot for diving and snorkeling. When we … Read More At the beach La spiaggia 

The money saving word of the day Ridotto

OK this is to all you seniors out there.  In the past senior discounts were restricted to EU residents.  Recently more places are extending the discounts to everyone.  It never hurts to ask, may not work in the Uffizi or other major attractions. Worked in Castelbuono, and in Tindari both in Sicily.   Text from my UltraLingua dictionary.

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Saving Money On Car Rentals

Car rental rates have soared in the last several years.  Even using  sites like Kayak and Priceline you tend to get some high rates.  Some time ago I saw a reference in the New York Times to a site called Autoslash.com.   I tried it earlier this summer and was able to get a very reasonable rate for the July 4th week in Hartford, Connecticut. … Read More Saving Money On Car Rentals

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Papal Audience Tickets

After searching and searching  I found the following site which will allow you to get tickets to a Papal Audience. I hope you find this of use if you are going to be in Rome this year. On most Wednesday you can attend the public audience in St Peters Square in front of St Peters Basilica.  You can request the tickets  by email and … Read More Papal Audience Tickets

Into the Heart of Sicily by Julien Zolli

Here is another video by Julien Zolli. He capture the sights, sounds and tastes of Sicily. From cities to tiny villages, Sicily never fails to charm a traveler. The beaches help one escape the heat that has plagued Europe this year.  If you visit, renting a car is the best way to get around. The roads are good and the views are amazing. The … Read More Into the Heart of Sicily by Julien Zolli

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Off the Beaten Path: San Giovanni in Fiore

In 2001 we made our first sojourn to southern Italy by car. Our destination was Sicily and we had several stops along the way. In Cosenza we stayed at the Hotel San Francesco. Cosenza was a nice town and we were going to take a day drip. The receptionist at the hotel suggested San Giovanni in Fiore.  Her directions ( pre GPS days) were … Read More Off the Beaten Path: San Giovanni in Fiore

TODAY IN THE WASHINTON POST: The Ape celebrates 70 years.

What you say is an APE, not an ape, but the ubiquitous little combination of a motorcycle and pickup truck that plugs along all of Italy’s roadways. Credit photo and text above from the Washington Post. The Ape hauls almost anything, from buildng materials to fruit and fiish. A clasic Ape in ToscanaNothing elegant about this baby, plain  and simple, it does the job.This one … Read More TODAY IN THE WASHINTON POST: The Ape celebrates 70 years.

La bella lingua Learning Italian

Our first trip to Italy was without the benefit of any knowledge on my part of Italian. My wife with he Sicilian parents had a knowledge of some words and phrases.  I realized this was a disadvantage but not the end of the world.  So much English is spoken in Italy most people can get along. Most restaurants in the tourist areas have dual … Read More La bella lingua Learning Italian

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