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Italy on the cheap

shywoodlandcreature's picture

Any ideas, anyone? I'm looking at mid to late September, for about 10 or 12 days - Venice and Florence are my must-sees, though I'll probably have a couple of days in Rome as well. I'm thinking off-the-beaten track would be one way to see as much as possible for as cheap as possible - i.e., Umbria instead of Tuscanny - other ideas welcome. Does anyone know anything about staying in monasteries or convents? Lots of vague info on the web, but nothing like addresses, reservation information, etc.I'll be travelling solo most of the time (though for part of the time with a friend who's off to a wedding in, I think, Milan.)





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butterscotch's picture

(post #43796, reply #29 of 41)

Mille grazie for the fabulous-sounding itinerary. I'll save it for our next trip (which we're hoping will be next summer). We have visited (and loved) Urbino--we drove over from Arezzo--and ever since have wanted to see some more of the Marche and the Adriatic coast. 


What part of Italy to you live in?


 

wop's picture

(post #43796, reply #30 of 41)

     We're in Basiano it's about 3 km from Gessate. which if you've ever ridden the metro in Milano you know where that is. My wife is a Brambilla, more milanese than that doesn't exist. Her grandfather didn't speak Italian only dialect , here dialect is still as commonly spoken as Italian. Where's your husband hail from?


   Don't bother with the Adriatic coast except for the Conero it's the only bit worth while. if you decide to go to the Conero let me know and I'll give you directions to a great little trattoria just outside of Sirolo.


                                                                        Philip

butterscotch's picture

(post #43796, reply #38 of 41)

He's from what is now considered central Milan--Viale Tebaldi is the name of the street where he grew up. His father, however, was from southern Sardinia. My husband doesn't look Sardinian, but I think he identifies more with Sardinia than Milan. He used to spend all of his summers there, and it made a vivid impression. Now that I've been to both of these places a number of times, I can see why Sardinia was like another world to him. No place looks (or is) less like Milan than southern Sardinia. And, come to think of it, southern California, where we live now, is much more like Sardinia than Milan is.


I'll ask Ugo (my husband) if he knows your town. I'm sure he will. Unfortunately, I haven't ridden the underground much in Milan myself. We almost always have a car when we're there, since we usually want to cover a lot of territory, visit friends in Figino and the Val d'Aosta, etc. Nothing would ever induce me to drive in Milan, but Ugo doesn't mind since it's his home town.


 

Grazia's picture

(post #43796, reply #26 of 41)

Hello ! I haven't been on line much lately, I don't know if any of you remember me . . . I'm the girl from Florence Italy who has 2 little kids (Allegra 3 1/2 and Riccardo who now is almost 2yrs old !)


I just happened to read some of your messages today, and ran into this one . . .  If you have any questions, please let me know - I own a travel agency in Florence, if you want I can help you - NO PROBLEM !!


It is nice to "read" you all again, and I hope to hear from you soon -


Ciao


Grazia

MadMom's picture

(post #43796, reply #27 of 41)

Hi, grace, and good to see you back again.  Sounds like you are just the person Sandra needs to find!



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Grazia's picture

(post #43796, reply #39 of 41)

Thank you ! I hope I'll be able to follow you guys better now . . .

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #43796, reply #28 of 41)

Thank you! I will definitely be in touch.





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Grazia's picture

(post #43796, reply #40 of 41)

I'll be happy to help! my wok email is grazia@nobelviaggi.it

MadMom's picture

(post #43796, reply #41 of 41)

Grace - please go back and edit your email, removing the @ and replacing it with "at", etc.  This might keep it from being skimmed and picked up for lots of spam.



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

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AJ12754's picture

(post #43796, reply #35 of 41)

Just in case you aren't aware of this -- most monasteries/convents have curfews (10-11 pm) -- this may be a problem if you want to linger over a meal since many restaurants don't open til 7:30 or 8 pm for dinner.


Have a fabulous time!

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shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #43796, reply #37 of 41)

Thanks, that is worth knowing!





"All of life's big problems include the words "indictment" or "inoperable." Everything else is small stuff." Alton Brown


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