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Re: Italy Master Thread (Other Than Florence/Milan/Rome/Venice)
« Reply #120 on: June 01, 2021, 11:32:08 PM »
Anyone here flew on a covid tested flight? Would love to see data points on how long the testing process takes on arrival.

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Re: Italy Master Thread (Other Than Florence/Milan/Rome/Venice)
« Reply #121 on: October 13, 2021, 11:15:56 PM »
Landing in Venice on a Thursday afternoon, and flight back from Rome the following Thursday. I plan to leave Venice on Sunday morning, and looking for  suggestions on the rest of the week.
Go to Naples, stay overnight on Sunday and go to Capri on Monday, then stay overnight again in Naples and go to Rome on Tuesday? Would Tuesday afternoon plus Wednesday be enough in Rome?
Or perhaps this is too much travel... In which case I need another city to stop on the way? Is Florence worthwhile for people who don't love museums?

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Re: Italy Master Thread (Other Than Florence/Milan/Rome/Venice)
« Reply #122 on: October 14, 2021, 12:45:10 AM »
I loved Rome.
Nice atmosphere.  Historic areas. Fresh water from fountains strategically placed.
I did a main activity and a smaller one each day. Rome is best absorbed with a minimum of 2-3 days.


Florence didn't impress me.  And museums are it's main attraction.


West of Florence is Tuscany.  Wine growing quaint countryside. Beautiful.


Naples is feh. I assume you have decent accommodations in mind. Do you really want to see capri?


I did rome > tuscany/florence > venice.  You could reverse that by seeing Venice, then going west to Tuscany, and south to Rome.  Are you driving at all?  Tuscany needs a car. North of Rome there's a beautiful gardens you can do on the way.


Sun train to Florence. walk around - walking tour?  Stay over night? Mon- Rent car. drive around Tuscany. drive south - see gardens. return rental in Rome.  mon, tue, wed night sleep in Rome. See great stuff. eat great food.  thurs fly home.

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Re: Italy Master Thread (Other Than Florence/Milan/Rome/Venice)
« Reply #123 on: October 14, 2021, 04:54:23 PM »
Landing in Venice on a Thursday afternoon, and flight back from Rome the following Thursday. I plan to leave Venice on Sunday morning, and looking for  suggestions on the rest of the week.
Go to Naples, stay overnight on Sunday and go to Capri on Monday, then stay overnight again in Naples and go to Rome on Tuesday? Would Tuesday afternoon plus Wednesday be enough in Rome?
Or perhaps this is too much travel... In which case I need another city to stop on the way? Is Florence worthwhile for people who don't love museums?
Here's what we did in June:

-Landed in Naples Monday mid-day and drove to Amalfi with a stop in Pompeii
-Monday and Tuesday night in Amalfi
-Wednesday mid-day drove back to Naples and got on a train to Rome
-Wednesday evening through Thursday night in Rome

Worked out pretty well. We're not that into history so after the Ghetto and Colosseum tours + walking around at night to some of the main sights (Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, etc.) we didn't feel like we missed much in Rome.

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Re: Italy Master Thread (Other Than Florence/Milan/Rome/Venice)
« Reply #124 on: October 14, 2021, 05:13:36 PM »
Thank you, this is very helpful.

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Re: Italy Master Thread (Other Than Florence/Milan/Rome/Venice)
« Reply #125 on: October 14, 2021, 05:34:26 PM »
OK, new thoughts - thanks you both of you.

Thursday afternoon - Sunday morning  - Venice
Sunday morning  - train to Florence
Sunday afternoon - Florence shul and walk around. then rent car and drive to Tuscany
Sunday night  - stay here https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-photos/flrgg-grotta-giusti-thermal-spa-resort-tuscany-autograph-collection/
Monday morning - Tuscany activities (maybe this https://cantinagiuliano.com/en/activities/kosher-wine-tour/)
Monday late afternoon - drive to Rome
Tuesday and Weds - Rome
Thurs - fly back

Does this sound right? Too much? Too little?
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Re: Italy Master Thread (Other Than Florence/Milan/Rome/Venice)
« Reply #126 on: October 14, 2021, 06:19:31 PM »
OK, new thoughts - thanks you both of you.

Thursday afternoon - Sunday morning  - Venice
Sunday morning  - train to Florence
Sunday afternoon - Florence shul and walk around. then rent car and drive to Tuscany
Sunday night  - stay here https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-photos/flrgg-grotta-giusti-thermal-spa-resort-tuscany-autograph-collection/
Monday morning - Tuscany activities (maybe this https://cantinagiuliano.com/en/activities/kosher-wine-tour/)
Monday late afternoon - drive to Rome
Tuesday and Weds - Rome
Thurs - fly back

Does this sound right? Too much? Too little?

I couldn’t find much to do in Rome besides walk around and see historical things. But tons of good food there.

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Re: Italy Master Thread (Other Than Florence/Milan/Rome/Venice)
« Reply #127 on: October 14, 2021, 07:26:23 PM »
OK, new thoughts - thanks you both of you.

Thursday afternoon - Sunday morning  - Venice
Sunday morning  - train to Florence
Sunday afternoon - Florence shul and walk around. then rent car and drive to Tuscany
Sunday night  - stay here https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-photos/flrgg-grotta-giusti-thermal-spa-resort-tuscany-autograph-collection/
Monday morning - Tuscany activities (maybe this https://cantinagiuliano.com/en/activities/kosher-wine-tour/)
Monday late afternoon - drive to Rome
Tuesday and Weds - Rome
Thurs - fly back

Does this sound right? Too much? Too little?

Sounds about right

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Re: Italy Master Thread (Other Than Florence/Milan/Rome/Venice)
« Reply #128 on: October 14, 2021, 09:25:58 PM »
Looking at rental cars in Italy. Which companies are best to work with?

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Re: Italy Master Thread (Other Than Florence/Milan/Rome/Venice)
« Reply #129 on: October 15, 2021, 01:24:36 AM »
Looking at rental cars in Italy. Which companies are best to work with?
Reviews were full of problems with returning and being charged for scratches that were on the car before renting.
So try this:
Take clear video of the car when you pick it up.  Include the checkout person in the video. Mention the scratches you see.  Take another video when you return it that includes the return agent. 

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Re: Italy Master Thread (Other Than Florence/Milan/Rome/Venice)
« Reply #130 on: October 15, 2021, 08:27:01 AM »
Reviews were full of problems with returning and being charged for scratches that were on the car before renting.
So try this:
Take clear video of the car when you pick it up.  Include the checkout person in the video. Mention the scratches you see.  Take another video when you return it that includes the return agent.
Yep. Good advice.

I was charged for some damage to the vehicle (which was actually my fault) but they wouldn't give me any repair backup so that my Chase Sapphire insurance could reimburse me. After seeing that they weren't planning on sending anything (my guess is they don't repair it and just keep the extra charge as it was a minor scratch), I disputed the charge to give them a reason to provide backup. Next thing I know they email me that they charged me by mistake and they'll refund it...

Another thing to be aware of when driving in Italy, is the multitude of ticket issuing cameras. Aside from speeding, they also have ZTL's which are areas within most cities that are restricted for driving to only locals that have permits. If you do any city driving, you're pretty much guaranteed to hit one of these, as it is all over the place and very easy to miss (there's just a sign with a ticket camera on top). There might be some exemptions for hybrid vehicles, but I never figured out the exact rules.

On the bright side, FWIU, aside from giving it to a collection agency to constantly call you they don't really have a way to enforce these fines on Americans. You'll be charged an "admin fee" per ticket by the rental company though.

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Re: Italy Master Thread (Other Than Florence/Milan/Rome/Venice)
« Reply #131 on: October 15, 2021, 08:39:40 AM »
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