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    Hi everyone!

    I am going to Italy at the end of May! It is a free and easy trip and I will travel from Rome--> Florence--> Venice--> Milan, so pls share with me your experience there, i.e. shopping place, restaurant, most importantly photo opportunities and timing!

    Cheers

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    Ha, I'll be there around this time too & been to those places you mentioned. You'll get drunk in Rome, Venice & Florence for the museums, architecture, shopping etc. Very easy to go on foot in all these cities & be warned that some small shops have 1-2pm lunch break then close around 5-6pm. Venice will be expensive during this time of the year & book your hotel in advance. Food is easy & pick up some Italian along the way. Have fun

    U might want to detour west to see Pisa when you're in Florence.
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    When you went to those cafe or eatery do note that the price is cheaper at the counter then seat in, almost double in some cases. Pay at the cashier 1st then go to counter to pass the receipt to order your drinks or food. Have to be garang abit as Italian generally don't quenue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by airfins
    When you went to those cafe or eatery do note that the price is cheaper at the counter then seat in, almost double in some cases. Pay at the cashier 1st then go to counter to pass the receipt to order your drinks or food. Have to be garang abit as Italian generally don't quenue.
    Wow, that's brand new information! Thanks a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NineEleven
    Ha, I'll be there around this time too & been to those places you mentioned. You'll get drunk in Rome, Venice & Florence for the museums, architecture, shopping etc. Very easy to go on foot in all these cities & be warned that some small shops have 1-2pm lunch break then close around 5-6pm. Venice will be expensive during this time of the year & book your hotel in advance. Food is easy & pick up some Italian along the way. Have fun

    U might want to detour west to see Pisa when you're in Florence.
    U re-visit Rome again? How's the weather like at the end of may, I know is end of spring around that time, hope the weather is cooling n less dry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casslee View Post
    U re-visit Rome again? How's the weather like at the end of may, I know is end of spring around that time, hope the weather is cooling n less dry
    Yes, but just passing for a night. I'm there for a rally so won't be touring but do factor 2-3D there especially if you want to see Vatican City. There was such a long Q that we didn't go in last year.

    Weather should be nice, probably 20 odd in day to 10+ @ nights but may just rain. Are you backpacking or self tour? If you want to save $, buy F&B from supermkts often found in train stations for cities. If you're shopping for branded goods, do it in Milan since it's your last stop while you should sip some cappuccino & bask in the sun @ San Marco Sq in Venice, watch the world go by. Speaking of which, I might just visit Venice again!
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    I heard I can buy Vatican museum admission ticket online, then I won't need to join the q! Not sure if it is true but I do see a online ticket purchase link at Vatican official website.

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    At restaurants, usually the house wine is very decent. Milan is a good bet to shop for branded goods.

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    Germany>France>Spain>>> Italy>Milan>Venice>Florence>Rome

    That is my last year trip around Sep 10

    Ok how do i start ..

    1) First be careful of the beggar and there is a lot of pickpocket if you are traveling bag packing . Try not to put all your money in the wallet separate out and same to your credit card. Get yourself a money pouch that wear on neck.

    2) Move around take there metro is cheap and easy. But 90% i am walking because u got too many thing to see lol . There have the sightseeing bus that cost you around 10 to 13 euro i think that bring you to all the tourist attraction.

    3) Restaurants is X and you need to pay 10% for tips if you don't pay you can see the waiter face change lol . Average price eating at restaurants is around 50 euro for 2 plus tips. Tips> Pizza and Kebab are cheap one large pizza cost maybe 15 to 20 euro super full for 2 . Water buy at super market 3 euro for 6 x 1L.

    4) Shopping must get the tax refund form ask the counter first when u shop and make sure there fill up all the thing if not you will not be able to claim. Go to airport early to do the claim because will be a lot of people.http://www.fidenzavillage.com can try to go here maybe will get some good thing . is at Milan.

    Florance- Can go Pisa and ((5 Terre) http://navigazionegolfodeipoeti.it) .Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore must go in see wow !!
    Venice- Casino(Think you need to bring a coat to go in) Most X public toilet 2.5 euro lol.
    Rome- nothing much
    Milan-Duomo di Milano and shopping lol

    I bring my D90 18-200 lens cum 2 x 8G SD card 2 x batt tripod. Bring a bag the can hold all your staff and water .

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    Quote Originally Posted by mango2207 View Post
    Florance- Can go Pisa and ((5 Terre) http://navigazionegolfodeipoeti.it) .Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore must go in see wow !!
    Venice- Casino(Think you need to bring a coat to go in) Most X public toilet 2.5 euro lol.
    Rome- nothing much
    Milan-Duomo di Milano and shopping lol
    I really beg to differ on your point that Rome is nothing much!

    Rome is a city so steeped in history!! Vatican City/Museum, St Peter's Sq, St Peter's Basilica, Coliseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Hippodrome, Caesar's Palace, The Mouth of Truth (Bocca della Verità), just to name a few standard touritsy attractions. Not forgetting many many others.

    I didnt even cover a lot of the stuff during my short 2 days there and I really hope I have a chance to go back there sometime in future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolsigg View Post
    I really beg to differ on your point that Rome is nothing much!

    Rome is a city so steeped in history!! Vatican City/Museum, St Peter's Sq, St Peter's Basilica, Coliseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Hippodrome, Caesar's Palace, The Mouth of Truth (Bocca della Verità), just to name a few standard touritsy attractions. Not forgetting many many others.

    I didnt even cover a lot of the stuff during my short 2 days there and I really hope I have a chance to go back there sometime in future.
    There's SO MUCH to do in rome. On the contrary, I would say that Venice is over - rated. Btw, going all the way out for Pisa is not worth it if you do not have ample time. i would rather take the opportunity to explore rome =D

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    Just came back form Rome-Florence-Milan 5 days ago. Lotsa things to see and do besides shopping. Weather was awesome. Round 18+.

    For Vatican Museum tour, do book online tour and choose a timing that suits you as that will allow you to skip the Q.

    Like what others had mention, just take the metro, it allows you to get to all the major attractions. Walking lots helps too as it helps you discover the nooks and crans of various places.

    You just have to be more aware of your surrounding and belongings to avoid being a target of pickpockets.

    In Florence do go to Mario (open for lunch only but a MUST go) and Gusta pizza. Strongly recommended.

    In Milan do visit Da Maruzzella.

    All the food places recommended below shld not cost you more than 35+ euro with wine included for dining for 2. Smashing !

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    I'll be going Milan shortly and it's gonna be nice weather from what I can see and it's gonna be my 4th time there.
    Please be careful of pickpockets. A few years back, my friend and her hubby lost their whole suitcase while on the move!
    Venice is a must go as dunno when it will last above water.
    I've been there before so most prob will head over to cinque terre, a UNESCO heritage site. Lovely little villages by the sea.
    From what I gather online, most people had a bad experience visiting the Last Supper. Do a search and you know what I mean. That really turned me off so I'll pass plus advanced tickets are a must.
    Rome is so beautiful and most attractions are within walking distance. Do pick up a map and explore by foot.
    Downtown Milan, Duomo is a branded shopping paradise, bring all your credit cards dude!
    Enjoy the Italian hospitality and don't just eat pizza and kebab everyday k?
    Go for at least a good meal, ask your hotel to direct you.
    Ciao~
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    Quote Originally Posted by coolsigg View Post
    I really beg to differ on your point that Rome is nothing much!

    Rome is a city so steeped in history!! Vatican City/Museum, St Peter's Sq, St Peter's Basilica, Coliseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Hippodrome, Caesar's Palace, The Mouth of Truth (Bocca della Verità), just to name a few standard touritsy attractions. Not forgetting many many others.

    I didnt even cover a lot of the stuff during my short 2 days there and I really hope I have a chance to go back there sometime in future.

    PsPs Rome got alot of thing to see. But bring a very good shoe because u will be doing alot of walking lol

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    Yes, what airfins mentioned is true... If you go to touristy places like Venice and want to sit outside at some nice spot to people watch, just be aware that 1 cup of coffee may ended up costs you 20 euro! They have all sort of charges... different price for takeaway vs drink in, sit/standing at counter, music/no music... it all adds up. The most economical is my trusty takeaway hot chocolate which is excellent and usually will not costs more than 2-3 euro, maybe even 1 euro at less touristy places.

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    For venice, i think the casinos you can get in with some free chip (10euro) so can visit if you want to... Need some leaflets etc... so can check with hotel.

    Most of the hotels are quite expensive in Venice itself so worth looking around in tripadvisor. I never stay there (stayed in the outer area and take boat into venice instead) so can't comment much. However, i think you should stay there for a night or 2. I think Venice can be very charming and worth exploring on your own.

    For Florence, the museums, castles and churches are not to be missed. If you want to do some outlet shopping, there's outlet shopping tours (like 20-30 euro for return trip) where the outlets are about 1 hr away. You can get some very good discount esp at the gucci/prada stores.. like 70-90% off... i got ties for like 10-30 euros... shirts for like 30 euros..


    Rome, must slowly explore... every corner you turn, u will find something to see.

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    You have got to visit the oldest cafe at the Venice huge square. It feels nice to sit out and drink and smoke.
    Be careful of beggars and gypsies, i encountered carrying a plastic baby.
    And branded goods are a steal at Milan.
    If you can, visit Saint Peter's Basilica. Remember tripod as they don't allow flashlights in the entire basilica.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nemesis32 View Post

    For Florence, the museums, castles and churches are not to be missed. If you want to do some outlet shopping, there's outlet shopping tours (like 20-30 euro for return trip) where the outlets are about 1 hr away. You can get some very good discount esp at the gucci/prada stores.. like 70-90% off... i got ties for like 10-30 euros... shirts for like 30 euros..


    Rome, must slowly explore... every corner you turn, u will find something to see.
    Interesting! so I just check the outlet shopping tour with the hotel? which agent u used?

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    If in Rome nothing much to do what about Milan which is only Duomo and nothing else ? Oh ya you go for the made in chi..ehm..Italy bags..

    :|

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cissiboy View Post
    If in Rome nothing much to do what about Milan which is only Duomo and nothing else ? Oh ya you go for the made in chi..ehm..Italy bags..

    :|
    never heard of the italian fashion labels make their leather goods in china...then again im refering to the authentic versions. of cos i did not do an in depth study so i might be wrong.

    Edit: btw Milan houses The Last Supper among many other things, not just the Duomo.
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