Do I need to know the Italian language?
March 5th, 2018 @ 07:59:55 AM (PST)
Not really. Knowing some key phrases, names of food, would help. I have tried for years and finally came to the conclusion I will never be able to converse in Italian. But I have concentrated on knowing the food items so I know what I am eating! Speaking of food, we have found that asking for the house specialty is often rewarding. I will add that due to the electronic age, all you really need now is 'Google Translate' to converse to each other.
What is the best way to get into Rome from the airport?
March 5th, 2018 @ 07:55:25 AM (PST)
The taxis are fast but can be rather spendy. Some lodgings will have shuttle service that I believe can range around 65 euro. The train is economical, but you may need to take a taxi once you get into Rome in order to get to your lodging. Speaking of taxis, there are literally dozens of illegal taxis in Rome. Look for the taxi stand to find a legitimate taxi. They should also have a name of a city on the door. The illegal taxis look awfully close to the official ones. But most of these don't have meters and can often times charge 3 times the normal costs.
What are a couple of your favorite 'gems' for villages to visit?
March 5th, 2018 @ 07:52:01 AM (PST)
We love the ciity of San Benedetto del Tronto on the central, eastern coast of Italy. It is a fairly large city, but it has an absolutely beautiful boardwalk along the beach that is used by walkers, runners and bicyclists. Civita di bagnoregio is a fascinating village perched high on a cliff that is slowly eroding. Until last year, it was free to enter, but now they have a small entrance fee. Less than 10 people live here year-round. Orvieto, about an hour north of Rome, is also a fascinating village with plenty of lodging available. Their Duomo is one of the most beautiful churches you will ever see.
Where is the best place to buy this book?
March 5th, 2018 @ 07:47:15 AM (PST)
You can order on-line through Amazon, Barnes and Noble or other major book sellers. You can also purchase an autographed copy from my site for the same, or cheaper price.
What type of lodging should I reserve and how soon?
March 5th, 2018 @ 07:41:52 AM (PST)
Regarding 'how soon', keep in mind that the top-rated places get reserved very fast. For those places, I try to reserve at least 6 months out. Regarding the type, that will vary on your desires. We had one trip where we stayed in a variety of places: an apartment, hotel, bed and breakfast, and an agriturismo. We loved them all.
How do we ensure we always get great lodging?
March 5th, 2018 @ 07:39:31 AM (PST)
I always check the reviews of the lodging on TripAdvisor or Booking.com. I have never been disappointed.
When is the best time to visit Italy?
March 5th, 2018 @ 07:32:23 AM (PST)
We prefer early April or September-October time frame. During the summer you will have tons of tourists and children visiting throughout Italy. Plus it can get awfully hot in the summer.
February 17th, 2018 @ 08:39:35 AM (PST)
February 2018: In a month we return to Italy, visiting some old and some new villages. This time Rome (again), Cinque Terre, Lucca, Orvieto, plus a couple of villages between Italy and Germany. We can hardly wait!