visiting Italy

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    I'm going to Italy next week, flying into Rome.

    Has anyone been there and do you have any suggestions on what to avoid or what I shouldn't miss while I'm there??????

    I'm leaving the kiddies home with the husband and going with friends. :cheers2:
     
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    the vatican, sunday mass, and climb to the top of the dome

    see the pantheon, the raphael church, catacombs, and all the standards you can cram in.....

    sienna florence and vennice are a must if you can day trip / overnight train....
     
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    I'm definitally planning on the vatican. What are the catacombs?

    We're thinking about Florence, we're waiting until we get there to try to figure out the trains. We didn't want to get into planned tour groups where you're with the same 10 people the entire time. I did sign up for a ancient city tour that lasts 3 hours and visits the colliseum, trevi fountain and spanish steps.
     
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    Watch your back in Rome. Thieves like you've never seen. Not dangerous, just out to steal your tourist money. Many of them are quite crafty, too.
     
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    the catacombs are an underground "church" with lots of bones etc....http://www.catacombe.roma.it/ one of the tour books will turn you onto it......florence is amazing
     
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    I lived there for 6 years...my list would be too long.

    What cities are you going to? That would be a good start.

    First and foremost, take a mini calculator to determine the exchange rate. Some touristy places will charge $12.00 (in Lira) for a bottle of water, hoping the American customer's won't be able to figure out how much they are spending.

    Second - a small pocket translator. In the major cities, you will easily find someone who speaks enough English to do what you need to do, but if you get off the beaten track, it may be a bit more difficult.

    Third - Camera And take LOTS and LOTS of pictures.
     
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    Thanks for the warning. I've got a jacket with pockets that button, so hopefully that will deter any theives.

    Quite a few people have warned me about pickpockets.
     
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    But if ya get a chance leave the mainland tourist traps and hit the Tuscany Islands...The Island of Elba is a great start...Lots of cool beaches...restaurante's and Roman ruins...not to mention that this is where Napoleon was exiled to...and don't forget to try the 'Sburita soup'...a really good fish soup!
     
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    I would be weary of placing anything of value on an outside-facing pocket.
     
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    Thanks I'll check out the link!!
     

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