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    Hey everyone. Looks like I'm taking Mrs. Wilhouse to Italy next year for our 25th. Starting to set up flights and such. We'll definately be in Rome, but where else is open. probably in the June / July time frame.

    For anyone who has been (gabi?) can u give me some good recommendations:
    - hotels to stay in or NOT to stay in
    - which cities to see, remember we're starting in Rome
    - your favorite places to eat, tours to take, things to see
    - any hints, web sites, etc.

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    wow! how did you know that my parents went to Italy for their 25th anniversary?

    I spent 5 weeks in Naples (Napoli) 4 years ago, so all my recommendations are about that area. Of course it depends on how long you have but something I wouldn't miss is Pompeii, Capri is also worth a visit (Procida is a smaller island and less know but it is also a pretty place). And for great landscape the area around Sorrento (Costiera Sorrentina) is worth visiting. I cannot give you recommendations about hotels because all my trips were during the day going back home to sleep, sorry! But about eating I can tell you that I didn't find a single place where I didn't like the food.

    All my recommendations are for outdoors visits, if you are more interested in museums or architecture then I will let other twelevers make the recommendations.

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    OOOOohhhhhhh How FUN!!
    Hey!!
    Thats where Smurfee is going on her honeymoon...check out this thread!!

    http://www.tweleve.org/forum/viewtop...=asc&&start=60

    maybe youse guys are gonna be there at the same time COOL!!



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    Wil,
    I'd hit Florence if you can. It was the original site of the DAVID statue. The city has great archetecture. The elaborate Santa Croce church contains the monumental tombs of Galileo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Dante (actually a cenotaph). You can see the handiwork of these guys all around.
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    Haha..I will be there the first 2 weeks in May for my honeymoon.
    Will be spending time in Rome, Florence, Pisa, Milan, Pompeii (thats the plan so far)
    I suggest going to Barnes and Noble or Borders and picking up this book "Rick Steve's Italy 2007" he has the best suggestions, maps, pics in that book. He tells you about what you will be spending. He has hotel, tour ideas and costs also. I have found that book EXTREMELY helpful. The more I read this book, I can post tidbits that might be helpful for you.

    Looks like we will be planning our trips at the same time. We are going to see a travel agent this week. Let me know if you have any questions...maybe I have stumbled across the answer already
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    Wil, forget your wife - take me!!!

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    cool, thanks everyone.

    now it looks like it might be June instead of July.

    we are art / architecture types. have to decide if we want to go north or south from Rome. Really would like to go to Milan, but there's Sicilian in my blood.

    more to come.
    wilhouse

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    Wilhouse,

    I had the chance to visit Rome, Pisa, Florence, Venice, and Pompeii in the early '90s. Somethings may have changed, but I'd recommend visiting the following:

    In Rome:

    - Vatican City/St. Peters Basilica: Here the coolest part for me was walking up to the top of the dome and looking out over Rome. If I remember correctly, I took an elevator to the 2nd level, and a staircase the spiraled up between the inner and outer shells of the dome. Take a look at the 'paintings' on the ceiling, these are actually mosaics of tiles. Don't miss Michelangelo's Pieta on the first level. Mail post cards from Vatican City, since it is its own country and more efficient that the Italian side. I missed (and regret not) seeing the Sistine Chapel because it was Sunday.
    - Quintessential spots in Rome: Spanish Steps, Trivoli Fountain, Pantheon,
    - Coliseum tour: They really did have the cages for the animals under the middle of the Coliseum, and I can now appreciate Gladiator a little more.
    - Cappucine Monks: There is a church/crypt where the skulls and bones of the Brothers are kept. Ever seen a chandelier made out of clavicles?
    - Pax Romana: Unless you pay a guide or have a guide book, this just looks like a bunch of old columns. On a side note, there is a ubiquitous tourist book sold in Rome that is a simple, colorful guide of the city and comes in many languages. The book has a representation of Rome at its glory, and I thought it was worthwhile buying one early in my visit to compare against what's there today.

    Pisa: Our tour only stopped at the leaning tower on our way to Rome, and we did not stay in Pisa. It was interesting to find out that it's a bell tower and that a church and baptismal building are part of the complex. A visit to just the leaning tower/ church complex wouldn't take more that half a day.

    Florence: There's an outdoor statue of David on the hill where you can get a panoramic view of the City and the Duomo. There's a museum that houses the marble David, and a few other of Michelangelo's statues. You can find it easily on the web. The Uffizi museum is also a renowned museum, however I didn't get the chance to visit as it had just been bombed.

    Venice: The outlying water ways and canals make this a very unique city. The fact that it's slowly sinking also make it interesting. A guide book could probably point you to the interesting stuff, such as the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's square and camponile, colorful Venetian glass blowing, etc. This afternoon, I caught the new Bond movie, and he visits Venice. Good memories there.

    I recommend reading The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone to get more out of the visit to Italy. It touches on Michelangelo's life and it gives a better appreciation of say The Pieta and David. It also discusses Papal and the Medici sponsorship of his efforts. Michelangelo ovesaw the final construction of the dome of Saint Peter's Basilica, and there some interesting observations about dome construction.

    Congratulations on the 25th Anniversary. I hope you and the Mrs. have a great time.

    Also congratulations on finding the SQ opal ring - you treasure finder you.

    - MP

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    My recommendations:

    - I second the top of St Peter's. Excellent view!

    - Piazza Navona @ dusk/evening. Something is always going on that piazza!

    - Coliseum (Flavian Amphitheatre) tour. Very cool up close and personal!

    - Any gelato shop! Pretty much if you stay off the beaten tourist path in Rome to find smaller cafe's you will be in for some good food.

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