Italy Trip Advice

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    Jan 07, 2013 11:09 PM GMT
    Hi All,

    Any of you guys travelled around Italy? Me and my friend plan on checking out Rome, Florence, Pisa and Venice. I know there is so much to see Italy however only going to be there 7-8 days. Any must-see's or do's. Also anyone know what the gay clubbing scene is like there?
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    Jan 08, 2013 3:16 AM GMT
    I was in Roma, Italia for about 8 days back in 2010. I can give you some insights and tips on this city, not Florence or Pisa or Venice.

    There is a gay area next to the Colesseo (Coliseum) area. Tiny small street with a couple of good Italian restaurants, clubs. There is a S&M leather club in the Cavour area, not sure if you're into S&M though.

    I recommend checking out.

    . The Coliseum
    . Vatican City
    . Galleria Borghese
    . Try any Pasta/Italian restaurant.
    . Fontana de Trevi (Trevi Fountain) & Spanish steps (beautiful MUST SEE).
    . Open Roman Forum in the middle of the city.

    Have fun in Italy. icon_biggrin.gif
  • John6311

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    Jan 08, 2013 3:18 AM GMT
    Although it will be quick- you can certainly see all those sites in 7 or 8 days. I'd spend 3 days in Rome, 1 in Pisa, 2 in Florence and 2 in Venice.
  • coolarmydude

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    Jan 08, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    I briefly visited Pisa and Florence back in '96. If you're doing the touristy thing, do the leaning tower (which you should be able to climb the stairs inside by now) and in Florence, the Statue of David.

    My recommendation is to do a culinary - food and wine - trip, since you will be mostly in Tuscany.

    I don't know anything about a gay scene in Italy, but I must share this gay moment:

    I was in the Army, stationed in Germany and in an aviation unit. I went with a married couple on July 4th weekend, staying at Camp Darby, just outside Pisa. We did the campground thing, staying in a tent. The morning after our first night, I was just outside of our tent, and an officer from my unit came out of the tent next to ours. He was wearing only jeans - a muscular ginger with an Irish name... and to think of all those times I undressed him with my eyes when I saw him around the unit (he worked in the same building as me) in his flight suit. OMG - I wonder if he noticed me staring...

    That was the extent of the gay scene for me in Italy, in addition to the guy I ran into at the enlisted club with my buddy's wife - we asked the location of the nearest bathroom and he was apparently gay. Later that night for entertainment, there was an interactive screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show, and guess who was Frankfurter? Yup!
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    Jan 08, 2013 3:53 AM GMT
    Watch out for gypsies in the big tourist cities!
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    Jan 08, 2013 4:29 AM GMT
    If you're in Florence, go see Michaelangelo's David in the Accademia Museum. The one in the Piazza Signoria is a copy. It is really awesome to see the real thing and you won't regret it.
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    Jan 08, 2013 4:30 AM GMT
    It is not on your list but my favourite spot is Pompei. But I guess it is only interesting if you are interested in Roman Antiquity
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    Jan 08, 2013 4:35 AM GMT
    antelope saidIf you're in Florence, go see Michaelangelo's David in the Accademia Museum. The one in the Piazza Signoria is a copy. It is really awesome to see the real thing and you won't regret it.


    Totally agree! It magnificent! And see as much as you can see in Rome...worth hiring a private guide if you can afford it.
  • daddysw

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    Jan 08, 2013 6:57 AM GMT
    while you're in Venice, try and get to see the Peggy Gugenheim museum. Its located on the Grand Canal and was the hope of a very eccentric and wealthy american women who collected 20th centruy art. Good place to have lunch as well (in venice, its hard to find find reasonably priced places to eat, but the Guggenheim is good). Walk around the fish market early morning - unchanged for centuries, and have a drink with the market traders there. Take the No1 vaporetto up the whole length of the Grand Canal (cheapest way to see the length and breadth of it). And if you want to blend in with the locals, dont drink cappucino after 11am! Its all wonderful . .buon' viaggio icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 08, 2013 7:07 AM GMT
    antelope saidIf you're in Florence, go see Michaelangelo's David in the Accademia Museum. The one in the Piazza Signoria is a copy. It is really awesome to see the real thing and you won't regret it.

    If you intend to see David/visit the museum, advance reservations are essential.
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    Jan 08, 2013 7:26 AM GMT
    SpikeyAidan saidHi All,

    Any of you guys travelled around Italy? Me and my friend plan on checking out Rome, Florence, Pisa and Venice. I know there is so much to see Italy however only going to be there 7-8 days. Any must-see's or do's. Also anyone know what the gay clubbing scene is like there?

    Rome - what to say - there is so much - one could visit for 3 weeks and not scratch the surface. A must see in Rome is Bernini's masterpiece sculpture of Daphne being turned into a tree by Apollo - at the Galleria Borghese - I understand that reservations are a must now.

    . If you want to see art, there is a lot to see in churches - which can visited just about anytime for free. See 2 Carrivagios in the church of Santa Maria del Popolo at the Piazza del Popolo.

    . Eat at a restaurant at the Campo dei Fiore. Visit the Pantheon - a 2000 year old building. Eat gelato.

    Venice - Plan to spend 2 nights there - It is an amazing place to be after the daytrippers have left for the day, or before they arrive in the morning. (Thousands of tourists come for the day every day - many on huge cruise ships - enjoy the quiet after they leave. The best local cuisine in Venice is seafood - not pasta.
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    Jan 08, 2013 7:55 AM GMT
    Any chance you could include Sorrento in your trip?
    I went to the other places, but this little village was full of beauty and magic. icon_smile.gif

    I suppose if you're in Rome, you could take a tour of the Vatican.
    It's quite an experience, even for the non-religious. There's an interesting assortment of pagan artifacts in the Vatican museum!
  • ursa_minor

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    Jan 08, 2013 7:55 AM GMT
    in Rome besides your Colosseo, Vatican+Musea, Fora Romana, Piazza Navona, Pantheon and Trevi Fontein there is a Bone museum/crypt--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capuchin_Crypt

    i love the pizzeria in the alleys beneath the Spanish steps in Roma

    there are lots of places to visit, i rely mostly on TripAdvisor + CityMaps2Go apps on my android when I travel. both are free.
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    Jan 08, 2013 7:02 PM GMT
    antelope saidIf you're in Florence, go see Michaelangelo's David in the Accademia Museum. The one in the Piazza Signoria is a copy. It is really awesome to see the real thing


    Overheard from american tourists at the statue :

    "Look, he's not circumcised."

    and

    "He wasn't very big, was he?."
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    Jan 08, 2013 7:31 PM GMT
    I'm going to venice for the first time in June. Excited. I went to Rome and Florence 5 years ago. Was fascinating going to the colliseum and Roman Forum and walking next to 2000 year old marble columns just laying in the forum as you walk to the Trevi fountain and Capitol Hill. Amazing after learning about all this in books. The Vatican is interesting but could be missed I think. Just walk around the building. As far as night life. I think because it is a repressed Catholic society, a lot of stuff goes on in the closet compared to the US. Florence was small and beautiful and remember the museums are mainly closed on Monday. David is in Florence. If you can afford english spoken tours in each city it is worth it especially if you travel via air conditioned bus. Venice I've discovered doesn't really have any clubs, bars, anything much. Maybe a bar.
  • Roger86

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    Jan 12, 2013 9:20 AM GMT
    kind of same schedule with my Italian trip last summer.

    Fly to Venice, spend 2-3 days there, then take train to Florence. there are great museums in Florence, ud better buy the tickets online in advance, or u would spend lots of time queuing for the tickets. i love Florence, not large but very beautiful and relaxing town. Again take the train to Rome, lots of things need to explore in ROme. About the Pisa, maybe just half a day trip, literally just Leaning Tower of Pisa there.
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    Jan 12, 2013 9:23 AM GMT
    There is a place in Rome called GAY VILLAGE... it's amazing. It's like two huge dance floors outside (one commercial pop, one house) multiple bars, restaurants, all fenced off in this little "village". It's unlike anything!

    If you're staying in Florence at a hostel, I would recommend Plus Florence I think is the name. It's cheap and super nice!

    And do all the public bar crawls you can, good way to meet people.
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Jan 12, 2013 9:51 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]SpikeyAidan said[/cite]Hi All,..........Rome, Florence, Pisa and Venice...........

    I think you should skip Pisa and go to Siena instead..... not really much to see in Pisa .... if you go spend most of your time in the Baptistery

    Spend more than one or two days in Florence .... It's awesome.

    Venice is a hike but worth the trip. .