That's sooo cool.A friend and I made the plan to got to ten european citys in the next 5 years. Rome is so on our list. This year I go to ireland and maybe to London.Pack sunscreen and maybe a notebook to write down recipes....enjoy your trip
awe, have fun!
If you happen to visit Naples while renting a minivan, make sure you know how to drive it in reverse exceptionally well. Some of those old cobblestone streets are a lot more narrow than expected. Just sayin.
Oh, I'm so jealous! How exciting!
Italy is a gorgeous country with lovely people and so much to see and do, but I will warn you about two things in addition to pickpockets in general:Be alert to touches, gropes, and rubbings on crowded public transport. Learn this phrase (and how to shout it): "Che cazzo fai?!?!" (pronounced KAY KAHTZO FIE) It means "What the F are you doing?" and is very effective at attracting attention the pervs don't want.Watch out for the gypsies in Venice and Naples; don't EVER EVER EVER hold anyone's baby or small child, and beware flocks of little kids surrounding you (in Rome, too), because one gambit is the open-sheet-of-newsprint flying in your face (which leads to pickpocketing while you're clearing your vision and batting away the paper!).Also, if you take trains, be vigilant about your luggage -- we too took only a 22" rollie and a messenger bag with us, but we packed a bungy cord and bungied our suitcases together and to the overhead rail on trains -- unobtrusively, but boy it woulda made a ruckus for someone to try and get them down! :)Buon viaggio!!
Dew - Thanks for the heads-up on the... persistent Italians. And the gypsies/pickpockets as well... my goodness! The French aren't nearly as aggressive! ;-)Jules - I did intend to bring my journal, but taking down recipes is a fantastic idea!! Thank you!Cape House - I would love to hear your minivan in Naples story. - H
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