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My recommendations for visiting Como
Como is an interesting city to visit, it's a nice choice. One of my favorite things to do is a boat trip on the lake. There are some cheap ticket for a tourist ride that let you visit the little city around the lake. It's a must do. Then the city centre is beautiful and rich, if you like churches and museum there is a lot to do. It's a city born from the roman empire, so there are museum and archaeological sites. Other than that I usually do some walk through the shops in the centre or on the lakeside.
What were the 3 things you liked the most during your trip to Italy ?
Thank you so much Steve! My top three favorite experiences in Italy were: 1. visiting the Dolomites, a day trip to gorgeous mountain peeks from Venice. 2. All of Venice, Murano, and surrounding areas. The restaurants are great, the city is jaw dropping, and there's something for everybody. 3. Touring Milan in a vintage Fiat, I felt like we got to see the whole city.
My partner wants to move to Italy. As an English teacher from the UK, how easy it is for me to find a job there?
Iam sure the demand for private English teacher is high since most Italian don’t speak English really well. I would not recommend the public school system since it would take him a long time just to figure out what it would take him to apply to a job. I would suggest to look up private schools or private language schools like British counsel or Wall Street. With Brexit hanging on all Europeans I would also hurry up but Iam sure he knows that too. I would also suggest to use apps like Indeed.com and set Italy as a country to see what’s available and just apply. Searches like “insegnante inglese” / “English teacher” bring up a fair amount of results all over the peninsula.
I found your page because I'm thinking of going to Perugia maybe this October.What's your favorite bar or neighborhood to go out for drinks ?
Dempseys 100%, the staff there are amazing and the drinks are reasonably priced
What were the top 3 things you liked the most in Lake Garda?
What I liked the most about Lake Garda was the beautiful location, the food and the pretty villages around the lake
A personal guide for 3 days in Florence, Tuscany
Florence is my favorite italian city (sorry Rome, Bologna, Napoli and Milano). For 2-3 days, here are the place you should visit: - The Duomo: this cathedral has an incredible history (please do some research before you go as it's part of the fun :). - The Uffizi: if you're arsty, you'll stay hours there (I stayed 4 hours there and I don't consider myself to be artsy at all...) - The Cappelle di Medicee is a marvel you cannot miss as it features most of Michelangelo's works. - Piazzale Michelangelo: take a walk there and plan your day so you can end up watching the sun set.
These 4 cities in Tuscany deserve your attention
Here are the must-see places in Tuscany: Florence, Pisa, Chianti and Siena. Tuscany is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Moreover, Tuscany also produces wines, including Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino. Going to Tuscany without doing a wine-tasting tour is a crime to me :p If you can spend a week there, I'd suggest you to stay 3 days in Florence, 2 days in Pisa, a day in Chianti and another one in Sena.
Why you should stop in Orvieto, Italy
During my two-week roadtrip in Italy, I stopped in Orvieto. It's a medieval town where cobblestone streets with artisan shops meet tasty wines and amazing gelato shops. Definitely the cheapest town I stayed at in my whole trip and where you can taste fully the 'Italian-way-of-life'
3 local dishes you have to try in Venice
- Baccalà Mantecato: it's made out of stockfish and it's delicious. - Buranelli: A biscuit, usually dunked in coffee or mulled wine. - Polenta e Schie: Schie is a type of shrimp you can only find in the local lagoons. Go for it, totaly worth it!
How to visit Italy the right way
1. Don’t try to do it all. Rome is too big to do everything in a few days. And since you'll walk a lot, accept the fact that you'll only see very few things from the city. 2. Eat where locals go, and avoid the touts at all costs. Don't trust waiters standing outside a cafe calling out for the best food. Usually, it means that you'll be overcharged for a 'okayish' meal. Get lost in the small streets away from the monuments and eat where the locals go. And eat the regional specialities. It goes without saying that eating a napolitan pizza in Rome is probably a huge mistake... 3. Buy one of the city-based discount cards. The “Roma Pass” gave me priority entry to the Colosseum, instead of waiting for an hour in the queue + free admission to a few must-visit places. (easily an hour-long queue even in low season when we were there) and free admission to a number of other places around the city. Same in Venice, the city-based discount card is a must-have (free trip on the vaporetti). 4. Don't trust too much public transport timetables. Maybe I was very unlucky but when I was in Rome, I think most of the trains and buses I took where 30-to-45-minute late.
You can't go to Rome without doing this...
There is a lot of 'must-see' things to see in Rome. Walking in Rome is fantastic and exploring it takes considerable time. A a popular italian goes 'Roma, une vita non e basta' - a lifetime is not sufficient. I went there 6 times and I feel like I've only seen 10% of the city. Even if it's touristy, you should go visit the Pantheon. It's the most important architectural building of antiquity built by Emperor Hadrian and one of the first that popularized the use of concrete back in the days. I've learned that concrete was invented by Romans so that makes sense... Historically, it could be considered as the cornerstone of the great Roman Empire.
I have one month to travel Italy in November. Where should I go?
Having personally travelled all over Italy, and the unrated region is Le Marche. For years the New York Times, and many travel magazines have stated that Marche is the next Tuscany, however Italians have still remained to keep this region quite a secret from the rest of the world. If you have already seen all the other major cities and sites in Italy I truly recommend a visit to Le Marche. My husband and I just spent Easter there and we cannot stop raving about the food, the people, the wine, and the beauty of the countryside. In my opinion a must see for anyone wanting an authentic experience in Italy without all the tourists. The only downside is that not a lot of people speak English. We chose to travel with an amazing local company called The Italian on Tour and I would recommend them to anyone in a heartbeat. Give their website a look at www.theitalianontour.com. They are really great bright and young team that knows the area very well. It helped us get the most of our vacation and we would have not travelled Le Marche any other way.