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VABuckeye
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re: Italy recomdations? Rome and Florence.
Toledo is in Spain and it’s awesome.


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re: Italy recomdations? Rome and Florence.
I was referring to the Toledo in Spain, not sure about him.

To me Toledo is not a 3 night place considering all of the much bigger places he goes to for 1 or 2 nights


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Joshjrn
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re: Italy recomdations? Rome and Florence.
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Toledo is in Spain and it’s awesome.


I know where Toledo is. I’ve been there. It is awesome. It’s a one night destination. You take the train from Madrid, see everything, catch the sunset from the ridge overlooking the city, get dinner, grab some gelato, go to sleep, and catch the train back out the next morning.

And I say that as someone who wants to stay an extra night or two everywhere


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re: Italy recomdations? Rome and Florence.
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Thanks for not giving recommendations and instead giving me shite for not taking 3 fricking weeks per vacation.
Most of the bums on this forum never leave the south.



the following is your OP.



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I just got back from Cartagena and found out my mom and brother are dying a tour of Europe so I'm going to tag along for a week through Italy. I'll only have 7 full days. Flying into Rome and out of Milan. 21 to 30th of next month. This is last minute for a Euro trip. But I can't go too long as I have A mexican trip early November.
#enjoyingmydivorce lol.



Where are your questions and what do you need recommendations on? Everything in the OP is a statement. And congrats on the divorce.


VABuckeye
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re: Italy recomdations? Rome and Florence.
We spent three nights in Toledo. Enjoyed every minute.


Joshjrn
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re: Italy recomdations? Rome and Florence.
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We spent three nights in Toledo. Enjoyed every minute.


I’m genuinely happy for you. Still have no idea what you did to fill that much time


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SlidellCajun
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re: Italy recomdations? Rome and Florence.
I have mixed feelings on Florence.
Some parts are okay. The history is great.
The last time I was there just before Covid, there were a lot of street beggars and scam artists around the popular tourist spots

Rome is okay for a few days but it’s pretty dirty

Again, the history is amazing in both cities



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re: Italy recomdations? Rome and Florence.
I'm going back to Paris for Mardi Gras time and will likely add in Italy and Germany. I have 12 days then.

I saw all the sites in Paris but I did spend the longest time in the Louvre. I enjoyed the Tower but my absolute favorite thing was renting an electric bike and going all over. I stayed in Republique square and only got around on bike. It was great.

Brugges I felt like I needed more time but again I saw all the sites. Travel during off peak season (Mardi gras) and you can see a lot.



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Napoleon
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re: Italy recomdations? Rome and Florence.
I loved Toledo. My mom is looking to relocate there. I walked every street and saw every site. It's a classic old world city. I liked it better than Madrid.
I would wake up, walk the streets, get some fresh baked pastries, then walk some more. I'm obsessed with architecture. So I really enjoyed the city design and layout.
I like the pace of that city.
Brugges was similar so I wish i had more time there.

Now if I were solo traveling on that trip I would have done more Barcelona and less Toledo. That trip like this trip is a gift trip. So I'm kind of on someone else's itinerary.
In Feburary I go solo to Europe.
Though I'm going back to Mexico in November and really want to get back to Colombia (single man's paradise,) before Feburary.
Those two are so cheap to travel to I don't need to save up. I think including airfare and accommodations i spent maybe $800 in Colombia.


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Napoleon
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re: Italy recomdations? Rome and Florence.
I had this amazing 50p year old apartment in Toledo. I freaky enjoyed that city. It was my vibe.
Some people connect with certain cities.

But the honest answer was it wasn't my itinerary. Neither is this Italy trip. I'm meeting family. My mom is on a one month trip and my brother is in a 3 month trip. We are meeting for a week in Italy.

I wasn't going to go but I was gifted the plane ticket. So it's a mostly free trip.

I'm already looking to modify the itinerary some.

I wanted to go to Poligano a Mare, cinque Terre and Florence as well.

But I'm a Roman empire nerd I'm sure I'll enjoy Rome.

I enjoy most places I go.


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Frankly, two weeks wasn't enough time. If I could do it all over right now, I would spend a week on the coast. THAT was what I dreamed Italy would be. Little family owned hotel on the side of a cliff.


That sounds nice. I wanted to go to Poligano for that reason. A nice Adriatic beach resort town.
Then ferry to Croatia.

Originally pre seperation I was going to take wife and Step kids on a 18 day trip to France and Italy.
But that fell apart. The great news is my vacation savings account was stacked.
Last october I didn't have a passport
Now I have 3 pages full of stamps and that's without any Mexico stamps.
My wife was holding me back.


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Napoleon
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re: Italy recomdations? Rome and Florence.
Italy recommendations.
Like what to see. What to avoid. . Best places to eat.
Etc.
I mean I figured it didn't need to be all questions I said where I'm going.

I was looking for Rome tips mainly.


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Napoleon
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re: Italy recomdations? Rome and Florence.
Living in New Orleans I'm used to dirty streets and beggers. I was so worried about Cartagena, but all I kept thinking was how I get bothered me in the French Quarter than there.


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VABuckeye
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re: Italy recomdations? Rome and Florence.
We stayed on the medieval part of Toledo. The old city. We climbed every step of that freaking church and the view from the top was epic. I agree about Madrid. It’s nice but it’s really just a jumping off point to see the rest of Spain.


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Pepperoni
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re: Italy recomdations? Rome and Florence.
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I have mixed feelings on Florence. Some parts are okay. The history is great. The last time I was there just before Covid, there were a lot of street beggars and scam artists around the popular tourist spots.


In Oltrarno now there are still many tourists but really no scam artists. Turin on the other hand has lots of panhandlers and people sleeping in the porticoes.


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Napoleon
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re: Italy recomdations? Rome and Florence.
Update as I prepare to leave Lake Como and Italy in general.

Yes 8 days was enough time to see a lot.

I got 3 full days in Rome seeing the forum, the collusiem, the Pantheon and riding a bike all over the city. Plus eating some great food.
Went to Vatican City and took a small group tour of the museum. Was in the Sistine chapel for nearly an hour with less than 20 people.
Great time in the larger basilica but that we did rush as the museum is a good walk away.
Took a bus trip the next day to Positano and had an OK lunch with an excellent view of the black sand beaches. Walked and shopped for a few hours then went to Pompeii.
See the sights there, really interesting
Then hopped a train to Venice in the morning. Venice was my favorite as its a very walkable city with no cars or bikes even. Had some great meals, took the water bus to Murano and spent way too much on glass figures and gifts. At €25 for all day the water bus is a great deal and an easy way to see the city. It started to flood by the Doge palace so we walked back to Rialto area to shop.
Next day just walked until we got lost and kept on exploring.
Then took a train to Lake Como. Checked into airbnb then promptly took a train to Lugano, Switzerland to buy chocolate and eat fondue. Fondue was crazy expensive at $140 for three people and it was only pickles, potatoes, bread, onions and cheese. Still the experience. Got some great views, rode a funicular bought chocolate and then went back to Como.
Today the one day we had in Como took a boat to Bellagio and then Varenna, then took a 100 year old steam paddlewheeler back.
Amazing views of a beautiful lake area. Much more than I expected and I wish I had more time in this region. Just got in from walking around Como.
Bought some cheese from a cheese monger and some good sliced meat and am eating it now watching Harry Potter in Italian at the Airbnb.
Have an Uber black taking me to the airport tomorrow so I don't have to take the two trains. (Uber black is well priced in Italy and I've been getting around daily in E classe benzes)

Yes sure I wish I had more time. But this was a very last minute trip and I can't take off more than a week usually as work backs up.

Didn't touch Florence and only went through Milan.

Venice I need to return to. Rome I feel I saw most of it.
I would like to return to coastal Italy in the summer.

Also they don't slice the pizza here and people eat it with silver wear I found that odd. Also don't look in the toilet after you number 2 after eating cuttlefish pasta for a few days.
Aperol spritzes are good any time of day. A US quarter usually works in pay toilets in lieu of a Euro. Bathrooms are rarely free.

Italy is great all in all. The food is less seasoned than Italian food back home though.

Glad I came. If only for 8 days.

This post was edited on 10/29 at 4:50 pm


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re: Italy recomdations? Rome and Florence.
We did 2 nights in Toledo (not Ohio), and it was great


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re: Italy recomdations? Rome and Florence.
Glad that you enjoyed your trip. Venice is a fantastic city. Some people love and some don't.

Hopefully, I will get back there next year.


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