Walking Italian Cities
Rome Florence and Venice are wonderful walking Italian cities. My wife and I and our friends traveled to Rome, Florence and Venice this blog is prelude to our daily blogs. Hope you find the information informative and helpful.
Be prepared for hills and cobblestones, steps and bridges, wear comfortable good walking shoes. If by chance you have not walked a mile or two lately, I would recommend you practice before you depart and pace yourself when you start exploring the beautiful towns of Italy. Do not be afraid to walk and explore, as always be aware of your surroundings; also locating a building, monument or street marker is important in a strange walking city, you may get lost and knowing a familiar marker will be very helpful, believe us we have been lost a few times especially in Venice, but it was fun. There is plenty of public transportation, taxis and Uber, (we used the Uber app in Rome). Uber transportation is not available in Florence the public transportation is handy and efficient in Venice walking or taking the Vaporetto is the best way to see Venice.
Italian food is delicious, fresh ingredients, along with wine and desserts; we found “Casa Roso” red house wine very good never disappointing. Late afternoon, do what the locals do stop at a small café enjoy a Aperitivo “open the palate” a drink which is dry and bitter. My favorite, (I might add and still enjoying at home) is the classic Campari or Aperol (less bitter) spritz. Campari mixed with Prosecco and a splash of soda water and topped with an orange slice and served with chips, chesses, olives and bread depending on the restaurant. Remember Italians eat late so this is a great warm up for a fabulous Italian dinner. Please after dinner try lemoncello, in my opinion the best digestive ever after enjoying your delicious Italian meal. My the way we have great recipe for making Lemoncello which we will share in a later blog.
I found Dave’s’ advice to be spot on; I always want to be stylish and somewhat trendy, but he suggested I use a backpack and not take my carryon roll around bag. I was so grateful that I listened to him, there I was suitcase in hand and a backpack on my back with one hand free for whatever. I would not have been able to pull my suitcase and a small rolling carryon through the streets of Italy especially in Venice; one was even a challenge, up steps over bridges and walkways.
We suggest you be acquainted with your itinerary, locations you must see, have your important documents (passport, driver’s license, insurance cards, emergency contacts, airline tickets, train tickets, credit cards and hotel reservations, medication list) handy and with you at all times. We also make copies that we store in our luggage.
We are sure you will enjoy and cherish every moment in Italy and plan another visit back in the near future.
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