Just a few choice memories from my recent trip to Rome and Florence, Italy, with a couple of my travel photos. There are also a few tips for travelers included.
- I will no longer skip over the Italian wine section at home. I have a much better appreciation for Italian wines than I did before this visit.
- Many key museums here are far less expensive than in the US. Why don’t we let children go free here in the US? Note that it often helps to buy tickets ahead with a set entry time. And skip all of the obnoxious hawkers at the front of every tourist destination.
- Limoncello is considered a digestive aid. It is often given freely at the end of the meal. I had it served as a shot, on the rocks, and sipped. Room temperature or iced, it all tasted splendid.
- Using a printed map can be challenging in older cities that are not set up on grids. (Ie. like Chicago or New York). Having some phone data can help you find your way.
- Keys were my nemesis before this visit.–no longer! I worked a lot of very fussy keys in the two flats I stayed.
- Wash cloths and tissues can be hard to find. Bring your own.
- Renting a “first floor flat” often means walking 1 to 2 flights of stairs before you reach that flat.
- The doors. Huge. Heavy. A presence.
- I can get a lot accomplished working remotely, as long as I don’t need phone calls. No distractions wherever my office was.
- The many “cuts” of the meat in the window is appealing to shoppers, but that I can do without.
- For the cheapest meal in Florence, grab an aperitivo. It’s a flat fee for one drink (make it a special one!) and unlimited buffet of delicious food.
- Gelato can be eaten at any time of day. And found on every corner.
- Churches abound around every bend. It is NOT obligatory to visit every one, but pick a few. They are inspiring, humbling, surprising, awe-inspiring, or forgotten.
- Wear comfortable shoes. There are a lot of uneven steps and many sites to see.
- Finally, if I wasn’t a pushy bitch before this trip, I am now! You have to be, with all the groups clogging sidewalks, tour and tchotchke hawkers, people trying to sell, sell, beggars, distracted walkers, and potential pickpockets.
The journey continues. Cindy