A country in southern Europe most known for its classical historic sites, food, and the Alps in the north.

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Is there a dress code when visiting the Vatican in Rome?

I've heard from friends who have been to Rome that you must cover up when you visit the Vatican as they have a strict dress code. What does "cover up" mean? I'm sure this wouldn't be a problem in ...
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Is it normal to have something added to the bill in a restaurant in Italy?

I was in a restaurant in Rome and after I got the bill I saw that beside the regular 8€ for spaghetti I ordered there was an additional position that said: una persona 1.5€ When I asked the waiter ...
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Hiring a Ferrari in Italy

I am planning a trip to Italy, and would like to hire a Ferrari for a day. I am aware that this will be expensive. What should I watch out for? When the deductible is 80,000 Euros, I'd assume it's ...
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How to get to Ljubljana (Slovenia) from Trieste (Italy) by Train?

My Italian part of my trip is almost over; currently enjoying Trieste. I have been using the train around Italy but when I checked the Trenitalia website to see if a train left from Trieste to ...
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Can I visit the castles/fortresses in the mountains around Turin, Northern Italy?

Three years ago I traveled from Turin to Paris by train, and saw amazing old castles all across the mountains. Are any of them available for a visit? I'm going to rent a car so the transport won't be ...
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How to move between Venice and nearby islands?

How to travel between Venice and other islands, eg. Murano, Saint'Erasmo, La Giudecca? Is there any public transport lines between these islands? And do they come often?
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Finding a notary in France / Italy

I sometimes need to have documents notarized while travelling abroad. How can I find a notary in a foreign country? The U.S. embassies and consulates will notarize things for me, but this is ...
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What does “copy of itinerary” mean when applying for a Schengen visa?

The Italian consulate website says under requirements for a Schengen visa: Applicants for short term visas (up to 90 days) must also present an itinerary of their trip. What does this ...
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Traveling through Sicily on a budget and without a driver's license

I'm going to Sicily next week and want to travel around the island a bit, but I don't own a driver's license, nor have a lot of money to spend on transport. I've thought about hitch-hiking and trains, ...
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Do I need sunglasses in the Dolomites?

I was recommended to have sunglasses when hiking in the Dolomites, as the surfaces are of rather light color and reflect a lot of light. I was hiking in other areas of the Alps and cross-country ...
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How can I go to a thermal bath in Merano?

Do I need to book a room from a hotel? Are there any public ones? What is the cost? Should I expect nudity in saunas?
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Pass in the Alps that can be crossed by mountain bike?

I'm looking for a pass in the Alps that I can cross with my mountain bike. I know that if there's a road, I could just use it, but my question is a little bit more special. Ideally this pass ...
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Paranoid about missing my return flight home from Rome. What to do?

I haven't been to Europe in 11 years. My wife and I (and our 8 year old son) will be taking a trip to Italy this late November. We will be traveling from Venice to Florence to Rome. We will be ...
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European countries “shut down” in August?

I am mainly interested in hearing about France (Paris, in particular) and Italy (Venice, in particular), though this may hold for other European countries as well, hence the broad title. I have heard ...
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What gallery is Michelangelo's David in?

I want to go to see Michelangelo's David sculpture. All the sources on-line say it's in the Accademia Di Belle Arti Di Firenze. When I go to the official site it gives the option to buy tickets to ...
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Is it worth leaving the hotel in Verona on January 1st?

January 1st is an official holiday in Italy and I wonder if there are some museums, touristic sites, shops or restaurants open on that day. I am not looking for a particular list but going to make my ...
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What visa should I apply for as an Au Pair?

On June 20 I am backpacking around Europe for almost 3 months with friends and then I will be living in Italy for 3 months as an Au Pair. I am unsure what visa I will need to apply for. Will I need ...
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Christmas Markets in Trentino-Alto Adige

I want to visit some Christmas Markets in Trentino-Alto Adige. Which one is the biggest (in terms of the number of cribs)? Which has the widest selection of food and wine? Which has the most ...
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Rome to Paris by train

Can anyone tell me how can I book Rome to Paris train ticket? I am trying Trenitalia website but not getting any results. I want the fastest train, preferably running during the daytime. Also, can ...
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Italian equivalent to French St. Tropez or Spanish Marbella?

You got these rich people orientated tourist beach towns like Marbella in Spain and St. Tropez in France. My question is, which town/city is the Italian equivalent of Marbella or St. Tropez? I mean, ...
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Are sunny, warm days a pipe-dream in Venice/Rome in late November?

We are taking our first family trip to Europe this Thanksgiving (Nov 16 - 27th). Our itinerary is 3 days in Venice, 3 days in Florence and remaining in Rome (leave from Rome). Anyone have an idea ...
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Are there sleeper trains going from Northern Italy to the Rhine Valley (Germany)?

I'm trying to get from the Cinque Terra to the Rhine Valley. So departing anywhere from Pisa (or even Florence) to Milan and arriving in between Hahn airport, Cologne, and Frankfurt would work. I've ...
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Description of overnight train from Paris to Italy?

I'm currently living in Paris and want to meet up with some friends of mine in Italy. I would love to experience an overnight train. I found a train to Milan on Intercités de Nuit, and I am tempted to ...
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How much cash should I carry for driving a rental car in Italy?

My wife and I are traveling to Europe this May. We are renting a car in Florence, Italy for driving around Tuscany. We decided she will learn the language and I'll learn to drive there. I've been ...
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Crossing the French/Italian (Chamonix/Cormayeur) border via cable car

My partner and I will be travelling through Chamonix on the 25th of April, and we were wanting to travel via cable car through to Courmayeur. Are there cable cars that allow us to travel from Chamonix ...
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Is the Italian taxi industry still highly regulated/restricted?

I am researching a trip to rural Tuscany in the summer. It might be necessary to get taxis around. How common are taxis in Italy/Tuscany? Here in Ireland, the taxi industry used to be highly ...
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Public transport from Venice to Arabba

What are the options for public transport to get from Venice (city centre) to the ski resort Arabba on February 23rd (Saturday), return a week later on March 2nd? I saw a ski shuttle bus mentioned ...
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Validity of UK passport required to visit Italy

I am planning a trip to Italy in January of 2012. I am just wondering if I will be allowed to enter the country as my UK passport has less than 6 months remaining until it is due to be renewed.
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What to expect from the Ferrari Museum in Maranello

I'm planning to visit the Museo Ferrari in Maranello and I want to know if I would be able to sit in the racing cars (especially the F1-single-seaters). If I want to avoid the confusion of the big ...
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Search engine of Italian buses

Is there one search engine of scheduled buses in Italy, where I can search timetables of any bus company? Or, if not all of them, at least significant number of companies.
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Getting from Livorno Centrale station to Moby ferry

I am about to book a "Moby Ferries" ferry from Livorno to Olbia (Sardinia). Ferry departs at 22:00. The FRECCIABIANCA train arrives at 19:44. Is it manageable to get from the train station to ferry ...
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Weekend in Turin or Genova?

I live in Lyon an plan on spending a long "romantic/relaxing" weekend (3-4 days) in Italy with my gf. The thing is I want to get there by train, which means I'm pretty limited in my choice: the city ...
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Is the drive from Milan to Zurich considered difficult, generally?

I am travelling from Milan, Italy to Zurich, Switzerland and would like to drive, but I'm not sure how difficult the drive would be. Would someone be able to describe what it's like - the terrain, ...
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Photo ski-passes in Arabba Italy

Are ski-passes in Arabba issued for a particular person (i.e. do they have a photo associated with them)? Does it apply to all durations? Also are there any free lifts near the town (to teach the ...
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Does it make more sense to stay in Lido or Venice?

We'll be in Italy in early October, and plan to stay about 1-2 nights in Venice. For me, Venice is one of those places where you just HAVE to see if you're in Italy. Kind of like the Great Wall in ...
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STATI Schengen : What does it mean

I am going to Europe for my honeymoon. My entry and exit is from Rome. My Visa says Stati Schengen, Type C. I understand Type C is for short term travel. Can anyone help me understand Stati means ? ...
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Passo Giau parking fee

I'm trying to estimate costs of my car trip, and I'm wondering how much does it cost to leave your car at Passo Giau in Dolomites. If you don't know exact fee, just give me an estimate.
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Should I get some Euros before I leave the US for Italy?

We will be in Italy this November. Should I get some "walking around money" before I go? I think my bank has reasonable rates. I know I take the risk of the Euro dropping or the dollar rising. ...
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Is the couvert mandatory or optional in Italy?

I'll be traveling to France and Italy, and a friend of mine said that it's common to pay a tax (? don't know if there is a better word in English) called couvert, and in exchange of that you receive ...
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How difficult is train travel in Italy?

We will be in Italy (for the first time) this week! :-) Our itinerary is: 17th - 20th Venice 20th - 22nd Florence 22nd - 22nd Pisa (quick view of the Leaning Tower) 22nd - 26th Rome So as you can ...
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Best transportation method in Sicily

I would like to go to Sicily and visit the main cultural and natural sites. Should I rent a car or use the available public transportation? I would prefer to use public transportation, but it is very ...
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How will our November trip in Italy be affected by the quake in May, 2012?

We are flying into Venice, taking a train to Florence (via Bologna), side trip to Pisa and then flying out of Rome. Other than heartfelt feelings for those who suffered, can we expect delays, ...
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What are the rules for renting a car in Italy?

I am traveling to Italy next month and part of my trip is to Florence. I would like to rent a car for the day to see the countryside in Tuscany. Some sites I've read say I have to have an ...
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Is pipe water drinkable in cities of Bergamo and Milan in northern Italy?

Do the cities of Milan and Bergamo have drinkable tap water, or is the practice to buy bottled water?
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Single room in a hotel for a party of 4 if we check out in the evening?

I'll be arriving in Milan, Italy by train from Rome around 12:00 and have to leave for the airport at around 21:00 the same day. I'm with my family of 4 and thought of booking a hotel room essentially ...
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Do I need to book in advance to see attractions in Italy in October?

I'm planning to go to Italy in around October. I've been told that since Italy is so touristy, it's a good idea to book entry to famous attractions beforehand. Otherwise I may have to wait hours or ...
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What is a good data plan for Internet surfing in northern Italy? [duplicate]

I've checked the webpages of some their providers, but franly, just like in the case of those in my own language, I literally cannot find my way around them. So if you wouldn't mind sharing a word of ...
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Advice on a road trip to Dolomites [closed]

This year, at the beginning of September, I am planning a road trip with my GF. The plan is to visit some sites in the Dolomites, Italy. Also, I would like to visit Franz Josef Hohe (I was there once ...
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Is it possible to stay overnight at the Ventimiglia train station

Specifically, between midnight and 5 AM. I understand that the station might be closed, but Roma Termini closes in the night too, and we were allowed to stay overnight there after showing the ...
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Mountain bike routes in Val di Sole, Trentino?

What are some popular, intermediate-level mountain-biking routes in Val di Sole (Trentino, Italy)?