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Old 05-29-2012, 09:00 PM   #1
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Italy: Viva Italia Meets Thread

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Roll Call:

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  • Jun 29 - Jul 7, 2014 - Curlygirlinsm, DH & DD (10)
  • Jul 10 - 18, 2014
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    • - Liz (MKTowerView) & Mom (Mari)
  • Jul 17 - 25, 2014 - Jenncram, DH, DS 12, DS 9 (almost 10)
  • Oct 11 - 20, 2015 - tracyv & husband
  • Sep 14 - 22, 2015 - Becky Rou (Becky) & Anthony
  • Dec 21 - 29, 2014 - kristilew, DH, & DD (17)
Previous:

  • Jun 10 - 18, 2012 - Hermi, DH, DS (15) & DD (13)
  • Jun 28 - Jul 6, 2012 - Jlou, DH, DS(16) & DD(12.99)
  • Jul 9 17, 2012
    • - mickeee & family, daughter (11) & son (21)
    • - mapsd & family, 2 daughters (9 & 11)
    • - GregThom, wife & 2 daughters (14 & 10)
    • - Rmmc07 & DD (8)
  • Oct 7 - 15, 2012 - pandw & husband
  • May 9 - 17, 2013
    • - wdwtheplacetobe & Alacrity
    • - AquamarineSteph & 'Better Half'
  • May 16 - 24, 2013 - Disneyfam24 (1 mom and ka (12m))
  • Jun 30 - Jul 8, 2013 - chanibusti CVO Kim, DH Pradeep, DS7 Deven, DD6 Nora
  • - Kez250 (Kerry), DH Stephen, DS Ben (11), DD Imogen (10 by the trip)
  • Jul 28 - Aug 5, 2013 - flagfred, dh, dds (16) & (13)
  • Aug 11 - 19, 2013
    • - Skaminsk, wife, daughter (will be 7)
    • - Lydsmom, with 8 yo daughter, husband
  • Aug 18 - 26, 2013 - cindy2494 (Cindy), DH Don, DD Jess (19) & DD Sabrina (13)
  • April 18 - 26, 2014 - cancelled
  • May 18 - 26, 2014 - OMD13 & DH
  • May 26 - Jun 3, 2014
    • - Dad (richflour) & daughter (9)
    • - georgiagirl2, DH, DS (17) & DS (15)
  • Jun 5 - 13, 2014
    • - mmhoover, husband & two children (10 & 11)
    • - Eileenct, husband, daughter (10) & son (5)
  • Jun 8 - 16, 2014
    • - pihanettie, DD (10) & DS (9)
    • - kpnittany, husband & 2 sons (14 & 11)
  • Jun 19 - 27, 2014 - kanadar, sister & Dad
  • Jun 22 - 30, 2014 - twentyco & daughter
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:17 AM   #2
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Old 05-21-2014, 03:14 PM   #3
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We may be on same trip.

Sorry, if I'm not doing this correctly. Trying to get the hang of DIS Board.

The trip is 6/29-7/7. We are arriving Sat. 6/28. Very excited!!

Where are you traveling from?

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Old 05-21-2014, 05:27 PM   #4
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Sorry, if I'm not doing this correctly. Trying to get the hang of DIS Board.

The trip is 6/29-7/7. We are arriving Sat. 6/28. Very excited!!

Where are you traveling from?

Curlygirlinsm, DH & DD(10)
OK, now I see. I know it's rough with a new message board. Don't worry about it! You'll need to check the dates on the posts you're looking at (or look at the Roll Call on the first post of this thread). These "Meets" threads were started a few years ago and are on-going. jlou took this trip in 2012. I'm sure she'd love to answer any questions you have!

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Old 06-05-2014, 06:44 AM   #5
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We are back! The trip was fantastico and exceeded our expectations! There were 32 in our group and our guides were Cathleen and Marco S.


My favorite part was our time in beautiful Tuscany. DH's favorite was the after hours visit to the Sistine Chapel - very special. DS15's favorite was visiting the Coliseum, and DS17's was gelato. He also liked all the new modes of transportation we experienced: high speed train, gondola ride, and the water taxi to the airport in Venice.


I'll be happy to answer any questions.
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We are back! The trip was fantastico and exceeded our expectations! There were 32 in our group and our guides were Cathleen and Marco S.


My favorite part was our time in beautiful Tuscany. DH's favorite was the after hours visit to the Sistine Chapel - very special. DS15's favorite was visiting the Coliseum, and DS17's was gelato. He also liked all the new modes of transportation we experienced: high speed train, gondola ride, and the water taxi to the airport in Venice.


I'll be happy to answer any questions.
What great timing - we leave tomorrow. I am so happy you had a great time. Your weather must have been fabulous. Our trip looks like it will be in the 90's already.
What time was the after hours tour of the Sistine Chapel? I am wondering how much free time there will be in that afternoon to do a tour or shop. Also, what time were breakfasts? I like to eat early and then have some time to exercise.
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We are back! The trip was fantastico and exceeded our expectations! There were 32 in our group and our guides were Cathleen and Marco S.

My favorite part was our time in beautiful Tuscany. DH's favorite was the after hours visit to the Sistine Chapel - very special. DS15's favorite was visiting the Coliseum, and DS17's was gelato. He also liked all the new modes of transportation we experienced: high speed train, gondola ride, and the water taxi to the airport in Venice.

I'll be happy to answer any questions.
So glad you had such a good time! The after hours tour of the Sistine Chapel sounds wonderful. Although the daytime tour was awe-inspiring, it was pretty crowded. I can't imagine how wonderful it would be to have it basically to yourselves! (Were there other groups there?)

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We are back! The trip was fantastico and exceeded our expectations! There were 32 in our group and our guides were Cathleen and Marco S.


My favorite part was our time in beautiful Tuscany. DH's favorite was the after hours visit to the Sistine Chapel - very special. DS15's favorite was visiting the Coliseum, and DS17's was gelato. He also liked all the new modes of transportation we experienced: high speed train, gondola ride, and the water taxi to the airport in Venice.


I'll be happy to answer any questions.
Do you have any restaurant and shopping recommendations or anything you suggest when you have on your own time?
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:42 PM   #9
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:23 PM   #10
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Welcome, Hermi! Too bad we're not on the same trip, since your kids are the same ages (more or less) as mine. You'll have to post how your trip went. Do you have any plans for your free time there? There are several posts here about suggestions for free time.
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Thanks to all the wonderful information on this forum, we have been able to make a wish list of several things we want to do during our free time (as long as something better does not come along ) We reserved two Pre-nights in Rome and one Post-Night in Venice. We arrive around 10ish am on our first day and hope to do one or two of the following: Capuchin Crypt (which I understand is close to our hotel), Open top bus tour of Rome, and/or Villa Borghese Park. On our second day, we plan to visit Pompeii. The morning and afternoon of the 10th, we plan to attend the Latin mass at St Peters and climb the stairs at St Peters dome. During our free afternoon in Rome, we hope to see at least one of the other 3 major basilicas (hopefully we will make it to The Scala Santa which is opposite of San Giovanni in Laterano). In Florence, we reserved tickets for the Uffizi Gallery for 2:30 pm. and hope to have time afterwards to climb the Duomo. In Orvieto, we hope to make a trip out to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In Venice, we plan to go to the Murano Glass Factory and just walk around the beautiful city of Venice.

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leaving the day after tomorrow!

Still packing.....

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So many last minute things to do, but we're getting so excited!

Hermi, if you're back, how did your free-time plans pan out? I'm planning to do the hop-on hop-off in Rome, and Borghese gardens too. Also planning to visit Murano, and Doges palace in Venice. Domes in St Peters and in Florence would be nice, we'll see how we feel.

One thing is set in stone: lots of gelato! Can't wait.
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jlou, have a wonderful trip!

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Jlou, you are in for a wonderful treat. Here's a quick summary of free time events:
First of two predays: visited the Capuchin Crypts - we all enjoyed our 15 minutes here. We also visited the Time Machine which was recommended on a Tripadvisor walking tour of Rome. Don't waste your time on this place, although walk there was quite nice.
Second of two predays: We took train to Pompeii. We all loved this excursion.
Morning of adventure- Latin mass at St Peters, noon blessing by pope, and climbed dome (you can also climb dome during free afternoon after Vatican).
Free time in Artimino- kiddos explored the Villa and Artimino with their new friends. The kids LOVED this day.
Free time in Florence- Uffizi Museum (kiddos did not enjoy this at all), climbed dome and bell tower. Beautiful views!
Extra day in Venice- water bus to Murano ( go left to get to the glass blowing demos) and then lunch at Burano. Kids were worn out in the afternoon so Hubby and I spent afternoon exploring Venice.

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Jlou, you are in for a wonderful treat. Here's a quick summary of free time events:
First of two predays: visited the Capuchin Crypts - we all enjoyed our 15 minutes here. We also visited the Time Machine which was recommended on a Tripadvisor walking tour of Rome. Don't waste your time on this place, although walk there was quite nice.
Second of two predays: We took train to Pompeii. We all loved this excursion.
Morning of adventure- Latin mass at St Peters, noon blessing by pope, and climbed dome (you can also climb dome during free afternoon after Vatican).
Free time in Artimino- kiddos explored the Villa and Artimino with their new friends. The kids LOVED this day.
Free time in Florence- Uffizi Museum (kiddos did not enjoy this at all), climbed dome and bell tower. Beautiful views!
Extra day in Venice- water bus to Murano ( go left to get to the glass blowing demos) and then lunch at Burano. Kids were worn out in the afternoon so Hubby and I spent afternoon exploring Venice.

Have fun!!
Hermi,

thanks for taking the time to respond. And thanks for the suggestions; we're going to skip Uffizi and maybe walk around Boboli Gardens, and just enjoy the atmosphere. I kind of wish we could have done our pre and posts like you (2 before and 1 after), but we're doing the opposite (so hard to fit everyone's schedule!). So, not enough time to visit Pompeii. I am very much looking forward to exploring Venice without feeling hurried.

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